The Byzness

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The Byzness, 9th of March, 2014
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People may be interested in this article from the Turkish Airlines magazine (August 2013) about H Sophia’s more recent history…
Please find here poster attached for the symposium “Senses, Affect, and the Imagination in Late Antiquity,” to be held April 11-12, 2014, at Colgate University. The Keynote address will be given by Prof. Carlin Barton  (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), “The Consecration of Fear: Religio from Plautus to Tertullian and the Psychological and Social Roles of Fear and Shame.”
The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the International Medieval Congress (8-11 May 2014, Western Michigan University) to participate in the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program. The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. Do recall that BSANA is sponsoring sessions this year, so there hopefully will be a good turnout of Byzantinists at all levels! The deadline to sign up as a mentor or mentee for Kalamazoo draws near — 31 March 2014.
The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended. 
To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked to this email, by Monday, 31 March. Find the online form here: GSC Mentoring Form (Link) If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.
Richard Barrett, on behalf of the MAA Graduate Student Committee
Bessarion’s Treasure: Editing, Translating and Interpreting Bessarion’s Literary Heritage, International Conference, Venice, 4-5 April 2014
The Conference is organized by Sergei Mariev, Monica Marchetto and Katharina Luchner on behalf of the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich with the support of the German Research Foundation and the Department of Cultural Studies of the LMU University of Munich and in collaboration with the Byzantine Studies Association of Germany (DAFBS), the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani (DSZV) and Venice International University (VIU).
Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece’s Byzantium
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Evening lecture, Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Friday, May 2, 2014 – Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – UCLA at the Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 4 – Optional trip to the Gamble House, Pasadena
More information (including program):
Registration is free, but you must reserve tickets for each of the days.
For hotels close to UCLA (and with access to bus transportation to the Getty Villa and to St. Sophia Church:
UCLA Tiverton House:
Hilgard House Hotel & Suites:
If you are planning to attend and need to take advantage of bus transportation between the hotel and the venues, please contact Professor Sharon Gerstel:
Via Montebello 7, Firenze
9 aprile 2014
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased
​to announce ​
the second
in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On April 3, 2014, at 4pm, Dr. Ivan Drpić (University of Washington) will present “The Reliquary-Enkolpia of Saint Demetrios and the Wonder of Art.” Professor Drpić will explore the intersection of personal piety, art, and aesthetics in his discussion of the reliquary-enkolpia of Saint Demetrios.
Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:00–7:00 pm
Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room
Hellenic College Holy Cross
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Please visit
​or contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, ​for additional information.
Byzantine Money: The Politics and Aesthetics of a World Currency
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6pm
Arthur M. Sackler Museum lecture hall
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Memorial Lecture
Eurydice Georganteli, Harvard University Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture
When the Roman Empire’s capital moved from Rome to Constantinople in 330 CE, Europe’s political and economic center shifted. The coinage produced in the new imperial capital, and in cities across what was to become the Byzantine Empire, defined the society, politics, economic practices, and art of medieval Europe and beyond. This lecture, drawn from Harvard’s outstanding collections of coins and seals, explores Byzantine money as one of the most enduring world currencies. For more information please see here.
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CAA Annual Conference, New York City, February 11-14, 2015
Session: “The Talisman: A Critical Genealogy”
The word “talisman,” like “totem” and “fetish,” has traditionally implied a non-aesthetic form of reception, according to which the object is more interesting for what it does than for what it represents or how it looks. This panel aims to move beyond standard claims about agency, and to lend the term “talisman” an analytically effective meaning derived from, but not limited to, its emic fields of reference (e.g. Greek telesma, Arabic tilsam). Can the talisman be understood as a site where efficacy, representation, and aesthetics meet? Treatises on talismans prescribe astronomical conditions that must pertain at the moment of facture, the materials to be used, and the texts to be recited. The talisman thus stands at the intersection of multiple systems of knowledge and troubles basic assumptions regarding the relationship between art and reality. By investigating this nexus, we hope to reactivate the talisman as an engine of critical discourse. Historiographical, methodological, and historical contributions are welcome.
Session organizers: Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University,; and Yael Rice, Amherst College,
The deadline to submit abstracts is May 9, 2014. For further information, please see:
Subject:  CFP: Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade
Call for Papers: Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2015 AIA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Jan. 8-11, 2015 Sponsored by: AIA Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University
Organizers: Rebecca Ingram and Michael Jones, Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Session Overview:
Maritime activity played a vital role in the political and economic success of the Byzantine Empire. Recent fieldwork, both on land and underwater, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the complexity of the Byzantine maritime world. The 58,000 m2 rescue excavation of the Theodosian Harbor in the heart of Istanbul, begun in 2004, is perhaps the most significant of these new discoveries, yielding the remains of 37 Byzantine shipwrecks and tens of thousands of artifacts related to maritime trade, shipbuilding technology, and daily life in Constantinople from the late 4th to the early 11th century. However, because the Yenikapı finds are from the hub of a vast maritime network, they cannot be understood in isolation. Along with the finds from Yenikapı, results from recent studies involving shipwrecks, surveys and excavations of harbor sites, and studies of long-distance trade goods are poised to make a significant contribution to our understanding of Byzantine trade, society, and culture. In order to examine this new data within the proper overall context of late antique and Byzantine archaeology, this colloquium session, co-sponsored by the AIA Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, will present new discoveries from a range of sites concerning maritime activity in this period. This session aims to bring together archaeologists who focus on topics such as ship construction, harbors, metrology, coastal settlement, and maritime trade goods in the Byzantine world. By seeking greater integration between research from terrestrial and nautical archaeological sites, this session will provide an appropriate venue for the dissemination of recent finds and will shed new light on our understanding of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbors.
If you are interested in participating in this colloquium session, please complete the attached form and return it to Rebecca Ingram ( or Michael Jones ( by Friday, March 21, 2014. You will receive an email by the end of March with additional information.
Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul
 The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad
Seminar at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014
The Turkish Straits between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are often described as a symbolic dividing line
between Europe and Asia, but historically their function has been uniting and not separating. At the crossroads of
land routes between the Balkans and Anatolia, and the sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,
they have constituted a natural meeting place for peoples and cultures since ancient times. Two world empires,
the Byzantine and the Ottoman, were ruled from the straits and left their marks on the two main world religions
of Christianity and Islam. Greeks, Slavs, Scandinavians, Italians, Turks and Englishmen have tried to gain
control over the Straits and sometimes succeeded; but the prize has remained contested and been a recurrent
source of dispute. As such, the straits have also been at the core of Eastern and Western political discourses at
least since the accession of the Persian king Xerxes 2500 years ago, and their significance to the outbreak of the
First World War in 1914 has come to the foreground in recent years.
To mark these historical convergences, and to initiate an interdisciplinary platform for future research about the
history of the Straits, we invite junior (pre-doc and post-doc) scholars to present their own research and
exchange perspectives on the topic during a one-week seminar with excursions at the Swedish Research
Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014. We welcome submissions from different areas of research, such as
the Ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, art history, archaeology and memory studies, studies in the religious,
cultural and political relations, as well as the topography, landscape and environment history of Eastern Europe,
the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to no later than Friday, May 15, 2014, together with a CV and a few lines about their
interest in the topic, from a subject specific as well as from an interdisciplinary point of view.
For those who are accepted, the stay in Istanbul, the excursions and most meals will be arranged and paid for by
the seminar. In addition to this, we may consider reimbursing the cost of travel to and from Istanbul for a strictly
limited number of applicants (those who wish to be considered for such travel funding should specify it in their
application and explain why other sources are not available).
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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA, at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with ongoing archival processing and preservation projects for Byzantine archival collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, processing, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork papers produced or created by Byzantine scholars and archaeologists.

For the full job description, please see: For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to: Rona Razon, ICFA Archivist,<>.

The Department of History of Art at Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey, invites applications for a full-time position in Art History particularly specialists in Islamic Art, Seljukid and Ottoman Art, Byzantine Art, European Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art with a strong theoretical background. Successful candidates, are expected to fulfill the department’s requirements with regard to teaching, research, record of publications, and service to the institution. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment and have a command of Turkish and English languages. Submit information about your research and teaching interests, your curriculum vitae, and one sample of written work to Assistant Professor Dr. Birgül Açıkyıldız Şengül:, or The deadline for applications is August 31, 2014
Dear all,
For those of you who may be interested, application details for an upcoming
postdoctoral research position at ACU McAuley are available at
Kind regards,
Andrew Stephenson
Australian Association for Byzantine Studies
will be held again this year at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the University of Birmingham, UK.
The dates are as follows:
27 July – 10 August 2014: Level-1 (Beginners)
10-24 August 2014: Level-2 (Intermediate), Level 2.5 (Higher Intermediate) and Level-3 (Advanced Reading Course).
The fee is 470 GBP per two-week course, including 14 nights accommodation; or 250 GBP without accommodation.
A limited number of bursaries is available. The deadline for applications which include application for a bursary is Monday 31 March 2014. The deadline for all other application is Monday 12 May 2014.
Full details of the courses and an application form may be found at:
For all enquiries, please contact  the Director of the Summer School, Dr Anthony Hirst by email:
(Please do NOT contact the University of Birmingham. The University very kindly hosts the Summer School but is not involved in the organization, except for dealing with finances and the visa requirements of non-EU applicants; but even visa enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Dr Hirst.)
Lecturer in Modern Greek History (19th-20th century)
Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Modern Greek History in the Department of History.
Three Year fixed term appointment
Salary is in the range £39,890 to £47,187 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Since its foundation in 1886 Royal Holloway has built a strong tradition of Classical and Byzantine Studies at the University of London. In order to promote further this tradition the College established the Hellenic Institute in 1993, as a research centre for the study of Hellenism, to cover all aspects and periods and to act as a forum for all those interested in Hellenic history and culture, organizing lectures, seminars and conferences for students, scholars and the wider public.
As a further step towards the strengthening of Modern Greek Studies at the History Department, the Hellenic Institute and the College, the post of a three-year full-time Lectureship in Modern Greek History is established, thanks to the generous support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. The lecturer should have a special interest in 19th and 20th century Greek history. Applications from those with interests in Anglo-Hellenic relations and in the history of the world-wide Greek Diaspora are particularly welcome.
Candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant topic and be able to demonstrate a developing record of publications and research plans. The successful candidate will design, teach and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Modern Greek History as well as in the wider area of the History of South-Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and transnational studies. Experience in academic administration, organising conferences and fund raising is also essential.
This is a full time post, available from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 3 years. This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Jonathan Phillips (Head of Department) on or +44 (0)1784 443295
To view further details of this post and to apply please visit The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at:  or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.
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