The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 21st of April, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Please find here the programe, and here the registration form, for the fantastic yearly event that is the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies’ postgraduate colloquium.

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Please find here an article detailing the recent return of a twelfth-century manuscript to the Athnoite Dionysiou Monastery.

 

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Please find here the program for the conference, ‘Heaven & Earth: Perspectives on Greece’s Byzantium’, taking place between May 1st and 3rd, 2014, in Los Angeles.

 

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Symposium | Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 12:45pm to 5:15pm
Location:
Institute of Sacred Music (SDQ), ISM Great Hall
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
For more information please see here.
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The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce
the final lecture in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On April 22, 2014, at 4pm, Dr. Anastasia Drandaki (Benaki Museum, Athens) will present “Deserts, Rivers and Mountains: Nature and Divinity in Byzantine Pilgrimage Art.” Dr. Drandaki will consider the role of the natural landscape in Byzantine pilgrimage art.
Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:00–6:00 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 www.maryjahariscenter.orgmaryjahariscenter.org or contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.
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Syriaca.org is pleased to announce publication of The Syriac Gazetteer (http://syriaca.org/geo/), a geographical dictionary of places relevant to Syriac Studies. The first in a suite of reference works to be published as a part of The Syriac Reference Portal, The Syriac Gazetteer contains entries for over 2400 places, from ancient centers of Syriac culture (such as Edessa) to imperial capitals (such as Constantinople), and from individual monasteries (such as the monastery of St. Simeon Stylites outside Aleppo) to large regions (such as Cilicia).
The potential scope for The Syriac Gazetteer includes not only places where Syriac speakers lived or are living.  The editors understand the notion of relevance to Syriac Studies very broadly, encompassing the larger regions and inter-regional connections necessary for modern scholars to situate Syriac culture within its world.  Our hope is that this will be a useful resource for all Byzantine historians, and we are eager to discuss collaborations and interfaces with other digital projects for the Byzantine world.
The Syriac Gazetteer is an ever expanding resource created by and for users. This first edition is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather it establishes a framework for the scholarly community to collaborate in collecting and publishing geographic information. This framework facilitates the linking of various online resources.  Through user contributions, all records may be expanded to include additional name forms, latitude and longitude, events, prose descriptions, information about a wide range of religious communities, bibliography, and attestations in primary sources.
Users are encouraged to begin exploring The Syriac Gazetteer through these links:
About the Gazetteer: http://syriaca.org/geo/about.html
Browse the Collection: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html
Browse via Interactive Map: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html?view=map
Edessa, the model entry: http://syriaca.org/place/78
Syriaca.org, the larger project: http://syriaca.org/
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Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope this email finds you all well! Please find here the latest version of the List of Editions and Translations in Progress. As usual comments and corrections are more than welcome.
If you want to add a new entry, please, send me an email with the following details:
Author:
Title: 
Editor/s: 
Language:
Note: 
Institution/s: 
Email: 
All the best from Venice,
Alessandra Bucossi
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COMMEMORATING AUGUSTUS: A BIMILLENNIAL RE-EVALUATION
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, 18TH-20TH AUGUST 2014
The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 commemorates the end of his life and the beginning of a rich posthumous reception history. Running over the date of the bimillennium itself, the Commemorating Augustus conference will undertake a focused, comparative exploration of this history of responses, from AD 14 to 2014.
Already in his lifetime, Augustus was a man of many images. Since his death, he has served in one context as a model of ideal rule and another as a tyrant, while playing a key role in narratives about the emergence of Christianity, the foundation of Europe and the relationship between politics and the arts. His reception history is a vivid exemplum of historical relativism in action, demonstrating the scope of the source material to support utterly conflicting interpretations. Yet to date it has been studied only sporadically. The Commemorating Augustus conference aims to address the full range of Augustus’ reception history, to trace its evolution, to explore its connections and disjunctions, to understand its impact on contemporary perspectives, and to put us in a better position to articulate what Augustus means to us in the 21st century.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Karl Galinsky (Austin, Texas).
OTHER INVITED SPEAKERS: Mary Harlow (Leicester), Ray Laurence (Kent), Valerie Hope (Open University), Alison Cooley (Warwick), Steven Green (UCL), Shaun Tougher (Cardiff), Martin Lindner (Göttingen).
TOPICS COVERED: Augustus’ old age and death; worship and deification; Tiberius, Nero and the Flavians; Seneca, Tacitus and Suetonius; posthumous provincial responses; coinage and the visual arts; late antique responses; Byzantine politics and literature; early Christianity; medieval history and literature; European literature; European politics and power; Augustus in novels and on screen; Augustus between the wars; Historiography and scholarship; monuments and architecture.
PAPERS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO BYZANTINISTS:
Birgitta Hoffmann (Liverpool) – Belisarius’ triumph and Justinian’s Equestrian statue – Justinian as a new Augustus?
Kosta Simic (Brisbane) – The Byzantine Augustus: Examples from Chronicles – Homiletics and Hymnography
Elizabeth Fisher (George Washington University) – The “Essential” Augustus in the Excerpta of Constantine Porphyrogenitus
FURTHER DETAILS: A full programme, abstracts and details of how to register are available at: http://augustus2014.com/conference/. Registration closes on 1st August 2014, and a late fee will apply to bookings made after 17th July 2014.
For any queries, pleased contact augustus2014@leeds.ac.uk
The conference venue is Devonshire Hall, a self-contained University of Leeds residence in the style of an Oxbridge college.
The conference is generously supported by the Classical Association, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and the Augustus Collection.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

Please find here the call for contributors to a three volume multi-disciplinary encyclopedia (under contract with ABC-Clio) that considers pivotal events in religious history. I am currently a co-editor of the project (along with Florin Curta of the University of Florida) and we are actively seeking contributors for short essays covering over 700 entries. 

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 MAY 2014
The authority of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) in reviving the human anatomy is without any doubt a landmark in the history of science. Yet, his breakthrough was inconceivable without his predecessors’ works, and later on, his own legacy would not remain untouched. This multidisciplinary conference aims at bringing together international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics. Its goal is to conceptualize and contextualize the interactions in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance between, on the one hand, dogma and authority, and, on the other hand, the progress of empirical sciences, both in the development of anatomy and in the changing views on the human body. Part of the conference will deal specifically with the creation and elaboration of scientific terminology in Greek, Latin and the vernacular.
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Papers may be given in English or French, and should be 25 minutes long.
To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words, along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information by 15 May 2014 to marleen.reynders@kuleuven.be.
The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).
The keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Alain Touwaide (Smithsonian Institute, USA), Prof. Ian Maclean (University of Oxford, UK) and Prof. David Trotter (Aberystwyth University, UK). For more information please see here.

 

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3. JOB & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the KU Leuven is looking to employ a doctoral student (4-year full-time position).
The successful applicant is expected to prepare a doctoral dissertation in the field of Byzantine Studies (Greek philology). The applicants need to have a MA degree from a non-EEA university in hand by the start of the fellowship (preferably October 1, 2014 or any later date as close to it as possible).
More information can be found in attachment or at http://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52900311?lang=en. Additional questions may be directed to the project promoters, Peter Van Deun (Peter.VanDeun@arts.kuleuven.be) and Reinhart Ceulemans (Reinhart.Ceulemans@arts.kuleuven.be).
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The Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professorship – a visiting position for an American scholar at the University of Warsaw:

http://www.aatseel.org/joblist/visiting-professor1.htm

The Dean of the Faculty of „Artes Liberales“, University of Warsaw invites applications for the position of the Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor. The position is co-sponsored by the University of Warsaw and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The appointment will be for five months, either in Fall (from October 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015) or in Spring (from February 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015). The professorship is open to American senior scholars with accomplishments in humanities or social sciences. The visiting professor will be appointed in the Collegium „Artes Liberales“ which serves as a center of excellence in research and teaching at this major Polish university. The Collegium has developed a unique program inspired by the curricula of U.S. colleges of liberal arts and sciences and seeks to restore awareness of the affinities between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to nurture creative thinking and civic responsibility.

The visiting professor will teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. The visitor is also expected to give at least two public lectures and participate in the academic life of the Collegium and the University. No knowledge of Polish is required.

For inquiries about the position please contact:

Piotr Wilczek,

Head of the Collegium Artes Liberales (piotr.wilczek@al.uw.edu.pl)

Submit all materials by email as PDF files to:

piotr.wilczek@al.uw.edu.pl

Application deadline: May 15, 2014. All candidates will be informed about the results of their application by June 10, 2014.

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