The Byzness

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The Byzness, 27th of April, 2014
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We are very proud to announce in collaboration with the Oxford Medieval Society ‘1204 and all that’, a friendly debate between east and west on the significance of the Fourth Crusade. We are particularly pleased to say that our two speakers will be Christopher Tyerman and Peter Frankopan, extremely distinguished crusader historians from eastern and western perspectives. All in all it should be a fascinating and fun evening, and drinks and nibbles will be provided.
It will take place at Ertegun House at 8pm, on Tuesday 6th May (2nd Week). If you intend to come please RSVP to by Wednesday 30th April. Please find an advertising poster here, feel free to distribute it wherever fitting.
There will be a new lectures series starting 1 May 2014, and continuing on the following three Thursdays (Weeks one through four), from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, in the Colin Matthews Room of the History Faculty on George Street entitled:
Win, Lose or Draw: The Near East and the Clash of Romans, Persians and Muslims in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries, CE
This lecture series is run by graduate students for both undergraduate and graduate students who want an introduction to the Byzantine emperors from Justinian I through Heraclius and their policies that led up to the collapse of the Persian Empire and the commencement of the Islamic Caliphate.
The first lecture, on 1 May 2014, will be presented by Miranda Williams, and is entitled: Setting the Stage – Justinian I and the Empire, Its Benefits and Costs.
Please find the full announcement here.
Please find here a link to a National Geographic article discussing an interesting new mapping tool, using old spy-plane imagery to create detailed maps of the middle east; here is the website for the project itself.
Volunteer your academic skills for good causes!
OxFizz is a social enterprise raising money for charity by providing educational services. We are currently recruiting debating workshop leaders for our two-week Summer Schools.
*What? Delivering a debating workshop on a Summer School in Oxford on July 10 or July 23 2014
*Who? Any enthusiastic Oxbridge student with debating experience.
*How big a commitment? Preparing, with our guidance, an exciting workshop that introduces our bright and motivated 16-18 year old students to debating
*Why? Gain further debating experience and raise money for any charity of your choice!
Find out more: email Steph at or call her on 07540 825 349.
MAY 9-10, 2014
Organized by Michael Cornett, Duke University
in cooperation with the Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Committee
Sponsored by The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
 “Chat with an Editor,” a long-standing offering at MLA conferences, is happening at Kalamazoo for the first time! As an extension of the MAA GSC’s mentorship program, several editors of journals in medieval studies are available to meet with graduate students and postgraduate scholars in an effort to meet the needs of aspiring academic authors. The service gives younger scholars the opportunity to meet one-on-one for 20 minutes with an experienced editor to discuss any aspect of the publication process. It is not an article vetting service, but rather a chance for authors to obtain advice on any aspect of writing, submitting, and publishing a journal article, in a neutral and friendly atmosphere. Topics might include the following:
—shaping an article submission
—turning a dissertation chapter into an article
—selecting a publisher
—drafting a cover letter
—following style guides
—corresponding with editors
—responding to reviews
—ethical dilemmas
—and other issues in journal publishing
Advisors and advisees will meet at Mug Shots, the café in Britton-Hadley Hall in Valley I. Sign up in advance for a twenty-minute appointment with one of the scheduled editors via this link: Any of the editors can advise you. If you are unable to sign up in advance for an appointment, you may come to Mug Shots at any time to see if there is an open slot that you can take. If you would like to sign up for a time but do not know whom you should talk to or do not have a preference, e-mail Richard Barrett at with your available times and he will work with you to set up an appointment.
Note: If you reserve an appointment, please be sure to be on time. The schedule is tight to provide the most opportunity.
Please contact Richard Barrett with any questions or concerns at
Angela Constantinides Hero (1926-2014)
We are very sad to announce that Angela Hero died in the morning of 22 April 2014 in her apartment in New York. She was an M.A. student of Ihor Sevcenko at Columbia and prepared her Ph.D. dissertation at Fordham University under the mentorship of John Meyendorff.  Her dissertation on the letters of Gregory Akindynos was published by Dumbarton Oaks in 1983 in an exemplary  CFHB edition. She was also an early contributor to Byzantine gender studies with her edition and translation of the letters of Eirene Choumnaina Palaiologina and Theoleptos of Philadelphia, as well as her translation of the Life of Theoktiste of Lesbos for Holy Women of Byzantium. But she will be best remembered for her painstaking work with John Thomas on the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents project, which was published in 2000 both on-line and in five volumes. She was a warm and hospitable friend, generous with her learning and encyclopaedic knowledge of Greek, so that other monastic projects owe her an enormous debt for her advice on tricky passages and vocabulary. She taught for many years at the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Center at Queens University, where she pioneered  instruction in Byzantine History, and retired as professor emerita.  Her real intellectual passion, however, throughout her life was for the Byzantine texts she understood so well.
Late Antique Archaeology 2014: Visualising the Late Antique City
Saturday 7th June 2014
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
We are pleased to announce the Visualisation of the Late Antique City conference 2014, which presents the results of the Leverhulme-funded research project by the University of Kent.
The conference will explore all aspects of the urban experience in Mediterranean cities AD 300 – 600, including architecture, behaviour, costume, and material culture.
Admission is GBP 20 (GBP 10 for students and OAPs). All welcome.
Please contact Jo Stoner ( by the Saturday 25th May 2014 to reserve a place.
Gentili Professori, Colleghi e Amici,
invio in allegato il programma delle attività previste in occasione dell’esposizione fotografica “Impressioni Bizantine. Salonicco attraverso le immagini fotografiche e i disegni della British School at Athens (1888-1910)” (Bologna, Museo Civico Medievale, 11 aprile – 28 settembre 2014), con preghiera di diffusione.
Un cordiale saluto,
G. Gasbarri
Dear Professors, Colleagues and Friends,
please find attached the programme of the activities for the photographic exhibition “Impressioni Bizantine. Salonicco attraverso le immagini fotografiche e i disegni della British School at Athens (1888-1910)” (Bologna, Museo Civico Medievale, April 11th – September 28th 2014).
Best Regards,
G. Gasbarri
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The Marginalia Committee (Journal of the Medieval Reading Group, University of Cambridge) are delighted to announce that they will be holding a Tenth Anniversary Conference on September 19th and 20th, 2014. The conference is entitled ‘Out of the Margins: New Ideas on the Boundaries of Medieval Studies’ and our confirmed speakers include Professor Mary Carruthers, Professor Helen Cooper and Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh.
Abstracts for short papers are requested before 31st May to, and further information can be found on the poster and at
Please find the Call for Papers here, and feel free to post it to your faculty mailing lists and/or print out for display.
To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 14–17, 2015. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is May 19, 2014. Proposals should include:
-Session abstract
-Intellectual justification for the proposed session (about 300 words)
Successful applicants will be notified by May 28, 2014 if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and presider) up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. A list of suggested speakers and abstracts may be appended to the session abstract. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
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