The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 11th of May, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. FELLOWSHIPS & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

ANNUAL BYZANTINE COLLOQUIUM: 9-10 June 2014
This year’s King’s College London Annual Byzantine Colloquium will focus on Hymns of the First Christian Millennium – Doctrinal, Devotional and Musical Patterns. This two-day event aims to explore the fascinating, though under-studied, field of Christian hymnody of the first millennium. The twelve papers address wide-ranging aspects of Christian hymns and chant: from pagan and pre-Nicene origins on to the middle Byzantine chant, from Syriac hymnody to Coptic to Greek and Latin hymnic writings. Theological implications, musical developments and translation issues will be discussed. For more details please see here.
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Patricia Karlin-Hayter died on 19 April 2014 in her 94th year. She was an extraordinary Byzantinist with a rare ability to sniff out political bias in a text. She was brought up to be equally at home in both France and England and was at university in Bordeaux when France fell in 1940. She resumed the study of Greek in the golden days of Thomson and Bachtin at Birmingham, then worked for the Foreign Office in London, where she met her husband Maurice through liaison with the Free French. After the war she moved to Brussels, where she studied with Henri Grégoire, and worked on her edition of the Vita Euthymii. She never held an academic post, but inspired countless students through her fellowships and visiting professorships at Birmingham and Belfast, where she taught herself about Ireland by driving along border roads at the height of the troubles, attending funerals and absorbing Irish poems, novels, plays. She held a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in 1979/80 and took part in Anthony Bryer’s DO project on Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman society. She wrote on metropolitan politics, peasant society, divorce, and marriage, and had a contract with CUP for a book on iconoclasm when she died; she attended the (UK) spring symposia to the end. Patricia was a wonderful cook, mischievous colleague, engaging hostess and vivid story-teller, and those stories increasingly focused on her girlhood in Périgord, where she often returned with her beloved daughter, grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
Margaret Mullet, Dumbarton Oaks
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Several pieces of news to distribute: new finds in the Yenikapi excavations, a remarkable newly found basilica in Iznik, and the so-called ‘restoration’ of the Tekfursaray in Istanbul.

 

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

The Departments of Russian Art and West-European Art of the Faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University, the Department of Art Theory and History of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University and The State Hermitage Museum invite you to participate in the 5th International annual conference “Actual Problems of Art Theory and History”. The conference is to be held on October 28 – November 1, 2014 at the Faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University and The State Hermitage Museum.
The Committee will organize the sightseeing tours to Pavlovsk and Tsarskoye Selo. Also it is possible to arrange seminars in Novgorod and Pskov (1–2 days, at the wish of the participants of the conference).
The accommodation of the participants during the conference will be free of charge.
The topical problems of art history and theory of art are to be discussed at the conference. The general theme of the conference 2014 is “Images of Classical Antiquity. Ancient Art and its Heritage in the World Culture”. Special attention of the plenary and the sessions will be paid to the phenomenon of art and culture of Classical antiquity, transformation of its legacy in the development of European art system and values, and its significance for the formation of entire European culture and various national cultures.
Working languages of the conference: Russian and English.
Applicants are welcome to suggest papers on all the themes on art from early Middle Ages up to modernity provided they are concerned with the above mentioned problems. It is proposed to hold a plenary session and thematic sessions. Posters are to be admitted to the corresponding sessions.
The applications and abstracts of papers should be sent before the 30th of June, 2014 to the following e-mails:  conference@actual-art.org (with the subject line “For the conference”).
For the provisional programme and proposed sessions please see here.

 

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3. FELLOWSHIPS & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Department of Classical Philology at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland offers one PhD position in the five-year project “Intellectual History of Twelfth-Century Byzantium – Appropriation and Transformation of Ancient Literature” funded by National Centre for Science and led by Prof. Przemysław Marciniak. The successful candidate will be working in a small yet friendly research team. Please see here for full details.

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Please find here position announcement for Post-Doctoral Researcher in Early Christian Papyrology at the University of Minnesota; the requisition number is 119188.

 

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