The Byzness

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The Byzness, 25th of May, 2014

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On the 6th of June, the Centre of Modern Greece/Centrum Modernes Griechenland-CeMoG will be inaugurated in the Freie Universität, Berlin. For more information please seehere.
Naturally, several people have requested a translation of the petition text before putting their names to the document (by sending an e-mail with your name and institutional affiliation to: Prof. Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan has kindly provided the following summary of its contents:
The petition states the Hagia Sophia is a shared cultural heritage site that must retain museum status. It must remain open to one and all, regardless of creed, and should not be transformed into a mosque.
The Oxford Medieval Society warmly invites you to its Trinity Term meeting:
Medieval Magic and the Supernatural
with Dr Carl Watkins and Dr Sophie Page
8 pm on Thursday 29th May (5th week)
The Swire Room, University College
Please see the poster for further details. All are welcome!


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Call For Chapters – The Material Culture of Magic
Book project, ed. by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie
Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves. (For the full call please see here)
The volume will present an overview of current research in this field. It will comprise approximately 20 of the best and most relevant contributions on this subject. Contributors will be asked to submit a finished chapter of around 6,000 words (inc. references) with publication planned for 2015.
In the first instance, an abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent, together with a brief biography, to the editors before 1 August 2014 at We are also happy to answer any questions.
In order to get the best possible response, we would appreciate your help in re-distributing this call for chapters. Email it to colleagues, other relevant mailing lists, or print it out and stick it up on the department noticeboard!
CFP “Project Byzantium”
As we have launched some times ago, we are collecting papers for the project called “Bisanzio”. We would like to prepare a sort of enciclopedia divided into four volumes
1) Late Roman Empire, from Constantine to the end of Justinian
2) Medieval Empire, from Justinian to Basil I
3) Golden age, from Basil I to the Komnenoi dynasty
4) The decadence, from Angels to Paleologoi.
Considering the model, we are asking to contribute for entries (from 800 to 4000 words depending by the essay) such as “The life of Constantine the Great, the Iconoclasm, the Fall of Constantinopole, the fourth Crusade, the battle of Manziket etc..”
If you are interested on preparing with us this encyclopedia (that will be published in the future) please submit your proposal of entry to
Languages allowed are: Italian, English and French.
Shared Journeys: The Confluence of Pilgrimage Traditions
An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies
College of William & Mary
September 26-28, 2014
The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for the 3nd annual Symposium to be held September 26-28, 2014 at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. We encourage submission of papers involving research and creative activity on journeys to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature, art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance. Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.
Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted on our website ( until August 1st, 2014.   Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; students should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor.  Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 15th, 2014.  Please check the website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris ( for further information.


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30 Doctoral & Postdoctoral Scholarships in Greece (Non – Greek Nationals), State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) (2014 – 2015)

The State Scholarships Foundation (Ι.Κ.Υ.) announces that it will offer up to twenty (20) scholarships to all nationals (non-Greek Nationals and non-Greek Nationals of Greek origin) of Balkan and Eastern European countries (non-Member States of the European Union), Asia,

Africa and Latin America and up to ten (10) scholarships to all nationals (non-Greek Nationals

and non-Greek Nationals of Greek origin) of the European Union (Member States), Iceland,

Norway, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Oceania, for research in Greece, commencing

in the academic year 2014-2015.

Application deadline is June 16, 2014

For further details please see here.


As was announced in a message of May 15, the California Rare Books School (CalRBS) is offering for the first time this year a course focusing on Byzantine illuminated manuscripts. The course will be taught by Dr. Justine Andrews.

There are three full-tuition scholarships earmarked for this course.

The enrollment for all CalRBS courses is limited to 12 individuals.  Applications for this course will be accepted until it is full; subsequent applications will go to a waiting list.  Instructions for applying for both admission, scholarships, and application forms for both are on the CalRBS Website,  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 15, 2014.

Founded in 2005 at UCLA, CalRBS is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by scholars, graduate students, and professionals working with rare books, manuscripts, and archives.   Those enrolled in CalRBS courses receive forty hours of instruction over five days, or the equivalent of an entire academic quarter in just one week.  For more information and to learn about all the CalRBS courses being offered in 2014, please visit the Website.  Again it

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