The Byzness

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The Byzness, 21st September, 2014

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Symposium in Bucharest: the legacy of French assumptionists for Byzantine Studies, New Europe College, 25th-27th September 2014

Please find a poster and a programme for the conference attached.

40th Byzantine Studies Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 6th November-9th November 2014
Attached please find the Program for the 40th Byzantine Studies Conference, to be held at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 6 – November 9, 2014.

The final version of the Abstracts of Papers is downloadable from the following site:

Hard copies of the Abstracts will be available at the conference as in past years. Please remember that BSANA no longer mails out bound copies of the Abstracts to members not present at the BSC.

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Warren Woodfin
BSANA Secretary

Please find draft programme here.

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Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean, European University Cyprus and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

3rd-6th June 2015
Over the centuries, the peoples and nations of the Mediterranean have been divided but also connected by the sea. Its trade routes have facilitated traffic and ideas, artistic creativity, and architecture, as well as commerce. Cultures have evolved and empires have risen and declined through processes that have impacted the histories and cultures of countries washed by the Mediterranean. This sea has helped create what Edward Said refers to as “lines between cultures” that permit us to discern identities in a process of constant evolution while also revealing the “extent to which cultures are humanly made structures of both authority and participation.”   Indeed, this interplay of geography and culture, politics and art, climate and society invites multiple modes of inquiry. How have the “humanly made structures” of the Eastern Mediterranean helped both to unite and divide the peoples of the region?  As peripheral cultures, have these structures and/or peoples taken on aspects and attributes similar to those found in other peripheral but also metropolitan settings? To what extent has the region’s geopolitical frame affected lifestyle and artistic expression for those living there? How did Empire mediate in the interactions between Mediterranean colonies? How have the structures created by Greeks, Ottomans, Britons, and other imperialists in the Eastern Mediterranean altered the landscape — human, sociological, anthropological, linguistic, and cultural?

We invite proposals for papers, posters, and panels that engage with these questions as well as with any other aspects and politics of culture and empire in the Eastern Mediterranean. We welcome papers that explore any of the issues that focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. Through these papers, we hope to explore the ways in which the arts in this “extremely small sea,” as Lawrence Durrell puts it, have helped to “make us dream that it is larger than it is.”

Abstracts of a 250-word maximum for 20-minute papers, and a 400-word maximum for three-paper panels (with the names of the panelists) that engage with these and other relevant questions should be submitted electronically addressed to David Roessel or Petra Tournay at by Friday, 10 October 2014. Please make sure that you send the proposal as an attachment and include “Conference Proposal” in the topic line of your email.

The organizers are looking into the possibility of a publication that will feature a selection of papers from the conference. Acceptances will be sent by 19 December 2014.

For further information about the conference and the detailed list of suggested topics  please check the conference website:

Best regards,
Conference organizers


Leeds IMC 2015- Approaches to Medieval Court Records: Trials, Testimony, Voices from the Archives

Following the success of our three-session strand at the 2014 Leeds IMC, “Approaches to Late Medieval Court Records I-III”, we intend at the 2015 congress to explore further the riches of late medieval judicial archives and to continue building networks between scholars working on these fascinating sources. We therefore invite papers examining any aspect of medieval law courts and the records they produced – secular or ecclesiastical –to submit proposals. Thematically, whilst all approaches are welcome, we particularly encourage contributors to explore the methodological problems of their sources as well as the challenges and the rewards of engaging with the narratives of medieval litigants and judiciaries.
We therefore invite proposals from scholars working in the historical disciplines as well as any other relevant subject area for papers of 20 minutes on the topics outlined here. Please include name, institution, contact information, paper title, and an abstract of around 200 words in all proposals. Possible topics for papers may include:

· Methodologies of approaching medieval court records
· Gender and its importance in court
· Sex and sexualities in court
· Court records and wider society
· The voices of “common people”
· Deviancy and delinquency
· Comparative/regional differences and approaches
· The use of the courts in political conflicts

Please send proposals to by September 25th 2014.

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A 14 months Postdoctoral position (Experienced Researcher), Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC

A 14 months Postdoctoral position (Experienced Researcher) is available in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC. The Postdoctoral position will be based in an audiovisual company (Lopez Li Films-Spain). The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance of 57,000 Euros/year (base rate) and a mobility allowance of 700-900 Euros/month (base rate). She/he will participate in PIMIC, a project combining academic research on medieval institutions with training in wider dissemination, based on collaboration between universities and private sector companies and funded by the European Union. The Experienced Researcher will participate in a groundbreaking project: the creation of the Media School for Historians, a training course designed to teach historians how to make a documentary film from its conception to post-production. She/he will work actively with Lopez-Li Films in order to get familiar with the company and its productions. She/he will equally enable the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC to implement ambitious schemes for the diffusion and transfer of its conclusions.

Required skills: Ph.D or at leat 4 years of research experience with specific studies related to audiovisual media, film, communication, cultural management and/or applied media sciences. Some educational background in History is a plus. Experience on documentary production will be appreciated.

Languages: English and Spanish (understanding only)

Closing date of applications: 30 September 2014

Duration of Fellowship 14 months – starting in November

Submitting an application Applications including a CV (maximum two pages), a letter of interest, a scanned diploma (PhD or equivalent) and a sample of work must be sent in English to

Contact person Laura Rodríguez (PIMIC Project Manager)

For full details, see


The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: January 15

The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly know as the Gennadeion Fellow in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of photographer and archaeologist, M. Alison Frantz (1903 – 1995) whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.

The Frantz Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose fields of study are represented by the Gennadius Library in Athens, i.e. Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Successful candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from September 1 to June 1. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library of the School.

Application: Submit application for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project, and three letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site at

Web site: or

The award will be announced by March 15.


The British Institute at Ankara

The BIAA is now offering the following opportunity at the Institute at Ankara:


Research Scholar – 2015


The following opportunity is jointly offered by the BIAA and Koç University’s Research Centre for Ancient Civilisations  (RCAC)


The following are offered by the British Academy – Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants


Both the above British Academy schemes are currently only available for researchers in the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Turkey


Please forward this email including the above links to any interested parties.


Many thanks,


Claire McCafferty | London Manager
The British Institute at Ankara |10 Carlton House Terrace | London SW1Y 5AH

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