The Byzness

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The Byzness, 5th October, 2014

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Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

Saturday 18 October, 19.30-21.00: Rebetika & the Eastern Mediterranean underground

Presented by the Centre for Hellenic Studies & the Department of Music

Tutu’s, Macadam Building, Strand Campus

Roderick Beaton (Director, CHS) and Martin Stokes (King Edward Professor of Music) will explore the musical underground, focusing on rebetika and broader Eastern Mediterranean soundscapes. With performances by Cigdem Aslan & Friends and Oxford Maqam.


Friday 24 October, 18.30-20.00: Hellish persons: personifications of the underworld from antiquity to the present

Presented by the Centre for Hellenic Studies & the Departments of Classics and Theology & Religious Studies

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus

Emmanuela Bakola (Department of Classics) will examine personifications of Hades in the classical Greek tradition, and Emily Pillinger (Departments of Classics & Liberal Arts) will then investigate the Roman expressions of this figure. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (Department of Classics) will explore the Christian Sheol/Hades of late antiquity and the early middle ages, and David Ricks (Centre for Hellenic Studies) will consider the figure of Charos in modern Greek poetry.


Both events are free of charge, but booking is required. Please follow the appropriate link for details.


We do hope you will join us.


Best wishes,


Centre for Hellenic Studies

Arts & Humanities Research Institute

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

King’s College London

The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): recent research and new discoveris, 12th-14th December, Nicosia, Cyprus

Please find full programme of the conference here.

Vienna Bibliography August and September 2014, no. 154

Please find the latest dispatch here.



Please find the latest newsletter from Archaeopress, including new titles, here.


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Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission, and Influence, 30th-31st January 2015, University of Oxford

This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. It will also provide an opportunity for postgraduate and emerging scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology and religion, late antique and Byzantine studies, near eastern studies, and rabbinics to present their work on Syriac literature within Oxford’s vibrant late antique studies community.


Please see the conference website for the complete call for papers and a poster/flyer.


Keynote papers will be given by Jack Tannous (Princeton University) and Timothy Michael Law (University of St Andrews). Publication of selected conference papers is anticipated.


Those wishing to present a twenty-minute paper may submit a brief abstract (250 words or less) and academic biography to The deadline for submissions is Monday, 17 November 2014.


Organisers: Walter Beers (Princeton) and Jeremiah Coogan (Oxford)


Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, March 20-22, 2015, University of Pennsylvania

Following on the success of “Masons at Work” (held in spring 2012, and published as, the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered – and the solutions they developed – in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer.  Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser.  Deadline: 15 November 2014.  The final program will be announced immediately thereafter.  Submit proposals to with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout


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BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management

The BIAA and the RCAC are offering a joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.

Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 15, 2015 – June 15, 2016) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website. Application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is December 15, 2014.

The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural Heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.

Application Deadline: 15th December

See list of fellowships and link to application information at:


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2015-2016, The Centre for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Please find details for this scholarship here.


Research Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, The University of Agder, Norway

Dear colleagues,


The University of Agder, Norway, announced today a Research Fellowship in Norwegian or European history in the Middle Ages or in the period 19th-21st century. Candidates interested in composing a doctoral thesis related to the Byzantine Civilisation are welcome to apply. Could you please spread the news? The deadline is November 1st and you may find the announcement here:


Candidates are welcome to contact my colleagues named in the announcement or me.


Thank you in advance,

Apostolos Spanos

Professor, Dr.

University of Agder

Department of Religion, Philosophy & History

Serviceboks 422

4604 Kristiansand, Norway


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