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The Byzness, 26th October, 2014

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Diogenes, GEM, University of Birmingham

The second issue of Diogenes is available here.

The call for papers for the third issue can be found here.


Women and Monasticism Programme, 7th-9th November 2014

Please find the full programme here.

Out-of-Print Books for Scholars

It is with great pleasure that I am attaching to this email a copy of latest catalogue – CATALOGUE FORTY-THREE – which contains books in three fields of study: the ancient Old World; mediaeval, Renaissance and Reformation Europe; and the Middle East from the end of the ancient world to present times.

Unless you have specifically requested that only certain sections of the catalogue be sent to you, I am attaching the catalogue in its entirety. This will save further damaging my fingers, since there are several thousand emails to send and it is easier to send only one attachment. If you wish to receive only a specific section of the catalogue, please email so that I can so annotate your entry in my database.

Please use email to order from this catalogue.  In the past, my cellphone reception here has very poor and very frustrating.  A new cell tower has finally been constructed.  But it is far enough away that I am not yet sure that reception will be the norm at all times.

Please share my catalogue with your friends, colleagues and students. Thank you.

Enjoy the catalogue!


Carl Sandler Berkowitz
Out-of-Print Books for Scholars



Please find Archaeopress’s latest release here.


Byzantine Glazed Wares
Dear Colleague,

Attached you will find the abstract booklet of the last seminar in Sevastopol in September 2014 about the Byzantine glazed wares in the Black Sea area.

Best wishes,

Ergün LAFLI from Izmir



OUBS XVII International Graduate Conference, 27th-28th February 2015, University of Oxford
Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.


We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology.


Please find full details here.


    British Institute at Ankara – Research Scholar 2015

    The British Institute at Ankara is advertising for the 2015 Research Scholar.   For further information about the Institute, please visit the website

    Applications are invited for a Research Scholarship tenable for 7 months (with the possibility of extending for two extra months) from 5 January 2015 and based at the Institute in Ankara.  The Research Scholar will work with the Director and Assistant Director on the research collections and the electronic records of the BIAA archives to improve the Institute’s research capacity in one or more of its Strategic Research Initiatives SRI). Please visit the website: to see an overview of the BIAA’s SRI’s.

    The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute related work and a third conducting their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

    Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level. The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD.

    Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.

    The salary for the position will be £800 per month.  The BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey.

    The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 10 November and interviews will be held in London on 18 November.

    Application procedure
    Applicants should send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references.  Note: Applicants must advise their referees to have references sent to the London office electronically by the closing date. Please only send electronic applications and references to the London office of the BIAA ( For further information also contact this email address.


    Junior Research Fellowship, the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)

    The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).  The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country. Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants.  Research awards will be made for a maximum of $5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program.  For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to info “at” Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at”  All information must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.


ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.


For the application form and the full call, please visit

Europe next to Europe Fellowships

New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Study in Bucharest, Romania – announces the competition for Europe next to Europe Fellowships for the academic year 2015-16.

The Fellowships program is targeting in particular the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia), Turkey, Cyprus. Candidates are welcome to apply with projects on topics of their choice, for in-residence Fellowships at the New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania.


Applicants must be doctoral students in an advanced stage of their research, or hold a PhD title.

Submission of application:

Applications have to be submitted following the guidelines and using the form available at:

Applications will be submitted in electronic format only, to the address:

Deadline: December 8, 2014

Further details are available at:

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