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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 22nd December 2014
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
List of editions and translations in progress
Dear colleagues and friends,
please accept as a scholarly Christmas present the updated List of Editions and Translations in Progress.
Let me remind you that I only “copy&paste” the details I receive from you, without any kind of correction! So, please, if you notice typos or details that must be corrected, do let me know.
If you want to update an entry or add a new one, please, use the form here (Excel File). The email address is
If you maintain a website or you are the secretary of an association of Byzantine studies, please post or forward the List!
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year from Venice!
Dr Alessandra Bucossi
Università Ca’ Foscari – Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Intensive Course on Christian Arabic, Princeton, May 11-15 2015
Thanks to a number of generous grants from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, over the last few years the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University has organized a series of short, intensive courses for graduate students on a variety of subjects in the broad field of Islamic studies not normally covered in the Princeton curriculum. In each case, an internationally-recognized expert has been brought in to teach the course over a period of five weekdays.
This year, we plan to offer such a course on Christian Arabic.
The course will take place in May, starting on Monday May 11, and ending on Friday, May 15, 2015. The course is intended primarily for graduate students, both from Princeton and from other universities; applicants should have some knowledge of medieval Middle Eastern history.
The instructor will be Alexander Treiger of Dalhousie University, an expert on Christian Arabic literature, Sufism, and medieval Arabic philosophy. The course will focus on Christian literature in Arabic, with emphasis on the Arabic-speaking Chalcedonian Christians (called “Melkites” or “Rum Orthodox”). The first part (Days 1-2) will offer a general survey of Middle Eastern Christianity, its ecclesiastical, ethnic, and linguistic divisions, and Christian Arabic Studies as a field of research, central to the study of the Christian Orient and highly pertinent to neighboring fields (Late Antiquity, Syriac Studies, Islamic Studies, Byzantine Studies, etc.). Particular attention will be given to the library of the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai – arguably the richest repository of Arab Christian manuscripts in the world, at least as far as Melkite material is concerned. A special session will therefore be devoted to dated manuscript colophons from the Sinai collection. The second part of the course (Days 3-5) will focus on select genres of Christian literature in Arabic: biblical and patristic translations, apologetic and polemical literature, and world chronicles. Select texts will be read in printed editions (whenever available) and in manuscripts.
Application process and deadlines
Applications must be emailed to Judy Schedneck (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University by February 19, 2015. The subject line of the email should read, “Application for Christian Arabic Workshop.” Applications should comprise the following:
- Letter of application with statement of interest
- Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees
All items should be included in a single attachment, which may be a pdf.
Successful applicants will be notified in early-to-mid March 2015 and students accepted for the course but coming from outside of Princeton will receive partial scholarships to help defray travel and accommodation costs. The course itself is free.
- CALLS FOR PAPERS
‘Rules, Kingship and Legacies of Power’, Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton University, 10th April 2015
“O prince, desyre to be honourable,
Cherish thy folk and hate extorcioun.
Suffre nothing that may be reprevable
To thyn estat don in thy regioun.
Shew forth thy swerd of castigacioun,
Dred God, do law, love trouthe and worthinesse
And wed thy folk agein to stedfastnesse.”
(Geoffrey Chaucer, “Lak of Stedfastnesse”)
The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invites submissions for its twenty-second annual graduate conference in Princeton, New Jersey.
Topic: Rulers, Kingship, and Legacies of Power
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Conant, Brown University
Please find more details here.
Late Antique Hagiography as Literature, University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015
Texts about ‘holy’ women and men grew to be a defining feature of the culture of Late Antiquity. There is currently an increasing interest among scholars from different disciplines (history, theology, languages, and literature) in these hagiographical writings. But more can be done to find ways to systematise our understanding of the *literary* affiliations, strategies, and goals of these extraordinarily varied texts, which range from the prosaic and anonymous narrations of the martyr passions to the Classicising poems of Paulinus of Nola and the rhetorically accomplished sermons of John Chrysostom.
This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars working on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities, as well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas of continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in the form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the significance of these works should not be ignored.
We understand ‘hagiography’ in the non-technical sense of ‘writings about (the lives of) saints’. The concept of ‘saints’, likewise, is here taken in a broad way to mean remarkable and exemplary Christian figures (whether real or fictional); the field is not restricted to those who at some point were officially canonised by the Church. This colloquium is seeking to explore issues like the following:
. The definition of sainthood, e.g. through comparisons with texts about non-Christian saint-like figures (the ‘pagan martyrs’, Apollonius of Tyana).
. The portrayal of a saint in different texts; how are saints portrayed in their own writings compared to those of other authors about them?
. Characterisation, e.g. individuality and stereotyping: to what extent can a reader empathise or identify with a saint?
. Life imitating hagiography and resulting problems.
. What can hagiography tell us about non-elite ‘popular’ literary culture?
. How have different genres given shape to hagiographical texts (from Damasus’ epigrams to the epic poems of Fortunatus and Paulinus of Périgeux), as well as texts resisting generic categorisation? E.g. is the so called Life of Malchus a vita or a diegesis?
. Intertextuality as an aesthetic and ideological strategy.
. The emergence of stable hagiographical conventions, whose influence grew so powerful that it is often difficult to distinguish one saint from another.
. What, if anything, can hagiography learn from panegyric?
. Literary approaches to un-saintly behaviour (trickery, committing suicide, etc.) of saints.
. To what extent does a text’s rhetorical purpose undermine the author’s credibility as an honest record-keeper?
. Assessing the historicity of hagiographical texts.
. Transmission and textual problems of hagiographical texts.
. Reception and changes in the perception of authority (e.g. saints who wrote about saints, such as John Chrysostom and Augustine).
Proposals for 25-minute papers, in the form of abstracts between 200 and 400 words in length, should be submitted to Thomas Tsartsidis (T.Tsartsidis@sms.ed.ac.uk) or Christa Gray (email@example.com) by 15th January 2015. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute to this event.
Lucy Grig, Thomas Tsartsidis, Christa Gray
- JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
2 Year Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship at CEMS, CEU
Application deadline: February 15, 2015
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at the Central European University (CEU) Budapest/Hungary invites applications for a 2 Year Research and Teaching Fellowship in Classical Studies with a focus on Ancient Political Thought.
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) promotes the study of the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent regions from antiquity, especially the Hellenistic oikoumene (323–30 BCE), to the end of the Ottoman period (1923). For further information go to http://cems.ceu.hu/
Description of post
The Postdoctoral fellowship is for twenty-four months commencing September 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful candidate is expected
- to conduct advanced research in his/her field of expertise;
- to teach one course per academic term in his/her field of expertise and give advice to those research students affiliated who work in the Fellow’s field of expertise;
- to actively participate in and contribute to the academic life of the Center.
- applicants should have a PhD with a focus on Ancient Political Thought (Greek and/or Roman);
- relevance of the project to the Center’s and university’s wider research and teaching environment;
- expertise in digital humanities or network studies will be an advantage;
- fluency in English is a requirement.
What CEMS is offering
- the Research Fellow will receive a commensurate stipend/compensation for teaching
- a yearly budget towards organizing conferences and inviting guest lecturers
- a highly international setting, a very active center, numerous possibilities for interdisciplinary projects, library rights etc.
How to apply:
Applicants need to submit • a letter of motivation, • a project proposal of no more than 2,000 words outlining the research the candidate wishes to pursue while holding the fellowship, • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, • an article-length writing sample • a draft syllabus for a course they could see themselves teaching at CEU • and the names and addresses of two referees. Please send your complete application package to firstname.lastname@example.org For full consideration applications must be received by February 15, 2015. The Center expects to hold interviews – via phone or in person – in March 2015. CEU is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community.
‘One God: Abraham’s Legacy on the Nile’: British Museum
The Ancient Egypt and Sudan department are recruiting an interim Curator: Late Antique and Islamic Egypt to help deliver the One God: Abraham’s Legacy on the Nile exhibition, a major exhibition on Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Egypt, from the Roman to Fatimid periods, scheduled to open in Oct 2015. This is an interim post to cover a three month period of maternity leave within the department.
Key areas of responsibility:
- To work as a leading member of the Project Team, and to liaise with key internal and external stakeholders, and other contributors.
- To lead in the preparation of panel and label text for the exhibition, associated events and other related print and digital materials (audio visual materials, leaflets, website).
- To conduct research on objects representing Islamic period Egypt and incorporate into the exhibition as appropriate.
- To finalise content for the exhibition, working with BM and external scholars and other specialists.
- To manage and file project documentation and correspondence.
- To manage a digital database with object list and images, working with Project Curator. • To contribute to the planning of a related programme of events (lectures, etc).
- Other duties (on departmental and museum projects), as directed. Person Specification:
The ideal candidate will be educated to MA level (or equivalent) in Islamic art, archaeology or history or a similar related subject. High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and managing digital imagery will be essential to the role. You will also be fluent in Arabic and have good writing, proofing and editing skills in English. The successful candidate will be an excellent team player and thrives on challenge.
Closing Date: Noon, 29th December 2014
For further information or to apply for this role, please go to www.britishmuseum.org/jobs
University of Kent
The University of Kent have just advertised for a new medievalist to replace Alixe Bovey. We are particularly interested in someone with interests in the central and later Middle Ages, preferably working on regions other than England and we are open to applications from people with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including archaeology, architectural history, art history, history, or manuscript studies. I would be very grateful if you would bring this to the attention of anyone who might be interested.
Travel Fellowships-6th Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium of Islamic Art
I’m writing to share a fellowship opportunity with you. The 6th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, titled By the Pen and What They Write: Writing in Islamic Art and Culture, will be held in Doha, Qatar, November 7-9, 2015. The symposium sponsors, VCUQatar, the Qatar Foundation and VCU School of the Arts, will be able to offer up to 10 travel fellowships to cover the cost of awardees’ travel and lodging during the Symposium. All applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2015 — please see the Symposium website, www.islamicartdoha.org, for more information and to submit an application.
Marisa Angell Brown
Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art
VCUQatar/VCU School of the Arts