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The Byzness, 18th January 2014

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LABS lecture at the Classics Research Workshop, University of Nottingham
Tuesday 10th February: Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh) ‘Why did emperors visit Rome so rarely in the fourth century?’

All are welcome. Workshops are on Tuesdays at 5.00 pm, in the Humanities Building, room A3 on University Park Campus; papers are followed by discussion, drinks and dinner. Please note, the Classical Association meetings (Tuesday 10th March, Thursday 25th June) begin at 5.30 pm.

Enquiries should be directed to Mark Bradley ( ).



Connections, Networks, & Contexts, University of Edinburgh, 17th April 2015

Run by the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh

The Late Antique and Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is holding a one day conference on the theme of Connections, Networks, and Contexts within the time period of Late Antique to Medieval. While interdisciplinary approaches to academic research may have been less common just a few years ago, there has recently been an increased interest in working across disciplinary boundaries. For the last five years, the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh has worked under a similar ethos, organising seminars for postgraduate students to present their work and exchange ideas across academic disciplines.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers and A3 posters from any relevant department, including Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, and Islamic Studies among others. Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for papers, and 200 words for posters, to To be considered, proposals must be received by 2 March 2015. Confirmations of acceptance will be sent at least one month in advance. This conference is being put on with the support of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
See here for more details


Historical Perspectives 2015 Conference Call for Papers

Regeneration and the Uses and Misuses of History: Call for Papers

The theme for the Historical Perspectives 2015 conference will be ‘Regeneration and the Uses and Misuses of History’, to be held at the University of St. Andrews on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th June 2015. Historical Perspectives is a history society established and run by postgraduates for postgraduates, and our annual conference has now been running for eleven years.

Historical Perspectives is primarily a history society, but also welcomes the inclusion of interdisciplinary research topics, including economic, social, cultural, medieval, modern, and medical history. Our conferences provide postgraduates with an opportunity to present their research in a mutually supportive environment, developing the skills needed to complete a successful doctoral career. In addition to the presentation of papers, the conference also features a keynote speaker and our unique Employability Panel, which aims to enhance our capacity to develop world-class researchers.

The theme for 2015, ‘Regeneration and the Uses and Misuses of History’, is intended to encourage participation by postgraduates working in a range of disciplines in Arts and Social Sciences. Papers can be on any topic relating to the theme from an historical perspective and could include, but are not limited to, these issues:

*   Revolutions; revolt and resistance; crisis and conflict
*   Social and political change
*   Sexual and gender issues
*   Legal, ethical, philosophical or religious transformation
*   Technological and cultural change
*   Revolutions in art and the media
*   Discourse and power; political frontiers

These issues are intended as suggestions and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to the theme from any discipline.

Please submit proposals of c. 250 words by 28 February 2015 to Hannah Grenham at with “Conference 2015 Abstract” in the subject line.
Please see advert here.



Call for Applications: The Art of the Crusades: a re-evaluation project, SOAS, University of London

Early Career Collaborative Research Project in Eastern Mediterranean and Levant for Mediaevalists, Byzantinists and researchers into the art and archaeology of the diverse Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region.

SOAS University of London with funding from the Getty Foundation is launching a new research programme lasting two years that might be of interest to you entitled The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation.

Led by Professor Scott Redford of SOAS University of London, The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation is aimed at early career academics and higher level research students interested in exploring the possibilities of a new kind of integrationist approach to the art and archaeology of the mediaeval period in the eastern Mediterranean and Levant.

This approach will involve interrogating the material culture of the mediaeval period using diverse academic approaches, and seek to show the connections between the art and other material culture of the different peoples and religious groups of this region at the time.

We are looking for candidates from a wide variety of academic fields. This includes researchers into Crusader art, architecture and archaeology, but also Byzantinists, and researchers into the art and architecture of Islamic, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant region during the Middle Ages.

Those taking part will be asked to attend four fully-funded research field trips, two in 2015 and two in 2016, each lasting nine days. These research trips will be to Greece, Israel, Jordan and Turkey and on them participants will attend lectures by international and local experts, visit historical sites of interest and engage in seminars aimed at formulating a new way of looking at this kind of material from an integrationist perspective.

We are particularly keen to encourage researchers based in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, or with strong connections to it, to apply.

All air fares, accommodation and meals on the research trips will be paid for, and we welcome applications now for the first of these trips, to Turkey, in November 2015.

Further information and an application form can be found on the SOAS website at:

Further Information: artofthecrusades

Application Form: 50121286584352

Deadline for Applications: 15 March 2015. Spaces are limited and so early application is strongly advised.

Please do also pass this on to your colleagues and research students, and also colleagues overseas as we would welcome academics and others involved in the preservation and intepretation of historical sites from the eastern Mediterranean and Levant region to take part.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully

Dr Michael Paraskos
Project Officer
Art of the Crusades
SOAS University of London


Assistant Professor in Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna

The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna, is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (a six-year, non-tenured appointment) in Modern Greek Studies.
Application deadline 27 January 2015.

For further inquiries, please contact Professor Maria Stassinopoulou (maria.stassinopoulou@univie.


PhD Scholarship related to ‘Understanding cities in the premodern history of Northeast Asia, c. 200-1200, University of Birmingham

Dear Colleagues,

Please can I ask you to pass this on to any UG or Masters students you may have who might be interested? This is a PhD topic that is quite open to interpretation, using Chinese texts and archaeological evidence, and includes training in magnetometry with three years of fieldwork (spring-summer season). We’ll consider candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including history, archaeology, Chinese studies.
Any archaeologists who receive this: I’d be especially grateful if you could distribute this to any relevant lists you may be on.
With many thanks,
Naomi Standen

Professor of Medieval History
Please see here for more details.


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