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The Byzness, 8th February 2015

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​’Cities in the East’- An OUBS Special Event

​In collaboration with the Oxford Medieval Society, ​we will have two prestigious speakers, Anthony Bale (Birkbeck) and Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway), giving talks on the topic of ‘Cities in the East’ at 8pm,

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Thursday 19th February (5th week), in the Goodheart Room at University College.

​Anthony Bale (Birkbeck): ‘Edmund Wighton of London: a fifteenth-century Englishmen in Jerusalem and Beyond’

Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway): ‘Shock of the foreign: travellers’ tales from the last days of Byzantine Constantinople’​

A drinks reception will take place before and after the talks.
We are also organising a pre-event dinner, which will take place at 6pm at the Shezan Indian restaurant on the High Street. As with last year’s collaboration, the dinner is an opportunity for estranged westerners and easterners to get to know each other better, and should help set a relaxed mood for the evening.

Dinner will consist of a selection of dishes (starters and a main) for £17.95 per person; drinks are not included in this price.
Please feel free to distribute this event where you see fit.

​Please find the event poster here


​Ancient and Modern Prize 2015​

The 9th Ancient & Modern Prize, an award of £1,000, will be given to a
candidate aged under 26 or over 60 for an original research project.

The Godfrey Goodwin Prize of £500, in honour of the distinguished Ottoman
architectural historian Godfrey Goodwin (1921–2005), will be awarded to the

Sponsored by HALİ and CORNUCOPIA and by Bonhams, Christies and Sotheby’s

Application details attached or visit:
Application deadline April 30, 2015

​Please find more details here.​


​Viva la differenza?​ Italian towns in the early middle ages, 500-1100, a conference to mark the retirement of Dr Tom Brown, 29th-30th May 2015

​Confirmed speakers:

Dr Ross Balzaretti, University of Nottingham

Dr Neil Christie, University of Leicester

Dr Enrico Cirelli, University of Bologna

Dr Eddie Coleman, University College Dublin

Dr Roger Collins, Edinburgh

Emeritus Professor Edward James, Trinity

College Dublin

Dr Simon Loseby, University of Sheffield

Dr Vivien Pr​i​gent, CNRS, Paris

Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oxford

Further details and online booking at

​Please find the conference poster here.​


​A new Byzantine inscription​

Dear Colleague,

Bru/E. Lafli, Inscriptions greco-romaines d’Anatolie III, in: H. Bru/G. Labarre (eds.), Chronique d’Orient, Dialogues d’histoire ancienne 40/2, 2014, 268-282.

In this paper 16 new Greek inscriptions from Caria, Samsun and Ionia are being presented. There is a Byzantine inscription, too.

Best wishes from Izmir, Turkey!

Prof. Dr. Ergün LAFLI



The Land of Fertility: South-East Mediterranean since the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest, 12th-13th June 2015

This year we would like to focus on the ancient city, its formation and development. It has

been set to focus on the ancient city as a place where people live, as well as the urbanisation process, relations between urban centres, urban ideology etc.

May we ask You for distribution of the information for all interested reserchers of relevant branch of study.

In attachment You can find Leaflet and Call for papers (with Application Form)

Thank You,
Best Regards,

Łukasz Miszk, MA, Department of Classical Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University

Małgorzata Kajzer, MA

Maciej Wacławik, MA

​Please find conference poster here and the full call for papers here.​


International Ancient Warfare Conference, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 29th June-2nd July, 2015​

This conference will be held from the 29TH of June 2015 to the 2nd of July 2015, at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Conference Organiser: Geoff Lee.

The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics. The intent is to facilitate a multi-disciplinary conference and therefore researchers from any relevant discipline are encouraged to participate. Papers on any aspect of Ancient Warfare are sought. These will be of thirty minutes duration with ten minutes for comments/questions.

Ancient Warfare in this context is from the ‘Dawn of Time’ until the ‘Fall of Constantinople’. However, papers that show a continuation from this period to other periods, including those relating to future warfare, will be considered. Submissions relating to all cultures and regions of the globe will be considered.

Confirmed speakers, so far, are: Professor Philip Sabin (Kings College London), Doctor Jason Crowley (Manchester Metropolitan University), and Doctor James Thorne, (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester, and Head of Latin, St Mary’s College Crosby).

There may also be a day trip to the Dolacouthi mines and the nearby Roman fort where Professor Barry Burnham has kindly offered to be available to give us the benefit of his extensive knowledge of these sites. This trip will only be organised if there is enough interest. More on this at a later time.

The deadline for submission of abstracts, which should be of c. 300 words, is March 1st 2015. All contributors will be required to pay a fee which is £25.00 for current students or the unwaged and £35.00 for other participants. This is a reduced fee and covers attendance at all four days of the conference.

If you wish to gain some experience as an assistant at the conference, then please let me know – some people will be needed to check delegates in, act as guides and several other tasks which facilitate a successful conference. Please feel free to pass this to potential helpers from any academic discipline who may wish to be involved

If you are an experienced academic, willing to act as a chair or able to offer help with choice of abstracts, and other aspects of organising the conference, please contact me.

Please note that any helpers at the conference will not be expected to pay for attendance at the conference.

Also, please note that if you will require a signed certificate for attendance then please make sure you bring the certificate(s) to the conference so that it/they can be signed whilst the conference is running.

Aberystwyth is easily accessible by rail. Postgraduate students needing help with their travel costs are encouraged to apply to the Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund (

Accommodation and meals will not be arranged for the workshop. However, as Aberystwyth is a popular seaside holiday resort there is an abundance of accommodation available. The National Library has a canteen and a café and there are also several good places to eat within easy walking distance. If university accommodation is available details will be posted on the BLOG. In addition suggested meeting places for each evening will be posted on the BLOG as will details of the conference dinner.

The conference BLOG, which is currently being developed, will be available at:

To submit an abstract or for more information please contact the conference organiser at:


BIAA Funding Opportunities 2015/16​

The British Institute at Ankara, one of the foreign schools and institutes supported by the British Academy, invites funding applications for project grants (up to £5000 per year for up to three years) and for study grants (up to £2000 per year), to be carried out in 2015/16.

The research remit of the BIAA covers Turkey and the Black Sea.  BIAA research engages with Turkey as a crossroads, Turkey’s interactions with the Black Sea region and its other neighbours, and Turkey as a distinctive creative and cultural hub in a global and neighbourhood perspective. The overall focus of applications should be on History, Society and Culture.  The BIAA has primary experience and resources as an archaeological and historical research centre, including a first-class library in Ankara.  Priority is given to research projects with a historical dimension, even when the prime focus is on contemporary Turkey or climate issues. In line with the mission of the BIAA as a centre of excellence for archaeological research, substantial funds will be set aside for selected field projects running over a number of years. Currently three or four projects of this type are supported.

Applications for funding should fit within the five Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) which define the current shape of BIAA research policy:

    • Climate and its historical and current impact
    • Migration, Minorities and regional identities
    • Religion and politics in historical perspective
    • Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective​s
    • Cultural heritage, society and the economy

Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey.  The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding.  A single applicant (e.g. an excavation project director) may only apply for funding under one of these headings.  The organisers of potentially diverse and projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.

Currently, no new permits are being issued to overseas researchers by the Turkish authorities.  However, the BIAA is prepared to offer support applications to carry out archaeological research as part of Turkish or non-Turkish directed projects which already hold permits.

Current research based at the BIAA within the above SRI’s:

Previous 5K Grants:

‘Quaternary environments in the upper catchment of the Kura River, North-Eastern Turkey: A context for early human occupation and migration’

‘Prototyping visitor-centred mobile and mixed reality interpretation at Çatalhöyük, Turkey’ ‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’

‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’

‘Life on the frontier: climate and landscape change in Byzantine Anatolia, 500-1200 AD’


Previous 2K Grants:

‘Tell Majnuna: Feasting and Mass production at the dawn of cities in Mesopotamia’

‘Identification of archaeobotanical remains from the West Mound of Çatalhöyük and Çamlıbel Tarlası’

‘The role of cultural, social and historical values in shaping investment and energy policies: the case study of Turkey’
‘Exploring the climatically and socio-ecologically responsive urban built environment in the vernacular settlement of Mardin’


Please visit our website at for information and application forms. The closing date for all applications is 1 May 2015.


Details of the position of Assistant Director commencing on 1 September 2015 can be found here:


Details of the Post-doctoral Fellowships commencing on 1 September 2015 can be found here:


Grants for our Turkish Scholars Fund  and our joint award with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies also open for applications.


Please email the Director, Dr Lutgarde Vandeput at lvandeput@biaatr.orgfor more information.  Please forward this email to any interested parties.



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