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The Byzness, 8th March 2015

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Revisiting Jerusalem Pilgrims: debates for the coming generation

On the occasion of a launch of the new book Travels to Jerusalem and Mount Athos by Petre Konchoshvili, translated by Mzia Ebanoidze & John Wilkinson (author of Egeria’s Travels and Jerusalem Pilgrims, former Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, now the Kenyon Institute, and founder of FaRiG) published by Gorgias Press and in the presence of the Georgian Ambassador, Professor Revaz Gachechiladze.

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), in association with the Friends of Academic Research in Georgia (FaRiG), invite you to this lecture to be held at the British Academy, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH Wednesday 25 March 2015, 6.00pm to be given by Dr Daniel Reynolds, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham & Dr Peter Darby, Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Nottingham.

This lecture will present the approach of their work on Jerusalem pilgrimage. The history of Christian pilgrimage in Syria-Palestine has captivated scholarly and public audiences since the first waves of research in the region in the nineteenth century. This subject continues to generate vibrant debate among scholars of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

The lecture will be followed by a short talk introducing pilgrimage from Georgia to Jerusalem:

From Bodbe to Sion: Pilgrimage and Holy Places?

by The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, Rector of St. Michael, Cornhill, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London.

This event will then be followed by a reception where copies of the book Travels to Jerusalem and Mount Athos will be available to view along with the opportunity to purchase copies at a special launch price.

All welcome. Free admission.
Please register online to attend the event. Booking is essential.:


Forthcoming Byzantine Lecture at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

Tuesday 10 March, 17.30-18.30
Byzantine inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea
Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

The team of the international collaborative project IOSPE: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea will mark the launch of the first collection, Byzantine Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series, and co-hosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies, the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, and the Department of Classics.


Registration for the Holy Apostles 2015 Symposium

Greetings from the Department of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection!

It is with great pleasure we send you the registration information for the Holy Apostles Symposium being held on Friday, April 24, 2015 to Sunday, April 26.

Please register online by clicking on the following link:

Please find the poster here.

Space for this event is limited, and registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis. For further information, including preliminary abstracts, please visit our event page or contact me at

All best,
Sehhee Koh


Small Grants for Postgrad/Postdoc Medieval Research

The TORCH Medieval Studies Research Network invites applications for small grants to support conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity organised by students at postgraduate (whether MSt or DPhil) or postdoctoral level from across the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford.

The deadline for applications is Friday of Week 1 of Trinity Term (1 May). To find out more, go to



‘Environments’ Postgraduate Conference 2015- ‘Landscapes and the mind’

Environments is a one-day postgraduate conference organised by Goldsmiths, University of London,
University of Kent, and University of Essex. The conference will take place on Friday 19th June 2015 at Goldsmiths, University of London.

We live in a writing environment. The places we inhabit, our urban and rural surroundings, and how we move through them, have a strong influence on who we are as people and as a society. This conference hopes to explore the links between texts, environments and identity.

From antiquity to the digital age, many writers, artists and theoreticians have explored the connections between landscapes, society, and self. In the context of this conference, environments can represent places affected as a result of human activity or consciousness. Submissions might engage with texts dealing with a myriad of environments including cityscapes, human habitats, and wild and imagined spaces.

We warmly welcome abstracts and papers from all postgraduate students. The conference will conclude with a selection of readings and a wine reception.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

· Psychogeography and travel writing
· Migration and displacement
· Nature and urban writing
· Animal studies
· Histories and mythologies of place
· Translation
· Concepts of home
· Global responsibility, climate change and urbanisation
· Sovereignty, nationalism and politics of place
· Theory of place and space
· Environmentalism, ecology and sustainability
· The online environment

We warmly welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from all postgraduate students by the 31st March 2015 to be sent to Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include details of your current level of study and home institution. For creative readings, please send a short example of your work.

Please find posters for the CfP and the conference here and here.



Council for British Research in the Levant

Please find the Council’s grants, fellowships etc at

Please also be aware that the Amman and Jerusalem Institutes are cheap places to stay for postgraduates if they join the CBRL.


Jerusalem, Kenyon Institute [former British School of Archaeology]:



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