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The Byzness, 29nd March 2015
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Experiencing Death in Byzantium, Newcastle University, 29th May 2015
This single day conference will consider the extent to which we can approach the individual experiences surrounding death in Byzantium and the relevance they have for our knowledge of Byzantine self-understanding. How can we approach experiences that played tangible social roles and yet were so irreducible to literal language and meaning that they remained couched in the language of allegory? To what extent were shared experiences and understandings of death and dying orchestrated for individuals? Can remaining physical and textual evidence reveal such intended experiences to us? This conference seeks to access the personal and contingent experiences surrounding death and dying in Middle Byzantine mortuary practices.  
We will consider the affects of the objects, images, literatures and theologies connected to death, dying and the otherworld in Byzantium. In this way, both the material and immaterial aspects of death in Byzantium will be discussed from grave goods and eschatological literature, to the emotions and sensations of death along with images of death, dying and judgement. This conference takes seriously the evident dearth of systematic eschatological doctrine in Byzantium and Byzantine preference for allegorical understandings of death and the otherworld. It seeks to create a space to discuss and integrate the separate, and at times disparate and opaque, bodies of eschatological practice and knowledge across various spheres of Byzantine life.  It is hoped that this will reveal to us more profound and fundamental insights into eschatological thought, sentiment and action in Byzantium and their contribution to Byzantine self-understandings. 
Organised by Dr Sophie Moore, Dr Niamh Bhalla and Dr Mark Jackson.  
If you are interested in being involved in the conference please email the organisers at niamh.bhalla@courtauld.ac.uk or sophie.moore2@ncl.ac.uk
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Continuous Page. Scrolls and scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext, Call for Project Participants


Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext. In between these two extremes too, we find a plethora of different artists and craftsmen turning and returning to the medium, from medieval medical treatises and Japanese emakimono to 19th-century wallpaper or Jack Kerouac’s continuously-typewritten draft of On The Road.
Participants are sought to take part in a collaborative investigation into the intriguing format of the scroll and the act of scrolling across different cultures and periods, considering both the timeless material object and its infinite conceptual space. Participants are sought from any field or discipline, and are likely to be academics (at all stages of their careers), museum professionals, or practicing artists.
Meetings and Outputs
The project is formed of two parts. The first is a pair of two-day workshops based at The Courtauld Institute of Art, including keynote lectures, handling sessions in London museums, and fifteen-minute papers from participants on their research. Papers might consider – but are by no means limited to – the following ideas:
Workshop 1- ‘Scroll as Object’
(22-23 June, 2015)
·      Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptian papyrus, Torah
·      Medieval genealogical rolls, legal rolls, medical rolls
·      Japanese Emakimono, Chinese handscrolls
·      Fabric rolls, wallpaper, other decorative rolls
·      Newspapers, type-written rolls, and other production line objects
·      Canvas rolls, 70s cut-to-order painting
·      Hypertext, online scrolling, Internet art
Workshop 2 – ‘Scroll as Idea’
(21-22 September, 2015)
·      Continuous page, continuous narrative, continuous text
·      History, law, authority
·      Papyrus, paper, pixel
·      Infinity, digital, touchscreen
·      Speech, theatre, oration
·      Mass creation, production lines, rolling type
The second element of the project will be the creation of an online exhibition to be launched in December 2015 entitled Continuous Page, presenting a series of digitised scrolls from a variety of places and periods. Drawing on the research and expertise of the workshop participants, the exhibition will be a critical online resource and lasting record of the project, showcasing the potential for combining new media practices and digital ‘scrolling’ with the continuous page of the material scroll. Over the course of the workshops we will also be developing plans for a publication to coincide with the project.
Interested participants should send a short statement of interest in the project (no longer than one page) outlining your current research and the ways it aligns with the project’s themes, workshops, and outcomes, as well as a full academic CV, to jack.hartnell@courtauld.ac.uk (Project convenor, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow) by Friday 17 April 2015.
Limited funds may be available to support participation from scholars based outside the UK.


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Istanbul through the Ages, Koc University

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History with a preference for the history of the Middle East/Ottoman Empire, Newcastle University
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