Dear all,

After the Easter weekend normal service has been resumed. A weekend which also saw Australia welcome it’s first Byzantine monastery ( wishes,


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The Byzness, 7th April 2015

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Sinai Icon Conference, Princeton, 17th-18th April
There is no registration fee, but please register for the conference as seating is

Please find the poster here.


The Door of the Sanctuary, 27th-29th May, VU University, Amsterdam

Please find the text and the flyer linked here.


From Heraclius to Urban II: trends and themes in Medieval Christian Holy War, 1st May 2015, University of Cambridge

Please find the final programme here.
Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate & Early Careers Conference 2015, ‘Connections, Networks, & Contexts’, 17th April 2015, Teviot Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh
Registration is now open for the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate and Early Careers Conference. The conference is open to all and attendance is free, but we do require those expecting to attend the conference for the whole day to register.

 To register, please email with your name, affiliation, and any dietary restrictions for the provided lunch. Details of the conference can be found in the attached document or on our website at, LAMPS will be hosting a bus trip to medieval sites in East Lothian on Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 – 6:00pm. Limited spaces are still available; please note if interested.

Please find the schedule here.


Byzantine Greek Summer School

Will be held again this year at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the University of Birmingham.


Level-1 (Beginners) 26 July – 9 August 2015 All other levels 9-23 August 2015


Applications which an include a request for funding must be received by Monday 13 April.

The deadline for all other applications is Monday 18 May.

For further details, please see the information files:


Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages, Harvard University and First Church in Cambridge, April 16 & 17, 2015

The Mediterranean basin has long been a zone of cultural, economic, and artistic encounter and exchange. This was particularly true in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500 CE), as the three great religious traditions of Late Antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) battled, bartered with, and borrowed from one another in a variety of political and cultural contexts. Focusing on the centuries from 1200 to 1500, Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages will explore the Mediterranean world as a “trading place” between Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, and Western societies.

The symposium includes a keynote lecture by David Abulafia (Cambridge University), three multidisciplinary panels addressing the economic, artistic, and material contours of medieval cultural exchange, presentations on recent work in the digital humanities, a medieval coins and seals workshop, and a concert celebrating the rich musical heritage of the medieval Mediterranean world, with performances by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Natasha Roule, and Voice of the Turtle.

All events are free and open to the public.

Please visit the conference website ( for a full description of events and to RSVP.

Space for the workshops is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello ( by April 10.


Eurydice Georganteli, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Brandie Ratliff, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross; Nicholas Watson, Department of English and Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University; Sean Gilsdorf, Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University


Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; European Commission, Research & Innovation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; Harvard Art Museums; Harvard University Department of History of Art + Architecture; Harvard University Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities; Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross



Crossing Frontiers: Christians, Muslims and their art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new travelling research seminar programme for Early Career Researchers interested in the medieval art and culture of the eastern frontier between Christianity and Islam, covering Anatolia, the Caucasus and the western Iranian world. The seminars will travel initially to eastern Turkey and Armenia with the aim of investigating questions of cross-cultural exchange and international artistic production. We aim to develop a truly interdisciplinary examination of the artistic and cultural history of this region during this period of enormous diversity, change and vitality. This project is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative, and it aims to give emerging scholars the opportunity to visit and discuss a range of important monuments alongside a group of more senior advisors and mentors. The initial research trips will run in September 2015 and Spring 2016 during which participants will hear lectures from leading academics on the art and archaeology of this period in the region, participate in seminars and visit key historical museums and sites of interest. All travel, accommodation and meal costs are covered by the grant.
For more information and to apply, please visit
This project is organised by Dr Antony Eastmond, AG Leventis Reader in the History of Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and is administered by Dr Niamh Bhalla.
Sapiens Ubique Civis III
DEADLINE: 17th May 2015
Dear Colleague,
We would like to inform you about our conference for PhD students and young scholars dealing with Classics, Byzantinology and Neo-Latin Studies. We would appreciate it if could send the Call for Papers to anyone you may find interested in this event. The application deadline is May 17.
Please see the file here for further details.
Yours faithfully,
The Conference Coordinators

Lectureship in Early Medieval History, University of Edinburgh

The Lectureship in Early Medieval European History  replacing Tom Brown is now live (vacancy 032924) and can be viewed at the following link:

Just type the vacancy number 032924 on the jobs website: or do a search by keyword ‘History’.

The advert will be published on the online version of the Times Higher Education Supplement as well as the other usual places (UoE jobs website, Warwick University, Jobs Centre)
Deadline for applications is 30th April.


Job Opportunity at Dumbarton Oaks – Part-Time Archival Assistant

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection ( in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with archival processing and preservation projects of Byzantine collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork materials produced or created by Byzantine scholars, archaeologists, and photographers.

For the full job description, please see: For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: or our blog: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to<>.


Taft Postdoctoral Fellowship at Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome

The Pontifical Oriental Institute announces the Robert F. Taft, S.J. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oriental Liturgical Studies.

In the spirit of the path-breaking research and outstanding teaching of Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., whose presence marked the life of the Institute for over forty-five years, the Pontifical Oriental Institute announces a new postdoctoral fellowship program to begin in Rome in October 2015.

Taft Postdoctoral Fellows will receive financial support for residence in Rome for two semesters (October through June). Fellows will pursue a research program at the Institute in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies. They will develop and teach at least one course at the Institute. They will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the Institute and will at the same time benefit from the counsel of a senior mentor.

Application is open to scholars in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies who have completed their Ph.D. since 2011 or who will complete their Ph.D. by July 2015. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Candidates should submit the following materials:

– A Curriculum Vitae, including research and teaching interests

– A research program outlining a plan of study at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

– A proposal for a course in Oriental Liturgical Studies

– A sample of writing of no more than thirty pages, such as a section of the dissertation or a published article

– Two letters of recommendation assessing the candidate’s research and promise as a teacher

Please find the pdf here.


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