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The Byzness, 19th April 2015

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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


Imbros Summer School June 19-Aug 30, 2015

The Bahcesehir University summer language (Byzantine Greek, Ottoman Turkish and Modern Greek) program will take place on Imbros (June 19-Aug 30).


“Patristic and Byzantine Greek” – a summer course at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Course number: CLGR 30199, 60199
Instructor: Charles C. Yost
Dates: MTWR- 2:00 PM-3:40 PM, June 15-July 24

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts that is broad both in chronology (embracing texts composed from the 4th through the 15th century) and genre (including historiography, hagiography, theological treatises, poetry, literary criticism, and documentary sources). Beginning in the 4th and 5th centuries with Gregory Nazianzos, John Chrysostom, and Pseudo-Dionysios, we shall encounter (among others) the writings of Maximos the Confessor, the nun Kassia, Theophanes the Confessor, Photios, Symeon the New Theologian, Michael Psellos, Anna Komnene, and end in the 14th and 15th centuries with figures such as John Kantakouzenos, Alexios Makrembolites, and Plethon. Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography.

Prerequisite: At least one year of classical or Koine Greek.

Visiting (non-Notre Dame students) welcome! For information about registration, please visit

Questions? Contact Charles Yost (



Diogenes CfP

Please find the CfP for Diogenes, the journal of GEM- Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean, Society for the Students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies here.

Deadline for contributions is the 1st August 2015



The Wolfgang Fritz Volbach Fellowhsip, Mainz

The Wolfgang Fritz Volbach-Fellowship was conceived as a link between the centre of research Mainz and international scholarly work within Byzantine Studies. The fellowship reaches out to foreign fellows with a doctoral degree who work in a field related to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus: Byzantium between orient and occident. The invitation consists of a one month research residence with full access to libraries, academic infrastructure and participation in interdisciplinary exchange.


The library of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum(RGZM) contains c. 170.000 media items and c. 2000 periodicals and is therefore one of the largest and most important specialist libraries on the archaeology of the old world in Europe. Combined with the comprehensive collections of the libraries of the Johannes Gutenberg-University, especially of the area Byzantine Studies at the Institute of History and the department Christian Archaeology and Byzantine History of Art at the Institute for History of Art and Music Science provide excellent conditions for academic work on all aspects of Byzantine culture.

Aside library structures, the collection of the RGZM comprises numerous Byzantine original finds and replicas and the collection of Prince Johann Georg zu Sachsen in the Landesmuseum Mainz (permanent loan of the Institute for History of Art and Music Science), and thus offers reference material for research in archaeology, history of art and material culture.


Grant of Euro 2000,- for four weeks residence in Mainz either during the summer oder winter term
Free accommodation in the guest house of the RGZM if within the following periods:
– winter term 2015/16: January 11th – March 6th

– summer term 2016: May 2nd – June 26th

– winter term 2016/17: October 24th – December 18th

Fellows are invited to present their current research with a paper in the lecture series Byzanz in Mainz.
Application requirements

Applicants must possess a doctorate or an equivalent academic degree (e.g. PhD) and have a permanent residency abroad.
Applicants are engaged in a research project relevant to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzantium between orient and occident.
Applications are always welcome considering the following deadlines:
– until May 1st 2015 for winter term 2015/16

– until November 1st for summer term 2016

– until May 1st 2016 for winter term 2016/17

Please send applications via mail to managing director of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz Dr. Benjamin Fourlas (fourlas(at) including application form and copies of academic certificates.

Wolfgang Fritz Volbach

The fellowship is named in honour of the important archaeologist and art historian Wolfgang Fritz Volbach († 1988) who was born in Mainz in 1892. He studied History of Art, Classical Archaeology and Medieval History at the universities of Tübingen, Munich, Berlin and Gießen. During his long academic career he significantly influenced research in late antique and Byzantine monuments in Germany. From 1917, for instance, he was employed in the department for Early Christian and Byzantine Art of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin, from 1930 to 1933 in the function of its director. From 1950 to 1953 he was the co-director of the RGZM, then head of the museum from 1953 to 1958. His studies on Early Christian and Medieval Archaeology and Art crossed traditional disciplinary limitations, a legacy that theLeibniz-WissenschaftsCampus aspires to continue. Volbach co-operated with famous representatives of contemporary Byzantine research, produced numerous catalogues and contributed greatly to the field of fundamental research, in particular.

His activity and academic profile set the foundations for the establishment of Byzantine studies at the RGZM, foundations which prove profitable to his successors until today. He has to be regarded as a pioneer of Byzantine studies in Mainz. Without Volbach, the foundation of theLeibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzantium between orient und occident under the aegis of the RGZM would not have been possible.


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


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