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The Byzness, 31st May 2015

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Princeton-Oxford-Vienna-Berlin-Mainz Graduate Exchange, 1-2nd June, Vienna

Please find the programme and details of the annual meeting here.


Two Announcements from the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research

The OCBR is delighted to present an OCBR Special Lecture by Professor Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvannia) ‘On Charlemagne’s Muslim Elephant: Animals, Kingship and Monotheism’ on Wednesday 3rd June at 5pm. Please find the poster here.

There will also be a discussion between Paul Cobb, Peter Frankopan and Christopher Tyerman on Western, Eastern and Byzantine Perspectives of the Crusades. This will take place at Ertegun House on Thursday 4th June at 10am.


BSC New York Oct 22-25 Local Arrangements

The next Byzantine Studies Conference will be held in New York City from Thursday evening October 22-Sunday, October 25, 2015. We, the local arrangements committee, wanted to give you some further details.
Schedule and locations (exact times TBA):
Thursday evening, Casa Italiana, Columbia University
Judith Herrin, Professor Emerita, King’s College, London
Friday, The Graduate Center, City University of NY
Friday evening, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gallery talks about the exhibitions Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200-400 and Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World by curators:
Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The MMA
Kathrin Colburn, Conservator, The MMA
Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College (guest curator)
Warren Woodfin, Kallinikeion Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Queen’s College, CUNY (guest curator)
Saturday and Sunday, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
The Business lunch for BSANA will be held on Saturday

Getting to NY
Air: You can fly to any one of three major airports – La Guardia, JFK International, and Newark International. You may reach Manhattan, and the conference hotel, via subway (rail in the case of Newark), bus, taxi, or private, relatively inexpensive, shuttle services such as SuperShuttle.
Train: Amtrak trains come into Penn Station at 34th Street.
Metro North (comes to Grand Central) and NJ Transit (to Penn Station) also come into Manhattan from the tri-state area.
Car: If you drive, we suggest finding a garage for your car or you will regularly have to move it due to street cleaning rules and parking meters, unless you are staying in an outer borough (i.e. Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx or Staten Island).

Our conference hotel is the Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side, a 10 minute walk from Fordham’s campus and a couple of subway stops from both The Graduate Center and Columbia University. The Metropolitan Museum is a short bus ride across Central Park from the Beacon. We will be sending the link for the conference rate at the hotel by July 1; you will have to book your rooms by August 22 when the rooms will become fair game on the open market.
While the hotel is reasonably priced for NY, it may not be in your budget. We encourage you to shop around and to use especially Airbnb (, which is generally considerably less expensive than a hotel. Nearly every subway line can be taken to the Graduate Center. The other sites of the conference are easily accessible from the A,B,C,D,1,2,3 and 9 lines which will help if you select a hotel elsewhere.

We will send a link to our registration page, which we will also post on BSANA’s website, at the end of the summer.
We will also post lots of other information on BSANA’s website about the local arrangements as it becomes available.
If you have any questions, please reach out by email: Looking forward to seeing you all in October!

Jenn Ball
on behalf of the local arrangements committee for BSC 2015:
Helen Evans
Warren Woodfin
Holger Klein
George Demacopoulos
Eric Ivison



«Byzantinity»: Byzantine Civilizational Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine invites submissions for a collection of essays on «Byzantinity»: Byzantine Civilizational Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe.

This collective project will deal with the images, perceptions, and evaluations of the Byzantine civilizational heritage in the present-day countries of the so-called Byzantine circle of influence.

The core of the essay collection will be formed by papers presented at the upcoming roundtable “’Byzantinity’: Images and Evaluations of the Byzantine Civilizational Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe,” which will take place on February 27, 2015 at the M. S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies ( However, the editorial board welcomes contributions from a wider circle of participants – historians, philosophers, sociologists, culturologists, political scientists, and others.

The collection of essays will be published at the end of 2015.

The editorial board invites contributions on the following subjects:
foundations and typological features of the Byzantine civilization
worldview-shaping potential of the Byzantine civilizational heritage
place and role of the “Byzantine heritage” in the modern identity of the nations within the “Byzantine circle of influence”
images of “the Byzantine” in the present-day intellectual and public discourse
“Byzantine images” in Ukrainian culture
the use of “Byzantine images” in the current Russo-Ukrainian cognitive and information war
“Byzantine heritage” in geopolitical contexts from the Middle Ages to the present day
«Byzantium after Byzantium”: “Byzantine” cultural codes in the modern world
We accept scholarly articles and essays of no more than 60,000 characters, reviews of no more than 30,000 characters, overviews and annotations of up to 20,000 characters, in English or Ukrainian. Submissions in Russian for subsequent translation into Ukrainian are acceptable.

The Program will bear the editorial and publication expenses. Each author will receive two printed copies of the essay collection free of charge.
Please send materials to:
Andriy Domanovsky: (tel.: +38097-4559133)
Oleh Faida: (tel.: +38097-2904188)

“Vasylevs: Ukrainian Byzantinology”
Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine
Final deadline for submissions – October 15, 2015



Poste de professeur/e en histoire du Moyen Âge à l’UQAM

Chères et chers ami-e-s et collègues,

j’ai la joie de vous annoncer qu’un poste d’historien médiéviste est à pourvoir à l’UQAM à Montréal, comme certain-e-s le savaient ou l’attendaient depuis longtemps.

Ouvert sur toute la période, le souhait du département est de recruter, si possible, un-e spécialiste de l’histoire de la Méditerranée, “y compris Byzance”, ce qui veut dire bien évidemment que les autres espaces et cultures méditerranéens sont tout autant compris.

C’est un poste menant à la permanence, càd voué à devenir permanent, ouvert au niveau de ceux qui disposent du doctorat et plus.

La description en PJ est assez précise, y compris pour ce qu’il faut pour la candidature,
mais je suis et reste tout à votre disposition pour de plus amples renseignements.

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler cette nouvelle et ce courriel !


Please see here for further details.


Vacancy for Assistant Director (Humanities) at the British School at Rome

Following the appointment of the current postholder to a prestigious and longer-term research position, the British School at Rome, the UK’s leading research institute abroad, is seeking to appoint an Assistant Director for the Humanities. This three-year residential position carries responsibility for programming the year’s research activities and supporting the community of award-holders at the BSR, whilst offering the opportunity to work in a remarkable interdisciplinary research centre in Rome.

Qualifications for the post include a completed doctorate on an area of study related to Italy from ad 600 to 1800 (and preference may be given to somebody working within the fields of art and/or architectural history), a track record of administrative and organisational experience, a strong record of existing or clearly forthcoming publications, excellent people and interpersonal skills, a flair for operating in teams and building community, strong communication skills, the ability to show an interest across the whole range of BSR research and practice, and experience of working in different countries, preferably including Italy.

In addition to a salary of £23,000 per annum, the postholder will receive full board and lodging at the BSR.

For further particulars and details of how to apply see

Closing date for applications: 22 June 2015


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