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The Byzness, 7th June 2015

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Vienna Bibliography, No. 161

Please find the bibliography here.



III International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”, Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the Cultures, Euro-Balkan University, University of Bologna, Skopje, 30-31 October 2015

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN” UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Ravenna Campus-School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Italy

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”. Ever since the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans, Byzantium was constantly rediscovered and imagined. The invention of “Byzantinism” in Western European discourse in the eighteenth century, served to delimitate and separate “oriental”, “despotic” and “backward” Byzantium from the civilized Europe. This cultural bias in the Western academy and politicians led to the marginalization of Byzantine studies in the scholarly and political discourse in Western Europe. Conversely Byzantium was and still being exploited in Balkans within the projected Slav-Greek struggle for historical and cultural legacy. Byzantium’s multiple reincarnations served different purposes and produced many misconceptions. However, the Real Byzantium was in constant contacts with different cultures and peoples in the wider region of Europe, Caucasus and the Muslim world. Accordingly the aim of the Symposium is to initiate scholarly debate to define Byzantium’s place in the cultural history and imagination, giving it the central role in the relationships between East and West, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval world. Аdressing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of heritage, religion, ideology, identity, political and cultural memory, the Symposium will assess the core challenges of the contemporary scholarly discourse on Byzantium and Medieval Europe and its appropriation in the European history and culture.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

· Byzantium in the European civilizational concept

· Medieval Europe and Byzantium: divisions and interactions
· Byzantium and the West: Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
· Byzantium and the East: Christianity and Islam
· Appropriation of the legacies of Byzantium and Medieval Europe
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe in the modern political discourse
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Politics, war, diplomacy
· Byzantine missions: Spreading the word in Europe
– Justinian and the European heritage
– Projecting the Medieval past in Modern Europe
· Interpreting the Empires: The myth of the Third Rome
· Representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture
· Imagining Byzantium in 19th and 20th century Balkans
· Byzantium in the Eastern Europe: historical and cultural paradigms
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Bridging the East and West
· Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
· Cultural and historical legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue between different cultures in Europe


First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 July, 2015

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 25 September, 2015

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 July, 2015

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 30 September, 2015

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2016

Please send the application form to the address:;

Euro-Balkan University

Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian and English.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium
Petar Stevkovski:
Please check the Euro-Balkan University website: for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov
Organizing Committee:
Euro-Balkan University /
University of Bologna
Prof. Mitko B. Panov
Prof. Giuseppe Maino
Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija
Prof. Vesna Matijaševic – Pokupec
Dr. Aleksandar Daštevski
Dr. Vangel Nonevski
Dr. Damjan Donev
M.A. Dragana Broz
M.A. Petar Stevkovski
M.A. Igor Panev

International Scientific Committee:

Prof. Mitko B. Panov (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje / Institute of National History, Skopje)
Prof. Florin Curta(University of Florida)
Prof. Guiseppe Maino (ENEA and University of Bologna)
Prof. Carolyn S. Snively (Gettysburg College)
Prof. Donatella Maino (University of Bologna)
Acad. Vitomir Mitevski (Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje)
Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova (University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Andrew Roach (Glasgow University)
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje)
Prof. Maja Jakimovska – Tosic (Institute of Macedonian Literature, Skopje)
Prof. Viktor Lilcic (Cultural Heritage Protection Office / University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Aleksandar Spasenovski (Law Faculty, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Damjan Donev (Euro-Balkan University / Leiden University)
Prof. Dragi Gjorgjiev (Institute of National History, Skopje)



Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology (Warburg Institute, London)

Application deadline: Jul 1, 2015

Research post: “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of
Iconology” – International Research Group

The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group, funded by the German ministry of
higher education and science, realised in cooperation with the Max
Weber-Stiftung, and situated at the Warburg Institute in London,
invites applications for a full-time research post (in principle
post-doctoral) based at the Warburg Institute in London for two years
in the first instance from October 2015 or as soon as possible

The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images,
objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical
context. The aim shall be a contribution to the history of images which
is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the
light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. The project
will reconstruct and develop a rich scholarly approach which addresses
the distinctiveness of images while also studying the language in which
ideas about transfers between cultures (including ideas about images)
are expressed.

The research post is part of the staff in London that contributes
particularly to the overall project of studying the ways in which
images and ideas are transferred between cultures and to the project of
investigating the role of rhetoric in understanding images, ideas and
intercultural relations. The post-holder will conduct own research and
contribute to the larger projects. We are particularly interested in
applicants with high level research skills in art history, trade
between Europe and the Orient, prints and other portable images,
rhetoric, anthropology and comparative religion. Applicants will be
expected to have a good knowledge of the languages relevant to their
field of study and a good speaking and reading knowledge of German and

The post-holder will be employed by the Max Weber-Stiftung and paid on
German government scales for local positions abroad/Ortskraftvertrag.
Place of work is London.

The Max Weber Stiftung is committed to increasing the number of women
in academic posts and would therefore particularly welcome applications
from women.

Applications should include a letter of application indicating
candidates’ interests in and suitability for the projects of the
research group, a curriculum vitae and publications list, the names of
three referees and a writing sample of around 5,000 words of published
or unpublished research. Completed applications must be submitted by
Wednesday 1 July.

Interviews will be held in London at the Warburg Institute in the
second half of September 2015.

Please email your application to the Project-speaker
Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer
Kunsthistorisches Seminar
Universität Basel


2 fully funded PhD positions in Late Roman History, Tuebingen, Germany

Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Collaborative Research Center («Sonderforschungsbereich») 923 «Threatened Order – Societies under Stress», Sub-Project E02 «Agrarian Labour and Political Orders under Stress, 300-900 CE» invites applications for:
2 PhD Positions
starting on 1 July 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Both positions are tenable for four years and will expire on 30 June 2019. They will be remunerated according to the German civil service salary scale (TV-L 13, 65 % = ca. 28.000 € minimum annual salary, supplements depending on previous work experience).

Each of the two holders of the post will write a doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner. The dissertations will explore the economic foundations of élite power in the Later Roman Empire. More specifically, they will look at the legal mechanisms, social practices and political decisions through which property-owners responded to the broader social and economic transformations of their times and resulting threats to their pre-eminence. One case study deals with the late fourth century, the other with the Justinianic period. The holders of the post will be asked to organize a conference on the theme of sub-project E02. They are also expected to participate at workshops and colloquia hosted by the Collaborative Research Center. For further questions, and in order to obtain a detailed outline of the sub-project, please contact the project leaders by email (see below).

Applicants should have an outstanding Master’s Degree and knowledge of Greek and Latin. In the course of the project, they are expected to acquire an ability to read German, French and Italian scholarly literature and specialist skills in economic, monetary and legal history. A joint degree with another university is possible.

In case of equal qualification and experience physically challenged applicants are given preference. The University of Tuebingen aims at increasing the share of women in research and teaching; female scholars are thus especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline is 15 June 2015. Please send your applications (including CV, degree certificates, confirmation of Latin and Greek language skills and writing samples in a single pdf-file) and two letters of reference by email to:

Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstrasse 36
D-72074 Tuebingen and
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen
Phon ++49 / 07071/ 29-78501 oder -76078
Fax ++49 / 07071/ 29-5532


Ph.D. Scholarships at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) Graduate School – Hamburg

Professor Huck would like to announce that the Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC) / Integriertes

Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa” at the University of Hamburg invites applications for

Ph.D. scholarships (Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD).

Please find the details here.

Deadline is July 15, 2015.


Editorial Assistant for Speculum


Applicants must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with a particular specialty in Medieval Studies, and must be available to start work in the fall of 2015 in Cambridge, MA. Strict attention to detail and excellent communication skills are particularly important. Reading ability in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Latin and/or Italian is also highly desirable.


This internship will provide experience with the book review process of Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America. Duties include: sorting books; mailing books to reviewers; compiling information in a database from print books and online resources; transmitting information to the book review editors; receiving, organizing, and proofreading reviews for publication; and using an Excel-based management system (or other appropriate software).

This is a two-stage part-time paid internship. For the first three months the intern will sort and mail the review books while training under the current senior intern (12 hours per week). In January the intern will share the duties of the senior intern, including managing the database of reviews, working with the Book Review Editors, and coordinating and proofreading the reviews (up to 28 hours per week at a higher rate).

The position will begin in September 2015 and run for one year, with a possible renewal for a second year.

Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Boston area during the tenure of the job.

Submit cover letter, together with resume and up-to-date contact information for two referees to Sarah Spence, Editor, Speculum, Applications completed by June 15 will be given full consideration.


The Influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages, 10th-12th September 2015​, ​Taylor Institution, Lincoln College, and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

​Please find details for the conference here.​
There are eight graduate bursaries to attend the conference left and they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


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