Dear all,
This week the Oxford University Byzantine Society executive committee has changed. On behalf of the incoming committee, I would like to thank the outgoing committee. The new committee is as follows:
President: Matthew Kinloch (University College)
Treasurer: David Barritt (St Cross College)
Secretaries: Sukanya Raisharma (St John’s College) & Joe Dawson (Oriel College)
Best wishes,
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The Byzness, 23rd June 2015
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The Patristic & Byzantine Study Week, Oxford, 3-8 July 2015
The Patristic & Byzantine Study Week, is taking place at Wolfson College and St Gregory House​, Oxford, 3-8 July 2015. The week will be dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the fields of theology and medieval studies with special emphasis in Patristics and Byzantine studies. A series of distinguished lecturers, researchers and artists will offer lectures and seminars dedicated to the Bible, spirituality, sacred art, the study of history, and the way Patristic and Byzantine Studies may be relevant to us today. Among them are: the Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Oxford), Sebastian Brock (Oxford), Hugh Wybrew (Oxford), Andrew Louth (Durham), Richard Price (London), Mary Cunningham (Nottingham), ​Ida Toth (Oxford), Andreas Andreopoulos (Winchester), Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos), Niki Tsironi (Athens), Eirini Panou (Jerusalem), Rebecca White (Oxford), Stephen Platt (Oxford), Nikolaos Asproulis (Volos), George Calofonos (Athens), Theofili Kampianaki (Oxford) and others.
The Study Week will be inaugurated with an event dedicated to “The Sacred in Art”, which will include an exhibition by the celebrated Greek artists Venia Dimitrakopoulou, Pavlos Samios and Vana Xenou; all three of them will be present and will speak about their works.
For further information and registration, see:, The Press Release here; The P​rogramme of the week here; Information about the exhibition “Sacred in Art” here.
International Symposium: “Inscriptions: Their Contribution to Byzantine and Post-Byzantine History and History of Art”, University of Ioannina, 26-7 June 2015
For poster, details and programme see here
Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial. Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental, Paris, 25 September
The first meeting of the research programme: IMAGO-EIKΩN. Regards croisés sur l’image médiévale entre Orient et Occident(Labex RESMED, HiCSA et INHA).
For details see here
For the Newsletter of the Friends of The Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway (2014-2015) see here
International Conference: Early medieval Graphicacy in a Comparative Perspective(9–10 June 2016) University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo
Organizers: Prof. Ildar Garipzanov and Dr Romy Wyche
This conference is the last of a series for the Graphicacy and Authority in Early Medieval Europe Project. The aim of the project has been to gather scholars from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the increasing role of non-figural graphic devices across a wide range of media, from manuscripts to architecture and mass-produced objects.
Visual communication in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages is conventionally analysed using methods specific to either figural imagery (and visualcy of the past) or literary productions (and literacy). In contrast, our project focuses on non-figural graphic devices which are intermediaries between texts and pictures, and which appear during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The project operates with a working hypothesis that these graphic compositions attest to early graphicacy, which has been defined as a visual mode of communication of conceptual information and abstract ideas by means of non-figural graphic devices, which may comprise inscribed letters, words, or decorative symbols. For a recent discussion of early graphicacy, click here and for more information about the project, please visit our website.
Our previous conferences have examined functions and contextual usage of graphic devices such as monograms, christograms, the staurogram, the sign of the cross and symbolic ornaments on a wide array of material as well as the monogrammatic and decorated initials, graphic symbols, and ornamental designs that appear in early medieval manuscripts. In this closing conference, we would like to include early non-figural graphic devices that are more familiar to specialists in modern graphicacy, namely maps and diagrams.
The objective of this conference is to gather scholars from a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to art history, archaeology and cultural history of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in the Latin West and Greek East for comparative discussions of early non-figural graphic devices in different media, regions, or chronological periods. We are especially interested in papers dealing with different forms of early graphicacy in a comparative perspective as well as common cognitive mechanisms that enable their deployment in visual communication.
Please submit your proposal (about 300 words) and a short academic CV (no more than a page) at the followinglink by 1 October 2015. Places are limited to allow us to subsidise some costs, including registration fee and refreshments. If you have any question please contact Dr Romy Wyche at .
The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in the field Byzantine Studies, with the ability to teach, and supervise, across a broad chronological range from ca. 500 to 1500. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the profile of Byzantine Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies and is expected to be an active member of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS).

Volker Menze (, director of CEU’s Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, or Niels Gaul ( would be happy to advise prospective candidates informally on whatever issues may be of interest, such as workload, likely institutional responsibilities, etc.
A postdoctoral position at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Greek Epigraphy
Supervisors from Ca’ Foscari publish their “expression of interests” containing detailed information on the research themes they would like to develop. Potential fellows can contact them within June 15th, sending a full CV (with experience and publications) and a proposal abstract to We will regularly update the website with new “expressions of interest”
Job Vacancy 2 Research Associates
The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making” starting on July 1st 2015 at the University of Münster invites applications for
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen/ Mitarbeiter
(PhD student positions)
Salary Scale 13 TV-L 65%
in the Project C02 “The Role of the Supernatural in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart at the earliest possible date.
The positions will be fixed-term during the first phase of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 until June 30th 2019. Currently, the regular employment time is 26 hours and 33 minutes per week. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.
The Collaborative Research Centre / SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-Making” examines the social prac-tice of decision-making in a historical-comparative and interdisciplinary perspective from the Middle Ages to the present. The SFB addresses decision-making as a form of social action which is neither self-evident nor invariant, but which is based on changing social and cultural conditions. In three Project Areas and 20 Projects different historical “cultures of decision-making” are reconstructed by examining selected social fields, asking: how decision-making was framed, modeled, performed and reflected in different historical contexts; what the culture-specific conditions underlying decision-making were in every case; in what ways it in turn shaped the institutional and power structure of society; and how and why cultures of decision-making changed over the long term. The Collaborative Research Centre com-prises several disciplines (History, Literature, Law, Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Jewish and Byzantine studies) as well as a Graduate Centre.
Project C02 will investigate, how imperial decision-making was supported and influenced by prophetic competency and supernatural expertise (“occult sciences”) in medieval Byzantium.
The scope of duties includes:
• The Research Associates participate in and contribute to the Project C02 by doing research either on the PhD-project A “Occult Sciences and Fortunetellers in Procedures of Decision-making at the Byzantine Imperial Court from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” or on the PhD-project B “Prophets and Divine Afflatus in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries”.
• The Research Associates will also take part in the interdisciplinary collaboration with other pro-jects as well as in workshops, meetings and research groups of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.
 The Research Associates have the possibility for further academic qualification by submitting their the-sis (Promotion) and therefore participate in the syllabus of the Graduate Centre (“Integriertes Graduiertenkoleg”) of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.
The following requirements must be met:
• Completion of a course in Byzantine studies or similar studies with a focus on Byzantine studies with top grades (Master or Magister)
• Language skills in Ancient/Byzantine Greek
• Experience in coping with and interpreting of Byzantine sources
• The candidates should have a main area of interest in Byzantine history, Byzantine imperial his-tory, Byzantine historiography and Byzantine scientific disciplines (esp. astrology and oneiromancy). In addition candidates should indicate an interest in Byzantine learned culture and knowledge transfer and they should be receptive to interdisciplinary methods as well.
 The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe dis-abilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.
 Please submit your application by post / by e-mail / by post or e-mail together with the usual documents by July 10th 2015 to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart
Historisches Seminar / Abteilung Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
WWU Münster
Rosenstraße 9
48143 Münster
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart (gruenbart@uni-muenster).
Vacancy as a research assistant in Syriac Studies at the University of Manchester


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