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The Byzness, 20th July 2015

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Lives, Roles and Actions of the Byzantine Empresses (and Workshop), Prague, 11-12 September 2015

For additional information see here


Francis Dvorník – Scholar and His Work (A Symposium in tribute to Professor Francis Dvornik), Prague, 10 September 2015

For additional information see here



Inclusion and Exclusion in the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean

A Two-Part Workshop to be held at:

  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in November 2016
  • Emory University, USA in March 2017


In a world where old social structures were collapsing awhile new ones were emerging, drawing boundaries between members of groups and outsiders became crucially important.  Questions of exclusion and inclusion, whether of the state or other groups, were a natural facet for societies in late antiquity and the early middle ages.  Both workshops will use the ‘greater’ Mediterranean Basin as spatial purview, including polities immediately adjacent to the ones established on its shores. Chronologically, the main focus will be the period between 450 and 750 CE. The workshops will be divided into thematic strands, each dealing with different aspects of exclusivity and inclusivity.   These may include:


  1. Ethnic groups or political communities:  How did groups define themselves and their others as a means of negotiating their place in a swiftly changing society?  How were ethnic and religious identities useful in shaping and legitimating political communities?


  1. Defining the Community of Believers: How did both established religious communities and newly emerging groups define their communities of believers?  Could one join an already established community with a strong identity or did one need to born into a faith?  How did newly formed sects and religions they define who was outside their religion?  How were lines between faiths drawn in both theory and in reality


  1. Building (and breaking) boundaries within Christianity:  How were initiatives of religious-political reconciliation supposed to work? How did they function in reality? How did mutually anathematizing confessions coexist there and in the Levant?


  1. Economic othering and mercantile communities: Were certain economic roles, such as merchants as well as specific crafts, strongly associated with religious, ethnic, or geographic communities in the late antique/early medieval world?  How did such overlap sources of identity come into being and how did they function?  Did economic othering serve to more sharply define the boundaries of communities?


  1. The limits of inclusion: What happened when groups were no longer defined simply as the Other but were seen as being particularly dangerous?  How were larger communities manipulated against ethnic, linguistic, or religious minorities?  Did public campaigns against minorities originate with the powerful or among other sectors of society?  How did ideas of othering and the proper means of countering the Other propagate across geographical space and religious lines?


While these are some of the potential topics to be discussed, we are also interested in discussions of gender and class-based exclusion, and discussions ofhow women, slaves, freed slaves, and non-elites  were brought into groups and pushed out of them for the purposes of redrawing the boundaries of the community, how ancestry and lineage might serve  as tools for appropriating a past, and how othering members of competing bloodlines or people with ‘inadequate’ parentage might serve to define through exclusion.  Other topics might include explorations of the ways in which Late Antique/Early Medieval experiences of exclusion were recalled as well as discussions of the textual traditions of such actions.


The workshops, planned to take place in late 2016 in Israel and in early 2017 in the United States, will consist of a series of pre-circulated paper presentations, followed by discussion. If you are interested in participating, we would be very grateful to receive a paper-title and a 250-word abstract outlining the subject of your presentation.  Please send any submissions or other questions to


Violence and Politics: Ideologies, Identities, Representations, Athens, 15-16 January

The Postgraduate Association of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is organizing a colloquium devoted to the memory of  Professor Nikos Birgalias. The conference will be under the auspices of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens.


The principal aim is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of new researchers concerned with theories and practices of violence and its relations to politics from a historical perspective. The colloquium will focus mainly on the following topics:


Historiographic Approaches of Violence

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence

Archaeology and Iconography of Violence

Violence and “Otherness”

Violence “from above” and Resistance

Revolts and Revolutions

Microhistory of Violence


We welcome original papers by holders of a Master’s degree, PhD candidates and early career researchers in History and Archaeology or in any related discipline.


The co-organizers invite 15-minute papers in Greek or in English. Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements and to cover their expenses.


Interested speakers should complete the application form (in English or Greek) and submit it to by 30 September 2015.


Please find a pdf version of the call for papers here and the application form here




2 Year Chair at Aix-Marseille Université in Mediterranean Studies

En janvier 2016, LabexMed attribuera un contrat de chercheur en études méditerranéennes au titre de la chaire d’excellence Aristote, pour une durée de deux ans renouvelable une fois.
L’appel à candidatures s’adresse aux jeunes chercheurs de toutes nationalités ayant soutenu leur thèse entre le 31/12/2000 et le 31/12/ 2008. Une expérience de recherche de plusieurs années à l’étranger est exigée.
Les candidats devront proposer un projet scientifique interdisciplinaire et centré sur les études méditerranéennes ainsi qu’un séminaire de 32 heures à destination des doctorants du périmètre.

Les candidatures (par voie électronique, au format pdf) seront adressées au plus tard le 16 novembre 2015 (minuit heure de Paris) à

For details see here


Turkish Government offers a full government funded Turkish Language Scholarship

Program for academics, scientist, professionals and researchers who are interested to learn Turkish Language.
2015-2016 Scholarship Program is now available for non-Turkish nationals from all countries.
For details see here or email or




Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society


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