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The Byzness, 27th September 2015

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Byzantium: Still Surprising in 2015? The inaugural meeting of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network, 17:00, Tuesday 3rd November 2015 (TORCH Seminar Room, Oxford)

The British Byzantine Postgraduate Network is a newly established research network aimed at better integrating the vibrant community of early-career scholars researching all aspects of the Byzantine world. The first meeting will involve several short and thought-provoking presentations, as well as a chance to discuss the network’s practical aims, inter-institutional collaboration, and possible future events.


The Surprising History of Byzantine Choziba

DANIEL NEARY (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)

Preliminary Assessment of the Manuscript Tradition of St John Climacus’ Ladder of Divine Ascent in Late Byzantium

ELLIOTT MASON (Royal Holloway, London)

Weavers in Byzantium: Unravelling the History of Industry

ANNA KELLY (University of Birmingham)

A Provincial Surprise? Cappadocia’s Place in the Medieval Eastern Roman Empire.

NICHOLAS MATHEOU (Pembroke College, Oxford)

Surprising Reasons to Study Late Byzantine Political History

BRIAN McLAUGHLIN (Royal Holloway, London)

The event will be followed by a wine reception. For additional information, please contact: For a copy of the event poster please see here. For directions please see here.


Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA) Oral History Project

In December 2014, ICFA interviewed Henry Maguire and discussed his fieldwork campaigns in Poreč with Ann Terry, as well as his development as a scholar in Byzantine art. This interview complements the Henry Maguire and Ann Terry Poreč Archive, 1990s-2000s, which we acquired between 2012 and 2013. Also during this time, ICFA interviewed Sarah Underwood, daughter of Paul Underwood, in relation with the Paul Underwood Research Papers and Project Materials on the Reconstruction of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, ca. 1936-1950s. In her interview, Sarah Underwood recalls her experiences in Turkey and at Dumbarton Oaks from the early 1950s to the late 1960s, when her father was the Field Director for the Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks fieldwork projects.



Job Vacancies and Scholarships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Job Vacancies:

Director of the School

Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors

For details follow the link here.

Fellowships and Grants for 2016-2017:

Funding for Graduate Students for Study at the ASCSA

Funding for Graduate Students and Postgraduates for Study at the ASCSA (Long and Short Term)

Traveling and Exchange Fellowships for Graduate Students and Postgraduate Study

Funding for Senior Scholars for Study at the ASCSA

For details follow the link here.


Columbia University, Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Byzantine Architectural History, 2015–2016

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University is offering a one-year post-doctoral research position in the field of Byzantine architectural history. The successful candidate will help to develop content and establish a research infrastructure for the Istanbul Documentation Project. Developed by Professor Holger A. Klein in collaboration with the Media Center for Art History and partnering research institutions in Turkey, the Istanbul Documentation Project was established to create a digital platform for the virtual presentation of Istanbul’s Late Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman monuments and to provide a rich resource for individual study, research, and teaching in the classroom. The successful candidate will have a strong background in Byzantine architectural history, interest in Digital Humanities projects, and experience working in Turkey.

Depending on the candidate’s educational and personal background, the fellow will be based either on Columbia’s Morningside campus in New York, the Columbia Global Center, Turkey (Istanbul), or the Columbia Global Center, Europe (Paris).

The award is for one year, with the possibility for renewal if funding should become available. The salary is $52,250. The position comes with an allowance for travel and research in conjunction with work on-site in Istanbul.

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS):

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a published article or article-length writing sample, and two letters of reference. Applicants should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree within the last three years.

Applications must be received by October 16, 2015. Screening will begin on October 16, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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