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The Byzness, 11th October 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.


“New Research on Late Byzantine Goldsmiths’ Works (13th-15th Centuries)”

The international conference will take place on 29 and 30 October 2015 in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz, Germany, and is organized by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Johannes Gutenberg University, Institute for Art History and Musicology, Department for Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History (address: Georg Forster Building (Campus), Jakob-Welder-Weg 12, 55128 Mainz, Germany).

Research into late Byzantine goldsmiths‘ works is only at the beginning. This conference, the first of its kind on the subject, brings together acknowledged experts on the medieval art of the goldsmith. The period from the 13th to 15thcenturies is especially rewarding for studying and discussing questions of cultural transfer and contact between Byzantium and its neighbours. Following the events of 1204, the influence of the Crusaders, among other things, becomes noticeable in Byzantine art. To mention but a few, the rise of the Seljuk Empire or the Christianization of the Balkans and Russia led to an extensive exchange and mutual influence in art, as well as trade. This was especially so in the 13thcentury, during which the Byzantine capital Constantinople was occupied by the so-called ‘Latins’ for about 60 years and is very revealing in this respect. For example, elements of Western heraldry in the shape of heraldic shields or lion rampants were taken up and elements of Islamic art were adapted. These complex processes have not been studied sufficiently and will be a focus of this conference. The papers will deal with questions of typology, style, ornaments, materials, techniques and functions, as well as dating and attribution of late Byzantine goldsmiths’ works, especially proposing new dating and interpretation.


Admission free, registration required. Please email

Conference website:


Cambridge Byzantine Seminar

It is with great pleasure that I attach the Cambridge Byzantine Seminar programme for the academic year 2015-2016. The seminar meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Alcock Room, Jesus College. Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 October, when Dr. Eileen Rubery (Girton College, Cambridge) will speak on: ‘Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum:  Wars, Monothelitism, Healing and the Emperors, Patriarchs, Popes and Saints of Byzantium between 500-900 AD.’ The details of further papers are attached.

Please note the changed date of Anthony Kaldellis’ paper, which will take place on Tuesday 10th November. We are grateful, once again, for the support of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.

For the full schedule see here.





Research Fellowship in Medieval Studies, Corpus Christ College Cambridge


Dumbarton Oaks and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library announce a new four-week intensive introduction to Syriac language and paleography, July 10 to August 6, 2016

The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will include a long weekend in Washington, DC, to visit Dumbarton Oaks and other institutions in the area to learn more about their resources for Byzantine and Eastern Christian studies.

Approximately ten places will be available to doctoral students and recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac for their teaching and research. All costs apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul) will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, including the weekend in Washington, DC.

Mornings will be devoted to Syriac language instruction by Prof. Scott Johnson of the University of Oklahoma, with afternoons devoted to the study of digitized Syriac manuscripts with Dr. Adam McCollum of the University of Vienna (formerly Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts at HMML). There will be opportunities to use HMML’s collections, as well as to enjoy the campus of 2700 acres, with woods, lakes, and notable architecture.

Further information, including instructions for applicants, can be found here.


British Institute at Ankara – Research Scholar 2016

The British Institute at Ankara is advertising for the 2016 Research Scholar.   For further information about the Institute, please visit the website

Applications are invited for a Research Scholarship tenable for 7 months (with the possibility of extending for two extra months) from 4 January 2016 and based at the Institute in Ankara.  The Research Scholar will work with the Director and Assistant Director on establishing an extensive digital database of BIAA contacts (HEI and other) in order to facilitate BIAA communication and on expanding BIAA’s outreach strategies. This will aim at improving the Institute’s linkage and collaboration capacity with other institutions in one or more of its Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI). Please visit the website:  to see an overview of the BIAA’s SRI’s.

The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute related work and a third conducting their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD.

Basic knowledge of database building, good command of Excel and good communication skills are essential criteria for this post.

Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.

The salary for the position will be £800 per month.  The BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 October and interviews will be held in London in November.

Application procedure: Applicants should send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references. The length of the research proposal should not exceed one page. Note: Applicants must advise their referees to have references sent to the London office electronically by the closing date. Please only send electronic applications and references to the London office of the BIAA ( ). For further information also contact this email address.

Please visit the following link to the advert on our website


Paid Work: Translation of a 10 Page Manuscript from Greek to English. Approx. 2500 words

The work was written on Corfu in 1498, by an Italian man under the supervision of a Corfiote Greek teacher. To discuss pay and read a sample contact



Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society


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