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The Byzness, 25th 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 KELLEY (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.


Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference, St John’s College, Oxford,  Saturday 31 October 2015

The Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference aims to raise public awareness and develop understanding of the issues surrounding the protection of cultural heritage at risk from armed conflict. Focussing on the Middle East, the area currently undergoing the greatest destruction and where the heritage is most at risk, we aim to demonstrate the importance of the heritage, why its destruction matters, and what can be done.  Topics to be explored will include the material heritage of the region from international and local perspectives, and the living heritage of communities with rich and longstanding traditions, before exploring why such destruction is happening, and the beliefs that underlie extremist practices.  Focus will then move to an overview of what is being done already, and what more the international community can do. The Conference is intended to provide information from a variety of cultures, perspectives, and organisations, including academics, archaeologists, the military, and the media, raising awareness of the multi-cultural nature of Middle Eastern heritage, and its global relevance in the past and today.

For the poster and programme see here and here.


The Institute of Modern Greek Studies (M. Triandaphyllidis Foundation), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is pleased to announce the “1st International Conference on Greek Etymology (Ancient, Medieval and Modern)”, to be held on 5-6 November 2015 at the Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, A.U.Th.(159A, Ag. Dimitriou Str., Thessaloniki).

The conference aims to examine theoretical and practical aspects of etymological issues related to the Greek language, covering all its historical periods and varieties (both dialectal and standard). Similar issues regarding the Balkan area more broadly will also be addressed, with a special focus on the etymological investigation of elements of the Greek language in other languages of the Balkans.

The following distinguished guests will participate in the conference: Professor F. Bader (Université Sorbonne IV, Paris), Professor Ch. de Lamberterie (Université Sorbonne IV, Paris), Academician M. Sala (Romanian Academy), Academician A. Loma (Serbian Academy), Professor M. Meier-Brügger (Freie Universität, Berlin), etc. The Program of the Conference and additional information can be found here.

Standard participation fee: 30 €, student participation fee: 10 €. Participation fees are to be paid on the day of registration.


New project on Digital Humanities, which has started at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in 2015

It is called “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World”, funded within the programme “Digital Humanities: Langzeitprojekte zum kulturellen Erbe” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and hosted at the Institute for Medieval Research (ÖAW).

The project DPP focuses on the depiction and analysis of space and place in medieval written sources, of the interaction between built and natural environment, of appropriation of space and of the emergence of new political, religious and economic structures of power. DPP compares three regions of the medieval world: the Eastern Alps (6th-12th cent.), the historical region of Macedonia (12th-14th cent.) and historical Southern Armenia (5th-11th cent.). Historical and archaeological data will be digitised, combined and geo-referenced with the help of tools deriving from Digital Humanities (data basis – using the OpenAtlas-system, geo-visualisation and spatial analysis, quantitative and correspondence analysis). Data and results will be presented online as open access and linked to other data repositories.

Please consult the following web-site for further information:




‘Byzantine Studies Alive’, on the importance of Byzantine Studies and Byzantine Heritage, to be held at the Radboud University Nijmegen (June 16-17, 2016)

Proposals for papers on the following two themes welcomed:

1) Byzantium as a key player in the relationship between East and West, A.D. 330 -1453

Byzantium can be seen as a leading catalyst in the political, cultural, economic and religious exchange between East and West, to be detected in the relationship both between Byzantium and Latin Western Europe and Byzantium and the Islamic world.

2) The position of Byzantine heritage, 7th Century – present day

The definite end of the Byzantine Empire is marked by the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. Through its history, however, the dimension and identity of the Empire was not one identical continuum. In different phases of development (Arab conquests, iconoclasm, Crusaders period) Byzantine monuments and artefacts were appropriated or under threat, a phenomenon that continued after the Ottoman conquest.

Abstracts, no more than 400 words, can be submitted  and  before the 1st of December, 2015.

For more information and the full official call for papers with more information on the contents and a full description of our aims, feel free to email me (


Interrogating the ‘Germanic’: a category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, University of York, 14-15 May 2016

For information see here.




Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the British Library

Vacancy Details


Salary:  £32,000 to £36,800

Location:          St Pancras

Job Type:         Permanent

Vacancy Group:            Collections

Category:          Curator, Conservation, Collection Care

Closing Date:    11/15/2015

Date Posted:    10/15/2015

Reference:        00452


The British Library holds an internationally renowned collection of manuscripts relating to the ancient and medieval world. As Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, with a special responsibility for Classical, Biblical and Byzantine Manuscripts, you will use innovative and traditional ways of interpreting and presenting these collections through online resources and engagement with academic and general users. You will manage projects relating to ancient and medieval manuscripts and use your specialist knowledge to support the development, management and promotion of these collections.

With a post-graduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject, you will have experience of research in Classics and /or Byzantine Studies and a personal area of expertise relevant to the collection. Strong knowledge of Ancient Greek and Classical Latin, excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and the ability to promote the collections to a wide range of audiences are essential.

To help transform research on and engagement with these collections, please visit

Appointments are usually made at the bottom of the pay scale.

Closing date 15 November 2015.

Interview Date: 26 November 2015;jsessionid=9DE8E9A186EEBD3351186EBB5FFFE824?latest=01000716


Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Department of History; Institute of Ancient History Researchers (PostDoc) in Late Antique Christianity in the Near East




Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society





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