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The Byzness, 1st November 2015

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Archives de l’Athos ». Refounded by Paul Lemerle in 1945, this series is dedicated to the publication of Greek documents preserved in the Mount Athos monasteries until 1500, 18-20 November 2015 in Athens

The conference will assess the contribution of these archives to Byzantine studies and will propose new avenues of research. The conference will be held at the Byzantine and Christian Museum and at the French School at Athens. For more details see here.




To see, to report, to persuade: Narrative and verisimilitude in Byzantium, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 27-29 October 2016: A conference organized by the TEXT AND NARRATIVE IN BYZANTIUM project, Uppsala University

An increasing interest in narrative practices has in recent years led scholars within the
field of Byzantine studies to explore the narrative techniques employed by the Byzantines.
These explorations have, so far, focused on fictional texts or texts that employ fictional
and semifictional strategies, such as novelistic and hagiographical narratives or
‘novelistic’ chronicles and poems, and they often take as their point of departure the
shared rhetorical tradition that formed the basis of Byzantine education for more than a

In this conference we propose stepping away from defining a distinction between
fictional and historical Byzantine texts, and instead to look at narrative as a literary form
that allows authors to communicate their experience in a believable manner – whether the
events they report are conceived of as truthful or not. The reality of fiction, or the
relationship between fiction and reality, is accordingly not the focus of this conference.
Rather, the various devices and techniques that enable the narration of events – whether
fictional, historical, or documentary – appear to be persuasive and trustworthy. Briefly:
we wish to take the concept of verisimilitude – cultural as well as generic – beyond the
boundaries of fiction.

We therefore invite abstracts for papers that explore the use of various narrative
practices in Byzantine texts from the perspective of authors and their contemporary
audiences, as well as post-Byzantine readers. We define narrative broadly to include, in
additional to traditionally narrative texts, epistolography, philosophy, rhetoric,
commentaries and poetry. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the
relationship of narrative production in Byzantium to the ‘real? How does the literary form
affect the ‘truth’ of historiographical or documentary writing? How does any given
narrative relate to the lived experience of the author or the lived experience of the reader
– either a Byzantine reader or a modern one? Are narrative and experience opposed,
complimentary, or intertwined? Where does persuasion shade into deception or falsehood,
and is this a problem – for Byzantine authors or for Byzantinists? What are the limits of
what can be regarded as narrative? We are, of course, happy to consider any further
suggestions, especially those addressing methodological and theoretical concerns.

Deadline for title and abstracts

Please send a title of your paper and an abstract (max 300 words) to AnnaLinden Weller
( no later than December 31, 2015.


12th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Heraklion from the 21st to the 25th of September 2016, and its proceedings will be divided into three main sections which correspond to the three long periods of Cretan history:

  1. a) the Prehistoric and Ancient Greek period,
  2. b) the Byzantine and Medieval period, and
  3. c) the Modern period (up to the late 20th century).

The selected thematic axis for all three sections of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies shall be mobility. Those interested in participating in the Congress are thus invited to address the theme in reference to Crete and insularity in historical perspective. More specifically, the thematic of mobility addresses:

  • The migration of people to, from and within Crete. Mobility therefore refers to geographic and spatial -peaceful or violent- human group mobility and the new realities it engendered.
  • The flow of goods, services and practices in relation to paths, routes, journeys and the exchange of both tangible and intangible forms of culture.
  • Social mobility and social and ideological transformations with reference to social change, stratification, and the configuration of the urban and rural areas. Changes in the social, institutional (civic, political and administrative), cultural and natural environment are also included, with the correlation and integration of these aspects into broader geopolitical and cultural contexts being considered preferable.

All wishing to participate in the Congress are invited to submit an abstract of 300-500 words of their proposal at the electronic platform, from the 15th of July to the 30th of November 2015.

Proposals may include either panels or paper presentations (oral or poster). For joint proposals for Workshops, please submit an overall summary of 200-400 words and abstracts of 300-500 words for each separate announcement.




Princeton Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2016-17:

Almost one hundred (100) early-career scholars have been supported by our postdoctoral fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1992-93.  The overwhelming majority of our postdoctoral fellows have gone on to successful academic careers around the world.


Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Paleography


The sixth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 1-6 August 2016. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, four library visits and five thematic lectures.

Costs: The school will charge student fees of 100 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. A minimum of four bursaries, covering fees and housing (but no board), will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants.

Daily schedule: 8:45-10:45 reading class, 11:00-13:00 library visit, 13:00-14:45 lunch break, 14:45-16:45 reading class, 17:00-18:00 lecture. A final written examination will be administered on Saturday, 6 August, 9:00-12:00.

Instructors: Christos Simelidis (D.Phil. Oxon.), Dimitris Skrekas (D.Phil. Oxon.), Georgi R. Parpulov (Ph.D. Chicago)

Lectors: Nigel G. Wilson FBA (Oxford), Prof. Marc Lauxtermann (Oxford), Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (London), Marjolijne Janssen (Cambridge)

Application: The final deadline for applying is 15 February 2016.
Applicants are requested to send to Dr Simelidis at their curriculum vitae, explain in detail their need for attending the summer school, and indicate whether they wish to be considered for a bursary. They should also arrange for one recommendation letter from an established academic to be e-mailed to before 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on 30 February 2016.

Note: The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Adequate knowledge of Greek is a must for all students.


Nicholas Frangiscatos Scholarship in Late Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies

Exeter College, Oxford, seeks to elect a Nicholas Frangiscatos Scholar from among students who wish to conduct doctoral research in the fields of late Byzantine and post-Byzantine studies (1261-1669) at Oxford University in the academic year 2016-2017. For more information and how to apply and by when, see:


Koç RCAC Fellowship Applications2016-2017

For details see here.


British School at Athens Summer School for Undergraduates

Each summer the British School at Athens leads a three-week residential course for UK-based undergraduates on ‘The Archaeology and Topography of Greece’. This introduces students to the physical landscape of Greece, and explores a variety of material evidence designed to complement university teaching and to expand the range of knowledge and skills which students can then bring to bear in the final years of their degrees. The programme begins with a series of ‘key theme’ lectures on Greek religion, science-based archaeology and topography, and continues with tours of the major archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica before leaving Athens for ten days of travel around the Peloponnese.

The range of periods and sites covered is broad: students are introduced to archaeological sites and materials from the Neolithic to the Early Modern periods. Teaching (ca. 90 contact hours) is primarily site-based, and focuses on the application of archaeology to the study of the history, language, culture, and anthropology of Greece. It is particularly relevant to university courses on Greek Archaeology, History, and Classics, but includes also the study of later periods, notably the Byzantine world with its role in preserving the Classical tradition.

There are up to 30 places offered each year to undergraduates studying at UK universities, and a number of bursaries are available to help cover the costs of travel and maintenance. The advert, application form, itinerary, details for referees, and information about taking the course as a module can be downloaded from the BSA website. The call for applications for the 2016 course is now open.

For more information visit:


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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