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The Byzness, 3rd January 2016

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Being a Woman Byzantinist

Time: 17:00-18:30

Drinks reception: 18:30-19:00

Date: 19th January, 2016

Venue: Ertegun House, University of Oxford, 37A St. Giles Street, Oxford. OX1 3LD


DAME AVERIL CAMERON (Former Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History & Former Warden, Keble College, Oxford)

ELIZABETH JEFFREYS (Former Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, Exeter College, Oxford)

JUDITH HERRIN (Former Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, King’s College London & Constantine Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London)

CATHERINE HOLMES (Associate Professor of Medieval History & A.D.M. Cox Old Members’ Tutorial Fellow in Medieval History, University College, Oxford)

Discussion (open to the floor) led by:

INE JACOBS (Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, University College, Oxford)

IDA TOTH (Lecturer in Byzantine Epigraphy & Senior Instructor in Medieval Latin and Greek, Wolfson College, Oxford)

MARK WHITTOW (University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies & Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Generously supported by the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity (OCLA) and the Oxford University Byzantine Society (OUBS). For further enquiries please contact the organiser of the event, Sukanya Rai-Sharma, at

For the event poster see here.


 Byzantine History Revived: Constantine VII & co. A colloquium to celebrate the publication of Theophanes Continuatus I-IV, Friday 19th February 2016 – Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

For details see the programme here.


 The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE) has launched and is now freely accessible online

 This database, hosted by Ghent University, seeks to collect all book epigrams (or: metrical paratexts) found in Greek manuscripts up to 1500 and can be found here.


Views of Constantinople: The Freshfield Album online

It is also on display in the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge, see here for details.


 Inscribing Texts in Byzantium: Continuities & Transformations, The 49th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Exeter College, Oxford, 18-20 March 2016

In spite of the striking abundance of extant primary material – over 4000 Greek texts produced in the period between the sixth and fifteenth centuries – Byzantine Epigraphy remains largely uncharted territory, with a reputation for being elusive and esoteric that obstinately persists. References to inscriptions in our texts show how ubiquitous and deeply engrained the epigraphic habit was in Byzantine society, and underscore the significance of epigraphy as an auxiliary discipline. The growing interest in material culture, including inscriptions, has opened new avenues of research and led to various explorations in the field of epigraphy, but what is urgently needed is a synthetic approach that incorporates literacy, built environment, social and political contexts, and human agency. The SPBS Symposium 2016 has invited specialists in the field to examine diverse epigraphic material in order to trace individual epigraphic habits, and outline overall inscriptional traditions. In addition to the customary format of panel papers and shorter communications, the Symposium will organize a round table, whose participants will lead a debate on the topics presented in the panel papers, and discuss the methodological questions of collection, presentation and interpretation of Byzantine inscriptional material.


Panel One: Collecting and reading inscriptions in Byzantium

Panel Two: Traditions and transitions

Panel Three: Seventh-century epigraphy three ways

Panel Four: Place, placement, paratextuality

Panel Five: The (in)formality of the inscribed word

Panel Six: Material turn

Round Table: SPBS Debate on Byzantine epigraphy

Call for Communications

Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications – ten minutes papers – that explore any aspect of Byzantine Epigraphy from a textual, visual, historical, religious, social or cultural angle. Abstracts of no more than 300 words of proposed communications, including their titles, should be sent to Ida Toth ( by 15 January 2016 at the latest.


Rethinking the Mediterranean, History and Historiography issues on the Eastern Mediterranean, Athens, 9-13 May 2016

Doctoral workshop run by The École française d’Athènes / The National Hellenic Research Foundation.

See the call for papers here.



 Postdoctoral Fellow positions focusing on Confessional Dynamics in Armenian Communities, 15th-18th Centuries  and Confessional Dynamics in Greek Orthodox Communities, 15th-18th Centuries at CEU

 For details see here and here.


Assistant Professor, Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and History of Art Koç University

 For details see here.


Grants for Younger Scholars for the participation at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Belgrade 2016)

For more details see here.


 The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture 2016-2017 grant competition

Details of the Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants, Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants, and Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants  can be found here.


Post doctoral Research Fellowship 2016-2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For more details see here.


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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