Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 17th January 2016

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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

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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

SPEAKERS:

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 sukanya.raisharma@history.ox.ac.uk.

For the event poster see here.

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 ‘As part of the Erasmus + Staff Mobility Exchange between Oxford and Vienna, Dr Andreas Rhoby (Deputy Head of the Division of Byzantine Research of the Institute for Medieval Research, The Austrian Academy of Sciences) will spend Week One of Hilary Term as a guest LABS lecturer. 

On Tuesday, 19 January, at 2 pm at the Ioannou Centre, Dr Rhoby will teach a class in Byzantine Epigraphy on Early Byzantine Inscriptional Poetry

On Wednesday, 20 January, at 5 pm Dr Rhoby will give a LABS seminar talk on Book Epigrams, Metrical Paratexts, “Inscriptional” Verses in Byzantine Manuscripts

On Friday, 22 January (exact time TBC), Dr Rhoby will give a lecture on Constantine Manasses. He will introduce the author, and discuss selections from Manasses’s Chronicle.’

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On Saturday 16 January at 5 pm, the Maison Française d’Oxford will host a book launch for La mémoire d’Ambroise de Milan. Usages politiques d’une autorité patristique en Italie (Ve-XVIIIe siècle), ed. Patrick Boucheron and Stéphane Gioanni (Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne/École française de Rome, 2015) [http://www.publications-sorbonne.fr/en/livre/?GCOI=28405100932260] in presence of the editors, and with short presentations by Neil McLynn, Conrad Leyser, and Jan Machielsen. Drinks to follow. All welcome

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KCL, Centre for Hellenic Studies – Seminar Series

Monday 18 January 2016, 17.30

Theodore Stephanides, poet-translator extraordinary: his work (known and unknown) on Greek poets from Sappho to Palamas

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anthony Hirst (King’s College London), followed by a book launch.

Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 26 January, 17.30-19.00

The Laskarids and the Seljuks: material cultural evidence for contact and exchange

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Scott Redford (SOAS)

Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series

 

Thursday 4 February 2016, 18.00

The 25th Annual Runciman Lecture


Professor Lord Renfrew, ‘Who were the Greeks? New insights from Linguistics and Genetics’

Great Hall and Entrance Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus

Followed by a Reception

 

Monday 8 February, 18.30 (Date changed from 1 February)

Hazardous operations: British SOE agents in Nazi-occupied Greece and the strain of clandestine warfare

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Roderick Bailey (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Oxford).

A joint event with the Society for Modern Greek Studies, followed by a reception in the Anatomy Museum

Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 9 February, 17.30-19.00

‘The Shape of Water’: Rewriting virgin martyrs in Byzantium

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anne Alwis (University of Kent)

Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series

 

Monday 15 February, 17.30-19.00

Trust, faith and confidence in times of crisis

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Maria Couroucli (CNRS, Paris)

Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 1 March, 17.30-19.00

Four miniatures recently rediscovered: Christian Art in Muslim Anatolia and manuscript trade in 20th-century Europe

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)

Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series

 

Monday 7 March, 17.30-19.00

Attributing an identity to a language: the Greek case

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Pietro Bortone (University of Oxford)

Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 15 March, 17.30-19.00

Egyptian Bishops in the Twilight of Rome

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Philip Booth (University of Oxford)

Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series

 

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 18.30-19.30

The Third Annual Rumble Fund Lecture: ‘Queering Classical Art’

Great Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus

Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley), will explore modes of ‘queering’ ancient Greek art and will re-examine some standard interpretive modes in the aftermath of J. J. Winckelmann’s 1764 History of the Art of Antiquity.

 

Monday 21 March, 17.30-19.00

Ottoman diplomacy, humanist fiction and diplomatic poetics in the 18th-century Balkans

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Miltos Pechlivanos (Freie-Universität, Berlin)

Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series and also part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, with SOAS

 

Wednesday 8 June, 13.00 – Friday 10 June, 19.00

The art of Hegel’s Aesthetics: Hegelian philosophy and the perspectives of Art History

River Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus

An international conference, hosted in partnership with the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata(Universität zu Köln) and the New School for Social Research (New York)

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 16.00-17.00

Centre for Hellenic Studies Annual General Meeting
Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 18.00-20.00

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

In association with the Anglo-Hellenic League, followed by a book launch

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 Hellenic Centre Special Lecture: ‘The Hospitallers (Knights of St John) in Mainland Greece, the Aegean and Turkey: 1306-1522’, Michael Heslop Royal Holloway, University of London

 This fully illustrated lecture is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs entitled Broken teeth point at the sky: Peloponnesian castles at war in the 14th century 7.15 pm Tuesday 19 January 2016, followed by an informal reception, at the Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5AS. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org

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The world comes to Sinai: Saint Catherine’s monastery as a cultural magnet

A workshop-conference of the Saint Catherine Foundation, Saturday, February 6, 10.00-13.00, Bridgewater House, London. For details see here.

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 2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium for the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, ‘Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean.’

The submission deadline is 31st March, 2016. Please see the attached call for papers here for details.

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 Thinking about Sacred Time in Medieval Societies of the Middle East

Workshop organized by Johannes Pahlitzsch (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz), Youval Rotman (Tel Aviv University), Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Mainz, July 11-12, 2016 

The idea that time is not homogenous – that some moments, days, or months are more privileged than others – was articulated by medieval thinkers of all denominations. The sanctification of such times by special practices seems to have been a universal cultural phenomenon. Yet, the construction of time as sacred, the choice of the specific time units to be set apart and the means by which they were distinguished from profane time, are diverse and dynamic; tied to historical-cultural contexts.

Sacred times were acknowledged in religious calendars that regulate recurrent religious devotions, yet sporadic and singular extraordinary events and situations (such as astrological events and significant natural phenomena) were also marked as times of divine intervention, and so were certain moments in the life-cycle of the individual, or the history of the community. Moreover, manifestations of sacred time played an important role in the formation of communal identity and in community-life, as well as within inter-faith relationships. They create what can be termed ‘ritual coherence’ on the one hand, and produce inter-religious conflicts, due to clashing concepts of sacred time and different calendars, especially between groups who shared the same geographical space, on the other hand.

In the workshop we are suggesting, we wish to investigate thinking about sacred time in the medieval Middle East. We would like to explore the conceptualization of sacred time in theological, legal and devotional works, and debates pertaining to the sanctity of specific times. We hope to elaborate on the different meanings assigned to privileged time, and on the social functions of practices marking sacred time. By bringing together scholars specializing in Judaism, Eastern Christianity and Islam, we hope to address these issues from a wide variety of aspects, disciplines and approaches and enhance our understanding of the medieval Middle East.

Comparative studies are especially welcome. Participants who wish to open a discussion around a specific text are encouraged to do so.

The workshop will be held at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, July 11-12, 2016. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the organizers (up to a certain sum).

Those who intend to participate would let us know by January 31, 2016

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  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies is currently accepting applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions with the Center, beginning in September 2016.  The Center pursues a comprehensively interdisciplinary approach to advancing understanding of Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region’s role and significance in the contemporary world. The goal of the program is to support outstanding scholars of Iran and the wider Iranian world at an early stage of their careers and thus to strengthen the field of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the United States and abroad. A brief summary about each opportunity appears below.  The application deadline for both positions is January 31, 2016.

Contemporary Iran Postdoctoral Research Associate (Requisition #1500901)

The Mossavar-Rahmani Center invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the contemporary politics, economics or diplomacy of natural resource extraction in Iran and the Gulf region, or a closely-related subject of research, starting in September 2016. This twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Additional details available at jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=67571

Sasanian Period Postdoctoral Research Associate (Requisition #1500905)

The Mossavar-Rahmani Center invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the medieval history of Iran in the period ca. 100-1000 CE, preferably with a focus on the history, sources and language(s) of the Sasanian period, starting in September 2016. This twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance.  Additional details available at jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=67576  

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 The British School at Athens Postgraduate Training Course in Greek Numismatics, 15th May – 28th May 2016

Information can be obtained from the BSA website (www.bsa.ac.uk). Completed application forms and an academic reference letter should be emailed to the Assistant Director, Dr. Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, (assistant.director@bsa.ac.uk) no later than February26th 2016.

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The British School at Athens Postgraduate Training Course in Greek Epigraphy, 26th June – 10th July 2016

 Information can be obtained from the BSA website (www.bsa.ac.uk). Completed application forms and an academic reference letter should be emailed to the Assistant Director, Dr. Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, (assistant.director@bsa.ac.uk) no later than January 30th 2016.

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Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies at ASCSA

For information see here.

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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