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The Byzness, 24th January 2016

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Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop: The End of the “Khazar Yoke”, University of Cambridge, 12th February, 2016

 For details of funding and readings see here.


 Alexander Lingas (City University London), Greeks, Latins and the Musical Culture of Late Byzantium

Wednesday 27th January 2016,  5.30-7.30pm (City University London, Music Department, 2015-16 Music Research Seminar Series: Room AG09, Ground Floor, College Building, St John’s Street, London EC1V 4BP)

In modern times the musical traditions of Greek Orthodoxy have often been perceived as being in some sense starkly opposed to those of Latin Christianity. This is particularly true of listeners who take their initial impressions of stark differences between their respective musical forms and performance styles-for example, contrasting the chanting of a kalophonic heirmos by a Greek cantor to a choral rendition of a motet by Mozart-and then set them within frameworks opposing ‘East’ and ‘West’.  This presentation will challenge the validity of such oppositions during the final centuries of Byzantium, when Greeks and Latins found themselves once again in close contact throughout the eastern Mediterranean. It will do so by discussing literary witnesses and notated manuscripts that testify to musical interaction between the two traditions, leading to a conclusion that the cultural position of Byzantine chant between East and West was far more ambiguous than is commonly thought.

Alexander Lingas is Reader in the Music Department at City University London, a Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre of the University of Oxford, and founding director of the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana (<>)


 Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages, 26-28 April 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS)

 The organisers have said they are “especially interested in papers from postgraduates and early career researchers working on the Islamic and Byzantine worlds in this period”. For full details see here.




 The University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics, and Archaeology seeks to recruit an Academic Network Facilitator to support the activities of the International Research Network ‘Emotions through time: from antiquity to Byzantium’ (PI Professor D. L. Cairns), generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust, hosted by the University of Edinburgh and involving the Universities of Cyprus (M. Hinterberger), Vienna (L. Theis), Southern Denmark (A. Pizzone), and King’s College London (Y. Papadogiannakis).

The post-holder will be responsible for day-to-day project management and organisation of the network’s workshops and summative conference, and will undertake related editorial tasks. The post-holder will also be responsible for encoding of source material and metadata for the project’s digital archive.

The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree in a Classics or Medieval History-related subject, and an excellent knowledge of Ancient Greek, including experience of translation to English. Excellent proofreading, time-management, and communication skills are also required.

This is a part-time (21 hours per week), fixed-term post.
Salary: £26,537 to £30,738 per annum based on 35 hours each week, part-time pro rata
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 4 February 2016

For further details and information on how to apply, please see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Cairns at


 Lecturer in History of Art and Architecture (Late Roman and Byzantine) School of History and Heritage (University of Lincoln)

 Location:  Brayford
Salary:   From £31,656 per annum
Closing Date:   Friday 22 January 2016
Interview Date:   Monday 08 February 2016
Reference:  COA151

 For details see here.


Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in Art History, University of East Anglia – School of Art, Media and American Studies


Location: Norwich
Salary: £47,801 to £55,389
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
 Placed on: 14th January 2016
Closes: 12th February 2016
Job Ref: ATR1275

Professor: A competitive salary is available for an outstanding candidate

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in Art History in any one of the following three areas: Art History 330-1400; Art History 1400-1700; and Art History 1800-1900. The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent qualification or experience) in a relevant subject area and an expertise in museum studies or comparable professional experience of museums would also be welcome but it is not essential.

You will act as a lead for your subject area upon arrival and as such will provide vision and direction in the area of Art History. You will be expected to take on the role of Head of School at some point in the future.

This full time indefinite post is available from 1 September 2016.

Closing date: 12 noon on 12 February 2016.


Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, Library Research Fellowship Program, 2016-2017

Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (


The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a full-time researcher for the AHRC funded Lexicon of Greek Personal Names project, directed by Professor Robert Parker. The appointment will be for a fixed period of 3 years from 1 April 2016 or as soon thereafter as can be mutually agreed. The appointee will be a member of a research group which will prepare volume VI of the Lexicon, that covering names from the Roman provinces of Syria, Palaestina, Arabia, and areas further East. The special responsibility of the appointee will be for names attested in non-Greek sources; s/he will have excellent knowledge of at least one relevant ancient Semitic language and willingness to acquire competence in others, and a good knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin and relevant modern languages. S/he will have, or be near completion of, a relevant PhD.  For the further particulars please go to

Grade 7: £30,738 – £37,768 p.a.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter Vacancy ID 121799

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 18 February 2016. It is expected that interviews will be held in late February 2016.

Contact Person : Miss Clare Jarvis

Contact Phone : 01865 288391

Contact Email :


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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