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The Byzness, 21st February 2016

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 Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World (c. 300 – c. 1500), 26th – 27th February 2016 (Ertegun House, Oxford)

Please see the conference poster and schedule via and our website. Registration Fee: £15 for speakers & OUBS members; £20 for others (payable at registration on the day).

Informal Welcome Drinks (Thursday Evening): For those arriving on Thursday there will be informal welcome drinks at a pub, please come and meet some participants informally after you have settled in. Thursday 25th February 20:00, Chequers (see directions here and on the main conference map below)

Conference Dinner: The deadline for responding about the post-conference dinner is Monday 22nd February at 12 noon. If you have not responded by then, it may not be possible for you to attend. For details please see the menu via our website.

Map of Oxford: Please see link to a google map here, which is marked with all conference locations including, dinners, drinks, and transport hubs.


How Syria was Destroyed: The Dynamics of Civil War, 17:00 22nd February 2016, Investcorp Lecture Theatre, Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road. Adam Baczko, EHESS, Gilles Dorronsoro and Arthur Quesnay, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Chaired by Eugene Rogan, Oxford)

For the poster see here. Please register in advance as described in poster.


Royal Holloway’s Hellenic Institute has launched its new website

The website includes up-to-date information about all of our events, projects, publications and initiatives, and also a full archive of our past newsletters. See here.


The University of London Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts has resumed its meetings at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB on Fridays 15:45-17:45 in February and March 2016.

Scholars and graduate students interested in Byzantine texts are welcome to participate.


The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Lecture “Hellenic Studies in Tudor England: An online interactive edition of an unpublished Greek encomium on Henry VIII”


An illustrated lecture by Charalambos Dendrinos, Philip Taylor and Christopher Wright, co-organised by The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and The Friends of the British School at Athens. The Lecture will be held on 15 March 2016 at 18:00 in Room G22/26, South Block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.


Fifteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture “The Gennadius Library in Athens: The Vision of a Greek of the Diaspora”

To be delivered by Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The lecture will be held on 22 March 2016 at 18:15 in the Windsor Building Auditorium at Royal Holloway College Campus, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, followed by a reception in the Windsor Building Foyer at 19:15. All welcome. No booking necessary.


2-3 June 2016: Institute of Classical Studies (IClS) 2016 Byzantine Colloquium, Arcadia: Real and Ideal

Co-organised with the IClS and the International Society for Arcadia. Scholars from various disciplines will be exploring important elements that contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages (in East and West) and the Renaissance to the modern world. The discussion will focus on the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Confirmed speakers include Dr William Bainbridge (Durham), Dr Solon Charalambous (Cyprus), Professor Evangelos Chrysos (Athens), Dr Stefano Cracolici (Durham), Angelos Dendrinos (Athens), Dr George Kakavas (Athens), Dr Anna Vasiliki Karapanagiotou (Arcadia), Marie-Claude Mioche (Goutelas), Dr Pedro Olalla (Athens), Professor James Roy (Nottingham), and Dr Alessandro Scafi (London). For the Provisional Programme please click here. The colloquium will be held in the Court Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. For further information please contact George VassiadisNil Palabiyik or Charalambos Dendrinos.



Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Repin Art Institute of the Russian Academy of Arts, International Conference: Mount Athos – the Light of the Orthodox Christianity: Interaction of Cultures


The Conference will take part at the Conference Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts, 5-7 October 2016, University emb. 17, Saint Petersburg

The acceptable topics as follows: Mount Athos art objects and historical treasures, Byzantine, Balkan and Medieval Russian Art and Culture, Artistic cross-contacts in the Christian World, Monastic Spiritual Traditions in the Contemporary Christian Culture, Preservation and Research of the Christian Art objects. Dead line for participant applications until 1 May 2016. Dead line for text of papers not exceed 6 pages in Word before 1 July 2016 forward to the Conference Committee See the full CFP here.


The Land of Fertility. South-east Mediterranean since the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest. Third International Post-graduated Conference to be held in the building of the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków on 10th – 11th June 2016.

This year we would like to focus on the migration of people, goods and ideas in ancient times and it influence on civiliyation in both material and spiritual culture. See Leaflet and Call for papers (with Application Form)


ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Sixth International Conference on “Melkite Christianity’, or “Eastern Mediterranean Byzantine Christianity”, 1st – 19th Centuries, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 12th – 14th July 2017.

The conference will start on Wednesday 12th July at 9am, finishing on Friday 14th July at 6:30pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our ARAM Society: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Yours sincerely, Shafiq Abouzayd. For details see here.




Project Curator: Islamic Galleries, British Museum, Full time position. 3 year contract. Grade C3C. £27,360 per annum. Closing date 12 noon; Wednesday, 09 March 2016

The British Museum has an exciting opportunity for a Project Curator: Islamic Galleries to join the Middle East department and work on the Albukhary Foundation Galleries of the Islamic World in preparation for opening in October 2018. The post-holder will assist the team with all aspects of the preparatory work for the new galleries, including object research, coordinating object lists and liaising with other departments within the Museum in order to successfully complete the galleries. Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a subject connected to the material culture of the Middle East and broader Islamic World, you will have knowledge of either Arabic, Persian or Turkish. Experience will include evidence of research capabilities, working with a collection and some publication experience, as well as excellent computer skills. Effective and open communication skills are essential, with the ability to present in public in an engaging manner. Working as part of a team, you will be able to work with colleagues across the Museum in order to meet deadlines and produce work of the highest standard.

For further information or to apply for this role, please go to The following link goes straight to how to apply.


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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