The Byzness – 12/06/16

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The Byzness, 12th June 2016


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“Greek Studies in 15th century Europe” – Conference, 14-15th June, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Website Launch


“Greek Studies in 15th Century Europe” is a Marie Curie individual research project held by Dr. Paola Tomè and financed by the European Union at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in Oxford. A new website of the project has been launched, featuring the most important research topics and information about ongoing events, activities, resources and people involved”:


The conference for the launch of the project will take place at Corpus Christi College on 14th-15th June. The title is “MAKING AND RETHINKING RENAISSANCE BETWEEN GREEK AND LATIN IN 15th – 16thc EUROPE“, programme and more detail available here:





Armenia: Life and Study of an Enduring Culture – Final reception and lecture, 17:30, Thursday June 16th, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, Oxford


Robert Thomson and the Quiet Revolutionaries of Armenian Studies

Dr Levon Avdoyan

(Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)


The timetable is as follows:

5:30 Reception

6:15 Oxford Armenian Choir performs Komitas & Shnorhali

7:00 Lecture


For full details of the lecture click here.






International Conference on the Importance of Byzantine Studies and Heritage Radboud University, 16-17 June 2016, Nijmegen


Please find all details regarding the conference here.






Call for Papers: From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture


Please find here a link for the Call for Papers for the Conference “From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture” to be held in Uppsala University on May 18-21, 2017.


If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to by September 30, 2016.




Narrative exchanges between Byzantium and Armenia: contact, conflict, & connotation. A workshop for postgraduate and early-career scholars. March 16-17, 2017, Uppsala University, Sweden


The shifting borderland between Byzantine and Armenian culture-complexes in Eastern Anatolia and the Armenian plateau was a site of contact and conflict, alliances made and discarded, cultural exchange and cultural imperialism. This two-day workshop will explore narratives of exchange and conflict between Byzantium and Armenia, broadly defined: narrative in its largest and most productive sense of telling stories; and ‘Byzantium’ and ‘Armenia’ encompassing the encounter in the frontier zone, the presence of Armenians in Byzantine society, the exchange of ideas, relics, language, and persons over cultural and cultic boundaries, and the perils and problems of annexation, imperialism(s), and survival.


Papers given at this workshop should explore the narrative process behind these moments of contact and conflict. Possible angles of approach might include: the enshrinement of memory (in historiography, relics, art); self-fashioning of Byzantine and Armenian ‘border-crossers’; the process of translation; narratives of enmity or of conversion; nationalist narratives (their problems and their benefits); self-fashioning of modern ‘Armenologists’ and ‘Byzantinologists’ with reference to what we might gain from one another – amongst other topics.


Abstracts should be sent to AnnaLinden Weller ( ) by September 30, 2016.




Call for Sessions:  Mary Jaharis Centre Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2017


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 24th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2017. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.


The thematic strand for the 2017 IMC is “Otherness.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( ) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.


Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( ).

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2016. Proposals should include:


**100-word session abstract

**Session moderator and academic affiliation

**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract



Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.


If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for EU residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.


The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.


Please contact Brandie Ratliff ( ), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.







Post-doc in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging (HMML, MN)


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library invites applications for a two-year, full-time, benefit-eligible position of Post-doctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging. The Fellow will provide vital support for HMML’s efforts to catalog recently digitized Eastern Christian manuscripts. Under the guidance of the Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts, the Fellow will undertake original cataloging of digital surrogates at HMML as well as revision of existing cataloging.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Original cataloging of Arabic (including Garshuni), Syriac, and possibly Coptic manuscripts from HMML’s digitization projects in the Middle East, India, and Africa.
  • Correction and standardization of existing cataloging.



  • Earned doctorate in history, theology, classics, Semitic languages, or cognate field.
  • Knowledge of Arabic (including Garshuni) and Syriac, and associated literatures; familiarity with Arabic literature beyond the Christian tradition is desirable. Coptic is not required but would be a desirable asset.
  • Direct experience of research using manuscripts, and ideally of description/cataloging of manuscripts.
  • Experience with digital research in the humanities; ease with the use of common software and ability to understand and work with HMML’s digital platforms and tools.
  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English. Attention to detail; accuracy and thoroughness in work habits; ability to manage multiple, complex tasks.


For more information or to apply, visit the Saint John’s HR website (link below); scroll down to the Post-doctoral Fellow position.




Position at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens



Full-time position in Princeton, NJ.

Deadline: June 22, 2016


Established in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is “the pre-eminent center for the study of the Greek world.”  It is not only the first but also the largest American overseas research center. The ASCSA is a consortium of 192 educational and research institutions and it pursues a broader mandate to advance knowledge of Greece in all periods, train young scholars, sponsor and promote archaeological fieldwork, provide resources for scholarly work, and disseminate research. Virtually all departments of classical studies at the leading institutions of higher education in the United States have benefited from the research and teaching opportunities offered by the School.  Generations of Hellenic scholars have spent time at ASCSA and have taken their formative experience into their academic careers. Although the American School’s physical campus is in Athens, Greece, its central administrative offices are located in Princeton, NJ and it is a U.S.-based 501c3 non-profit organization.



Reporting jointly to the faculty director (Chair, ASCSA Managing Committee) and to the Executive Director of the American School, the Program Director provides critical administrative support to the faculty leadership and to the standing committees. The Program Director also serves as the key liaison to representatives of affiliated institutions. Specifically, this position requires an experienced administrative manager to support many of the School’s programs, fellowships, meetings, member application processing, communicating with members, potential students, and affiliated institutions.


Position Requirements

– Excellent written communication skills for preparing correspondence, documents and reports.

– Excellent oral communication and pleasant interpersonal skills for effectively dealing with a broad range of individuals at various levels within an academic organization.

– Administrative experience with the ability to prioritize competing issues, anticipate needs, work under the pressure of deadlines and exercise good judgment, particularly with sensitive or confidential matters.

– Strong self-motivation skills for establishing effective working relationships with member organizations and faculty and staff at all levels of the organization. Liaise with Athens administrative office.

– Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.

– Experience in non-profit administration and general business and accounting practices.

– Experience with standard electronic word processing, spreadsheet, database software, online surveys, calendar, and email programs.

– A BA degree is required; a major in in classics, art history, archaeology, or related field is preferred.


Application requirements.

Complete online form by linking to:  and attach your statement of interest including salary requirements, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references.


Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions, salary commensurate with experience.

ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.




Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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