The Byzness, 29/08/16

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The Byzness, 29th August 2016


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The Archaeology of the Latin East: a conference in Honour of Professor Denys Pringle, 17-18th September, University of Cardiff

Over the weekend of 17th – 18th September 2016, Cardiff University is hosting a conference in honour of Professor Denys Pringle. The conference will mark the publication of a Festschrift entitled Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant: The Archaeology and History of the Latin East, and Professor Pringle’s 65th birthday.


This conference will bring together experts on the medieval Levant from across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, to discuss recent advances in research regarding the material culture of the Latin East and nearby Islamic states.  It will represent the breadth of international scholarship that Professor Pringle has inspired throughout his career.


The conference will be held in the Committee Rooms of the Glamorgan Building, at Cardiff University. For the full conference programme and travel information please see our pages on the right.


Registration: To attend the conference please register at  Please note registration closes on 1st September 2016.




Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (8th Cent. B.C.-5th Cent. A.D.), May 17-18, 2017 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey

The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing a symposium entitled „Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (8th Cent. B.C.-5th Cent. A.D.)” that will take place on May 17-18, 2017 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. Lydia was an ancient region, located in inner western Anatolia, and compared to the coastline of western Asia Minor its archaeology is not well-known. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of research concerning Lydia between ca. 8th century B.C. and 6th century A.D.

Please see here for additional information.




BSANA Byzantine Studies Conference Registration Deadline, 2016


Dear all,


As the international congress in Belgrade gets underway, just a brief reminder that the deadline for online registration for BSC 2016 is one month from today – September 22. The form may be found at , together with the provisional program and information on travel and accommodation.


We look forward to welcoming BSC to Ithaca, October 6-9!


The Local Arrangements Committee




Greek Manuscripts in the British Library Launch – One Day Conference, 19th September, 2016, British Library Conference Centre


To mark the completion of the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project and the launch of the Greek Manuscripts Online web resource, the British Library is hosting a one-day conference devoted to Greek Manuscripts on 19 September, 2016. Confirmed participants include Sebastian Brock (Oriental Institute, Oxford), André Binggeli (IRHT, Paris); Maria Georgopoulou (Gennadius Library, Athens); Elizabeth Jeffreys (Exeter College, Oxford), Scot McKendrick (British Library); Georgi Parpulov (Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London), Christopher Wright and Philip Taylor (Royal Holloway, University of London). Speakers will discuss a variety of topics related to the Library’s digitised Greek collections, such as Greek-Syriac palimpsests, Byzantine illuminated manuscripts, Greek written culture and the digital humanities as well as cultural interactions between Greece and Britain.


The conference will be accompanied by an evening lecture by Michael Wood on ‘The Wisdom of the Greeks’. Michael will be looking at how the legacy of Greece and Byzantium in science, religion and literature was transmitted to the Latin West.


Please book your place in advance and register online at . The full programme can be found here:




TΑΠΑ Publications online

All the publications of the Greek Archaeological Receipts Fund (ΤΑΠΑ) are now available in PDF form (and for free) online:



The American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Seminars programme, 2017

12-30 June, 2017 – Greek Sculpture Up Close

6-24 July, 2017 – Myth on Site


For more details see here.





 International Medieval Congress 2017 – Special thematic strand: ‘Otherness’

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome.


However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.


‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court).


One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution.


The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.


Possible entities to research for ‘Otherness’ could include (but are not limited to):

  • Peoples, kingdoms, languages, towns, villages, migrants, refugees, bishoprics, trades, guilds, or seigneurial systems
  • Faiths and religions, religious groups (including deviation from the ‘true’ faith) and religious orders
  • Different social classes, minorities, or marginal groups
  • The spectrum from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’.
  • Individuals or ‘strangers’ of any kind, newcomers as well as people exhibiting strange behaviour
  • Otherness related to art, musics, liturgical practices, or forms of worship
  • Any further specific determinations of ‘alterity’


Methodologies and Approaches to ‘Otherness’ (not necessarily distinct, but overlapping) could include:

  • Definitions, concepts, and constructions of ‘Otherness’
  • Indicators of, criteria and reasons for demarcation
  • Relation(s) between ‘Otherness’ and concepts of ‘Self’
  • Communication, encounters, and social intercourse with ‘Others’ (in embassies, travels, writings, quarrels, conflicts, and persecution)


  • Knowledge, perception, and assessment of the ‘Others’
  • Attitudes and behaviour towards ‘Others’
  • Deviation from any ‘norms’ of life and thought (from the superficial to the fundamental)
  • Gender and transgender perspectives
  • Co-existence and segregation
  • Methodological problems when inquiring into ‘Otherness’
  • The Middle Ages as the ‘Other’ compared with contemporary times (‘Othering’ the Middle Ages).


The IMC online proposal form is now available.

Proposals should be submitted online at:

Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2016.

Session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2016.

The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages.





Call for papers – Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations (Sponsored by the Italian Art Society) May 11-14, 2017, Western Michigan University

Organizers: Amy Gillette (Temple University) and Kaelin Jewell (Temple University)

The Italian Art Society is sponsoring one session on Digital Reconstructions of Italian buildings at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017.


Session Title: Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations


Historians of medieval architecture have productively used digital technologies to reimagine lost monuments or furnishings, reveal aspects of correspondence in pictorial and architectural iconography, decipher construction techniques, determine the nature and scope of collaboration between architects and decorators, and grapple with the ways in which medieval people experienced their three-dimensional, functional spaces. Digital reconstruction is also useful for bridging monuments and their modern publications for instance, the Scuola San Marco in Venice has installed  virtual copies of dispersed paintings in the Albergo, so that visitors can readily apprehend its original presentation. This panel seeks a program of digital reconstructions of medieval Italian architectural spaces, ranging from the 4th to the early 15th centuries CE, including chapels, refectories, churches, palace rooms, libraries, and/or villas. We welcome projects that digitally reconstruct vanished monuments, interiors of standing churches with reconstituted medieval screening systems, liturgical furnishings, and/or picture programs. We are particularly interested in projects that take a critical approach to these virtual spaces and address the choice of historical moment(s) and types of monuments, in addition to the reconstructions’ purpose and technological considerations. Speakers are encouraged to comment on the impact on the scholarly process, collaboration (including with non-art historians), teaching, museum practice, and conservation or preservation.



*The deadline for 15-minute paper proposals is: September 15, 2016*

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information

Form, available at to the organizers:

Amy Gillette ( ) and Kaelin Jewell ( )





 Two PhD Positions at the University of Liverpool in Ancient Textiles

The application deadline has been prolonged to the 9th of Sept, and the positions are to start in Oct. 2016 (see link: )




Positions available at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens



One or Two Positions for 2017-2018

Deadline: October 31



Early September to June 1.



A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution who is a faculty or staff member at a Cooperating Institution. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Candidates who have held the Whitehead Professorship may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.



Advancing research on a project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Whitehead Professors are encouraged to present a seminar, workshop, or other significant contribution to the academic program and to contribute to the intellectual life of the School in other ways, such as mentoring or advising students and participating in School trips, excursions, and conferences.



Stipend of $35,000 plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Professor (one-half senior rate for spouse, and one-half student rate for dependents) and School housing. Hotel and transportation on all fall School trips and transportation on all winter Attica excursions.



Applicants should submit the following materials online at:

  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
  • Statement of current and projected research.
  • One page description of proposed seminar or other contributions to the academic program.
  • Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece.


Applicants should ask three recommenders to send letters directly to the address below or via email to .


Committee on Personnel

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

6-8 Charlton Street

Princeton, NJ 08540-5232


Applicants may be invited to an interview at the annual AIA/SCS meetings or by telephone.


The appointments will be announced by January 15.


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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