The Byzness 25/09/16

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The Byzness, 25th September 2016


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 ‘From deserts to museums: Tracing the Provenance of Late Antique Egyptian Textiles’ University of Gothenburg, International Workshop, 28th September, 2016


For the full programme click here.


Additionally, for more information about the guest lectures taking place at the university on Burial Practices in Roman and Late Antique Egypt and the Ceasarea Gold Coin treasure on 29th September, please click here.


Mount Athos – the Light of Orthodox Christianity, 5-7th October, Conference Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts, St Petersburg

For a full timetable and more information click here.



Late Antique and Byzantine Seminars at King’s College, London, 2016-17

Please find the full timetable of Late Antique and Byzantine Seminars held at King’s College, London from October through to march here:





Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar, University of Oxford, Autumn term 2016

Please find the full timetable of Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art seminars this coming term at the University of Oxford, by clicking here.




‘An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads’ public Lecture by Florin Curta at Dumbarton Oaks, 17:30pm, 13th October, 2016

The Oak Room, Fellowship House

1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Although the relations between the nomads and Byzantium have been the subject of many studies, there is to date no comprehensive treatment of the topic. Byzantine sources provide abundant information about how the imperial government in Constantinople dealt with the peoples inhabiting the steppe lands north of the Black and Caspian Seas. Conclusions drawn on the basis of written sources, however, differ from those resulting from archaeological excavations. New evidence from excavations has enriched our understanding of relations between nomadic and settled communities and has questioned the pigeonholing of diverse communities into preconceived ethnic categories such as “Pechenegs,” “Oghuz,” and “Cumans.”


Recent research has moved beyond the study of burial mounds to focus on the cultures of those nomads who moved into areas neighboring the Byzantine Empire or into Hungary between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. These studies have emphasized the processes of sedentization, conversion to Christianity, and eventual assimilation. The study of local settlements in the Balkans has revealed great differences between their relations with sedentary populations north and south of the Danube. Pioneering research in bioarchaeology has only begun to enrich the already complex picture of the archaeology of medieval nomadism in Eastern Europe.


Florin Curta is professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida. His books include The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, ca. 500–700 (Cambridge, 2001), which received the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association; Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1250 (Cambridge, 2006); and The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050 (Edinburgh, 2011).


To register click here.




Call for papers: Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 19-21st June, 2017

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.


We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome. The deadline for proposals submissions is December 31.


The plenary speakers for this year will be Christopher Baswell, of Barnard College and Columbia University, and Bruce Campbell, of Queen’s University, Belfast.


The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.


All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.


During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L’Engle ( by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library’s regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.


All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.


To submit a proposal click here:





Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road Conference, 12th October, 2017, Portland, Oregon

The deadline for proposals is 15th January, 2017.

Details can be found here:






Permanent Post at the Department of Classics at University College Cork, Ireland


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Dept. of Classics at UCC has recently advertised a full-time permanent post in Roman Art, broadly understood to include Late Antique Art. In date terms, I tell the administration that I will be applying the same criteria as the Journal of Roman Studies, i.e. that Roman means down to ‘about AD700’. In effect, this could include those who might prefer to see themselves as specialists in early Byzantine rather than Roman Art.


See the details of the job here:


I would be grateful if you would please forward this link to anyone that you think might possibly be interested in the job, former students or colleagues, etc.


I should stress here that there are no internal candidates, and this will be a genuinely open competition.


At present, the two permanent academic members of the department, myself and Dr. Catherine Ware, are both late antique specialists, so a third appointee in the area of late antiquity would hopefully not feel too isolated.


It is very important that we get as many applications as possible, as failure to fill the post on this occasion might result in its loss.



Best Wishes,

David Woods,


Dept. of Classics,

University College Cork,







Research Scholar at the British Institute at Ankara, 2017

The British Institute at Ankara is advertising for the 2017 Research Scholar.   For further information about the Institute, please visit the website


Applications are invited for a Research Scholarship tenable for 7 months (with the possibility of extending for two extra months) from 2 January 2017 and based at the Institute in Ankara.  The Research Scholar will work with the Director and Assistant Director on enriching the extensive digital archive of BIAA projects and events. The scholar will also work as part of the library team and will be involved in updating the library’s digital records (reorganisation of subject headings and keywords, content information, etc).


The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute related work and a third conducting their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.


Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD.


Basic knowledge of database building, good command of Excel, basic to moderate skills of image and video processing and good communication skills are essential criteria for this post. Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.


The salary for the position will be £800 per month.  The BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey. The scholar will be expected to reside at the BIAA residential accommodation at a discounted fee.


The closing date for applications is Friday 21 October and interviews will be held in London in November.


Application procedure

Applicants should send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references. The length of the research proposal should not exceed one page. Note: Applicants must advise their referees to have references sent to the London office electronically by the closing date. Please only send electronic applications and references to the London office of the BIAA ( ). For further information also contact this email address.





NEH Fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: October 31st

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 126,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.



Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 50 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.


Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application. The ASCSA encourages younger scholars to apply.


Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, partial board, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.


NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece), contribute to and enhance the scholarly dialogue, as well as contribute to and expand scholarly horizons at the School.


Application: Submit Senior Associate Membership application with fellowship online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to:



The following items should be attached to the Associate Member application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

  1. Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
  2. A statement of the project (up to five pages), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
  3. Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest.  These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.  Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to by November 4.


The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.

  1. Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
  2. Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
  3. Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
  4. Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
  5. What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
  6. Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?
  7. Will residence at the School contribute to, and enhance, the scholarly dialogue at the ASCSA?
  8. In what ways might this project expand scholarly horizons at the ASCSA?


NEH Fellowships

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

6-8 Charlton Street

Princeton, NJ  08540-5232


Web site: or




The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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