The Byzness

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The Byzness, 3rd October 2016


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 Events at the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London


14-15 October 2016: Greeks and Cypriots in the United Kingdom, 1815-2015: Culture, Commerce and Politics, Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies Research Conference, The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS.


This two day conference will be the first time researchers studying the history of the Greek and Cypriot communities in the United Kingdom come together and present their work. Papers will cover a broad range of topics related to social, cultural, commercial and political history and diaspora studies. Co-organised by the Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Cyprus High Commission, Cultural Section, and the Embassy of Greece, with the support of The Hellenic Centre. To download the programme, please click here. Attendance is free of charge but prior registration is essential. To confirm your place, please email or ring +44 (0)1784 443 086.


21 October 2016: Eighth Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides, Constantinopolitan Cultural Centre, Dimitriou Soutsou 46, Athens 11521, Greece (near Ambelokipi metro station).


Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, will speak on “Teaching Byzantium in London: reflections and recollections on the life and work of the distinguished Constantinopolitan Byzantinist Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008).” The start time is 7pm. A reception will follow in the foyer of the Constantinopolitan Cultural Centre. Donations towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of postgraduate students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL can be made online and at the event. Attendance is free of charge. For information please email Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.


16 March 2017: Sixteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture, Management Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX.


Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, will speak on “The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, Present and Future”, tracing the history of the most important Greek communities of the Ottoman Empire and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during the transition to republican rule. He will also offer insights into more recent developments in Turkey and their impact on the long term future of the Greek Orthodox Community of Istanbul. The start time is 7pm and the lecture will be followed by a reception in the foyer of the Management Building. Attendance is free of charge but prior registration is required. Please email Dr George Vassiadis or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.





Curator of Coins, Barber Institute, University of Birmingham


We are looking for a committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Curator of Coins to join our busy curatorial team. You will be the collection specialist and advocate for the Barber Institute’s world-class collection of Roman, Byzantine and medieval coins, seals and weights. You will lead on their management, research, development (including acquisitions), accessibility and promotion by curating coin-related exhibitions, developing the coin collection database, managing object-handling and research, and dealing with coin collection-related enquiries and reproduction requests. A degree in Classical or Medieval History, Art History, Archaeology or Classical Studies, with a major component relevant to Byzantine studies, is essential, as is previous professional numismatic museum experience, and excellent organisational, communication, interpersonal and appropriate language skills.


Salary in the range of £25,023- £28,143 with possible progression to £31,656


Application forms (returnable by 7 November 2016) and details from:

Human Resources, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel: 0121 415 9000


Please quote post number 30212

Further information can be found here.





Two Postdoctoral Research fellow positions at the University of Haifa


The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters (I-Core), is seeking to

recruit 2 Post-doctoral research fellows to contribute to a project dealing with the significance

of Muslim converts in the formation of Classical Islamic civilization under the direction of

Dr. Uriel Simonsohn of the department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa.


For more information, please click here.

Note that the deadline for applications is February 1st.





Fellowships at the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University


The ISM Fellows are scholars, religious leaders, and artists at all career stages whose work is in or is moving to the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. Scholars in the humanities or the social or natural sciences, whose work is directly related to these areas, are also encouraged to apply. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and they may have the option to teach.


The work of the Institute touches a broad array of disciplines, including


Anthropology ~ Art ~ Architecture ~ Composition ~ Creative Writing ~ Ethnomusicology ~ Film Studies ~ History of Art or Architecture ~ Languages ~ Literature ~ Liturgical Studies ~ Musicology ~ Religious Studies ~ Ritual Studies ~ Sociology ~ Theatre Studies ~ Theology ~ World Religions

among many more.


For further information, please see:




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society


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