The Byzness 23/10/16

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The Byzness, 10th October 2016


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Climate and History Redux: Research Notes on the Coupling of Scientific Data and Historical Method, lecture by Nicola Di Cosmo, The Garden Room, Stanford House, 65 High Street, Oxford, 5pm Tuesday 25th October

In this lecture Nicola Di Cosmo will discuss the problem of developing a historical method able to

accommodate scientific data on climate and the environment that is changing our perception of the past.


Nicola Di Cosmo joined the Institute for Advanced Study in 2003. His main field of research is the history of the relations between China and Inner Asia from prehistory to the modern period. Within that broad area he has published on the early history of China’s relations with steppe nomads (e.g., Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Powers in East Asian History, 2002) and on Mongol and Manchu history (e.g., Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest, 2003), and he has edited several books, including Military Culture in Imperial China (2009) and The Cambridge History of Inner Asia (2009). His most recent works explore the use of proxy data from climatology and other palaeosciences in the study of the history of China and Central Asia, with special reference to early Eurasian nomads, the Mongol empire, and the Qing dynasty.

For full details click here.




Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group, Autumn Meeting, 5th November, Wolfson College, Oxford

For a full programme of the papers to be given click here.


Please note that the meeting is accompanied by a two-day exhibition of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Iconography organised by Dr Elene Ene D-Vasilescu, which will take place in the Florey and Committee Rooms of Wolfson College between November 4-6th. For more information click here.




UCLA Third Annual Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies

The department of Armenian Studies at UCLA is hosting its Third Annual Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies on February 23rd, 2015. Students have the opportunity to present their research relevant to Armenian Studies in a broad array of fields, including, but not limited to literature, history, art, science, sociology, politics, and much more. We hope that you will take the time to pass this information on to the students in your program.


Abstracts are due November 20th, 2016 by 11:59PM. The link to the application is at the bottom of this email, and can also be accessed from our Facebook page at If accepted, the participant will be invited to present their research at UCLA and will be considered for a $300 honorarium.


Application link:


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International Fellowship Program at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Launched in 2009, the International Fellowship Program (ISP) offers the opportunity to spend one to three months at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The program is specifically designed for international scholars and helps promoting young researchers.


The program supports research projects that show a direct connection with the diverse institutions and rich collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The fellowships allow researchers to work on their individual projects and to establish professional contacts at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The program aims to strengthen the position of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin within the international research network and therefore specifically addresses scholars who do not reside in Germany. The fellows will also gain the opportunity to participate in the academic and cultural life at the Staatliche Museen zu Berin and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.


Graduate scholars, doctoral candidates, post-docs and professors who do not reside in Germany are welcome to apply. The applicants must hold at least a first university degree (M.A. or equivalent degree) by the time of the application.


The applications should be sent before 31 December 2016 as one PDF file to


or via postal mail to the following address:

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

– Der Generaldirektor –

Stauffenbergstr. 41

10785 Berlin


For queries on the program please consult


or contact

Dr. Angela Fischel: or Jadwiga Kamola:


Reference / Quellennachweis:

STIP: Internationales Stipendienprogramm der SMB-SPK (Berlin). In:

H-ArtHist, Oct 18, 2016. <;.




Clare College, Cambridge – Two Junior Research Fellowships

Applications are invited for two Junior Research Fellowships in The Arts, tenable for three years from October 2017.


The Fellowships are intended for researchers in any Arts discipline who are in the early stages of their careers.


The successful candidates will have excellent academic records and the potential to continue their research at the highest level. It is expected that the candidates will be either graduate students, in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD, or post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD within the last year.


Candidates who have undertaken more than five years’ full-time research, or part-time equivalent, are unlikely to be considered unless there are strong mitigating circumstances.


Remuneration for Research Fellows is set by reference to the Cambridge University general stipend and salary scale with a starting point of spine point 39 (currently £28,982). Research Fellows are also entitled to a benefits package currently valued at up to £7,025 p.a., excluding accommodation.


The competition closes at 13:00 GMT on Monday 5 December 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Wednesday 18 January and a final decision will be made by Friday 10 March.


Full details about the Junior Research Fellowships and the application process are available on our website:

For further information contact the JRF Administrator at




PhD Scholarship at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies at Universität Hamburg

Dear colleagues,


The project Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea (Schriftkultur des christlichen Äthiopiens und Eritreas: eine multimediale Forschungsumgebung) at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for  Ethiopian Studies at Universität Hamburg invites applications for a PHD SCHOLARSHIP [1]  of € 1,250 per month (tax free) for a duration of up to three years to begin on 1 April 2017.


The project Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea is a long-term project funded within the framework of the German Academies’ Programme (coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities) under survey of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg. It aims at creating a virtual research environment that shall manage complex data related to predominantly Christian manuscript tradition of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Highlands.


With detailed manuscript descriptions as a starting point, the project collects and manages information on the texts transmitted in the manuscripts and their authors, on the scribes and other historical persons as well as places and networks connected with the manuscript production and circulation. For more details on the project visit .


The first project phase places special attention on codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the PhD projects are expected to contribute to research in this field.


Research is conducted primarily in English, PhD dissertations may be written in English or in German. For any further detail refer to the rules of the doctoral degree regulations for the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Hamburg: .


We are looking for highly motivated students with an MA or equivalent degree in Ethiopian studies, Semitic studies, Art history or related field with a clear interest in Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript tradition.


Applicants are asked to apply WITHIN 15 DECEMBER 2016 with a single PDF file containing (1) research proposal compatible with the project’s objectives, (2) a letter of motivation specifying the relevance of the research proposal for the Beta maṣāḥǝft project and the importance of the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies as research environment, (3) CV (with a list of publications, if applicable), (4) two letters of recommendation from University professors dating from not earlier than

the last three months, and (5) copies of BA, MA or other relevant certificates, to be sent by email to the Director of the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alessandro Bausi at .


See also





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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