The Byzness 30/10/16

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The Byzness, 30th October 2016


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Approaches to Early and Middle Byzantine Settlement Archaeology Seminars, Birmingham 2016-7

Please find the full timetable for the Early and Middle Byzantine Settlement Archaeology seminars by clicking here.


Note that the next seminar will take place on  22nd November, and will be given by Andrew Poulter (Birmingham University), on the topic: “Dichin, an Early Byzantine fort and the Balkan countryside in the fifth and sixth centuries: fact or fiction?”


Any questions to be directed to the convenor, Archie Dunn


‘Colloque “La périphérie savante”, Serres, 11-12 novembre 2016

Please find the full programme for the colloquium here.





‘Which Nubia and which Byzantium?’ 10am-12pm Friday 18th November, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

A workshop for students on medieval Nubia and its place in Byzantine society and the larger Mediterranean world. Led by Giovanni R. Ruffini, Fairfield University


RSVP required. Registration closes November 16. Additional information and registration at .


The workshop is part of the East of Byzantium partnership series. East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods/



Symposium: Liturgical and Paraliturgical Hymnology in the East and West, 11th November, 2016

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to announce an upcoming symposium “Liturgical and Paraliturgical Hymnology in East and West” to be held a Hellenic College Holy Cross, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, on November 11, 2016, from 9:30am–1:30pm.


In this symposium, liturgical scholars and musical practitioners present papers discussing themes of poetry and song in the medieval and contemporary religious and musical traditions of Judaism and Christianity.


A full schedule of papers and abstracts are available at


The event is open to the public.


Contact: Brandie Ratliff ( ), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture



Exhibition “The Hidden Gospels of Abba Garima, Treasure of the Ethiopian Highlands”, 5th November -18th December,  the Outreach room ,the Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford


The exhibition is accompanying the Colloquium, advertised last week, Early Ethiopian and Other Eastern Illuminated Gospel Books: Text and Image, which will take place on November 5th also in the Ioannou centre.


Places are free, but limited. To book, email:


For a full timetable of the symposium click here.


For more information on the exhibition click here.




Holy Books: the Garima Gospel Exhibition and Symposium, 4 November 2016 through 26 March 2017 the Allard Pierson Museum, University of Amsterdam

The Symposium will take place on 3rd November, 9:30-6pm.

The morning session will be entitled The Garima Manuscripts Revisited, the afternoon session The Later Legacy of Ethiopian Art and Architecture to the Present. At 4.00 pm the exhibition will be opened and the first copy of The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia will be presented.

Places are free, but booking is required. For more information:




Conference: The Emergence of Multiple-Text Manuscripts, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg

9 – 12 November 2016

Conference website:





Symposium and Concert “Icons of Sound”, 5th November, Oshman Hall, McMurthy Building, University of Stanford

I’m writing on behalf of Stanford Live, the university’s performing arts presenter at the Bing Concert Hall, and our partners at Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).


In early November, we are jointly presenting a concert by the sacred music ensemble Cappella Romana, which features a digital recreation of the distinctive acoustics of the Hagia Sophia. Accompanying this performance will be a daylong scholarly symposium led by Professor Bissera Pentcheva, examining immersive aesthetics that combine architecture, musical performance, digital sonic design, decorative arts to imagine and reconstruct the sensory experiences of medieval liturgies.


For a full timetable of the symposium, and how to register:





New Digitised Syriac Manuscripts Resource

Now all collated and accessible here:




Funeral of Anthony Bryer


The family of Professor A.A.M. Bryer have asked that information about his funeral be circulated. It will take place on November 10, 2016 at 2.00 p.m., in St Peter’s Church, Old Church Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0BB. There will be a reception at 33 Crosbie Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9BG, to which everyone is invited.


Directions to the church can be found on its website:




Call for papers for panel: Documents and Archives in the Mamluk Period at the Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, American University of Beirut, 11-13 May 2017


Panel organisers: Konrad Hirschler (Freie Universität Berlin), Daisy Livingston (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)


The Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be taking place at the American University of Beirut, 11-13 May 2017. The first day of the conference, May 11, is themed. The following two days of the conference (May 12 and 13) will be structured in panels. Panel proposals are made by a representative, who will be responsible for its organization. Panels contain three or four papers of twenty minutes each. Further details of the conference (acceptance procedure, fees, practicalities etc.) can be found on the Mamluk Studies Resources website at:


We propose to organise a panel addressing the subject of archives and archival practices during the Mamluk period, particularly in light of surviving documentary sources. The proposed panel abstract is as follows:


The non-survival of state archives from the pre-Ottoman Middle East has generated significant scholarly attention. Historians have asked why medieval Islamic societies, so generous in their legacy of surviving narrative, legal, and biographical texts, failed to preserve documentary records to the same degree. In attempting to explain this curious phenomenon the, in fact rather substantial, documentary traces surviving from the medieval period have sometimes been overlooked. The recent ‘archival turn’ in the historical field at large has, however, encouraged scholars to revisit this issue from a more nuanced perspective. It is now recognised that the discussion has been overly informed by comparison with medieval Europe, for which the archival record is extremely rich, and often based on an argument ex silentio, rather than positive evidence from contemporary source material.


The papers in this panel continue to look beyond the over-asked question of why such archives did not survive, considering instead the forms of archives and archival practices for which we do have evidence, and exploring the nature of the surviving documentary record from the Mamlūk period. The panel addresses issues such as the materiality of written records, the multiple intentions behind the production of archival documents, and the varied sites and processes in which archival and documentary life-cycles were played out. In doing so, it hopes to provide further reflections on this fascinating topic, and to highlight the significance of the documentary record in addressing this question.


Proposals for papers addressing any or all of these issues are welcome. Those interested in participating please contact Daisy Livingston by email ( ) with a title and abstract of no more than 300 words by 11 November.




Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2017—2019 academic years. This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute. The conference will take place in early March 2018. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.


Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at:


Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be complete at the time of appointment.


Applicants should send:


  1. Cover letter
  2. 5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. 3 letters of reference


Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website at:  Posting number 03151


Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 9th, 2017. Start date is September 1st, 2017. Inquiries can be directed to  with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Fellow”.


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination ( ).


Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email  with their request.




Incoming Fellowships, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Universität Hamburg

The project Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea (Schriftkultur des christlichen Äthiopiens und Eritreas: eine multimediale Forschungsumgebung) 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. The first project phase places special attention on codicology and manuscript production.


The project provides an opportunity for scholars to pursue research in any of the areas relevant to the project with a fellowship endowed with dedicated project funds. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis following the present call.




Applications are welcome from scholars with a background and experience in any of the aspects of Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies. Applicants are expected to demonstrate competences and skills additional to those already covered by the project. The successful applicant should be prepared to conduct research independently within the scope of the Beta maṣāḥǝft project as well as to offer up to two lectures of 2 academic hours each in his or her field of expertise. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities. Doctorate degree or equivalent is desirable.




The Beta maṣāḥǝft incoming fellowship covers a residence with the project for up to three consecutive months, with a total grant of up to 10,000 Euro for the entire period. The precise scheduling shall, wherever possible, be set according to the preference indicated by the applicant. In addition to the stipend, the grant also includes office space and access to PC, library, and printing facilities. Travel and accommodation are to be covered from the stipend by the grantee.


Application procedure


Applicants are asked to apply within 30 November 2016. The applicants should submit the


1) filled application form


and supply the following attachments:


2) project proposal (up to 5 pages) for: (1) project description (please specify which of the project’s components would be pursued while in residence); (2) methodology; (3) expected outcome; (4) project contribution to the Beta maṣāḥǝft project; (5) applicant’s qualifications to execute project; and (6) benefits to project from resources at Hamburg; (7) selected project bibliography


3) curriculum vitae


4) suggested topic of a lecture(s) with a short summary


5) optionally: sample of writing


Review process and notification


The incoming fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on the application file. In particular, the following aspects shall be considered: an applicant’s past achievements; his or her qualifications to undertake the project; how the project would benefit from the resources at Hamburg, including its library and collections; and, most importantly, how the project would contribute to the advancement of the Beta maṣāḥǝft project.


Applicants shall be notified of the decision by 15 January 2017.




Please address your applications and inquiries to the project coordinator Eugenia Sokolinski at


For more details on the project visit





Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships at Trinity College, Dublin

The call for the 2017 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open for one or two-year fellowships. Applicants must be supported by an academic mentor at an eligible higher education institute in the Republic of Ireland. TCD Classics has hosted six IRC Postdocs in the past three years (in literature, history and archaeology) and the Department welcomes enquiries from suitably qualified, outstanding candidates for this new call.


“The Council funds excellent researchers across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research and engagement with enterprise. The Council facilitates the career development of researchers by funding those at an early stage of their research career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. This scheme is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an early stage of their postdoctoral career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. These Fellowships can be held for either one or two years.”


Full details of the scheme at: , but anyone interested should be aware that there is an internal deadline for the sign-off of applications, well ahead of the final submission deadline of 30 November 2016. Please contact the Head of Department Professor Monica Gale ( or a potential mentor for further information. A list of staff members of the Classics Department at TCD and details of their research interests can be found at



Three research assistant positions in Palaeography at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, UCL

CELL is currently recruiting for three research assistants, to work on our Archaeology of Reading project, including transcribing and translating marginal annotations from digital facsimiles of early modern books. The posts are part-time (2.5 days a week) and are funded for one year in the first instance.

The postholders will have knowledge of the history and culture of late sixteenth-century Europe and current digital research environments, as well as a high level of proficiency in early modern palaeography.


The postholders will be expected to have an MA degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area (such as History, literature, languages, Digital Humanities etc – if unsure please email ). However, applicants should not have completed a PhD degree.


Candidates will ideally have language skills, including a modern language and Latin.


For more details and how to apply click here. The closing date is November 4.





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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