The Byzness

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The Byzness, 4th December 2016


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11th International ANAMED Annual Symposium: Sacred Spaces and Urban Networks, 9th December, Istanbul, 2016

Throughout history, the relationship between sacred spaces and the development of urban settlements has been a familiar phenomenon for almost all Anatolian civilizations. This symposium investigates various forms of “sacred” spaces and their spatial and sociocultural dynamics with the urban landscape in Anatolia from the eleventh century onward. Sites such as monasteries, dervish lodges, funerary buildings or sacred landscapes are of particular importance since they act as centers of gravity in the urban context. Of further significance is the mobility of people that populate these spaces and circulation of the artifacts perceived as sacred.


The 11th annual symposium of ANAMED aims to remove some of the disciplinary boundaries by bringing together archeologists, historians, art historians, historians of architecture and landscape in order to examine the material in more detail from a broader and different perspective. It also endeavors to understand other spaces deemed “sacred” that have attracted less scholarly attention and their relationship to the city.


The symposium is open to public and English -Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided.

Click here for the programme.



‘Contra Latinos et adversus Graecos’: the separation between Rome and Constantinople from the ninth to the fifteenth century, XIII Giornata di Studi dell’AISB (Venezia, 15-17 dicembre 2016)

For a full programme click here.


For information on how to register click here.




Third Parekbolai Symposium: “Byzantine Poetry”, Friday 16.12.2016, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistian University of Athens, and Saturday 17.12.2016, Byzantine and Christian Museum (Athens)

For a poster click here.


For a full timetable click here.



Call For Papers: Medieval Rites: Reading the Writing, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 21-23, 2017


CFP Deadline: January 1, 2017


Click for a full conference description.


To study the history of the Christian liturgy is usually to study texts. Though some

texts survive even from the period of the early Church, it was mostly during the Middle Ages that thousands of texts—prayers, hymns, and lections—were compiled and organized into large and complex liturgical books. Some of these medieval liturgical books continued to be used by worshippers even into modern times, or served as models or anti-models for compilers of post-medieval liturgical books.


Moving beyond the notion that writing was simply a means of coordinating ritual

activity, or an alternative to oral transmission, Medieval Rites: Reading the Writing will explore the breadth of possible literate interactions with Christian liturgy during, before, and after the Middle Ages, in both Eastern and Western traditions.


Anyone interested in reading a 20-minute paper at the conference may send a 300-word abstract to , by 1 January 2017.


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by email no later than the end of January.


Conference organizers:

Henry Parkes (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

Peter Jeffery (University of Notre Dame)




Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), Seventh Biennial Conference, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), March 10-11, 2017


The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its seventh biennial conference to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, March 10-11, 2017 (with a pre-conference reception on March 9).


The theme is “Eastern Christianity, Reformations, and Revolutions,” in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the one-hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and is conceptualized to embrace any discipline, topic, period or region related to Eastern Christian groups.


The theme’s intent is broadly conceived to address the impact of either the Protestant Reformation or the Russian Revolution on any form of Eastern Christianity, including their extended repercussions and legacy to the present day and globally, as well as the impact of other reform movements and revolutions. Papers are also welcome that do not explicitly address these topics. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate.


Panel proposals of three participants and chair are preferred, but individual papers are also encouraged. Send paper and panel proposals with abstracts of 100-200 words for each paper, and a brief one-page curriculum vitae for each participant to Eugene Clay ( ). The new deadline for proposals is December 15, 2016.


Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with assistance for travel expenses.

For more information on the conference and its venue, contact Scott Kenworthy ( ).





Fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, over 135 years later, it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in many fields ranging from prehistoric to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, focusing on all aspects of Greece from its earliest prehistory to late antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity.


Membership application to the ASCSA must be made online at at the same time you apply to any outside funding organization for work at the School.





REGULAR MEMBER FELLOWSHIPS: Up to twelve fellowships are available for the School’s Regular Members. Fellowships provide a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds and waiver of School fees. Regular Member fellowships are awarded for the entire nine-month program. All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application.


Fellowships include the Heinrich Schliemann and the John Williams White Fellowships in archaeology, the Thomas Day Seymour Fellowship in history and literature, and nine Fellowships unrestricted as to field — the Virginia Grace, the Michael Jameson, the Philip Lockhart, the Lucy Shoe Meritt, the Fowler Merle-Smith, the Martin Ostwald, and the James Rignall Wheeler. The Bert Hodge Hill is unrestricted, but with a preference for a student in art history, and the Emily Townsend Vermeule is unrestricted, but with a preference for Bronze Age archaeology. $50 application fee. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


STUDENT ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Advanced graduate students in the same fields as Regular Members who plan to pursue independent research projects, who do not wish to commit to the full Regular Program. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS: Several fellowships for the full academic year at the School with a stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member and plan

to return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertation.


Advanced Fellowships awarded by the School: the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in art and architecture of antiquity; the Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellowship in the history of architecture; the Ione Mylonas Shear Fellowship in Mycenaean archaeology or Athenian architecture and/or archaeology; the Homer A. and Dorothy B. Thompson Fellowship in the study of pottery; and three Fellowships unrestricted as to field: the Edward Capps, the Doreen Canaday Spitzer, and the Eugene Vanderpool Fellowships. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15.


FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS: Contact the Institute of International Education, for application and stipend information. Candidates must submit ASCSA application for Student Associate Membership by due date for Fulbright application. Student Associate membership is only eligible membership for the Fulbright grants.  DEADLINE: OCTOBER 11.


SUMMER SESSION: Six-week session to explore the sites and museums in Greece for graduate and undergraduate students, and secondary school and college teachers. Fee of $4,900 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, and partial board. Scholarships available. $25 application fee. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


SUMMER SEMINARS: Two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture. Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each seminar is limited to twenty participants. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2017: Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine, or medieval studies at any university worldwide.  Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Scholarships available. $25 application fee. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.




THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s forplus room, board, and waiver of School fees.



THE JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP: For projects carried out in Greece, Ph.D. candidate from U.S. or Israel (Israeli citizens) writing a dissertation or recent Ph.D. revising a dissertation for publication. A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


WIENER LABORATORY FELLOWSHIP (2017-2019): Funding up to $20,000 per year for a two-year fellowship term. Ph.D. candidates from colleges or universities worldwide pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory.





ARCHAEOLOGICAL AMERICA  (AIA) ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOW:  Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s whose field is classical archaeology. Contact the AIA, Boston, MA for information. Applications completed on website:  Stipend of $5,500. Next competition is 2018-2019 academic year.


THE HARRY BIKAKIS FELLOWSHIP: North American or Greek graduate students researching ancient Greek law or Greek graduate students working on a School excavation. The $1,875 fellowship is awarded periodically. School fees are waived. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE:  Short-term travel-to-collections award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.’s researching Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period. Fellows are required to make use of and refer to the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. Stipend of €1,000. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.


THE HENRY S. ROBINSON CORINTH RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidate or Ph.D. for research on a doctoral dissertation or primary publication specifically on Corinth, requiring the use of the resources, archaeological site, and collections at the ASCSA excavations at Ancient Corinth. Open to all nationalities. The Robinson Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another School fellowship. One or more grants for up to three months, maximum amount of stipend is $4,000. School fees are waived. Next competition is 2018-2019 academic year.


WIENER LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE APPOINTMENTS: Short-term funding for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars from colleges and universities worldwide pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Variable amounts up to $7,000. Term variable, up to nine months.





OSCAR BRONEER TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. for study in Athens and Rome in alternate years, using either the American Academy in Rome (AAR) or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) as a base from which to pursue work through trips to sites, museums, or repositories of materials of interest to the Fellow’s studies. To be announced.


COULSON/CROSS AEGEAN EXCHANGE, Program of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC):  Short-term fellowships for Greek nationals and scholars to pursue research in Turkey under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses. Send applications to ASCSA. DEADLINE: MARCH 15.


MELLON MEDITERRANEAN REGIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM  (CAORC):  US citizen, Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D., researching in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Fellowship program funded by the Mellon Foundation. Consult CAORC website for application and deadline:


MULTI-COUNTRY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC): Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars with research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences requiring travel to several countries with an American overseas research center. Consult CAORC website for application and deadline:


THE PAUL REHAK MEMORIAL TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP: Regular members and Student Associate members already attending the School for the entire academic year. Grant of $1,000 or grants of lesser amounts. School fees are waived. The purpose is to allow individuals to travel in Greece and Magna Graeca to conduct a research project during the current academic year from September 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.  DEADLINE: MARCH 1.




KRESS PUBLICATIONS FELLOWSHIPS: Postdoctoral scholars working on assigned material from excavations at Ancient Corinth, Ancient Agora, Lerna, and affiliated projects of the ASCSA to support research for publication of the excavated material. Grants for at least three months (up to $10,000) to a maximum of nine months (up to $30,000).



NEH FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities. Terms: Two to four fellowships, five to ten months in duration. Maximum stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. School fees are waived. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Applicants must hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31.


WIENER LABORATORY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (2017-2020): Fellowship for recent postdoctoral scholar from colleges or universities worldwide pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Stipend of $35,000 per year for three-year term. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15.



ASCSA programs are generally open to qualified students and scholars at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada; restrictions may apply for specific fellowships and programs. 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.




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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