The Byzness – Christmas Bumper Issue

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The Byzness, 20th December 2016


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Summer School: Gennadius Library, Athens, Medieval Greek Summer Session, June 26th-July 25th 2017.

For further information and application procedure, click here.




SEGUNDO COLOQUIO BIZANTINO DE LA UBA: “Entre castidad y lujuria. Sexo y amor en Bizancio”, 28-9 Augusto, 2017, Buenos Aires

Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge no study to date covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of works tackling these and similar issues


A historical, anthropological or sociological perspective still has a fair job to do in this area. The UBA research team, with its focus on narratology, will pay special attention to love as a dynamic principle in Byzantine storytelling, either hagiographical, historical, or of other kind. Indeed, the centrality of love, which can take myriad forms (as a topos, as a target towards which a given plot aims, as a powerful tool towards meaningful characterization, as a social expectation horizon, etc.) should be evaluated in the framework of the evolution of narrative forms. We believe that a dynamic analysis of erotic motifs can be so productive for diachronic narrativity as the spatiality, temporality, or the studies of narrators and narratees.


At the same time, any other point of view is welcome: from a presentation on the Song of Songs, to a study of Byzantine marriage; from the love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from the ever-lasting reading of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations – or not – of virginity and mystical experience. More metaphorical subjects such as the “love of learning” are also welcome.


Please send your abstract, no later than May 31st, 2017, to , . Any query or comment will also be more than welcome.


For more details and an application form click here.




3rd ARDIT International Congress: “Living on the Edge: Transgression, Exclusion and Persecution in the Middle Ages”, Barcelona, 17-19 May 2017


It is widely accepted that the essence of a manuscript cannot be fully grasped without studying its marginalia. Glosses, the most medieval of techniques, sit on the margins of the text and clarify it, adding a whole new dimension to it and becoming an inextricable part of its content. Similarly, no society can be fully understood without knowledge of what lies on its margins, for the outliers of any given culture provide us with just as much information as its alleged foundational principles. At a time when the Western world ponders building up walls against perceived threats and frightening differences, it seems especially important to recall that it is mostly through tearing down walls that we learned our way forward.


The conference Living on the Edge: Transgression, Exclusion, and Persecution in the Middle Ages aims to address the widespread medieval phenomenon of transgression as both a result of and the cause for the exclusion and persecution of those who were considered different.


We invite papers from postgraduate and early career scholars that explore social, gender, sexual, religious, political, intellectual, and artistic transgression, as well as those that analyse the different instances of exclusion and persecution of individuals and communities in the medieval period. We welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, including history, philology, art history, philosophy, and archaeology to submit proposals for 20 minute papers.


Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words to  by the

31st of January 2017 including your personal details (name, affiliation, and contact address). The main language of the conference will be English but papers in Catalan, Spanish, Galician, French, Italian, and Portuguese are also welcome.


The Scientific Committee will consider all proposals and we will communicate its decision by the end of February. A selection of the papers presented during the conference will be published in a monograph.


The conference will also include three keynote lectures and a final round-table, as well as opportunities for networking and guided tours of some of Barcelona’s medieval landmarks.


Registration fee: 20€ (free of charge for members of ARDIT Cultures Medievals)





Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Ninth International Graduate Student Conference in Modern

Greek Studies, “Works in Progress: New Approaches”, Friday, May 5, 2017, Princeton


The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University announces our ninth annual International Graduate Student Conference in Modern Greek Studies.


We invite submissions from doctoral candidates at the final stages of their dissertation work.  We seek proposals for papers that draw on research relevant to the study of any aspect of modern Greece and the Hellenic world, broadly defined, 15th century AD to the present. We welcome submissions from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences. Comparative and/or interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged. Papers should be in English and presentations must not exceed 30 minutes.


The conference will bring together six to eight outstanding doctoral students for a week-long visit to Princeton, culminating in an intensive day of presentations and intellectual exchange. Each presentation will be followed by a short response and in-depth discussion of the paper. In addition to their participation at the conference, speakers will have the opportunity to meet with Princeton faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars, to access the Princeton Hellenic Collections, and to take part in a range of activities over the course of their week-long stay in Princeton (arrival Sunday, April 30 – departure Sunday, May 7).


Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words by Friday, February 3, 2017. Abstracts should include reference to the theoretical and/or methodological approach(es) employed . All Greek (or other foreign) words should be transliterated. Each abstract should be accompanied by (i) a cover letter (one page, maximum) reflecting on how the proposed paper relates to the dissertation-in-progress, and situating the applicant’s research within his/her academic field(s); (ii) a curriculum vitae; (iii) the applicant’s contact information (name, current affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses,  tel. nos.); (iv) the names and e-mail addresses of two academic referees, including the dissertation supervisor and one other person familiar with the candidate’s current research.


Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. Applicants will be notified by Monday, March 6, 2017 regarding acceptance. Participants will be expected to submit the full text of their papers by Friday, April 14, 2017. Papers will be pre-circulated among speakers, chairs, and respondents.


The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies will cover participants’ travel expenses to Princeton, at the lowest available rates. Speakers will be offered shared (double-occupancy) accommodation (for seven nights), as well as some meals during their stay in Princeton.


Submissions should be e-mailed to:  and


Submissions by fax or hard copy will not be accepted.


Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017



THE 8TH CENTURY. Patterns of Transition in Economy and Trade Throughout the Late Antique,

Early Medieval and Islamicate Mediterranean


From Frederic Krueger:


Dear Colleagues,


it is my pleasure to invite you, on behalf of its organizers, Stefan Esders, Silvia Polla, and Tonio Sebastian Richter, as well as its scientific board, to the international conference



Patterns of Transition in Economy and Trade Throughout the Late Antique,

Early Medieval and Islamicate Mediterranean


which will take place in Berlin, 4 – 7 October 2017 and for which we are excited to announce the following keynote speakers:


Sauro Gelichi (Venice)

Stefan Heidemann (Hamburg)

Richard Hodges (Rome)

Andreas Kaplony (Munich)

Cécile Morrison (Paris/Dumbarton Oaks)

Bernhard Palme (Vienna)

Paul Reynolds (Barcelona)

Jean Christoph Treglia (Aix en Provence)

Joanita A. C. Vroom (Leiden)

Christopher Wickham (Oxford)


Attached you will find an exposé that summarizes the conference’s aims and thematic sessions. Please let us know whether you would like to participate with a paper or poster that fits our thematic framework. We would also greatly appreciate your sharing this Call for Papers with your colleagues and affiliated institutions who may be interested in our event. We are attempting to arrange for the funding of all travel and accommodation expenses.


We would ask those of you who indicate their wish to participate with a paper/poster to provide us with an abstract and a working title by 15 January 2017.


We are looking forward to receiving your responses and hopefully learning about your research in Berlin next year.


Kind regards,


Frederic Krueger

Conference secretary

Freie Universität Berlin

Project Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic


on behalf of the organizers





Byzantine Studies Librarian, Dumbarton Oaks

The position is advertised until filled. For more details click here.




Visiting Fellowship at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge

The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2018:


Lent term: 16 January–16 March 2018

Easter term: 24 April–15 June 2018


The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research or public education in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and one round-trip journey to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.


The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found here.


A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:


Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at .


Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen .


Postdoctoral Research Position (Roman legal literature) — University of Pavia (2+1 years)

The research project REDHIS (“Rediscovering the Hidden Structure. A New Appreciation of Juristic Texts and Patterns of Thought in Late Antiquity”) is opening a position for a post-doctoral researcher. The appointment will be for two years. There will be a possibility for renewal for a third year.


REDHIS is an interdisciplinary research project hosted by the Università di Pavia (Italy) and funded by an ERC-advanced grant (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dario Mantovani; Senior Staff: Prof. Luigi Pellecchi). The project studies the continued existence of a high-level legal culture in Late Antiquity, as shown among other things by the copying and continued use of the writings of the classical jurists. A comprehensive understanding of legal culture includes therefore the study of the transmission of these texts and the reception of their contents. To learn more about the REDHIS Project, visit our website at


In line with the goals of the project, the appointee will be asked to contribute several well-researched chapters, written in English, to an extensive collaborative volume on the circulation, use, and reception of Roman juristic writings in Late Antiquity. Depending on her/his precise qualifications, the appointee may also be asked to contribute to the project’s annotated corpus of juristic papyri.


In pursuing her/his research, the appointed applicant will be supervised by the Principal Investigator. She/he will collaborate with other staff and post-doctoral researchers in an interdisciplinary working group. Place of work: University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy).


Preference will be given to applicants who hold a PhD awarded by a University from outside Italy, with a doctoral dissertation in one of the following scholarly areas: Classical Philology, Palaeography, Papyrology, Ancient History, Latin, and/or Roman law. The doctoral dissertation has to show that the applicant is competent in and comfortable with applying a philological approach to the study of Roman legal texts, in Latin and Greek, in order to contribute fruitfully to the research objectives of REDHIS. We are looking for someone with experience in writing in (and translating into) English.


The closing date for applications is 9 January 2017 at 12:00 noon (CET). Applicants are advised to make sure that their applications comply with Italian regulations as laid out in the official “bando” of this post (especially art. 4), which can be found in Italian and English at


In case you have any questions or require assistance of any kind with the formalities, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Matthijs Wibier ( ).


Further informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Dario Mantovani ( )


European Union Postdoc Positions in Leiden

The LEaDing Fellows Programme offers 90 postdoc positions (in three calls) for incoming researchers and is funded by the EU. Programme partners are Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre and Erasmus University Medical Centre. Delft is beneficiary of the project.


In the last months a lot has been done in preparation for the 1st call, which will be open from 1st of February 2017 until 31 March 2017. In this first call there are 20 postdoc-positions available. The LEaDing Fellows Panel, consisting of tenured academic staff of the five partners, is responsible for candidate selection. External review is part of the selection procedure.


Benefits of the programme:

–          Contribute to the career perspective of young researchers by providing nterdisciplinary research training

–          Provide opportunities for international mobility for academic talent

–          Connect partners and universities abroad and organisations and industry in the Randstad

–          Explore research related employment opportunities outside academia



Benefits for hosting groups:

–          Attract talented incoming researchers

–          The European Commission funds €2625, – per fellow per month From January 2017 on the programme will be advertised on various websites and international job boards.


Information for applicants is available on the website

For more information click here.





12 month post-doctoral position at the University of Durham

THE INSTITUTE OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES at Durham University is pleased to announce details of a new post-doctoral fellowship to carry out research in the context of the Durham Priory Library Recreated digitisation project [1]. Further information is attached and the online job advertisement is available here:





DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 noon, 9th January 2017


INTERVIEW DATE: 20th January 2017


START DATE: 1st March 2017


Purpose: To conduct post-doctoral research in the context of the Durham  Priory Library Recreated digitisation project. (
This project is a  collaboration between Durham Cathedral and Durham University for the  digitisation of 480 volumes of manuscripts and several dozen printed  books belonging to the pre-Reformation Cathedral Library and dating from  the seventh century AD onwards. The fellow will work on material that has been, or is being, digitised in one of five (overlapping) research areas:


(1) History of the Book;

(2) Community Living: Liturgy, Rules and Well-Being;

(3) Scholastic Learning and Philosophical Enquiry;

(4) Science, Knowledge and the Natural World;

(5) Digital Recreations


For a job specification click here.




The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library


Deadline: January 15


The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellow in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of photographer and archaeologist, M. Alison Frantz (1903 – 1995) whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.


Fields of study: Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.


Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Successful candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.


Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to June 1. 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 Gennadius Library.


Application: Submit application form for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (3 – 5 pages in length), and three letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site at: .


Web site:  or




The award will be announced by March 15.





Job Posting in Early Christianity, Department of Religion, Mount Holyoke College


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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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