The Byzness, 08/01/17

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The Byzness, 8th January 2017


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Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference – Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium – Registration Closes January 30

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference, 24-26 February 2017, to be held at the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.


A reminder that registration is open and closes January 30; abstracts and programme are published.


Full details on the conference web site at


In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and architecture.


Guest speaker: Professor Derek Krueger, Greensboro University, North Carolina


Convenor: Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University






Survey about the Belgrade Congress and Upcoming Istanbul Congress

REMINDER: The US National Committee for Byzantine Studies seeks reflections of US-based Byzantinists on the Belgrade Congress, and to ask for any input regarding the planning of the 2021 Istanbul Congress. The committee represents US Byzantinists to the Association Internationale des Études Byzantine. We have received some useful feedback, but we want to give members a bit more time before we synthesize and communicate our input to the international body.


Since we represent only those Byzantinists based in the US, we are eager to gain feedback from US-based Byzantinists. Those based in Canada should communicate with the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists.


If you went to the Belgrade Congress, please send us your impressions of the Congress: What worked? What didn’t work? Was the meeting too long; too short? If you took any of the excursions, did they meet your expectations? How would you rate the venues in Belgrade? Did your attendance provide good value for money? How likely is it that you would recommend attending the next meeting to a colleague? Do you have suggestions for planning the next Congress? If you didn’t go, could you tell us why you did not? All views are welcome! Please send your thoughts to me at .  We will compile and organize these reflections and will send the dossier to the AIEB Secretariat so that they may be passed on to the organizers of the next Congress.


We look forward to representing you all over the next five years.


With best wishes,


Derek Krueger, Betsy Bolman, and Alicia Walker



CFP: “Mysticism & Devotion” – Spring 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop

(21–22 April: Boulder CO)

Paper proposals and round-table participants are being sought for the Mediterranean Seminar’s Spring 2017 Workshop, sponsored by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group and the Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, to be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on 21-22 April on the subject “Mysticism and Devotion in the Multi-Religious Pre-Modern Mediterranean.”


For the workshop (to be held on Friday, 21 April), we invite abstracts of in-progress drafts of articles or book/dissertation chapters on any aspect of mysticism, devotion, theology, worship, or religiosity in the pre-Modern Mediterranean, broadly construed, but particularly papers relating to the multi-religious environment of the region, including cross-confessional influence, relations, syncretism, or papers that address the longue durée, methodology, or that are comparative in approach. Papers from any relevant Humanities or Social Sciences discipline are welcome. All North American-based scholars (or foreign scholars who will be in the US at this time) working on relevant material are encouraged to apply. Scholars from further abroad may apply but we cannot pay full travel costs. ABD PhD students, junior and non-tenure track faculty are particularly welcome to apply. The workshop will also feature a presentation by our featured scholar, Prof. Amy Remensnyder (History: Brown University)


The second day, Saturday, 22 April February, will feature a set of round-table conversations, focusing on questions such as:

  1. Mysticism and Doctrine – are they compatible or do they conflict?
  2. Do mystical traditions have a politics?
  3. “Mediterranean Religion”: does it function as a category?


Participants will be expected to attend the entire two-day symposium. Workshop presenters will have their travel and accommodation expenses paid for; round-table presenters will receive a substantial travel subvention.


A separate call for non-presenting workshop and symposium attendees will go out in February. Limited travel subsidies will be available for non-presenting attendees.


The deadline for workshop and round table  proposals is January 15, 2017.

Please submit an abstract (250-500 words) and two-page CV by this date to  (subject line: Spring 2017 Proposal).

If you are applying to present at the workshop, please indicate this clearly, state the title of your paper and its nature (e.g. article, book chapter, dissertation chapter).  Successful applicants are expected to submit a 35-page (maximum) double-spaced paper-in-progress for pre-circulation by March 15.

If you are applying to participate in a round-table, please indicate which round table(s) you are applying for. Round table participates will be required to submit a 3-5 page “position paper’ by April 7.

You may apply for both a workshop presentation and round-table discussion.


For further information, please consult , or inquire at .




Society for Biblical Literature International Meeting/ European Association of Biblical Studies (ISBL/EABS), Berlin, 7-11 August 2017, Medicine in Bible and Talmud (EABS)


Final Submission Date for Proposals: 1 February 2017


See more at:




Call For Papers: (For the complete text of the 2017 CfP, see .)


Papers are invited on the comparative theme “Literary and discursive framing and concepts of (medical) knowledge in (Late) Antiquity”, from biblical and apocryphal texts, into later Jewish, Rabbinic-Talmudic traditions and beyond. The organizers explicitly welcome papers by scholars working on these questions as in neighboring or adjacent traditions (ancient Babylonia or Egypt; Graeco-Roman culture(s); Iranian traditions, early Christianity; Syriac traditions; early Islam etc.). Recent studies into ancient scientific traditions have emphasized the craft and artifice of those texts. On the one hand, these works can be characterized by a rather astonishing degree of literary expertise, discursive versatility and rhetorical sophistication. Ancient scientific authors were well versed not only in their very field of expertise but deployed compositional techniques from their respective cultural milieu. On the other hand, one notices also the complex framing of scientific knowledge in texts whose primary focus was religious, poetic, historiographic, or literary. Based on this, we welcome presentations on the representation and embedding of medical (and other) knowledge in particular texts and contexts. Papers may address the special design of such knowledge discourses. How does the use of rhetoric strategies, literary structures, or genres in `scientific texts’ affect the ideas conveyed? Could a specific hermeneutic (Listenwissenschaft/ encyclopaedism/ linguocentrism) not only serve as a ‘container’ but also as a method for knowledge acquisition? One might ask further: who constructs this discourse for whom, and with which (implicit/explicit) intention? How can the adoption of certain textual strategies and compositional techniques be seen as a vital venue for (structural/discursive) knowledge transfer, rather than the actual content of the passage?


Program Unit Chairs:


Markham Geller (


Lennart Lehmhaus ( )


Propose a Paper for this Program Unit


If you are a SBL member, you must login before you can propose a paper for this or any other session. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box. If you are a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), but not of SBL, please click here to propose a paper.


For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.


Questions About Membership? Call 866-727-9955 Toll Free in the US Call 404-727-9498 Outside the US Fax us at 404-727-2419 Email us at





Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2017–2018

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2017–2018 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.


Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants target graduate students who have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Grants are meant to assist with the costs of travel associated with the development of a dissertation proposal in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived, e.g., travel to potential research sites, museum collections, research and special collections libraries. The goal of these grants is to assist students in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.


Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.


Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.


The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2017. For further information, please see .


Contact Brandie Ratliff ( ), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.





Jesus College, Oxford, Visiting Senior Research Fellowship 2017-18


The College offers a Visiting Senior Research Fellowship to a scholar of international distinction in research who holds a remunerated post in another University or equivalent and who wishes to spend time in Oxford to pursue his or her research.  The Fellowship is tenable from 1 October 2017, preferably for one year, although consideration may be given to applications to hold the Fellowship for one or two terms.  The College seeks applications from candidates in any field of research, although there is a preference this year for candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


The Fellowship provides free living accommodation at the College’s East Oxford annexe site (a flat suitable for a single person or couple only), a study in College, Senior Common Room membership and full lunching and dining rights.


Further information on the Visiting Senior Research Fellowship may be obtained from the link below.  Applications should be sent to the Principal, Jesus College, Oxford, OX1 3DW by Friday 17 February 2017, comprising a CV, a proposal for the use of the time in Oxford and the names and contact details of three referees.  It is the responsibility of applicants to ask their referees to send their references direct to the Principal’s secretary ( ) by the same date.


Jesus College, Oxford is an equal opportunities employer.

For the further particulars click here.




Exeter College, Oxford, Non-Stipendiary Vising Fellowships, 2017

Exeter College proposes to appoint distinguished scholars to (non-stipendiary) Visiting Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended for scholars who are on sabbatical or research leave from an academic institution outside Oxford (i.e. who are already provided with financial support as a result of being employed by that institution), but who will be spending between one and three terms of the academic year 2017/2018 in Oxford undertaking research.


There is no stipend attached to these appointments as the Fellowships offer an association to the College, not employment.



The Visiting Fellowships do not have any specific duties, as they do not constitute an employment.


However, the Visiting Fellows will be expected during the period of the Fellowship to engage in research in Oxford in a subject area relevant to the College and which, in the opinion of the Governing Body, is likely to produce valuable results.


In addition, there is an expectation that the Visiting Fellows will play an active role within the College community. In particular, it is hoped that they may be willing to participate in sharing some of their research with other College members – for example during one of the Senior Common Room event nights, or by volunteering to give a seminar(s) to students of the College.


How to apply

To download a copy of the Further Particulars,  please click here.


The closing date for applications is 12pm noon (GMT) on Friday 10 February 2017. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that her or his application and any supporting documentation arrive before the deadline.


Exeter College is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity.


Keeley Visiting Fellowships, Wadham College, Oxford, 2017

The College proposes to elect one or more distinguished visitors to Oxford to Visiting Fellowships for all or part of the academic year 2017-18.


Application deadline: noon on 17 February 2017


The Fellowships, which are for scholars who will already have full financial support, are intended to provide the visitors with a social and academic base where they can meet academics with a broader range of interests than might otherwise be likely within a single Faculty or Department. It is expected that the Fellows will be based in Oxford for the period of the Fellowships and will actively contribute to the academic and social life of the College.


Nominations are invited from Faculties or Departments, and from individual senior members of the University.  The nomination letter should demonstrate a clear, mutual benefit to the candidate and the College from the association.


Applications for the Keeley Visiting Fellowship will be judged against the criteria set out below.


  • intellectual distinction


  • an interesting and credible research project


The Visiting Fellows will be members of the College’s Senior Common Room and will be entitled to lunch and dinner free of charge at Common Table for the duration of their fellowship.  Accommodation is not provided. Awards will not normally be made to candidates who have recently held a Keeley Visiting Fellowship. The Fellowships are open to persons undertaking academic research in any subject.


Applications should be sent by email to  by noon on Friday 17th February 2017. These should include a curriculum vitae, a list of key publications and a brief statement by the candidate of the work to be pursued in Oxford. These must be supported by a letter of recommendation from the nominator and by two other references from outside Oxford, and applicants should ensure that all references are sent to  by the deadline.


Enquiries can be directed to the Warden’s Executive Assistant at .


Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.



DFG Research Training Group 1878 Graduate Fellowships


Dear Sir or Madam,


At the DFG Research Training Group 1878 of the Universities of Cologne and Bonn on the topic of “Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies”, 3 graduate fellowships are to be filled with effect from April 1st, 2017. We would be pleased if you could place the attached announcement on your website or share it through your department chairs listserv/mailing list. Applications in German or English should be sent in electronic form by January 15th, 2017. Please find here further information:


Thank you very much in advance.


Sincerely yours,

Ina Borkenstein


To find the attachment click here.




ONASSIS International Foundation Scholarships for Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Economics and Finance in Greece, 2017/8

Announcement: The Foundation announces the twenty-third (23rd) annual Program of Scholarships starting on October 1st, 2017  which is addressed to non-Greek nationals, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), Postdoctoral Researchers and Ph.D. Candidates.


We look forward to your cooperation in bringing the foregoing to the attention of those interested, to apply to us no later than February 28, 2017.


More information is available at


Onassis Fellowships Program for International Scholars

Coordinator: Frédérique Hadgiantoniou





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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