The Byzness 22/01/17

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The Byzness, 22th January 2017


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The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 19th International Graduate Conference: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, 24-25th February, History Faculty, Oxford

We are pleased to announce the full timetable and poster for our forthcoming international conference. These can be found on our website by clicking here.


To register you interest in attending please fill in the form here. This is not binding but will assist us in estimating numbers.





Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium Lecture Series, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Weekly lecture, Wednesdays, 12-1

Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Lecturer: Dr Julian Baker, Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum

The Roman heritage, the inception of Byzantine coinage, Ostrogoths and Vandals, ca. 300-600 (18 Jan.)

The Byzantine “Dark Ages”, ca. 600-800 (25 Jan.)

Francia, Iberia, England, ca. 500-750 (1 Feb.)

Carolingians, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, and the birth of the medieval West, ca. 750-1150 (8 Feb.)

The Middle Byzantine period, ca. 800-1200 (15 Feb.)

The Commercial Revolution and the long thirteenth century (22 Feb.)

The Byzantine and post-Byzantine world, ca. 1200-1450 (1 March)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450 (8 March)


‘Greek ecclesiastical costume after 1453: between Byzantine tradition, Ottoman

aesthetic and Mediterranean cosmopolitanism’, Lecture by Nikolaos Vryzidis, Monday 13 February 2016, 6:30 pm, Edinburgh

Given as part of the Scottish Hellenic Society of Edinburgh. For more details click here.




Dumbarton Oaks Coins and Seals Summer School – Call for participants

Dear Colleague,


Dumbarton Oaks would like to announce that this summer it will once again offer its summer program in coins and seals.  It will take place this summer, from July 3 to 28, 2017, under the direction of Dr. Eurydice Georganteli (History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University) and Dr. Jonathan Shea (Dumbarton Oaks and George Washington University).  For additional information and application guidelines, please consult our website:


Please forwards this announcement to any graduate student or junior colleague whose research might benefit from the unique opportunity.  The application deadline in is February 20.


Elena N. Boeck

Director of Byzantine Studies





Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Scholarships

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is offering scholarships for Australian or International PhD students to contribute to its ‘Modes of Knowing’ research project (see “Current Projects” at


Scholarships cover all fees, and provide a living allowance equivalent to $31,300AUD pa (2016 rate). Students would be based at ACU Melbourne, and would have the opportunity to spend time at Durham University or KU Leuven.


Additional funds are available to support travel and living expenses associated with such study at partner institutions. Funding supports projects for three years, with a flexible start date. The first students would start in July 2017. Applications will begin being considered immediately. For more information, see the attached file here.




Job Opportunity at Council for British Research in the Levant

CBRL is looking to recruit a new Executive Officer to work in its London head office. The post involves coordinating the day-to-day activities of CBRL in the UK and its administrative governance. This includes supporting council meetings, acting as Company Secretary, coordination of finance and reporting functions, membership communications and liaising with our overseas Institutes which are largely self-administered. The ideal candidate will have a background in the charity or academic sectors and experience of administration, drafting publicity material and project management. Familiarity with academic culture and grant administration is desirable but not essential.


If you are interested in the role or know someone who might be, click here to find out more information.


To apply send a copy of your most recent CV along with a cover letter to our London office by Friday 3rd February. Interviews for the position will be held on Wednesday 22nd February.




Fordham University Dissertation Fellowship in Orthodox Christian Studies

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University invites applications for its first Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, for the 2017-2018 academic year (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018). The Center actively desires the most compelling, exciting, and rigorous academic projects to join its efforts in fostering Orthodox Christian Studies as a field of scholarly inquiry in its own right. The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to enable an advanced PhD student to devote full-time work to the final year of dissertation research and writing. The Fellow must be prepared to complete her or his dissertation within the period of the Fellowship.


Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry.  Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived.


The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved of any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research. The recipient of the Fellowship, by policy of Fordham University, must provide proof of health insurance. If health insurance is needed, the Fellow may buy in to the Fordham University health plan at a discounted rate.


During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will have access to all of the resources of Fordham University. Through existing relationships with other New York City institutions, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of neighboring universities (Columbia University, New York University, and others), seminaries (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary), and the many cultural institutions that New York City offers.


For further particulars and information on how to apply click here.




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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