The Byzness – 12/02/17

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The Byzness, 12th February 2017


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Identity and Confessional Mobilisation in Medieval Baghdad: A micro history of the neighbourhoods of Bab Al-Basra and Al-Karkh (945-1258) by Nassima Neggaz, University of Oxford, The Garden Room, Stanford House, 65 High Street, 5pm, 15th February

See a poster here.




Game in Early Medieval Society and Culture, Spoleto, 20-26 April, 2017

For a full programme click here.

For scholarship opportunities for graduates click here.




Hypogea Congress, Cappadocia, March 6-10, 2017

The first International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities; HYPOGEA 2015 (I) was successfully held in Rome / Italy during March 11-15, 2015. Following this event, the second congress, HYPOGEA 2017 (II) will be held in the magnificent scenario of Cappadocia / Turkey during March 6-10, 2017.


For a full timetable and more details go to the website:


Lectures at the University of Toronto now available online


Eight lectures from the 1990s, published by the Canadian Institute for Balkan Studies (Toronto), have been made available on the web through the University of Ottawa’s depository. We are grateful to the Morisset library for hosting these important contributions to Byzantine studies, which otherwise had been available only in booklet-format (32 pages approx.), as we are also to Helen Saradi, who ran the Institute at the time. The details are as follows:

  1. Ware, ‘A Fourteenth-Century Manual of Hesychast Prayer: The Century Of St Kallistos And St Ignatios Xanthopoulos’ (1995), available at:


  1. Ševčenko, ‘Observations on the Study of Byzantine Hagiography in the Last Half-Century or Two Looks Back and One Look Forward’ (1995), available at:


  1. Maguire, ‘Image and Imagination: The Byzantine Epigram as Evidence for Viewer Response’ (1996), available at:


  1. Magdalino, ‘The Byzantine Background to the First Crusade’ (1996), available at:


  1. Myers, ‘A Tale of Bygone Years: The Kontakion for the Dedication of a Church in Medieval Rus’. A Source Study and a Reconstruction’ (1997), available at:


  1. Popović, ‘The Architectural Iconography of the Late Byzantine Monastery’ (1997), available at:


  1. Treadgold, ‘Why Write a New History of Byzantium?’ (1997), available at:


  1. Vryonis, Jr., ‘The Fate and Fortunes of the Legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodios in the Balkans during the Period of the Ottoman Empire (Fourteenth-Eighteenth Century)’ (1998), available at:


Investigating the Roman Frontier – Imperial Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey (Transylvania, Romania)

We are continuing to make great strides into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the doomed imperial for two centuries. However, the “imperial idea” on theEastern European Provincial frontier was more complex that Rome ever expected it… and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlasted the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.


Our programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Our participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), geochemical soil (phosphate) and geophysical (Ground Penetrating Radar – GPR) surveys, aerial and satellite imagery analysis. Our programs provide a complete and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment. In a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.


Our programs:


Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey – Life by the Imperial Roads


LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania



Session 1: May 21 – June 10, 2017

Session 2: June 11 – July 1, 2017

Session 3: July 2 – July 22, 2017






DESCRIPTION: The project integrates Classical excavation approaches with various exploratory field techniques, ranging from STP (shovel test pits), geochemical soil analysis (phosphate spot testing), and surface field collection coupled with topographical total station

assisted mapping. We will be looking at the transformation of the countryside in relation to the development of the Imperial road river infrastructure, and the role of our “palatial villa” in the development of a “creole” Roman landscape.




LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania




Session 1: June 11 – July 1, 2017

Session 2: July 2 – July 22, 2017

Session 3: July 23 – August 12, 2017






DESCRIPTION: The integrated results of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with EXTERIOR FRESCOES, with richly built two stories buildings, containing

exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, pristine condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices.




LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania


DATES: 3-day intensive GPR program, integrated with our field programs






DESCRIPTION: Our program offers intensive training in Ground Penetrating Radar exploration techniques, both field and laboratory analysis, as it applies to the anthropogenic transformation of a historical landscape, in this case, the hinterland of the “palatial villa” and associated structures, roads and land use. All participants registered to two field sessions of the above can participate to the Geophysics Workshop free of cost.


Our participants will not only explore the archaeology of the region, but have the opportunity to sample the magic of Transylvania, through its amazing historical and natural landscapes.


Our programs are available for both credit students and non-credit participants.


Best regards,

Andre Gonciar


Director – ArchaeoTek






The Mediaeval Journal Essay Prize


The essay prize is awarded on an annual basis in The Mediaeval Journal (a St Andrews based publication) and is open to graduate students and postdocs within three years of their viva. It is generous (£500 for the winning essay, £100 for proxime) AND guarantees publication

of the winning essay. Other submissions may also be considered for publication as well, including the proxime.


Here is the link:

Deadline 24 March 2017 for this year’s competition.


SCS Refereed Colloquium Session: Goddess Worship, Marian Veneration and the Female Gender, UC Berkeley

To compare Marian cult and images to those of ancient goddesses is a well-established route into investigations of Christianity’s holiest female figure. Scholars of the ancient Mediterranean world have also long registered a robust connection between goddesses and social definitions of the female gender. From Briseis, “fair as Aphrodite,” to Hellenistic queens, Roman empresses and ordinary women, numerous studies have explained how female gender roles and qualities were imagined, defined, and articulated through reference to   goddesses such as Aphrodite/Venus, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, and Tyche/Fortuna.


Yet, the implications to the female gender of replacing a pantheon of goddesses with a single female holy figure have not received the attention they deserve. Overall, it seems that the new Christian sacred role model offered a more limited conceptualization of womanhood. Even

though Christian devotional practices expanded women’s freedoms in a significant way, scholars of early Christianity have demonstrated that for women the road to holiness was often articulated as “becoming male.” Childbearing — the most central of women’s social roles — was epitomized by a virgin mother, who as has been argued, by being “alone of her sex” remained a poor exemplum for women. At the same time, through the lens of other metrics, it appears that with Christianity women gained more freedoms and authority. Scholars have written on the variety of the ways in which women could freely choose to forsake marriage and family obligations and become “virgins of God.” Others have dealt with the prominent role of purple-born women in philanthropy and religious debates. Finally, an analysis of Roman legislation has revealed that in late antiquity a mother was much better

protected by the law.


This panel invites papers that investigate how ideas about the divine shaped notions about the female gender and gender roles. Preference will be given to papers that most closely adhere to the proposed topic. Ideally, the abstracts should approach this question either conceptually (what categories could we deploy to measure the social implications of religious change?) or comparatively (pre-Christian vs. Christian gender roles as expressed in literature, artworks, inscriptions, laws, and the lives of women (free, freed, or slaves). The goal is to open new routes of inquiry into gender and religion in the ancient Mediterranean, and prompt conversations between disciplines.


Abstracts should be submitted as email attachments to  by FEBRUARY 24, 2017; the subject line of the email should be “Goddess Worship, Marian Veneration, and the Female Gender”; and the text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author.



Call for Papers and Panels: Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africe: The Middle East and Africa: Assessing the region ten years on

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Tenth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page summary outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation. SUBMIT your PAPER and PANEL Proposals. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2016.


In conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference, the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES are available to ASMEA Members:


ASMEA Research Grants

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more information, HERE.


Conference Travel Grant

ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Tenth Annual Conference. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more information, HERE.



Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference: “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, University of Bari, 26-7th October, 2017


Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)


Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.


“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:


  • Authorship, pseudo-epigraphy and ancient ghost writers
  • Corpora and spuria
  • Forms of σφραγίς and autographs
  • Ancient and modern interpolations
  • Ancient and modern forgeries and ways to unveil them
  • Borders between fakery and non authenticity
  • Ancient editions and authorial philology
  • Anonymous texts, adespota, unsuspicious authors and attributions in modern scholarship
  • “Il copista come autore”: notable colophons, famous scribes and scribal interpolations
  • Ancient terminology for authenticity and authorship (ἀλλότριος, ψευδεπίγραφος, spurium…)
  • Anonymous texts perceived as authorial and authorial texts perceived as anonymous
  • Catenae and centos
  • Copyright and Open Access Classics.


The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to  by the 30th of April 2017.


The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:


  1. An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.
  2. A short academic biography with name and affiliation.


Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian speakers will be required to provide an English handout and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper. Proposals for coordinated panels and posters are most welcome.


Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to , we would be glad to help you find solutions.


PDF version can be download at:







Editor of Hesperia


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is searching for the next Editor of Hesperia, the official journal of the ASCSA. The successful candidate will work full-time, preferably out of the Princeton office, beginning on or around June 1, 2017. This is a five-year appointment with the option to renew.


Each candidate should upload a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references here:


Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Lynn Roller, .


Application: Review of applications by the Hesperia Editor Search Committee will commence on March 1st with phone interviews to be scheduled soon thereafter. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the Princeton office later that month. The position will remain open until filled.


Job Objectives: The Editor is responsible for all aspects of publication associated with maintaining Hesperia as one of the leading publication venues for scholarship in the fields of Greek archaeology, art, epigraphy, history, materials science, ethnography, and literature, from earliest prehistoric times onward.


List of Duties

  • Oversee the editing, production, and mailing of four issues of Hesperia a year.
  • Solicit and develop articles for the journal.
  • Oversee the review process, consulting the Hesperia Advisory Board when appropriate.
  • Write acceptance and rejection letters, and check that revisions are satisfactory.
  • Supervise and provide feedback to freelance editors and proofreaders.
  • Edit and proofread manuscripts.
  • Help authors in the revision stage, both for texts and artwork.
  • Work closely with the Production Manager in typesetting articles and designing covers.
  • Work with the printer and shipper to ensure a smooth production process.
  • Monitor (with the Director of Publications) costs and the status of the subscriber base.
  • Write an occasional editorial, as needed.
  • Administer the Friends of Hesperia fundraising program.
  • Attend the AIA/APA Annual Meetings in order to represent Hesperia and solicit new material.
  • Work occasionally on other projects as requested by the Director of Publications.


Job Requirements


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in archaeology, Classics, or a related field.
  • Editorial experience, which could include freelance work, in an academic publishing environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite 6 (or higher) and Adobe Acrobat Professional strongly desired.


Description of Relationships and Roles: For administrative purposes, the Editor of Hesperia reports directly to the Director of Publications. For matters relating to the strategic direction and editorial quality of the journal, the Editor works closely with the Chair of the Publications Committee.


Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. The ASCSA offers a generous benefits package. The ASCSA’s Princeton office is located in a residential neighborhood one block from the Princeton University campus and two miles from the Institute for Advanced Study. ASCSA employment includes access to the university libraries. The offices are within easy walking distance of restaurants and shopping, and are served by the New Jersey Transit rail line. It is one hour to either New York City or Philadelphia by train. The successful candidate will work side by side with an experienced Hesperia production manager as well as a team of friendly book editors.


EOE: The ASCSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.


For a PDF of the position add, see




Postdoc Position, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, Cairo, Egypt

For a full job-spec, and information on applying click here.


The deadline for Applications is April 1st.





Postdoctoral Fellowships, PhD position and Tenure Track Position in Mediterranean Studies (Haifa)


The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) seeks applications for two postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2017-18. HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean in Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies. We encourage applications from candidates working in all related fields. The eastern Mediterranean basin, and/or environmental history are themes of particular interest.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the beginning of the fellowship tenure period, and no longer than 5 years. We expect the successful candidate to be present on the Haifa campus and to take an active role in the academic life of HCMH: attend all seminars and lectures, present their research in different forums, meet informally with advanced students, etc. If interested, fellows may be offered the opportunity to teach. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $34,000. A stipendiary extension for another year is unlikely at the moment, but this policy may be reviewed at a later point. It is advisable but not obligatory to obtain the sponsorship of a faculty member in the University of Haifa, with whom the candidate wishes to collaborate. HCMH may choose to nominate some candidates for institutional funding available in the University of Haifa.


Please submit a dossier including:

  • Statement of research plans (3 pages, and 1-page bibliography)
  • Statement of support from U of Haifa faculty member (if available)
  • Abstract of previous research (1 page)
  • Writing sample (up to 8,000 words)
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Three references (emailed directly by referees)


Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at  by 15 April 2017.




The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) is offering a three-year PhD scholarship for a project relating to the pre-modern history of the Mediterranean, starting in October 2017.


HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean at the university of Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. Prospective PhD projects will engage meaningfully in a relevant Mediterranean theme, and show relevance to the current historiographical discourse. They will be supervised by a Haifa researcher from one of the following departments: History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History. Co-advisors from other departments and universities are welcome.


The scholarships will be offered to students who will be admitted to doctoral studies at the University of Haifa. Applicants should supply a personal statement, BA and MA transcripts and diplomas, a writing sample (up to 8,000 words – a chapter from the MA thesis is possible), and two letters of recommendation – one from the designated PhD supervisor, and another from a senior researcher familiar with the candidate. In addition, applicants should supply an official letter indicating that they had been accepted to the PhD program of one of the above-mentioned departments, accompanied by the approved statement of intent for the dissertation. Successful candidates will be expected to apply also for the institutional PhD scholarship of distinction. The stipend will ultimately amount to 15,000$ annually.


Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH academic committee will evaluate all applications and inform the candidates of their decision. The awarding of the scholarship is pending on academic and administrative good standing, according to the regulations of the Graduate Studies Authority.


Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at   by 1 July 2017. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to HCMH.




The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Haifa, Israel, invite applications for a tenure track position in Mediterranean history (prehistory to 1800). HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean in Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. HCMH encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration on Mediterranean themes within the University of Haifa and outside it. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies and a fully-developed Mediterraneanist approach guiding their research. We encourage applications working in all related fields. The eastern Mediterranean basin, and/or environmental history are themes of particular interest.


The position is open to any rank. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrable commitment to both teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year (undergraduate, graduate), supervise theses, and carry usual nonteaching duties. Primary teaching language: Hebrew. Salary according to scale.  Position beginning October 2017. We expect the successful candidate to take a leading role in the work of HCMH. Ideally, the candidate will be affiliated to both HCMH (in the framework of the School of History) and a relevant department.



Please submit a dossier including: CV and list of publications, short past and future research profile, sample of writing (up to 8,000 words). Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at Please have three references sent directly to this address. Preference will be given to applications received by 15 April 2017.






Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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