The Byzness 19/02/16

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The Byzness, 19th February 2017


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Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 19th International Graduate Conference: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, History Faculty, Oxford, 24-25th February 2017

We are pleased to announce the full timetable of our graduate conference: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, History Faculty, George St., 24-25th February. Please find this here.

To register your interest in attending click here.




Global Byzantium: the 50th Spring Symposium of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, Saturday 25th March – Monday 27th March, 2017 Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

Early Bird Tickets Reduction Until 1st March

For its 50th anniversary, the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies returns to the University of Birmingham, where it began in 1967. On this anniversary of the discipline we ask what the language of globalism has to offer to Byzantine studies, and Byzantine studies to global narratives.


How global was Byzantium? Our understanding of the links which Byzantium had to far-flung parts of the world and of its connections with near neighbours, continues to develop but the significance of these connections to Byzantium and its interlocutors remains keenly debated. Comparisons from or to Byzantium may also help in thinking about globalism, modern and historical. How, for example, might Byzantine legal structures, visual culture or military practice contribute to debates about the role of the medieval state or the relationship between modern cultural and national identities? Byzantine studies has always been an international discipline, marked by the interaction of its different national, regional and linguistic traditions of scholarship, as well as its highly interdisciplinary nature. How has this manifested in the interpretation of Byzantine history and how might practices of global scholarship be pursued in the future?


Museum Exhibitions:


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Spring Symposium, the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, with the support of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Cadbury Research Library, is hosting three exhibitions based on its world-leading collections of Byzantine coins and archival material. These exhibitions have been curated by postgraduate students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, along with students from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham, who have collaborated thanks to the generous support of the AHRC Midlands Three Cities Partnership. These will be open throughout the duration of the Symposium and you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with our talented postgraduate curators.



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There will also be an associated POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP: GLOBAL BYZANTIUM IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY (Monday, 27th March, 1400-1700)


Details about all events, including the programmes and a link to the online shop for booking, may be found here


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REMINDER!!  Bryer – recollections!


Ruth Macrides ( ), Margaret Mullett ( ) and Liz James ( ) are collecting material for a commemoration of Bryer at the Symposium in March – please send us stories, pictures, memories by the end of this month (February) for inclusion!





Byzantine Studies Symposium, April 21–22: “Rethinking Empire”. Dumbarton Oaks,



What do we mean when we call Byzantium an empire? A flurry of studies in recent years by historians of other hegemonic civilizations have situated empire and imperialism as historical phenomena across different periods and geographical areas. Until now, the involvement of Byzantinists in this re-      evaluation has been relatively marginal.


This symposium frames the issue of Byzantium’s imperial identity by setting it within wider contexts in the light of new research by Byzantinists as well as the approaches and methods profitably used by historians of other premodern and modern empires. The speakers will tackle fundamental problems of definition and will question Byzantium’s culture and institutions of empire, relations between core and periphery, territoriality, and ethnic diversity.


The centenary of the First World War, which has stimulated research on the competitive dynamics of the imperial powers that went to war in 1914, makes this symposium particularly timely. There is something highly symbolic in its venue, Dumbarton Oaks, whose founders, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, were close eyewitnesses to the bitter end of the modern “Age of Empire” during Robert Bliss’s diplomatic service in the U.S. Embassy in Paris (1912–19). Thirty years after the outbreak of the First World War, as the Second World War drew to a close, the Blisses and Dumbarton Oaks hosted the conference of world powers that led to the foundation of the United Nations.



Constructing Sacred Space: A Career Celebration for Robert Ousterhout at the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,  Friday 7 April, 3-7pm – Saturday 8 April, 9am-3pm



Henry and Eunice Maguire (JHU), Warren Woodfin (CUNY), Amy Papalexandrou (Stockton College), Suna Çağaptay (Bahçeşehir Üniv.), Jordan Pickett (UMich), Anna Sitz (UPenn), Tasos Tantsis (U. Thessalonike), Michalis Kappas (Dumbarton Oaks), Ayse Henry, Benjamin Anderson (Cornell), Vasileios Marinis (Yale), Rory O’Neill (UPenn), Sofia Georgiadou, Tolga Uyar (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University)


Full program and details at :


Medieval Intersectionality Workshop, Taylorian Institute, University of Oxford, March 15th

Please find the programme here. Places are limited, write to and to secure one.



The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange” (Madrid, 19-20 May)


In collaboration with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid and Princeton’s departments of Art & Archaeology and History, the Index of Christian Art will sponsor a two-day interdisciplinary conference, “The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange,” on 19-20 May 2017.


The medieval treasury offers an extraordinary material witness to the desires, aspirations, and self-conception of its creators. Treasuries could function as sources of gifts (and obligations) for their allies, as prestigious private storehouses for ostentation before an elite audience, or as financial reserves that could be made use of in times of need. Luxury items from non-Christian cultures, such as the many Islamic objects that found their way into church treasuries, or those made from materials of great intrinsic value, such as ivory, gold, silver, or silk, became even more valuable if the piece were turned to a sacred use. We will examine these dimensions of the treasury by giving special emphasis to the rich holdings of the royal-sponsored monastery of San Isidoro de León in northern Spain. Taken as a whole, both texts and objects offer a rich body of evidence for interdisciplinary investigation and serve as a springing point for larger questions about sumptuary collections and their patrons across Europe and the Mediterranean during the central Middle Ages.


Hosted at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the conference brings together international and US scholars from multiple disciplines and professions, with specializations including Islamic law and sumptuary production, Christian chronicles, patronage and royal studies, identity and gender studies, and political history across the cultures of medieval Spain. The diversity of questions and perspectives addressed by these scholars will shed light on the nature of treasury collections, as well as on the broad efficacy of multidisciplinary study for the Middle Ages.


For further information, contact Pamela Patton:



  • Thomas Burman, Robert M. Conway Director Of The Medieval Institute, University Of Notre Dame, Title TBA
  • Ana Cabrera, Victoria & Albert Museum, and María Judith Feliciano, Independent Scholar and Director, “Medieval Textiles In Iberia and the Mediterranean”
  • “Medieval Textiles In León In The Iberian And Mediterranean Context”
  • Jerrilynn Dodds, Sarah Lawrence College, “The Treasury, Beyond Interaction”
  • Amanda Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University and Prado Museum, Madrid, “Medieval Treasure And The Modern Museum: Christian and Islamic Objects from San Isidoro De León”
  • Maribel Fierro, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, “Christian Relics In Al-Andalus”
  • Julie Harris, Spertus Institute For Jewish Learning And Leadership, “Jews, Real And Imagined, At San Isidoro And Beyond”
  • Eva Hoffman, Department Of Art And Art History, Tufts University, “Arabic Script As Text And Image On Treasury Objects Across The Medieval Mediterranean”
  • Jitske Jasperse, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Set In Stone: Questioning The Portable Altar Of The Infanta Sancha (D. 1159)”
  • Beatrice Kitzinger, Department Of Art And Archaeology, Princeton University, “The Treasury, A Material Witness To Long-Distance Contact And Pivot Point For Interdisciplinary Exchange”
  • Eduardo Manzano, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Beyond The Year 900: The ‘Iron Century’ Or An Era Of Silk?”
  • Therese Martin, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Ivory Assemblage As Visual Metaphor: The Beatitudes Casket In Context”
  • Pamela A. Patton, Index Of Christian Art, Princeton University, “Demons And Diversity In León”
  • Ana Rodríguez, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Narrating The Treasury: What Medieval Iberian Chronicles Choose To Tell Us About Luxury Objects”
  • Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center, “The Idea Of North”





18th annual postgraduate colloquium in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK: Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity

We are pleased to enclose the call for papers for the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. You can find the poster for the CFP here.


Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 3rd April 2017 to . Applicants will be notified of selection within a week of this date.


Please note that a limited amount of discretionary funding may be available to assist overseas speakers to cover partial cost. This will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Please make your interest known upon submission of your abstract.



All best wishes,


Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger

Organisers of the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium.

University of Birmingham


Call for Applicants & Scholarships: International Itinerant Paleographic school 2017


PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres – Research University Paris), the Ecole Française of Rome, the CéSor (Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux) and the University Aldo Moro of Bari (Italy) fund the first edition of the IIPS-International Itinerant Paleographic School. The action (which will be supported by the Collège de France, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, the University of Rome Sapienza and the University of Cassino) will consist of a one-week training session. Trainees will be divided into two groups:


Group 1: Bari/Florence – May 14th to 20th


Group 2: Rome/Naples May 21rst to 28th


The program, open to thirty fellows (two groups of fifteen each), will focus on ancient and medieval books, inscriptions and documents and will consist of seminars, conferences and guided visits of libraries (Vallicelliana and Corsiniana of Rome, Vittorio Emanuele III of Naples, Medicea Laurenziana of Florence), research institutes (Istituto papirologico G. Vitelliof Florence, Officina dei Papiri “Marcello Gigante” of Naples, Istituto di patologia del libro of Rome), archives (archive of the Cattedrale of Bari) and archeological sites (Roman Forum, Pompeii and Herculaneum). The IIPS will be a transdisciplinary and comparative action focused on written materials produced in the Mediterranean area from Antiquity to Middle Ages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew papyri, ostraca, rolls, codices and inscriptions). It aims at offering (a) a unique and international trainingopportunity, thanks to the collaboration of fifteen researchers gathered from thirteen universities and research institutes from different countries; (b) an exclusive and direct access to original documents and research materials and (c) a chance to share experiences with experts in all the fields related to the study, restoration and valorization of written heritage.


Special emphasis will be given to archiving and cataloguing techniques used in different areas and periods and to the creation and developing of collections, the general dynamics of loss and preservation of written heritage.


Deadline: Before March 10th 2017

For more details click here.


Forty Sixth International Conference of the ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies on “Arabs before Islam”, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, 17-19th July, 2017

The conference will start on Monday 17th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.


If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:


ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.


More details click here.


Call for Papers: The Medieval Mediterranean: Cultural, Religious and Economic Exchanges (20 May: Leeds)

Paper proposals are being accepted for the Institute For Medieval Studies (IMS) Postgraduate Conference on the topic “The Medieval Mediterranean: Cultural, Religious and Economic Exchanges,” organized in cooperation with the Leeds Humanities Research Institutes (LHRI), Leeds University Union (LUU- MS), the University of Sheffield, and the University of York, and to be held at the University of Leeds on 20 May 2017.


Keynote Speakers · Dr Alex Metcalfe · Dr Maroula Perisandi


Papers from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches (historical, literary, and linguistic) to the problem of the Mediterranean as a place of exchange at all levels are welcome.


Papers from a wide field of inquiry are invited, as presented in the possible approaches below:

  • Mediterranean trade routes
  • The Mediterranean as a way East
  • Art historical trends across the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean themes and presences in Northern European literature
  • Linguistic influences across the Mediterranean
  • Studies in a Mediterranean lingua franca
  • Mediterranean approaches to gender studies in the Middle Ages
  • The crusades: a Mediterranean phenomenon
  • The Jewish diaspora across Mediterranean countries
  • Muslim kingdoms and Christian dominions along the medieval Mediterranean coast
  • Tolerance and intolerance in Mediterranean powers
  • Piracy and shipping in the Mediterranean





CEU Doctoral Conference: Enchantments, Disenchantments, Re-enchantments, June 29 – July 1, 2017

Keynote address by GUY STROUMSA (Hebrew University)

Since the emergence of the first historical states, the divine has been used to either empower and justify political authority and social stratification, or as an antithesis that could question the spheres of power. In its interplay with various groups pertinent both to state and non-state levels, religion has influenced societies throughout all periods of human history. The dialogue between the religious and political spheres found (and still finds) its way into all layers of social interaction. Emperor-gods, sacred kings, priests, and sages struggled for authority and legitimacy. Officials, subjects, and disciples operated between reason and revelation, appropriating, re-creating and exchanging the products of these two vast spheres. Established clerics, monks, and intellectuals found their positions challenged by the prophets, shamans, and witch-doctors who spun intricate embroideries across human societies. With varying degrees of success, religious counter-powers struggled for legitimacy and even authority from positions of ambiguity or marginality. This enchantment of the world, allegedly shattered by the advent of a re-invented rationality and a modern, enlightened, secular progress, nevertheless pervades the public and private spheres. It even penetrates them in new ways, re-inventing models of political, intellectual, and social life. Between secularism on one hand, and the disenchantment with secularism and a re-created model of sacral governance on the other, there lies a rich pool of experiences that is highly relevant for various fields of research today.


The Center for Religious Studies welcomes applications from all fields of humanities and social sciences including:


  • Anthropology
  • Economy
  • History
  • Law
  • Philology
  • Philosophy
  • Political sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


and many other fields and their sub-disciplines. The Center will receive applications focusing on all aspects of the interplay between religions, states, and societies in all regions and historical periods.


Abstracts, no longer than 300 words, should be sent to by March 1, 2017. Applicants will receive the final decision no later than March 16 2017.


Accepted participants will have the possibility to choose to register their participation through:


  • Basic Registration Fee: 40 EUR, which includes receptions after keynote lectures and refreshments during the conference presentations.


  • Advanced Registration Fee: 125 EUR, which includes catering, a three-day public transportation pass and a three-night accommodation in the CEU Residence Center (more information is available at


For further information, please address Nikola Pantić, Martin Pjecha, Vilius Kubekas and Esther Holbrook at .


Organized by:

Center for Religious Studies

Central European University




International Young Scholars’ Conference “Canonisation and Formation of Identities in times of change during Antiquity”, University of Muenster 26. – 27. May 2017, Organisation: Centre for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (GKM)

“Canon” and “Identity” as well as terms like “memorial culture” and “collective consciousness” are terms of a well-established paradigm in cultural studies, which had a lasting effect on scientific discourse in the study of Antiquity. Within this framework, canonisation is commonly understood as a way of establishing and preserving identity. Hence, the aim of our conference is to investigate further the variety of these processes and their role in the constitution of cultural identity in times of socio-political transformation and radical change. Through its interdisciplinary nature, the conference seeks to explore continuity and discontinuity in the patterns of canonisation of different ancient cultures. For this, not only texts like holy scriptures and law codices, but also the canonical and identity establishing character of monuments and artefacts shall be explored. Against the backdrop of their specific period of origin and socio-historical context the objects of study will be presented in lectures, analysed in joint workshops and discussed in open panels.


The following can serve as leading questions for the papers: How is a canon constituted, how are identities formed and where do both processes overlap and influence each other? Which cultural, political or social entities are the driving forces in the process of canonisation or formation of identity? Of what kind is their influence on and how does their internal development determine the fate of a canon? How do normative discourses in Antiquity generally develop? In which manner do these processes interrelate with radical socio-political changes? To what extent does a canon create cultural and social coherence? Which factors determine the choice of “canonical” works – what role is to be attributed to ‘intrinsic factors’ as quality, regularity or conformity or ‘extrinsic factors’ such as shortages of resources or struggles for interpretative predominance? How are continuities and discontinuities in dealing with the original canon to be explained and what promotes, interrupts, or ends its transmission?


Languages are German and English.

The given papers shall be published in a conference transcript.


The conference primarily seeks to bring together young scholars from Germany and Europe. Students and PhDs carrying out research on both textuality/materiality in the ancient world are invited to apply. These include the following geographical areas and their linked disciplines: Ancient Near East, Ancient Israel, Mesopotamia, Ancient Roman and Hellenistic World, Egypt, Arabic and Islamic world.


Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Accommodation and travel expenditures will partly be covered both for participants from Europe and Germany.


Please submit your application in a single PDF directed to Christoph L. Hesse (Email: ).

Your document should include the following:

(1) Brief abstract of your proposal (max. 500 words + 5 keywords)

(2) Curriculum Vitae Submission date: 15.03.2017


For any questions or further information, please contact:

Centre for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (GKM) Universitätsstrasse 13-17 (Office)

D-48143 Münster, Germany

Tel: ++49 251 83-22572

Fax: ++49 251 83-25209






CFP Religion(s) and Power(s), Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 5-6, 2017

The Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions invites proposals for its upcoming international conference “Religion(s) and Power(s)”. To encourage new directions in the critical research of interrelations of religion(s) and power(s) from a broad range of approaches, we are seeking proposals on a wide range of topics including:

  • Private and public religions;
  • Religions and politics;
  • Non-religion and power;
  • Religious inequalities and discrimination;
  • Religions, human rights and justice;
  • Powers of/within religions;
  • Religion and nationalism;
  • Mythology, divine kinship and power;
  • Religion and colonialism;
  • Religions and education.

Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.


Conference paper and session proposals must be sent by April 1, 2017. Please send your 250-300 word abstract and a 200-word personal bio to email:


Important conference dates:

April 1, 2017 – submission of conference papers and sessions proposals;

May 1, 2017 – notification of paper/session proposal acceptance;

May 15, 2017 – opening of registration for the conference;

July 15, 2017 – closing of registration for the conference;

September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.


Conference Registration Fees:

  • Members of national associations of Baltic States associations for the study of religions – 50 EUR;
  • Permanent/full-time faculty and non-affiliated participants – 80 EUR;
  • Graduate students and emeritus faculty – 50 EUR;
  • Late bird conference fee – 100 EUR.


Contact Info:


Contact Email:




The 4th Annual Meeting on Christian Origins, organised by the Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions, will be held in Bertinoro/Italy, September 28-30, 2017.  

The program unit Papyrology and Early Christianity is aimed at investigating the use of papyri, ostraca and related material to illumine the text, language, society, and thought of the writings of the followers of Jesus in the first 150 years. Regarding documentary papyrology, we invite papers dealing with the methodology of comparing texts in general as well as with particular genres (e.g., private and official letters, deeds, contracts etc.) and topics, and how and inasmuch they can be compared with New Testament and other early Christian writings or passages. Of course, also papers on recently identified or edited papyri and parchments containing texts of the New Testament and other early Christian literature as well as subliterary or documentary Christian texts are more than welcome.


Registration for this meeting will open soon.


You can already submit your paper proposal by emailing me (and cc to Mauro Pesce: ).

Also If you have any further questions, especially concerning the papyrology unit, please, feel free to send me an email, or visit .

The call for papers closes on April 30, 2016.



With all best wishes,

Peter Arzt-Grabner




Call for papers: The Hungarian Hagiography Society and the Croatian Hagiography Society HAGIOTHECA organize the 6th international Hagiotheca Conference: The Saints of Rome: Diffusion and Deception, From Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, Rome, 4-6 October 2017, Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma, Palazzo Falconieri, Via Giulia 1, Roma

The saints of Rome have always been among the most venerated and the most popular heavenly patrons in Christendom, grafting the noble air of universality and integration onto emerging Christian cultures. From the apostles and Early Christian martyrs through the Early Modern period and beyond, the textual and material  dissemination of Roman saints made a significant impact on the rise of the cult of the saints.  Saints living in Rome (from  Bridget of Sweden to Catherine of Siena and  from Francesca Ponziani to Filippo Neri) were role models all over the Christian world. Post-Tridentine Roman cults spread by the Society of Jesus and  the revival of catacomb cults  brought a new  wave in the world-wide  cult of the saints of Rome in the early modern period.


What  strategies, mechanisms and considerations informed the spread of  the cult of the saints of Rome? Who were the actors: Roman ecclesiastical hierarchy or local communities? How did these cults transform through local reception in diverse local contexts? How did  pilgrimages and Jubilees promote  the cults of Roman saints? Did „Romanness“ assure efficacious links with the centre of Christendom or possess a symbolical meaning? In what ways did the saints of Rome impact local saints‘ cults?


The conference aims at discussing the ways in which the cults of the saints of Rome were accepted and negotiated, defined and redefined over the centuries in Latin Christianity. What is the politics of the export and import of Roman saints? To what extent do Roman saints shape and define medieval and Early Modern Latin culture in the new Christianities of Europe, Asia, and America? Does the export of the saints conform to individual and regional interests or rather to the political and cultural agenda of the papacy? Inquiries on these issues in various media (texts, images, relics, devotional objects and architecture, liturgy, music) are welcome. We invite papers dealing with the genesis and expansion of Roman saints‘ cults

from the fourth to the seventeenth century focusing on, but not limited to topics such as:


–          the politics  (mechanisms and goals) of the diffusion of Roman saints‘ cults in Latin Christianity and beyond

–          impresarios of the promotion of Roman saints‘ cults

–          the means of diffusion – art, liturgy, relics

–          intra- and inter-regional influences, the transfer of models of sainthood

–          the transformation of Roman saints abroad and the dynamics of territorial differences

–          the creation of a Roman identity for foreign saints


Please send your 300-word abstract of a 20-minutes paper by 15 March 2017 to:


Notifications about acceptance will be sent out by 30 March.

The official language of the conference is English. A registration fee of 70 euros/person will be requested to cover the costs of the information package and the conference dinner. A cocktail reception will be offered by the Hungarian Academy in Rome. Conference participants will be provided with contacts for accommodation at conference prices close to our  venue, but are kindly asked to arrange the booking on their own.


The proceedings will be published in the Hagiotheca Series Colloquia by the Croatian Hagiography Society.


Organisation commitee:

Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

Ana Marinković (University of Zagreb – Croatian Hagiography Society ‘Hagiotheca‘)

Marianne Sághy (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb – Croatian Hagiography Society ‘Hagiotheca‘)




Third International Post-Graduated Conference: The Land of Fertility. South-east Mediterranean since the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest, 9-10th June, Krakow

Please find the poster here and more information here.




CFP: The Christian Orient & Byzantium (18 & 29 September & 2-4 October: St. Petersburg)


The State Hermitage museum is happy to announce Call for Papers for two conferences: Christian Orient: Cultural Interactions with other Traditions (28-29 September 2017) and Byzantium within the Context of the World Culture dedicated to the memory of Alisa V. Bank (2-4,October 2017).


The Christian Orient conference topics include the wide range of problems concerning Eastern Christian contacts with other religious groups and traditions, focusing basically on discussing written sources.


Byzantium within the context of the world culture conference emphasizes mostly studies in different aspects of Byzantine cultural heritage.

You can choose either of these conferences or participate in both of them.


The deadline for submitting proposals to the conferences is June, 1, 2017.

Please send the title of your paper to .

The conference languages are Russian and English.


On September, 30 – October, 1, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday) there will be a special cultural programme for the speakers.




College Teaching Fellow in Mediterranean History at the University of Harvard

The Department of History at Harvard Unviversity seeks applications for a College Fellow in medieval Mediterranean history. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. Teaching duties will include three undergraduate courses in medieval Mediterranean history, including a course in the history of medieval Islam, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow will be expected to evaluate senior theses in accordance with Departmental practice and may also advise a senior thesis and help organize workshops. The appointment is for one year.


Basic Qualifications:  Doctorate or terminal degree in History or related discipline required by the expected start date and must have been received no earlier than 2013.


Additional Qualifications:  Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desirable.


Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( ). Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 17, 2017.


A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position

Curriculum vitae

Research statement

Teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and prior experience

Teaching materials, including representative course syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching awards and evaluations)

Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once you have submitted your application. Three letters are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the Ph.D.: A letter from your advisor confirming that you will receive your Ph.D. by the expected start date.


Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Full information at:






Postdoctoral research position at the project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204)”, Vienna


Duration: 12 months, with a possible renewal for an additional 13 months


Begin: September 1st, 2017




Job location: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Research, Vienna, Austria:‐abteilungen/byzanzforschung/


Description of subject area: The project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204): Texts and Contexts”, directed by PD Dr. Andreas Rhoby and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (Project P 28959), aims to investigate the poetry of the times of the Komnenoi and Angeloi in conjunction with its various contextual areas of production and delivery (court, classroom, theatre, church etc.) and on the basis of heterogeneous discursive forms and genres (e.g., epic, satiric, didactic, occasional and epistolary poetry). In addition, it focuses on the examination of various aspects associated with twelfth‐century poetry (e.g. patronage, authorship, circulation and mobility of texts, education system, and performance) and will describe its prominent place in the literary production and socio‐cultural context of the Komnenian period and beyond.


Duties: The position involves independent research, i.e. the production of one substantial article on (one of) the abovementioned subjects in a peer‐reviewed journal and the completion of a first draft of the edition of a long hitherto unedited. Moreover, the position includes the participation in the academic and organizational preparation of a three‐days conference on Byzantine poetry in the ‘long’ twelfth century in June 2018. In this context, the successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the preparation of the publication of the proceedings of the conference.


Payment: according to FWF’s standard personnel costs and salaries list for postdocs (gross salaries!):‐funding/personnel‐costs/


The successful candidate will have

  1. a PhD in Byzantine Studies with specific focus on Byzantine literature (preferably poetry)
  2. excellent knowledge of Ancient and Byzantine Greek
  3. editorial skills (and experience in editing Byzantine texts) including an excellent knowledge of Greek palaeography
  4. a very good knowledge of Byzantine literary, political and cultural history, especially of the period 1081‐1204
  5. a substantial record of publications
  6. excellent knowledge of English (and preferably a working knowledge of German)


Application procedure: Applications must include a cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing the applicant’s qualifications, his/her interest in the subject (including suggestions for the research to be undertaken within the framework of the project) and the additional expertise he/she expects to bring for the further development of the project. Also required are a CV (max. 2 pages; in list form, not as a narrative) and a complete list of publications. These documents are to be sent to


In addition, two letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to .


Deadline of application: March 31st, 2017 (letters of reference must be received by this deadline as well).


Candidates will be notified about the outcome of their application by the end of April 2017.




Research Group participants invitation: Talking Religion

The Empires of Faith project (University of Oxford/ British Museum), in partnership with TORCH, invites applications for Talking Religion.


Talking Religion is a new research group, running in Trinity and Michaelmas of 2017, that will look at the importance of material culture for the study of religion. Talking Religion will combine a series of interdisciplinary workshops, hands-on experience at both the Ashmolean and the British Museum, and the opportunity to present findings in both academic and public contexts. The research group is organised to coincide with the forthcoming Empires of Faith exhibition on Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and Hindu art of the first millennium AD in the Ashmolean running from October 2017 to February 2018. Talking Religion aims to encourage collaborative work by students from across a range of departments, and to foster long-term relationships between students and the Ashmolean. This is the first time that the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean and the British Museum have been brought together to run a programme aimed at students. Talking Religion is organised and conducted by the Empires of Faith research project ( ), and has been made possible thanks to the AHRC-TORCH graduate fund ( ).


For more information about the project click here.


For more information on applying to be part of the research group click here.




PhD Position at the University of Gothenburg

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg is advertising a PhD position in either Classical Archaeology, which includes the Aegean Bronze Age, or Ancient History. Applications must be submitted online and the closing date is 28 February (midnight CET).


The position is is fully funded for four years.


Language competence in Swedish is not a requirement —all dissertations in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History are written in English and most of our PhD seminars are held in English.


Potential applicants can contact me < > for further information.




Post-Doc position at University of Florida

More details here.




Outreach Officer at the Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford


Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a.


The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Outreach Officer to deliver the Facuty’s successful and wide-ranging Outreach programme. The Outreach Officer is responsible for widening access and participation, curriculum enrichment and schools’ liaison work.


The post holder works closely with the Faculty’s Schools’ Liaison Officer (an academic post holder) and the Outreach Committee, but also undertakes tasks on their own initiative, including visits to schools and colleges. The post holder raises awareness of what the Faculty has to offer, demonstrates the rewards of studying Classics (at all levels), builds links between the Faculty and schools and colleges right across the UK, and co-operates closely with other organisations that promote Classics. The post holder plays an important part in ensuring that the Faculty sustains high numbers of applicants from both the maintained and independent sectors and recruits students from ever more diverse backgrounds. The Outreach Officer also plays a key role in raising awareness of the Faculty’s support for the growth of Classics beyond the University, and advertising the active contribution the Faculty makes as a leading promoter of Classics Outreach in the U.K.


Applicants must have an interest in promoting Classics, and a capacity to bring inventiveness and imagination to its promotion; a degree in Classics or a classical subject, and/or experience or expertise in the field of the study of the classical world; an awareness of the issues surrounding widening access to higher education, and a commitment to achieving the University’s policy aims in this area; excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills and experience in Microsoft applications. They must have a high level of personal organisation and accuracy and able to work on their own. Some travel and evening/weekend work will be required.


Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via  and enter Vacancy ID 127662.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 17 March 2017. It is expected that interviews will be held in late March 2017.


Contact Person : Philippa Crowley


Contact Phone : 01865 288391


Contact Email :


Link to JD:



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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