The Byzness 06/03/17

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The Byzness, 6th March 2017


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Putting Domestic Ritual in its Place: ‘Placed deposits’ and religion between the 4th and 10th centuries AD, Fri 17 and Sat 18 March 2017, The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU


All are welcome, and attendance is free, but we ask you please to register at . Space is limited on the Saturday.

Please contact  or  for further information.


For a poster click here and for a full programme click here.




Uses of the past: cultural memory in and of the Middle Ages (Bloomington [IN], Indiana University), March 3-4,

More details and a full timetable:



CFP: From Oriens Christianus to the Muslim Near East, FU Berlin, 4 December 2017


Papers proposals are being accepted for ‘From Oriens Christianus to the Muslim Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity,”. a workshop to take place on 4 December 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) sponsored by the Chair of Byzantine Studies (FU Berlin), Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS), and Gorgias Press.


The workshop seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Furthermore, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions.


The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE. While the scope of the workshop has been intentionally left broad, papers are particularly welcome in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
  • Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
  • The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.


We hope that the workshop will encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future inquiry. Furthermore, that the workshop will provide a platform for both established researchers in the field and early-career academics (e.g. advanced Ph.D. students and Postdocs). Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes with a further 15 minutes for discussion. The workshop proceedings will be published in an edited volume under Gorgias Press’ Islamic History and Thought series and each participant will be provided with a complimentary hardback copy of the edited volume.


To submit a paper, please provide an abstract (max. 500 words) and a professional biography (max. 250 words) by 1st May, 2017 to . Full papers should be submitted by 30th September, 2017. Limited funding will be available for accommodation and/or travel. As there are limited spaces for non-participants, kindly inform the conveners if you would like to attend the workshop and places will be allocated on an RSVP basis.




Manolis Ulbricht, Byzantine Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Adam Walker, HLCS, Radboud University / Gorgias Press




Call for Papers, “Über alle Kanäle: Aspekte von Kommunikation in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter”(Aspects of Communication in late Antiqutiy and the Middle Ages) at the German Archaeological Congress in Mainz/Germany, July 6-7, 2017.

To read the full CfP:


Contributions from various disciplines are welcome. Please submit your abstract to Roland Prien, , until March 20th, 2017.

More information on the AG SFM:


Narrating Power and Authority in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiographies from East to West: International Conference at Academia Belgica (Rome, Italy), Thursday 15th-Saturday 17th February 2018

In hagiographies, saints often confront a number of obstacles and it is their conduct in faith that marks them as saints; women and men who stand apart and are presented as exemplars to be modeled. Often, and this is especially the case of martyr acts, the obstacles are of a religiopolitical nature and the focus of the saint’s conduct is her/his defiance. However, there are

instances, especially within the medieval Sufi context, where the relationships between saints and rulers are more nuanced, depicting a symbiotic relationship, where both parties draw upon the authority of the other. There are also those cases in which authority belongs neither to the saint or the king but to ordinary people from across the socio-political and religious spectrum. In recent years, there has been interest in exploring these relationships as depicted in histories, hagiographies, and martyr acts and recent studies have shed light on the concept of sainthood, doctrine, and more generally, the history of various societies. However, the literary aspects of these narratives remain underexplored despite the wealth of information such analyses offer on the socio-cultural and political thought world of various courts and societies across the Indo-Mediterranean world.


This conference takes a diachronic and cross-cultural approach to the study of power and authority from above (courts/saints) and below (saints/ordinary people). We invite papers from

scholars who work on different types of late antique and medieval hagiographical narratives (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances) working on Persian, Arabic, Syriac, Georgian,

Coptic, Armenian, Greek, and Latin hagiographical texts. Of particular interest are papers that will explore:


how texts construct and understand the roles of saints and rulers vis-à-vis one another (positive, negative, symbiotic/exploitative)

how authority is negotiated between saints and the populace

the power of the life of the saint after death (relics, the authority of hagiographers)

the role of characterization in the portrayal of figures of power and authority (stock characters, intermediaries, secondary figures)

audience milieu and reader reception

literary history


Please send your abstracts to: Ghazzal Dabiri ( ) by 15 July 2017.


Abstracts (350 words max, in English) should include name, title of proposed paper, affiliation, and position. Notification about participation will be emailed by 30 September 2017.




Call For papers – Phasis

Call for papers for Phasis

The journal Phasis – Greek and Roman Studies is published by the Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Phasis is a peer-reviewed academic journal and publishes original contributions in all areas of Greek and Roman Studies.

The journal invites papers for the forthcoming issue. Papers may be submitted in English, French or German. They should be no less than 5 000 words in length (not incl. footnotes and bibliography) and should be preceded by an abstract of 100-250 words in English. Please use a Unicode font for Greek. Each submission will be reviewed by two anonymous external reviewers.

If you are interested in publishing in Phasis, please send your article and abstract to  by March 15, 2017, and include your name, address and affiliation in the accompanying email.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,


Tamara Cheishvili

Managing Editor




Italy Restoration  School Call for Applicants


We are now accepting applications for our summer 2017 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. Our deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.


Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation.

For more information and a programme visit their website:




CFP: The Mediterranean In Motion”  (16-18 November, Izmir)

The Izmir Mediterranean Academy branch of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is preparing a symposium under the tile “The Mediterranean In Motion” to be held between the 16th and 18th of November 2017 in Izmir.


Information regarding the conceptual framework of the symposium, its scientific and organizational committees may be found within the enclosed document filed under the name “Izmir Mediterranean Academy Mediterranean in Motion Symposium”.


Please provide the relevant information requested by the enclosed attendance form to be sent to  by the 20th of March 2017. Abstracts will be evaluated by the aforementioned scientific committee.


More information can be found here.


Deadline is March 20th.


CFP: CHAT 2017: Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency (Amsterdam, 3-5 Nov 17)

Amsterdam – The Netherlands, November 3 – 05, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017


CHAT 2017 —Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency— 3rd- 5th November 2017, will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the

agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and to create, perpetuate, and or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place.


We welcome papers discussing ethics, responsibility and professionalism   in archaeology, memory and heritage politics, transmission and engagement with art and cultural heritage, and any other themes that help us explore how heritage, art, memory and agency impact societal actualities as well as how archaeological research can be a force for

societal change.


The workshop invites abstracts (250 words max) that respond to these scientifically and politically urgent questions from junior and senior academics. Research areas include, but are not limited to:


– Images of war and conflict; photography, painting, destruction, displaced people

– Architecture and memory

– The politics of remembrance and identity

– Archaeologies of heritage dynamics; daily life, performance

– Counter-cultures; street art, music, fashion

– Heritage and digital culture

– Collections and collectors

– Heritage, tourism, and representations of place

– Photography; aesthetics, automatism, agency

– Postcolonial heritage and memory

– Contemporary art and culture; hybridity and ambivalence

– Urban archaeology and public space


We welcome proposals for papers, posters, films and installations that  respond to the conference theme and follow the above or alternative   lines of enquiry. As always, proposals from disciplines outside  archaeology are welcomed.


The call for papers will close on 31st March 2017. Abstracts should be  send to:





NEH Institute ‘Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad’- participants needed, mid-June-to-midJuly


The NEH Summer Institute for this year is in Chapel Hill from mid-June to mid-July. The topic is Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad.  Here is the link to our website:


Unlike our own summer research seminar, this is an institute with more participants and more lecturing on our part and by guest speakers. It is open to adjuncts as well as college and university teachers, and we hope for a good mix of subject areas and comparative interests.


The Institute has three objectives:

  • Each of the 25 participants will expand their academic horizons and enrich their scholarship.
  • They will develop plans to share their findings in effective, rewarding ways with their students in the classroom.
  • Together they will develop a vibrant intellectual community that will long outlast the Institute’s four weeks of collaborative inquiry.

We seek applicants from the widest possible range of relevant disciplines and institutions – faculty who are eager to explore the Roman experience of migration and empire with intent to share it in the college classroom, and (where appropriate) to integrate it with coverage of the movements of peoples in other times and places. An interest in comparative approaches and in creative teaching strategies (exploiting the digital humanities, for example) will be especially valued, as will an ability to share insight into other cultures and periods worldwide. We encourage applications from adjunct and community college faculty.

Knowledge of Latin, Greek, or other foreign languages is not required.

Applicants recommended as ready contributors to discussion will be most welcome, because this is to be a key component of the Institute.

Each participant pursues an independent project (either research-based or instruction-based) on a topic relating to the Institute; one session in each of Weeks 2, 3, and 4 is reserved for working on it.


We are, however, short of applicants. We have 15 and need about 8-10 more. NEH will extend the deadline for one week, until March 9, so we are in a tight spot. Without enough participants,and 22 are required, the institute will be cancelled.


May I ask you, please to spread the word among your friends and colleagues? Unfortunately the NEH does not permit you to apply again. The chances for acceptance for applicants are very good, assuming that they have a good reason to apply and have something to bring to the table.


Thank you very much in advance for helping out. Please let me know if you have any questions, or ask your friends to write to me.


With all best wishes,





Michael Maas

William Gaines Twyman Professor of History

Department of History, MS-42

Rice University, 6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005





Heckman Research Stipends (The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)

Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.


The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.



Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.


Applicants are asked to provide:

– a letter of application with current contact information, the title of the project, length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates, and the amount requested (up to $2,000)

– a description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to its successful completion of the project; applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed (maximum length: 1,000 words)

an updated curriculum vitae

– a confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by an advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of the applicant’s work


Please send all materials as email attachments to: , with “Heckman Stipend” in the subject line. Questions about the Stipends may be sent to the same address.






Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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