The Byzness 20/03/17

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The Byzness, 30th March 2017


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Warfare and Food-Supply in the Late Roman Empire, Ghent, 21 April 2017, Location: KANTL, Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde


Organised by Jeroen Wijnendaele ( ) and Wouter Vanacker  ( )


In 1998, Paul Erdkamp published his pioneering study Hunger and the Sword on the significance of logistics, landscapes and the feeding of the Roman Republic’s armies during wartime. The same period also  saw a surge in renewed interest on the Late Roman army, including such studies as Hugh Elton’s Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425 and Martijn Nicassie’s Twilight of Empire. While studies on various aspects pertaining to the Roman army in both era’s have been prolific over the past two decades, there  is still a noticeable lacuna. In Framing the Early Middle Ages, Chris Wickham already remarked that “surprisingly, not much work has been done on the  supply aspect of the Late Roman military logistics.”


The empire-wide organization of the annona militaris was arguably the single most important economic activity affecting the Mediterranean world and its European hinterlands. Successful supply to the army could make the difference in its performance during war in all its guises, from raids, to sieges and pitched battles. Yet these very same logistics  also formed a double-edged sword that could be turned against the Empire in times of adversity. Local communities, urban governments and civilian elites could be equally affected by these ramifications.


This workshop will bring together an international team of scholars focusing on both the general concept of the Late Roman military food-supply and other crucially related issues to help advance our knowledge on this long-neglected theme.


9-9:30: Welcome and Coffee  9:30-10:30. Paul Erdkamp (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): War, Food Supply, and the Economic Decline of the Roman West 10:30-11:30. Philip Rance (Freie Universität Berlin): The Farmer and the Soldier should be Friends – Justinian’s Legislation on the Provisioning of Soldiers in transit 11:30-12:30. Alexander Sarantis (Aberystwyth University): The quaestura exercitus and ‘centralised’ military provisioning in the Balkans: an archaeological and socio-economic perspective


12:30-13:30 Lunch  13:30-14:30. Jeroen Wijnendaele (Ghent University): Food as a Weapon? The African Grain-supply during Late Roman Civil War 14:30-15:30. Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Valentinian, Vandals, and Victuals: responses to crisis in the mid-fifth century west


15:30-16:00 Coffee  16:00-17:00. Doug Lee (University of Nottingham): Food Supply and Military Mutiny in Late Antiquity


Those who are interested in attended are kindly advised to contact the organizers




East of Byzantium Symposium: Cultural Heritage Across the Christian East,  Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:00 pm, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce CULTURAL HERITAGE ACROSS THE CHRISTIAN EAST, a symposium exploring the challenges of preserving the cultural heritage of the Christian East.


Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA




Alison E. Cuneo, American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives

ASOR CHI’s Role in the Cultural Heritage of the Christian East


Laurent Dissard, University College London

The Presence-Absence of Arapgir’s Armenian Heritage in Present-Day Eastern Turkey


Karel C. Innemée, University of Amsterdam

Deir al-Surian, A Monastery on Cultural Crossroads


Anton Pritula, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and The State Hermitage Museum

Chaldean Manuscript Collections. ʽAdbīshōʽ of Gazarta: Patriarch, Poet, Scribe and Commissioner


Seating is limited. Additional information and registration at /.


East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.



Conference on the Physiologus, Paris, June 15-17

We are happy to announce a conference on the Physiologus in Greek, Latin and the Oriental traditions (Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Slavonic, Syriac), to be held in Paris (Maison de la Recherche, rue Serpente 28) on June 15-17, 2017.


The conference is organized by: Anna Dorofeeva (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Stavros Lazaris (CNRS, UMR Orient & Méditerranée/ Labex RESMED), Caroline Macé (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt / Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), and Arnaud Zucker (Université Côte d’Azur).


And supported by: Labex RESMED, Université de la Sorbonne, Zoomathia, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, Freunde und Förderer der Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Ecole doctorale 1 (Mondes anciens et médiévaux), Fonds d’Intervention pour la Recherche (FIR) 2017.


A full programme can be found here and a poster here.






Reuse Reconsidered, An interdisciplinary conference on reuse, September 15-17, Brown University, Providence RI

Spolia. Appropriation. Palimpsests. Afterlives…These terms, and others, have been employed by scholars across disciplines to describe the reuse of architecture and material culture. This conference aims to advance current scholarship by exploring some of these terms and unpacking the phenomenon throughout history and across cultures. From the Mexica reuse of Olmec relics to the fascist appropriation of historic styles in building projects—to name two examples—societies have given new meanings to objects, architectonic fragments, buildings, and styles by repurposing them for new contexts.


The field of reuse studies has grown rapidly in the last three decades. In the United States, this is a more recent conversation, particularly as a result of 2006’s “The Mirror of Spolia: Premodern Practice and Postmodern Theory” colloquium at the Clark Art Institute. The colloquium, and subsequent edited volume Reuse Value, covered a wide range of fields and time periods. In the years since, other academic forums have taken a more focused approach, such as Wesleyan University’s “Monuments as Palimpsests” symposium and a College Art Association session on reuse in the Ancient World.


While acknowledging the importance of these more focused conversations, this conference aims to broaden the conversation once again. It seeks to unite scholars, from graduate students to senior faculty members, that study a variety of time periods, cultures, and types of reuse. This crossdisciplinary conference will explore the complex and multivalent motivations behind the reuse of cultural heritage. It will also seek to expand how we understand the phenomenon of cultural identity in relationship to the appropriation, memorialization, and reimagining of the past.


We imagine that papers could address questions including, but not limited to:


  • How do cultures (re)employ objects, buildings, or styles from the past as part of the definition of themselves in their present?
  • What is the role of the architect/patron in the act of reuse?
  • How does the cultural biography of the reused object or building inform its use in new contexts?
  • Why do certain things (buildings, styles, time periods) get called upon for a new use while others do not?
  • Why and how are specific buildings or cities reimagined in new contexts?
  • How is the history of museums and antiquarianism connected to the motivations behind reuse?

Abstracts (up to 300 words) and a CV should be sent to: by April 14, 2017. Applicants will be notified by mid-May. Papers should be in English and approximately 20 minutes.


Any questions should be addressed to Lia Dykstra at .



Call for participants: The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation first Summer School on Ancient Greek and Roman Numismatics, Athens, from 3 to 12 July 2017.

The courses will provide a chronological survey of ancient Greek and Roman coinage (from the invention of coinage to the Roman period), combined with special lectures on numismatic methodology, such as the study of coin hoards, metrology, iconography and online resources. Practical sessions will take place at the NHRF premises, in museums and archaeological sites.

The Summer School on Numismatics is addressed to undergraduates, postgraduate students and PhD candidates in History, Archaeology and Art History, to historians and archaeologists, but also to individuals with a special interest in numismatics.


Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website:



LECTIO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Leuven, 13-15 December 2017


In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the  overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.


Please find below the full call for papers or visit our website ( ).


Keynote speakers are Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit Paris) and Saverio Campanini (Università di Bologna)


Participants are asked to give 20-minute papers in English, German or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to  by 30 April, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given  by 20 May, 2017.


The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).


Venue of the Conference: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.


Thank you for forwarding this call to your academic network.


If you have any questions, please contact


Looking forward to numerous and interesting contributions,


Wim François

Jan Papy

Toon Van Hal

Pierre Van Hecke

Raf Van Rooy

Laurent Waelkens

Erika Gielen






University of Chicago Collections Research Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Oriental Institute will once again be awarding grants to work with the museum collections as part of the Oriental Institute Collections Research Grant in 2017–2018, thanks to the generous support of Jim Sopranos. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 14th, 2017. Notifications will be sent to applicants in early June, with research visits taking place between July 2017 and June 2018. Please visit the website for additional information and share this update with friends and colleagues who might be interested:


We welcome applications from a wide spectrum of researchers, from those at the graduate student level (i.e. Masters Degree or PhD candidates) to well-established professional researchers in their field of study.  Applications are welcome from researchers from all nationalities. Applicants may also include researchers affiliated with the University of Chicago, including the Oriental Institute.


We allow for the broadest possible selection of potential projects that will heighten the level of intellectual discourse and collaboration within the Oriental Institute.  Invitations may be made to share research with faculty, staff, and students through informal presentations during the research visit.


A committee comprised of Oriental Institute faculty members and museum staff will review proposals and may award either a single grant of up to $10,000, or may opt to provide smaller awards to more than one individual per year.  Decisions concerning the outcome of awards will be made and notifications sent to successful applicants in early June, with the award made active from July 1st each year. The grant must be fully utilized and completed prior to June 30th of the year following the researcher’s notification of a successful application.  The expected duration of the research visit is flexible within this period, but must be stipulated in the application. Other research funds may be used in combination with this grant to increase the duration of a research visit, but must be stipulated (if known) at the time of application. The selection process will take into consideration the quality of research questions and appropriate methodologies, the scope and types of material being studied, the sites, periods, or sub-collections of material, as well as detailing potential requirements for special equipment or scientific analysis of material.


Funding is primarily aimed to help support the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence, to supplement student salaries, and to cover relevant research costs for the researcher during the appointed period.  The grantee will not be appointed an office, desk space, or computer, although access will be provided to our Research Archives (Oriental Institute library) and Collections study areas.


Requirements: Candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a field of study. Applications are open to students enrolled in a relevant Master’s Degree or Ph.D Program (i.e. graduate student level), as well as to established professional researchers with a University affiliation, researchers within museums, and independent researchers.


Grantees must submit an interim report at the end of their research visit and a final report at the conclusion of their research. Publications resulting from this research grant must acknowledge the grant from the Oriental Institute appropriately, and grantees must provide a digital and/or hard-copy of any publications resulting from their research to the Oriental Institute. Appropriate permissions must be sought for studying unpublished material and images of documents or objects taken during the course of research through consultation with the Museum. Copies of images of Museum documents or objects taken by the grantee during the course of their research will be provided to the Museum for potential inclusion on its Integrated Database.


To apply:


Please send your applications and enquiries by email only to:  including the subject line:  “Collections Research Grant”


The application must include in one single document (Word or pdf.):


A cover letter indicating your research interests and suitability for the grant.

A two page proposal outlining the proposed research topic, collections of interest in the Oriental Institute, duration of project and suggested dates, and relevant publication plans.

A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).

A budget (1 page maximum), including other grants that may be contributing to this research.

Contact details for two referees.


Application Deadline:  5pm (US Central Daylight Time), Thursday, April 14th, 2017



Three fully-funded AHRC PhDs with the Oxford University Museums

Dear all –


Details below of three fully-funded AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentships which will support programmes of doctoral research based at the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and London (Birkbeck) in partnership with Oxford University Museums from October 2017.


These students will join the first cohort of three Oxford University Museums CDP students (Cambridge, Warwick and Durham) who started their research in October 2016. There’s some background to the Oxford University Museums AHRC CDP programme, which I lead, here


The deadlines for the studentships are 20, 24 and 31 March (see below).


I’d be very grateful if you could circulate widely among potential applicants, especially current and recent Masters students.


Thank you!


Original copies in the modern museum: value, authority, authenticity and practice in the uses of archaeological plaster casts

University of Leicester in partnership with Ashmolean Museum

Supervised by Dr Sandra Dudley, Dr Milena Melfi and Prof Bert Smith

Further details and applications (Deadline 31 March):


Where Art and Science Meet: Art and Design at Oxford University Museum of Natural History

University of Birmingham in partnership with Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Supervised by Dr Clare Jones (Birmingham) and Prof Paul Smith (OUMNH)

Further details and applications (Deadline 24 March):


The Photography of OGS Crawford

University of London, Birkbeck in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum

Supervised by Dr Lesley McFadyen and Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck) with Professor Chris Gosden and Dr Chris Morton (Pitt Rivers)

Further details and applications (Deadline 20 March):




Associate Curator, Dumbarton Oaks

Position Title: Associate Curator, Byzantine Collection

Supervisor: Museum Director

Department: Museum

Grade: 57, exempt

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours work week




The Byzantine Collection of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum is one of the finest collections in the media of portable arts. It includes objects made of precious materials, ivories, enamels, and illuminated manuscripts; large-scale works (Antioch floor mosaics and relief sculpture from the late Roman to the Middle Byzantine periods); as well as more than two hundred textiles and comprehensive holdings of coins and seals. In addition to the permanent displays, the Museum runs a successful program of special exhibitions. The Museum undertakes ongoing and future research, digitization, and online publication projects pertaining to the seals, coins, textiles, and manuscript collections.


The Museum seeks an expert in Byzantine Art / Material Culture for a curatorial position at the associate curatorial level. The successful and highly creative candidate will help activate the museum’s collection through emphasizing international and cross-cultural exchange, and must have a deep interest in interdisciplinary scholarship. The Associate Curator of the Byzantine Collection works closely with the Byzantine Collection Curator/Museum Director and the museum’s curatorial team and is expected to be an intellectual authority to enable the museum to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field. The Associate Curator promotes dialogue, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues in the museum department and across the institution to develop ambitious exhibitions, research and publications for the Byzantine Collection.


Reporting to Museum Director, the Associate Curator is a critical member of a collaborative curatorial team. The Associate Curator participates in the care, documentation, research, presentation, publication and management and helps strengthening the world-class holding of the Byzantine Collection; s/he develops recommendations regarding the interpretation and conservation of the collections; researches, develops, and assists with implementation of special exhibitions; contributes to scholarly research and dissemination of information about the collection in print and digital media.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Enhances the research and educational value of the collection and contributes to dissemination of information about the collection (e.g. presentations, publications, exhibitions, ‘real’ and ‘online’ exhibitions).
  • Presents talks to various museum constituencies. Participates in museum service and community outreach.
  • Participates in development of temporary exhibitions, including conceptual and storyline development, selection of content, writing, layout and concept and initial design development. Advices exhibit-related object conservation, photography, design, and exhibit installation.
  • Identifies and takes on critical tasks in preparation of collections catalogues online and in print. Undertakes research, writes and edits scholarly materials that appeal to the broad range of museum visitors.
  • Facilitates research by other scholars and visits to the museum by professors and students, including those from Harvard. The applicant is required to be actively engaged with the academic community.
  • Identifies object acquisition and conservation priorities. Provides input and participates in research of possible new acquisitions.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns working with the Byzantine Collection.
  • Performs related duties as required.




Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in art history, archaeology, with a focus on Byzantine Art History. Minimum of five years progressively responsible curatorial experience, including exhibit development, care and handling of collections, is required.

Additional Qualifications:

Ph.D. strongly preferred. Demonstrated record of scholarship and achievement in the field of Byzantine art; excellent analytical and organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with digital publication, imaging software, databases, spread sheets, and other data storage and retrieval systems.

Ability to work collegially in a team environment.


To Apply

This position is open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter by applying at the link below:


Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).




“Rethinking the Mediterranean”, 5 post-doctoral fellowships in Aix-en-Provence

Appel d’offre pour cinq contrats post-doctoraux incoming LabexMed 2017


More info (including ~~English version):


Le LabexMed lance un appel pour 5 contrats post-doctoraux incoming d’une durée d’un an renouvelable une fois qui débuteront le 1er octobre 2017.


Les projets de recherche présentés devront maintenant contribuer à répondre à la question « Comment repenser la Méditerranée aujourd’hui? » et s’inscrire dans l’un des axes suivants :


  1. Processus socio-économiques, politiques et juridiques.


  1. Processus culturels et dynamiques patrimoniales. Circulation des savoirs et des objets.


  1. Dynamiques territoriales et interactions hommes-milieux.


La date limite de soumission de candidature est fixée au 6 avril 2017 à 16h00 (Aix).


Pour tout renseignement, contacter Mathilde Favier :





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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