The Byzness 14/04/17

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The Byzness, 14th April 2017


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A petition to save the Central European University in Budapest

Legislation has been introduced in Hungary’s National Assembly (Országgyűlés) that specifically targets Central European University, one of the most prestigious universities in Central and Eastern Europe.


International Conference on the Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean (Nafplion, 19-23 April 2017)


For a full timetable click here.





Teaching the Codex 2: Further thoughts on the pedagogy of palaeography and codicology, May 6th, Merton College Oxford

Morning and afternoon sessions will each consist of two panels running concurrently on particular topics (1.5 hrs) followed by a plenary session (1 hr) in which members of the two panels will report and comment on the panel session to all of the delegates, and facilitate further discussion.  The hope is that by dividing the delegates into smaller groups than at the last meeting of Teaching the Codex more focused conversations will be generated.


The registration fee is £10:–, covering attendance, lunch, and refreshments.  To register please follow this link to the Oxford University Stores:


The topics under discussion and our speakers are as follows:


(a)    Continental and Anglophone approaches to teaching palaeography and codicology

Irene Ceccherini (Oxford) (chair)

Marigold Norbye (UCL)

Daniel Sawyer (Oxford)

Raphaële Mouren (Warburg)


(b)   Pedagogical approaches to musical manuscripts

Henry Hope (Bern) (chair)

Margaret Bent (Oxford)

Eleanor Giraud (Limerick)

Christian Leitmeir (Oxford)


(c)    Approaches to teaching art history and manuscript studies

Emily Guerry (Kent) (chair)

Kathryn Rudy (St Andrews)

Spike Bucklow (Cambridge)

Emily Savage (St Andrews)


(d)   Taking palaeography further: using manuscripts to engage in outreach with schools and the general public

Pauline Souleau (Oxford) (chair)

Gustav Zamore (Oxford)

Anna Boeles Rowland (Oxford)

Sarah Laseke (Leiden)


Closing remarks: Teresa Webber (Cambridge)



For more information on Teaching the Codex, please visit, or follow us on Twitter (@TeachingCodex).


Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:



Refractions of the Byzantine: Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461), 5-6th June, Senate House Room 349, King’s College, London

For a full programme click here.


Call for applicants: AKMED, Koc, Numismatics Summer School, July 3 – 14th

This summer we are organizing at AKMED of Koç University in Antalya  a “numismatics summer school” from July 3 to 14, 2017. It is open to the students from Turkey and abroad. Scholarships are available. Deadline is April 17.


Here is the link to the summer school:




Call for participants: The Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School, 2017

For the tenth year in a row, the University of Bologna offers an intensive three-week Greek and Latin Summer School.


Two different levels (beginners and intermediate) are scheduled for both languages. It will also be possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (, from 19th June to 7th July 2017 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.


The teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).


all teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form please visit:





Call for papers: “Feeding on Dreams: Exiles and Exile in Late Antiquity.”, workshop at Yale University 23-25 April, 2018

Organized by Maria Doerfler (Yale University) and Geoffrey Nathan (University of New South Wales)


Being barred from one’s native lands, state and/or community was and continues to be a unique form of punishment.  Individuals or groups might not only suffer from physical, economic and legal privation, but also social and cultural exclusion to the point of a kind of social death.  In Late Antiquity, the degree of political and religious change made exile perhaps more likely for an increasingly diverse group, but may have also changed the nature of exile itself.  Recent work both on conceptual exile and the exile of clerics raises the possibility of expanding the scope of scholarly conversations surrounding the practice in this period.   This workshop’s purpose is to consider different experiences and conceptions of formal and informal banishment to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the social, cultural, and literary phenomenon of exile in late antiquity.


The organizers thus invite papers to explore the nature of exile and exiles in Late Antiquity (ca.300-650 CE).  We welcome contributors to interpret these concepts broadly, and seek a wide variety of papers and disciplinary approaches.


Topics might include, but are not limited to:


Political and religious exile

Relegatio, deportatio, postliminium: exile in law


Conceptual exile (spiritual and metaphorical exile)

Treatments of exile in the religions of Late Antiquity

Diasporas and refugees

The archaeology of exile


After the workshop, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words .  Alternatively, abstracts may be sent to either Maria Doerfler (  or Geoff Nathan ( ) by 14 May 2017. For queries, please email either organizer.




Between lust and chastity: the Byzantines on Love and Sex, Buenos Aires, 28-29 August 2017

Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge no study to date covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of works tackling these and similar issues


A historical, anthropological or sociological perspective still has a fair job to do in this area. The UBA research team, with its focus on narratology, will pay special attention to love as a dynamic principle in Byzantine storytelling, either hagiographical, historical, or of other kind. Indeed, the centrality of love, which can take myriad forms (as a topos, as a target towards which a given plot aims, as a powerful tool towards meaningful characterization, as a social expectation horizon, etc.) should be evaluated in the framework of the evolution of narrative forms. We believe that a dynamic analysis of erotic motifs can be so productive for diachronic narrativity as the spatiality, temporality, or the studies of narrators and narratees.


At the same time, any other point of view is welcome: from a presentation on the Song of Songs, to a study of Byzantine marriage; from the love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from the ever-lasting reading of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations – or not – of virginity and mystical experience. More metaphorical subjects such as the “love of learning” are also welcome.


Please send your abstract, no later than May 31st, 2017, to , . Any query or comment will also be more than welcome.

Poster found here.




Summer School on Greek Palaeopgrahy and Byzantine Epigraphy, 3-8 July, Patmos


The one-week intensive Summer School is an introductory course to Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy aiming to provide students with basic skills for approaching manuscripts and written inscriptions.


A unique feature of this Summer School is that students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice within the Monastery of Saint John, which is now home to more than 1200 manuscripts and a large number of icons and monumental paintings with inscriptions dating from 12th to 16th century.


The Summer School will be held from 3 to 8 July 2017. The instructors are researchers of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and in particular of the Institute of Historical Research as well as external collaborators of the Institute with extensive experience in the study of Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy. The lectures will take place at the Nikolaides Mansion whereas the practical exercise sessions inside the monastery and in the Apocalypses Cave.


The school is intended for PhD candidates, postgraduate, graduate students and pre-graduate students in their final year of Classics, Philology, History, Theology, Byzantine and Medieval Studies.


The course of Palaeography will be taught in Italian and English, whereas the course of Byzantine Epigraphy in English. Adequate knowledge of Ancient Greek is a prerequisite for participation.


The number of students is limited to 20. They will be selected by a Scientific Committee following a thorough assessment of the application and the CV of the candidates.


All students will receive a Certificate of Participation.


For complete information, see




Byzantine Studies Research Center, Byzantine Greek Summer School, Bogazici University, Istanbul, June 28- July 21, 2017


The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its first Byzantine Greek Summer School program to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 21, 2017. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul, while enjoying various attractions of the Bogazici University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.




The course is designed for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Classical Greek or its equivalent. Students are expected to have knowledge of basic Greek grammar and to be able to read simple texts from ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. The morning sessions, devoted to the reading of Byzantine texts from various genres, will be supplemented by private tutorials in the afternoon. Each student will have one hour of tutorial per week. The language of instruction is English. The program will offer tours in the weekends to the important Byzantine sites and museums in Istanbul. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.




Niels Gaul is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Thomas Magistros und die spätbyzantinische Byzantinistik (2011) and the co-editor, with S. Steckel and M. Grünbart, of Networks of Learning: Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000–1200 (2014) and, with Av. Cameron, of Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium (2017). From August 2017 he will be the Principal Investigator of an ERC-funded project, “Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song Xue’.”




The classes will be held at the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University.  Bogazici University, established as Robert College in 1863, is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Turkey. Its Byzantine Studies Research Center, founded in 2015, is the first Turkish institution attached to a state university that is dedicated to academic research on Byzantine civilization. The Center fosters the development of education in Byzantine studies by offering scholarships at the M.A., Ph.D., and post-doc levels, “tools of the trade” seminars, and language programs.


For more information, please see:




Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply granted that they meet the requirements mentioned above. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies. A diagnostic test may be administered to the candidates before the final decision.




Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all the successful candidates who are accepted to the program will attend the courses free of charge. Additionally, we offer:


3 scholarships to foreigners from outside Turkey that will cover accommodation in a shared apartment, airfare to/from Istanbul, and a meal plan for the duration of the program.

3 scholarships to Turkish citizens from outside Istanbul that will cover transportation expenses to/from Istanbul and a meal plan for the duration of the program.

5 scholarships to Turkish students resident in Istanbul that will cover a meal plan for the duration of the program.

Please indicate in your application which scholarship you would like to apply.


To Apply:


Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before May 31, 2017. The application file should be in English and include a statement of purpose and a detailed CV. The applicant should indicate in the statement of purpose his/her background in Classical Greek and the relevance of the summer program for his/her future studies or career development. Applicants currently enrolled as students in a higher education institution should also submit a transcript and one reference letter.


Applications should be sent to:





British School at Ankara, Research Funding Applications


The following calls for applications may be of interest to those working on the history and/or archaeology of Asia Minor and the Black Sea.


The British Institute at Ankara invites applications for its Study Grants and its Research Fund. Both of these are open to researchers at any stage of their careers. The deadline for both schemes is 28 April 2017.


Study Grants:


Research Funding Proposal:




Assistant or Associate Specialist at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae


The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG®) at the University of California Irvine invites applications for a full-time research position. This appointment is for an initial one-year period with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of three years. The individual to be appointed will oversee text digitization and correction and contribute to the expansion of the TLG collection.


Prerequisites: Ph.D. in Classics or Byzantine Literature; high level of proficiency in Greek and Latin; prior experience in technology is desired but not required. Familiarity with textual criticism and a capacity for detail-oriented work are essential requirements.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of California offers an attractive benefits package. Applications should be submitted electronically at: Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Questions about the position may be sent to:


Application deadline: Applications received by April 15, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


More information here:




Call for candidates for a post-doctoral researcher for the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development  (Latin evidence), Warsaw


Application deadline: 31 May 2017


The Institute of History, University of Warsaw, is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher  for a position in the ERC-funded project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of seven post-doctoral researchers reporting to the Principal Investigator, Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), but under direct supervision of Robert Wiśniewski  (University of Warsaw). The postholder will have responsibility for collecting and researching Latin evidence consisting mostly of literary texts, inscriptions and calendars. The postholder is also expected to produce sole-authored articles on aspects of the cult of saints in the West.



Full information about the vacancy and how to apply can be found here:






Byzantine Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Notre Dame


Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the

National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with  a  completed doctorate  whose  research deals  with  some  aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards  scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas.


This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature,  theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the 2017-18 academic year.


The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and

articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will

have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be

provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.


In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this

event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.


Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.


Salary: $36,000 plus benefits

Start date: August 16, 2017


Application procedure: Please see the fellowship listing on our web site at  for all details of the application procedure.






Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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