The Byzness 23/04/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 22th April 2017

 

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
  2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
  3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Patrick Geary (Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Princeton): Understanding Barbarian Migrations Through Genomic Research, Wednesday 26th April, 5pm, Stanford House, 65 High Street, Oxford

In this lecture, Patrick Geary will present the preliminary results of his collaborative, interdisciplinary genomic investigation into sixth-century population structures and movements between Pannonia and Italy. Nuclear DNA sequence data from cemeteries in modern Hungary and Italy reveal genetic groups that correlate with cultural data to suggest new ways of understanding the movement of barbarian warrior populations into Italy in the so-called migration age.

 

‘The Long History of Ethnicity & Nationhood Reconsidered’ Seminar aims at systematically rethinking the history and theory of ethnicity, nationhood and nationalism. The full programme of the seminar is available at torch.ox.ac.uk/identity.

For a poster of the event click here.

 

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Book Launch: Ecclesiology and Politics between East and West, 2pm-6pm Tuesday 25th April, Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi

Réduire le schisme ? Ecclésiologies et politiques de l’Union entre Orient et Occident (XIIIe-XVIIIe siècles), éd. Marie-Hélène Blanchet et Frédéric Gabriel, Paris, Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, 2013 (Monographies, 39).

 

L’Union à l’épreuve du formulaire : Professions de foi entre églises d’Orient et d’Occident (XIIIe-XVIIIe siècle), éd. Marie-Hélène Blanchet et Frédéric Gabriel, Paris, Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, 2016 (Monographies, 51).

 

For a full timetable and poster click here.

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Professor Alexei Lidov: Byzantine Icons and Western Pictures: Two Matrices of Christian Imagery, 1pm, May 2nd, Arumugam Building, St Catherine’s College, Oxford

For a poster click here.
For more information contact: gervase.rosser@hoa.ox.ac.uk

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Papers and Archives of Sir Dmitry Obolensky at Christ Church, Oxford

 

A message from  Judith Curthoys, Archivist, Christ Church, Oxford:

 

The papers and archive of Sir Dimitri Obolensky FBA (1918 -2001), Student of Christ Church 1950-85, Emeritus 1995-2001, Professor of Russian and Balkan History 1961-85 have been received by Christ Church on permanent loan through an agreement with the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. After they have been sorted and catalogued they will be available for study. There will be an exhibition in Christ Church Library in Spring 2018 as part of the celebrations for the centenary of his birth, and a conference exploring his intellectual legacy in Michaelmas 2018 , co-ordinated by Jonathan Shepard, James Pettifer and Peter Frankopan.

 

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

Submission deadline 30 April, 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 (http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/conferences ).

 

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 lectio@kuleuven.be  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 lectio@kuleuven.be

 

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​​Italian Art Society call for Session Proposals: International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 10-13 May, 2018

The IAS seeks session proposals for the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies, broadly defined. It features more than 550 sessions of

papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances.

 

The IAS is seeking session proposals that cover Italian art from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. Members interested in putting together a panel or linked panels should send a brief abstract (250 words max), session title, a short list of potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV. Submit by 21 APRIL 2017 TO PROGRAMS@ITALIANARTSOCIETY.ORG .

 

 

 

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Call for abstracts: Archaeology and history of Lydia from the early Lydian period to late antiquity (8th century B.C.-6th century A.D.). An international symposium, May 17-18, Izmir, Turkey

The booklet of abstracts for speakers is now available here.

 

But it is still possible to send an abstract, the deadline is April 30th.

For more information please visit:

https://independent.academia.edu/TheLydiaSymposium
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/The_Lydia_Symposium
https://deu.academia.edu/ErgunLAFLI

 

 

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Call for Papers – Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies, London, 6 October 2017

The Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies Research workshop. co-hosted by the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and SOAS, University of London, will be held on 6 October 2017 in London.

 

This year’s exploratory and informal workshop will reflect on methodologies, research agendas, and case studies for investigating history writing in Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa in any period from the seventh century to the present. As in previous years, the emphasis will be on informal discussion and exchange of ideas.

 

Through what practices of writing or otherwise encoding the past and of remembering and forgetting, have different groups in the Middle East and North Africa viewed their pasts? At different times and places, how have the significant contours, events and actors in their histories been seen? Was the significant past the same for court historians as for literary historians; for bureaucrats as for the military; for Sufis as for Muslim lawyers and Traditionists? How did non-Muslims and Muslims, men and women, adherents of different sectarian or juristic traditions, or speakers of different languages within societies that became “Islamic” imagine the shape and meaning of their specific societies’ own pasts, and their relation to the universal history of the Islamic community? More recently, how have urban and rural people, workers and peasants, the religiously educated and the technocratic elite, developed different ways of writing, remembering, or commemorating particular events in, or the broad sweep of, local, national, or “Islamic” history?

 

Contributions are invited that will consider the practical and conceptual challenges of working on history writing in the region, as well as offering examples of themes, methods, and case studies of recent research that might elucidate these questions. Contributions are invited from scholars at all career levels, addressing any period and any part of the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined.

 

Arabic Pasts is co-organized by Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), James McDougall (Oxford), and Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU-ISMC).

 

Please send by 15 May an abstract of 300 words or less to sarah.savant@aku.edu . There is a small budget to provide some travel assistance for scholars outside of London.

 

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Andrew Mellon Foundation Grants and Scholarships at Bogazici University

1) M.A. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

2) PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

3) POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

4) SHORT-TERM POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

5) SHORT-TERM M.A./PH.D. RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE M.A. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce three scholarships for the M.A. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the M.A. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $5,000 net for the duration of two years, provided that the accepted candidates continue to meet necessary academic requirements. Successful foreign candidates living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that recipients of the scholarship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the M.A. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose.

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 5 May 2017.

Questions can be addressed to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

For more information on the Byzantine Studies Research Center: http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE PH.D. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one scholarship for the Ph.D. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship is open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $8,000 net for the duration of three years, provided that the accepted candidate continues to meet necessary academic requirements. A successful foreign candidate living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that the recipient of the scholarship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the Ph.D. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose.

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 5 May 2017.

 

ANDREW W. MELLON POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in the field of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology. Conceived in the framework of expanding the scholarly activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, the nine-month position is expected to start in September 2017. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the development of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, as well as taking part in the activities of the Center.

The position is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of a monthly total of $1,800 net for nine months.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and excellent command of English should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center before 31 May 2017. The application file should include a cover letter, a detailed research project proposal, a CV and list of publications, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of their written work.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

FOR SCHOLARS HOLDING ACADEMIC POSITIONS IN TURKEY

OFFERED BY THE BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term post-doctoral research grant in the field of Byzantine studies for Turkish citizens and foreign scholars holding academic positions in Turkey. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for travel within or outside Turkey for research in 2017. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the grant offers up to $2,400 for the above-mentioned expenses to be spent in 2017.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Byzantine studies should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 31 May 2017. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal with a time line, an expected budget for expenses, a detailed CV and list of publications, a sample of written work, and two letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term research project grant in the field of Byzantine studies for M.A. or Ph.D. students enrolled at the Department of History, Bogazici University. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for acquiring language skills and/or for conducting research in libraries and/or museums within or outside Turkey in 2017. The grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers up to $1,100 for the above-mentioned expenses to be spent in 2017.

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 31 May 2017. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal, an expected budget for expenses, a detailed CV, and a transcript.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

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One-year Visiting Replacement position in Medieval Art History, College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA

Please help us distribute our call for applications for a VAP position in Medieval/Byzantine art history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA:

 

The Department of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary invites applications for a one-year visiting replacement position in Medieval Art History, with possibility of renewal for a second year, to begin in August 10, 2017. The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate courses per semester, including a global art history survey (prehistory to ca. 1400), and topics in the candidate’s areas of expertise, which may include late Antique, Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture.

Required qualifications:  Minimum ABD in a relevant discipline. The successful candidate will have teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

 

Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu . Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, and syllabi of courses taught or proposed. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference.

 

For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, May 10, 2017. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed and the position will remain open until filled. Information on the degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History may be found at: http://www.wm.edu/as/arthistory.

 

The College of William Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

 

 

 

 

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Three-year PhD in the History of late medieval astronomy in Europe

ALFA is an ERC funded project (2017-2022, 60 month, Consolidator grant 2016 agreement 723085) dedicated to the study of Alfonsine astronomy which flourished in Europe from the second half of the 13th century to the middle of the 16th century.

 

Relying on approaches from the history of astronomy, history of mathematics, and history of manuscript cultures to study astronomical tables, instruments, theoretical and mathematical texts, ALFA’s main objectives are to:

 

  • Retrace the development of the corpus of Alfonsine texts from its origin in the second half of the 13th century to the end of the 15th century by following, on the manuscript level, the milieus producing and using these codices;
  • Analyse Alfonsine astronomers’ practices, their relations to mathematics, to the natural world, to proofs and justification, and their intellectual and social contexts and audiences;
  • Build a meaningful narrative showing how astronomers in different milieus with diverse practices shaped, also from Arabic and Hebrew materials, an original scientific scene in Europe.

 

ALFA works in a deeply collective manner. Matthieu Husson (PI, CNRS- Observatoire de Paris), José Chabás (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Richard Kremer (Dartmouth College, USA) constitute its advisory board. Around them a local team of 3 post-docs, 3 PhD students and a digital humanities IT expert, based at the Paris observatory, will work with a team of international collaborators comprised of 10 specialists of the history of late medieval astronomy in Europe. Finally a team of external experts from neighbouring fields will consult with ALFA in order to enrich its methodological and theoretical dimensions and to help design the digital tools.

 

ALFA invites application for a 3 year doctoral position expected to start on October 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter (CNRS-contract, according to CNRS policy 1758 Euros gross per month). This position will be hosted at the Observatoire de Paris (ED 127) inside the history of science team (dir. Michela Malpangotto) of the SYRTE Laboratory (UMR 8630).

 

The successful candidate will work as part of the local team and will spend most of his/her working time on his/her research project in the context of this collective, international project. He is expected to participate in the publications of the project and will be encouraged to take part in the conception of scientific events relevant to his research (workshops and seminars). He will have also dedicated research funds especially for travel to relevant European libraries. In line with ALFA’s (first) objective this PhD research project should enhance our understanding of the formation of the corpus of Alfonsine texts. Different approaches are possible to achieve this aim. They include: the critical edition of key works of Alfonsine astronomy and or an in-depth study of a selected corpus of manuscripts (linked to a specific production milieu, to a pertinent collector, or to the diffusion or teaching of specific Alfonsine works). These studies should be connected to more general questions regarding the history of astronomy (technical contents of texts and the elements described in them, establishment and connection of different milieus fostering Alfonsine astronomy, specificity and overlap of these milieus in term of manuscript and astronomical practices). Complementary approaches may be considered in particular regarding the history of manuscript cultures (typology of astronomical multiple-text manuscripts, visual organisation of the codex, manuscripts as performative objects).

 

To qualify for the position, candidates are required to have completed their Master’s degree in either sciences, history of sciences or medieval history. During the PhD it will be possible for the successful candidate to complete her/his training according to his/her needs in Latin philology, codicology, palaeography, history of astronomy and history of mathematics. Acquired competences in these domains will be appreciated. A good control of spoken and written English is also important in order to be able to interact fruitfully with the international team of the project.

 

Applications should be sent no later than May 14, 2017 to Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr ). They shall include: a short CV (2 p. max), contact information for two possible externals referees (name, institution, email contact), a short research proposal (3-4 p. max), a written sample of academic work (e.g. Master thesis and/or a recent paper on it).

 

Review of applications will start on May 15, 2017 and the result will be published on June 15, 2017. For further information you are warmly encouraged to contact Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr ).

 

 

 

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FELLOWSHIPS: “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (Hamburg)

 

The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for Ph.D. scholarships 2+1 year scholarships of € 1.200 per month (tax free) starting October 1st 2017.

 

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.

 

Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.

 

First information can be found on the Centre’s webpage which will be continually updated: http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/

 

We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph.D. students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region.

 

Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent as ONE pdf document to the Director of the Graduate School before May 31st, 2017:

 

Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck

Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften

CSMC

mailto:stipendium.geisteswiss@uni-hamburg.de

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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