The Byzness 22/05/17

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The Byzness, 22th May 2017


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Monkeys, Mules and Mockery: a workshop on animals and the pejorative in pre-modern texts, 5pm June 2nd, Mure Room, Merton College Oxford

For a poster with more information and the programme click here.




“The battle of Yarmūk. Rethinking ‘conquest’ in the Late Antique Near East” Tübingen, June 16-17, 2017

For a full programme and more information click here.




CfP: 5th International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”, Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions, Skopje, 17-18 November


Special Thematic Strand for 2017

“Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”

Skopje, 17-18 November, 2017


Organised by “EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Italy, in partnership with the Institute of National History – Skopje


With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the City of Skopje



The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.


This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.


Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scope addressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.


Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:


– The origin of the Slavs reconsidered


– The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction


– Slavic Ethnicity and identity: A reinterpretation


– Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions


– Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World


– Christianization of the Slavs and the concept of barbarism


– Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts


– State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe


– Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius


– Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism


– Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe


– Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19th and 20th century Balkans


– The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe


– Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages


– Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence


– Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives


– Language and folklore


– Music and liturgical practices


– Heritage politics and the perception of the Past

– Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection



First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017


Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2016


Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2017


Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2017


Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2018


Please send the application form to the address: ;


EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Blvd. Aleksandar Makedonski 24, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / Tel: 00389 2 3075570


Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.


Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.


No participation fee is required.


Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.


The full papers will be peer-reviewed.


Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.


For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski:


Please check the Euro-Balkan website: for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.



Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov





Hieronymus Scholarship at Polis Institute for 2017/2018


The Hieronymus scholarship is named after Saint Jerome, an outstanding Christian scholar from the second half of the 4th Century AD. Jerome is the second most prolific writer (after Augustine of Hippo) in ancient Latin Christianity. He was one of the very few scholars of Antiquity who mastered at the three Classical languages (Latin, Greek and Hebrew), which is why he was called vir trilinguis, “the trilingual man”. He lived in Bethlehem for more than 30 years. Saint Jerome had contact with many prominent Jewish scholars who helped him in his translation of the Hebrew Bible into Latin. This translation is called the Vulgate and has been praised for its literary quality.


The recipient of this scholarship will volunteer as a secretary and editorial assistant in different projects (Latin method, Conference Proceedings, Educational books).


The recipient of the Scholarship will receive:

–       11,600 EUR/11 months to cover lodging and flight expenses

–       Health Insurance coverage in country during volunteer period


Specific requisites: Candidates should have a BA in one of the fields of Humanities. They should have a basic knowledge of Latin and mastery of the French language (oral and written) and have fluency in English. They should be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop.


All Applicants will hold a personal interview with the Administrative Director in English. Accepted candidates will have to accept and sign the terms and conditions regarding the volunteer work at the Institute.

Volunteering work: 40 Hours/week for 11 months.


These policies are in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information on this scholarship, please visit our site:





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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