The Byzness 28/05/17

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The Byzness, 28th May 2017


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Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 23-24th June, 2017, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities Building

The application of spatial paradigms to the study of late medieval and early modern societies is now well underway. In contrast, the so-called ‘mobility turn’ has struggled to find its way from the social sciences to the humanities and particularly to disciplines concerned with the study of the past. This conference proposes to bring the two together by focusing on how everyday mobility contributed to the shaping of late medieval and early modern spaces, and how spatial frameworks affected the movement of people in pre-modern Europe.


In focusing on these issues, the conference also intends to relate to current social challenges. The world is now more mobile than ever, yet it is often argued that more spatial boundaries exist today than ever before. The conference hopes to reflect on this contemporary paradox

by exploring the long-term history of the tension between the dynamism of communities, groups and individuals, and the human construction of spaces and borders.


For further information, please email the organisers  &


To register, please visit


For a full programme click here.




Documentary Screening and Lecture: 1000 years on Athos, Oxford, June 8th

For more information click here.



19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology Cologne/Bonn, 22 – 26 May 2018, Call for papers


Starting on 15 May 2017 you can apply to present a paper. The call closes on the 31 August 2017. You can apply to participate in one of the proposed panels or in one of the 12 sessions. For either, an abstract must be submitted for review (max. 1500 characters, including spaces). Each paper will be alloted 20 minutes.


Application for a panel:


During the call for panels more than 100 panels were proposed. Some of those accepted have been designated as closed panels. In these cases, the papers of the session have been pre-approved by the panel organizers. If you are a speaker in a closed panel, you can upload your abstract via the conference management system Converia.


If you are not already scheduled as a speaker, you can apply for one of the panels, labeled open panel. Please have a look at the list of panels first and note down the abbreviation of the selected panel. You can only apply for one of the panels. If necessary the organisation team of the congress will make a different assignment.


Application for a session:


If your proposed paper does not match one of the panels, you can apply to participate in one of the twelve open sessions. In these cases, the organization team will assign new panels and will accept paper proposals into them that are thematically related to at least three other proposed papers.


Rejected papers will be automatically considered for the poster session. Participation in the poster session is not obligatory.


The conference management system Converia will guide you through the submission process.


For further information:




Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East (Actual Issues of Cultural Relations), International Conference, call for papers, 25 -27  September, 2017


Georgian identity among modern European world is defined by the proper definition of its cultural and historic experience in the history of world civilization. The aim of the conference is to prove that the Georgian culture is an essential part of world heritage. Georgian culture of the Middle Ages is an effective participator of the modern World cultural dialogue, as it is the part of common Christian world.


In the context of globalization sharing international scholarly-research experience in the frames of international forum is greatly important. The study of interrelation and influence of Georgian-Byzantine and Christian East cultures in humanitarian studies is prioritized.

Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts (1/3 M. Aleksidze. Tbilisi, Georgia) is organizing the International Conference “Georgia-Byzantium-Christian East” on 25-27 September, 2017.


Conference Languages: Georgian and English.


CVs and abstracts (not more than 500 words max; Georgian texts in AcadNusx, English texts in Times New Roman); English translation should be attached to Georgian texts) should be submitted by e-mail:


Deadline: June 30, 2017

Successful participants will be informed in the first decade of July.

No registration fee required.

The conference address the themes: philology, history, theology and art history.


For more information on the sessions please click here.




Call for Papers for the Second Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS), Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.


For more information please click here.




PhD Scholarships at the IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca (Italy)


Applications are now being accepted for the 2017/18 PhD program at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (, one of the six Schools of Excellence in Italy and one of the highest rated graduate schools in Europe according to the most recent E-Multirank survey.  Highly motivated candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply for one of the 36 fully-funded scholarships.


One of the four field-specific curricula is the Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage curriculum. The curriculum proposes courses in Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions, European and International Legislation on Cultural Heritage and Landscape, Art History, Museology, Technologies applied to the valorization of Cultural Heritage. Both research oriented and practice oriented courses constitute the program, which aims at educating qualified professionals operating in the concrete field of cultural management and academics. It promotes research offering the students a lively contact with different research approaches and methodologies, through case studies belonging to research fields such as Art History, Classical Archaeology and Museology. During their doctoral studies, students are encouraged to carry out their research with the School’s Research Units.


All students are based in the recently restored San Francesco complex, a fully integrated Campus in the historical center of the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. The Campus includes renewed residential facilities, an on-site canteen, study and living rooms, a state-of-the-art library and outdoor recreational spaces, which foster a unique cultural, professional and social environment for our doctoral program. Eligible students, in addition to free room and board, will also receive a research scholarship which amounts to approximately €13,630/year. Additional funding for further research stages, including scholarships to cover an eventual forth year to complete the PhD thesis, can be assigned on a competitive basis.


The PhD program at the IMT School attracts students from around the world, providing a truly international environment. English is the official language of the School. Moreover, all students will have the opportunity to spend periods abroad at research institutes, laboratories or universities, both within the Erasmus+ framework and through ad hoc mobility agreements.


To find out more about the School, the admission requirements and how to apply, please see


The deadline for applications is July 18th 2017, 12:00 pm (midday) Italian time.



Sara Lindsey Olson


Ufficio Offerta didattica, dottorato e servizi agli studenti

Graduate Education and Student Services Office




Call for Applicants (PhD): Graduate Fellowship at the DFG Research Training Group 1878 (RTG) of the University of Cologne and Bonn: ‘Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies’

The DFG Research Training Group 1878 (RTG) of the Universities of Cologne and Bonn on the topic of “Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies” invites applications for one position of Graduate Fellowship leading to a Ph.D. at the University of Cologne to begin on October 1st, 2017. Applications are welcome in all subjects of the Research Training Group in Cologne. Applications for the field of Byzantine Studies are particularly desirable.


The position is for two years with the option to continue for a third year following a positive interim project evaluation. The well-supported salary will be according to the official German classification group TV-L 13 (for detailed information please see: salary calculator).


Objectives, issues


The aim of the RTG is to record economic systems and economic areas of premodern societies in terms of their structure, efficiency and dynamics (genesis, transformation processes through to a potential dissolution) as well as to analyse them in interaction with their respective physical geographical, political, societal, religious and cultural conditions. The investigations will be focussed along three lines of research, ‘Economic Networks’, ‘Settlement Centres and Their Environs’ and ‘Religious Institutions and Households as Economic Units’.



Applications are welcome in all subjects of the Research Training Group in Cologne: Pre- and Early History, Classical Archaeology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Byzantine Studies, Ancient History, Ethnology. Applications for the field of Byzantine Studies are particularly desirable.


Dissertation topics

Enquirers can develop their own project proposals within the framework of the outlined research programme.



The RTG languages are German and English. German language lessons can be taken free of charge if required. The dissertation may also be written in another language.


Location and supervison

The doctoral candidate (m/f) will be registered as a doctoral student at the University of Cologne. Generally he/she will be looked after by two fellow applicants. Willingness to move to the Cologne/Bonn region is expected.


Study programme

The doctoral programme will be conducted within a structured study programme comprising weekly seminars, workshops or international meetings; participation is mandatory.


Support measures

In addition to the posts, resources for material and travel costs as well as for holding conferences are available. The University of Cologne offers comprehensive further training measures. Doctoral candidates with children can obtain additional support.


Application requirements

Completed relevant university studies in line with the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at the participating universities.


Application documents

– Completed application form (s. below)

– CV (résumé)

– Copies of university diplomas and job references (if applicable)

– Digital version (PDF) plus summary (2 pages) of the Magister/Master thesis

– Outline of ideas (max. 5 pages) on the planned dissertation project

– Names and addresses of two university teachers who will be able, if necessary, to provide further information about the applicant


Application procedure

Applications in German or English should be sent in electronic form by 30.06.2017 to the RTG spokespeople, Prof. Dr. Martin Bentz and Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann at the following e-mail address: (subject: Bewerbung GRK 1878).


– Closing date for applications: June 30th, 2017

– Applicant interviews: anticipated CW 28

– Commencement of employment/stipend: October 1st, 2017


The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer.



If you have any further questions please contact the two RTG spokespeople by email:


For a job announcement click here.

For an applicant form click here.



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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