Byzness 01/10/17



The Byzness, 1 October 2017





Lecture and workshop: Arabic Christianity, Cambridge MA, 16-17 October 2017

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 our next East of Byzantium events:


Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Arabic-speaking Christians and the Bible
Jack Tannous, Princeton University

Jack Tannous discusses the status of Arabic as a Christian language.

More information:


Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

An Early Arabic New Testament Translation
A workshop for students focusing on early Arabic translations of the New Testament. Led by Jack Tannous, Princeton University

RSVP required. Registration closes October 13. Additional information and registration at

ARMACAD Winter Language School (Armenian), Yerevan, 4-15 December 2017

All details can be found here:

Tabula Gratulatoria for Jean-Claude Cheynet 
Jean-Claude Cheynet, professor of Byzantine history at Paris-Sorbonne University, retired in 2015 and celebrated his 70th birthday in 2017.His former students, colleagues and friends wished to offer him a volume of Mélanges on the theme of the exercise of power in Byzantium and neighbouring states. This volume of Mélanges, published in the collection Travaux et Mémoires (Vol. 21/1), contains forty-four articles. Jean-Claude Cheynet began his career as a Byzantine scholar at the CNRS before joining the university, where he trained a new generation of historians and sigillographers. A specialist in the social and political history of the Byzantine Empire, he wrote extensively about the Byzantine aristocracy, the army, the functions and court titles of the Byzantine state, with a specialization in a known but little-used source for social history: Byzantine sigillography.

The contributions, written in French or English, are intended to present new interpretations and unpublished material. A Tabula gratulatoria will be published in the volume, which allows those who wish to join this homage by subscribing to the book.

For the subscription terms, please refer to the order attached to this mail or download it by clicking on the link below. The same document gives access to an exceptional sale on all the publications of the ACHCByz. To ensure that your name appears in the Tabula gratulatoria, please notify us of your subscription by sending a message to before October 15, 2017.

Conference: The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe, Harvard University, 26–27 October 2017

A two-day international conference on the development of Byzantine scholarship in early modern Europe. The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and a range of papers on the art historical, historiographical, ethnographic and textual engagement of early modern scholars with the Byzantine past.

Free registration and program available at



Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies

Deadline: 5 December 2017

The Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual publication, Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Akropolis is an international peer-reviewed annual scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, literature, philology, art.

To be considered for publication in the first volume of Akropolis, manuscripts should be submitted to by December 5th 2017.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors, as well as the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. More information can be found at journal’s homepage





 Research Fellowships, The French School at Athens

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The French School at Athens is offering one-month research fellowships for the 2018 calendar year. Candidates must be enrolled in doctoral studies and be carrying out research that requires them to spend time in Greece, and which is related to one of the following fields: Aegean prehistory and protohistory, the ancient Greek world, and in some cases the Balkan, medieval, modern and contemporary Greek world.

Applications have to be submitted electronically at the following address:

Please refer to the Ecole française d’Athènes website for further information :


 PhD scholarship (1 year) within the Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel

Deadline: 15 November 2017

The PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel announces a one-year scholarship starting at the

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Your tasks:

The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting phase of his/her PhD research project. It is expected that he/she will develop his/her research project in that time for applying to the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding institutions at the end of that year.

Your profile:

The scholarship is addressed to students who held a 1st class MA‐degree either in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient History, Greek Philology, Latin Philology, Comparative and Historic Linguistics or European Archaeology. It is expected that the PhD student is highly motivated and will personally be involved in the PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. Most welcomed are PhD projects that can be linked to the research fields of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. The PhD student has to choose from the date of admission to the doctoral program a first or second supervisor from the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel.

Application / Contact:

The following documents should be sent by email to the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench

1.     Letter of motivation

2.     CV

3.     MA-Diploma

4.     1-2 sample of text (max. 20 pages each, including at least 1
academic qualification text, like BA- or MA-thesis)

5.     Sketch for the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)

6.     Letter of reference

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench (

Applications can be submitted in German, in French or in English. The enrolment at the University of Basel is mandatory.


 Assistant/Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies/Hellenist, Penn State University

Deadline: 16 November 2017

The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the appointment of a tenure-track assistant professor or a tenured associate professor in the field of Greek language and literature, beginning August 2018.

We seek applications from candidates with active research interests that complement those of the present faculty, and that are compatible with graduate-level instruction of students in Greek philosophy.  Appropriate fields include (but are not limited to):  poetry (archaic to Hellenistic), classical drama, historical and philosophical prose, and rhetoric.

The primary teaching responsibilities include instruction in Greek language and literature at all levels, as well as lecture courses and seminars on subjects pertaining to the CAMS major and to the General Education curriculum offered by the department; e.g., Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Greek Civilization, and Classical Mythology.  The department embraces the entire Mediterranean and Near Eastern world in antiquity and welcomes candidates who can contribute to the dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

For candidates at the assistant professor level, requirements include Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment, at least two years of college-level teaching experience, and evidence of scholarly publication and productivity.  Candidates at the level of associate professor should demonstrate excellence in their achievements both in college-level teaching and in scholarly research in order to satisfy the departmental criteria for tenure.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and a teaching portfolio online at Candidates should arrange to have their letters of recommendation sent directly to the Hellenist Search Committee, c/o Lynn Hepfer ( Review of applications will begin on November 16 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by Skype or at the Annual SCS/AIA Meeting in Boston, January 4-7, 2018.

Contact: Lynn Hepfer

Department Website:  


Adele Curness

DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

President, Oxford University Byzantine Society​


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