Byzness 08/10/17


The Byzness, 8 October 2017







​​CONFERENCE: “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, 26-27 October 2017, University of Bari.

Prolepsis is glad to circulate the final programme of the upcoming 2nd International Postgraduate Conference “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages taking place at the University of Bari on 26th and 27th October 2017.

You can download it here:
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​​CONFERENCE: Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium, 20-22 October 2017, University of Silesia, Centre for Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception​, K​atowice

Friday 20 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)

16.00-17.00    Coffee / tea     & Welcome (Przemysław Marciniak)  

17.00-18.00    Keynote lecture: Panagiotis Agapitos, “Scholia, Schede, Paraphrases, Integrated Gnomologia, Overflowing Narratives: The Politics of Commentary in Komnenian Byzantium”

Saturday 21 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)

Session I: Aristotle in Byzantium (Chair: Panagiotis Agapitos)

9.00-9.50    Michele Trizio, “Unfolding Meanings, Forging Identities: Commentaries on Aristotle and Authorial Practices in Twelfth-Century Byzantium”  

Respondent: Andrea Cuomo 

9.50-10.40     Melina Vogiatzi, “Aristotle’s Rhetoric in Early Byzantium (Ninth-Twelfth Centuries)”

Respondent: Michele Trizio

10.40-11.00     Coffee / tea 

Session II: Ancient Texts in the Works of John Tzetzes (Chair: Janek Kucharski)    

11.00-11.50    Maria Tomadaki, “The Use of Ancient Texts in John Tzetzes’ Theogony” 

Respondent: Przemysław Marciniak

11.50- 12.40    Joanna Komorowska, “Astrological Theory and Astrological Authorities in Ioannes Tzetzes’ Exposition of the Iliad” 

Respondent: Inmaculada Pérez Martín 

12.40-14.30     Lunch 

Session III: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Ancient Literature (Chair: Divna Manolova)

14.30-15.20     Baukje van den Berg, “Twelfth-Century Scholars on the Ethics and Rhetoric of Comedy and Ridicule” 

Respondent: Janek Kucharski 

15.20-16.10     Valeria Flavia Lovato, “Odysseus the Schedographer in Eustathios’ Parekbolai” 

Respondent: Aglae Pizzone  

16.10-17.00     Inmaculada Pérez Martín, “The meaning of Eustathius of Thessalonike’s Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes in the Tradition of Homeric Geography” 

Respondent: Baukje van den Berg 

17.00-17.30     Break 

17.30-18.30    Keynote lecture: Aglae Pizzone, “Tzetzes on Hermogenes and Rhetoric: from the Ancients to the Self”

Sunday 22 October

Location: Sala Rada Wydziału, plac Sejmu Śląskiego 1, fifth floor 

Session IV: Twelfth-Century Commentaries after the Twelfth Century (Chair: Aglae Pizzone)

9.30-10.20     Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi, “Preserving through Adapting: The Case of the Homeric Proverbial Verses”  

Respondent: Maria Tomadaki

10.20-10.40    Coffee / tea

Session V: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Palaiologan Byzantium (Chair: Przemysław Marciniak) 

10.40-11.30    Andrea Cuomo, “The Moschopulo-Planudean Scholia on Sophocles: What Do They Comment on?”

Respondent: Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi

11.30-12.10     Francesco Monticini, “The Λόγος and the λόγοι: The Commentaries on Synesius’ On Dreams in Their Context” 

Respondent: Divna Manolova 

12.10-12.20     Concluding remarks (Baukje van den Berg)

All inquiries should be directed to dr. Baukje van den Berg (

​​CONFERENCE: Astronomy across the Medieval World, 18 November 2017, St Cross College, Oxford

Registration deadline: 10 November 2017

The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the 
Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University) – `The Service of Astronomy’ – European Star-Gazing and Its Implications in the Middle Ages

Professor Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge) – Chinese Astronomy in a World Context

Dr Josep Casulleras (University of Barcelona) – From Ancient to Modern: Astronomy in Medieval Islam

Professor Ivan Šprajc (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – Mayan and Aztec Astronomy: Skywatching in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Dr Benno van Dalen (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – Ptolemaic Astronomy and Its Dissemination in the Islamic World, Europe and Asia

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College) on the influence of astronomy and the cosmos on medieval art. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend – booking a place for dinner can be done 

Bed and breakfast accommodation in the Oxford colleges can be found 

A map of the location of St Cross College in the city centre can be found 
here and a map of the location of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre at the Department of Physics can be found here.

​​SCHOOL: ‘Rome and Constantinople: Tales of Two Cities, 11-17 February 2018, Radboud University Nijmegen

This winter school is set up for advanced bachelor students. Please spread the word to your students who might be interested, as registration is open now.

See for details of the program and further information:
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​​Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 18-20 June 2018, St Louis University, Missouri

Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

​​Cyprus: a place and topos in ancient literature, 21-22 September 2018, Athens

Deadline: 15 Januaey 2018

Whether it was love, war, struggle or simply a breathtaking landscape that inspired authors in antiquity, Cyprus had it all. Greek and Latin literature abounds with references to the island: the land of kings and heroes and, most importantly, the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus, Cyprus offers to ancient authors numerous sources of inspiration – Teucer, Evagoras, Pygmalion, Cinyras, Myrrha, Adonis, to name but a few. At the same time, Cyprus the place has a unique cultural identity, shaped under the multiple interrelations, contacts and assimilations of indigenous Cypriot, Greek, and Eastern elements. Similar is the shaping of the linguistic landscape of the island.

Although the presence of Cyprus in literature is evident, a systematic exploration of the literary character and the role of the island in classical literature has not appeared yet. In addition, there is still much to be said about the literary production in Cyprus. The recent launch of the ‘Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature’ as part of Dioptra( enables classicists to assess a variety of sources which shape the literary culture of Cyprus.

Motivated by this recent development, this conference invites contributions to the following suggested topics:

the poetic exploitation of Cyprus (as a place or theme);

the literary landscape and production in Cyprus from the archaic period up to the Late Antiquity;

Cyprus as a possible literary topos;

the perception of Cyprus as place: references to, and descriptions of, the island and its habitants;

reception of Cypriot themes and traditions in classical literature.

Papers may engage with literary genres of any period up to the Late Antiquity, including inscriptions. PhD students and early career researchers as well as members of under-represented groups are encouraged to participate. The papers shall be in English or any other major European language, provided that an English translation is supplied.

The Conference will take place on September 21-22, 2018, in Athens, Greece. Details on keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration (subject to funding) will be announced in due course. Informal questions/enquiries can be addressed to Andreas Gavrielatos ( Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume (after peer-review).

Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted by January 15, 2018, to any (or all) of the members of the organising committee:

Amfilochios Papathomas (
Andreas Gavrielatos (
Grammatiki Karla (
Katerina Carvounis (

​​Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, 10 April 2018, University of Leeds,

Deadline: 1 February 2018

Few topics in medieval studies have as much current relevance and activity as frontiers and borders. Yet approaches to their study in the Middle Ages are often untheorised, and compare, if at all, only to often outdated studies of the ancient or modern world. Yet
​ ​medievalists are well placed, given the richness of their material and the complexity of medieval politics and society, to challenge such ‘classical’ ideas of The Frontier, whose weaknesses are now being exposed by current events. A fully comparative approach to the possibilities of what it meant to establish, live in or contest a frontier or border zone shown by the societies of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages can power the development of a new shared understanding of the processes at work where borders are laid down or transgressed.

The project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been exploring such ideas since 2015. Its first one-day conference, made possible by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, will take place on 10th April 2018. Scholars at all levels working on frontiers and borders within the period 100-1500 CE, in any geographical area, are invited to offer papers addressing questions such as these:

§ Who defines or defined a frontier, and with what effect?

§ How did the medieval understanding of the world envisage or describe frontiers?

§ How was a frontier physically constituted?

§ Did military frontiers differ from other sorts of border, and if so how?

§ How do archaeologists’ views of medieval frontiers compare to those of historians?

§ What persons or groups crossed medieval borders, and why? Who was prevented from doing so, and how effectively?

§ What persons or groups lived in border zones, for what reasons?

§ How far did frontiers and borders create or inform medieval identities?

§ How do the insights of other disciplines studying frontiers apply to medieval societies, and how do medievalist disciplines differ in their study of frontiers?

Papers should be up to 15 minutes long and may be exploratory or experimental.

Comparison of more than one medieval society is encouraged. Titles and abstracts should be received by 1st February 2018. It may not be possible to accept all submissions. Some travel bursaries are available to allow attendance which might otherwise not be possible, including from outside the UK.

Submissions, as well as any other queries, should be sent to Jonathan Jarrett, School of History, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT,


​​Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join “The Reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: the first critical edition of George Pachymeres’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics”, a project funded from a major AHRC award and directed by Dr Sophia Xenophontos. 

The job requires expertise in Aristotelian philosophy and its reception in Late Antiquity and/or Byzantium, excellent reading skills in (Byzantine) Greek and high working proficiency in English. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications with Dr Xenophontos (including the English translation of the text to be edited), and, as part of her/his career development, to help manage the project’s dissemination and impact activities as opportunities allow. 

Further particulars (and how to apply) are available at or, reference number 018234. 

This post has funding available from 1 February 2018 until 30 November 2018 in the first instance. Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, Level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2017.

Informal inquiries may be directed to the project’s Principal Investigator (

​​Chevening Fellowship at the British Library: Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East

Deadline: 7 November 2017

The British Library is delighted to partner with Chevening, the UK Government’s international awards scheme, to host year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders. Chevening Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development and other opportunities for individuals to spend time in the UK, researching subject matter that is relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities. At the British Library, each Chevening fellowship takes the form of a unique project-based placement that supports British Library staff to capitalise on the breadth and depth of our collections and expertise, enable new types of research, inform strategy and foster international collaboration. Upon completion of their projects, British Library Chevening fellows join the highly regarded global network of Chevening alumni.

We are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity on Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East. This 12-month project will start at the British Library in London in September 2018:

Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East

This fellowship opportunity is within the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), co-ordinated and hosted by the British Library. Supported by the Arcadia Fund, the EAP is of international pre-eminence in its mission to protect through preservation, social and cultural archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. The EAP would now like to strengthen its activities in North Africa and the Middle East. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to research the archival collections in one of these areas, engage with archival experts, at the British Library and internationally, to develop a targeted engagement strategy, and support its delivery through an outreach programme.

Applications are welcome from candidates from the following countries: Algeria; Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Palestine; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia

For a detailed overview of this and other opportunities for Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, and instructions on how to apply, visit:
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For information about current Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, visit:

Assistant or Associate Professor, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture, John Hopkins University

Deadline: 15 November 2017

The Department of the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time professor at the rank of Assistant or early stage Associate Professor in the field of ancient Mediterranean art and/or architectural history to begin July 1, 2018. We encourage applications from scholars specializing in the arts of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece and Rome. Preference will be given to those specializing in the later first millennium BCE through Late Antiquity. Ph.D. in the History of Art, Classics or related field required at time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a strong publication record and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (published or in-press). Candidates at the assistant professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf (applicants at the tenured level should instead send the names and contact information for three references). All materials will be submitted online at Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017. For further information, contact Marian Feldman, Department Chair: For more information about the department, visit

The search committee is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant. 

Tenure-track faculty position in Archaeology, American University of Beirut

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut is seeking a junior scholar in archaeology for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin on August 15, 2018.

The applicant will be a junior scholar specializing in a field(s), ideally with a Middle East emphasis, not currently covered by the department, including: the prehistory of the Ancient Near East/Eastern Mediterranean, Egyptology, Islamic archaeology, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, heritage studies, and numismatics. Applicants who have experience in teaching archaeological methodology and theory are particularly welcome. Applicants must have completed their PhD by August 2018.

In addition to the customary research and administration responsibilities associated with a position at AUB, candidates are expected to teach five undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year, supervise student research and MA theses as well as contributing to the fieldwork program of the department. The language of instruction is English. The initial period of appointment is four years.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV to In addition, applicants should arrange for three referees to directly send their recommendation letters to the same email address.

All application documents should be received by November 30, 2017.

For more information on this position, please visit

The American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Late Antique or Medieval History, Stony Brook University

Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Department of History at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of late antique or medieval history.  Our search encompasses all fields and areas of medieval European, Mediterranean, and/or Near Eastern history, ca. 200 – 1400 CE.  Position starts August 2018.

Preferred qualifications: ability to teach a range of undergraduate lectures and seminars in late antique and/or medieval history, as well as contribute to one or more of our graduate program thematic clusters (Global connections, empire, capitalism; Health, science, environment; Race, citizenship, migration; Religion, gender, cultural identity; States, nations, political cultures). We also welcome interdisciplinary candidates whose historical work addresses social, cultural, economic, and/or political processes; who engage with material and/or visual cultures; and/or who can participate in Stony Brook’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (in hand or expected by August 2018) in late antique or medieval history, medieval studies, or related field.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online:  

A complete application consists of the following: 

1) cover letter, 

2) curriculum vitae, 

3) teaching statement, 

4) research statement, 

5) three letters of reference, and 

6) a completed State employment application form. 

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Sara Lipton (

​​T​​he Shohet Scholars Grant Program, International Catacomb Society

Deadline: 15 January 2017

This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage,


Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).

Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Reporting Requirements

Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.

Deadlines and Decisions

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.

Click here for application forms and instructions and here for assistance.

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