Byzness 15/10/17


The Byzness, 15 October 2017








SYMPOSIUM: Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, Pera Museum Istanbul, 16-18 November 2017

On the tenth anniversary of its foundation, the Istanbul Research Institute will host Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, a symposium examining the development of Byzantine studies in Istanbul during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The symposium will take place at the Pera Museum, November 16–18, 2017.

At a time when classical antiquity continued to be the main attraction drawing Western scholars to the Eastern Mediterranean, Byzantine history and archaeology became a new field of competitive scientific exploration in the former Byzantine capital. Some of the major themes and issues to be addressed at Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul are scholars’ motivations and incentives for studying the empire founded by Constantine in 330 AD, the means by which they accessed the monuments and material wealth of Constantinople, what they were allowed to see and under what circumstances and conditions, and the networks they established among themselves and with authorities from government and cultural institutions. The activities of newly founded foreign institutes and museums are also examined, along with scientific competition at the international level, including the reactions of Turkish scholars.

The period covered by Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul begins with the emergence of major archaeological expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and is rich in major historical events and findings that brought the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkish republic to the fore. It ends with the International Congress of Byzantine Studies convening its tenth conference, for the first time meeting in Istanbul. The contributions analyze archival material with the aim of bringing to light unknown and unexplored sources of research.

The symposium is being organized under the direction of Olivier Delouis and Brigitte Pitarakis, both from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris.

Free of admissions; drop in. This event will take place in Pera Museum’s auditorium. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

More information, including the programme, can be found 

​​SCHOOL: International Spring School “The Material Dimension of Religions: Transcultural Approaches to Epigraphical and Archaeological Sources from Antiquity to the Middle Ages”, University of Goettingen, 5-9 March 2018

Application dealine: 24 November 2017

Participation costs: no tuition fee; accommodation costs fully covered

Queries and applications:


Notwithstanding the importance of literary texts, the practice of religious cults and rituals is investigated through the evidence of material culture, from inscriptions, paintings, and statues to objects and buildings. However, it is challenging to cope with fragile, scattered, and often fragmentary documents, to study their settings, and to scrutinize their impact on worship and everyday life. Thus, the issue of the materiality of religions merits a scholarly treatment on its own. The Material Dimension of Religions Spring School is aimed at graduate students and intends to examine theories and methods of investigating religions through epigraphical and archaeological sources in a transcultural and transhistorical approach. The schedule includes seven workshops on Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome, Late Antique Judaism, Early Christianity, Classical Islam, Christian Middle Ages, and Jerusalem as a transcultural place, and four keynotes on Greek epigraphy and religion, religion in the public space, the materiality of texts, and the city of Jerusalem as an example of coexistence and interaction of the materialities of religions. The spring school will provide an intensive training for interpreting non-literary sources in a historical perspective. The participants will learn how to study religions from inscriptions and material culture. Furthermore, looking at the topography of cities like Rome and Jerusalem, the participants will increase the awareness of processes of interactions and exchanges between religious traditions in antiquity.

Practicalities: participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The main language will be English. Accommodation of successful applicants will be fully covered. A contribution to travel costs may be awarded to students who lack other funding opportunities upon application at the SFB 1136 Bildung und Religion.

How to apply We welcome applications from graduate students of Classics, History, Archaeology, Theology, Judaic Studies, Arabic Studies, and related disciplines. Preliminary requirements:  a basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages: ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic.  an interest at university level in history of religions, archaeology, or epigraphy.

Please send by Friday the 24th of November a full CV and an application letter in English or in German (max. 600 words) explaining your motivation for participating in the Spring School to:

​​CONFERENCE: ‘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 2017

Registration deadline: 3 December 2017

500 years ago, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Jerome Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. The initiative was not the only of its kind in the early 16th century and this fascination with Greek and Hebrew did not come out of nowhere, but had its roots in Renaissance Italy, whence it gradually disseminated to other parts of Europe. Moreover, as early as the beginning of the 14th century, the Council of Vienne had authorized and encouraged the foundation of professorships in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic at four universities (Bologna, Oxford, Paris, and Salamanca), mainly in order to convert Jews, Muslims, and Oriental Christians to the ‘true’ faith. The council and Italian humanism thus testify to the fact that enthusiasm for learning Greek and ‘Oriental’ (nowadays: Semitic) languages, next to Latin, among Western-European scholars and clergymen clearly predates the 16th century.

This year’s LECTIO conference will seize the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive to examine the general context in which such linguistic institutes emerged as well as their learning and teaching practices and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of this new education on scholarship, science, and society.

Apart from 19 papers to be presented both by promising junior researchers and renowned senior scholars, there will be two keynote lectures. Prof. dr. Saverio Campanini (Bologna) will discuss the relationship between the teaching of Classical Hebrew and conversion, whereas dr. Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Paris) will (re)contextualize the rediscovery of Greek on the humanist scene of Western Europe.

Please find appended to this message the full program. For more information, see also our website (

The conference will mostly take place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven. The keynote lectures will, however, be at different venues. Saverio Campanini’s lecture will be in the ‘Promotiezaal’ at University Hall (room 01.46), Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven, whereas Luigi-Alberto Sanchi’s will be in the ‘Mercierzaal’ of the University Library, Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven.

Participation is free, but please register before 3 December 2017 by means of the form you can find on the website.

​​The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800)

Deadline: 28 February 2018

This thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO), which will appear in 2019, celebrates the Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery and its various afterlives. It aims at investigating its evolution within the sphere of Byzantium’s cultural influence and beyond, with a chronological scope which begins from the Late Middle Ages and stretches until the 19th century, when artisanal productions begin to decline. We welcome proposals on the following subjects:

The different aspects of Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery and its artistic and technical evolutions.

Embroidery techniques and iconographies transmitted from West and/or East.

The relationship between Byzantine/post-Byzantine productions and the Christian Orient (ex. Armenia,Georgia)

The management of Byzantine heritage in the Slavic World. – Italian-Greek borderland productions (ex. the Ionian Islands)

The circulation of Byzantine embroideries overseas (Italy, Eastern Europe and beyond)

Christian embroideryin Egypt and the Levant

Proposals by junior and senior researchers will be equally considered with priority being given to original research, whether based on technical analysis, iconographical interpretation or textual evidence. Subjects which favor interdisciplinarity are particularly welcome. The volume will be bilingual (French and English) and will appear in print in 2019. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to

​​Deputy Director, Kenyon Institute East Jerusalem

Deadline: 30 October 2017

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) seeks to appoint a Deputy Director of the Kenyon Institute in East Jerusalem. This fixed term post presents a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to live and work in East Jerusalem; to develop his/her local and international academic networks and skills; and to lay strong foundations for an academic career.

For further details and to apply please download the 
guidance document and see the website.

Applications must be submitted to by the closing date: Monday 30 October 2017, 5pm BST.

​​Fully funded PhD in Classics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Deadline: 10 December 2017

The University of California at Santa Barbara is delighted to offer a new funding opportunity: 5 years of full funding for a Classics PhD student who is able to teach modern Greek. The successful applicant will be expected to teach modern Greek to undergraduates for two quarters each year, and will be on fellowship for the third quarter. Greek-speaking applicants from Greece, the US, and other countries are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the UCSB Classics department and PhD program:

Who may apply?

Students who wish to pursue a PhD in Classics and who have a BA in Classics or a comparable degree and who have a minimum of 2 years training in both Latin and ancient Greek. Applicants must be a good fit for our department and bilingual in modern Greek and English. Applicants should have an aptitude for teaching, but no teaching experience is necessary as training will be given. 

How to apply:

For more information about this and our other fellowships please contact the Chair of the Classics department, Professor Helen Morales:

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
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