THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 22 October 2017
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
CONFERENCE: ‘Byzantion and Byzantium: The provincialism of the center and the centrality of the provinces’, 24-26 October 2017, Centre for Medieval Studies, National Research University, Moscow
24 October, Tuesday
Chair – Sergey Ivanov
09.45-10.45 Paul Magdalino (University of St. Andrews) “Cappadocia and Constantinople in the 6 th Century”
10.45–11.00 Coffee break
11.00–12.00 Arkadiy Avdokhin (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “Far-Off Songs, Close Ties: Early Byzantine Hymns and the Making of Urban Liturgical Identity between the Capital and Provinces”
12.00–13.00 Albrecht Berger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) “Recycling Constantinople”
Chair – Paul Magdalino
14.00–15.00 Philipp Niewöhner (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen) “The Significance of the Cross before and during Iconoclasm”
15.00–16.00 Andrey Vinogradov (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “Architectural Relationships between Constantinople and Asia Minor in the Middle-Byzantine Period”
16.00–16.15 Coffee break
16.15–17.15 Michalis Kappas (Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia, Kalamata) “The Architectural Idiom of Thessaloniki during the Middle and Late Byzantine Periods: Similarities and Differences from Constantinople”
17.15–18.15 Denis Jolshin (State Hermitage, St. Petersburg) “First Masonry Churches of the Old Rus: Questioning the Origin of Byzantine Builders”
25 October, Wednesday 20
Chair – Albrecht Berger
09.30–10.30 Anna Zakharova (Lomonosov Moscow State University) “The Art of the 10th Century: Constantinople and Cappadocia”
10.30–11.30 Haluk Çetinkaya (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul) “Reconsidering the Architecture of Pantokrator Monastery at Istanbul in the Lights of Recent Restorations”
11.30–11.45 Coffee break
11.45–12.45 Mikhail Zheltov (Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-graduate Studies, Moscow) “Constantinople and the Byzantine State in the Orthodox Liturgy”
Chair – Andrey Vinogradov
13.45–14.45 Tolga Uyar (Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Nevşehir) “On the Question of ‘Byzantium’ in 13th Century Seljuk Anatolia”
14.45–15.45 Dmitriy Chernoglazov (Saint-Petersburg State University) “Connecting Byzantium and Byzantion: Formation and Use of Model Letter Collections during the Paleologan Period”
15.45–16.00 Coffee break
16.00–17.00 Beatrice Daskas (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice) “’Venetia Hebbe Principio per la Destrution della Grande Trogia’: (Once More) on the Myth of Venice as Alterum Byzantium”
17.00–18.00 Sergey Ivanov (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “No Constantinople: The Image of Byzantium in the Oldest Russian-Greek Phrasebook”
18.00–18.30 Final discussion
26 October, Thursday
07.30 Departure from the hotel
10.00–18.00 Field workshop “Metropolitan City in a Province: The Case of Vladimir & Suzdal”
CONFERENCE: ‘Byzantium in Space and Time. Constantinople, Syria.’ 10-11 November 2017, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome
Friday, 10 November 2017 – Morning
David Nazar, Rettore PIO
Enzo Ruggieri, Pontificio Istituto Orientale – Antonio Rigo, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari
Marco Di Branco, Istituto Storico Germanico — Roma
La Polis nella Madīna: Damasco greco-romana nelle fonti arabe
Paolo Odorico, EHESS – Paris
Da Costantinopoli allo Yemen: una missione siriana?
Francesco Monticini, Università degli Studi Roma Tre / EHESS – Paris
Fra Bisanzio e l’Islam: lo studio degli astri lungo la Via del Deserto
Friday, 10 November 2017 – Afternoon
Peter Schreiner, Universität Köln
Ricchi e poveri a Costantinopoli
Laura Borghetti, Universität Mainz
Il vento nella Costantinopoli dei Macedoni: Fisica, topografia e ruolo letterario di un fenomeno naturale
Giandomenico Ferrazza, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Il viaggio di un papa “greco” a Costantinopoli (710-711): l’ultima speranza per una Roma bizantina?
Sergio Basso, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Viaggiatori cinesi a Costantinopoli: il nome di Bisanzio
Saturday, 11 November 2017 – Morning
Giuseppe De Gregorio, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Contra Iudaeos: manoscritti a Costantinopoli dalla corte di Andronico II Paleologo al Patriarcato ecumenico nel XVI secolo
Marc Lauxtermann, Oxford University
Three Verse Inscriptions in the Petra Monastery
Giulia Maria Paoletti, Oxford University
Costantinopoli, Prodromos Petra e una raccolta oracolare del XV secolo
Yuri R. Saveliev, Accademia Russa delle Belle Arti
Image of S. Sofia of Constantinople in the Neo-byzantine architecture of Russia, Europe and USA
Saturday, 11 November 2017 – Afternoon
Philippe Luisier, Pontificio Istituto Orientale
Alessandria e Costantinopoli. Il patriarcato di Efeso nella tradizione della chiesa copta
Massimo Bernabò, Università degli Studi di Pavia
I cicli miniati in Tur ‘Abdin
Nicolò Sassi, Indiana University
Congregavit nos in unum: il Corpus Areopagiticum e il Libro di Ieroteo di Stefano bar Sudaili
Pia Carolla, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
La Siria e Costantinopoli nei cosiddetti Excerpta Constantiniana de legationibus Romanorum
CONFERENCE: ‘Charitable Foundations in Byzantium;, 22 November 2017, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice
Giuseppe Dal Ben, direttore generale Azienda Ulss3 Serenissima
Mario Po’ direttore del Polo Culturale e Museale della Scuola Grande di San
10:30 Presiede: Paul Magdalino, St. Andrews
Giorgio Ravegnani, Ca’ Foscari: Venezia e Bisanzio
Claudia Rapp, Vienna: Charitable Foundations in the Early Byzantine Period
Alexey Pentkovski, Sergiev Posad: Il tipikon di Alessio Studita la Pečerskaja Lavra Kiev
12:00 Presiede: Giorgio Ravegnani, Ca’ Foscari
Paul Magdalino, St. Andrews: The endowment of the Pantokratoros
Frederick Lauritzen, Venezia: Fondazioni Bizantine e Scuola Grande di San Marco (XI – XIII)
13.30 Light lunch
14:30 Presiede: Silvia Ronchey, Roma
Francesco Monticini, Roma: San Salvatore in Chora e il suo universo intellettuale: rinascenza o nostalgia?
Christian Förstel, Parigi: Xenon del Kralj: centro intellettuale, medico e artistico
Presiede: Bernard J.H. Aikema, Verona.
Ermanno Orlando, Siena: Fondazione, struttura e beneficenza della Scuola
Gabriele Matino, Venezia : Osservare la Regola. Usi e funzioni delle miniature trecentesche della Mariegola della Scuola Grande di San Marco
Discussione e conclusioni
CONFERENCE: ‘Confessional fluidity and the Byzantine inheritance in early modern Ruthenian society’, 24 November 2017, La Maison française d’Oxford
In the late 16th and 17th centuries, the Ruthenian lands—the former southern and western medieval Orthodox Rus principalities with the ecclesiastic centre of Kyiv—formed part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Though multi-confessional and multi-ethnic, by the early seventeenth century, the retreat of Protestantism and Orthodoxy among the noble citizens who formed the Commonwealth’s ruling elite, ensured that Roman Catholicism dominated its high politics and its institutions.
The religious upheaval of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation spanned the Commonwealth and its Ruthenian lands, and the influx of values, concepts, mentalities and innovations associated with early modernity reformed Ruthenian Orthodox culture. After 1596, the formation of the Uniate Church, and the consequent outlawing of the Orthodox Church until 1632, posed fundamental questions concerning Ruthenian religious identity and a period of considerable confessional fluidity ensued.
In Ruthenian lands, Orthodox, Uniates, Catholics and Protestants competed for souls in a process that simultaneously strengthened confessional identities and stimulated the development of syncretic elements among them. Cultural hybridity became manifest in families, communities, and Ruthenian society as a whole. The focus on Ruthenian religious identity raised issues about the position of the Ruthenians within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and propositions were put forth to transform the commonwealth of two nations into a Commonwealth of Three Nations.
This conference is devoted to the political, religious and cultural re-visioning that fundamentally reordered the early modern Ruthenian world to accommodate the multiple cultural and historic forces that coalesced in the formation of personal, local, transcultural and ecumenical identities of Ruthenians. It explores how the Orthodox landscape formed by traditions derived from the past of Kyivan Rus was remapped to accommodate new political and ecclesiastical realities, and how the past was moulded and restaged in the
invention of new traditions and identities.
9.00-11.00 Session I: Literature, print culture and confessions, part 1
Natalia Sinkevych (Kyiv), The 17th-century historical and hagiographical
narrative, between Rome, Constantinople, Moscow and Warsaw
Florent Mouchard (Rennes), Jakub Jan Susza’s hagiographic narrative:
Confessional fluidity as a rhetorical strategy
Simon Franklin (Cambridge),Discussant
11.30-1.00 Session I: Literature, print culture and confessions, part 2
Laurent Tatarenko (Paris/Lublin), Linguistic pluralism and confession
building in the Ruthenian clergies of the 17th century
Vera Tchentsova (Oxford), Shifting confessions: Orthodox co-religionists
from abroad in Moscow in the first half of the 17th century
Ralph Cleminson (Oxford), Discussant
2.30-5.00 Session II: Art and ritual
Maria Takala-Roszczenko (Joensuu), Ruthenian hymnography and ritual and
the construction of confessional identities
Nazar Kozak (Lviv), ‘Dumb as Fishes’: The Akathistos hymn and visual
polemics in the 16th-century Kyivan metropolitanate
Olenka Pevny (Cambridge), ‘Kiouia nostra coelom est’: Petro Mohyla’s
re-visioning of Rus monuments in Kyiv
To be announced, Discussant
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
Graduate and Early Career Workshop: ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ , 20-22 April 2018, Vienna
Deadline: 31 October 2017
We invite advanced PhD candidates and early career scholars working in the fields of Late Antique, Armenian, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20 min. papers for a three-day workshop on ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ that will take place in Vienna (20–22 April 2018).
Proposals should focus on aspects of social and cultural mobility of persons, objects, and/or ideas between Armenia and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. We are particularly interested in new research showing interaction and communication on both literary and material grounds between the Byzantine world and the Armenians.
Travel and accommodation expenses of scholars selected for presentation at the workshop will be covered by a generous grant of the ‘Moving Byzantium’ project.
Further information can be found at the link below: http://rapp.univie.ac.at/
Paper proposals should be sent by the 31st of October 2017 to Dr. Emilio Bonfiglio: email@example.com. Applications will include: a) university affiliation; b) graduatelevel; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.
The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 20th International Graduate Conference: ‘Space and Dimension in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’, 23– 24 February 2018, University of Oxford
Deadline: 18 November 2017
Whether we are examining the political and military control of vast territories, the creation and maintenance of authority, the ritual surrounding religious practice, or the establishment of social relationships and hierarchies, all reflected through a rich artistic and literary culture, it is clear: space mattered in the Late Antique and Byzantine world.
However, the inclusion of space in scholarship pertaining to Late Antiquity and Byzantium is still too often the exception rather than the rule, especially in works that do not primarily concern archaeology or art history. Accordingly, this conference will offer a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the role of space and dimension in scholarly debate, and how its inclusion will change – or not – our understanding of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.
Postgraduate students are invited to engage with various interpretations of ‘space’ and ‘dimension’, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine history: including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, and philology. Abstracts from scholars working on the so-called ‘peripheries’ of the Late Antique and Byzantine world are strongly encouraged, particularly those whose research intersects with African and Asian history, as are those from scholars working in Islamic and Jewish Studies.
Topics may include:
Space, dimension and other forms of perspective in artistic, manuscript, and literary sources.
Closeness and distance and their effects on the circulation of textual and intellectual culture.
The form and use of space in public and private buildings; perceptions of and attitudes towards open and closed spaces.
The use of space in ritual, whether religious or secular; space and authority.
The impact of space and dimension on political and military considerations.
The control of movement and access; segregation; real and imagined barriers; binaries and their transgression.
The role of space in interpersonal relationships; gendered space.
Attitudes to distance and travel; perceptions of the landscape.
Space in monastic and ascetic life.
Attitudes towards the body and embodied experience.
Perception of the invisible; alternate worlds and dimensions; the afterlife.
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 18 November 2017. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English or French. Please note that abstracts will only be considered if they are by current postgraduate students.
As with our previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies research centres. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to engage with the conference theme as closely as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Lecturer in Byzantine History, Kings College London
Deadline: 6 November 2017
The Departments of Classics and History are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Byzantine History to cover for staff on research leave. The successful candidate will teach over a range of topics (as indicated in the Job Pack) in collaboration with colleagues, assist with the pastoral support of students, and contribute to the research life of the two Departments. They will be helped through mentoring and training to develop their career.
Candidates should specialise in any aspect of Byzantine history and culture. They will have a record of inspiring teaching and a commitment to academic development of the subject and its promotion through public engagement.
The selection process will include a brief presentation and a panel interview, and will be held in the week beginning Monday 20 November 2017.
For informal queries about the role please contact Professor Abigail Woods (email@example.com), Head of the Department of History, or Professor Dominic Rathbone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Head of the Department of Classics.
This post will be a Fixed Term Contract for 18 months, starting 1 January 2018.
Application information here
2 Postdoctoral Positions, University of Bologna
Deadline: 10 November 2017
I am very pleased to draw your attention to two post-doc positions (2 years each) at the University of Bologna (Department of Philosophy and Communication studies) within the ERC project (01.12.2017 – 30.11.2022): “Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD)”, Acronym: AlchemEast.
The two appointed candidates will work respectively on the following sub-projects:
(1) Alchemy in the Arabo-Islamic World: Texts, Practises and Traditions. This sub-project aims at exploring the early phases of the Arabo-Islamic alchemy (8th-10th century). The appointed candidate will select and focus on a small corpus of Arabic alchemical texts either attributed to Greek authorities or depending on the Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine tradition.
(2) Alchemy in the Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine World: Texts, Practises and Traditions. This sub-project aims at exploring the development of Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine alchemy. The appointed candidate will select and focus on a small corpus of Greek or Byzantine alchemical writings.
For further information about the two subprojects and how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.aricweb.unibo.it/BandiPubblicati/zz_bandi_din.aspx?strid=956 — Instructions under ‘call for application’; description (Italian and English) under ‘download the attachment’ —
For any doubt or question, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at the address: email@example.com.
Postgraduate Scholarship, Woolf Institute Cambridge (2018-19 entry)
Since 2013, the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust have collaborated in a scheme of scholarships to support outstanding postgraduate students (PhD and MPhil) at the University of Cambridge.
The PhD scholarship covers the cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Trust co-fund PhD students who are selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus. For further details including FAQs: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/research/graduate-study/phd
The MPhil scholarship covers the cost of studying for the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. For full details of the MPhil programme: https://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/applying/mphil-pathways/mphil-taught/meis-taught
Applicants for 2018-19 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline. For further details, see https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/.
Visit the Woolf Institute website: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/research/graduate-study
Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles
Deadline: 4 December 2017
The Department of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been authorized to make an appointment to a full-time position in the language and culture of Modern Greece at the rank of Lecturer, effective July 1, 2018, with a minimum of three years of funding earmarked for the position. The appointment will be for an initial two-year term, with the possibility of annual renewal thereafter.
This appointment is part of an initiative to build a new center for Hellenic studies, and the successful candidate will teach Modern Greek language at the introductory and intermediate levels, as well as lecture and seminar courses, with readings in translation, on Greek culture and its influence from antiquity to the present. Experience in language teaching will be a primary desideratum; training in ancient and Byzantine Greek will be welcome, but not required, as will expertise in comparative literature, film studies, and other fields relevant to an understanding of Greek culture. We also welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
Applicants should submit the following by 4 December 2017, after which date the search committee will begin to review applications:
• Letter of application
• Current curriculum vitae
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness
• Sample syllabi
• Sample of scholarly work (no more than 25 pages)
• At least three letters of recommendation
These materials must be submitted online at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03342. Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor David Blank, Chair of the Search Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please cite the reference number for this search in all correspondence: JPF03342.
We plan to interview candidates of interest via teleconference. However, some members of the Search Committee will attend the meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies in Boston in early January, and informal conversations may be arranged during those meetings, should interested candidates also be in attendance. The successful candidate should plan to have the Ph.D. in hand by the starting date of the appointment.
Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: 15 January 2018
A considerable number of research fellowships, for both postgraduate students and senior scholars, are detailed here