Byzness 17/12/17

The Byzness, 17th December 2017


SCHOOL: Greek and Latin Summer School, 18 June – 6 July 2018, University of Bologna

The University of Bologna invites applications for its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School (2018).

The school offers classes in Greek and Latin at two different levels (beginners and intermediate). It is possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (, from 18th June to 6th July 2018 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

As usual, the teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

All teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form, please visit:


Religious Conversions: Then and Now, 28-31 May 2018, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Proposals for papers are invited for the 6th annual international conference of the Center for the Study of Conversions and Inter-Religious Encounters (CSoC), entitled: “Religious Conversions: Then and Now.”

The conference will take place at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer-Sheba, Israel), May 28th-31st 2018.

In past conferences held at CSOC, religious conversions (whether individual or collective, voluntary or forced) and inter-religious encounters (harmonious or polemical) were analyzed in specific historical contexts and circumstances. In this 6th International conference we seek to explore both phenomena from explicit and implicit comparative perspectives. Our attempt is to emphasize analogies between different religions in similar and different spacial and temporal settings attempting to identify internal transformations within each of the three Abrahamic faiths and cultures regarding conversion and inter-religious encounters. Among the topics we envision as interesting for comparative discussion in different sessions are:
•    Conversion and universalism
•    Conversion and bio-politics / ethno geo-politics
•    Gender and conversion
•    Manifestations of resistance to conversion and backsliding
•    Legal aspects and implications of conversion
•    Interfaith couples – Mixed marriages and conversion – how does the nuclear family respond to a mixed religious message;
•    How conversion was conceptualized in the past and today;
•    Acculturation, Syncretism and Cultural Hybridity
•    Conversion and Society
•    Techniques / technologies of conversion (“from the pulpit to paypal” and from religious texts to text messaging)
•    Ruth, Paul and Muhammad – changing perceptions of three scriptural figures who are perceived as having undergone conversion and inter-religious encounters over time

We do not expect all lectures to be comparative; we are expecting scholars to be open to such a discussion within the same session in an attempt to better understand discrepancies between the different religions and within the same religion over time. The comparative dimension of the conference will be also stressed by juxtaposing different topics in single sessions, or similar topics along a historical timeline commented and debated by respondents and participants. Some of the following overarching questions will be at the center of the discussion we envision for the conference:
•    Can past conversions and religious encounters help understand contemporary conversions and religious encounters and vice-versa?
•    Is it possible to address a common phenomenology of conversion, or should each religion be studied separately endorsing idiosyncratic patterns of religious change?
•    When facing a highly variegated and evolving phenomenon, is it possible that religious conversion, as a moment or even process denoting a radical change, has too many contingent factors to make it a useful category for examining the past and the present?

Historians of Judaism, Christianity and Islam of different periods and geographic locations, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, scholars of comparative religions, literatures and cultures are welcomed to apply. We expect talks not to exceed 20-25 minutes as we wish to have a respondent in every session.

Please send your title and abstract to Bat-el Gozlan:

Music and Materiality, 20-22 July 2018, University of Reading

Deadline: 3 February 2018

The University of Reading, in association with the University of Bologna, is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 11th MOISA meeting on the topic of ‘Music and Materiality’.

Music was a key part of Greek and Roman life, and this conference seeks to explore how the material world can inform us about Greek and Roman musical customs: from iconography, epigraphy, archaeological contexts, the instruments themselves, to how literary texts engage with material aspects of music. Key previous works have either focused on a particular family of instruments (Maas & Snyder 1989), or within a particular locale (Bundrick 2005), but more recently the exhibition MUSIQUES! ÉCHOS DE L’ANTIQUITÉ at the Louvre-Lens, and the work of the European Music Archaeology Project, have more broadly contextualised images and artefacts related to ancient music.

To build on these works, a wide range of approaches are encouraged. Questions or topics of interest might include:

• Is music represented differently in varying media?

• Do specific artists depict music(ians) in individual ways?

• In what archaeological contexts are musical instruments or depictions of music(ians) found?

• How were musical instruments manufactured?

• The archaeology of performance venues.

• Music and the epigraphic record.

• How do texts engage with the material presence of music(ians)?

• Are there distinctions between how music and musicians are represented in art compared to texts?

• What are the limitations of using iconographical/ epigraphical/ archaeological evidence?

The conference will include a concert of ancient music, and an afternoon of hands-on aulos reed making is planned too. The conference will coincide with the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology’s temporary exhibition ‘Music and Materiality’, where the Reading aulos, and a variety of other objects relating to music in the ancient world, will be on display.

We welcome paper proposals of no more than 500 words. Presentations must not be longer than 20 minutes, with a 10 minute discussion following each paper. We also welcome poster submissions.

Proposals should be sent to James Lloyd ( by 3rd February 2018.

More information about the conference will be updated at:

Abstract submission is open to all, but only MOISA members (whether regular or student) will be eligible to deliver a paper at the Meeting. A selection of the papers delivered at the conference will be published in a dedicated issue of Greek and Roman Musical Studies, the first specialist periodical entirely devoted to ancient Greek and Roman music:

Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval Early Modern Cities

Deadline: 15 February 2018

The Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Interested scholars at a formative stage of their careers are encouraged to apply for participation in the project’s three planned workshops in Nicosia, Cordoba/Granada and Thessaloniki/Rhodes.

Directed by Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute) and D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the project investigates the layered art histories of medieval Mediterranean cities as the basis for scholarly connections that challenge and move beyond the boundaries of modern historiographies, national narratives and contemporary socioeconomic realities. Set in a region where issues of cultural heritage and identity are currently highly contested, the project looks at the material past to understand its relevance for the present and future. The project’s focus expands on collaborative research on historic Mediterranean cities pursued by the Cyprus Institute’s Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) and the Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Department of Landscape Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mediterranean Palimpsests explicitly avoids nation-based models that emphasize unique, disconnected histories, and instead challenges scholars to consider the medieval Mediterranean as a matrix of cities that, united by the connections forged through trade, royal courts, migrations, pilgrimages, and conquests, produced the material culture and spaces that we encounter today. Questions about spatial context, scale and complexity are not particular to any one city in the Mediterranean, and thus provide common ground for research collaboration.

Addressing these issues, the project’s directors will convene three research seminars that will engage expert advisors and selected emerging scholars, that will explore transition, appropriation and identity in art and architectural history; these will be ten-day programs held in Nicosia (May 7-16, 2018), Granada Cordoba (January, 2019), and Rhodes Thessaloniki (May 2019).

The intense focus on these cities addresses their formation during the medieval and early modern periods, which significantly shaped their subsequent growth and in turn framed the production and experience of art and architecture in the following centuries. But the comparison also extends to Cairo, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Palermo, and other important Mediterranean nodes with the goal of considering the Mediterranean as a connected field, in which medieval cities share the experience of survival, appropriation and reconstruction for modern use.

Eligible scholars, primarily from the Mediterranean region, are invited to apply for one of twelve positions. The program provides travel and lodging costs and museum entrance fees for participating scholars.

Eligibility: Scholars and researchers who received their PhD in or after 2008 (i.e. within past 10 years) in the fields of art history, architectural history, landscape history, and archaeology are eligible to apply.  Scholars must be willing and able to participate in all three workshops.

Deadline: February 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of results by the end of February

Application: Applicants should send as email attachments a 3-page Statement of Interest and a Curriculum Vitae to The C.V. should clearly state the field of doctoral study and date degree was received, applicant’s nationality, and applicant’s current place of employment or research.

Project website:

Postdoctoral Researcher, ‘Connected Clerics’, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Deadline: 31 December 2017

Further information here

Museum Director & Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University Sydney

Deadline: 21 January 2018

In this exciting and diverse role, we seek an individual with an international reputation for high achievement in research to take up the new position of Director of the History Museum at Macquarie University. Within this position, the successful candidate will also perform a research leadership role and will be expected to take on a role in the undergraduate and postgraduate Ancient History teaching. The Director’s responsibilities include the curation and development of the collection, oversight of the museum’s learning and teaching program and enhancement of existing outreach activities. Museum staff, including curatorial and educational staff, will report to the Director.  In the short term, the Director will also support the transition process to the new Macquarie History Museum.

Information and applications

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants

Deadline: 1 February 2018

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2018–2019 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018. For further information, please see

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

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