Byzness 11/02/18

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 11th February 2018
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

SCHOOL: Byzantine Greek Summer School, 9–27 July 2018, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Application deadline: 30 April 2018

The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its second Byzantine Greek Summer School program to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from July 9 to July 27, 2018. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul and Dr. Athanasia Stavrou, while enjoying various attractions of the Bogazici University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.

For more information, please see:

http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

Eligibility

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply granted that they meet the requirements mentioned above. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies. A diagnostic test may be administered to the candidates before the final decision.

Scholarships

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all the successful candidates who are accepted to the program will attend the courses free of charge. Additionally, we offer:

  4 scholarships to foreigners from outside Turkey that will cover accommodation in a shared apartment, airfare to/from Istanbul, and a meal plan for the duration of the program.
  4 scholarships to Turkish citizens from outside Istanbul that will cover transportation expenses to/from Istanbul and a meal plan for the duration of the program.
  6 scholarships to Turkish students resident in Istanbul that will cover a meal plan for the duration of the program. 
Please indicate in your application which scholarship you would like to

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apply. 


 
To Apply: 
Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before April 30, 2018. The application file should be in English and include a statement of purpose and a detailed CV. The applicant should indicate in the statement of purpose his/her background in Classical or Byzantine Greek and the relevance of attending this summer program for his/her future studies or career development. Applicants currently enrolled as students in a higher education institution should also submit a transcript and two reference letters (one of which must be written by an instructor in Greek). The referees should send their letters directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center. 
Applications should be sent to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr 


2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

The Byzantine Liturgy and the Jews, 9-11 July 2019 Sibiu

Deadline: 1 July 2018

 
Anti-Jewish elements have persisted in the Byzantine liturgy for over a thousand years in areas under the influence of the Eastern Christian Empire. These elements have spread through translation from Byzantium to all countries and cultures which worship today according to the Byzantine rite. Despite the profound theological and liturgical changes that have taken place in the second half of the 20th century in Western Christianity, hymns that were composed in the polemical context of the 8th -9th centuries are still used today in Eastern countries and in the Christian Orthodox Communities of the diaspora.

The conference with the topic Byzantine liturgy and the Jews addresses the issue of liturgical anti-Judaism from various perspectives, in order to provide the necessary tools so that we can better understand this reality:

Historical-criticism – which hymns fall within this discussion? When were these texts included in the liturgy and what were the overall social and political contexts in which they were written? What differences can one identify between original versions and translated ones and what are the aspects that have led to innovation in translating these texts? And how do texts with Byzantine anti-Jewish elements differ from analogous texts from the Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and Georgian traditions?

Patristic and liturgical approach – which is the role of hymns within the liturgical structure? What is the relationship between hymnography and homilies and other patristic writings? To what extent can one identify a patristic origin of certain anti-Jewish topoi and how did this very fact assure their transmission in worship? And what can be said about the image of the Jews in Byzantine iconography and their possible relation with hymnographic texts?

Theological approach – what kind of relationship is there between biblical statements regarding Israel and anti- Jewish hymnography? What is truly anti-Jewish in the Byzantine rite? Which are the criteria that would guide us today in evaluating liturgical texts from this perspective?

Socio-cultural impact – to what extent can one follow how these hymns reflect, consolidate and modify the mentalities of given religious communities?

Presentation abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to: cces@ecum.ro Deadline: July 1, 2018. Papers may be presented in English and German.
Conference proceedings will be published in the PeterLang’s Edition Israelogie series. Financial support may be available upon consultation with the organisers.

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Postdoctoral Position, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Deadline: 14 February 2018

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group (GRK) 1876 “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for a

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four-year postdoc position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 100%) starting on April 1, 2018.

The GRK is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.

In the GRK’s research program, the object is to record examples of concepts of man and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period dating from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – based on textual, pictorial and material sources – and to study them from a culturally immanent as well as transcultural perspective. Four main focal subject areas have been defined:

(1) Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world; (2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;
(3) Flora, fauna, and natural environment;
(4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

For detailed information regarding our program for research and training and the academic staff involved, please refer to our homepage (http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb07-grk-man-nature/).

Your tasks will be:

– to work independently on an innovative research project from a transcultural comparatistic perspective within the above- mentioned subject areas, which will be finished in four years with a monograph
–  to present your project on a regular basis within and outside of the GRK 


–  to lead, with support from the members, one of the workgroups focusing on the subject-areas (1)+(2) or (3)+(4) and to primarily author articles on the level of synthesis, which will be co-written by several authors of the workgroup
– to take part in supporting and developing the graduate school program and to communicate cooperatively with the professors and the Ph.D. students
- to take part in the activities of the GRK and in the meetings of the executive board

Your qualifications:

–  finished Ph.D. with more than average success in one of the member-disciplines of the GRK
–  very good knowledge in one of the four subject-areas of the GRK and in the field of cultural theories and methods, documented by publications and/or your dissertation

–  experience in international scientific cooperation and interdisciplinary research 

–  structured and independent way of working, originality, team-orientation, social skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with various publics
– very good knowledge of German and English.

We expect your regular presence at the location of the GRK in Mainz and your participation in the program (e.g. general meetings and meetings of the executive board).

What we offer:

–  ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange
–  a mentoring program with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad
–  additional funding for travelling to conferences and lectures inside and outside Germany
–  a wide selection of courses for the acquisition of key qualifications and further professional training 


–  a modern and pleasant working environment 

–  opportunities to enhance your teaching experience, to acquire leadership skills and further qualifications for an 
academic career at a senior level 

 
We kindly ask you to submit your application electronically including the following documents: 
A) as pdf:
1.) one page of motivational letter
2.) CV focusing on your previous academic career, list of publications, transcripts of records incl. high school diploma 3.) 6 pages outlining your intended research-project (problem, current state of research, aim, methods, work schedule) 
B) two letters of recommendation:
directly from your supervisors, electronically to: grk1876@uni-mainz.de; subject heading: GRK1876_Your name. 
C) additional pdf-files:
two of your most important publications and your dissertation 
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is keen on increasing the number of women among its scholars and therefore encourages women to apply. The university supports its members in balancing professional and family lives and offers family-friendly study and working conditions. Persons with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified. It is 
recommended to refer to a possible handicap in the application. 
Further details regarding the application process and the selection of candidates are given on the homepage of the GRK. For questions concerning your specific area of research, you may also directly contact the relevant scholars listed on our homepage. For organizational questions, you may contact the coordination office. 
Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) only no later than February 14th, 2018 to the GRK spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de). Interviews will be held in Mainz on February 27, 2018.

PhD Position, Getty Foundation

Deadline: 28 February 2018

The international research program, “Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond,” funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative, invites applications from advanced doctoral (PhD) candidates to participate in the program’s research activities. The successful candidate will develop an individual research project related to the theme of the Program and participate in the Program’s activities, including attending two workshops to be held in Athens, one running from Oct. 1-10, 2018, and one in fall 2019. Costs for attending the workshops, including travel, accommodations and meals, will be covered by the Program.


Applicants should be pursuing a PhD degree in Classical and/or Near Eastern art/archaeology, and have fluency in the English language as demonstrated by language certificates and/or thesis/publications.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the study of ancient cultural interactions, as demonstrated by their scholarly work (PhD thesis, publications, professional activities outlined in the CV), their project proposal, and other supporting documentation (i.e., recommendations by 2 academic referees).

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


The Mediterranean nexus for cultural interactions and entanglements – a complicated dance of moving people, things and ideas throughout its history – has long been celebrated as a domain for scholarly studies of an expansive geographical and temporal scope. Interconnections between the Mediterranean space and the lands of Western and Central Asia, though also historically significant, have yet to be as intensely examined. Redressing this imbalance, Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond investigates more extensive vistas onto ancient cultural and artistic contacts spanning the vast territories from the Jaxartes and the Indus in the east to the Straits of Gibraltar in the west for over two millennia, from the Middle Bronze Age to the Sasanian Period (c. 2000 BCE – c. 650 CE).

Setting the larger historical backdrop of this investigation is an ever growing “internationalism,” allied with expanding diplomatic and political networks and trading ventures, phenomena of far-flung colonization, and a succession of powerful states aspiring to extended territorial control — bridging the geographical divides among the three continents of the Old World. At the heart of the research narrative are the artistic products of these complex interactions: architectural and sculptural creations, as well as luxury, votive and everyday objects, whose technical execution, styles, forms, materials and imagery variously emanated from and gave shape to processes of cultural contacts through combination, incorporation and adaptation of different regional material resources, traditions of craftsmanship, aesthetics, ideological trends and worldviews.

The range and volume of pertinent artistic products are immense. Our approach is to consider representative artifacts and ensembles, including monumental complexes and small-scale “treasures” with mixed contents of multi-regional objects; and to query mechanisms and outcomes of cultural interactions by breaking down different aspects of materiality, such as scale and proportions, technologies, iconographies, forms and color – examined individually and in concert with one another. Aspects of the materials and media used in (and the economic/social mechanisms that promoted) the production of the artworks also occupy an important domain within the investigation, especially regarding the sources and methods of procurement and disbursement of materials such as stones and metals.

Thinking in terms of material properties like scale, form or technologies, issues of portability/transferability, and the exchange and mobility of craftspeople and skills requires discussion of methodological and theoretical frameworks. A robust body of such frameworks has developed over the last several decades, informed by post-colonial studies, cultural contact studies, materiality studies and agency studies. For the representational arts, iconography remains an important method for accessing meaning and significance, which can be enhanced through notions of object biographies or life ways that permit changes in valences over space and through time. The investigation, thus, takes as a central aim not just the production of new historical and social reconstructions according to the ancient artworks, but also the examination, application and assessment of these developing methodological frameworks.

As part of the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, the Program aims to forge connections at both the level of ideas and that of people, crossing chronological and regional disciplinary divides, fostering dialogue among scholars from a range of countries both within and outside the greater Mediterranean, and encouraging the exchange of viewpoints, methods and theoretical constructs among specialists who rarely come into contact with one another’s work.

The Program pivots around two, nine-day workshops, during which the program participants, the two co-PIs, and a Research Fellow will gather for a series of presentations, round-table discussions and site visits. The workshops will be held at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece, the first one running from October 1-10, 2018, the second in fall 2019.

A website created for the Program (URL to be announced) will list participants and their individual projects, present information regarding the workshops, and provide updates about the progress of the Program’s work.

REQUESTED DOCUMENTS

· Curriculum Vitae, including candidate’s nationality
· Abstract of doctoral thesis, between 300-500 words in length
· Research proposal (max. 1,000 words): The proposal should justify the connection of the proposed research with the aims of the Program as presented in the Program description. It should be clearly defined and set goals that can be achieved during the course of the Program.
· Writing sample
· References: Applicants should arrange to have letters sent separately from 2 academic referees to agorou@eie.gr; the subject heading of the electronic message should contain “Recommendation for MATERIAL ENTANGLEMENTS PhD position” followed by the applicant’s last name.

SUBMISSION

Application submission deadline: February 28, 2018 (24h00 – EET)

The requested documents should be submitted electronically, as a single pdf file by the deadline of February 28, 2018, to the address: agorou@eie.gr. The Subject heading of the electronic message should contain “Application for MATERIAL ENTANGLEMENTS PhD position” followed by the applicant’s last name.

Final selection of participants will be made by the Program directors.

All candidates will be informed by e-mail by April 1, 2018 at latest.

Requests for further clarifications on the application procedure may be addressed to agorou@eie.gr

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University

Deadline: 12 March 2018

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World.  Exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research, are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research, engaged scholarship, and cross-disciplinary thinking.  We are interested in individuals whose work focuses on any aspect of or time period in Mediterranean archaeology, and who have significant fieldwork experience in that region.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time — i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must have received their doctorate from an institution other than Brown within the last five years, and the Ph.D. must be in hand prior to July 1, 2018.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, through the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary or community connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2018.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses (150-300 words each), and contact information for three references by March 12, 2018. Applications received by March 12, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at apply.interfolio.com/48636.  There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:

Professor Peter van Dommelen
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu

Graduate Programmes, Bogazici University, Istanbul

(I) ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE M.A. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce three scholarships for the M.A. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the M.A. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $6,000 net for the duration of two years, provided that the accepted candidates continue to meet necessary academic requirements. Successful foreign candidates living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that recipients of the schol arship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the M.A. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose. Application deadline is 13 April 2018 (5:00 PM local time).

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 4 May 2018.

Questions can be addressed to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr For more information on the Byzantine Studies Research

Center: http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

(II) ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE PH.D. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one scholarship for the Ph.D. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2018- 2019 academic year. The scholarship is open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $9,000 net for the duration of three years, provided that the accepted candidate continues to meet necessary academic requirements. A successful foreign candidate living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that the recipient of the scholarship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the Ph.D. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose. Application deadline is 13 April 2018 (5:00 PM local time).

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 4 May 2018.

Questions can be addressed to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr For more information on the Byzantine Studies Research

Center: http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

(III) ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES FOR M.A. AND PH.D. STUDENTS

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term research project grant in the field of Byzantine studies for M.A. or Ph.D. students enrolled at the Department of History, Bogazici University. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for acquiring language skills and/or for conducting research in libraries and/or museums within or outside Turkey in 2018. The grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers up to $1,400 for the above-mentioned expenses to be spent in 2018.

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 6 May 2018. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal, an expected budget for expenses, a detailed CV, and a transcript.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Address: Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee, Department of History, Bogazici University, Bebek 34342, Istanbul, Turkey 

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