Byzness 04/03/18

The Byzness, 4th March 2018



51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, 13-15 April 2018, University of Edinburgh

Full programme here

Armenia and Byzantium without borders,

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20–22 April 2018, University of Vienna

Full programme here


From Homer to Hatzi-Yavrouda – Aspects of oral narration in the Greek tradition, 29-30 September 2018, Danish Institute at Athens

The conference is a collaboration between The Kapodistrian University of Athens and The Danish Institute at Athens.

The aim of this conference is to analyze and discuss various aspects of orally produced and diffused stories from the Greek tradition, from Antiquity up to the storytelling communities in the 20th century.

In European culture, literature has been orally created and diffused as a parallel to written literature, but until rather recently the two traditions have mostly been studied separately. However, there is a closer interrelationship between the two, and it is not just the orally diffused folk literature that is inspired by the written high-culture literature. It is also vice versa. Therefore, the conference will start with the question: What is orality?

We wish to study orality from different genres and periods within the Greek tradition and from different academic fields, as e.g. classical philology, byzantine studies, folklore, and comparative literature. Proposals in all these fields are welcome as are proposals addressing the interrelationship between oral and written literature, or the influence from and to other cultures. For the modern period special focus will be given to the folktale.

The Greek tradition is taken as a point of departure for a diachronic analysis of orality, from Homer to one of the most intriguing narrators of Greek folktales, Hatzi-Yavrouda of Kos. But it is our belief that the results of the analysis of the Greek case could easily be applied to other European traditions.

It will be a two-day conference with four key-note papers: by Professor Emeritus from the Department of Folklore at the University of Athens, Michalis Meraklis, Professor Emerita from the Department of Classics at the University of Southern Denmark, Minna Skafte Jensen, Assistant Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Science, Carolina Cupane, and Professor Emerita from the Department of Modern Greek at Harvard University, Margaret Alexiou, in a joint paper with artist Katerina Samara.

To add another dimension to the academic conference, we hope to be able to include two live performances in the programme: by the British storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Mordon, who will do a re-telling of Homer, and by Greek narrator Sasa Voulgari, who will tell Modern Greek folktales.

Abstracts of no more than one page should be sent before 1 May 2018 to: An academic committee will evaluate the abstracts received.

The acts of the conference will be published in the Monography Series of The Danish Institute (MoDIA). All contributions will be peer-reviewed. Please state in your abstract that you accept publication.


Brepols Publishers – Erasmus+ programme (traineeship)

·      Duration: no less than 3 months (up to 12 months).

·      Working hours: 6 hours/day (from 08.30 to 14.30).

Skills: excellent communication skills; team player; broad knowledge of European history and cultures, across countries, periods, languages and disciplines

·      Degree (relevant to):

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Philology, Language & Literature, History, Archeology, Philosophy, Theology.

·      Obligations:

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supporting a team of Bibliographers working on Brepols Publishers’ databases (L’Année philologique, International Medieval Bibliography, International Bibliography for Humanisme and Renaissance, Index Religious).

·      Languange Requirements:

a.     English (C1 or C2).

b.     Good command of any other language will be an advantage.

·      Fees & Fundings:

a.     European Union-Erasmus+ programme funding.

b.     200€/per month from Brepols Pulishers as accomodation fees.

·      Office:

Brepols Publishing Services
Street: Ermou 55
Post Code: 54623
City: Thessaloniki
Country: Greece

·      Further information:

PhD scholarship (1 year) within the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel

Deadline: 15 March 2018

The PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel announces a one-year scholarship starting at the 01.10.2018 (á CHF 30’000 per year; two tranches with evaluation).

Your tasks:

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The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting phase of his/her PhD research project. It is expected that he/she will develop his/her research project in that time for applying to the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding institutions at the end of that year.

Your profile:

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The scholarship is addressed to students who held a 1st class MA‐degree either in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient History, Greek Philology, Latin Philology, Comparative and Historic Linguistics or European Archaeology. It is expected that the PhD student is highly motivated and will personally be involved in the PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. Most welcomed are PhD projects that can be linked to the research fields of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel.

Application / Contact

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The following documents should be sent by email to the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench (

Letter of motivation



1-2 sample of text (max. 20 pages each, including at least 1 academic qualification text, like BA- or MA-thesis)

Sketch for the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)

Letter of reference

Applications can be submitted in German, in French or in English. The enrolment at the University of Basel is mandatory. The first supervisor must be a member of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. For further information, please contact the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench (

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