Byzness 18/03/18

The Byzness, 18th March 2018



SCHOOL: Summer School in Coptic Literature and Manuscript Tradition, 17 – 21 September 2018, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg

Deadline: 31 May 2018

The school aims at training graduate students and junior scholars in methods used in Coptic manuscript studies. Lectures and seminars in topics ranging from Literature to History to Codicology and Cataloguing shall cover the most central aspects of research and help in developing skills necessary for theoretical and practical tasks in the study of manuscripts.

Particular attention will be devoted to the develpment of Coptic Literature, to its “literary genres” and to the geography of Coptic manuscript production. Practical exercises will include analytical description of Coptic manuscripts.

The school is open to students and scholars of all disciplines, but some degree of knowledge of Christian Orient (not necessarily Coptic) as well as experience of study and/or research dealing with one of the oriental traditions is expected. Basic knowledge of the Coptic language is an appreciated prerequisite.

The class will be taught by internationally acknowledged specialists on the topics of Literature, Bible, Manuscript Tradition, Coptic Church etc.

Further information and how to apply here

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Port cities and maritime routes in Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (18th – 21st century), 22 – 24 November 2018, Harokopio University in Athens

Deadline: 8 April 2018

After the successful completion of the International Symposium “Culture and Space in the Balkans 17th – 20th century”, the concept of proceeding a similar scientific meeting concerning culture, ekistics and anthropogeography arised among a group of members of the Organizing Committee of the Symposium that was held in 2014 at the University of Macedonia (organized by the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in Thessaloniki, 21 – 22.11.2014).

Indicative thematic topics:

1. Theoretical approaches. Policies-geopolitical strategies and ekistics

2. Socio-economic development process of settlements and coastal regions

3. Urban and regional maritime space and networks, natural and manmade environment (geography, cartography, coastal mapping, shipping)

4. Ekistics reserve, cultural heritage (monuments, archaeological sites, historical places) and sea

5. Management and enhancement of ekistics reserve and cultural heritage

6. Ports, waterfront, city culture and semiotics. Local/global encounters

7. Promotion of cultural reserve in port cities and tourism

Additionally, other thematic fields of the Conference could include maritime journeys, routes, ships (technical characteristics), smuggling, cartography, approaching possibilities of the island ports, “parallel” and “transversal” commerce in islands, the relationship with the inland network, ideological and semiotic approaches regarding port cities and maritime routes, ekistics and cultural heritage in those commercial centers, traditional professions that relate to the sea, a number of socio-economic features as well as development potentials and land uses of port cities and maritime routes of Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea (18th – 21st century).

Submission details can be found here

24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies – Istanbul 2021

Deadline: 15 May 2018

The first notice has appeared about the themes, profile and structure of the next International Congress of Byzantine Studies. It will be held in Istanbul on 23-28 August 2021. The theme is to be Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds / Byzance – Pont entre des mondes. The first details, with a call for proposals for Round Tables, have been issued and can be read from a link on the SPBS website. The information is summarized here:

There will be six sessions, each with its own theme and associated Round Tables.

The themes are:

1) Byzantium connecting civilizations
2) Networks: social, cultural, material
3) Continuity and break: from ancient to medieval worlds
4) Byzantium and the Turks
5) Dialogue among Byzantinists: linking fields, approaches, and methods
6) Bridging interdisciplinary gaps: new ways of making connections

The rules for proposing Round Tables are as follows:

1. Round Tables must be proposed through the National Committee of the convenor/proposer.
2. Those who propose Round Table sessions are strongly recommended to follow the Congress main theme and the themes of the Plenary Sessions.
3. Round Tables should consist of no fewer than four and no more than six speakers, plus the convenor(s), in order to ensure adequate time for discussion.
4. The most important criterion for accepting a Round Table proposal will be its innovative scholarly contribution.
5. The number of proposals by each National Committee is limited to ten.
6. Proposals should include a title, an abstract of 250 words, the names of the convenor(s) and speakers as well as the name of the person sending the proposal, his/her affiliated institution and his/her mail address.
7. Proposals should be written in English or French.

The SPBS Executive, which forms the British National Committee, urges Byzantinists in the UK to consider proposing a Round Table. You should send your proposal in the terms outlined above to the Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood (address on the SPBS website), before 5 pm 15th May 2018. Up to 10 proposals can then be selected for consideration at the Inter-Congress meeting of the AIEB in Athens in September 2018.


Junior Research Fellowships, University College London

Deadline: 8 April 2018

More information here 

Three Research Fellowships, Manuscript Studies, University of Birmingham

Deadline: 11 April 2018

Position 1 
Position 2
Position 3 

Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado, Boulder

Deadline: 12 April 2018

The Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy (CWCTP) and the Department of Classics of the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications to join our new, interdisciplinary community of Scholars in Residence. The CWCTP Scholar/Artist in Residence is a one-year, non-tenure-track, Scholar-in-Residence appointment. Selections will be made on the basis of candidates’ relevance to our theme for the year, “Truth and Rhetoric,” as well as on their ability to promote the larger mission of the CWCTP. Scholars in Residence should expect to teach one course per semester. They will participate regularly in the extended community of the Center and the Department of Classics through attendance at lectures, engagement with students, and participation in the academic life of the University. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

The application deadline is 12 April 2018. Please direct any queries about the position to

For more informations see:

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