THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 8th April 2018
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
SCHOOL: ANAMED summer programmes, 2018
Deadline: 16 April 2018
Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) is delighted to announce that this year three intensive graduate summer programs will be available. While (1) Ottoman Summer Program
· Requirements: It is important to emphasize that every program has its own requirements and Application Forms. Please make sure to check them, before sending your application.
· For the scholarships: We offer a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship and make sure to submit with your application file.
CONFERENCE: ‘New Light on Old Manusripts: Recent Advances in Palimpsest Studies’, 24-27 April 2018, University of Vienna
‘New Light on Old Manuscripts: Recent Advances in Palimpsest Studies’ brings together an international assembly of scholars who have been in the forefront of the study of erased and re-written parchment manuscripts in recent years, either in reading and analysing palimpsests texts or in making them legible through advanced imaging and image processing methods.
The conference will also feature work that has been accomplished in the course of the Sinai Palimpsests Project that is now available online (sinaipalimpsests.org). The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine is not only the oldest Christian monastery (including its library) in continuous operation, it also contains the world’s largest collection of palimpsested manuscripts on parchment. In the course of the Sinai Palimpsests Project—undertaken at the invitation of the Monastery by an international team of camera specialists, image scientists, and textual scholars—more than half of this palimpsest collection was imaged using cutting-edge multispectral photography, rendered legible through innovative methods of computer-based analysis, and the erased texts identified by experts in all the languages of the Christian Orient.
The Opening Lecture by Father Justin Sinaites, the Librarian of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, will take place on 24 April, 17.00 in the main building of the University of Vienna, the conference sessions will take place in the main building of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Please direct further inquiries to Ms. Paraskevi Sykopetritou (email@example.com).
ROUNDTABLE: ‘Approaches to Greek Compilation Literature from Byzantium (historiographic, spiritual, monastic, gnomologic)’, 29 May 2018, University of Leuven
Please find the full program, all abstracts and all practical information: (http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/laboratory-for-text-editing).
Participation is free, but please register online via firstname.lastname@example.org before 18 May 2018.
CONFERENCE: ‘The World of the Physiologus – Animal Stories and Representations in Oriental Manuscripts’, 28-29 June 2018, University of Hamburg
The Physiologus tells stories about animals and their behaviours, from which Christians can draw moralistic lessons for their life. The history of the Physiologus text and its evolution in Eastern Christian literatures, as well as in medieval Western culture (up to the tradition of the Bestiaries and of the encyclopaedias) is relatively well known; however, in Byzantium itself the text seems to stand in splendid isolation. Even though F. Sbordone and others after him have started to explore the sources used by the Physiologus on the one hand and the traces this text left in later literature on the other, much work must still be done to understand what the Physiologus actually is as a literary object. For this purpose it is necessary to break the walls around the Physiologus and to look beyond, for contextual and parallel materials. As for Greek literature, the “naturalistic” background has been already very much explored, but a more promising ground for research still needs to be excavated: the complex tradition of symbolic, magical, and hermetic literature (mainly produced in Egypt: Horapollon, Cyranides…) on the one hand, exegetical literature on the other hand (especially on the Hexaemeron and the Prophets). As the surrounding cultures have had a major impact on Greek literature and thought, it is very important to extend the research to possible parallels, as Sbordone did by referring sometimes in his edition to Samuel Bochart, Hierozoicon sive bipartitum opus de animalibus sacrae scripturae, London, 1663, 2 vols., a mine of information about animal stories in very many languages, which has not been replaced even though it is totally outdated.
This conference will gather renowned scholars dealing with animal-related stories (both in texts and images) in Hebrew, Arabic, and other manuscript traditions of the East, together with specialists of the Physiologus in Greek and Oriental languages, with the hope of bringing new ideas and insights about the Physiologus and its larger context to light.
SCHOOL: Oriental Laguages Summer School, 5-14 July 2018, University of Venice
All details here
2 CALLS FOR PAPERS
Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity, 27-29 September 2018, Warsaw
Deadline: 20 April 2018
The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity is a major 5-year ERC-funded research project, based primarily in Oxford, supported by a team in Warsaw. The project is mapping the cult of saints as a system of beliefs and practices in its earliest and most fluid form, from its origins until around AD 700. Central to the project is a searchable database, in which all the literary, epigraphic, papyrological and documentary evidence for the cult of saints is being collected, whether in Armenian, Coptic, Georgian, Greek, Latin or Syriac. This database, which is continuously being added to, can already be accessed using this link: http://csla.history.ox.ac.uk.
On 27-29 September 2018 we are organising a final conference in Warsaw, before the project closes at the end of the year. The topic of the conference is as broad as the project – the cult of saints in Late Antiquity. What we hope to achieve is a broad picture of this phenomenon, and so, although we will welcome papers studying the cult of a specific saint, cultic activity or region, we will give priority to those that set cults and cult practices against the wide background of cultic behaviour and belief, now readily accessible through our database (already operational and filling up fast).
Those interested in presenting papers are requested to send a title and short abstract (c. 100 words) to Robert Wiśniewski (email@example.com) by 20 April 2018.
There is no registration fee, but please, note we won’t be able to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
18th Congress of Byzantium, 30 January – 2 February 2019, University of Barcelona
Deadline: 30 April 2018
The Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 18th Congress of Byzantium organized by the Spanish Society of Byzantine Studies. The Congress will take place at the University of Barcelona (with a day in Terrassa). Proposed papers of 20 minutes may address subjects related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine Studies. Suggested topics included
Cultural Identities in the Near East
Science and technics in Byzantium
History of Byzantine Art
Philosophy and Theology
Byzantine Philology and Literature
XXV Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity: ‘Seafaring, Mobility and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity c.150-700’, 26-27 October 2018, Tvarminne, Finland
Deadline: 7 May 2018
The 25th multidisciplinary Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 26-27 October 2018. The symposium will bring together scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines (philology, archaeology, history, theology, religious studies, art history etc.). The theme of this year’s symposium is Seafaring, Mobility, and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (ca. 150-700 CE), which will be approached from a wide perspective, including social, economic, cultural, religious, ideological, and literary aspects; the symposium will be divided into thematic sessions broadly structured around archaeological, literary, and historical frames of inquiry.
We welcome papers discussing Late Antique seafaring, mobility, and the Mediterranean from any viewpoints, but encourage especially the following themes:
1. Networks of Communication and Commodification in the Late Antique Mediterranean
2. Sea as a Metaphor in Late Ancient Literature
3. The Mediterranean as ‘Mare Nostrum’
Please send a short abstract of 250–300 words words, with your name, affiliation, e-mail and paper title, by 7th of May 2018 to Dr Ville Vuolanto: ville.vuolanto(at)uta.fi. Applicants will be informed by the beginning of June 2018 at the latest whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 20 minutes for each presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
The symposium will be organized at the zoological research station of the University of Helsinki at Tvärminne, on the southern coast of Finland (http://luoto.tvarminne.helsinki.fi/english) – a suitably maritime venue. The symposium will have a participation fee (20€ from students, 60€ from others), which will include accommodation (one night) at the symposium venue, as well as meals for two days. We offer also the transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and the return journey. Registration for the symposium will start on 20 August and will close on 28 September 2018.
“Optanda erat oblivio” Selection and Loss in Ancient and Medieval Literature, 20-21 December 2018, University of Bari
Deadline: 25 June 2018
Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its third International Postgraduate conference whose theme will be the mechanisms of selection and loss in ancient and Medieval literary and historical texts. “Optanda erat oblivio” Seneca writes in benef. 5. 25. 2, referring to Tiberius’ wish for forgetfulness. We would like to use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues related to memory and oblivion in ancient and Medieval texts. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:
Virtual palimpsests (intertextuality, texts survived in translations, paraphrases and quotations).
Material losses in the manuscript tradition.
Places of loss and finding.
Lost known texts.
Book circulation (destiny of books).
Found unknown texts.
Found known texts.
Texts survived through pseudo-epigraphy.
Ancient witnesses of selection and loss.
The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of June 2017.
The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:
An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.
A short academic biography with name and affiliation.
Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities. The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods.
All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English, Italian and French. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian and French speakers will be required to provide an English handout, power point, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.
Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian, English or French.
Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to email@example.com, we would be glad to help you find solutions.
3 JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
A.G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellenic Studies, Exeter University
Deadline: 29 April 2018
Through the generosity of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the University of Exeter wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellenic Studies (ref. P61993). This full-time, fixed-term post is available from 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2021. The successful applicant will carry out and publish research, give papers, organise an international conference and do a limited amount of teaching. The starting salary will be £30,688 per annum and the postholder will also have access to a research allowance of £6,000 across the duration of the post, as well as £7,000 for the running of the conference.
The research to be carried out can be on any aspect of ancient Greek culture (e.g. art, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, scholarship, social/political practice) that falls within either the Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society or the Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond. Research synergies with other members of the Department of Classics and Ancient History are also desirable. The postholder will be provided with an office and will be assigned a mentor from within one of the Centres.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to carry out and publish research in Hellenic Studies, and to support and contribute to seminars and conferences at the same level. They will demonstrate the potential to teach effectively in their area of expertise.
The full job advert and application form can be found here. Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.
The closing date for applications is 29th April. For further information, please contact Dr Richard Flower by email or phone.
Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 28th May 2018.
Three Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies , KU Leuven
Deadline: 1 June 2018
In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, has launched an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is now opening a call to hire a second group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.
The project studies one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus is the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.
Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:
– fellowship 1: a systematic study of the reception history of the ideal of homoiosis theoi in pagan Greek philosophy, with particular attention to ascetic interpretations.
– fellowship 2: a detailed discussion of Proclus’ view of perfection, as elaborated in his Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus and in other texts.
– fellowship 3: a comprehensive investigation into Plutarch’s use of models of perfection and their role in his ‘psycho-therapeutic’ philosophy.
The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and preferably also basic knowledge of early Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).
Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.
The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.
Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.
How to apply
Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.
Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applying: 1 June 2018.
A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview on the 27th of June.
Starting date: 1 October 2018 (or soon after).
Professor or Associate Professor in the field of ‘Digital Humanities’, University of Cyprus
Deadline: 11 June 2018
The posting is open to applications within one or more of the following research foci:
(a) Design and creation of databases
(b) Digitisation of cultural heritage (tangible and non-tangible, archival material, etc.)
(c) Digital recording and spatial analysis through GIS
(d) Remote Sensing-Geophysics
(e) 3D visualisation
Applicants favourably disposed toward interdisciplinary research and teaching are encouraged to apply. The Sylvia S. Ioannou Foundation is sponsoring the Chair with the purpose of establishing an interdepartmental postgraduate programme (MA and PhD). It is noted that for this purpose funding is included for a post-doctoral scholar and a PhD student to assist the Chair.
For all academic ranks, an earned Doctorate from a recognized University is required.
Requirements for appointment depend on academic rank and include: prior academic experience, research record and scientific contributions, involvement in teaching and in the development of high quality undergraduate and graduate curricula. The minimum requirements for each academic rank can be found at the webpage:
The official languages of the University are Greek and Turkish. For the above position knowledge of Greek is necessary.
Citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus is not a requirement.
In case the selected candidate does not have sufficient knowledge of the Greek language, it is the selected candidate΄s and the Department΄s responsibility to ensure that the selected academic acquires sufficient knowledge of the Greek language within 3 years of appointment. Each Department sets its own criteria for the required level of adequacy of knowledge of the Greek language.
The annual gross salary (including the 13th salary), according to the current legislation, is:
Professor (Scale Α15-Α16) €70.303,48- €91.384,41
Associate Professor (Scale A14-A15) €62.004,54 – €84.532,89
Applications must be submitted by Monday, 11th of June 2018. The application dossiers must include two (2) sets of the following documents in printed and electronic form (i.e., two (2) hardcopies and two (2) USB sticks with the documents in PDF (Portable Document Format) or Word files).
I. Cover letter stating the Department, the field of study, the academic rank(s) for which the candidate applies, and the date on which the candidate could assume duties if selected.
II. Curriculum Vitae.
III. Brief summary of previous research work and a statement of plans for future research
(up to 1500 words).
IV. List of publications.
V. Copies of the three most representative publications.
VI. Copies of Degree certificates should be scanned and included in the USB sticks.
VII. Applicants must ask three academic referees to send recommendation letters in PDF form, directly from their e-mail account to the University, at email@example.com Τhe names and contact details of these referees must be indicated in the application, because additional confidential information may be requested. The recommendation letters must reach the University by Monday, 11th of June 2018.
The Curriculum Vitae and the statements of previous work and future research plans should be written in Greek or in Turkish, and in one international language, preferably English.
Selected candidates will be required to submit copies of degree certificates officially certified by the Ministry of Education (for certificates received from Universities in Cyprus) or from the Issuing Authority (for foreign Universities).
Applications, supporting documents and reference letters submitted in response to previous calls in the past will not be considered and must be resubmitted.
Applications not conforming to the specifications of the call, will not be considered.
All application material must be delivered by hand to:
Human Resources Service University of Cyprus University Campus
Council/Senate Anastasios G Leventis Building
P.O. Box 20537
1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
by Monday, 11th of June 2018, 2:00 p.m.
For more information, candidates may contact the Human Resources Service (tel.: 00357 22 89
4158/4155) or the Department of History and Archaeology (00357 22 89 2180).