The Byzness 17/06/2018

The Byzness, 17th June 2018





CONFERENCE: Vernacular languages in the long ninth century, 28 June 13:00 to 30 June 14:00, University of Kent.

The long ninth century was an important period for the history of vernacular languages in Europe in both Eastern and Western Christendom. Some of those languages appeared for the first time in written form and others changed considerably. This conference will compare and contrast the different histories of a wide variety of languages in this period including Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, Slavonic, Old Irish and Old High German. We will address questions such as: To what extent were their histories inter-connected? Why was this happening in the ninth century? To what extent was this mainly a religious and elite phenomenon or was it more widespread?

Full programme here



Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium, May 16-17, 2019, Dokuz Eylul University (DEU), Izmir, Turkey

Deadline: 1 January 2019
The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing a new international symposium entitled “Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium” that will take place on May 16-17, 2019 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this instrument. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on May 18-19 to Samos, Greece through Kusadasi. We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2019. Our e-mail addresses are: or


 Research Associate, Cult of Saints (Greek Hagiography), Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

 Deadline: 12.00 noon on Thursday 21 June 2018.

Location: Oxford

Salary: £31,604 to £33,518 p.a. Grade 7

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed on: 6th June 2018

Job Ref: 135227

We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic researcher to join the flagship project ‘The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’. This is an opportunity to share in a major electronic project, and to familiarise yourself with important, and so far under-used, sources. The post is full-time, fixed-term for 6 months and available from July 2018.

You will work specifically with Greek hagiographical texts to identify early texts (those which can reasonably be considered to date from before AD 700), analyse and describe their probable context (geographical and chronological), summarise their contents and write entries for our database. You will manage your own research, collaborate in the preparation of publications and represent the project and meetings and seminars.

You will have a doctorate in a relevant field (or show evidence that a doctorate is imminent) and an excellent knowledge of Greek, with an ability to work swiftly through untranslated texts.

Very good written English, a good reading knowledge of French and Italian and reasonable background knowledge of the late antique Church are essential. You will also be able to work flexibly and effectively as part of a team.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description, please click on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 21 June 2018.


6 positions for doctoral research associates, Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Deadline: 22 June 2018.

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 6 positions for doctoral research associates (TV-L E13, 65%) to be filled by 1 October 2018 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Antique Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War and the importance of Byzantium for them from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception (from antique influences in Byzantium to Byzantine models in the post-Byzantine Period) will be explored via four thematic areas:

  1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
  2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
  3. Rituals and worship
  4. Knowledge and infrastructure

The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

Duties include:

  • Further scholarly attainment through the writing of a dissertation
  • Regular participation in the Research Training Group’s structured program of study and its events. The participants are thus required to reside in Mainz.

The Research Training Group offers intensive specialist and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Qualified persons with disabilities will be given preference.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English):

  • A letter of application (one page)
  • An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
  • A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
  • Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesman of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: ; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

The application deadline ends by 22 June 2018.

For further information on the Research Training Group see here

For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch.


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: 15 October 2018.

The Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate and who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). Scholars are required to spend the year (late August–May) in residence at Penn.

For the 2019-20 academic year, our topic will be KINSHIP. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $56,225 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents) and a $3000 research fund. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in either the fall or the spring semester in addition to conducting their research.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 2010 and December 2018 are eligible to apply. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2018 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2019).

During their year in residence, Fellows pursue their proposed research, are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Center’s weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting fellows, the Wolf Humanities Center aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty who do not yet have tenure. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn’s intellectual life.

For further information see here

Contrat doctoral (36 mois) en histoire medieval, Projet ERC HornEast / Aix-Marseille Université / Institut de recherches et d’études sur les monde arabes et musulmans – UMR 7310.

Deadline: 15 October 2018.

Le projet ERC Consolidator Grant HornEast. Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages (P.I. Julien Loiseau) propose un contrat doctoral d’une durée de 36 mois.

Le projet ERC HornEast vise à documenter les connexions entre les sociétés de la Corne de l’Afrique (Éthiopie, Nubie) et leur environnement islamique aux échelles locale et régionale (Égypte, Palestine, péninsule Arabique), pour mieux comprendre les modalités du processus d’islamisation à l’œuvre dans la région et la recomposition des chrétientés africaines au Moyen Age (VIIe-XVe siècle).

Sujet de thèse: L’esclavage des Éthiopiens dans le monde islamique médiéval

Le commerce et l’emploi d’esclaves éthiopiens – femmes, hommes, eunuques – sont déjà attestés au Proche-Orient dans l’Antiquité tardive. Le développement de la traite à longue distance au Moyen Age, dans le cadre du monde islamique, leur donne une ampleur sans précédent. L’origine éthiopienne des esclaves était en effet prisée pour certains usages et certaines fonctions sociales, parfois au plus près du pouvoir. Des affranchis d’origine éthiopienne ont ainsi pu accéder à de hautes positions dans le monde islamique médiéval. Mais l’emploi domestique d’esclaves éthiopiens était aussi très fréquent à un niveau plus ordinaire.

La thèse, sous la direction de Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université, IREMAM), aura pour objectif de documenter l’histoire des esclaves et affranchis éthiopiens dans ses différentes dimensions. Les sources arabes d’époque mamelouke (XIIIe-XVIe siècle), produites en Égypte, Syrie et Hijaz, constitueront le corpus central de la thèse.

Titulaire d’un Master recherche en histoire et/ou en études arabes, le candidat ou la candidate aura une maîtrise suffisante de la langue arabe pour pouvoir commencer l’étude des sources éditées. L’apprentissage de l’arabe pourra néanmoins se poursuivre dans le cadre du doctorat.

Intégré à l’équipe du projet à Aix-Marseille Université, il/elle participera aux rencontres scientifiques du projet ainsi qu’à l’animation de son carnet de recherché ( Il/elle bénéficiera d’un soutien financier pour effectuer les missions indispensables à ses recherches et participer à toute rencontre scientifique pertinente dans le cadre de son doctorat.
Pour candidate envoyer à en un seul fichier PDF avant le 16 juin 2018 :

  • un CV
  • une lettre de motivation
  • le mémoire de M2 ou, à défaut, le mémoire de fin de M1
  • une lettre de recommendation

Période du contrat: 1er Septembre 2018 au 31 Août 2021 (36 mois)
Rémmunération: 2 000 euros brut (à titre informatif, environ 1 500 euros net) par mois
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