The Byzness 02/09/2018

The Byzness, 2nd September 2018




 “The Byzantine Commonwealth 50 Years On: Empires and their Afterlife”, Worcester College, Oxford, with the support of John Fell OUP Research Fund, Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research,History Faculty,Christ Church and Worcester College, Oxford. 

2018 sees the centenary of the birth of Sir Dimitri Obolensky, one of the outstanding Byzantine historians of the 20th century. This conference aims to return to some of the lines of enquiry and themes that Obolensky explored in his writings, the singularity of Byzantium and the empire’s place in the Eurasian world, and its interaction with other societies, cultures and powers. This should, we hope, yield some amplification, reappraisal and development of his seminal work, The Byzantine Commonwealth, for the 21st century.

We will address some of the following questions:

  • What were Byzantium’s vital ingredients and how far were they consistent, or stable?
  • In what senses was Byzantium inclusive, exclusive, or expansionist, and was it polycentric in fact if not in ideology?
  • How and why did Byzantium appeal to members of external societies or elites?
  • Which of them proved most impervious to Byzantium? How useful is the centre-periphery model for analysing the formation of pre-modern societies?
  • Was the afterlife of Byzantium wholly a matter of religion?
  • Would ‘Orthodox’ or ‘Slavic’ Commonwealth more aptly characterize the sphere in which Byzantium’s vital ingredients had most repercussions?

For registration visit the Oxford University Store here.

“Le livre manuscrit grec: écritures, matériaux, histoire”, IXe Colloque international de Paléographie grecque, 10 – 15 septembre 2018, Sorbonne et l’École normale supérieure, Paris.

The programme is published here.

Registration is free but obligatory. Register here.



British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship: Outline Stage 2018-19 

Deadline:  17 October 2018, 17:00 (UK time) 

The British Academy is inviting applications from outstanding early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences for our Postdoctoral Fellowship programme.

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment.

This scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent university post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field.

Applications for the Outline Stage of this scheme must be submitted via the Flexi-Grant system.

The application, reference and institutional approval must all be completed by 17 October 2018, 17:00 (UK time).

Result of Outline Stage announced: Mid-January 2019
The Second Stage is by invitation only.

Earliest start date for Fellowships to begin: 1 September 2019
Latest start date for the Fellowships to begin: 1 January 2020

Further information can be found here.


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