THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 16th September 2018
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
“Gold Glass Memorial Day for Daniel T. Howells”, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford.
A conference, co-hosted by Drs Susan Walker (Oxford University) and Ine Jacobs (Ioannou Centre), in commemoration of the life and work of the late Dr Daniel Howells. Speakers, many of whom knew or worked with Dr Howells, will present papers on the art of ancient gold glass, its historical contexts and influence on later art.
- Giulia Cesarin, “Gold-band glass: from Hellenistic to Roman luxury glass production.”
- Yasoko Fujii, “A Study of Continuity: gold leaf techniques on gold glass. From Hellenistic ‘Kirikane’ to Late Roman ‘Scratching’.”
- Will Lewis, “A Constantinian prince’s guide to religion and culture in the mid-fourth century.”
- Susan Walker, “Craft, consumers and the value of gold-glass in late antique Rome.”
- Lucy Grig, “’Cultures of Conviviality’: thinking about the role of the
- gold glasses in feasting and conviviality.”
- Eileen Rubery, “Gold glass and the cults of female saints in Rome: whatever happened to the Virgin Mary?”
For online registration, visit the conference’s Eventbrite page here.
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
“Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions”, The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium, 16-19 June 2019, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Deadline: 2 January 2019
Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.
We invite paper proposals for the 2019 Brown Syriac Symposium on the theme of “Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions”.
Throughout its long history, Syriac Christianity has flourished in the midst of other languages, religions, cultures, and societies. However turbulent its circumstances, Syriac has enabled distinctive articulations and cultural expressions for its speakers. Moreover, not only have there been constant interactions, but Syriac has been an active medium of exchange. Contributions, borrowings, adaptations, and innovations have characterized the literary, material, philological, and cultural productions of Syriac speakers from the start. This Symposium welcomes proposals for scholarly papers on all topics that address Syriac in any of its historical time periods, within this broad theme.
Proposals may be submitted either for individual papers or as part of a proposed panel. Individual presentations must be limited to 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes of discussion time. Please submit contact information for the presenter(s) and an abstract of 250-350 words. Those wishing to propose a panel of 3 or 4 papers (4 papers maximum) on a specific theme must submit a separate abstract for each presentation, a title for the panel, and full contact information for all presenters and the session moderator.
All proposals should be submitted electronically to here on or before January 2, 2019. Notification of acceptances of paper and panel proposals will be made in early February, with a view to publishing the program in early March.
In addition to papers and panels, the symposium will feature keynote lectures by:
Liv Ingebord Lied, MF Norwegian School of Theology
Oslo Kathleen McVey, Princeton Theological Seminary (emerita)
Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Michael Penn, Stanford University
Columba Stewart, St. John’s University
David G. K. Taylor, Oxford University.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Wolfgang Fritz Volbach-Fellowship, Mainz.
Deadline: 1 October 2018
The Wolfgang Fritz Volbach-Fellowship was conceived as a link between the centre of research Mainz and international scholarly work within Byzantine Studies. The fellowship reaches out to foreign fellows with a doctoral degree (Post-Doc) who work in a field related to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus: Byzantium between orient and occident. The invitation consists of a one month research residence with full access to libraries, academic infrastructure and participation in interdisciplinary exchange.
- Grant of Euro 2000,- for four weeks residence in Mainz either during the summer oder winter term
- Free accommodation in the guest house of the RGZM if within the following periods:
- summer term 2019: May 6th – June 30th
- winter term 2019/20: October 21st – December 15th
- Fellows are invited to present their current research with a paper in the lecture series Byzanz in Mainz.
- Applicants must possess a doctorate or an equivalent academic degree (e.g. PhD) and have a permanent residency abroad.
- Applicants are engaged in a research project relevant to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzantium between orient and occident.
- Applications are always welcome considering the following deadlines: until October 1st, 2018 for your stay in 2019
- Please send applications via mail to managing director of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz Dr. Benjamin Fourlas (fourlas(at)rgzm.de) including application form and copies of academic certificates.
For more information, visit the website.
ISHR Research Fellowships, International Society for the History of Rhetoric.
Deadline: 25 October 2018
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric sponsors Research Fellowships to support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the socio-cultural context. (Fellowships may not be used for research designed to further pedagogy in rhetorical speaking and writing.) We are now calling for applicants for next year’s Fellowships.
Note: To encourage a younger membership, ISHR will seek to award one of the annual fellowships to a promising graduate student and/or post-doc.
For further information on how to apply, visit the website.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth and houses an archaeological sciences laboratory at the main campus in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study collections.
Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 57 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.
Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture and art history who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.
Terms: Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School’s academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2019-beginning of June 2020; 4 months, Sept. – Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.
NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece).
Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31 here.
The following items should be included in the application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:
- Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
- A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
- Current curriculum vitae. If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
- Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees. Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.
The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.
- Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
- Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
- Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
- Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
- What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
- Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?
The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.
Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (position in Athens).
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Term: A full-time (12 months) position beginning July 1, 2019 for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a final fourth year.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include room and board at the School.
Qualifications: Candidates must have earned the PhD from a North American university no more than three years prior to the application and must have spent a minimum of a year as a Member of the ASCSA. An active agenda for research and publication, knowledge of Greece and Modern Greek, and teaching experience are expected.
- To help the Director in the administration of School business and to stand in for the Director when needed. Reports to the Director of the School.
- To assist with the academic program under the direction of the Mellon Professor by lecturing, leading short trips or offering mini-seminars/workshops on area(s) of expertise.
- To serve as a contact and resource person for all members of the School and to live in Loring Hall.
- To help with the planning of the Summer Session by suggesting itineraries, speakers, and generally offering support to the Summer Session Directors, but not making actual arrangements.
- To be a visible presence in the Athenian social and academic scene by attending functions as an official of the School.
- To pursue research on a project.
Application: The Assistant Director will be appointed by the ASCSA Managing Committee (through the Personnel Committee) in consultation with the Director of the School and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor. Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and research project description (up to three pages in length) online here.
Three letters of recommendation are required. After you submit your online application, your recommenders will receive an automatic email with instructions about how to upload confidential reference letters. Final candidates may be interviewed at the annual meeting of the AIA in San Diego, California, in January.
The appointment will be announced by mid-February 2019.
Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2019-2020, American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT).
Deadline: 1 November 2018
The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2019-2020 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:
ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships support applicants who have completed their academic training. The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year. Stipend per month is $4,200.
ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year. Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.
Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2018. The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January 2019.
For further information please see the ARIT webpage.