The Byzness 25/11/2018

The Byzness, 25th November 2018





“Polemics, Rivalry and Networking in Greco-Roman Antiquity”, 8th International Lectio Conference, 12-14 December 2018, Leuven.

Deadline for registration: 28 November 2018 

Disagreement and scholarly dispute are essential to any intellectual development. This holds true for ancient cultures no less than for us today. Greek philosophy has been agonistic from long before the formal constitution of philosophical ‘schools’ in the Hellenistic age. In the classical period, Athens famously served as an intellectual battlefield between Socrates and the sophists, in which a full armory of eristic and elenctic strategies was developed. This confrontation was to become a paradigm for the opposition between rhetorical and philosophical models of education, from Plato and Isocrates to the Second Sophistic and beyond.

The Hellenistic age saw the rise of schools and other, often more informal types of network which committed its members to a core set of doctrines – not only in philosophy (Stoicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism), but also in medicine (dogmatists vs. empiricists), science (mathematical astronomy vs. more philosophical cosmologies), historiography (pragmatic vs. rhetorical and tragic approaches; pro-Roman vs. pro-Carthaginian accounts), grammar (allegoricists vs. literalists), rhetoric (asianism vs. atticism), poetry (epos vs. shorter types of poetry), and theology (traditionalist vs. more liberal approaches). An essential ingredient of this phenomenon is the development of stereotypic depictions of rival schools and fixed patterns of refutations. Many of these depictions and tropes survived the actual debates from which they emerged and the schools against which they were directed, as is apparent from the Platonic and Christian texts from late Antiquity.

In the Hellenistic period, we also witness the emergence of new intellectual centers, like Alexandria, and of increasingly text-based scholarly communities and networks. From the early imperial age onwards, authoritative texts became increasingly important vehicles of wisdom, and written commentaries gradually acquired a central place in philosophical, rhetorical and religious education. Both Christians and pagans adopted polemical strategies in distinguishing between orthodox and heterodox interpretations of their founding texts, thus leading to controversy between authors who often had much more in common than they were ready to admit. In this context, polemical strategies not only served to refute one’s opponents, but also contributed to establishing intra-school identity and intellectual alliances.

The aim of this conference is to study the role that polemical strategies and intellectual controversy have played in the establishment of ancient learned networks, such as philosophical and scientific schools, scholarly and religious communities, literary circles, etc., as well as in the dynamics of intellectual alliances, traditions, and ‘personal’ networks.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Peter Gemeinhardt (Göttingen)
  • Pantelis Golitsis (Thessaloniki)
  • Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tübingen)
  • Philip van der Eijk (Berlin)

Conference venue:

Conference fee:

  • The conference is free for KU Leuven participants.
  • Registration fee for non-KU Leuven participants: 30 EUR. The registration fee includes access to all conference presentations, conference materials, all coffee breaks, 2 lunches (December 13 and 14, 2018) and the opening reception on Wednesday December 12, 2018. Not included is the conference dinner on Thursday December 13, 2018.
  • Participants (both KU Leuven and non-KU Leuven) who would like to attend the conference dinner on Thursday December 13, 2018, can pay an extra 60 EUR.

The conference fee should be paid after you have completed your online registration. The conference fee can be paid by bank transfer:

  • account number IBAN: BE60 7340 0666 0370
  • name and address of beneficiary: KU Leuven, Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • BIC/Swift code: KREDBEBB
  • reason of payment/gestructureerde mededeling: 400/0017/09360 (It is mandatory to mention this number!)
  • Please be sure your name is also clearly visible.

Online registration is available here. The conference poster and the conference program are also available online.

For more information, please contact

Workshop on “Corpus Coranicum Christianum”, Berlin Byzantine Studies), 5–7 December 2018, Freie Universität Berlin.

The program of the workshop has been finalised. For any up-date concerning the workshop, you can visit our website, where you can also find the poster and the flyer.

The workshop seeks to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project comparing all Christian translations of the Qur’anIts goal is to gather and analyze, in a first step, all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Qur’an from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period and to present the results to the scientific and broader public as a synoptic open-access digital edition. The workshop is aiming at mapping out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Qur’an and to facilitate further scientific exchange. It will also examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an annotated database of the Corpus Coranicum Christianum.



“Contested Heritage: adaptation, restoration and innovation in the Late Antique and Byzantine world”, Oxford University Byzantine Society, 22-23 February 2019, History Faculty, Oxford.

The OUBS committee would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all those who have submitted abstracts for the 21st OUBS International Graduate Conference. We have received a record number of submissions this year from graduate students across the globe, and we hope to be able to reflect this variety at the conference. Applicants should expect to hear back in early December concerning the acceptance of papers.

(For the call for papers visit the OUBS website here.)



Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies Post-doctoral Fellowship (September 2019 – August 2020)

Deadline: 15 January 2019

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies (SNF CHS) at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a one-year Post-doctoral Fellowship focused on Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global. Our search committee welcomes proposals that span disciplinary boundaries from candidates working on comparative approaches to the advertised fellowship theme. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply. Situated atop Burnaby Mountain, east of downtown Vancouver, the Centre is a major site for Hellenic Studies in North America. Affiliated faculty have expertise in Ancient, Byzantine, Early Modern and Modern Greek history, archaeology, literature and language. The successful applicant will join the faculty and students who make up our intellectual community and participate in the Centre’s day-to-day activities. In this context, they will take an active part in the SNF CHS seminar series, offering two formal talks on campus. The SNF CHS Post-doctoral Fellow will also offer one talk for a lay audience as part of the Centre’s community outreach activities. While at SFU the SNF CHS Post-Doctoral Fellow will have opportunities to engage with the content development activities of the SNF New Media Lab. The successful candidate will receive $50,000 to support themselves for the duration of their fellowship. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Simon Fraser University is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within a maximum of FOUR years before the appointment date (September 1, 2019) and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research project outline, and THREE letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted to the Acting Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Dr. Dimitris Krallis. Applications received by January 15, 2019 will be given priority.


Lecturer in Modern Greek History – Royal Holloway, Department of History, University of London.

Deadline: noon, 14 December 2018

Location: Egham
Salary: £42,926 per annum – including London Allowance
Closing Date: Friday 14 December 2018
Interview Date: Friday 18 January 2019
Reference: 1118-441

Applications are invited for a three year fixed-term post of Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in modern Greek History funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Candidates will normally have completed a PhD in modern European History and be able to demonstrate a developing record of publications. The candidate will be expected to teach modern Greek history, contributing also to wider teaching on the history Modern Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as transnational and diaspora studies. They will also contribute to core undergraduate teaching in the History Department and to modern European MA teaching. They will, additionally, participate in the Department’s admissions activities and its public engagement work. This is a full-time post to begin 01 September 2019. It is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

Competitive Benefits package:

Royal Holloway, University of London offers a highly competitive benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
  • Free parking
  • Enhanced provision for Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Kate Cooper, Head of History, at: or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 443295.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit 

The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.

Closing Date: Noon, 14 December 2018

Interview Date: Interviews are expected to be held on 18 January 2019.

Two fully-funded PhD positions in Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Deadline: 2 January 2019

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame accepts up to two, funded PhD candidates per year in Liturgical Studies. The program in Liturgical Studies integrates three sub-disciplines: Liturgical History; Liturgical Theology; Ritual Studies.

The program offers a wide range of research opportunities with particular strengths in early and late antique Christian ritual and material culture, medieval liturgy, Byzantine Christianity, manuscript studies, modern liturgical theology, and ritual studies. Recent dissertations have included topics on ritual at the Second Temple, architecture and liturgy in medieval Salisbury, liturgy and life in Crusader Jerusalem, ritual in Igbo culture, imperial rites for commemorating earthquakes in late antique Constantinople, and ritual and identity in the California Missions.

The Liturgical Studies program was founded in 1947 as the first graduate program in the Department of Theology and quickly grew to become an international center for the study of liturgy. Pioneers in the discipline who have taught at Notre Dame include Josef Jungmann, Louis Bouyer, Robert Taft, Paul Bradshaw, and many others. The program is currently comprised of seven faculty members and represents one of the largest concentrations of liturgical scholars at one place in the world.

In addition to its core strengths, Liturgical Studies offers a variety of opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions at Notre Dame, including the Medieval Institute, the Program in Sacred Music, other departments at the university (esp. History, Anthropology and Sociology) and other programs within the Theology Department, including Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA), the History of Christianity (HC), and Systematic Theology (ST). The Hesburgh Libraries system has extensive holdings in theology and one of the nation’s largest collections in medieval and Byzantine studies, including the Milton Anastos Collection. The Theology Department also offers a broad range of ancient languages, including courses in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Armenian and Ge’ez, with additional opportunities for studying Georgian, Slavonic, and Jewish Aramaic.

All applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 2, 2019. More information and a link to the online application may be found here.

Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2019-2020

Deadline 15 January 2019

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.  DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and college professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019.

For further information, consult the ASCSA website.

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

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