The Byzness 10/12/2018

The Byzness, 10th December 2018





“Byzantine Centres of Magnificence”, Oxford University Byzantine Studies Summer Course for Adults, 13-20 July 2019, Rewley House, Oxford.

Deadline for enrolment: 1 May 2019

Apart from Constantinople, the political and cultural capital of the Byzantine empire for over a thousand years, there were other wealthy cities and towns as well as monastic communities in the empire which produced exquisite cultural and artistic products. Using contemporary texts and visual aids, the course will trace the development of Constantinople and certain other Byzantine centres and examine the cultural, artistic and everyday life in those centres from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

The course will be taught by Dr Aphrodite Papayianni, who teaches at the University of London and OUDCE. She has a particular interest in the Byzantine-Western relations and has published articles in various topics of Byzantine History.

Full information regarding the course can be found here.


Différents métaux, différents besoins?: Le monnayage dans l’Europe occidentale et méditerranéenne (Ve–VIIIe s.)”, 12-15 December 2018, Institut d’études avancées de Paris.

Colloque organisé par Ruth Pliego (Université de Séville / IEA de Paris 2017-2018) et Marc Bompaire (EPHE | PSL), avec le soutien de l’IEA de Paris et du laboratoire SAPRAT (EPHE)

The Germanic kingdoms, as successors of the Roman Empire, were attached to many aspects of the Roman tradition and tried to perpetuate them, and one of the most important was the production of gold and silver coinage as an expression of power and prestige. Numismatic researchers have had at their disposal an important repertoire of precious metal coins from different kingdoms coming from finds and old collections due to the interest and value of these pieces. Nevertheless, besides the high-quality issues in precious metals, the numismatic repertoire of this period also includes small and humble pieces with crude technique and general poor state of preservation which may explain their near-total absence from ancient excavation inventories. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, currently we count with many ensembles of these bronze coins –generally known as minimi–, even the material is in itself problematic, essentially due to the large amount of cleaning and restoring involved, so this material is sent to the ‘back of the queue’ in the priorities of the Museums, which explains why so many of the specimens are reported to feature ineligible legends, this has hampered their analysis and publication.

The different monetary metals do not imply different methods of manufacture but probably a different way of approaching the production of coinage and certainly a different care. However, minting different metals may involve different issuing authorities, and generally and almost certainly involves different social uses and different dispersion of coins. Broadly speaking, we would have different environments of coin circulation that rarely match exactly: the coinage in precious metals, principally in gold, minted for every kingdom and is used principally (but not only) in a ‘regional’ economy of gifts, being, thus, limited in explaining the market economy, and on the other hand, the minimi, minted by diverse authorities unlike the gold and silver coins, circulated all mixed together during the sixth and seventh century, and likely extended beyond that period. The wide circulation of these minimi through the Mediterranean indicates that they played an essential role in the economic life of the period.

This Study Day is focused to show the coin repertoire of the Early Middle Ages in several metals and in the different areas of Europe, and trying to establish a nexus between them up to the first decades of the eight century which leads to important changes, that will be notably accentuated with the sudden Umayyad conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and the rise of the Carolingian Empire.

Further details here.

Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-LettresSéance publique Vendredi 14 décembre 15h30

Entrée : 23, quai de Conti, Paris 6e.

Communication de Mme Cécile Morrisson, membre de l’Académie, et M. Vivien Prigent, chargé de recherche au CNRS : « Les bulles de plomb, source pour l’histoire de l’administration de la province byzantine d’Afrique ».

Résumé : Le musée national de Carthage possède plus d’un millier de sceaux de plomb byzantins la plupart frappés sur place, soit la plus grande collection au monde de ces séries qui constituent une source relativement méconnue de l’histoire de l’Afrique byzantine. Après un rappel historiographique, on donnera quelques exemples des thèmes iconographiques avant d’insister sur d’autres spécificités du bullaire africain telle l’épigraphie mixte gréco-latine, revêtant une multiplicité de formes concomitantes et qui ne peut aider à la datation. Quelques exemples montreront le témoignage des sceaux sur la survivance des institutions urbaines (chartulaires du sitônikon), sur le rôle croissant au VIIe siècle des membres du cubiculum impérial à la tête de l’armée byzantine en Afrique et l’évolution de la structure de ce commandement entre magister militum Africae et magister militum de Numidie ou de Byzacène introduits avec des corps permanents dans les provinces sous Maurice. L’un de ces magistri militum de Numidie, Théoctiste, attesté par Jean de Biclar en 570, fut aussi baiulus (tuteur d’un prince de la famille impériale) et amènera à s’interroger sur les monnaies du jeune Théodose frappées seulement à Carthage, anomalie restée une énigme pour les numismates. Cet aperçu non exhaustif conclura sur l’absence surprenante de toute bulle d’exarque, amenant à s’interroger sur la réalité de la fonction.



Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, University of Cambridge, 9-10 April 2019, St John’s College, Cambridge.

Deadline: 13 January 2019

We welcome proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the arts, humanities and social sciences. These include but are not limited to prehistory through to the ancient and post-antique, modern, and contemporary histories; historiography; art and architecture history; anthropology; archaeology; cultural heritage; film and cinema; music and musicology; new media and communication studies; the performing arts; poetry and literature; languages and linguistics; Diaspora and migration studies; diplomatic studies, international relations and political science; social and political theory; law and legal studies; economics, philately and numismatics; sociology; philosophy; religions and theology.

Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.


Proposals are open to early career scholars at postgraduate and post-doctoral levels from any disciplinary background within the arts, humanities and social sciences:

  1. Postgraduate students (MA, MPhil, MSt, etc. who are currently enrolled or who graduate/d in 2019 or 2018);
  2. PhD students and PhD candidates at any stage of their degree; and
  3. post-docs who graduated within the last three years (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015).

Persons falling into any of these categories are eligible to submit a proposal for an individual paper or pre-arranged panel. Submission is conducted electronically through the website. For any questions, please email us at

The language of the conference is English. All submissions undergo double-blind peer review.


Symposia Iranica is Iranian studies’ leading forum for early career scholars. A dedicated, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed platform open to emerging scholars working on any aspect of Iranian or Persian Studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences, our three previous conferences were hosted by the University of St Andrews at St Mary’s College in 2013 and the University of Cambridge at Downing College in 2015 and Pembroke College in 2017.

The full call for papers is on our website:

Updates will be posted to our Facebook page:

A virtual preview of our programme is at:

Highlights from all three conferences to-date:


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge; St John’s College, Cambridge; Trinity College, Cambridge; British Institute of Persian Studies; Iran Heritage Foundation; Soudavar Memorial Foundation; Ancient India and Iran Trust; Institute of Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews; Pembroke College, Cambridge; Brill Publishers; I.B. Tauris Publishers; Edinburgh University Press; and the German Oriental Studies Trust.


The Maritime Archaeology Graduate Symposium (MAGS 2019), University of Southampton, Centre for Maritime Archaeology / University of Oxford, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA), 29-31 March 2019, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus

Deadline: 30 December 2018

As the field of maritime archaeology continues to mature into a multifaceted sub-discipline, advances and developments are occurring at a rapid pace. The Maritime Archaeology Graduate Symposium (MAGS) will allow the next generation of scholars in the field to gather in Southampton to share their research, engage with like-minded individuals, and foster interdisciplinary cooperation. From masters’ students to post-doctoral academics, we encourage all early career researchers of maritime archaeology and related sub-disciplines to attend, either as audience members or presenters of papers.

This three-day symposium will feature talks on maritime archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, as this is the region in which Honor Frost, a pioneer in the field, primarily worked. In addition, researchers focused on subjects beyond the eastern Mediterranean are encouraged to present any work related to general methodological advances or legislative issues in maritime archaeology on Day 3.

Travel bursaries will be provided for those who wish to attend or present thanks to the generous support of the Honor Frost Foundation. For further information and updates regarding the bursary scheme or the conference in general, please refer to the MAGS 2019 official website and Facebook page. Please send abstracts to the email provided below. Abstract submissions should consist of 250 words with the applicant’s name, abstract title and intended day of presentation. Deadline for submission is December 30.


Day 1: Registration and wine reception

Day 2: Eastern Mediterranean maritime archaeology

Day 3: Methodological advances, new techniques, and legislative issues in maritime archaeology


Sponsors: The Honor Frost Foundation and the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA)

“Enigma in Medieval Slavic Culture”, Symposium, 14-16 November 2019, The Slavic Institute, University of Cologne.

Deadline: 13 January 2019

Organiser: Agnes Kriza PhD (Alexander von Humboldt fellow, University of Cologne)

“A wise man will understand both a parable and a hidden saying, both wise words and riddles” (Prov. 1:6). These words of King Solomon’s Proverbs had special relevance for the culture of medieval Rus and, more broadly, for the Orthodox Slavs. According to the ninth-century Life of Saint Cyrill, before creating the Slavic letters, the Apostle of the Slavs had solved the riddle of the inscription on King Solomon’s chalice in the Constantinople Hagia Sophia. The earliest extant book from Rus, dated 1073, consists of riddles embedded in a Byzantine compilation of questions and answers. In Church Slavonic literature “parables and hidden sayings” existed either explicitly, in questions-and-answers, theological commentaries, or implicitly, inserted in different narratives. The riddles, however, appeared not only textually, but also visually. A remarkable phenomenon of the fifteenth century is the appearance of novel, extremely complex and barely comprehensible images in Russian art, often accompanied by written commentaries. In 1553 an icon-debate erupted in Moscow, because “parables” had replaced the icons of Christ and the saints in the Kremlin churches. Riddles thus had primary relevance in medieval Russian and Orthodox Slavonic epistemology, cognition and learning.

The last decades have seen the appearance of hermeneutical and semiotic approaches in historical studies as a response to the emerging problems of obscurity and incomprehensibility of texts and images in medieval Rus. To decipher textual and visual evidence and to decode phenomena of everyday life or symbols of power, they applied innovative methodologies inspired by hermeneutics, semiotics, literary structuralism, phenomenology and iconology. Not only texts and objects of art, but also historical phenomena have been studied, including liturgical and para-liturgical rites, processions or gestures that convey complex symbolical meaning and have historical significance. Despite their relevance for modern historiography the problems of medieval riddles have never been subject of specific analysis in early Slavonic studies. This interdisciplinary conference aims to create a forum for discussion between scholars of different disciplines: Slavonic and Byzantine philology, history, theology, as well as art history. Through case studies across disciplinary and medial boundaries, it aims to find methodologies by which medieval enigmas, both textual and visual, can be deciphered. It seeks to identify their common characteristics, but also their transformation across space and time.

The conference’s main topics and research questions include but are not limited to the following problems:

  • Patristic allegorical exegesis and its implications for medieval Orthodox Slavic culture
  • “Questions-and-answers” in Slavic literature
  • Liturgy and enigma
  • Riddles and learning in Slavia Orthodoxa
  • Enigma and the semiotics of medieval Russian culture
  • Decoding medieval Slavic texts
  • Riddles on Byzantine and Post-Byzantine icons and images
  • Russian iconographic innovations after the fifteenth century
  • Iconography of Russian Old Believer icons

The conference will include a visit to the Icon Museum in Recklinghausen. Depending on the funds available, travel and accommodation expenses will be partly or fully covered. To apply, please send a proposal of up to 250 words for a 20-minute paper, together with a CV, to no later than 13th January 2019.


1st International Contest “FuMaSt – The Future of Manuscript Studies”, 3-4 October 2019, Gaeta.

Deadline: 17 February 2019

Co-organised by
CIPL – Comité International de Paléographie Latine
APICES – Association Paléographique Internationale Culture Écriture Société
CNRS- Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes
AIMD – Associazione Italiana Manoscritti Datati
AIPD – Associazione Italiana Paleografi e Diplomatisti
Società Internazionale di Storia della Miniatura
Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale

Early-stage researchers working on mediaeval Greek and Latin manuscripts are widely present within PhD courses in various disciplines and subjects, funded projects, universities and research institutions. Their research activities, which contribute in an essential way to building the future of manuscript studies, would highly benefit from a broader comparison of methods and results, both among young scholars and within the whole scholarly community.

The First International Contest “FuMaSt – The Future of Manuscript Studies” aims to bring together experienced scholars and young researchers engaged in the study of Greek and Latin manuscripts, coming from a variety of countries and scholarly traditions, and working in different and often not directly connected contexts.

Proposals are expected from PhD students and early-stage researchers (under 35 years of age, PhD earned not more than 5 years before the application). They may concern ongoing projects as well as first results of scholarly undertakings in the field of manuscript studies (palaeography, codicology, history of illuminated manuscripts, cataloguing). Interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome. Topics not centred on the study of manuscript books (i.e. those of a purely philological, text-historical, literary or art-historical nature) will not be considered.

Ten papers will be selected for a 20-minute oral presentation, followed by a 10-minute discussion. A further selection of proposals (up to a maximum of 20) will be included in a PDF brochure, to be widely circulated on the main scientific websites, mailing lists, newsletters and social networks.
The papers will need to conform to a few formalia, in order to make communication more efficient, and should contribute to shaping ‘good practices’ in the oral presentation of palaeographical and codicological research. These requirements – which will be sent to the selected speakers – mainly concern the structure of the papers, the relevance, technical quality and organisation of illustrations, and the drafting of a longer abstract in two of the contest’s official languages.

The proposals for papers should be written in French, English, Italian, Spanish or German, and contain the following information:

  • author’s name and affiliation (if applicable)
  • a short curriculum vitae (max. 2,500 characters)
  • title
  • summary (min 4,000/max. 6,000 characters), offering sufficient information on the context, methods and results of the presented research

The ten selected speakers will be granted hotel accommodation in Gaeta and a refund of 100 € max for travel expenses.

The best three presentations, chosen by a panel representing the organizing institutions, will be awarded a prize consisting in:

  • a certificate jointly issued by the organizing institutions;
  • the opportunity of publishing the contribution in a recognised scientific journal.

The proposals, in PDF format, should be sent to the Secretariat (PhD student Antonia Cerullo) not later than 17 February, 2019. The selected papers will be announced by the 31 March, 2019. The complete texts of the papers must be sent by 15 June, 2019 to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which may then make some suggestions to authors for the definitive version of their work.

For further information please contact Antonia Cerullo

Local organizers: Marilena Maniaci and Giulia Orofino

“Religion and War from Antiquity to early Modernity: Historical Varieties of a Recurring Nexus”, 24-26 June 2019, King’s College London.

The conference, hosted by the Departments of Classics and War Studies, and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London, will mark the launch of a new international research network Religion and War through the Ages dedicated to exploring the nexus between religion and war as a recurring cross-cultural phenomenon attested in a great variety of historical societies from antiquity to the present and presenting a particularly poignant modern challenge.

What role do religious ideas play in human conflicts? Citing direct divine command or posing as guardians of divine interests, actively seeking divine approval or drawing courage from imagined divine support, armies from ancient times to the present and across diverse regions and cultures, have gone to battle with one another.  The conference will investigate specific historical cases and contexts that illustrate the influence of religion on war, from motivation to rules of conduct.  Major themes include: the demands of different sets of religious beliefs that in the past provided a cause for war; the conditions under which religious considerations became a dominant force among the reasons for and against war; the role religion played in escalating war or putting limits on violence and how that influence was felt; finally, how religion, in turn, was affected by the conduct of war in past societies.

With wide geographic coverage encompassing the Mediterranean basin, Near East, North Africa, and Europe, and taking Classical Antiquity as a starting point, but looking as far back as the second millennium BCE and forward to the Westphalian settlement of 1648, this conference will be a comparative and cross-cultural exploration of the persistent question about the role of religion in motivating, guiding, and explaining the causes and conduct of war.

Confirmed speakers include: Ian Morris (Stanford), Anthony Spalinger (Auckland), Penny Roberts (Warwick), Amir Gilan (Tel Aviv), Yannis Stouraitis (Edinburgh), Amira Benison (Cambridge).

Proposals from young researchers and established scholars in all fields of history (from Near Eastern Studies, Classics, Medieval and Byzantine to Early Modern) are now invited for papers of 20 minutes exploring historical cases that fit within the geographic and chronological framework outlined above and explore the influence of religion on war, from motivation and moral justification to rules of conduct.  Proposals, of up to 350 words, should be sent to Irene Polinskaya by 15 December 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by 15 January 2019. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Inquiries may be sent to Irene PolinskayaAlan James and Hans van Wees.


“6th Salzburg International Conference on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia”, Center for the Study of the Christian East (ZECO) and the Archaeological Institute of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences / Department of Nestorian Studies, 20-27 June 2019, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Deadline: 1 March 2019

We invite paper proposals on all aspects of Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. Papers should be original, concise and to the point. They should take 20 minutes to deliver and be presented in English.


Please download and fill out this reply form including an abstract (100-150 words) and submit it here  before March 1, 2019

Registration Fee (mandatory): € 85. This covers lunch, coffee breaks, rent of the conference room, technical facilities, conference folders, photocopies, administration fees etc.

Excursion (Optional): For those who want to participate in our 2-day excursion, there will be a ticket charge of €55 per person. The ticket covers tour bus, admissions, accommodations incl. breakfast.

Extra Information

Kevin White, head of the Department of Nestorian Studies, has written an introduction letter for you to get better acquainted with the newly formed department that has the privilege to host this conference.  This letter also gives more information pertaining to the field trips on the 24th and 25th of June. You can view or download a copy of this letter here.

Details regarding payment, visas and hotel bookings can be viewed here.



Research Assistant in Medieval Manuscripts and Late-Antique and Medieval Christianity, Radboud University Nijmegen

Deadline: 17 December 2019

Radboud University Nijmegen is advertising a position for a parttime research assistant in Medieval Manuscripts and Late-Antique and Medieval Christianity to be part of the research teams of the ERC Project PASSIM (Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages. The dissemination, manipulation and interpretation of Late-Antique sermons in the Medieval Latin West), which kicks off on 1 January 2019, and the NWO Project Alanus (On the trail of Alanus of Farfa. Tracing the formation of Augustine’s authority in medieval sermon collections for the liturgy), which commenced on 1 October 2018.

The research assistant will contribute to the gathering of data on Medieval manuscripts that contain collections of Late-Antique sermons, from manuscript catalogues and online repositories. He/she will also be expected to undertake field trips to manuscript libraries in Europe and organise the exchange of data on the manuscripts with existing databases and online catalogues.

Location: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Contract: Education/Research Officer, Level 3

Duration: 1 year initially, with the possibility of extension up to 4 years
Starting date: 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter
Contract type: Parttime (0,5 FTE)

Deadline for the application: 17 December 2018

Full details of the job offer can be found here.

More information on the research projects can be found here.

Morgan Library & Museum, Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (Full-time)

The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for a new position of Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The Assistant Curator organizes exhibitions, researches the collection, hosts class visits and other educational activities, assists with collection development and acquisitions, cultivates donors and fundraising opportunities, performs reference services, inventories collections, maintains departmental files, and creates or revises records for collection items. The position reports to the Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and will work alongside the present Assistant Curator.

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on manuscript illumination and medieval art required.
  • Experience in museum work and/or the academic field of art history; curatorial experience in medieval manuscripts preferred.
  • Specialized knowledge of medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination essential, as well as general familiarity with medieval and Renaissance art.
  • Ability to organize exhibitions, write and edit publications (both scholarly and popular) and didactics, and give public lectures and tours.
  • Ability to communicate and deal with a broad range of people in promoting the department’s collection, be they scholars, students, collectors, Fellows and Friends of the Morgan, the department’s visiting committee, or the public.
  • Proven record of independent scholarly research and publications of the highest standards; excellent writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Latin and fluency in French, Italian, or German.
  • Able to work for extended periods at a computer workstation. – Able to lift moderately heavy boxes and books and move items to and from shelves. – Able to climb ladders, wheel carts with collection items through the facility, and tolerate moderate levels of dust generated during normal activities and movement of objects.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To apply: Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements here. The position has an anticipated start date on or after April 2019. Select candidates will be asked to supply writing samples and references. All inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to the aforementioned email address. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, marital status or domestic violence victim status.

Junior Research Fellowship in Medieval History, University of Oxford – University College 

Deadline: 16 January 2019

University College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in any period or geographical region of Medieval History c 400 to c 1500 CE, tenable for three years with a start date expected to be at the beginning of October 2019.  The appointee will be based in University College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BH.

JRFs provide research opportunities to outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers.  The primary duty of the post is to carry out a coherent programme of high-quality publishable research, but most JRFs choose also to offer a limited amount of teaching for the College in the interests of career development.  Any such teaching will be remunerated separately. Ordinarily, the College has between 8 and 10 JRFs across a range of subjects.  JRFs play an important part in the intellectual and social life of the College.

Further details about University College, including the research interests of current Fellows, are available from our website here.

The primary criterion for appointment to the JRF will be research excellence.  Candidates must:

(1) have a strong educational record

(2) hold a doctorate, or be near completion

(3) have research expertise demonstrated by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement

(4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship.

The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorates by the start of their appointment.  This position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary JRF or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date (except in special circumstances).

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of other emoluments is £24,983 per annum.  If a JRF receives a stipend from elsewhere (such as a UK Research Council) then the College stipend would be reduced by the amount of salary received from that other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance provided.  Free meals and free accommodation for the JRF in College, ordinarily a one bedroom flat, will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,512 pa).  The total salary package is therefore £30,495, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,284), an entertainment allowance (£192), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis.  Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Application forms (downloadable from the College website) should be sent to, by 12 noon (UK time) on Wednesday 16 January 2019.  Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to by the same date.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on Friday 1 March 2019 (to be confirmed).

3 research positions in Jewish Studies / Classics in the research project “Lege Josephum: Ways of Reading Josephus in the Latin Middle Ages”, University of Bern.

Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Institute of Jewish Studies and the Institute of Historical Theology at the University of Bern invite applications for three PhD positions (full-time and limited to four years):

(1)   Jewish Studies or Classics (2) and (3) Theology, Classics or History

The three positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF and are part of the larger “Sinergia” research project “Lege Josephum: Ways of Reading Josephus in the Latin Middle Ages”, co-directed with the Classics department.

Position 1, Jewish Studies or Classics: The successful candidate will write a dissertation on the use of Latin sources in the 10th century historiographical work Yosippon. Candidates must hold an MA degree in Jewish Studies, Classics or an affiliated field and demonstrate thorough knowledge of both Latin and (biblical) Hebrew.

Positions 2 and 3, Theology, Classics, Medieval Latin or History: The successful candidates will write a dissertation on the use and interpretation of Josephus in historiographical works by the Circle of St Victor: in Petrus Comestor’s Historia scholastica (Position 2) and in the crusader chronicles of the 12th century (Position 3). Candidates must hold an MA degree in Theology, Classics, or History and demonstrate thorough knowledge of Latin.

The annual salaries for each position range from CHF 47’040 to CHF 50’040. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter. Applications should be submitted in German or English and should contain a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, as well as a sample of academic writing (one pdf-file). Applicants for position 1 are invited to send in their applications (and enquiries about the project) electronically to the following address: Prof. Dr. René Bloch, Institut für Judaistik, Länggassstrasse 51, 3012 Bern, Switzerland, Applicants for positions 2 and 3 are invited to send in their applications (and enquiries about the projects) electronically to the following address: Prof. Dr. Katharina Heyden, Institut für Historische Theologie, Länggassstrasse 51, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.

Applications for all three positions should be sent in no later than January 31, 2019.


Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Rank of Instructor, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2019-2021 academic years. This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute. The conference will take place in early March 2020. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed here.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be complete at the time of appointment. Applicants should send:

a. Cover letter
b. 5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)
c. Curriculum vitae
d. 3 letters of reference

Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website here.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 28th, 2019. Start date is September 1st, 2019. Inquiries can be directed to with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Fellow”.

Posting Link here.

Tutorial Fellowship and Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Medieval Eurasian History, Trinity College and the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. 

Deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 14th January 2019.

Trinity College and the Faculty of History wish jointly to appoint to a Tutorial Fellowship and Associate Professorship in Medieval Eurasia c.300-c.1300, commencing in October 2019. The combined University and College salary will be on a scale from £47,263 to £63,463 p.a. Additional allowances provided by the College include a (taxable) housing allowance, if the successful candidate chooses not to live in College accommodation, of £14,250 p.a.

Applications are invited from candidates who have an excellent record of research and teaching expertise in Medieval Eurasia c.300-c.1300, namely East Asia including China, Central Asia and the steppe, India, the Indian Ocean, the Islamic World, but not the Western European and Byzantine worlds. All other things being equal, a preference may be given to a candidate whose research contributes to one or more of the following fields: gender history; women’s history; cultural history; religious history; inter-cultural connectivities; environmental history, as well as social, political, and economic history. The appointee will be expected to research at the highest level; to teach undergraduates for the College and Faculty, and to supervise graduates for the Faculty; and to undertake relevant administrative duties for both the College and the Faculty.

The Associate Professor will be a member of the University and the College communities and will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications, with access to Oxford’s excellent research facilities. Candidates must have received their doctorate by the closing date for applications. While early-career candidates are welcome to apply, this is not intended as an early-career appointment. The person appointed will be expected to play a full and active role in College and Faculty teaching, research and administration from appointment.

Closing date: 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 14th January 2019.

Interviews will be held in Oxford on 7th and 8th March 2019.

Lectureship in Late Antique and Early Byzantine Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Deadline: 7 January 2019 (5pm GMT)

The School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications for two lectureships, one in Greek Archaeology and one in Late Antique Archaeology, created as an investment in the flourishing area of Classical Art and Archaeology within the Department of Classics. The closing date for both posts is 7 January 2019 (5pm GMT), and both posts are available from 1 September 2019.

For the Late Antique Archaeology post, we seek a specialist in approximately the fourth to eight centuries with a geographical focus on the later Roman empire, early Byzantium, and the post-Roman Western Mediterranean. The successful candidate will have a track record of internationally excellent publications, proportionate to career stage, and will continue to publish and research at the highest level in this and related disciplines. They will be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of late antique archaeology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as to doctoral supervision, and will be expected to collaborate with other Roman archaeologists and other late antique and Byzantine specialists. For further details see here.

Research Residencies 2019-2020, Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities, Naples.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Opened in Fall 2018, the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities / Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali is a collaboration between the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas, with the participation of the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Housed within the Capodimonte’s bosco in a rustic eighteenth-century agricultural building called La Capraia (the goat farm), the Center is a laboratory for new research in the cultural histories of port cities and the mobilities of artworks, people, technologies, and ideas. Research and programs at La Capraia are dedicated to exploring global histories of art, architecture, and cultural production, while grounded in direct study of artworks, sites, and materials in Naples as well as southern Italy. Through Research Residencies and regular site-based Research Workshops and Symposia, the Center at La Capraia supports scholarly access to Naples, fosters new research on Naples and on other port cities, and creates a network of students and scholars working on related projects.

The Advisory Committee of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities invites applications for Research Residencies for PhD students in the earlier stages of their dissertations. Projects, which may be interdisciplinary, may focus on art and architectural history, music history, archeology, or related fields, from antiquity to the present. All projects must address the cultural histories of Naples as a center of exchange, encounter, and transformation, while making meaningful use of research materials in Naples and southern Italy including artworks, sites, archives, and libraries.

This year, Residencies will run for 9 months (2 September 2019 – 29 May 2020). Residents will be awarded free lodging and work space at La Capraia and a modest award of 5,200 EUR, administered by the Amici di Capodimonte, to help defray the cost of living during the nine-month period. Residents will be granted privileged access to collections and research resources at the Capodimonte; access to other sites, collections, and research materials will be arranged as needed. Residents will be responsible for obtaining appropriate visas (the Center will provide official letters of support) and for providing proof of health insurance. During their time in Naples, Residents are expected to share their research in a public lecture, gallery talk, or site visit, to participate fully Center’s organized activities, and before the end of the residency period to submit a written report on their progress.

We welcome applications from scholars of any nationality. Applicants are invited to submit a CV, a letter of intent, and a proposal of 1,000-1,500 words that outlines the research project and the resources that will be used in Naples. Materials should be sent in a single PDF file to the Center’s Research Coordinator, Dott.ssa Francesca Santamaria. In addition, applicants must invite three recommenders to send letters of support directly to the same email address. All materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Learn more about the Center here.

Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2019-2020

Deadline: 1 February 2019

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2019. For further information, please see here. Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

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