The Byzness 15/01/2019

The Byzness, 15th January 2019





Workshop “Holiness on the Move: Travelling Saints in Byzantium”, Newcastle University, 22 February 2019, Newcastle.

Venue: Keeton-Lomas Lecture Theatre | Armstrong Building, Ground floor | SHCA | Newcastle University

This workshop brings together researchers in the field of Byzantine literature, and especially hagiography, in order to explore travel and monastic mobility in Byzantium in connection to Byzantine ideals of sainthood, as reflected in hagiographic compositions.

For more information on the workshop (programme, abstracts, registration, etc), please visit the webpage of the event and @SacredByzantium on Twitter.


“Women in Archaeology” Conference, St Hugh’s College, 23 February 2019, 11:30 am, Oxford.

Join St Hugh’s for this fascinating study day on prominent women archaeologists, with a particular focus on those who worked in the Middle East. The study day will culminate with a screening in the early evening of a wonderful new film on the life and work of St Hugh’s alumna, the late Nancy Sandars (Archaeology, 1950), who worked with the hugely influential archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Principal of St Hugh’s from 1962 to 1973.

For more information or to register you can click here.



“Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europeium”, Podgorica Centre for Hellenic Studies, 29 September – 04 October 2019, Herceg Novi (Montenegro).

Deadline: 1 March 2019

Center for Hellenic Studies, from Podgorica (Montenegro) is happy to announce the international conference on the topic “Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europe”, to be held in Herceg Novi (Montenegro), from 29 September to 04 October 2019.

The Conference is organized under the auspices of Ministry of Science of Montenegro, and is of an interdisciplinary character, addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas, anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. We welcome papers on topics like

  1. The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
  2. Freedom and democracy
  3. Politics and economy
  4. Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
  5. The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
  6. Autonomy and responsibility in politics
  7. The philosophy of the cosmopolis
  8. The polis and happiness
  9. Ethics and politics

and other relevant themes. Please see the full call for papers here.

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted by 1 March 2019, via the registration form, or sent by email here.

For more information please visit the website which will be constantly updated with new information.


“Byzantine Materiality”, The Sacred Arts Initiative of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 8-11 May 2019.

Deadline: 1 February 2019

Popular descriptions of Byzantium often emphasize the mystical and immaterial while overlooking the mediating role of matter implied by the Christian belief in the incarnation. In the field of art history and across the humanities, a new interest in matter and materials constitutes what is now being referred to as the “material turn” or “new materialisms.”

This conference explores matter, materials, and materiality in Byzantine art and culture. It aims to examine material strategies of objects, makers, and users; the agency and affective properties of materials and objects; Byzantine depictions and descriptions of matter in images and texts; and the senses and embodied experiences in Byzantium.

In addition to our speakers, limited space is available for additional 20-minute papers.

We invite scholars and graduate students from a range of fields—including but not limited to history of art and architecture, archaeology, liturgical studies, musicology/sound studies, theology, philosophy, and history—to submit paper proposals.

Please send your abstract (300 words maximum) and academic CV to Evan Freeman here by February 1, 2019.

Limited financial aid is available for graduate students giving papers.

For more information, please visit the website.


“Transition and Transformation: The Early Reception of the Greek and Roman Inheritance (3th-8th c. CE)”, 12th Celtic Conference in Classics, University of Coimbra, 26-29 June 2019, Portugal.

Deadline: 28.02.2019

Panel coordinators:

Giulia Agostini (‘Sapienza’ – University of Rome)

Elisa Nuria Merisio (‘Sapienza’ – University of Rome)

Anna Salsano (‘Sapienza’ – University of Rome)

Emanuele Zimbardi (‘Sapienza’ – University of Rome and ‘Freie Universität’ Berlin)

As well known, the Greek and Roman civilization underwent a period of transition between the 3th century and the 8th century. Through a complex process of transformation and adaptation to new demands, the Greek and Roman inheritance was preserved in many different forms and could fulfil new functions in the various regions of the Empire.

Although many administrative and legal reforms had been implemented from the 3th century onwards, there was always an ideal continuity with the Roman past and its institutions. One of the main consequences of the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine was the widespread adoption of Roman government practices and status standardization of the provinces, so that even in multicultural contexts (e.g. Egypt and Asia Minor) the influence of Graeco-Roman culture became more and more evident. At the same time, the regions of the Empire developed a certain degree of autonomy, and in the provincial cities new social and ethnic players (e.g. ‘barbarians’ or Christian bishops) started to be involved in the local political life, taking up the Graeco-Roman inheritance of civic engagement.

The extent to which Greek and Latin inheritance was filtered and re-shaped in different contexts can be fully measured in the regions where local cultures emerged under the surface of the overwhelming Greek and Roman culture. This is quite apparent in the case of written languages that appeared for the first time in literary and/or epigraphic sources during Late Antiquity (e.g. Coptic in Egypt, and Syriac in the Eastern provinces). In this multifaceted phenomenon, Christian religion played a pivotal role, assuming and readapting (in a multilingual context) the oecumenical ‘spirit’ of the Graeco-Roman culture.

The aim of this panel is to compare results of different researches about Graeco-Roman inheritance in different geographical areas and in different languages, in order to achieve a multidisciplinary and innovative perspective on the way classical culture was received.

This panel welcomes papers dealing with (but not limited to):

– reaction of local culture and society to Greek and Roman influence (e.g. hybridization, foreignization, naturalization, and domestication, …)

– influence of classical παιδεία on foreign literatures (e.g. Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopian, and Georgian)

– translations of classical texts into other languages and adaptations (metaphrasis, paraphrasis, …) of Greek and Latin works

– Greek and Roman myths and saga filtered and/or re-invented by local folklore, literature, and art

– Christianization of classical and pagan inheritance

– reshaping Greek and Roman models and styles in local art (architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts)

– spread of institutions and law of the Empire in local contexts and their different developments

Each paper (25 minutes) will be followed by a 10-minute discussion. Abstracts must not exceed 300 words. The submission deadline for abstracts is 28th February 2019. Please include a short biography and specify your affiliation.

Submissions are to be here.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 31st March 2019.


“Church Fathers in the Margins: Patristic Traditions in Biblical Manuscripts”, ParaTexBib Project, Ludwig-Maximilian University, 24-25 June 2019, Munich.

Deadline: 10 February 2019

Within the framework of the ERC project Paratexts of the Greek Bible (ParaTexBib), led by Martin Wallraff and Patrick Andrist, a workshop will take place from Monday, June 24th through Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich on the topic Church Fathers in the Margins: Patristic Traditions in Biblical Manuscripts.

The ParaTexBib project aims to identify, classify, and edit every kind of paratextual content accompanying the biblical text in Gospel manuscripts. Many of these paratexts bear, in quite varied forms, the heritage of patristic traditions. During this event we would like to consider the following question: how do the biblical manuscripts (Old and New Testaments) receive patristic traditions, transform them, and contribute to their transmission? We are particularly interested in the phenomenon of excerption and in the methods and intentions that underlie these processes. How is the meaning of the extracts modified by their selection, by their possible transformation, and by the proximity of other extracts? Do these phenomena, along with the choice of authors and works, allow us to define centers of interest or theological projects, possibly even controversial ones? Does the presence of such excerpts reveal particular uses and audiences – can we form hypotheses about the available sources, and hence about the production environments? We are particularly interested in biblical manuscripts in Greek prior to the fifteenth century. However, we also particularly encourage contributions relating to other linguistic areas (Latin, Eastern languages).

We welcome submissions in German, English, French, and Italian for 20-minute papers.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract (250 words max.), along with their title and institutional affiliation. Please submit your abstract here by February 10th, 2019.

Organisers: Saskia Dirkse, Marie-Ève Geiger, Agnès Lorrain and Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe.




ANAMED Short-Term Fellowships for Spring 2019

Deadline: 10 February 2019

Short-Term Fellowships are available to post-doc and senior applicants for intensive collaborative research opportunities for durations between 2 weeks and 2 months. These fellowships are open to individuals or groups of 2–4 people and are intended to provide support for ongoing projects, such as finalizing a publication or conducting intensive material analysis or conservation-restoration projects. Collaborative fellowships with Koç University faculty, centers, and facilities are preferred. In such cases, applicants must demonstrate previously established connections in the project description, and collaborating Koç University faculty must supply a reference letter as part of the application. Fellowships provide accommodation at ANAMED, five meals a week, and a modest stipend.


  • Applications must be completed at the latest by FEBRUARY 10, 2019
  • Before applying please refer to ANAMED’s Frequently Asked Questions concerning the application process.
  • Questions concerning the fellowship and application process should be directed here.
  • All applicants should complete the application form. (ONLINE FORM)
  • Owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. We recommend, therefore, that application information be gathered and prepared in a different document or place first and then entered into the form and submitted in one session. For a list of information required by in the application form, click here
  • Short-Term Fellowships are residential fellowships open only to non-Istanbul residents. Requests for non-residential Short-Term Fellowships will be denied.
  • Short-Term Fellowships cannot accommodate spouses/partners/companions.
  • Short-Term Fellowship terms are configured on a two-week basis and should always begin on the 1st or 15th of a month. They are limited to between one and four two-week periods and thus can run between a term of two weeks to two months.
  • Recommendation letters should be submitted directly by email here at the latest by FEBRUARY 10, 2019.
  • Recommendation letters should comment directly on the proposed fellowship project and the ability of the applicant to undertake it. For this reason, ANAMED recommends that applicants share project proposals with recommenders in advance.
  • Applicants are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of all application information. ANAMED reserves the right to withhold applications from full review owing to incompleteness and/or inaccuracy.


  • Short-Term Fellowships cannot be converted into Regular/Joint Fellowships and vice versa.
  • Unsuccessful applicants and applicants who decline Short-Term Fellowship offers can reapply the following year but should provide an appropriately updated application, including updated recommendation letters.
  • Unsuccessful applicants who have not been awarded fellowships two years in a row should wait five years before applying again.
  • Former holders of Regular/Joint/Short-Term Fellowships can re-apply for a fellowship after five years have passed since their previous fellowship year. For example, if an applicant applied in December 2012 and held a 2013–2014 academic year fellowship, that applicant is ineligible to apply again before December 2018 for a 2019–2020 academic year fellowship.
  • Scholars who have held two ANAMED fellowships are ineligible to apply again.


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 the website.

Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.


Funded Graduate Studies (PhD and Master’s) at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Deadline: 31 January 2019 (23:59, Central European Time)

Study the medieval world from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, Byzantium, or the Ottoman empire from various angles in a multidisciplinary department with a highly spirited and international student body. Learn Greek, Latin, Syriac or Ottoman Turkish on a stipend.

The Department currently offers four internationally recognized degree programs:

The Department provides an inspiring and dynamic research environment and a culturally diverse, friendly and close-knit social community. The faculty/student ratio is 3:1.

An MA in Medieval Studies from CEU will prepare you for the best doctoral schools in the world, where some of our alumni are currently pursuing their postgraduate careers. At the same time, our PhD graduates have gone on to assume leading positions in regional academia or win highly competitive postdoctoral fellowships in international research centres in preparation for an international career.

Follow the links for more reasons why one should study at CEU and to find out more on

studying and applying to CEU.

CEU Master’s Scholarships:

The CEU Master’s Scholarship covers up to 100% of the tuition fee, health insurance and also includes a monthly stipend to assist with living costs. Please note that Vienna stipends, offered for the period you study there, reflect the higher cost of living associated with that city. Single or shared housing in the Budapest Residence Center or in Vienna (details to be announced in Spring 2019) may also be offered to eligible candidates.

Master’s Stipend Budapest                             Master’s Stipend Vienna
HUF 50,000 (c. €160)                                           €240

Master’s Excellence Stipend Budapest        Master’s Excellence Stipend Vienna
HUF 96,000 (c. €310)                                            €470

Please note:

1) Students who permanently reside in Budapest are not eligible for CEU housing whilst based in Budapest for study purposes.

2) Students who permanently reside in Vienna are not eligible for CEU housing whilst based in Vienna for study purposes.

3) Scholarship recipients who are granted housing in the CEU Residence Center may choose to decline. In this case, however, CEU does not cover the costs of alternative accommodation.

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CEU Doctoral Scholarships

CEU has an international reputation for high-quality postgraduate education delivered in a research-led environment. In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract the very best graduates worldwide for our doctoral program. Candidates who apply by the financial aid deadline are automatically considered for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship, covering the full cost of tuition and health insurance, complete with a monthly stipend to assist with housing and living costs.

Doctoral Stipend Budapest                             Doctoral Stipend Vienna
HUF 242,000 (c. €780)                                          €1,180

Doctoral Stipend ECBS Budapest                   Doctoral Stipend ECBS Stipend Vienna
HUF 275,000 (c. €890)                                          €1,350


Doctoral students receive a monthly stipend to help with housing and living expenses. They can choose to rent private accommodation or book a room at the Budapest Residence Center or the Vienna Residence (details to be announced in Spring 2019), depending on availability.

Please note:

The CEU Doctoral Scholarship is awarded for a period of 36 months in total.

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