The Byzness 10/02/2019

The Byzness, 10th February 2019





“Cult Transfer and Literary Transformation in Hagiographic Legends during the First Millennium”, Maison Française d’Oxford, 15 February 2019, Oxford.

Religious cults can be affected, transformed, or even obliterated by their transfer from region to region. The cults of saints and their related customs, legends, images, and relics, could travel away from their place of origin, following waves of migrations or networks of ecclesiastical, political, social, and commercial contacts. Transfer could transform a cult, or affect indigenous cults through their contact with imported ones. This workshop will examine the paradigm of cult transfer as a historical tool for our understanding of literary transformation in Byzantine Greek hagiography and its related linguistic traditions, in all its different manifestations.

The event is organised by Anna Lampadaridi and Efthymios Rizos, and supported by the British Academy Newton International Fellowships, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Maison Française d’Oxford, and UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée Paris (équipe Monde byzantin)



“Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium”, 20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies, 19-21 July 2019, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society.  The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times.  In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?  Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day?  The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium.  Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted on the following or related themes:

  • The rhetoric of persecution in hagiography and historiography
  • Monastic dissidence and dissidents
  • The persecution of minorities
  • Dissension in the military
  • Imperial usurpation and sedition
  • Discourses of violence and tyranny in literature
  • Popular uprisings and civil disobedience
  • Satire and literary subversion
  • Laws relating to prosecution and capital punishment
  • Depictions of persecution in Byzantine art
  • Slavery and manumission
  • The forced baptism of Jews and others
  • Heresy and the imposition of religious orthodoxy
  • The suppression and oppression of women
  • Persecution of philosophers and other intellectuals
  • Anti-pagan policies
  • Forced migrations and resettlements – Manichaeans and Paulicians
  • The liturgical celebration of martyrdom

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: by the due date of 15 February 2019.

Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson.  Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.


“Beyond Eusebius and Augustine: Rethinking Christian Political Thought in Late Antiquity”, Postgraduate/Early Career Conference, University of Liverpool, 18 June 2019.

Deadline: 18 February 2019

Amid the mass of outstanding scholarship on the Christianization of the Roman world in late antiquity (c. 250-700 CE), political thought has been left behind. Even excellent recent accounts tend to fall back on canonical authors (esp. Eusebius of Caesarea and Augustine of Hippo), themes (e.g. the relationship between emperor and churchmen), and early to mid-twentieth century accounts (esp. Baynes, Dvornik, Markus). This project seeks to diversify approaches to late ancient Christian political thought by exploring new topics (e.g. the imperial family, the role of the demonic, the influence of ascetic ideology), authors, regions, and languages. Through an international conference bringing together specialists in Classics & Ancient History, Medieval Studies, Byzantine History, and Early Christianity, leading to a collection of path-breaking essays on specific case studies, it aims to stimulate new approaches and lines of inquiry into a central theme in late ancient history.

We invite proposals for c. 20-minute papers on this theme from postgraduate students and early career researchers. Thanks to generous support from the Royal Historical Society, we will be able to pay for UK travel costs and two nights’ hotel accommodation. Papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a resulting edited volume/special journal issue.

We would particularly invite proposals which speak to one of the following research themes:

(1)  Developing a more pluralist conception of Christian ‘political thought’

Possible topics might include: gendered praise and invective; classical political ideals in ascetic/monastic literature; ascetic/monastic visions of earthly government; demonology and diabolical agency; ethnic discourse, ethnography, and visions of the church as an ethnic, supra-ethnic, or anti-ethnic community.

(2)  Expanding the canon

We invite paper proposals which consider previously peripheral or understudied authors, languages, and regions of late ancient western Eurasia, to complicate and nuance accounts of the development of Christian political thought in late antiquity.

(3)  Christian political ideology ‘in action’

We invite paper proposals which root Christian political culture in the lived experience of governance in the late ancient world, and consider its influence on concrete interactions between bishops, monks, emperors, officials, and their subjects.

If you are interested in presenting, please e-mail an abstract of no more than 500 words to Dr Robin Whelan. The deadline for submissions is Monday 18 February; we will aim to provide responses by the end of February. Please feel free to e-mail any of the organisers with questions.


Prof. Richard Flower (Exeter)

Dr Meaghan McEvoy (Macquarie)

Dr Robin Whelan (Liverpool)

Confirmed Speakers:

Prof. Dame Averil Cameron (Oxford; respondent)

Dr James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)

Dr Gerda Heydemann (Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Julia Hillner (Sheffield)

Dr Conor O’Brien (Durham)


“Destruction/Re-Construction – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict”, Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), 30 September – 2 October 2019, Beirut, Lebanon.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

Ruins have often captured human imagination and, in one way or another, they have been inscribed in a community’s memory, history, or lore. The past decades, however, have witnessed a considerable shift of meaning concerning deliberate destruction and the symbolic character of ruins. The detonation of Stari Bridge in Mostar (1993) has become one of the iconic images representing the Bosnian War. The targeted demolition of the Bamyan Buddhas in Afghanistan (2001) can be seen as a prelude to the then-impending military intervention. The destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, stands out as a symbol of communalism, a religiously exclusionist nation-state, and the deliberate attempt to eradicate centuries of peaceful Hindu-Muslim coexistence, while the deliberate destruction of heritage sites, museums, and libraries in Iraq and Syria serve as a symbol for the atrocities of a still ongoing conflict that has left thousands of people displaced or dead.

The history of destruction is as old as humanity. What has changed, however, is the way how acts of destruction are promulgated, celebrated, and perpetuated by carefully staging and filming them as well as by distributing these records on video-sharing websites. Similarly, the reactions that destruction causes among the viewers of these records gained more and more importance. While ancient temples or statues feel no fear, anguish, or pain when they are blown up, it is societies that are distressed by their fate. During the past decades, there has been an ever-growing number of publications, commentaries, and conferences on the destruction of cultural heritage. At the same time, artists and writers have also turned to the question of destruction, be it under circumstances of war and conflict as outlined above, or in the context of neo-liberal urbanization and gentrification, proposing ways of challenging these developments through their artworks, installations, and writings or by initiating grass-roots projects in the attempt to preserve buildings and create awareness for their value among urban authorities.

An international and interdisciplinary conference held in Beirut in autumn 2019 aims at discussing the cycle of the creation and decay of architectural heritage, thereby investigating
– the historical, philosophical, and social implications of destruction and (re-)construction (or the deliberate decision to leave a building in its ruined state),
– the effects of destruction and (re-)construction on individual and collective psychology,
– human interventions in the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage through means of law and prosecution,
– the language and imagery in which deliberate destruction is described in different media today,
– the way artists and writers have turned to these questions, not just taking them up in their work, but also by becoming activists for the preservation of architectural heritage,
– the manner in which destruction and construction are inscribed in communal memory, not least by the importance ascribed to ruins in the cityscape or by the representation of destruction in museums.

The international and interdisciplinary conference welcomes contributions from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, law, architecture, and the arts. It is organised by the Arab-German Young Academy (AGYA), Working Group “Transformation”, in collaboration with the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB). Organizing committee: Mohammad Alwahaib (Kuwait City), Hanan Badr (Berlin), Christian Fron (Stuttgart), Julia Hauser (Kassel), Konstantin Klein (Bamberg) and Lena-Maria Möller (Hamburg). The conference will take place in Beirut, Lebanon, 30th September–2nd October 2019. The conference will also feature a panel discussion with contemporary artists and writers open to the general public and followed by a reception. The conference language will be English.

Those interested in presenting papers are requested to send a tentative title, a short abstract (c. 250 words) and a short CV (one page including relevant publications) to Konstantin Klein until 15 March 2019. There will be no registration fee. Travel costs, board and lodging for confirmed speakers will be covered by the Arab-German Young Academy depending on final budgetary approval.

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research/Federal Republic of Germany.


“Integrating Process: Cross-Temporal Approaches in Art History”, SECAC 2019, 16 – 19 October 2019, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

As a discipline art history suffers from a lack of integration. There is no established process-focused framework for the history of art before the 21st century. Although there is a great deal of scholarship concerning process in contemporary art and production integral to objects in circulation, discussions of art processes in antiquity are rare. In part, this lacuna exists because scholars have mistakenly discounted the possibility of ancient work with a processual focus. This session will investigate this gap. In what ways and to what extent can a cross-temporal approach to art history establish a disciplinary framework with which to address process informed by complementary counterparts from ancient and contemporary visual culture?

This panel seeks to redefine process in visual art by focusing on aspects of production from any geographic location approached through a cross-temporal lens by juxtaposing themes and material from antiquity and the 21st century. Papers will address debates concerning issues such as, but not limited to: active beholders as co-creators; private studio vs. public commercial spaces; and processes (for example, in-process, serial, unfinished, completed, erased, repaired, re-made work). This session seeks to engage in a dynamic debate about process by transforming disciplinary conversations.

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400 words in length by Monday, 1st April 2019 on the SECAC portal.

The submission link is this.


“Celebrations in The Eastern Mediterranean: Private And Public”, Postgraduate Colloquium, 1 June 2019, University of Birmingham.

Deadline: 7 April 2019

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers in celebration of the 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

From antiquity to the present peoples in the eastern Mediterranean have taken part in celebrations and ceremonies. These vary from large-scale public events to private and personal rituals. As we continue to take part in social rituals derived from these traditions and develop new ways to manifest them it is important to examine these celebrations in detail.

The colloquium aims to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives on how people experience celebrations across the eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anniversaries, holidays, weddings
  • Feast days and holidays
  • Secular and religious ceremonies
  • Processions
  • Gift giving
  • Festivals
  • Celebrations in text and art
  • Spaces and Objects

Papers of approximately 20 minutes and posters (A3 format) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Sunday 7thApril 2019 here.

A selection of papers will be published in the proceedings on the online journal Diogenes.

The Organising Committee

Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham)

Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)


“European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds: Interdisciplinary Long-Term Perspectives”, 15-16 November 2019, University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Deadline: 15 May 2019

Islands make up 2% of the earth’s surface and are defined by their circumference with the sea (Ratter 2018, 2). Yet, since the emergence of seafaring, these seemingly marginal territories came into contact with countless trade partners and their respective languages, religions, migrants, information networks, and goods, bringing islands from the margins into the center of European cultural developments. The connection with the sea also presented reoccurring dangers, such as assaults by conquerors, pirates, privateers, smugglers, sailors with contagious diseases or revolutionaries with controversial ideas. Nevertheless, in direct contrast, some islands were isolated from the information of impeding attacks, assistance from allies, raw materials required to rebuild after storms, or the food and water needed in times of scarcity. Insularity at times prompted innovative solutions and disparate cultural customs not seen on the mainland. The central question of this workshop analyzes how islands in the waters around Europe were used and understood by past societies, considering the cultural practices, social norms, and solutions of island residents to the many opportunities and challenges they have faced from 3000 BC to 1800 AD. Island-specific factors will be examined to better understand the fragile equilibrium of island life between scarcity and excess, between local customs and global contracts, between dependence and independence, between security and insecurity, between control and power, and between physical, political, or social isolation and cross-regional or global maritime networks.

The workshop takes place within the academic context of the collaborative research center SFB1070 RESOURCECULTURES and the University of Tuebingen work group “Insularitäten / Insularities.” In various projects, islands are used as units of analysis to understand dynamics related to resources, defined as “tangible and intangible means by which actors create, sustain or alter social relations, units and identities” (Scholz et al. 2017, 7). Concepts related to insularity phenomena, such as insular long-term developments, connectivity and isolation, or perceptions of islanders are examined within an interdisciplinary, diachronic, and cross-cultural framework. Possible thematic questions include:

  • Are island residents more attuned to climate change because of their dependence on its control?
  • How are islands different from other isolated locations (e.g. desert communities)?
  • Which social and societal practices are unique to small islands (<10,000 km2 ) vs. larger islands?
  • What is the role of islands in processes of globalization?
  • How do islands cope with adversity through their religious beliefs, technological outlays, regulations, and social norms? Can these practices be seen as a (cultural) resource for the islanders?
  • How do we distinguish different types of identities between archipelagos and islands?
  • Does the distance to the mainland play a role in island historical development? Can differences be traced between geographical regions?

Organizers: Frerich Schön, Laura Dierksmeier, Annika Condit, Valerie Palmowski, Anna Kouremenos

Submission: Archaeologists, historians, geographers, art historians, and anthropologists are cordially invited to submit an abstract of 250 words in English with a narrative C.V. of 100 words to Britta Kobus ( for a presentation (in English) of 20 minutes. Researchers living and working on islands are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and share their personal insight with the group.

Edited Book: This conference will produce an edited book published both in print and electronically through the University of Tuebingen Press. In order to expedite the publication, participants in this conference are required to submit finished chapters (6,000-8,000 words) by the date of the conference. The chapters will be peer reviewed and authors will have 3 months to edit before final submission.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019 Notification Deadline: June 15, 2019*

Conference Dates: November 15 – 16, 2019 Location: Castle Hohentuebingen in the medieval town of Tuebingen, Germany

Closest airport: Stuttgart (33 km / 20 miles); Trains from Frankfurt am Main airport (221 km / 137 miles / 2-hour high speed train) and Munich airport (249 km / 154 miles / 4 hours) also possible. Included: Workshop fees and catering will be covered for all accepted participants through the funding of the German Research Council (DFG) and the research group: SFB1070 RESOURCECULTURES.

*Publication guidelines from the University of Tuebingen Press will be sent with the acceptance email.



Bologna Greek and Latin Summer School, 24th June – 12th July 2019

The University of Bologna invites applications for its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School (2019).

The school offers classes in Greek and Latin at two different levels (beginners and intermediate). It is possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (, from 24th June to 12th July 2019 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

As usual, the teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

All teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form, please visit the website.

Contact e-mail :


“Tao-Klarjeti: History and Heritage of Movable and Immovable Monuments” Summer School,
07-16 August 2019, Georgia.

Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Giorgi Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation in collaboration with the University of Basel (Seminar of Art history), University of Fribourg (Art History Department) and Max-Planck Institut-KunsthistorischesInstitut in Florence, with the financial support (№ MG_ISE_18_2142) of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia:

The programme

Tao-Klarjeti is a general name to define the medieval Georgian heritage, movable and immovable, related to the historic Georgian provinces that lie within the borders of Turkey (Tao, Klarjeti, Shavsheti, Erusheti, Kola-Oltisi and Speri). The majority of the architectural remains are located in the provinces of Erzurum, Artvin, and Ardahan. Most of the movable objects (icons, crosses, manuscripts, sculptures etc) are preserved in the museums and repositories of Tbilisi.

The main objective of the Seasonal school is to present to participants the most significant monuments of Tao-Klarjeti. To demonstrate the significance of the heritage of Tao-Klarjeti the Seasonal school aims to discuss and analyze it in the context of Georgian history and Georgian art. At the same time, we aim to show its special significance in the context of broader Byzantine and regional cultures (The Caucasus, Islamic Anatolia).

The Seasonal school will last ten days. It will work in the established format of art history instruction. The Seminars will take place mostly not in the auditorium, but on the sites, where the participants will have direct contact with the monuments in the field (Kumurdo, Oshki, Khakhuli etc) or with the artefacts housed at the museums and the repositories (for example: the Khakhuli Icon, the Anchiskati Icon, the Gospel of Tskarostavi, etc).

All participants of the Seasonal school will be required to study all the reading materials provided electronically. Each member will be responsible to make a presentation on a monument included in the list of the Seasonal school programme. All members of the group are strongly encouraged to participate in discussions and reflect the knowledge they obtained in their further studies and from publications.

The working language of the Seasonal school is English.

The Chubinashvili Centre will issue certificates to all participants who successfully complete the programme.

Important information:
The programme provides transportation to the monuments, breakfasts, lunches and most of the dinners during the Seasonal school period (7-16 September), museum entrance fees and hotel accommodations (shared rooms for students). Airfare to and from Tbilisi, travel/health insurance, entry visa fees (if required) and pocket money are the responsibility of the individual participant.


Applicants must be holders of an MA, currently enrolled in Ph.D. studies or early career scholars with interests in the arts, history, and culture of Byzantium, and medieval Georgia, Caucasus and Anatolia.
Priority will be given to applicants who are either Turkish citizens or affiliated with Turkish educational/research institutions.

The application form can be found here.

Applications should be submitted here as a pdf file by February 28, 2019

Selected candidates will be notified by 30 April 2019.


PhD Fellowship in Byzantine Literature, Leuven.

Deadline: 10 March 2019

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek Department at KU Leuven is seeking a PhD candidate, to work on a research project investigating the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries. The successful candidate will prepare a dissertation, which will be a joint degree from KU Leuven (main institution) and the Universität zu Köln. The supervisors will be professors Reinhart Ceulemans and Claudia Sode.

The position opened now is a two-year full-time appointment at Leuven (starting date: 1 October 2019 at the latest). Additional funding will be solicited once the fellowship has started.

A full version of the job description can be found here. The deadline is 10 March 2019.

Contact: and


HMML/Dumbarton Oaks Syriac and Coptic Summer School, 7 July – 2 August 2019.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Building on three summers of success, Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces an intensive four-week course introducing the Syriac and Coptic languages and paleography in summer of 2019. The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will run from July 7 to August 2, 2019 (arrival on July 6, departure August 3). The audience is doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need to learn Syriac or Coptic for their research.

Approximately ten places will be available for each language. Costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks. The selected participants will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul).

The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

Course Offerings
The Summer School will consist of morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, complemented by guest lectures and other learning opportunities, as well as social events and enjoyment of the beautiful 2700-acre campus with woods, lakes, and notable architecture.

Prior familiarity with basic Syriac or Coptic grammar is not a prerequisite but some preparation will be required before arrival, as directed by the instructors. The courses will include an introduction to paleography and to the study and use of manuscripts, especially those now available in the vHMML Reading Room from HMML’s vast collection of digitized manuscripts.

Following this intensive course, students will be fully equipped to continue reading on their own or to enter reading courses at other institutions.

Faculty for 2019
Syriac: Dr. Robert Kitchen, Regina, Saskatchewan, and Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy, Södertälje, Sweden; Dr. Sergey Minov, University of Oxford.
Coptic: Dr. Alin Suciu, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen; Prof. Victor Ghica, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo.
HMML Staff, and guest lecturers

Accommodation and Costs
Students will be housed in apartments on the Saint John’s University campus. Each participant will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. A meal contract at the student Refectory will be provided. All expenses will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University. See more about visiting HMML.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must be either enrolled doctoral students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Coptic for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Coptic for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to learn Syriac or Coptic at their own institutions. Those with significant prior study of Syriac or Coptic (e.g., a semester-long class) will not be considered. Those accepted into the program will be informed about resources to help them in their preparation. A basic familiarity with the Syriac and Coptic writing systems and principal script-forms will be presumed upon arrival.

Application Procedure
Applications are due February 15, 2019. The application should include:

A letter of no more than two single-spaced pages describing the applicant’s academic background (including language skills) and an explanation for why learning Syriac or Coptic is important for future research and teaching.
A curriculum vitae.
A transcript of graduate school coursework for those who are currently doing graduate study. This is not required for those who have completed their PhD.
Two letters of recommendation, to be sent separately.

The application letter and recommendations should be addressed to Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Executive Director of HMML. Letters and other materials should be sent as email attachments to with “Syriac [Coptic] Summer School” in the subject line.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Syriac or Coptic, and research promise. Awards will be announced in late February 2019 and must be accepted by March 15, 2019.


Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA) Travel Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA), founded in 2016 by the American Membership of the Friends of Mount Athos, is pleased to announce that it has granted two scholarships (travel bursaries) of up to $1000 each to support research projects related to Mount Athos.


Applicants must be conducting research related to Mount Athos that requires travel either to Mount Athos, or to a dependency of one of the Athonite monasteries, or to one or more institutions such as museums or research institutes for access to materials related to Mount Athos and essential to the completion of the applicant’s research project.

What the Application Should Include

  • The attached application form
  • A 500-1,000 word project description
  • A project budget that includes itemized travel costs

The budget should be for the entire project, not just the travel covered by this award, and should indicate what parts of the project are covered by, or projected to be covered by, other funding sources. The project description should clearly state the objectives of the research to be conducted at the destination, and the significance of the project to contemporary research in the applicant’s research field.

Appropriate Research Fields

There is no restriction on what fields of research will be supported. For example, they may be ones that are traditional for Mount Athos, like Byzantine and post-Byzantine history, art, architecture, musicology, diplomatics and manuscript studies; Eastern Orthodox theology, literature, hymnology, monasticism, monastic spirituality, patristic studies, etc. They may also be in scientific or social-scientific subject areas like botany, geology, forestry, anthropology or sociology, or an interdisciplinary field. This list is by way of example only; other fields of research are acceptable, as long as the project is focused on Mount Athos and the significance of the project to the applicant’s field of research is made clear.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Applicants must commit to the following:

  • to submit a confirmation of acceptance of the travel grant via an Acceptance Letter (provided by the Foundation along with its award notification) within thirty (30) days of receipt of the award notification.
  • to prepare an illustrated final report suitable to presentation at the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (a 20-minute presentation) or other professional organization appropriate the applicant’s research field (to be proposed by the applicant and approved by MAFA) appropriate to the content of the research project.
  • to submit a printed version of the final report suitable for publication by MAFA or the Friends of Mount Athos in one of their annual publications or on the MAFA website.
  • to submit receipts for travel expenses promptly following payment of those expenses, accompanied by an itemized explanation of those costs.
  • to submit periodic financial and progress reports during the course of the project, the frequency and schedule of reporting to be determined, based on the length of the project time frame and/or the timing of reporting required by other grant agencies sponsoring the research project
  • to return to MAFA any unexpended funds at the close of the grant period.

Research Project Time Frame

The research project may be for any time period, but the dates of the travel funded by this award should be specified in the application. These dates may be changed later, if necessary.


The deadline for the submission of applications for MAFA travel grants for 2019 will be announced after the Board’s first quarterly meeting to be held in January 2019.

Related MAFA Policies

MAFA will issue an initial check to the recipient based upon the travel expenses projected in the recipient’s application. MAFA will fund the actual costs of travel for the specified research project, up to a maximum of $1,000. In any cases where the actual cost of travel as documented by receipts turns out to be less than what was initially projected in the application, the recipient of this award may be required to return the difference to MAFA.

If a recipient’s situation changes in the course of the scholarship application process so that the recipient is no longer qualified to receive the scholarship, the offer of the MAFA scholarship will terminate.

If, in any given year, the Foundation does not receive an application that meets the Foundation’s criteria for quality and viability (MAFA Scholarship Policy, Section V, Criteria for Selection) and clearly fulfills the charitable purposes of the Foundation, the Foundation will not issue an award. Click to download MAFA Conflict of Interest Policy.

Please contact the MAFA Grants Administration Committee if you have questions after reading this announcement and the Travel Scholarship Application Packet.


Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2019

Deadline: 27 March 2019, 3pm UK

The British Academy is now inviting applications to the Newton International Fellowship scheme, which is run jointly with the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. The application form is now available online on the Flexi-Grant Application system. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27 March 2019, 3pm UK time.

Purpose of the Scheme
The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences, and humanities from around the world. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Additional Newton International Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries which include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey, subject to additional funding.

Applicants must have a PhD or be in the final stages of their PhD and should have no more than seven years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. Additionally, applicants must be working outside the UK and not hold UK citizenship.

Level of Award
Newton International Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 (tax exempt) to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive follow-on alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

Applying for this scheme
Applications are available online on the Flexi- Grant application system:
Deadline for submission and organisation approval: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Results expected: August 2019
Awards available to start date between: 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020 (preferably the first of the month).

Further information can be found here.


Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellowships in Modern Greek Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for three visiting research fellowships in the field of Modern Greek Studies for early- and mid- career scholars who wish to pursue (part of) their research at the University of Amsterdam. For the academic year 2019-2020, 1 fellowship will be offered for a period of 8 months and 2 fellowships for a period of 4 months each.

The fellowships are sponsored by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which is also the main sponsor of the Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam, held by Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi. The call is open to projects from all disciplines in the humanities and/or social sciences that engage with aspects of Modern Greek culture and/or history.

These fellowships will be offered annually on a competitive basis and by application. For the academic year 2019-2020 the fellowships will be offered to early- and mid-career scholars (with a Ph.D. not earlier than 2011).  Applicants can apply for either an 8-month fellowship or a 4-month fellowship.

Applicants should send a research proposal (max 1500 words), a motivation letter (max. 350 words), a CV and a letter of reference (directly provided by the referee) to Please makes sure to use the CV format provided here. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.

A full call for proposals is available here.

For questions regarding the practical aspects of the application procedure, please send an email to
For content-related questions concerning the application, you may contact Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi at


Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media. Dumbarton Oaks is launching a three-year Access Initiative to expand opportunities to engage with its resources and collections by scholars and the general public. One goal of the Access Initiative is to create more professional opportunities for early-career PhDs in the areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Art/Archaeology (ICFA) is one of several opportunities that Dumbarton Oaks is announcing for 2019/2020 under this initiative.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers to establish intellectual control over ICFA’s multi-media holdings. The Fellow will support the ongoing cataloging of the Frank Kidner archive of Syria photos from the 1990s, a collection of nearly 10,000 color slides documenting in rich detail a great number of sites, including many that have now been fundamentally altered or completely destroyed. As that project reaches completion, the Fellow will assist with setting priorities for the cataloging, processing, and digitization of other collections related to Byzantine Art and Archaeology, based on their intellectual and cultural significance. Outcomes of the fellowship may include a research gateway similar to Dumbarton Oaks’ Moche Iconography site: This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefitting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will benefit from Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.


  • PhD in Art History, Architecture, or Archaeology, with a specialization in Byzantine, ancient, or medieval art, or the late Antique Near East.
    • Excellent research skills, particularly in the use of archival and photographic collections.
  • Excellent knowledge of Ancient or Medieval Greek. Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Modern Greek, Latin, Turkish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, German, or Arabic.

• Experience in a research library, archive, special collection, museum, or comparable environment.
• Strong computer skills, including experience using relational databases, collection management software, and electronic library resources.
• Experience with digital photography or digitization of photographs, slides, negatives, and other media, including working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Bridge or comparable software.

This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $60,000 per year and the health insurance plan available to Fellows.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted by February 28 to Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, a statement of interest describing their professional and academic experience (1000 words) and should secure two letters of recommendation. The Fellowship will begin on September 2, 2019. Applicants must have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD by the time of application and must have received the PhD no later than July 31, 2019 and no earlier than July 31, 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for onsite interviews at Dumbarton Oaks in April.


Museum Director at Dumbarton Oaks

Deadline: open until filled

The Museum Director will lead the Museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits that will highlight the Dumbarton Oaks collections and may include collaborations with the three programs of study and the library, rare book, and image collections. The Museum Director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of Museum operations, in close conjunction with other departments of Dumbarton Oaks. The ideal candidate will combine deep knowledge of at least one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with the promise of strong leadership and a proven record of collaboration. The incumbent will join Dumbarton Oaks at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and our public programs and will be encouraged to foster links between the Museum and the research institute, help develop new educational programs for DC students, and provide open and free access to the collections through digital initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Oversees all aspects of Museum operations including administration, budget, and staff.
• Oversees exhibition planning and delivery, leading the Museum team and collaborating with other Dumbarton Oaks departments as well as external partners where appropriate.
• Oversees handling, conservation, insurance, and loans of collections.
• Collaborates closely with the Directors of Facilities and Security on building maintenance and security; and with the Managers of Events and Communications on public programs.

  • Oversees the digital or print publication of Museum collection and exhibition catalogues.
    • Oversees the transition to, and future maintenance of, an updated collections management system.
    • Leads the overhaul of the Museum digital and web presence, including the provision of open access catalogues and high-resolution images of the Museum collections.
    • Engages actively with new scholarship relating to the Dumbarton Oaks collections, as well as with the most up-to-date museum practices and initiatives, through attendance of conferences and professional meetings as appropriate.
    • Mentors fellows and interns from Harvard University as part of Dumbarton Oaks’ skill-building programs for early-career humanists.
    • Maintains coordination with Harvard University policies as appropriate.
    • Performs special projects and duties as required by the Director and Executive Director.

Supervisory responsibilities:
Manage a team of ten full-time museum professionals.

Basic qualifications:
Advanced degree in art history or museum studies required, Minimum four to six years’ museum management experience, including responsibility for a professional staff and budget. Proven administrative and leadership ability, ideally in a museum setting.

Additional qualifications:
Advanced degree in Byzantine or Pre-Columbian Art highly preferred. PhD preferred. Strong data and collection management skills. Excellent communication skills; collegiality, initiative, and versatility in a fast-paced environment that is committed to the highest standards of museum and scholarly practice.

To Apply:
This position is open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking this link.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Chair of Christian Thought, Department of Classics and Religion

Deadline: 19 February 2019

Job ID: 17206

Updated: January 4, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor who will serve for a five year (renewable) term as the Chair of Christian Thought . The area of specialization within the study of Christianity is open, as is the disciplinary approach within the broader study of religion. The Department encourages applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the history, sociology, anthropology, or philosophy of religion, as well as theology. Candidates with expertise in emerging theories and methods within the study of religion or theology are especially encouraged to apply.

The Chair of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary serves as a resource and catalyst in promoting the academic study of Christianity in both the University and the Christian communities of the City of Calgary. The Chair’s mission is to act as a bridge between the academy and faith communities. The Chair undertakes all normal university activities of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, research, and writing. The Chair has reduced teaching duties, and will normally teach 3 courses a year. The Chair also initiates community events, including organizing a series of four endowed lectures per year.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or its equivalent in Religious Studies or a cognate discipline, as well as mastery of relevant research languages. They will demonstrate excellence in teaching, graduate supervision, and scholarship. They will also possess the necessary communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills for developing good public relations between the University of Calgary and Calgary’s Christian communities through enrichment activities. The Chair will initially be held for a five-year term. This term is renewable at the end of each five years contingent upon favorable performance.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications)

  • Letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a statement providing a plan for the applicant to establish connections with the Christian communities of the City of Calgary
  • Three examples of recent scholarly work
  • Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness
  • Description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference to be submitted directly to the selection committee at:

Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean
c/o Sharla Mann, Manager Administrative Services
Department of Classics and Religion
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Sharla Mann by email at

All applications must be received by February 19, 2019, at which time the Academic Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications to select applicants to invite for on-site interviews.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here.

The Department of Classics and Religion respects, appreciates and encourages diversity, and we encourage diverse applicants to apply for this position. A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion on campus, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure, the Native Centre, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.


W.D.E. Coulson & Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program (Eligibility, Greek Nationals)

Deadline: 15 March 2019

W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Eligibility:  Greek nationals including staff of the Ministry of Culture; doctoral candidates and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities.  For further information on ARIT. A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. For more information about the application, visit the website.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project.

Web site: or

The awards will be announced in late spring.

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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