The Byzness 03/03/2019

The Byzness, 3rd March 2019





“Insular monasticism and ecclesial complexes between the 5th and 11th centuries in the northern Adriatic archipelago (Kvarner, Croatia): new archaeological evidence”, Maison Française d’Oxford, 8 March 2019, 13:30, Oxford.

The conference will address the issue of monastic foundations between the Late Antiquity

and the 11th century in the Kvarner archipelago in Croatia, between Istria and the bay of Rijeka, islands which marked the maritime boundary between Byzantium and the West in Northern Adriatic. Until recently, the rich monastic vestiges located in these islands have been poorly studied, both because they are often difficult to

access, or unassuming at first glance, and because their hybrid archaeological features are difficult to interpret.

The local monastic life is already attested in the 4th century, but after the Gothic Wars, local it was fuelled by refugees from the Dalmatian mainland threatened by the Slavic invasions and new communities occupied former insular military outposts of the Byzantine maritime limes. During the following centuries, the religious identity of these communities fluctuated according to the balance of power between the Latin West, Byzantium, the emerging local Slavic polity and the rising power of Venice. In the 11th century, Saint-Peter of Osor, a monastery built in one of the small insular kastra mentioned by Emperor Constantine VII, exemplifies the rising influence of Benedictine monasticism and the order’s strategy of control over the maritime lanes. Ultimately seat of a bishopric, it came to be considered as the cradle of the Gregorian reform in the area.

The conference will offer a presentation of twelve years of French archaeological research on the monastic communities of the Kvarner archipelago.

Convenors: Sébastien Bully (CNRS, UMR ARTeHIS Dijon-Auxerre) & Morana Čaušević-Bully (Université de Franche-Comté)

“Processions: Urban Ritual in Byzantium and Neighboring Lands”, Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Symposium, 12-13 April 2019, Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, Washington, DC

Symposiarchs: Leslie Brubaker and Nancy Ševčenko

Military, civic, and religious processions were hallmarks of the ancient and medieval world; they continued into the Renaissance and, indeed, continue to this day. Yet the Byzantine procession has not yet been subjected to any synthetic, historicizing, contextualizing, or comparative examination.

Understanding processions is critical for our appreciation of how urban space worked and was manipulated in the Middle Ages. For the 2019 Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium, speakers will examine texts, artifacts, and images in order to develop a new understanding of medieval urban life across multiple social registers. For example, records of processions show us what kinds of public behavior were acceptable, and when, and where. Studying processions introduces us to new protagonists as well, for processions involve audiences as well as participants, and groups hitherto virtually invisible, such as the team of people who prepared for the event by decorating the streets, will be brought to light. The Byzantine commitment to processions is striking in terms of the resources and time allocated: there were as many as two processions a week in Constantinople, many involving the patriarch and the emperor. In the Latin West, the Crusader States, and in the Fatimid, Ottoman, and Muscovite worlds, by comparison, processions occurred far less frequently: the procession was significantly more important to the Byzantines than to their neighbors and successors. The comparative study of Byzantine processions to be offered by the speakers at the symposium will reveal how the Byzantines operated in a complex global network defined by local contexts, how the Byzantines positioned themselves within this network, and the nature of the Byzantine legacy to the Islamic, Catholic, and Orthodox inheritors of their culture.


  • Nathanael Andrade, “Controlling Material and Semiotic Landscapes: Processions in Late Antiquity”
  • Christine Angelidi, “Sparkling creations, threads of tradition. Marian processions in medieval Constantinople”
  • Leslie Brubaker, “Bridging the gap: processions in early medieval Constantinople”
  • Michael Featherstone, “Public Processions in Middle Byzantine Constantinople”
  • Georgia Frank, “The Things They Carried: Religious Processions in Early Byzantium”
  • Michael Flier, “Changing times, divergent destinies: Processional Imagery in the Age of the Tsar”
  • Niels Gaul, “Processions in the late Byzantine world”
  • Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, “Guild processions in Istanbul: claiming public space in the early modern city”
  • James Norrie, “11th–12th century processions in Milan and Rome – urban conflict or civic integration?”
  • Paula Sanders, “Negotiating power in the Islamic Mediterranean: Urban Processions in Egypt, North Africa, and Iberia”
  • Sebastian Salvadó/M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, “The Latin Processions in Jerusalem”
  • Alexandra Vukovich, “Princely Processions and Peregrinations Itinerant Rulership in Early Rus”

Online registration here.

Conference “Meanings and Functions of the Royal Portrait in the Mediterranean World (11th – 15th Centuries)”, 12 – 13 March 2019, University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

The aim of this conference is to promote new thoughts and new approaches to a topic that, though being at the core of the art historical debate since its very beginnings, still proves to be insufficiently investigated: namely the extent to which Medieval royal portraits were intentionally or unintentionally used as visual strategies to evoke and embody either the ruler’s institutional status or his or her personal charism, and the multiple ways by which pictorial or sculptural images exerted an impact on the sovereign’s (and his material body’s) public perception.

A comparative analysis of such issues will be enabled by the fifteen papers offered by distinguished scholars from five countries, each of them focussing on different geographic and historical contexts, including Cilician Armenia, late Byzantine Serbia, the Kingdom of Hungary, Sicily, Naples, France, the Christian kingdoms of Spain and al-Andalus.

The full programme can be found here.

“Histoire des bibliothèques anciennes”, Séminaire IRHT, Fevruary – May 2019, Centre Félix-Grat, Paris.

La section de Codicologie, histoire des bibliothèques et héraldique de l’IRHT organise un séminaire-atelier consacré aux recherches en cours sur les bibliothèques du haut Moyen Âge à la fin du xviiie siècle. Commencé dans le cadre du projet BiblIFraM financé par l’ANR (Les bibliothèques, matrices et représentations des identités de la France médiévale, 2008-2012), le séminaire se veut un lieu de rencontre et d’échanges pour les chercheurs et les universitaires qui s’intéressent à l’histoire des livres et des textes.


15 février 2019 — Reconstituer des bibliothèques perdues
Synnøve Midtbø Myking (IRHT): Livres et collections en Norvège médiévale – que nous racontent les vestiges fragmentaires?
Anastasia Shapovalova (IRHT): La bibliothèque de travail d’un médecin humaniste de la fin du XVe siècle : Girolamo Ramusio et ses lectures.

15 mars 2019 — Bibliothèques monastiques orientales
Esther Garel (Université de Strasbourg): Lectures monastiques à Thèbes (Haute Égypte) aux VIIème-VIIIème siècles.
Olivia Adankpo-Labadie (École française de Rome): Que sait-on des bibliothèques monastiques de l’Éthiopie médiévale? Une étude des listes de livres des monastères de Dabra Māryām et Dabra Bizan (nord de l’Éthiopie, XVe siècle).

5 avril 2019 — Origines et provenances des manuscrits de la bibliothèque de Saint-Bertin
Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT)
Claudia Rabel (IRHT)
Joanna Fronska (IRHT)
Marlène Hélias-Baron (IRHT)

17 mai 2019 — Bibliothèques italiennes du haut Moyen Âge
Patrizia Stoppacci (Università di Perugia): Le miroir d’une bibliothèque : les Institutiones de Cassiodore et Vivarium.
Giacomo Vignodelli (Università di Bologna): Nel laboratorio di una scuola episcopale del secolo X: le fonti del Polipticum quod appellatur Perpendiculum e la Biblioteca Capitolare Eusebiana al tempo di Attone di Vercelli (924-958)

Pour plus d’informations voir ici.



“Lost for Words – Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon / Im Nebel der Worte: Theologisches und philosophisches Vokabular im Anschluss an Chalkedon”, The Review of Ecumenical Studies.

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The peer reviewed journal Review of Ecumenical Studies invites papers for a special issue dedicated to Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon:

The Council of Chalcedon (451) has been responsible for one of the most remarkable and long-standing splits within Christianity. Conceptual differences between Chalcedonian and (Miaphysite) Non-Chalcedonian Christianity have been lasting for more than fifteen hundred years, and, despite the advancement of the ecumenical dialogue in recent decades, these conundrums prove to be hard to overcome. One of the results of the contemporaneous theological interchange has been the acknowledgment of differences in the vocabulary employed by the supporters and the detractors of the Council. One such example is the use of philosophical language in sixth and seventh century debates, which consequently made room for different terminological interpretations of the nature(s) of Christ. This special issue of RES aims to bring together studies on the understanding of vocabulary differences and similarities between the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christian traditions. We invite papers from historians, philologists, theologians and philosophers on the debates that took place in the aftermath of Chalcedon till nowadays. We are particularly looking to contributions on the use of philosophical concepts in a theological frame, such as (but not limited to) genus, species, definition, predication, existence, participation, motion, activity, power, soul, body etc. that may prove relevant for understanding their similarities and differences of use within the Greek, Syriac, and Latin languages. Papers emphasizing the social and political background related to the emergence and development of Chalcedonian debates are also warmly welcome.

The papers must be submitted to:

About RES: The Review of Ecumenical Studies About RES publishes articles, essays and reviews which come from the theological field, but also have an interdisciplinary dimension, especially from the fields of philosophy, history, ethics and social sciences, and go through a process of peer review. Decisions are made within four months. The contributions will be published in English or German and must comply with  RES’s editorial guidelines. The Call for Papers can also be found here.


“Family Matters”, The 5th Annual Conference of the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society at the University of Edinburgh, Saturday, 15 June 2019.

Deadline: 5 April 2019

The Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a one-day conference on the theme of Family Matters in literature and historical sources from the Late Antique to the start of the Early Modern period. This conference seeks to further our understanding of the roles, values, religious ideals, practices and dynamics of the family during the Late Antique and Medieval periods. It invites us to explore how families, whether aristocratic or not, functioned. It also aims to strengthen interdisciplinary connections within and outside of the University of Edinburgh, including but not limited to the fields of Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, Islamic Studies, and Theology. We welcome submissions for papers on the theme of Family Matters and hope to engage with a wider audience by providing a forum for postgraduate and early career scholars to present their research. Submissions for abstracts may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Family as portrayed in literature
  • Gender roles
  • Children and childhood
  • The function of religion within everyday life
  • Parenthood
  • Home and work
  • Religious, legal and social issues within the home
  • Family and the community
  • Monastic families
  • Mortality

Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words, as well as a short biography of up to 100 words to by Friday, 5 April, 2019.

«La famille au Moyen Âge entre normes et pratiques», Journées d’étude des doctorants du CIHAM, 24 et 25 octobre 2019.

Deadline: 3 May 2019

Ces journées d’étude auront pour ambition d’aborder le thème de la famille dans les sociétés médiévales chrétiennes et musulmanes. Elles porteront sur les décalages qui pouvaient exister à une même époque et dans un espace donné entre les normes et les pratiques associées à la famille. En effet, les modèles normatifs – qu’il s’agisse de règles contraignantes ou de prescriptions morales – établissent une définition dominante du groupe familial qui ne se recoupe pas forcément avec les réalités observées dans les actes de la pratique ou les représentations véhiculées par les sources littéraires.

Incluant tout type de normes, juridiques, morales, religieuses, on se posera la question du rôle de la pratique dans l’élaboration des modèles normatifs familiaux. Dans la sphère juridique, par exemple, l’étude de l’émergence de nouvelles règles à travers l’évolution de la jurisprudence ou la diffusion du droit romain et la confrontation avec d’autres pratiques, pourra montrer comment ces modèles se recomposent. Plus largement on questionnera les mutations des règles morales et religieuses en rapport avec la pratique, comme l’assouplissement de la définition de l’inceste par l’Eglise en réponse à l’endogamie de la haute noblesse.

Le décalage entre normes et pratiques pourra également être étudié à travers les productions culturelles, qu’elles soient littéraires, iconographiques ou emblématiques. On s’intéressera particulièrement à la production littéraire ou artistique, qui peut aussi bien renforcer et fonder un cadre prescriptif que le remettre en cause. Comment les auteurs jouent-ils avec la vision de l’inceste, de la bâtardise, ou au contraire entérinent-t-ils des modèles familiaux plus traditionnels ? Il sera pertinent de rendre compte des diverses modalités de représentation de la famille dans ses rapports avec les normes lorsqu’ils sont, par exemple, moteurs de l’intrigue et ressorts du tragique ou du comique. Plus largement, nous invitons les participants à se pencher sur la représentation de l’affiliation familiale par les systèmes de signes, qu’il s’agisse des enluminures, de la peinture, mais aussi de la généalogie, de l’héraldique ou de l’emblématique. Cela peut permettre de mesurer le conformisme ou l’originalité de la représentation de la famille par elle-même.

L’étude des sources matérielles – architecturales et archéologiques – sera l’occasion d’illustrer un autre aspect des pratiques familiales. Par exemple, les traces de l’organisation spatiale et symbolique de l’habitat ou bien celle des sépultures peuvent renseigner sur l’écart entre les normes et les modes de vie.

Cette discordance permet également d’aborder la famille comme une construction culturelle plurielle, et place au centre de l’analyse les acteurs en questionnant le rapport à la norme conçu comme générateur de stratégies. Ainsi, un des axes principaux de réflexion ouvert par ces journées d’étude sera centré sur la manière dont les individus ou les groupes familiaux appréhendent, interprètent ou contournent les règles morales, religieuses ou juridiques. On pourra examiner comment les stratégies matrimoniales ou successorales entrent en conflit avec les normes les plus répandues telles que les règles d’héritage, la prohibition de l’inceste ou bien la définition d’une parenté légitime (qui suppose a contrario d’interroger la place de la parenté naturelle ou filiation illégitime dans la famille médiévale).

Enfin, seront éminemment appréciées les propositions de communication analysant l’évolution des pratiques familiales dans le contexte d’une pluralité de modèles normatifs, notamment dans les aires de contacts religieux et culturels, par exemple les aires de contact entre l’islam et la chrétienté.

Les propositions de communication, d’une page maximum (résumé et titre de la présentation), accompagnées de renseignements pratiques (statut, situation institutionnelle, domaine de recherche) sont à envoyer au format PDF avant le 3 mai 2019 à l’adresse suivante :

Organisation: Ronan Capron, Romain Chevalier, Prunelle Deleville, Jérémy Engler, Thomas Girard.

Comité scientifique: Jean-Louis Gaulin, Xavier Hélary, Marylène Possamaï-Perez.

“Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East”, Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts Second International Conference, 18-20 June 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Deadline: 29 March 2019

Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts has the pleasure to announce the Second International Conference “Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East.”

The conference will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia (1/3 M. Aleksidze. Tbilisi, Georgia, 0193) between 18-20 June 2019. As usual, the working languages will be Georgian and English.

CVs and abstracts of your contributions (not more than 500 words max; Georgian texts in AcadNusx, English texts in Times New Roman; English translation should be attached to Georgian texts) should be submitted by e-mail here.

Successful participants will be informed in the first decade of April.

The details about accommodation and other practical aspects will be communicated after approval.

No registration fee required.

The conference covers all aspects of Medieval Georgian, Byzantine and Christian East Literature, history, theology, art history and digital humanities.



6 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%), Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged”, German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for 6 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%) starting on October 1st, 2019.

Initial appointment will be for three years.

The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.

In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of humans and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – starting out from textual, pictorial and material sources – by means of examples and to study them in culturally immanent as well as transcultural respects. In order to align the spectrum of potential fields of topics in a targeted manner four main focal points of research have been defined:

(1) Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;

(2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;

(3) Flora, fauna, and natural environment;

(4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these four areas and belong to one of the academic disciplines mentioned above.

We are looking for dissertation projects that will connect with and complement dissertation projects within the Research Training Group as well as additional dissertation projects belonging to one of the four areas.

For detailed information regarding our research and training programme and for a list of the academic staff involved in our graduate school, please refer to our homepage.

Requirements for appointment:

– a diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the disciplines mentioned above and fulfilment of the necessary requirements for enrolment on a doctoral degree in either Faculty (Fachbereich) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

We offer:

– a salary based on the German public sector pay scale (TV-L)

– a PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction

– ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange

– close supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty

– a mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad

– traineeships within cooperating institutes

– additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany

– classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)

– a modern and pleasant working environment

– optional six months’ funding for developing a new research project once you have completed your PhD

We expect:

– preparation of a doctoral thesis within our research programme

– scientific training within a structured dissertation programme

– continuous participation in the study programme

– cooperation with other PhD students and scholars from neighbouring fields and disciplines

– presence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

– after the three-year funding period: doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The following documents must be provided:

– application form (available on the website for download)

– a letter of motivation

– a curriculum vitae

– a complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university (Abitur, highschool-diploma or equivalent)

– a résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages)

– your graduate thesis in a pdf-file

– an exposé for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group, summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages)

– two letters of reference from members of academic staff allowing us to judge your abilities (to be sent before the closing date directly to the spokesperson)

– if available: a list of attended conferences and publications

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is keen to increase the number of women among its scholars and thus encourages women to apply. The university supports its members in reconciling professional and family responsibilities and offers family-friendly study and working conditions. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified. It is recommended to refer to a possible handicap in the application.

Further details regarding the application process and the selection of candidates are available on the homepage of our graduate school. You may also contact a member of the Research Training Group’s staff in your discipline if you have a specific question. For organizational questions you may contact the coordination office.

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) no later than May 1st, 2019 to the Research Training Group’s spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening.

2 doctoral positions Leibniz project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity”, Frankfurt, Germany.

Deadline: 13 March 2019

The Department of Ancient History, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for 2 doctoral positions as Researchers in Late Antique Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean (E13 TV-G-U, 65 % part-time) within the Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” directed by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin. The position is to be filled from May, 1st, 2019 onwards. The duration of the contract will be 36 months and the salary is set according to TV-G-U 13. For the limitation of the contracts of scientific employees the regulations of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz are applicable in connection with the Hessisches Hochschulgesetz. The project is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

The Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” strives to develop a new picture of Christianity in Late Antiquity by integrating eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern perspectives.

We are looking for

new members of the team who would like to work on this field of research for their doctoral thesis and contribute to analysing the diversity of Christianity in late antiquity. As a member of the team, the researcher will be expected to share the research tasks of the team, e.g., preparing workshops, conferences, and publications as well as participating in colloquia.

The ideal candidate will have

a M.A. or equivalent in Ancient History, History of Religion, Theology, Oriental Philology, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Christianity, or related fields,
a solid knowledge of English, German and an additional modern language,
and an excellent knowledge of Latin and Greek as well as other relevant language(s) (e.g. Syriac).

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin.

The University of Frankfurt is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications by women. Ceteris paribus seriously handicapped people will have preference.

Please submit your application complete with curriculum vitae, copies of your final university degrees, a copy of your M.A. thesis (or other significant research paper) and an outline of the research project (3-5 pages) you would like to pursue no later than 13 March 2019 in electronic form to Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin.

Please note that that costs incurred for the application procedure will not be refunded by Goethe University. Please note that we are not able to reimburse the travel costs for the interview.

3 Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies at Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, KU Leuven. 

Deadline: 1 June 2019

In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, has launched an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is now opening a last call to hire a third group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.

Job description

The project studies one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus is the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.

Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:

–    fellowship 1: a study of the martyr homilies of John Chrysostom.

–    fellowship 2: a critical edition and study of the Capita theologica et oeconomica of Maximus the Confessor.

–    fellowship 3: a study of the reception of the figures of Abraham, Moses and David in early Christian literature.


The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and preferably also basic knowledge of early Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).

Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.


The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.

Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.

How to apply

Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to

Deadline for applying: 1 June 2019.

A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview on the 20th of June.

Starting date: 1 October 2019 (or soon after).


ARIT-Istanbul Branch Director.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

The American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul Branch (ARIT-Istanbul), is seeking applicants for the position of ARIT-Istanbul Branch Director, effective July 1, 2019.

The Director resides in Istanbul and is responsible for supervising the ARIT-Istanbul branch located at the Koç-ANAMED facility in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district. The duties include the development of public programs paralleling those run by other institutes and universities in the city, along with pursuing opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and scholars. The director oversees ARIT’s library collections and digital projects, including acquisitions, cataloguing, maintenance of databases, and construction and updating of relevant interfaces. The director also prepares the relevant reports for compliance with granting agencies, government authorities, and annual reports to the Board of Directors, as well as an annual outreach newsletter. The Director assists ARIT fellows and other scholars doing research in Turkey with their projects, including engagement with the relevant archival, library, or governmental authorities. The Director is also expected to manage the financial affairs of the ARIT Representative office in Istanbul, to issue budget reports, and to seek out fundraising opportunities for the organization and its affiliated groups as a whole.

Potential candidates should possess excellent spoken and written ability in English, and good communication skills in Turkish to facilitate interaction with scholars and bureaucracies; computer literacy with an emphasis on database management, social media, and website design skills; experience in financial accounting; and ongoing research interests in Turkey. A Ph.D. in some field of Turkish Studies is preferred. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Prof. Brian Rose, ARIT President, by March 15, 2019. The search will continue until the position is filled.

The American Research Institute in Turkey is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Evans-Pritchard Lectureship 2019-20, University of Oxford.

Deadline: Friday 26 April 2019

Salary: Stipend of £3,000, board and lodging at All Souls College (or one of its properties) during the Lectureship, plus reasonable travel expenses.

The Lecturer will deliver a series of four to six lectures in the course of a month (usually May), based on fieldwork or other indigenous primary materials concerning Africa, the Middle East or the Mediterranean, and offering an empirical analysis of social relations. Scholars in the fields of social anthropology, classical studies, archaeology, modern history, and Oriental studies are eligible and, other things being equal, the electors will prefer a person at the beginning of their career. A doctorate is required for eligibility. It is hoped that the Lectures will be published in book form.

Candidates for election should send an outline of their proposed lectures, a CV, and a list of publications, here by Friday 26 April 2019. They should also ask two referees to send their references here – also to arrive by Friday 26 April 2019.

Further particulars can be found here.

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS), summer 2019.

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation(BHF) intended for education in the field of archaeology and historic preservation and is targeted for students and specialists, but also for anyone (18+) interested in cultural heritage study and preservation. BHF is а Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was established in 2008 by Ivan Vassilev, Nayden Prahov and Angela Pencheva with the mission of supporting the study, preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Southeastern Europe. In the period 2008 – 2018, BHF conducted and supported 101 projects related to archaeological research and excavations, conservation and recording of cultural monuments and artifacts, training and education in the field of cultural heritage, volunteer workcamps, exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, fundraising campaigns, and design of strategic plans for utilization of cultural heritage by municipalities.

BHFS first started in 2003 and resumed as the BHF program in 2008. It includes field school programs, taught in English, in four Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia. All the field schools are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects: archaeological excavations, art historical expeditions, conservation of artifacts and monuments, thus contributing to the study and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Balkans. Since 2008, BHFS has implemented 101 field school projects (with durations ranging from 1 to 8 weeks) attended by approx. 1750 students from over 60 countries* and involved a great number of academic and research institutions, museums, and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece, France, Montenegro and Japan.

The BHFS overall goal has been the development and enhancement of accessible practice-based education in the fields of archaeology and heritage conservation with an emphasis on Balkan cultural heritage. It aims to:

  1. supplement the academic education, volunteer training, and pre- and early career training through short-term practice-based field schools;
  2. encourage the involvement of students, scholars and volunteers in studies, preservation and promotion of Balkan cultural heritage;
  3. support research and conservation projects related to cultural heritage in SE Europe;
  4. promote and present Balkan cultural heritage worldwide;
  5. contribute to the sustainable development through utilization of cultural heritage for education and enhancement of cultural tourism in SE Europe; and
  6. foster the sensibilisation of local communities towards cultural heritage.

Each BHFS project combines 3 basic educational modules: theoretical (lectures, presentations and field training), practical (participation in excavations, lab work, conservation workshops, field trips) and excursions to attractive archaeological and cultural sites & behind-the-scene visits.

Currently there are three types of field school programs offered by BHFS:

  • Archaeological field schools take place at different excavation sites (including underwater) related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans, starting with the first Neolithic farmers in Europe and Europe’s first civilization in the Chalcolithic, followed by the Ancient Greek, Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Ottoman civilizations.
  • The emphasis in the workshops on historic preservation/heritage conservationis on ancient Greek pottery, Roman pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings, historic metal, paper and textiles.
  • In addition, an expedition introduces students to Late and Post Medieval (Byzantine) ecclesiastical architecture and wall-paintings.

Since 2014, BHFS has offered a thematic combination of certain projects as BHFS project packs providing more comprehensive educational opportunities, broader experience, extra excursions and tempting admission fee discounts.

Three universities award academic credits to students who participate in BHFS projects: New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Queen’s University, Canada and Connecticut College, through Institute for Field Research, USA. Participants who are not interested in academic credits are not expected to pay any tuition fee nor to take part in any activities related to academic curriculum (exams, academic reports etc.).

Further information can be found here.

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