The Byzness, 15/12/2019

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 15th December 2019
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘Digitizing and Encoding Seals: SigiDoc and RTI-Dome in action’, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 20-21 January 2020.

Deadline: 27 December 2019

We invite applications for a two-day workshop in digitizing and encoding ancient seals, hosted by the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at the Department for the Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, January 20-21, 2020.

The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss solutions, currently under development, concerning an XML-based and TEI-compliant data model for the description of Byzantine seals  – and, with minor adjustments, of other coin-like objects, such as bread stamps, Hellenistic or Western Medieval seals and sealings. For this purpose, participants will be introduced to a new encoding standard: SigiDoc, the first attempt to adapt and extend the digital approach – already applied to inscriptions, coins and papyri – to seals. SigiDoc builds on the experience of the EpiDoc encoding standard and its customisable publication platform EFES (EpiDoc Front End Services). The introduction into the methodology and functionalities of both SigiDoc and EFES will take place during the first half of the workshop, followed by hands-on training sessions on the second day. The final session of the workshop will be dedicated to discussing challenges and solutions to open issues within the development of SigiDoc, as well as the questions and suggestions arising from the participants.

The workshop will also feature an introduction and a practical demonstration of Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI), a cutting edge imaging technology especially well-suited for the digitization of seals. With RTI, an object is photographed multiple times with lightning from different angles. These images are then computationally processed and presented in a way that allows the viewer to virtually move the light source on-screen, thus making visible and discernible finest and most subtle structure of the object’s surface. Legibility and analysis of visual features can be significantly improved. Participants in the RTI session will be introduced into the use of RTI technology, techniques and equipment, and their applications in sigillography. During the RTI session, seals and other objects (brought by the participants) will be digitised using a custom built RTI dome.

Lessons and hands-on training will be offered by Alessio Sopracasa (Sorbonne University, Paris), Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham), Martina Filosa (University of Cologne), and Marcel Schaeben (CCeH, University of Cologne).

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send an application to vedph@unive.it by December 27 including a brief description of your interest in the workshop as well as your scholarly background. Basic knowledge of TEI-XML as well as of Ancient/Byzantine Greek are desirable.

2.       JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Junior Research Fellowship in the History and Culture of the Countries of the Silk Roads, King’s College London, 2020-2024.

Deadline: 14 January 2020

Through a generous donation, King’s College Cambridge is able to invite applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the history and culture of the Silk Road countries, societies, and cultures of Asia from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, past and present, as well as their relationships with China in the East and Europe in the West.

This Research Fellowship inaugurates a broader programme of studies of the countries of the Silk Roads, which will include lectures, seminars and conferences, as well as graduate scholarships and further Research Fellowships. As well as pursuing their own research project, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in developing the programme and in organizing academic activity concerned with the countries of the Silk Road.

This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage research into the history and culture of the countries Silk Roads by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on their own choosing. Projects may concern any aspect of the history or cultures of any of the peoples of the Silk Roads, from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, but for this inaugural Research Fellowship, preference may be given to those studying the Silk Roads themselves, that is to studies of relationships and the movement of materials, knowledge, and technologies between China and the Mediterranean at any period in history up to the present day.

For further details, see here.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Pre-Modern Judaism, Colgate University

The Department of Religion and Program in Jewish Studies at Colgate University invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in pre-modern Judaism beginning Fall semester 2020. The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal. Preference will be given to Jewish Studies scholars whose area of expertise is Hebrew Bible or early Judaism. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable. The course load is five courses a year. Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. The successful candidate will teach classes on topics in Jewish Studies relevant to the candidate’s expertise and will be expected to contribute to the Religion Department and “Legacies of the Ancient World” component of Colgate’s interdisciplinary Core curriculum.

A cover letter, CV, and three reference letters must be submitted through here. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. All applications should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. A review of applications will begin on Dec. 12, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Skype interviews for selected candidates will be conducted beginning in January.

Faculty and Dissertation Fellowships, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University.

Deadline: 19 January 2020

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University invites applications for its Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, its Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Faculty Fellowship, and its Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies (open to faculty and advanced PhD students) for the 2020-2021 academic year (September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021). The Center actively desires the most compelling, exciting, and rigorous academic projects to join its efforts in fostering Orthodox Christian Studies as a field of scholarly inquiry in its own right.

All applications are due by January 19, 2020. For complete details, requirements, and application information, please visit the Center’s website.

NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to enable an advanced PhD student to devote full-time work to the final year of dissertation research and writing. The Fellow must be prepared to complete her or his dissertation within the period of the Fellowship.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity.

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved of any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research.

During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will have access to all of the resources of Fordham University. Through existing relationships with other New York City institutions, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of neighboring universities (Columbia University, New York University, and others), seminaries (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary), and the many cultural institutions that New York City offers.

NEH Faculty Fellowship

The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Faculty Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to support a current full-time college or university faculty member to pursue research and writing on some aspect of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived. The Fellowship is open to faculty of all academic ranks.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity.

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend equivalent to one half of his or her current salary, up to $48,000, which will be paid directly to his or her home institution. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies

The Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies is intended to support research and writing on some aspect of Coptic Orthodox Christianity. The Fellowship is open to current full-time faculty of all ranks and independent scholars, or it may serve as a dissertation completion fellowship for advanced PhD students prepared to complete their dissertation within the Fellowship period.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities or social sciences (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, theology, anthropology, political science), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period as long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Coptic Orthodox Christianity whether in Egypt or elsewhere.

Current faculty: The recipient will receive a stipend equivalent to one half of his or her current salary, up to $50,000, paid directly to his or her home institution. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Independent scholars: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 (subject to applicable healthcare and benefits withholding) and will be expected not to take on other academic employment during the Fellowship period. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Advanced PhD students: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved from any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution and to be able to complete his or her dissertation during the Fellowship year. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research. The recipient of the Fellowship, by policy of Fordham University, must provide proof of health insurance. If health insurance is needed, the Fellow may buy in to the Fordham University health plan at a discounted rate.

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