The Byzness, 02/02/2020

The Byzness, 2nd February 2020





‘Critical theory and Byzantine studies?’, Byzantine Studies Center, Boğaziçi University.

The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University is pleased to announce the organization of a new reading group entitled ‘Critical theory and Byzantine studies?’ By examining the theoretical approaches used or that can be potentially used in Byzantine studies, the aim of the reading group is to establish a dialogue between Byzantine studies and the remaining disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

Students and scholars of all levels interested in Byzantine studies are welcome.  The readings will be communicated in advance and will be discussed in biweekly sessions at the Byzantine Studies Research Center, moderated by Dr. Milan Vukašinović, GABAM-ANAMED postdoctoral fellow. The language of readings and discussions will be English.

The introductory session, Choosing sides: Blind caterpillars and visionary butterflies, will be held on Monday, 17 February 2020, at 16:00.

For more detailed information, see here.

Those who wish to participate in the reading group are kindly requested to send an e-mail to


‘Armenian through the Ages: Linguistic and Philological Perspectives’, 24–25 July 2020, Wolfson College, Oxford.

Deadline: 13 March 2020.

The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford, in association with Wolfson College, will hold a conference entitled “Armenian through the Ages: Linguistic and Philological Perspectives” at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 24–25 July 2020.

We invite submissions of abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations (+ 10 minutes of questions) on any topic of research concerning Armenian language, linguistics, or philology from all time periods, regions, and language varieties. Submissions from Early Career Researchers (late-stage doctoral students and post-docs) are particularly encouraged. Abstracts may be written and talks presented in either English or French.

We endeavour to publish the proceedings of this conference in a peer-reviewed volume or special issue of a journal, for instance in the Series Armenian Texts and Studies, published by Brill and edited by Theo Maarten van Lint and Valentina Calzolari.

Anonymous abstracts of no more than one page (pdf format, DIN A4 or US Letter, Times New Roman, 12pt, 2.5cm margin on all sides) including references and diagrams may be submitted electronically to no later than 12.00pm GMT on Friday, 13 March 2020. Submissions will be evaluated and speakers notified by 30 April 2020.

‘Translation: The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2020’, 21-22 April 2020, St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Deadline: 29 February 2020.

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference committee is delighted to announce that the theme for 2020 will be Translation. The conference will be held in Oxford at St Hugh’s College on 20 and 21 April. We are pleased to call for papers which relate to all aspects of translation in the medieval world: translation between languages, the movement of ideas and texts and translations between different mediums. Examples of areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Multilingualism, vernacularisation, classicization, rare languages.
  • Incomprehension, Babel and untranslatable words or ideas.
  • Mistranslation, simultaneous translation, translators (medieval and modern) and interpreters.
  • Authority and Translation.
  • Physical movement, movement of objects, movement of people, trade routes and the transmission of ideas in literature and art.
  • Translation of bishops, relics and saints.
  • Myths and translation.
  • Translation from different mediums, ekphrasis, illustration and music. • Commentators, glossators, illuminators, editors.
  • Codes and ciphers.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. We intend to provide bursaries to help with speaker travel costs. We welcome applications from graduate students at any university. Please email 250-word abstracts to by Saturday 29 February 2020.

‘Translation and the limits of Greek-Latin bilingualism in Late Antiquity (ca. 300-600 CE)’, 13th Celtic Conference in Classics, 15-18 July 2020, Lyon.

Deadline: 20 March 2020

Bilingualism between Latin and Greek sits at odds with the major scholarly re-evaluations of Late Antiquity that characterize this period as an age of cultural, political and religious transformations, as opposed to an era of decline and fall. Being expert utraque lingua ‘in both languages [i.e. Latin and Greek]’, had been an integral part of Roman intellectual culture and identity since the late Republic; but, according to conventional interpretation, by the end of the fourth century CE, the decline of Greek education in the west (evidenced by the rise in Latin translations of Greek texts, especially by Christians), and the relegation of Latin to the language of law and the bureaucracy in the East, were inescapable signs of cultural decline. By the fifth century, a linguistic divide reinforced the political division of the empire between east and west, Greek and Latin (Millar, 2006; Riché, 1976; Jones, 1964; Marrou, 1948). When bilingualism in Late Antiquity has recently been studied more positively, it has been often been from a multilingual perspective, between Latin or Greek and other languages of the Mediterranean world, Coptic, Syriac, or Punic (Rigolio 2019; Mullen and James, 2012; Adams, Janse, and Swain, 2002).

In the absence of any sustained study of Greek-Latin bilingualism and translation practice in the late antique period, this panel seeks to examine the function and prevalence of Greek-Latin bilingualism and to explore the connections between language communities and intellectual cultures across the empire from the Tetrarchy to the reign of Justinian. Particularly it wishes to question the assumed negative correlation between a decline in bilingualism and a rise in translation, and to do so from the perspective both of Latin in a Greek context and Greek in Latin.

Proposals are sought for papers that approach the topic from a wide range of perspectives: not just linguistic but literary, codicological, legal, political or historical. Papers that address one or more of the following questions would be especially welcome:

  • How regionalized or uniform were changes in educational practices in Greek and Latin language-learning? How did these change between the fourth and sixth centuries?
  • What counts as ‘being bilingual’ in Late Antiquity?
  • What effect did the increase in the imperial bureaucracy in the fourth century have upon the extent of the knowledge and use of Latin in the east?
  • As bilingualism became rarer, to what extent did it become a sought-after skill? Did any new opportunities present themselves for someone expert utraque lingua? How did such opportunities affect normal power relations, e.g. between a monolingual emperor or governor and a bilingual advisor?
  • What were the motivations for translation, and why were certain works deemed necessary for translation and others not?
  • How were newly translated texts received by other (monolingual) authors, and to what extent did they inspire subsequent compositions?
  • To what extent did linguistic translation also entail cultural translation between Greek and Latin, east and west, or vice versa (cf. Jerome’s statement that in translating Eusebius’ Chronicle he also added western events omitted by the eastern Eusebius)?
  • How closely implicated was a decline in bilingualism with societal problems, e.g. doctrinal conflicts between Christians, or problems of legal interpretation and practice?
  • How do Greek texts composed in the West, or Latin texts composed in the East affect our picture of changing levels of bilingualism or expectations of their initial audiences’ linguistic skills?
  • How was scribal practice affected by changes in bilingualism?
  • To what extent does evidence for bilingualism or translation in the epigraphic and material record align with that of literary texts?

We welcome proposals for papers of 35 minutes. Please submit an abstract of approximately 400 words and a proposed title by March 20, 2020. Papers may be in either English or French. Please include your institutional affiliation in your email.

Submissions and questions can be directed to either Alison John ( or Alan Ross (

For more information about the Celtic Conference in Classics, see here.

‘The Twenty-Third Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR)’, 27-31 July 2021, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Deadline: 15 May 2020

The Biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries.

The Society calls for twenty-minute conference papers focusing on historical aspects of the theory and practice of rhetoric. This year’s specific conference theme or focus is ‘Topics and Commonplaces in Antiquity and Beyond’.

Topical invention originated in ancient Greece and was developed and used throughout the western intellectual tradition as a systematized method of finding arguments to discuss abstract, philosophical questions, as well as specific questions determined by circumstances of time and space. Commonplaces are part of topical invention. They reflect commonly accepted views and ideas such as the benefits of peace vs. the harm caused by war, and can be geared to provide arguments which confirm, suggest, or create consensus. Studying topics and their application from a historical perspective thus highlights how persuasive texts reflect and contribute to the shaping of the intellectual and sociocultural contexts in which they are situated. We invite papers on the theory and practice of topics in all regions, periods and cultures. But of course we also welcome papers on both the theory and the practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and on its relationships with poetics, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations delivered in one of the six languages of the Society, viz. English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The Society also welcomes panel proposals consisting of three or four speakers dealing with a common theme, so as to form a coherent set of papers. The chair of the proposed panel may also be one of the speakers. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper, clearly specifying the panel to which it pertains. In addition, the panel organizer is expected to complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel and naming the participants. Please note that proposals for panel papers will be considered on their individual merits by the Programme Committee, and there is no guarantee that all papers proposed for a panel will be accepted.

Each person may only appear once as a speaker on the programme. Only one proposal for presentation per person can be accepted, including also presentations as parts of panels. Persons serving as (non-presenting) chairs are not affected by this rule.

Proposals for papers and for panels must be submitted on-line. Please complete the on-line form carefully and fully. For any questions please contact the chair of the programme committee, Prof. Lucía Díaz Marroquín (, or myself ( Please note that submitting a paper implies making the commitment to attend the conference if your paper is accepted. Guidelines for the preparation of proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 300 words.

The submission website will be open for submission by February 2020. An alert will appear on the ISHR website and in your mailbox. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by September 2020. For participants who require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding, we will try to accommodate their requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.

Information about the Conference, including hotel accommodation, will be provided at the beginning of the academic year 2020-2021. The conference registration fee is still to be determined, but the Nijmegen organizers will endeavor to ensure that this is kept as low as possible. Graduate students and scholars from underrepresented countries pay reduced registration fees and may be eligible for travel grants.

The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another’s proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:

  • A definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including its chronological period, language, texts and other sources;
  • A statement of the specific problem that will be treated in your paper; its place in relation to the present state of research in the general field under consideration; and its significance for the history of rhetoric;
  • A summary of the stages of argumentation involved in addressing the problem; and conclusions and advances in research.

To apply, see here.

‘Opening the Sacred Text: Meaning, Materiality, Historiography’, 16-17 December 2020, Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Deadline: 14 February 2020

We are delighted to announce our call for papers for ‘Opening the Sacred Text: Meaning, Materiality, Historiography’, an interdisciplinary workshop and conference to be held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Bringing together scholars from around the world, we will study the decorative frontispieces and so-called carpet pages that are a remarkable feature of manuscripts from diverse cultures, including Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

The questions that we hope to see addressed in ‘Opening the Sacred Text: Meaning, Materiality, Historiography’ include:

  • How were these opening pages of sacred texts intended to work?
  • Might they prepare the viewer, reader, or artist, for prayer or meditation?
  • What senses were activated by means of colour, ornament or other design elements?
  • Which genres of texts do they occur in, and why not others?
  • How do we approach manuscript examples that display other solutions to opening or articulating the sacred text?
  • Does materiality relate to patronage?
  • Were they based on actual materials: on textiles, floor mosaics, window screens, or book bindings, for example?
  • Are they meant to call to mind these particular materials and their functions?
  • Might we identify commonality in the decorative frontispieces in books from diverse traditions despite the different cultural settings and time periods?
  • What are the sources for decorated openings and carpet pages?
  • How might we problematise the paradigm of the ‘carpet page’ in scholarly literature and address the implications of the term itself?

Papers are 20 minutes in length. If you would like to propose a paper, then please email a brief abstract (250 words max.) to Stewart J. Brookes ( or Julie Harris (

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 2pm on Friday 14th February 2020

Please note that it is our intention to include selected papers from the conference as part of an edited volume. If you are unable to attend the conference, but would like to be considered for the volume, please be in touch.

We hope to attract funding to assist with travel and accommodation, in particular to support early career researchers and independent scholars.


‘Seminar for Arabian Studies’, International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA), 15-18 July, Cordoba.

Deadline: 28 February 2020

We are very pleased to announce that the 54th Seminar for Arabian Studies, organised by the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA), will take place in Casa Arabe, Cordoba, Spain, from 15th to 18th July 2020.

If you wish to offer a paper, please send an abstract to on or before the 28 February 2020 for consideration by the Steering Committee. The Seminar for Arabian Studies is an annual international conference for the presentation of the latest academic research on the archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history of the Arabian Peninsula (and associated areas), from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922). Full details on how to submit your abstract are below.

This is the first time that the Seminar has been held in Spain and only the second time that it has been held outside the UK in 50 years. In addition to the regular three day seminar several special and focus sessions are also being held, full details are below.

We are pleased to announce that there will be two special sessions held at the next Seminar for Arabian Studies and we welcome abstract submissions to these sessions. Please submit your abstract to on or before the 28 February 2020 for consideration by the Steering Committee. Your abstract must include all the details listed below in the call for papers.

Special Session 1: Intellectual links: language, law, theology and culture in Jazirat al-‘Arab and Jazirat al-Andalus.

As in other regions of the Islamic world, in al-Andalus Arabia had an important presence in the writings of its scholars and the imaginaire of its inhabitants. The process of Arabization, the spread of the Maliki legal school with its origins in Medinan legal practice, the literary and historical memory of pre-Islamic Arabia, and the interest for its geography and history against the background of the hajj practices are some of the aspects that have been explored although there is still room for new approaches and perspectives. In this Special Session we invite papers to deepen the study of such and other aspects.

Special Session 2: Comparison of cultural environmental adaptations in the Arabian and Iberian peninsulas.

In this session we aim at discussing diversity in human adaptations to arid environments in the Arabian and Iberian Peninsula. These two peninsulas are both large land masses with a range of geographies and with rich cultural histories. Although they came closely into contact only from the Islamic period onwards they shared similarities in climate, land, and connectivity long before that. This session is intended to allow scholars to present on behavioural strategies developed to cope with the specifics of arid landscapes in both Arabia and Iberia from the early prehistory to modern times. There is particular interest in settlement dynamics, subsistence strategies as well as water control and management from an archaeological point of view, but contributions from other perspectives are also welcome.

Focus Session: Revealing cultural landscapes in northwest Arabia: new archaeological explorations in AlUla

Best known for Saudi Arabia’s first inscribed World Heritage Site, Hegra, this Nabataean sister city of Petra is the only extensively studied and contextualised archaeological site in AlUla County (northwest Saudi Arabia). Since 2018, an international team of more than 30 surveyors and specialists led by Oxford Archaeology in the core area and University of Western Australia in the hinterland, with inputs from King Saud University, has developed a survey of the area and has thus far identified more than 19,000 sites. The largest number of sites are funerary, agro-pastoral and rock art/inscriptions, generating essential information on the nature of and changes in AlUla’s past cultural landscapes, particularly in late prehistory. Targeted excavations are enhancing the understanding of chronology and function of major site types, in some cases with surprising results. Evidences range from Palaeolithic activity areas to Neolithic ritual practices at 7200 cal BP to Muslim pilgrimage sub routes.

Call for Papers

Abstracts for main Seminar or the special sessions should include what the proposed paper intends to cover, an outline of the approach it will take and an indication of the significance of the topic. Abstracts can include up to three relevant bibliographical references. All abstracts must also include 1) the title of the proposed paper; 2) name(s) and affiliation(s) of the contributor(s); 3) five keywords. Abstracts are limited to 200 words maximum (not including bibliographic references) and abstracts that are significantly over the word limit may rejected. Please submit your abstracts as Word documents only.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. Due to programme time constraints, and the ever-increasing number of abstracts received, there is no guarantee that all papers will be accepted. The Steering Committee will select those abstracts that are most scholarly, with a focused statement of thesis or importance, clear aims and methodology, well-organised research data, specified sources, and coherent conclusions. As in previous years, the Committee will normally only accept one abstract from any given project.

Only those papers that are actually presented at the Seminar will be considered for publication in the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, and they will be subject to editorial and peer review.

Focus Session Proposals

The Committee is happy to consider possible Focus Session Proposals. A Focus Session Proposal must include a minimum of four papers and have a clear scholarly focus with the explicit purpose to promote discussion and debate on work currently in progress, the current state of scholarship, issues involved in the application of new approaches and models, etc. A proposal for a Focus Session should include a summary of up to 200 words outlining the purpose of the Session, along with abstracts formatted as outlined above for individual abstracts. The Committee will still consider each focus session abstract individually. A Focus Session chair may be nominated by the proposer but a final decision on this will remain with the Committee.


The Seminar is very happy to receive submissions for the presentation of research posters. All posters presented at the Seminar must have an abstract approved in advance by the Committee; other posters will not be accepted. The deadline for the submission of poster abstracts is the 31 April 2020. A poster abstract submission form and guidelines are on the Seminar’s website. Posters will no longer be published as short papers in PSAS. For further information please see here, or contact

‘Merchants and Markets in Late Antiquity’, Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, 7-11 January 2021, Chicago.

Deadline: 7 February 2020.

A social, cultural, and economic history of work and trade in the later Roman empire remains to be written. Recent years have seen a renewed interest in labour, professions, commerce, and their organization during the Imperial period, while the last two decades have been a remarkably productive time for the study of the Roman economy in general. The resultant scholarship has presented new approaches which have greatly advanced our understanding of both structural and specific characteristics of the economy. The most influential of these has been the adoption of New Institutional Economics (e.g. Scheidel, Morris, and Saller 2007), but there has also been a steady stream of microeconomic studies focusing on the social elements of economic activity (Terpstra 2013; Venticinque 2016; Hawkins 2016) and sociocultural histories of work and professions (e.g. Verboven and Laes 2016). Some of this scholarship has extended into Late Antiquity, though the most influential work remains Wickham’s magisterial Framing the Early Middle Ages (2006). Nevertheless, scholarship on the later Roman world has not yet sought to integrate the economic theories that have reconditioned the way of writing the socio-economic history of the early Roman Empire.

The future of late Roman social and economic history lies in utilizing and adapting innovative approaches to the Roman economy for the study of Late Antiquity. The institutional change for which this period is known offers plentiful opportunities to consider how individual economic actors were affected by structural, religious, and political changes, and the field is ripe for a re-evaluation of the intersection between social norms and the economy.

This panel hopes to bring together scholars from a wide range of subjects and backgrounds, and to solicit abstracts for papers considering a variety of issues and addressing such diverse questions as:

  • What awareness did local merchants, craftsmen, and transporters have of wider economic change in Late Antiquity?
  • What strategies did these individuals develop to mitigate risk and resolve economic challenges, and are the strategies of Late Antiquity fundamentally different in some way from those used in earlier or later periods?
  • Can we speak of market integration or disintegration in Late Antiquity?
  • What were the outcomes of state institutional and structural changes to the economy at local and regional levels?
  • What effects did the development of new legal and fiscal systems have on the social and political lives of merchants and craftsmen?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as email attachments to by February 7, 2020. The title of the email should be the title of the panel. Abstracts should contain a title of the paper, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter. All abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously. For enquiries, please email Jane Sancinito ( or John Fabiano (

‘Child Slavery in the Roman Empire’, 16-18 June 2020, University of Edinburgh.

Deadline: 7 February 2020

This conference will bring together scholars working on slavery and childhood to explore the role and extent of child slavery in the Roman Empire. The enslavement of children is well documented in the Roman evidence, yet, there has been little cross-disciplinary and comparative study of the diverse and rich evidence for enslaved childhoods in the Roman world. As a result, while several studies have tackled specific individual aspects of the evidence for Roman child slavery, the role of child slavery in the Roman slavery system has even been seen as inconsequential, not least in economic and demographic terms. This conference will focus on the Roman imperial period to explore a wide range of evidence, approaches and topics in the study of Roman child slavery to test the hypothesis that child slavery was a central element of Roman slaving.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bassir Amiri (Franche-Comté), Jean-Jacques Aubert (Neuchâtel), Maureen Carroll (Sheffield), Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge), Jennifer Glancy (Le Moyne), Judith Evans Grubbs (Emory), Catherine Heszer (SOAS), Christian Laes (Manchester/ Antwerp), Myles Lavan (St. Andrews), Noel Lenski (Yale), April Pudsey (Manchester) and Tatjana Sandon (Edinburgh).

We welcome proposals for papers and posters addressing any historical aspect of child slavery in the Roman Empire, up to c. AD 500, as well as papers and posters from related fields and disciplines such as social anthropology, archaeology, art history, and literary study.

Abstracts of up to 300 words for 30-minute conference papers as well as abstracts for poster presentations should be submitted to the conference organiser, Dr Ulrike Roth (, by 7 February 2020. Paper and poster proposers will be informed about the outcome of their proposal by mid-February.

Further information on how to submit a paper or poster proposal is provided here.

It may be possible to support a small number of student participants with a bursary. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please follow the instructions at the link given above.

Further information as well as access to the registration page is on the conference website.


‘Urban networks and religious practices. Inside the Nodes: Changes and Novelties’, EAA 2020, 26-30 August, Budapest.

Deadline: 13 February 2020

We are currently looking for potential participants and speakers for our sessions, as the call for papers is open until the 13th of February. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract or forward this invitation to people that you know and that might be interested. The chronological and geographical scope is wide, and encompasses the Archaic until the Medieval Mediterranean, but also adjacent regions.

The session analyses the reciprocal impact of urban networks and religious practices in the Mediterranean World and beyond, from the Archaic until Medieval period. This wide chronological and geographical frame is necessary to point towards the fact that processes of urbanisation are strongly related to the development of religions. Cities, as hubs in a network, played an important role for the shaping of religious spaces, practices and even beliefs. Yet, spaces in cities are not only physically designed, but the production and outcome of social interaction. (Lefebvre 1974, Soja 1996) Religions played a crucial role in ancient urban settlements (city foundations, temple architecture, processions). However, they are under-researched when it comes to their own development.

Concepts, such as “polis religion”, reflect the significance of religion in cities, but ignore the agency of individuals in shaping them, and oversee the dialectical relation that religions and urbanity have. The session intends to bring new perspectives on ancient cities by asking from both sides: How did religions shape the city, but also how did the specific city shape religious practices and beliefs?

Urban sites (capitals, city harbours, caravan cities) are crucial nodes within a trans-urban network. Mobility towards and within cities consequently spread new forms of communication and technologies into them.

Our specific interest is to look at phenomena of religious change that occurred through religious code-switchings in the use and perception of spaces, practices, and objects. Some key questions are: how did the arrival of new systems of beliefs and practices influenced the materiality and function of religious urban spaces in a city? How did local religious identities re-define themselves by transforming their urban spaces, especially when they were simultaneously used by different groups (co-spatiality)? Finally, how has the multiplicity of ethnic and religious groups within the city been administratively regulated?

For more information and to submit an abstract, see here.



Cappadocia in Context Summer Program, ANAMED, 14 – 28 June 2020.

Deadline: TBA

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), with the support of Cappadocia University, this 15-days intensive program is open to the participation of young researchers at the master’s and doctoral level and aims to provide conceptualisation methods of the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine past in the historical and artistic context, accompanied by field studies, research and presentations. Within its breathtaking volcanic landscape, Cappadocia preserves extensive rock-cut features from the Byzantine period, including more than a thousand rock-cut churches and chapels (one-third of which preserve significant elements of their painted decoration), as well as monasteries, houses, villages, towns, cemeteries, and fortresses. The region is unrivaled in terms of its material culture, but because it lacks a written history, the monuments of Cappadocia remain poorly known to most Byzantinists.

Having attended the program in Summer 2018, ANAMED 2018–2019 PhD Fellow Hugh Jeffery wrote about his impressions about the program and Cappadocia for ANAMED Blog.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Byzantine Studies or a related field. All instruction will be in English; reading skill in French highly recommended.

The program can be found here.  Seminar classes will be conducted in Cappadocia University Campus. Participants will have access to the Cappadocia University library throughout the program. Participants will stay in the dorms of Cappadocia University, in shared double rooms. All breakfasts, dinners, and most lunches will be provided. Wireless internet service is gratis.

All course materials will be provided in digital format, apart from the textbook “Visualizing Community: Art, Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia” by R.G. Ousterhout (Dumbarton Oaks, 2017). A seminar room with a small research library, with basic books will be available for use at all hours. Please make sure to have your own digital camera and your own laptop with you for preparation for seminar reports.

ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with

Airfare, visa arrangements and personal expenses are each participant’s own responsibility. Travel insurance and health insurance is mandatory for all students. ANAMED does not take any responsibilities. Participants must arrange their own transportation to/from Cappadocia. Ground transportation to Mustafapaşa is available from the Nevşehir and Kayseri airports but should be reserved in advance. Daily transportation to and from site visits is provided. Regular public minibus service connects Mustafapaşa and Ürgüp. Cappadocia has a rugged landscape; participants should be in good physical condition, bring sturdy footwear, and be prepared to walk or hike several kilometers each day.

Tuition for Summer 2020 is $2500 USD. It includes accommodation in Cappadocia, course materials, all expenses of field trips, breakfasts, dinners and most lunches.

We will offer a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.

The scholarships can be categorized as:

  • Full Scholarships (Candidates will only be required to pay for airfare and personal expenses.)
  • Half Scholarships (Candidates will be asked to pay half of the total tuition. They will also be asked to pay for airfare and personal expenses.)

The scholarships are provided by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Koç University,The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (GSSSH) (only to Koç University students), Koç University Stavros Niarchos Foundations Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM) and Private Benefactors.

Before you apply, please do not forget to review the requirements section and make sure that you are eligible to apply.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender to submit a recommendation letter directly via e-mail to before the deadline. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request his/her own reference letter.

For more information, see here.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Archaeology of the Mediterranean (200-1000 CE), University of Puget Sound.

Deadline: 1 March 2020.

The University of Puget Sound invites applications for the Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Archaeology starting in Fall 2020. This is a nonrenewable one-year position.

The Redford Fellow will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses over the year: an introduction to archaeology (including archaeological methods) course in the fall and two more specialized courses in the spring, chosen in consultation with the faculty mentor.  The Fellow will also deliver a public lecture and serve as a campus resource for those interested in archaeology; this may include advising students, identifying summer excavations or field schools in which to participate, or finding graduate programs that meet students’ interests.  The Fellow will be assigned to an appropriate department (e.g. Art and Art History, Classics, History, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology), where faculty will assist with professional development.

We invite applications from scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in archaeology within the last three years. We seek a candidate who has expertise in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, broadly understood, from c. 200 to c. 1000 CE.  Specializations might include the late Roman world, Sassanian Empire, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine Empire, or early medieval western Europe.  Candidates with interests in cross-cultural encounters, gender roles, or religion are especially encouraged to apply.  Scholars who are able to make connections across disciplines and demonstrate the impact of archaeological work on a variety of fields in an undergraduate liberal arts setting are especially encouraged to apply.

The position offers a salary of $40,000 and comes with health and professional development benefits.  Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, see here.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 1, 2020 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement (see prompt below)
  • Three letters of reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Premodern World, University of Southern California

Deadline: 6 March 2020.

The USC Center for the Premodern World invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2020. Applicants will hold a degree in one of the Center’s areas of strength: Classics, History, Religion, Art History, or East Asian Languages and Culture. The salary for the postdoctoral fellow is $65,000 per year plus fringe benefits, with an additional research and travel account of $2000.

Applicants must have received their PhD no earlier than July 1, 2016, or else expect to have completed it by July 1, 2020. Applications from scholars whose work focuses on one of the Center’s current areas of thematic interest are especially encouraged: the Premodern Mediterranean, Sacred Ground, and the Early History of the Book. The holder of the fellowship will be expected to pursue research and teach three courses over four semesters, with at least one semester devoted fully to research. The holder is expected to reside in the Los Angeles area during the academic year and to participate in the scholarly life of the Center and the University.

To apply, please submit as a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter, including a proposed research agenda (three-page maximum)
  • CV
  • One-page proposal describing two courses the applicant might teach
  • Writing sample (either one dissertation chapter or an article)

Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. All materials should be sent to Applicants are responsible for making sure all application material, including letters of recommendation, are submitted before the deadline. Please allow ample time for referees to submit their letters.


  • Applicants will hold a degree in one of the Center’s areas of strength: Classics, History, Religion, Art History, or East Asian Languages and Culture.
  • The dates for completion of the Ph.D. degree are strictly observed, with no exceptions. ‘Date of completion’ is defined as the day the applicant officially fulfills all requirements for the Ph.D. degree according to the guidelines of their institution.
  • Citizens from any country are eligible for this fellowship.
  • Candidates with a Ph.D. granted by an institution outside the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who have held or currently hold terminal postdoctoral positions are eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who have received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California are not eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who are permanently employed in full-time, tenure-track positions are not eligible to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST.

Inquiries should be directed to

Research Associate, ‘Colonized Manuscripts: The Provenance of Hamburg’s Papyrus Collection’, University of Hamburg.

Deadline: 8 February 2020

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on April 1, 2020. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 36 months. The position calls for 75% of standard work hours per week (Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.).

Duties include:

  • Academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.
  • Research in the frame of the project Colonized Manuscripts. The Provenance of Hamburg’s Papyrus Collection. The position includes the enrolment in the Cluster’s graduate school, and requires participation in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops, as well as active engagement in the Cluster’s research activities.

Requirements include:

  • A university degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience with research in colonial history, the global history of knowledge, postcolonial theory and methodology as well as familiarity to current debates on provenances and restitution.
  • Reading skills in French and German are required; experience with Kurrent/Sütterlin handwriting and archival sources in general are of use as well.
  • Additional language skills beneficial to the project include Latin, Old Greek, Coptic, Demotic and Arabic.
  • Fluent English, written and spoken.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference. Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer ( or consult our website at

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A tabular curriculum vitae
  • Copies of degree certificate(s).

Please send applications by February 8, 2020 to:

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

For further information on the project ‘Colonized Manuscripts. The Provenance of Hamburg’s Papyrus Collection’ please visit our website.

Newton International Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences, British Academy.

Deadline: 26th March 2020

The Newton International Fellowships enable early-career researchers in the humanities to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Candidates may be from any country outside the UK, as long as they have no more than 7 years of active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. Applicants must not hold UK citizenship.

The British Academy will provide £24K per annum (tax-exempt) for subsistence costs and up to £8K per annum research expenses as well as one-off relocation costs and a contribution to overheads.

For more information, see here.


Visiting Fellowships: Fondation Maison de Sciences de l’Homme.

Deadline: 31 March 2020.

Created in 1975 upon the initiative of Fernand Braudel, in collaboration with the French Secretary of State for Universities, Department for Higher Education and Research, the DEA Programme (Directeurs d’Études Associés, or Associate Research Directors) is the oldest international mobility programme at Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme.

It provides funding to invite, from four to six weeks, international professors and senior researchers with a PhD, or equivalent, working in institutions of higher education and research, from all across the globe to come in France and enables them to carry out work in France (field enquiries, library work and archives).

A monthly allowance of 3,300 € is awarded for transport and stay expenses. In addition, FMSH provides support for visa applications and logistics (accommodation and access to libraries).

The programme is intended solely for senior researchers, with a PhD or equivalent, and working in institutions of higher education and research. Applicants must be no older than 65 at the time of their stay. The research stay in France must be justified.

Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the scientific dossier and the methodology developed
  • The relevance of a research stay in France regarding the scientific project

After a scientific expertise of the research projects, decisions regarding invitations are made by a commission made up of the FMSH president and scientific directors, as well as various specialists

Results will be communicated directly to applicants the latest by July 2020.

Contents of the application:

  • A curriculum vitae of 4 pages (including date of birth)
  • A list of scientific publications
  • A research project (4-5 pages) and a bibliography
  • A letter of support by a French researcher is welcome

 Applications written in French or English should be sent via our online platform.

Once on the platform, in your online application for DEA, please select for the year of the call: ‘2020’ and for the session of the call: ‘janv-mars 2020’.


FWO Senior Research Project ‘The Quest for Otherness. Uncovering Narratives of Religious Distinction in the ‘Long Tenth Century’.

One doctoral position (PhD studentship, doctoraatsbursaal) is available starting 1 May 2020 (with the possibility of a delayed start until 30 December) on an FWO-funded research project that pursues a new interpretation of religious distinction narratives in the period around the year 1000.

The eleventh century is commonly seen as the time when Western Christianity first drew strict moral and behavioral boundaries between the servants of the Church and the laity. Recent scholarship has indicated, though, that many ideas and solutions propagated then built on a legacy from up to two hundred years earlier. Crucially, the contribution of the ‘long tenth century’ (c. 880–1020/30) – a critical transition phase – remains for the most part unknown. While case studies have shown that commentators of this period were deeply preoccupied with the moral identity and conduct of ecclesiastical personnel in particular, a systematic investigation of surviving testimonies remains a major gap in religious and historical scholarship. In order to resolve this gap, the project will offer a detailed reconstruction of a large, regionally defined sample of narratives of religious distinction.

Supervised at the Ghent University by prof. dr. Steven Vanderputten, in a first part of the project the PhD researcher will work on a well-defined set of mostly narrative sources to establish how exactly tenth-century commentators described the separate moral and social status of clerics, monks, and women religious. The researcher will look at precisely which properties –in terms of physical appearance, social conduct, and morality generally– they attributed to the ideal member of each of these cohorts, and which ones they considered a cause for scandal. In addition, they will reconstruct the precise settings in which these authors situated their descriptions: did they give a literal account of the ‘stage play’ of the distinct morality of ecclesiastical personnel (for instance, by portraying appropriate behaviour as it was supposed to be displayed during liturgical and other ceremonies, secular feasts, public meetings, ceremonies, individual interactions with the laity, and interactions within religious communities), or did they instead speak mostly in abstract terms? Finally, the researcher will also seek to establish the specific purpose of these accounts of distinction, which was the intended audience, and if they were transmitted outside of their original context of origin. In case of the latter, were they adapted in any way?

In a second part, the PhD researcher will try to establish if specific narratives on religious distinction can be matched with specific political, institutional, intellectual, and personal networks. Similarities in the argument of a number of key texts suggest that this is the case. However, due to the limited attempts at comparative analysis and the slim body of studied evidence we currently have very little to validate – or invalidate – this impression. Nor has there been a systematic effort to consider either cross-pollination of ideas and narratives between different networks, or the internal differences of views within specific networks. A key point is the adaptation of religious distinction narratives when they were transferred from major institutional and intellectual centers to small communities of clerics, monks, or women religious. In other words, are there indications that local expectations (by the religious themselves and by their social environment) and traditions influenced the way in which these narratives were received by, and communicated to, the religious in these places?

The project’s innovative quality lies in the fact that it transcends the focus of former scholarship on specific commentators and their work. Not only will it undertake an unprecedented comparative study of known commentaries, it will also considerably expand the body of primary evidence by including a range of narrative texts that have so far remained beyond the specialists’ focus. As such, this project will award to the long tenth century the key place it deserves in the study of religious reflection and debate in the medieval West.

Ghent University was founded in 1817 and has approximately 40,000 students. It is consistently listed in the top 100 of the universities of Europe. The University’s Department of History and Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies together form a dynamic and diverse research community covering a broad range of research interests and disciplines.


  • A master’s degree (in hand or in progress) in Medieval History or in a related discipline (for individuals whose master’s degree is in progress, the doctoral position may only be taken up if that degree is successfully completed before the start of the project).
  • Demonstrated experience with Latin sources.
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative research methods and a willingness to work towards acquiring new research skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity for creative and independent research.
  • Reading-knowledge of English and French and a willingness to acquire the necessary passive language skills to read German and Italian publications.
  • The ability and willingness to work as a member of an international research community at Ghent University, including contributions to a shared database as well as joint publication.
  • The ability and willingness to develop a publication track record of high academic standards.

Ghent University is a multi-lingual environment. Most official communication is done in Dutch and English: PhD researchers are welcome to publish and do conference presentations in any West European language, and may submit their dissertation in English, French, German, or Dutch. Candidates are not required to be able to read and/or speak Dutch prior to or during their appointment at Ghent University, but are encouraged to acquire basic language skills to facilitate social integration.

The offer is for a doctoral position of 1 FTE for four years (i.e. a full-time position, subject to intermediary evaluations), beginning at the earliest on 1 July 2020 and at the latest on 30 December of the same year. The fellowship provides a monthly salary of ca. 1900 euros on a full-time basis, in concordance with the requirements of the Flemish Government. It is fiscally exempted and Ghent University offers a holiday allowance, gratis public transport between home and work place, access to university sports facilities and university restaurants, and end-of-year bonus. For more information, see here.

Applications are to be sent as a pdf-file to Professor Steven Vanderputten (email: and must include the following elements:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae, including an overview of language skills (active and passive); experience with Latin-sources; and PC-skills.
  • A pdf-copy of the master dissertation or undergraduate dissertation (for those with a masters in progress).
  •  Certified copies of relevant diplomas.
  • Contact details of two referees (name, institutional affiliation, and email address) and/or two letters of reference.

In the second stage of the application procedure, the selected candidates will be interviewed in person or via Skype.

For more information, please contact Professor Steven Vanderputten (email:


EpiDoc Training, 20-24 April 2020, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.

Deadline: 23 February 2020

We invite applications for a five-day training workshop in the use of EpiDoc, the de facto standard for encoding ancient epigraphic and papyrological editions in TEI XML for online publication and interchange. The workshop will cover the encoding of ancient texts in XML, sources of information and support on EpiDoc, and publication of editions through the EFES platform. No technical knowledge is required, but participants are expected to be familiar with the transcription conventions for inscriptions and papyri (‘Leiden’), and either Greek, Latin or other ancient languages of their epigraphic tradition.

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send a brief explanation of your motivation for seeking EpiDoc training (including any projects you will work on) to

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