The Byzness, 25/10/2020

The Byzness, 25th October 2020




Grzegorz Ochała, The Cathedral of Faras as a monument of Nubian memory. 22 October, 17.45 GMT

Ewa Wipszycka’s Late Antique Seminar

On 22 October, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time) Grzegorz Ochała (Leiden Universiteit & UW) will present a paper  The Cathedral of Faras as a monument of Nubian memory.

The full programme for the winter semester can be found on the seminar’s website.

The link below will be valid for all the meetings. If you have any problems with joing us, please write to Robert Wiśniewski:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 835 0128 4547
Passcode: 791010

Practicing Archaeology. 11 November 2020, 12.00-14.00 (Online via MS Teams). Link to the event here.

This lunchtime webinar will serve as an introduction to career pathways in Archaeology and Archaeological Science. The event will consist of the presentations of four experts in the fields of heritage, historic environment, commercial archaeology, and forensic archaeology. The aim is to inspire participants to think creatively about their future careers, to help them develop the necessary skillset and provide guidance for the next steps by signposting various resources available within and beyond the University of Oxford. The presentations will be followed by Q&As and participants are warmly invited to participate in the discussion. Even though the event has been designed with the archaeologists and archaeological scientists in mind, any student of the university with an interest in material and visual culture is welcome to attend.

For further information and to register contact Katerina Vavaliou (TORCH Heritage Programme Support Officer).

Updates on the International Congress of Byzantine Studies

The dates for the Byzantine Congress to be hosted in Venice and Padua will be 22-27 August, 2022. The conference will be hybrid, given the uncertainties of Covid and potential difficulties for travel. The Italian committee will essentially present the program organized by the Turkish Committee. They will make additional efforts to facilitate graduate student participation. Stay tuned for new deadlines for the submission of Round Table abstracts and for Free Communication paper proposals. 

In the meantime, you can look for updates on the website of the Italian Association for Byzantine Studies:

Podcast « De la médecine grecque à la médecine arabe » / F. Micheau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

La conférence de Françoise Micheau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) « De la médecine grecque à la médecine arabe » qui s’est tenue dans le cadre du cycle des conférences publiques de l’IISMM « La médecine, l’islam, les mondes musulmans », le 6 octobre dernier est désormais disponible en podcast à l’adresse suivante :

Soundcloud IISMM :

Programme du cycle des conférences publiques

Knowledge in Motion – Science and Medicine in the Islamic World – Online Lecture Series

Online lecture series created by the History of Science Museum, Oxford in partnership with the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and the Oxford Centre for Global History.

All welcome, free to register. For further details, see registration links below. 

Dr Taha Yasin Arslan (Medeniyet University, Istanbul), ‘Rings of Heaven’

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020, 6-7pm 
How to book: Registration link ‘Rings of Heaven’ online lecture

Professor Julia Bray (Oriental Studies, Oxford), ‘Arabic Books and Astronomy in Seventeenth-Century Oxford’

Date: Thursday 12 November 2020, 6-7pm
How to book: Registration link ‘ Arabic Books & Astronomy..’ online lecture

Daniel Burt, ‘Board Games and Medieval Medicine’

Date: Thursday 10 December 2020, 6-7pm 
How to book: Registration link ‘Board Games & Medieval Medicine’ online lecture

Dr Taha Yasin Arslan (Medeniyet University, Istanbul), ‘Is ‘Science’ Always Exact?’

Date: Thursday 7 January 2021, 6-7pm  
How to book: Registration link ‘Is Science Always Exact?’ online lecture

Online resources for medieval manuscripts

In November 2018, The Polonsky Foundation England and France 800-1200 Project was launched. This ground-breaking collaboration between the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France digitised a total of 800 medieval manuscripts from our two collections. The British Library’s curated website, Medieval England and France, 700–1200 now includes its own downloadable list of all 400 British Library manuscripts that were featured in the project, in spreadsheet format and as a PDF. This list can be accessed from the website’s About page.

For details see


Resilient Religion, 18th Annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions. Deadline: 31 January 2021.

The Italian Society for the History of Religions invites papers, posters, and workshops proposals for the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), which will take place at the University of Pisa, 30th August – 3rd September 2021.

Though hoping that the event will be fully in presence, the organizers are ready for the event to take place with a mixed format (partly online, partly in presence).

This year’s theme is resilient religion. The submission deadline for papers, posters, and session proposals is 31st January 2021. For additional information, please visit

Call for Abstracts: Animals and Humans on the Move. Deadline for abstracts: 16 November

Viator essay cluster, edited by Przemysław Marciniak.

The relationship between humans and their nonhuman traveling companions changed over time, and over the distances they travelled. Who would Don Quixote be without Rocinante, or Alexander without Bucephalus? This cluster of short essays proposes to look at moving/traveling animals and animals as the companions of traveling/moving humans in the Middle Ages and early modernity. To move or travel might encompass physical travel in its various forms, such as pilgrimage, military campaigns, or travel for commercial or diplomatic reasons, or more conceptual travel across cultures and periods. Contributions might also consider texts that describe animals on the move, including ekphrastic works (such as Byzantine hunting ekphrases), an outsider’s (or traveler’s) perspective on autochthonic animals as recorded in travel accounts, or more abstract texts describing travels and adventures of animals.

This cluster aims to offer cross-cultural perspective; papers exploring Byzantine, Arabic, Turkish, Jewish, Persian and other non-Western cultures are particularly welcome.

Possible essay topics include:

– Animals as “companion species” in travel, war, pilgrimage, commerce, or politics

– Traveling menageries, circuses, and animals shows

– Journeys in search of real or imaginary animals

– Ekphrastic texts depicting traveling animals

– The dissemination and reception of texts about animals across languages, cultures, and time periods

Essays should be short, focused interventions (2000–3500 words). Contributions from early-stage scholars are especially welcome, including graduate students, postdocs, independent scholars, and members of the precariat.

Short abstracts of around 200 words should be emailed to by November 16 with essays to be submitted by January 15.


Call for two PhD Applicants, Liturgical Studies (Notre Dame)

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame accepts up to two, fully-funded PhD students per year in Liturgical Studies. The program in Liturgical Studies integrates three sub-disciplines: Liturgical History; Liturgical Theology; Ritual Studies.

The program offers a wide range of research opportunities with particular strengths in early and late antique Christian ritual and material culture, medieval liturgy, ritual studies, Byzantine Christianity, contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology, and manuscript studies. Recent dissertations have included topics on ritual at the Second Temple, architecture and liturgy in medieval Salisbury, liturgy and life in Crusader Jerusalem, ritual in Igbo culture, imperial rites for commemorating earthquakes in late antique Constantinople, and ritual and identity in the California Missions.

The Liturgical Studies program was founded in 1947 as the first graduate program in the Department of Theology and quickly grew to become an international center for the study of liturgy. Pioneers in the discipline who have taught at Notre Dame include Josef Jungmann, Louis Bouyer, Robert Taft, Paul Bradshaw, and many others. The program is currently comprised of seven faculty members and represents one of the largest concentrations of liturgical scholars at one place in the world.

In addition to its core strengths, Liturgical Studies offers a variety of opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions at Notre Dame, including the Medieval Institute, the Program in Sacred Music, other departments at the university (esp. History, Anthropology and Sociology) and other programs within the Theology Department, including Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA), the History of Christianity (HC), and Systematic Theology (ST). The Hesburgh Libraries system has extensive holdings in theology and one of the nation’s largest collections in medieval and Byzantine studies, including the Milton Anastos Collection. The Theology Department also offers a broad range of ancient languages, including regular course offerings in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, and Coptic, with additional opportunities for studying other ancient languages.

Visiting Professorship in Byzantine Studies IHAC, NENU, Changchun (China) 2021/22. Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021

The Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin Province, P. R. China, invites applications for a full-time Visiting Professorship in Byzantine Studies. The appointment will be fixed term from 1 September 2021 to 15 July 2022, with the possibility of an extension for the following year, depending on positive assessment and mutual consent.

Every year, IHAC invites three to five visiting professors in the fields of Egyptology, Assyriology, and Classics/Byzantine Studies. The institute has been established for the past 35 years and is the largest in China for the study of the Ancient Near East and Western Classics including Byzantine Studies. IHAC has its own journal, the double blind peer-reviewed The Journal of Ancient Civilizations ( as well as a profound and up-to-date research library.

The visiting professor will be expected to teach 4 courses [i.e. 8 hours] per semester week, all in English, and contribute to the research output and development of the institute. Term dates are roughly 1 September to 10 July of the following year, but these are subject to change depending on the lunar calendar; the Chinese holidays as well as the major national holidays of the appointee’s country will be observed. Salary will be approx. 6,000 RMB per month, and the university will also pay for and provide accommodation for the appointee and cover municipal expenses, such as electricity. Funding is also available for travel around China for academic purposes, and the university will pay for one round-trip flight from home country to Changchun. Health care will be provided by the university, but this does not cover the cost of prescriptions.

Northeast Normal University ( is located in the city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The city consists of about 7 million people and is home to a large number of universities. A ‘normal’ university in China refers to a university for future teachers, and there are over one hundred normal universities in China, of which NENU is ranked no. 4. The world history at NENU is among the top 3 in China, with IHAC as an integral part with independent structure. Living expenses are very reasonable in Changchun, and a single person will generally not spend more than 1,000 RMB per month on food. The climate is normally dry and sunny, but has extreme winters (-20c) and summers (+25c).

Duties, responsibilities and perspectives

The appointee will be responsible for designing and teaching courses to MA- and PhD-level students on the following subjects: Byzantine History and Culture, all in close cooperation with Chinese staff and the section of Classics. There is also the possibility for designing other courses upon agreement. It is also possible that the appointee may be asked to supervise students. All teaching is done in English. The appointee will also become executive editor of the double blind peer reviewed Journal of Ancient Civilizations, which is accredited by the Chinese Social Science Citation Index and Scopus, among others. IHAC welcomes enthusiastic and passionate academics, strongly supports and appreciates initiatives within our team, and offers profound and substantial support for own career plans and institute’s development.


– A PhD in Byzantine Studies or a related field

– Research experience and a publication record, both reflective of career stage

– Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content and didactics

– Excellent command of English

– Proficiency in Ancient and Byzantine Greek (other languages such as Latin are desirable)

– Editing experience desirable

Chinese scholars are not permitted to apply for this position, and a preference will be given to experienced candidates.


Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021

(Video-)Interviews: 1-5 March 2021

All applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Sven Günther ( /

Applications should be in English and contain the following: cover letter, CV, details of 2 academic referees (with email addresses), and a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable).

Informal inquiries can also be made to Prof. Dr. Sven Günther (Classics/vice-director) ( / or Dr. Li Qiang (Byzantine Studies) (

RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Fellowship for the Academic Year 2021/2022. Deadline: 30 November 2020

The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for Resident fellowships (Post Doc). The fellowships should start in 2021 and have a duration between 1 and 12 months.

Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the Center’s interests in Romanization and Islamication in the period and area in question. The Center also welcomes applications from scholars working on comparative empire and transcultural studies in a broader historical (or contemporary) perspective whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues. The second year (2021) theme is ‘Imperial Religions and Local Beliefs’, i.e. the relationship between state authority and religion. Which forms of local religious practice remained in place, despite the dominance of eastern salvation religions, and which forms changed as a result thereof?

Applications should be in English, including a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Hamburg, including the project’s relation to the topic (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Center and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to Dr. Rocco Selvaggi by November 30, 2020.

For more information see:  

ASCSA Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2021-2022


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities.. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.


THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent PhDs writing on Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period, civil wars and the history of the Second World War. Fellows are required to make use of the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the ASCSA. Open to all nationalities. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Stipend of €2,000. 

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022. Runs every other year.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.


MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and university professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. 


NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities, not only limited to work at the Gennadius Library. Terms: Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been U.S.. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application.

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