THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 15th November 2020
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- NEWS AND EVENTS
Using Byzantine legal sources in the Humanities (Van Gogh programme B. Caseau & D. Penna)
Title masterclass: An online masterclass on the Basilica text and scholia,
taught by Prof. F. Brandsma and Dr. D. Penna, University of Groningen
Une masterclass de droit byzantin va porter sur les Basiliques et se fera en anglais.
Cette masterclass devait se tenir au printemps dernier. Elle sera désormais en ligne. Les conférences vont être enregistrées sur le blackboard de l’Université de droit de Groningen.
Que ceux que cela intéresse écrivent à Béatrice Caseau (firstname.lastname@example.org) qui transmettra à Daphne Penna leur nom prénom et adresse e-mail ou ceux de leurs étudiants.
Les conférences seront en ligne le 22 novembre et il y aura un séminaire sur zoom le 27 novembre de 14h à 16h pour les questions.
The masterclass will focus on the most important Byzantine legal legislation, the Basilica (=
Imperial Laws), a massive legal compilation of sixty books which was issued around 900
during the reign of Leo VI the Wise. The so-called Basilica scholia, which were
commentaries added later on as marginal notes to the Basilica, will also be examined. The
Basilica scholia are further distinguished into the ‘old’ Basilica scholia deriving from
material of the sixth-century law professors (for example, Theophilus, Thalelaeus, Dorotheus,
Stephanus) and the so-called ‘new’ Basilica scholia, which were written by jurists of the
eleventh and twelfth centuries (for example, Xiphilinos, Nicaeus, Hagiotheodorites). This
masterclass has a twofold aim: i. to present the ‘theory’ of the Basilica, which refers to their
construction and the distinction of their scholia, their relation to Justinianic legislation, their
validity, their problems, their manuscript tradition, their value and ii. to illustrate this ‘theory’
through Basilica fragments (text, ‘old’ and ‘new’ scholia), which will be analysed and
Aram Conferences Melkite Christianity and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, 12th – 14th July 2021, (Oxford University)
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty First International Conference on Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria) and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 12th – 14th July2021.
The conference will start on Monday 12th July at 9pm, finishing on Wednesday 14th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email: email@example.com
The Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, 15th – 17th July, 2021 (University of Oxford)
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty Second International Conference on the history and the cultural heritage of the Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 15th – 17th July, 2021.
The conference will start on Thursday July 15th at 9am, finishing on Saturday July 17th at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Decapolis: History and Archaeology, 19th – 21st July, 2021 (University of Oxford)
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty Third International Conference on the theme of The Decapolis: History and Archaeology, to be held at Oxford University, 19th – 21st July, 2021.
The conference will start on Monday July 19th at 9am, finishing on Wednesday July 21st at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email: email@example.com
Jerzy Szafranowski (UW), How to distinguish monks from clerics in sixth-century Gaul, Warsaw late antique seminar, 19 November, 4:45 (Warsaw Time)
On Thursday, 19 November, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Jerzy Szafranowski (UW), will present a paper, How to distinguish monks from clerics in sixth-century Gaul. We are meeting on Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09
In the writings of Gregory of Tours, the clerical and monastic worlds intertwine in a peculiar way. Urban, non-monastic presbyters are titled as abbots with no monks to rule in sight. Those wishing to become monks are regularly made clerics even before they reach their future monastery. People who make a pilgrimage to a saint’s shrine and get healed are ordained clerics, but then immediately return to their homes in distant lands.
Gregory’s works present the society where the categories of ‘monk’ and ‘cleric’ are not strictly defined. The monastic and clerical vocations were so closely interweaved that in many cases it is impossible to determine whether someone was a monk, a cleric, or, indeed, both. In my paper, I will show the implications of this phenomenon, answering the crucial question: in what manner were clerics distinct from monks in sixth-century Gaul?
26.11: Marek Jankowiak (Oxford University), On Kyros of Alexandria, seventh-century popes and the Arab conquest of Egypt (yes, in English after all)
3.12: Andrzej B. Kutiak (Technische Universität München), The preliminary analysis of patterns and functions of the urban settlement at the ‘Marea’ peninsula
10.12: Joanna Wegner (UW), Looking (not only) to heaven: the Aphrodito clergy in the 6th c.
Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group, Zoom Meeting, 21 November 2020
The next meeting of the Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group (SEEMSG) will take place on 21 November online via Zoom. If you would like to join, please contact Olga Grinchenko at firstname.lastname@example.org
10 am – 10.35 am: Professor Richard Price, The Easter sermons of Kirill of Turov and their patristic analogues
10.35 pm – 11.10 am: Dr Nick Evans, Nullo commercio linguae: Guriata Rogovich’s Interpreters
11.10 am – 11.30 am: Break
11.30 am – 12.05 pm: Dr Elena Draghici-Vasilescu, Dionysius the Areopagite in Romanian theology
12.05 pm – 12.40 pm: Dr Susan Reynolds, The Czech version of the Tristan legend and a fragment from the Bodleian Library
12.40 pm – 1.00 pm AGM
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2021
Deadline: January 15, 2021
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek, from June 28 to July 28, 2021.
Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.
The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina, and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.
The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 29 and depart on July 29.
The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.
The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant’s home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.
Costs and Scholarships
Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher). Direct link to application:
Applicants are required to submit scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.
The selection results will be announced March 15.
THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP IN POST-CLASSICAL STUDIES AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY
Deadline: January 15, 2021
The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of archaeologist, Byzantinist, and photographer M. Alison Frantz (1903–1995), a scholar of the post-classical Athenian Agora whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.
Fields of study: Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.
Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates at a U.S. or Canadian institution or scholars holding a recent Ph.D. (up to five years) obtained from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.
Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.
Application: Submit an online application form for the “M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical studies at the Gennadius Library.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral
Direct link to the online application: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116910/m-alison-frantz-fellowship-in-post-classicalstudies-at-the-gennadius-library
The award will be announced by March 15.
A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies. Deadline: 1 February 2021
The Medieval Institute offers a fellowship for a junior faculty scholar in Medieval Studies, made possible through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a United States university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (this is a nine-month position that begins mid-August).
The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but holders are expected to participate in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute and to reside in South Bend. The Fellow will be provided with a private carrel in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.
In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference. Three senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited to campus for a half-day public seminar treating the subject matter of the Fellow’s research. The senior scholars will also read and discuss a draft version of the Fellow’s work in an extended private session, a one-to-one conversation following a close reading of the draft, with a view to improving the manuscript before its submission to a press.
Eligibility: Applicants must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution, obviously with a completed Ph.D., and should not be more than six years beyond receiving their Ph.D. at the time of application.
Stipend: $50,000 (paid directly to Fellow’s home institution).
Start Date: approximately August 16, 2021 | End Date: approximately May 15, 2022
Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Submit applications via Interfolio via http://apply.interfolio.com/80878. Further details regarding materials are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants fellowships/#Mellon-fellowship.
Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Deadline: 1 February 2021
Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas. This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature, theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (the position begins mid-August).
The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.
In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.
Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.
Stipend: $36,000, plus benefits
Start Date: Approximately August 16, 2021 | End Date: Approximately May 15, 2022
Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Submit applications via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/80877. Further details regarding materials are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#Byzantine-fellowship.
PhD Position, Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), University of Tübingen. Deadline: 31 December 2020
The Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies) offers a PhD position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 65%: Salary will be commensurate with university scale E 13 TV-L which, in the year 2020 and at 65%, ranges from EUR 32,442 to EUR 47,000 per annum, depending on experience.) preferably starting in April 2021. The fixed-term contract will be for 4 years. The position should focus on The Qur’an and Christian Arabic Poetry and is part of the ERC project “The Qur’an as a Source for Late Antiquity (QaSLA)”. The research project is funded by the European Research Council and directed by Prof. Dr. Holger Zellentin, at the University of Tübingen (Germany). QaSLA analyses the affinity between the Qur’an and known forms of Judaism and Christianity surrounding Arabia in order to sketch the religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula at the turn of the seventh century C.E. Further details on the project can be found under https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/199075.
In this framework, we are offering one four-year doctoral position on the Qur’an and Arabic Christian Poetry. The successful candidate will participate in all academic aspects of the project and is expected to complete a PhD focused on the subject matter and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project.
Holding a Master’s qualification (M.A./MPhil or equivalent), the successful candidate will possess a very good command of classical and Qur’anic Arabic and detailed knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition. In addition, the candidate should have good writing skills, and knowledge of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. They should be willing to acquire expertise in working with late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of the Qur’an. Additional familiarity with relevant classical languages and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, would be welcome; alternatively, some relevant courses are on offer in Tübingen. The QaSLA team will be constituted of five research positions; two further position – for the Qur’an and Aramaic and Ethiopic Christianity, respectively – are advertised separately. QaSLA is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), which is part of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen and will involve close collaboration with other Tübingen Institutes, as well as with an international network of scholars. The University of Tübingen offers a vibrant scholarly community with local expertise in Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies located in the fields of history, religious studies, as well as Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology.
We are building an international and diverse team of scholars. In addition to the key requirements laid out above, we are looking for team players that are eager to learn from others and contribute to an ongoing mutual exchange of research findings by all team members. The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.
Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials:
• A cover letter briefly detailing their suggested contribution to the project (max. 800 words);
• a curriculum vitae;
• copies of two writing samples;
• two recommendation letters (to be submitted directly).
All materials should be submitted to email@example.com.
The deadline is December 31, 2020 (midnight, CET). We are looking to hold interviews (most likely to be held remotely) towards the end of January 2021. The preferred starting date for the project is April 2021 (with room for flexibility due to the current health situation). Please feel free to contact us with any relevant questions you may have, or to request a copy of the full project description. The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATES for the project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period” – SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L. Deadline: 31 December 2020
The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 01.04.2021. 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 until 31.03.2023, with a potential 2-year extension pending successful evaluation. The positions call for 75 % of standard work hours per week**.
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.
The Emmy Noether project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) will study four categories of revolt in the ‘long 8th century’ (c. 692-816 CE). These four sub-projects comprise i) rebellions led by tribal notables; ii) revolts that made claims to power in the name of the family of ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib; iii) Khārijite rebellions; and iv) non-Muslim/mixed uprisings. The project’s geographical scope is limited to the central lands of the early Islamic Empire; regions like Transoxania or North Africa (including Egypt) are outside its purview. The project will proceed on two levels: individual case studies carried out by the team members, and comparative analyses focused on the macro level of rebellion in the early Islamic period. The successful applicants will conduct research on one category of rebellion each, either the first (tribal notables) or the second (pro-‘Alids/proto-Shī‘īs). They will be expected to write a Universität Hamburg has been certified. audit familiengerechte hochschule successful PhD thesis on their subject as well as contribute to the project group’s comparative research and publications.
A university degree in a relevant field. Applicants must have a degree (M.A.) in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies or another relevant field. They must have excellent knowledge of Arabic and (for category 2) Persian reading skills. Knowledge of another language relevant to the project (e.g., Syriac, Armenian, Persian (category 1)) is desirable. Applicants must have a good grasp of early Islamic history, demonstrated e.g. by the subject of their M.A. thesis, and some prior experience working with pre-modern Arabic sources. Knowledge of the late antique history of the project region and/or experience working with pre-modern Islamic material culture (e.g., coins, archaeological evidence, inscriptions) is an added advantage. Applicants must have excellent command of English (both spoken and written) and French reading skills; knowledge of German is preferred, but not required. As this is a collaborative team project, strong communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.
For further information, please contact the research group leader, Hannah-Lena Hagemann, at firstname.lastname@example.org or consult our website at https://www.aai.unihamburg.de/voror/forschung/score.html
Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), and contact details for two referees. Applicants should indicate their preference for category 1 or 2; PhD proposals focusing on select case studies from within either category of rebellion are very welcome. Please send applications by 31 December 2020 to: email@example.com
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.