The Byzness, 21 February 2021

The Byzness, 21st February 2021




OUBS 23rd International Graduate Conference Timetable and Registration, Online (Zoom), 26-28 February 2021

Registration is now open for “Self-Representation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium”, the 23rd Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference. The conference will take place online (Zoom) on 26th-28th February 2021, and will feature papers by 36 graduate students and keynote addresses by Prof. Cecily Hilsdale (McGill) and Prof. Stratis Papaioannou (Crete).

For details, please follow this link:

For registration, please follow this link:

Erasure: an effective form of censorship? – February 25, 4.00-5.30pm GMT

The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network presents a rescheduled second Keynote from its November workshop on ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, hosted (virtually) by the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin:

Prof. dr. Irene van Renswoude

Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in Late Antique and Early Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday, February 25, at 4.00 – 5.30pm GMT

TCD Classics via Zoom

Irene van Renswoude (University of Amsterdam & The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Huygens ING) will be speaking on the late antique editing practices of Rufinus, Jerome and Cassiodorus. She will be exploring these writers’ efforts to ‘clean up’ heretical passages, and the editing of these passages in early medieval manuscripts.

Everyone is welcome to register for the keynote by using the Eventbrite link: 

Recordings Now Available: 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

The recordings of the 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival, 5-7 February 2021
are now available on YouTube.

Aleksandra Kubiak-Scheinder (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Hatra of Shamash. City under divine protection, Warsaw late antique seminar, 25 February, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time)

On Thursday, 25 February, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Aleksandra Kubiak-Scheinder (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), will present a paper Hatra of Shamash. City under divine protection. We are meeting on  Zoom at the usual link:


Hatra, located in the nowadays Iraq in the Northern Mesopotamia, distant about 50 km from Assur, provides splendid ruins of a city flourishing in the Arsacid times from 90 to 240 CE. The middle of the circular settlement enclosed within the walls is occupied by a monumental complex of sanctuaries and iwans – large vaulted halls of some cultic function opened on one side. Hatra provided hundreds of inscriptions in the form of script of Aramaic used equally in neighbouring Assur in the same period. The Hatrene epigraphic evidence delivered among other the legend: Hatra of Shamash (the god of the Sun and Justice) engraved on the locally minted coins. This paper deals with the questions of the etymology of the polysemic name of the city, the cult of the god and his associates, his representation in iconography and epigraphy: titles, epithets, images and attributes as well as the ancient Mesopotamian traditions which gave an impact and are seen in the Parthian Hatrene religion, like the name Sagil – Esangil of the main sanctuary shared with the Babylonian temple of Marduk. We will look as well on the political side of the cult and the role of the Hatrene kings. The proposed topic is presented in the comparative and historic approach taking into account the local Aramaic inscriptions as well as Akkadian sources concerning Shamash and iconographic sources from Hatra and Mesopotamia.

Forthcoming seminars

4.03: Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers), A disgruntled/unfortunate Alexandrian: geo-ecclesiological remarks on the Egyptian stages of Patriarch Paul the Black’s course (565-566; 575-576)

11.03: Maria Nowak (UW), P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon

18.03: Marco Passarotti, Francesco Mambrini (ERC-CoG project LiLa: Linking Latin / Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) Interlinking through Lemmas. The LiLa Knowledge Base of Interlinked Linguistic Resources for Latin

The full programme for this semester can be found here.

Peter Frankopan Selected as Inaugural Speaker for the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, and Andreas Zombanakis, Chairman of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ Board of Overseers, are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Peter Frankopan as the inaugural speaker for the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series on the Impact of Greek Culture.

Dr. Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He is a world-renowned historian and an award-winning author who will present “Global Greece: A History.” This series of lectures examines the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.

Dr. Frankopan said, “I am delighted to have been invited to present the first Thalia Potamianos lectures. The American School and the Gennadius Library are famous around the world, so it is an honor and a privilege. I am very excited to give the first talk in Athens in October and then in the United States in the spring of 2022.”

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous commitment from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist. Mr. Potamianos remarked, “It is a great pleasure to commence the Thalia Potamianos lectures with a series of presentations in Greece and the United States by Dr. Frankopan. His work, placing Greece’s cultural role in a global context, is at the heart of the purpose of the lectures and highly relevant to modern Greece that is, once again, connected to the modern Silk Road.”

Dr. Georgopoulou stated, “I am elated that for the first of our Thalia Potamianos lectures, Dr. Frankopan’s bold thinking will delve into such an intriguing topic: the history of Greece from a global perspective.”

Mr. Zombanakis noted, “A new chapter in the history of the Gennadius Libary begins as we continue to rapidly expand our outreach program of lectures, exhibitions, and webinars beyond the confines of Athens. Dr. Frankopan is a most worthy maiden speaker for our new Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series.”


Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series on the Impact of Greek Culture seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the American School and the Gennadius Library.

Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar is selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public keynote lectures, which will be delivered in Athens and the United States. These talks will be accompanied by publications, podcasts, and other appropriate media to maximize exposure and engagement.

2021–2022 Schedule

Dates, locations, and event links will be forthcoming:

• October 7, 2021, in Athens (at the American School’s Cotsen Hall)
• April 2022 in Washington, D.C.
• May 2022 in New York City

Please click here to learn more about this lecture series.


Call for Contributions: Anatolian Research / Jahrbuch für Kleinasiatische Forschung / Anadolu Araştırmaları

Established in 1955 as the publication of the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University, Anatolian Research – Jahrbuch für Kleinasiatische Forschung – Anadolu Araştırmaları is an international and peer-reviewed journal, now publishing open access.

The journal invites scholars working on Ancient History, Archaeology, Art History, History of Architecture, Anthropology, Epigraphy, Numismatic, Historical Geography, and Archaeometry in Anatolia and its neighboring regions to submit research articles for the forthcoming issues. The journal aims to integrate scholarly and creative knowledge production from different perspectives that would spatially and temporally widen the impact of current research of Anatolia from prehistoric times to the Late Antiquity.

The journal will publish bi-annually starting from 2021. Manuscripts submitted for publication should be in Turkish, English, German, French or Italian. The submission should be made via the following online system:

Please direct inquiries to the Editor in Chief Professor Mustafa H. Sayar

SOAS-Getty Seminar Programme ‘Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange’ – Call for Participants. Deadline: 17:00 hours GMT on 8 March 2021

The School of Arts at SOAS University of London is pleased to announce the launch of a new research seminar programme for young and early career researchers in the art and archaeology of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

They invite research students at an advanced stage of their studies and early-career academic researchers and tutors working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, and government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) to join them in a collaborative online learning programme comprising eight seminar discussions taking place between March and May 2021.

The project is open to people from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East and all the seminars will take place online.

Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange is an online seminar programme for emerging academics which focuses on the role played by cities in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, from the 12th to the 14th centuries CE, in the production, consumption, transformation and understanding of works of art and architecture.

This seminar pairs cities, scholars and the site-specific questions that arise from them to explore these and other aspects of artistic and cultural interchange in the medieval eastern Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on new research in lesser-known cities to highlight recent archaeological and other scholarly discoveries.

The project is open to early career academic researchers (who have received their doctorates in the last three years) and tutors, research students (PhD students) at an advanced stage of their studies and those working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East. 

The target audience for this seminar programme is young professionals with advanced degrees (or equivalent work experience) in art history and/or archaeology of the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean or Middle East.

Participants selected to take part in the programme will receive £2000 each (British pounds) to be used for research purposes. This includes the purchasing of books or other scholarly resources, upgrading of internet access, purchase of headphones, and the like.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 hours GMT on 8 March 2021.

For full details and to apply please visit their website at:


Postdoctoral Opportunities at Case Western Reserve University

The College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University seeks applicants for three postdoctoral scholars in the humanities.  Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the scholarships support research in the humanities by scholars in the early stages of their careers and provide them with opportunities to explore leadership in higher education as participants in the Humanities in Leadership Learning Series (HILLS).  Scholars will join a community of postdoctoral researchers, CWRU faculty, and graduate students and be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

We are particularly interested in scholars whose research explores issues related to race and racism, ethnicity, and/or social justice within the humanities and humanities-related fields (including Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics,  Geography and Population Studies, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies, Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Studies).

HILLS Postdoctoral Scholars will have proximity and access to world-class academic and cultural resources during their year at Case Western Reserve University.  CWRU is located in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of University Circle. CWRU’s neighbors and partners include the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, to name a few. The University is home to the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which supports both faculty and students through funding and programming opportunities.  CWRU also boasts strong relationships across the health sciences and engineering fields.  

To support research and leadership development, each scholar will be assigned two CWRU faculty mentors: one in the scholar’s field of specialization and one from the HILLS program. In addition to participating in these mentoring relationships, the scholars will be expected to teach one course related to their speciality and to actively pursue their own research project, such as a scholarly book, in order to develop their future professional career. The scholars will have the opportunity to organize a seminar and/or workshop with faculty as a means to support their research interests and career options. 

For information on how to apply, please visit the following website:

Call for Applications: RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Research Associate 2021/2024. Deadline: 15 March 2021

The DFG Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “RomanIslam” (Humanities, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg) invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project“Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity – Transcultural Processes on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa”- SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L.
The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on June 1st, 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 March 31st, 2024.The position calls for 65% of standard work hours per week.

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties: RomanIslam, the Center for Advanced Study, convenes the disciplines of comparative empire studies. Our approach aims to compare transcultural assimilation processes in the historical region of the western Mediterranean with focus on the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa during the first millennium CE, or the so-called „Long Late Antiquity“, including the Early Islamic Period. The economically significant Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb were peripheral regions, both in the pagan, later Christianized Roman, and in the Islamic Empire.The successful applicant will conduct research in the frame of the project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity” concentrating on one or both regions under study. A successful PhD-thesis is expected in the field of administrative divisions, political structures, imperial religions versus local believes, economy, the transformation of cities, or agricultural landscapes, etc. The applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team, using the similar methodological approaches. The position requires an active participation in the activities of the RomanIslam Center of Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies, i.e. in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops, as well as active engagement in the center’s research activities.

Requirements: A university degree in a relevant field. An excellent university degree (MA) in a relevant field of Middle Eastern history and culture. Excellent Arabic skills are essential, experience with Arabic historical primary sources, excellent knowledge of English, and French, are required. The knowledge of further languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, such as Latin, and Spanish, etc. is advantageous. Experience in working with additional sources, such as archaeological, numismatic, and geographical material is welcome but not a requirement.
The applicant is expected to conduct doctoral studies in a field relevant to the region of early Islamic/Medieval North Africa/ Maghreb (Ifriqiya) and the Iberian Peninsula within the foci of the RomanIslam Center.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Stefan Heidemann (; +49 (40) 42838 3181 or consult our website at

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by March 15th, 2021 to:, please add the names of two referees. 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.

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