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The Byzness, 28th February 2021



Virtual Museum Study Day, Dumbarton Oaks, May 20-21 and May 24, 2021. Deadline for Applications: 28 March 2021

Dumbarton Oaks will be hosting a Virtual Museum Study Day on May 20-21 and May 24, 2021. All applications should be submitted to byzantine@doaks.org by March 28, 2021.


Virtual Museum Study Day: Individual and Society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

May 20-21 and 24, 2021


March 28, 2021

How did objects convey information about individuals and society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium? Much like today, people of these periods carefully constructed their public personas through textiles, jewelry, seals, and other artifacts. This workshop will consider how modern-day notions of identity apply to premodern concepts of individuals’ relationships to their broader social, religious, gender, ethnic, and official communities. In addition, we will discuss the pragmatic challenges of displaying objects associated with individuals in museum contexts.

This year’s Museum Study Day will go virtual. We can accommodate up to 12 graduate students in art history, archaeology, history, classics, religious studies, and other fields who might benefit from close engagement with our collections and from training in material culture approaches.


Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11am – 2pm EST: Methodological introduction and presentations

Friday, May 21, 2021 EST: Individual object handling sessions with curators

Monday, May 24, 2021, 12pm – 3pm EST: Wrap-up discussions


Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply by sending a CV and cover letter with a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development.

Please submit this letter to Byzantine@doaks.org by Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Conférences de Beatrice Girotti (Université de Bologne)

Dans le cadre du séminaire de spécialisation en histoire ancienne et médiévale,« Espaces publics, espaces sacrés dans les mondes antiques et médiévaux » (Université Paris 8/ArScAn)  : 

Lundi 1er mars, 16h-18h

Inclusion et exclusion. Espaces publics et privés au féminin : vierges, médecins, veuves (IVe-Ve s. apr. J.-C.)

La séance aura lieu en vidéoconférence. Lien de connexion : https://zoom.us/j/97872601393?pwd=QmJOU2p5dkdGRVhVVWh2T3laR2oyUT09 

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Histoire urbaine de l’Orient romain tardif » (EPHE, PSL) : 

Jeudi 4 mars, 14h-16h

Rome, Constantinople, Antioche : capitales, villes, rivales 

La séance aura lieu en vidéoconférence. Pour obtenir le lien, contacter catherine.saliou@ephe.psl.eu 

4 March 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)

On Thursday, 4 March, 4.45 (Warsaw time) at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers) will present a paper A disgruntled/unfortunate Alexandrian: geo-ecclesiological remarks on the Egyptian stages of Patriarch Paul the Black’s course (565-566; 575-576). We are meeting on Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09


In many ways, Paul the Black, unwittingly become patriarch of Antioch (564) is a well documented and fascinating figure. His very special relationship with Alexandria, from where he originates, is to be investigated. In two occasions indeed (566/575), he seems to be involved in attempts to control the Severan patriarcal see. In vain. Those failures are of great interest, not only because they reveal how difficult it was for him to to be considered as Theodosius’ heir, but also because they are key moments in the reshaping of miaphysite communion. Thus, they implies important geo-ecclesial issues, of which several of our significant witnesses,  as John of Ephesus and Sergius the Hermit for example, are well aware.

Forthcoming seminars:

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

25.03: Krystyna Stebnicka (UW), Decius and the historical tradition of Dexippos

The full programme for this semester can be found here.

Virtual Conference: Collecting Orthodoxy in the West, June 11-12, 2021

Virtual Conference

Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future

June 11-12, 2021

Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Massachusetts

D. Krallis on “The Impersonal Logic of Governance” – 15 March

The PAIXUE team (Edinburgh) cordially invite you to the talk by Prof. Dimitris Krallis (SFU) on “The Impersonal Logic of Governance: Friendship, Cultural Affinity, and Public Service in Byzantium” which will take place on 15 March, 17.00 GMT via Zoom. All welcome, but registration is essential: http://paixue.shca.ed.ac.uk/node/1748


Prof. Dimitris Krallis

The Impersonal Logic of Governance: 

Friendship, Cultural Affinity, and Public Service in Byzantium

15 March 2021

17.00 (Edinburgh)


Much as the line dividing the modern from the pre-modern bears the imprint of the theoretical work of Gellner and Anderson on the nation, our reading of ancient and medieval bureaucracies is inflected by an often unstated and mostly implicit reliance on Weberian ideal types. This paper engages with Max Weber as it examines ways in which readings of Byzantium may help us think about the aforementioned divide. By addressing the question of impersonal governance, as it may be followed in the letters of this most ‘personal’ of Byzantine authors, Michael Psellos, it questions assumptions of what is possible when we think about the way the Medieval Romans run their polity.


2021-2022 Hellenic studies Library Research Fellowship Program Call for Applications. Deadline: 2 April 2021 **Contingent on resumption of on-campus operations beginning fall 2021**

Thanks to generous ongoing funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, and new funding from the Tarbell Family Foundation, the University Library is pleased to offer the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program (LRFP) to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento, CA.

The LRFP provides a limited number of fellowships (5-8 this year) ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 in the form of reimbursement to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred in connection with the awards. Since the Program’s inception in 2012, twenty-four fellows in Hellenic studies from nine countries, including seven independent scholars and 13 women, have benefitted from sustained access to the collection in support of original scholarly research. Thus far these research stays have directly contributed to the fruition of at least 10 conference papers, five journal articles, four book chapters, two completed doctoral dissertations, and one monograph.

The Program is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the graduate through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. Please note that the 2021-2022 LRFP is contingent on the resumption of on-campus operations beginning fall 2021. Should this not be possible due to the pandemic, fellowship offers will be deferred until such time as awardees can opt to accept or decline them.

The fellowship application deadline is April 2, 2021. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes and over 430 linear feet of archives. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora worldwide. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos-hellenic-collection.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos-hellenic-collection/lrfp. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).

Byzantine Archaeology and History Course

This intensive two-week course will provide students with an interdisciplinary masterclass in Byzantine archaeology, art and history. Participants will gain wide-ranging insights into the role of material culture in Byzantine life and belief, together with the role that art, architecture and practice played in shaping experiences and medieval worldviews.

Students will benefit not only from visits to key sites and museums both in and outside Athens but also from unprecedented access to the BSA Archive’s ‘Byzantine Research Fund’ collection. This unique archive of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks was created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects, and records Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus. Teaching will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars both in the classroom or as part of site-visits in museums and sites. Field trips will include a tour of the Byzantine remains of the Acropolis in Athens and the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and also visits to the Monasteries of Dafni, Hosios Loukas, and the Byzantine towns of Mystras and Monemvasia.

The course is limited to 10 places. We welcome applications both from students studying for postgraduate degrees in Byzantine Studies, and from students with no prior background wishing to take this course as an intensive introduction to the subject. Mature students and life-long learners are also very welcome to apply.

The next course in Byzantine Archaeology and History is scheduled to run 13 – 26 June 2021. Please see below for a course programme, flyer, and application form.

The British School at Athens is committed to providing a full and enriching teaching programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for lifelong learners. Our aim is to provide on-the-ground and hands-on experiences for students. We remain committed to this goal, despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our courses this year are being run with a ‘digital contingency’ plan: in the unfortunate event that we are unable to gather safely as a group in Athens, a shorter virtual version of our programmes will be offered to participants. If by April 2021 it becomes clear that it will not be possible to gather safely as a group, we will cancel the Byzantine Archaeology and History in its original form. In its place, we will run a five-day virtual version of the course.

For more information visit: https://www.bsa.ac.uk/courses/byzantine-archaeology-and-history-course/

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