OxByzList: The Byzness, 7th March 2021

The Byzness, 7th March 2021




Invitation to Nineteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture: “The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Multiple Legacies” by Prof. Gonda Van Steen – 11 March 2021 at 6pm

Since the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the Greek people have celebrated three major anniversaries: the 50th, 100th, and 150th anniversary date of the inception of this revolutionary war that led to sovereign statehood after nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule. These three jubilees, each with their own legacies, have come to represent three different ways of celebrating Greek statehood that have, nonetheless, much in common. They posited a linear progression from Greek antiquity through postclassical, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine (Ottoman) times. The lecture will explore in what ways the celebrations and re-enactments, with their commemorative events and symbolic images, acquired a prescriptive character, which advanced their aim to educate youth in state-promoted nationalism, and to what extent the present 200th anniversary celebrations differ from the three aforementioned ones.

Professor Gonda Van Steen is Koraës Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, Director of Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

The Lecture will be hosted by Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources) and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute Steering Group at Royal Holloway, University of London

To join the Lecture via Zoom please use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91908503678?pwd=bmlMTkpHcXcwNDcxczNKOU92WitxZz09

Meeting ID: 919 0850 3678

Passcode: gwZ6wE

The Lecture is part of 21 in 21 programme of events celebrating

the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021)

All welcome

For further information please contact Dr Achilleas Hadzikyriacou

at the Hellenic InstituteRoyal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom

IIHSA St Patrick’s Online Lecture, 18 March: Eric Haywood, “St Patrick to the Rescue! A (Virtual) Journey from Constantinople to Ireland in the 15th Century”

The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens invites you to a St Patrick’s Day online lecture by Eric Haywood (University College Dublin). This will take place at 5pm (Irish time)/ 7pm (Greek time) on Thursday 18th March.

“St Patrick to the Rescue! A (Virtual) Journey from Constantinople to Ireland in the 15th Century”

Introduced by her Excellency Ambassador of Ireland to Greece, Iseult Fitzgerald

In the middle ages ST PATRICK’S PURGATORY — better known today, thanks to Seamus Heaney, as STATION ISLAND — was one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Europe. Those who went there, and survived the experience, were reputed to be granted visions of the otherworld and to earn a safe-conduct to Paradise in the afterlife. But according to a famous 15th-century Florentine writer, Andrea da Barberino, author of the picaresque novel Poor Little Guerrino [Guerrino il meschino], it also served as a missing persons bureau! Guerrino thought he was a Greek from Constantinople but then discovered he was an Italian from Apulia. He thought he was a free man, but then discovered he was slave, bought at the slave market of Thessaloniki. He thought he knew his parents, but then discovered they’d been missing for 20 years. So he set out to find them, on a 10-year journey across the world, in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, until (almost) all was finally revealed to him at St Patrick’s Purgatory, whereupon he was able to save the Church and Christendom (from the “Turks”).

ERIC HAYWOOD is Associate Professor of Italian Studies (emeritus) at University College Dublin, specializing in Italian Renaissance literature. He is the author of Fabulous Ireland, Ibernia Fabulosa. Imagining Ireland in Renaissance Italy (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2014). His illustrated lecture will set Poor Little Guerrino in its historical and cultural context, and tell you things about Ireland and St Patrick you never knew and wouldn’t believe!

Please register via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iihsa-st-patricks-day-online-lecture-tickets-140824819827 where you will find a link to the Zoom Webinar to attend the lecture. Email for any further information: irishinstitutegr@gmail.com

Warsaw Late Antique Seminar 11 March: Maria Nowak (UW), “P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon”

On Thursday, 11 March, 4.45 (Warsaw time) at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Maria Nowak (UW), will present a paper P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon. We are meeting on Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09


The problem to be discussed is a legal phenomenon attested in four currently re-edited seventh-century wills made for consecutive superiors of the Monastery of St. Phoibammon, located in Western Thebes, in the relatively short time span of c. 70 years (P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4). In these texts, a superior of the monastery appoints a new superior who is styled as a legal heir of the monastery, which suggests that the monastery might have been transferred through a deed of private law. I will quickly survey existing interpretations of these monastic appointments and then propose my own.

Forthcoming seminars:

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

1.04: No seminar

8.04: Luigi Silvano (Università di Torino), Imagining the other world in Late Antiquity: visions and tales in the Greek and Latin tradition


Jews and Judaism in Middle Byzantine Hagiography. Deadline: 28 March 2021 

XXIV International Conference of Byzantine Studies (Venice/Padua, 22–27 August 2022) 

A number of Saints’ Lives that were composed in the eighth to eleventh centuries pay particular attention to Byzantine Jewry: they stage historical or fictional Jewish characters, describe religious debates, reference Jews as a group or use elements typically associated with Judaism. In the Life of Constantine the former Jew, composed during the reign of Leo VI, the Saint himself was a Jew who converted and became a model Christian who proselytized among his former fellow believers. Diverse in content, some of these Lives are centred on debates between Christians and Jews, others have an eschatological focus and are concerned with the ultimate fate of the Jews, or have a more historical perspective. They are also geographically diverse and were written and/or set the story in different parts of the empire: the Constantinople area, but also Southern Italy or Crete and the Greek mainland. 

These Lives constitute a corpus of much value, composed in periods of interest such as the iconoclastic controversy and the forced baptism of Jews decreed by Basil I. As literature with a wide outreach, the Lives are a possible source of information on popular opinion on those forced conversions and on the perception of Judaism, Jews and newly converted Christians in the larger Middle Byzantine society. 

With this workshop, we want to bring together different approaches to the study of this corpus. We invite proposals for presentations of 20′ that report on ongoing research on one or several of these Lives and/or the broader religious, historical or cultural context. We also welcome contributions that reflect on past research and on what you believe the field needs. We will look into the possibility of publishing the papers from the workshop. 

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 300 words) of your proposed presentation to the three conveners, together with five key words and your affiliation, by March 28, 2021. We will try to offer financial support to presenters, but cannot yet guarantee it at this point. Please note the following information (from the ICBS website): Conveners and speakers can participate in no more than 2 sessions during the Congress (including round tables, poster/VR sessions, and thematic free communication/free communication sessions, but excluding plenary sessions). Questions may be addressed to any of the undersigned. 

The conveners, 

Niels De Ridder (KU Leuven: niels.deridder@kuleuven.be) 

Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln: claudia.sode@uni-koeln.de) 

Reinhart Ceulemans (KU Leuven: reinhart.ceulemans@kuleuven.be)

Call for papers: Aquatic Animals in the Global Middle Ages  “We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea.” (DIGITAL WORKSHOP). Deadline: 30 March 2021

Aquafauna has recently been the topic of several conferences and publications focusing on zoological knowledge, its transmission, and transformation. This workshop aims to investigate the imagery of aquatic animals in literature, their symbolism, their metaphorical use, and widespread views and misconceptions about such animals. 

The organisers would like to propose a global perspective limited chronologically rather than geographically. Therefore, they ask for proposals for papers looking at the period between ca. 500 and 1500 from a broader perspective, trying to understand how aquatic animals made their way into literature, oral traditions, proverbs, idioms, and art. The comparative perspective will be welcome but is not necessary – it is hoped that different papers covering various chronological and geographical areas will provide a comparative outlook. 

The organisers invite abstracts for 20 minutes contributions which should be sent to Przemysław Marciniak (przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl) by March 30. The workshop will take place online (via the ZOOM platform) September 27-28, 2021. 


Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh) 

Tristan Schmidt (Istanbul/Katowice) 

Przemysław Marciniak (Katowice) 

Katarzyna Warcaba (Katowice)


RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Research Associate (Cartographer) 2021/2024: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam – Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and based at the University of Hamburg, invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Cartographer) for the Project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity – Transcultural Processes n the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa” – Salary Level 13 TV-L.

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on May 1, 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 31, 2024.
The position calls for 50% 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.

Specific Duties:
RomanIslam, the Center for Advanced Study, convenes the disciplines of comparative empire and transcultural 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 successful applicant will develop and conceptualize maps for print and online/ digital use in close cooperation with the research team. The maps are to visualize changes occuring during the Roman and Islamic empire in the larger western mediterranean area, including transcultural, socio-political and economic changes. The applicant could conduct research in the frame of the project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity” concentrating on one or both regions under study.

• A university degree in a relevant field.
• As the project’s working language is English, a good working knowledge of English is absolutely essential.
• A university degree or technical university degree (Fachhochschule) in a relevant subject such as cartography, geoinformatics, geography, geosciences.
• Working experience with GIS programs (ArcGIS, QGIS, and others).
• Working experience in post-producing GIS maps in a vector graphics program(Illustrator, Inkscape, and others).
• Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
• Good analytical and visualization skills.

(additional desirable skills and knowledge):
• Previous cooperation with scholars in the Humanities, especially History/Archaeology.

• Knowledge of German, Spanish or French.
• Knowledge of Arabic transcription systems.

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 sabine.panzram@uni-hamburg.de and/or stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de or consult our website at https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by March 15, 2021 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.



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