The Byzness, 8th January 2022





Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh

The Centre of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) invites you to attend the Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh.

The seminars take place at 17:15 and will be held via Zoom. You can register by following this link:

Monday 17 Jan 

Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan (Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘Archaeological interpretation between hypothesis and evidence: some thoughts on new discoveries in the Late Antique and Byzantine city of Assos / Turkey’ 

Monday 31 Jan 

Constantin Zuckermann (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘The fiscal context of the Byzantine Farmer’s Law’ 

Monday 14 Feb 

Vasileios Marinis (Yale University) ‘The many lives of the martyr Euphemia’ 

Monday 28 Feb 

Emilio Bonfiglio (Universität Tübingen) ‘Education in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Armenia: Agency and movements of scholars and books between Armenia and Byzantium’ 

Monday 14 Mar 

Giulia Maria Paoletti (Austrian Academy of Sciences) tbc 

Monday 28 Mar 

Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘Viewing the history of Siwnik’ with Step’anos Orbelian, prince, bishop and historian (ca 1300)’

Online lecture: ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age’, by Torsten Hiltmann, IHR European History 1150-1550 lecture series, 13 January 2022, 5.30pm (GMT)

The first of the IHR European History 1150-1550 seminars 2022 will take place on 13 January 2022, between 5.30 and 7pm GMT.

Professor Torsten Hiltmann (FU Berlin) will deliver the paper ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age.’

This talk argues that, rather than the invention of the printing press, the processes of digitalisation in the present resemble the rise of the written word in the Middle Ages, which reshaped all aspects of society, from institutions and law to education and trade. Our knowledge of this medieval transition allows us to better understand our own, modern-day engagement with digital media. Intermediary steps such as recording and emulating the spoken word in the medium of text show how new media remained initially tied to customary ways, but would soon enable entirely new practices of use that alter culture and society irrevocably.

The seminar, which takes place on Zoom, is free. Please register online here.

Albright Workshop

Link for information and registration:

Abstract: The arrival of the Crusaders to the Holy Land was accompanied by the introduction of a new sound, the pealing of bells. Until then church bells had not been heard in the Levant; for centuries, the local Christian communities had employed a wooden instrument to call the faithful to service, the semantron. The new practice established a new communication system and witnessed the construction of bell towers across the region. For almost two hundred years, bell ringing and the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, competed. The tolling of bells, however, came to an end with the Mamluk conquest of the last Crusader enclaves. Bell ringing would only be experienced again in the last decades of the Ottoman period. Through three interrelated presentations, this workshop aims at providing an aural perspective on the history of the Holy Land in the Crusader and Ottoman periods.


Iris Shagrir – Sound and community in Latin Jerusalem

Ann Zimo – The bell and the adhan in Arabic sources in the time of the Crusades

Alex Rodriguez Suarez – The reintroduction of bell ringing in Late Ottoman Jerusalem

Time: Tuesday 11th January 19:00 (Jerusalem) – 17:00 (London)

Indian Ocean Figures that Sailed Away

A range of archaeological finds of South Asian manufacture from sites in the Horn of Africa, and in the Italian and Arabian peninsulas—some long known and some newly excavated—can expand our knowledge of the Indian Ocean cultural milieu.  ISAW is pleased to announce an online seminar series in Spring 2022 to reconvene an international conversation on these figures that sailed out of India to points west during the early first millennium CE.  The series is open to advanced research students, scholars, and academics; please note that this event is not intended for the general public.  By hosting the conversation online, we hope to include regional specialists knowledgeable about and from different parts of the world. 

Advanced registration is required, and the number of participants will be limited to facilitate discussion, which will be led by participants who have written about the specific object or its context.  We will closely consider the Pompeii Yakshi, formerly “Lakshmi” (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli), the Khor Rori Yakshi (Smithsonian, National Museum of Asian Art), a stone head from Berenike, a stone torso from Adulis, several ivory combs from, e.g., Dibba, as well as representations of ships.  The reception history of these objects both in antiquity and in museums has led to the association of only certain meanings with these objects in their afterlife. By looking again at these objects, we can distinguish other meanings: they hint at the identities of people who moved such objects overseas during the first millennium CE, thereby shedding light on the hybridity of both artifacts and their cultural context(s). This material record offers a complementary reading to literary accounts and historiographies of Indian Ocean trade routes.  The online “lunchtime” roundtable series will include a total of five 1-hour Friday ‘lunchtime’ (in New York) talks, conducted via zoom, from February 25th to April 25th, 2022 (see schedule below).  We will reconsider individual figurines as types and as part of a collection of interrogated objects with very specific afterlives.  Through our discussions, formerly occluded layers of reception will offer insight on larger questions of the first millennium Indian Ocean, its people, its cultures, its complexities, and its hybridities, Through such close looking at these and similar objects and their contexts, the series and culminating public lecture seek to integrate archaeological finds with ongoing studies of Indian Ocean travel, trade, and the broader cultural milieu of the Indian Ocean World with a special focus on religious attitudes, merchant identities, and material culture.  We plan to develop an edited volume based on the discussions as well as initiate longer-term scholarly communities with this event. If your area of research interest overlaps with this project, we invite you to join us by filling out this registration form (  Please include a short abstract describing your research interests and key conference papers and/or publications.  We will be in touch with a confirmation and more details during the first week of February.  For any additional information, or if you have any questions, please email:

Dates and Sessions:

February 25, 2022: 11am EST

 “Comparanda as context?” — The Pompeii Figurine and Indian Yakshis

March 4, 2022: 11am EST

“Cultural milieu as context”? — The Khor Rori Bronze, a Dancing Yakshi

March 11, 2022: 11am EST

“What other contexts?” — Liquescent Bodies and Coiffed Heads

March 25, 2022: 11am EDT

“What do images of ships tell us?” — (Re)presenting Shipping 

April 1, 2022: 11am EDT 

“How did we receive these objects into our mental world?”  — Curation and Conclusions

Organizers:  Divya Kumar-Dumas, PhD, Visiting Research Scholar, ISAW, Valentina A. Grasso, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, ISAW, Lylaah Bhalerao, PhD Student, ISAW, Priya Barchi, PhD Student, ISAW, Spriha Gupta, PhD Student, IFA NYU.

Lecture for the Spätantike Archäologie und Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte, Munich – Elizabeth Bolman 25thJanuary

“The Egyptian Red Monastery Church: The Agency of Visual Culture”

Elizabeth Bolman
25th January, 2022
13h15 EST


The Middle Ages as a Digital Experience (Central European University) – deadline: January 31st 

“The Middle Ages as a Digital Experience” is second conference organised by the Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University, following last year’s “Medievalisms on the Screen”. The organising committee invites 200-word abstracts on how the prevalence and weight of digital media conditions our approach to the medieval past. Abstracts should be sent to no later than January 31st 2022.

More info:

“Border Zones – Meeting Places in the Ancient World” postgraduate conference in Prague (11-12 April 2022)

When: 11th and 12th April 2022

Where: Institute of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague

Keynote speaker: Naoíse Mac Sweeney (Vienna) – Francesco Iacono (Bologna)

Borders, buffer zones, and frontiers between larger geographic, and cultural entities or social groups in the ancient Mediterranean as well as within the classical societies have always been a central and very popular research topic. According to their contradictory nature, these areas could serve both as demarcations of identities and/or places of interaction. Following the so‐called postcolonial turn, some of the interpretative models aiming the role of border zones have been reviewed (core‐periphery), on the one hand, while new views emerged in an unprecedented upsurge (various ‘‐isations’ phenomena, acculturation processes, and migration theories), on the other hand. Therefore, the primary aim of the conference will be to address all the possible facets of the border zones / meeting places in the ancient world, from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity.

The postgraduate conference follows the Adaptation and Creativity along the Border Zones – conference (, which focused on more general and methodological aspects. The main task and objective of our conference is to discuss concepts, strategies and transformations of border zones / meeting places in the ancient world using specific case studies from the Mediterranean in a broader sense; we seek to comment on the cultural and social aspects of the borders on a macro or micro level (e.g. Aegean region, Attica, polis), the geographic and environmental characteristics of assumed demarcations, the economic potentials of frontiers, the significance of border zones for the identity formation, and that of meeting areas as so-called spheres of interaction. These and further questions should allow us to understand the border zones as an inherent part of the ancient world relating to its transformation and development between the 3rd millennium BCE and 5th century AD. Conceived broadly, this theme gives postgraduate students and young researchers the full opportunity to present and discuss their opinions and thoughts applicable to the theme. Papers from postgraduates in all stages of their research, both theoretical and practical are welcome.

We look forward to receiving proposals (150-300 words) for 20 min. papers by the 28th of February 2022 by email at:

Conference fee: EUR 20

Medieval Finance Workshop: The Costs of Catastrophe, 28 March 2022 (online)

Papers of 20 minutes duration that present new research on any aspect of finance on this theme during the period c.450CE – c.1450CE and from any geography. Main focuses are:

  • The impact on Government revenues and expenditure
  • The effects on the finances of corporate institutions such as city governments and religious houses
  • The impact on local communities and households
  • The effect on trade
  • The impact upon credit markets
  • How finance helped responses to disasters.

We are also inviting proposals for shorter, 5 minute presentations. This is an opportunity for researchers in the area of medieval finance to share how catastrophes feature in their more general research. These shorter slots are intended for initial ideas and observations and will be more informal.

The workshop will commence with a keynote talk from Dr Elise Dermineur Reutersward of Stockholm University (Elise Dermineur Reuterswärd – Stockholm University (

Research papers should be presented in English and last 20 minutes, with an opportunity for questions afterwards. Shorter discussion presentations should be given in English and last 5 minutes, with supporting slides where appropriate. It is planned to follow the discussion papers with a roundtable discussion.

Both formats will give presenters opportunities to share their findings, receive feedback and engage in discussion with other early career researchers working in a similar field.

Please submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) for Full 20 minute papers by Friday 28 January 2022 to Andy Ford, University of Reading. Please also use this address for any questions.

Please submit any offers to give a shorter, 5 minute Discussion presentation by email to Andy Ford at the same email address by Friday 28 January 2022.

To maximise global participation in the workshop, the committee will be as flexible as possible in the timing of contributions on the day. Please write any preferred time for presenting your paper in submitting your abstract.

‘Ritual: Practice, Performance, Perception,’ Cerae Volume 9, deadline 30 April 2022

Rituals pervade human life. From small or mundane rituals like brushing our teeth or making one’s daily coffee, to grand ceremonies that mark important life stages, rituals are everywhere. This has prompted reflection on what rituals are, on what can be considered as ritual. Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites essays that analyse rituals of all kinds: public and private, communal and solitary, secular and religious, rapidly changing and long-lasting. It also welcomes theoretically- or methodologically-focused contributions.

Authors may address, but are not limited to:

  • Royal rituals: coronations, births, or marriage consummations etc.
  • How rituals can be used as an element of identity and alterity
  • Subversive and subverted ritual: witchcraft trials, historical (mis)perceptions of Jewish rites etc.
  • Sacred landscapes and rituals focused on/in the natural world
  • Ritual as a medium for memory and memorialisation
  • Sacrifices, magic, religious rites and their intercultural reception
  • Medieval and early modern political rituals such as guild processions
  • Ritual represented in medievalism, including film, fantasy, literature, and art

Submissions encompassing all aspects of the late classical, medieval, and early modern world are invited. There are no geographical restrictions. As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions from archaeology, art history, historical ecology, literature, linguistics, intellectual history, musicology, politics, social studies, and beyond.

Full length articles should be 5000-8000 words, excluding references. Ceræ also accepts short notices of up to 3000 words. Themed submissions must be submitted by 30 April 2022. For submission instructions, please visit our page on submission guidelines

Non-themed submissions are also accepted throughout the year. Ceræ particularly encourages submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers, and offers a $200 (AUD) annual prize for the best postgraduate/ECR essay. Further information on our annual essay prize can be found here.


Institute of Classical Studies/British Academy Global Fellowships programme

The Institute of Classical Studies is now inviting proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the latest round of the prestigious British Academy Global Professorships scheme.

This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars – active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas – with the opportunity to work in the UK for four years.

Details of the scheme and how to apply are at

For an early-stage conversation about this opportunity please write to

Associate Professorship (or Professorship) of Jewish History Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Associate Professorship (or Professorship) of Jewish History
Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Grade 36S: £48,835 – £65,574 p.a.

Based at the Clarendon Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford

The Faculty of Oriental Studies and Wolfson College are recruiting an Associate Professor of Jewish History in the Second Temple and Late Antiquity periods from 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post provides vital teaching for undergraduate and graduate degrees in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, and will be attached to Wolfson College. Primarily based in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Wolfson College, the post offers the potential for teaching and research links with the Faculty of Theology & Religion and the Faculty of Classics (Ancient History). The research focus of the post is the historical study of Jews in Palestine and the Diaspora in the Second Temple and Late Antiquity periods, with a strong focus on textual sources in the original languages.28

You will have an outstanding record of research and publication in the field of Jewish History in the Second Temple and Late Antique periods, a record of successful undergraduate and graduate teaching, including experience of designing and introducing new courses, and the ability to lecture in an interesting and engaging manner. The successful candidate will have a high level of competence in Hebrew, Aramaic and Ancient Greek, experience of supervising graduate students, and a proven ability and readiness to contribute effectively to academic administration. You will also have a proven record of successful collaboration with colleagues in pursuit of common goals and research, teaching and administration, a demonstrated capacity for leadership in developing and maintaining teaching programmes, a readiness to participate in development and fundraising activities, and a doctorate in a relevant field of Jewish Studies and/or Ancient History, complete by the time of appointment.

This position is based in central Oxford. This is a full-time position from 1 October 2022, permanent upon completion of a successful review which is conducted during the first 5 years.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 28 January 2022.

To apply, or for further details of the post, visit Job Details (AP Jewish History)

Scholarship: British Archaeological Association 2022: Ochs Scholarship – deadline 1 February 2022

The Ochs Scholarships are awarded annually by the British Archaeological Association for research projects which fall within the Association’s fields of interest. These are defined as the study of archaeology, art and architecture from the Roman period until the nineteenth century, principally within Europe, though the core interests of the BAA are Roman to 16th century. We only entertain applications that cover the 17th to 20th centuries that are of an historiographical, conservationist or antiquarian nature. The scholarships are intended to provide post-graduate students striving to write up theses with late stage funding, and help independent researchers complete projects. Applicants should either be UK citizens, registered at a UK University, or undertaking work on material in the UK. Only one of these criteria is necessary, but there should be a connection with the UK.

Applications are thus invited from students who are completing theses for post-graduate degrees and who are facing financial hardship. It must be demonstrated that the award of an Ochs scholarship will enable a thesis to be completed satisfactorily within the period of the Scholarship. Applications where a substantial amount of fieldwork remains to be done are unlikely to succeed.

Applications for research projects conducted either privately or at post-doctoral level are not eligible. The Association is launching a separate fund to cover these. For further details please contact the Hon. Secretary as below.

In preparing the application, all information should be typed. Additional information may be attached on a separate sheet or in a covering letter. Scholarships are awarded annually in April on the recommendation of a Scholarship Committee. The committee reach a decision primarily on the basis of the application (plus any supporting documents), though committee members will take account of remarks made by the applicant’s referees.

Applications should give a detailed account of proposed expenditure, which may include a reasonable level of subsistence. Allowance may not be made for any imputed salary, nor do awards cover the costs of books or equipment such as computers. For post-graduate students allowable expenditure includes supervision and examination fees, as well as thesis-binding costs. While bearing in mind that scholarships up to the value of £5,000 are available, we ask applicants not to ask for more than the minimum they require, as this may enable the Scholarship Committee to make an additional award.

Applicants should supply the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom in the case of degree candidates should be the main supervisor and ask their referees to forward references (either by post or as email attachments) to the Hon. Secretary by 21 February. The scholarship is tenable for one year and may be taken up at any time between April and October 2022, so only work which is capable of submission by October 2023 will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. The award is payable in three instalments; half on acceptance of the Scholarship, one quarter at the half-way stage, and one quarter on submission (or publication if a non-degree research project). Arrangements will be made to pay the first instalment on a date agreeable to the successful candidate.

Members of the Scholarship Committee will not discuss applications with candidates once they have been submitted, nor offer feedback; it is the role of the applicant’s sponsors and supervisors to advise them on the tone and content of applications. However, the Hon. Secretary is happy to advise on procedure prior to the submission of an application. While all applications are regarded as confidential, the Association will publish the names of the successful applicants and the title of the work for which their Scholarship was awarded.

Application forms may be downloaded from the BAA website, or obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to John McNeill (Hon. Secretary, BAA), 18 Stanley Road, Oxford OX4 1QZ. Completed applications, together with any covering letter or enclosures, should be returned to John McNeill not later than 1 February, 2022, either by post – or as email attachments to

Byzantine Studies Professorship, Padova

Position: professore di prima fascia (full professor)
Duration: permanent
Institution: Università degli Studi di Padova
Subject: Byzantine Studies
Deadline: 20/01/2022 (allegato 8)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medieval History/Literature, University of Oslo

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is associated with the project ‘Narrative Hierarchies: Minor Characters in Byzantine and Medieval History Writing’ (grant nr. 324754). The candidate is expected to carry out research as part of the main project.’

The position is available for a period of 2 years (full time).

The position may be extended for a third year, involving a research stay outside of Norway, subject to the successful acquisition of additional funding from the Research Council of Norway (Funding for Research Stays Abroad for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows).

This project aims to explore medieval power and gender relations in historiographical narrative. In medieval histories, kings, emperors, and other elite men typically occupy more prominent roles than labourers, women, eunuchs, slaves, soldiers, and foreigners. The unevenness with which attention, space, and importance are distributed between different types of characters produces hierarchies within these narratives. This research project sets out to analyse these narrative hierarchies, with a particular focus on non-elite and non-male minor characters.

The PI’s work will focus on a corpus of late Byzantine (c. 1200 – c. 1460) histories. Parallel to this work, the successful postdoctoral fellow, the PI, and external collaborators will explore several other contemporary historiographical traditions. These transhistorical studies will aim both to create a framework by which the study of Byzantine history writing can be meaningfully placed in conversation with wider medieval traditions of history writing and narrative and to reflect on the Byzantine tradition’s idiosyncrasies.

A detailed project description is available for applicants on request (please contact Matthew Kinloch).

See also

Six RECEPTIO postdoctoral fellowships in codicology, 2022-2023 (deadline 1 February 2022)

RECEPTIO, the Research Centre for European Philological Tradition (Lugano/London), announces six fellowships for its training course for codicologists who are looking to work in auction houses and antiquarian bookshops.

RECEPTIO is the only research centre in Europe that combines codicological and philological research with the labour market, training codicologists to work for auction houses and antiquarian bookshops. Every semester we launch a competition for six scholarships to attend this unique course. The Institute’s diverse research areas and student body form an innovative, cosmopolitan and enriching academic environment, providing students with the skills and networks needed to pursue an exciting career.

There is no age limit, but applicants should have obtained their PhD no more than ten years from the date of the appointment. Researchers who have obtained their PhD more than ten years ago, but are active in the field of codicology or philology, are invited to apply on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae and will be tested for admission through a motivational interview. Candidates with a Master’s degree who have a strong interest in the object of study will be tested for admission through a motivational interview, too. Admission decisions are based on the quality of the overall application file. The grant consists of €4,000 for each academic year and can be renewed on the basis of the results obtained. 

For more information visit:

Our selection committees give priority consideration to academic achievement and motivation. Academic achievement is documented using transcripts and recommendations. Motivation factors should be clarified in the cover letter/statement of purpose. The evaluation committees will take into consideration the difficulties encountered by many students around the world in the spring 2020 semester, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The main language of the course is Italian, but a very good command of English is required to follow the seminars (seminars are also held in French and Spanish).

Deadline: 1 February 2022

Application via the website: