The Oxford Listings – TT 2019 Week 3

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 3 

Trinity Term 2019

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MONDAY 13th May

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, High St, Wharton Room

Lesley MacGregor (Oriel)

Contested spaces, animal faces: legal authority over criminal animals.

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17.30   Perspectives on Education from the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean

University College, High St, Swire Seminar Room

Jenny Cromwell (Manchester)

Coptic Education in Roman and Late Antique Egypt.

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TUESDAY 14th May

14.15   Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Dr Tali Artman-Partock (KCL)

Why is it so hard to find women in Hebrew tours of hell? A history of a tradition.

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17.00   Book Discussion: Aristotle and Early Christian Thought

Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Seminar Room

Mark Edwards

Aristotle and Early Christian Thought: Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity.

Commented by Anna Marmodoro, Giulio Maspero, Robert Wozniak, Johannes Zachhuber.

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17.15   Medieval Church and Culture – MSt Medieval Studies Dissertation Projects

Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Sarah Bai (Oxford)

Reaching Eternity through Prayer: a sudy of a 15th-century book of hours.

Charlie Powell (Oxford)

The Chansons avec des refrains of Colart le Boutellier: a revised consideratioin of refrains from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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WEDNESDAY 15th May

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Janice Kinory (Oxford)

HEIR and the Roman World.

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Lecture Theatre

Katerina Vavaliou et al. (Oxford University Byzantine Society)

Report on the OUBS Trip to Greece.

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17.00   Boethius (historical and philosophical perspectives)

Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Seminar Room

Gyula Klima (Fordham University)

De Bono: Boethius’ De Hebdomadibus.

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THURSDAY 16th May

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Jacopo Gnisci

Visualizing Kingship in early Solomonic Ethiopia.

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12.00   RLAHA Martin Aitken Seminar Series

School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Lecture Room

Pr. Matthew Collins (Cambridge)

The biology of codicology: shoes, ships and sealing wax.

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13.00   Medieval Economic and Social History Seminar

Oriel College, Oriel Sq, MacGregor Room

Lorenzo Caravaggi (Balliol College)

The economics of peace-keeping: loans and factions in a late medieval polity.

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17.00   ‘After Rome’: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the 5th to 7th Centuries

Trinity College, Broad St, Danson Room

Vivien Prigent (CNRS and Maison Française d’Oxford)

Managing the Patrimonium Sancti Petri in Byzantine Sicily.

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FRIDAY 17th May

9.00 – 18.30     New Critical Approaches: Imperialism, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in the Byzantine World

St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Humanities Quarter

The poster and full timetable can be downloaded here.

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9.30     Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Prof M. D. Lauxtermann

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12.00   Byzantine Literature: Seventh-Century Poetry

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Prof M. D. Lauxtermann

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Dr Ruth Macrides

The Greek Orthodox funeral service for Ruth Juliana Macrides will take place from

1.30 to 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday 14 May, 2019 at St Leonard’s chapel, St Andrews, Soctland, UK (at the entrance to St Leonard’s School). Reception at 5.00 at 5 Queens Gardens, St Andrews. All are very welcome to attend either or both. Donations in memory of Ruth may be made to Médecins sans Frontières.

Colleagues in Birmingham have set up a tribute page for Ruth: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bomgs/news/2019/ruth-macrides.aspx

If you would like to contribute, just send your message to the Birmingham webteam: artswebteam@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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The Byzness, 06/05/2019

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 6th May 2019
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

‘Comparative Approaches to the Chinese and Byzantine Imperial Systems’, PAIXUE, University of Edinburgh, 16-18 May 2019, Edinburgh.

The first in a series of three conferences, this conference brings together Sinologists and Byzantinists with an interest and willingness to engage in cross-cultural work. It is designed to make the two disciplines talk to each other as much as possible, and to foster further cooperation. It aims at placing classicising education and the role of literati in their wider cultural contexts, inviting papers also on aspects that do not represent the project’s primary focus, such as administrative structures and processes, court culture and ceremonial (beyond performances of classicising learning), and interaction between the imperial centre and imperial peripheries, especially, steppe polities. As the focus will be kept strictly on Byzantium and China (and their respective peripheries), the format will allow for more depth than in present ‘global’ or ‘axial’ projects.

Topics for discussion/comparison

  1. Classicising learning: Empire and the institutions and practices of classicising education – what was the function of classicising learning in the two imperial systems, and how did their respective systems of education work?
  2. Literary practices: Literary and writing circles; book and reading culture; literati–patron interaction; different types of patronage.
  3. Literati identity: The formation and shared basis of literati identity; literati self-definition, individual and collective; literati habitus; literati networks
  4. Imperial bureaucracies: Bureaucracy and the functioning of empire; training and recruitment of bureaucracy; social mobility; social and political networks; the respective importance of different branches of the bureaucracy (fiscal, judicial, etc.).
  5. New urban elites and the economy: The role of elites in imperial systems; the circulation of culture and commodities; literati identity within the new world of commodities and relative value; new forms of economic thinking
  6. Courts and capitals: Court culture, ceremonials and rituals; the topography of imperial capitals; interaction of court and the people of the capital.
  7. Military elites and military culture: The role of the military in the respective imperial system; the interaction between military and learned/civilian elites.
  8. Empire and (steppe) periphery: The empire and its periphery; the interaction of sedentary empire and its (nomadic) neighbours.

Guiding questions

  1. How do the two empires compare along the trajectories represented by each of the topics above?
  2. What role does classicising learning play in each of these aspects of empire?
  3. What are the internal dynamics in each area from ca. the seventh through twelfth centuries, and which elements lend themselves profitably to comparable approaches?
  4. What are the dynamics of centre/province interaction? What are the modalities of social mobility? How, and to what extent, are new elites integrated into the imperial system?
  5. What does the comparative/cross-cultural study illuminate/enable? What does it contribute to the understanding of one’s own source materials and topics?
  6. What is happening in the eleventh century – are things really as parallel as they look on the surface?

Speakers and respondents

Speakers: Michael Biran (Jerusalem), Christian de Pee (Michigan), Hilde de Weerdt (Leiden), Nicholas Evans (Cambridge), Michael Höckelmann (Erlangen-Nürnberg), Christian Lamouroux (EHESS), Ari Levine (University of Georgia), Lu Yang (Beijing), Lee Mordechai (College Park), Alexander Riehle (Harvard), Filippo Ronconi (EHESS), Anna Shields (Princeton), Kostis Smyrlis (NYU/Athens), Foteini Spingou (Edinburgh), Yannis Stouraitis (Edinburgh)

Respondents: Peter Bol (Harvard), Marek Jankowiak (Oxford), Christos Makrypoulias (Athens), Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Claudia Sode (Köln), Curie Virág (Edinburgh/Budapest), Linda Walton (Portland)

Programme

Please download the programme here.

Registration

Attendance is free but registration is required, as space is limited (first come, first serve). To register, please use the Contact form on the PAIXUE website. Please state whether you wish to attend the whole conference or individual days, and whether you have any dietary requirements. Registration closes 13 May 2019.

 

‘New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World: Imperialism, Colonialism and Postcolonialism’, University of Oxford, 17 May 2019, 9:00-18:30, St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Humanities Quarter, Oxford.

The role or usefulness of imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism, as terms with a modernist historical baggage, to the understanding of pre-modern societies has been the source productive discussion. On these matters, however, the Byzantine world, broadly conceived has lagged somewhat behind.

This event will seek to critically asses the usefulness of the frameworks of imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism to the study of the Byzantine world. It will do so from a range of perspectives, historical, archaeological, literary, historiographical, and through a discussion-led approach.

Please find a poster and full timetable here.

The event is part of the TORCH Research Network: New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World and sponsored by the generosity of The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities, and the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.

 

‘A Tale of two Sicilies: Current research on Sicilian Early Medieval history’, Maison française d’Oxford, 27 May 2019, 10:00-16:30, 2-10 Norham Road, Oxford.

Convenor: Vivien Prigent, Maison française d’Oxford

10.00-12.30

  • Lucia Arcifa (Università di Catania), Annliese Nef (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Sicily in a Mediterranean context: regional diverging paths or insular polycentrism (VII-XII century)?

  • Alessandra Bagnera (Università di Roma), Annliese Nef (Université Paris 1 panthéon-Sorbonne), Elena Pezzini (Museo Archeologico Regionale di Palermo « A. Salinas »)

Changing scale: an attempt to shed light on the internal diversity of the city of Palermo (9th-12th centuries) 

  • Alessandra Bagnera (Università di Roma), Claudio Capelli (Università di Genova), Viva Sacco (Ecole française de Rome)

The technological diversity in glazed ceramics of Islamic Palermo: an indicator of multipolar relations?

13.30-16.30

  • Martin Carver (University of York)

Looking for Demography – cemeteries, communities and affiliations in early Medieval Sicily

  • Alessandra Molinari (Università Roma-Tor Vergata)

Food and Foodways in Medieval Sicily

  • Girolamo Fiorentino (Università del Salento)

Food, crops and cash crops: the melting pot of medieval Sicily

No registration needed

 

‘The Greek book: from papyrus to print – an introductory seminar’, University of Oxford, Tuesdays (beginning 14 May 2019), 2.15pm, Horton Room, Bodleian Library.

Convenors: Nigel Wilson & Geri Della Rocca de Canda

The seminar, intended for non-specialists, is designed to offer a basic introduction to Greek manuscripts and early-printed books. Participants will learn how to roughly identify and date Greek scripts and fonts, and which resources to refer to, in print and online, to further their research (e.g. to identify a text, an edition, or gather information on provenance).

  • 14/05/19 Nigel Wilson, Early and Medieval Greek manuscripts
  • 21/05/19 David Speranzi, Renaissance Greek manuscripts
  • 28/05/19 Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Early-printed Greek books (15th century)
  • 04/06/19 Nicolas Barker, Later Greek typography (from Aldus to the 17th century)
  • 11/06/19 Anna Gialdini, Greek bindings and their imitations

Tuesdays (beginning 14 May), 2.15pm, Horton Room, Bodleian Library

There is no registration fee, but numbers are limited to 25 due to the size of the venue. Please email Geri Della Rocca de Canda to reserve a place. If you do not have a University card, please report to the Parks Road entrance at least 15 minutes before the seminar. The seminar is generously sponsored by Lincoln College, Oxford.

 

‘Terracotta Lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, Use, Typology and Distribution: An International Symposium’, Dokuz Eylul University (DEU), Izmir, May 16–17, 2019.

Ancient oil lamps, especially produced by clay, were found in relatively large quantities in entire Anatolia, where they were produced between the Bronze Age and Medieval periods. So far the study of this implement has been overlooked in Anatolia whereas there is still a huge amount of unpublished material from excavations, field surveys and museums in Turkey. Ancient Anatolian oil lamps can be categorized based on different criteria, including material (terracotta, bronze, glass, lead and stone  etc.), production (wheel-made or mould-made), typology, fabric, decoration, production, use and distribution. During the Archaic and Classical periods (i.e. seventh to mid-fourth century B.C.) handleless, round, wheel- made terracotta oil lamps were produced locally especially in the western Anatolia or imported in large scale. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods Anatolian lamps were produced more frequently as mould-made and typologically they have numerous varieties. In these periods oil lamps were utilised for profane and religious purposes, especially as tomb votives. During the mid-sixth/early seventh century A.D. the form of lamps was changed in Anatolia radically. In recent years some chemical analyses done within these objects yielded several results for the oil sorts used in these instruments.

In this symposium we only focus on terracotta lamps from Anatolia between c. early sixth century B.C. and early seventh century A.D., and attempt to set out a comprehensive model for the study of terracotta lamps, including their definition, typology, chronology, contexts, function, regional characteristics, and distribution patterns in Anatolia and of Anatolian lamps in the whole Mediterranean geographies, including whole eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea area, Roman provinces in the western Mediterranean, north of Alps (Germania and Britannia etc.) and north Africa. It is also our intention to create a complete bibliography of previous publications on Anatolian terracotta lamps. Our symposium deals only with terracotta oil lamps and not other lamps produced by bronze, glass, lead and stone etc.

The following theme groups are the main questions of the symposium which are prescriptive:

  • Terracotta lamps from archaeological field projects, museums and private collections,
  • Ancient Greek and Latin textual sources on Anatolian lamps,
  • Typological evolution of terracotta lamps in Anatolia during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods,
  • Transitional typological and functional features between Archaic and Classical lamps in Anatolia,
  • Similar instrumenta in the ancient Near East and their relations to ancient Greek lamps in Asia Minor,
  • What ancient Greeks and Romans thought about afterlife? Terracotta lamps in Anatolian funerary contexts,
  • Domestic and commercial use of terracotta lamps in Asia Minor,
  • Related instrumenta to oil lamps in the regards of their function,
  • Typology and decoration of terracotta lamps in Anatolia in Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods,
  • Iconography and decoration on Anatolian lamps,
  • Relations of Hellenistic and Roman terracotta lamps to metal, glass and stone lamps,
  • Major production centers of terracotta lamps in Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods,
  • Signatures of terracotta lamp makers on Anatolian lamps,
  • Anatolian lamps found outside of Anatolia and their distribution,
  • Roman terracotta lamps in Anatolia and out of Anatolia, and their differences,
  • Hellenistic and Roman gravestones and other iconographic media depicting lamps,
  • Early Byzantine lamps as an eulogical object for pilgrimage,
  • Relations between early Byzantine terracotta lamps and some historical events,
  • Reasons for its typological change in the mid-sixth/early seventh century A.D.,
  • Exceptional finds of terracotta lamps in Graeco-Roman fashion after the seventh century A.D.,
  • Materials, such as oil or other liquids, used in the lamps
  • Ancient terminology for “oil lamps” in classical languages of Anatolia, such as “kandela” (“κάνδηλα”) in ancient Greek, “candela” in Latin, “qandēlā“ (“ܩܢܕܐܠ”) in Classical Syiac, qandīl (“ِديل ْن قَ”) in Arabic, “kandil” in Turkish and other ancient Near Eastern languages,
  • Miscellanea.

English is the official language of the symposium. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in 2020.

The programme and the abstract booklet can be downloaded here.

 

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘Women and Architecture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds’, Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Seattle, 29 April – 3 May 2020, Seattle, Washington.

Deadline: 5 June 2019

In recent decades scholars including Emily Hemelrijk, Leslie Brubaker, and Therese Martin have examined the roles and agency of women as viewers and patrons of ancient and medieval monuments, but there remains an underlying assumption in the field of architectural history that ancient and medieval monuments were made by and for men. This assumption is so pervasive that when a monument has a female patron, it is either considered the work of a male relative or labeled an anomaly. The dedicatory inscription of the second-century nymphaeum at Olympia, for instance, records that Annia Regilla built it, yet scholars routinely attribute it to her husband, Herodes Atticus, erasing her legacy as patron. The architectural legacies of female rulers and imperial family members are often similarly treated. Additionally, female viewers of architecture are typically ignored in the analysis of buildings. For example, few publications on the twelfth-century Chartres Cathedral discuss the peasant mothers who asked the Virgin Mary for cures for themselves and their children at a sacred well in the crypt, a practice that likely continued local pagan healing rituals. Recognition of these female viewers provides insight into how medieval Church authorities harnessed persistent pre-Christian cultic activities while also framing them as the marginal concerns of women.

We invite papers that either address theoretical or methodological questions about how female agency or the category of gender can be productively embedded in the analysis of ancient and medieval architecture, or present case studies engaging with female patronage, production, and/or use of architectural monuments or urban landscapes. The session’s goal is to discuss the legacy of women in the construction and maintenance of architectural spaces, and to shift the conversation of agency and audience away from the presumption that ancient and medieval architecture is masculine in intent and reception.

Session Co-Chairs: Brenda Longfellow, University of Iowa, and Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound

For more information about the conference, other panels, and submission guidelines, see here. Abstracts are due: June 5, 2019.

 

‘Women and Violence in the Late Medieval Mediterranean, ca. 1100-1500’, Maison française d’Oxford, 27-28 September 2019, Oxford.

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between women and violence in the Middle Ages, with new works both on female criminality and on women as victims of violence. The contributions of gender theory and feminist criminology have renewed the approached used in this type of research. Nevertheless, many facets of the complex relationship between women and violence in medieval times still await to be explored in depth. This conference aims to understand how far the roots of modern assumptions concerning women and violence may be found in the late medieval Mediterranean, a context of intense cultural elaboration and exchange which many scholars have indicated as the cradle of modern judicial culture. While dialogue across the Mediterranean was constant in the late Middle Ages, occasions for comparative discussion remain rare for modern-day scholars, to the detriment of a deeper understanding of the complexity of many issues. Thus, we encourage specialists of different areas across the Mediterranean (Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world) to contribute to the discussion. What were the main differences and similarities? How did these change through time? What were the causes for change? Were coexisting assumptions linking femininity and violence conflicting or collaborating?

The conference will take place over two days thanks to the generous contributions of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the Maison Française d’Oxford, and the Centre de recherche d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance.

Keynote speakers
Professor Carol Lansing (UC Santa Barbara) Professor Élisabeth Malamut (Université de Provence)

Organisers
Lidia Zanetti Domingues (St Cross College, Oxford) Giulia Maria Paoletti (Exeter College, Oxford) Lorenzo Caravaggi (Balliol College, Oxford)

Please, send abstracts of max. 250 words for papers of 20 minutes to Lidia Zanetti Domingues by 31 May 2019.

Potential topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Female criminality:
    – Gendered assumptions about violent crimes
    – Crimes associated with women
    – Description and presentation of female crimes – Male prescriptions of female violence
  • Women and legislation on violence:
    – Female violence in statutes and jurisprudence in different traditions (Roman, Canon, Islamic law etc.)
    – Philosophical, theological, and medical elaborations on the relationship between female nature and violence – Gendered emotions in violent conflict
    – Conceptions of female honour or purity at the origins of violence
  • Women and war:
    – Literary and artistic representations of warrior women – The condition of women during wartime
    – The role of women in conflict
  • Violence on women:
    – Domestic violence and its regulation – Rape and sexual violence
    – Women as victims of conflict
  • Women and peace-making:
    – The role of women in the settlement of disputes – Women and the ‘civilising process’
    – Peace and war as female allegories
    – Women and counsel in wartime and conflict
    – Religious patronage and peace-keeping

 

‘The Limits of Exactitude’, Prolepsis’ 4th International Conference, 19-20 December 2019, Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Bari.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

Keynote speaker: Prof. Therese Fuhrer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Exactitude is the third of the Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino (Cambridge MA, 1988). According to Calvino ‘exactitude’ is a «well-defined and well-calculated plan for the work in question; an evocation of clear, incisive, memorable images […]; a language as precise as possible both in the choice of words and in the expression of the subtleties of thought and imagination». The aim of Prolepsis’ 4th International Conference is to reflect on Calvino’s definition applying it to the Classical, Late-Antique and Medieval Worlds. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

– Accuratio vel ambiguitas in speech, argumentation and narration.

– Ambiguous, inaccurate and disconcerting communication from the author, and potential reader response.

– Metrical and musical exactitude and its limits.

– Exactitude in treatises (scientific, rhetorical, grammatical).

– Quoting, misquoting and misplacing.

– Accurate and inaccurate titles, and their transmission.

– Limits in the material evidence (manuscripts, papyri, inscriptions, formation of corpora, mise en page, stichometry).

– Exactitude, doubt, ambiguity in the history of transmission (from ancient lexica, etymologica, and commentaries to modern scholarship).

– Examples of Exactitude and Ambiguity in Ancient and Modern Translations.

– Exactitude and Ambiguity in ancient and modern reception.

– Hypercorrection, lacunae, conjectures and obsession for completeness.

– Exactitude in historical and documentary reconstructions.

– Beginnings and endings of ancient and medieval works: doubtful and exact endings, incipit ex abrupto, etc.

– Finished and Unfinished / Clear and Unclear / Perfect and Imperfect in the philosophical reflection.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com by the 30th of June 2019.

The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:

  1. An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.
  2. A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities.

The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods. All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed and accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian speakers will be required to provide an English handout, power point, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.

Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian or English.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any inquiries write to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com, we would be glad to help you find solutions.

 

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Messors Workshops.

See here for information on Messors, a program focused on the preservation of cultural heritage and Byzantine sites that has been running in Puglia region – Italy for the last 20 years.

The program includes workshops that are an opportunity for participants (students/trainees/volunteers who might be interested in participating) to learn about the history of the region, learn about conservative methods and techniques while contributing to the conservation of the rich artistic and historical heritage of Southern Italy.

Workshop dates for 2019 are:

–  Art Restoration Workshop Fresco Fine Art June 28 -July 12; July 18 – August 1

–  Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project August 7 – 18 (This project aims to restore and preserve the Byzantine site of Fornello which contains a multidisciplinary approach to cultural heritage conservation.)

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The Oxford Listings – TT 2019 Week 2

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 2

Trinity Term 2019

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MONDAY 6th May

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, High St, Wharton Room

Emily Corran (St John’s)

Pastoral teaching for humble mendicants in the thirteenth century. Casuistical questions between theology and canon law.

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17.30   Perspectives on Education from the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean

University College, High St, Swire Seminar Room

Raffaella Cribiore (NYU)

An Encomium Concerning Herakles.

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TUESDAY 7th May

14.15   Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Jonathan Price (Tel Aviv)

Beth She’arim: a congregation of cultures

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17.00   Early Slavonic Seminar

Taylor Institution, St. Giles’ St, Main Hall

Fedir Androshchuk (Swedish History Museum/University of Uppsala)

In Search of Harald Hardrada’s treasures

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17.15   Medieval Church and Culture – MSt Medieval Studies Dissertation Projects

Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Charles East (Oxford)

Commensuratio and Dimensive Quality in the Commedia

Liam McDonnell (Oxford)

A Reappraisal of Implicit Faith in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas

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WEDNESDAY 8th May

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Adolfo Fernández (Universidade Vigo)

Salt and fish-salting plants in the NW Iberian Peninsula. Production and trade in Roman times

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Lecture Theatre

Staffan Wahlgren (Trondheim)

Variation in Learned Byzantine Greek

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17.00   Boethius (historical and philosophical perspectives)

Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Seminar Room

Christophe Erismann (University of Vienna)

Confuting Heresies with Aristotelian Logic. Boethius and Leontius of Byzantium against

Eutyches and Nestorius.

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THURSDAY 9th May

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Michael Zellmann-Rohrer

Womb, black and blackened: Textual and iconic help with hysteria from Late Antiquity

and Byzantium

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12.00   RLAHA Martin Aitken Seminar Series

School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Lecture Room

Dr Giovanni Verri (Courtauld Institute)

Non-invasive, portable imaging techniques for the analysis of artistic and archaeological objects: methodologies and case studies

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17.00   ‘After Rome’: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the 5th to 7th Centuries

Trinity College, Broad St, Danson Room

Ali Bonner (Cambridge University)

The myth of Pelagianism in context

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FRIDAY 10th May

9.30     Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Prof M. D. Lauxtermann

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12.00   Byzantine Literature: Seventh-Century Poetry

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Prof M. D. Lauxtermann

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16.00   Ancient Architecture Discussion Group

Lincoln College, Turl St, Garden Building Lower Lecture Room

Monika Trümper (Freie Universität Berlin)

Development of Bathing Culture in Pompeii: New Research in the Stabian Baths     

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The Byzness 28/04/2019

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 28th April 2019
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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 1. NEWS AND EVENTS

3rd Sudan Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Oxford, 4 May 2019

A .pdf file of the workshop’s poster, full programme and abstracts can be downloaded here.

 

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Writing Ancient and Medieval Same-Sex Desire: Goals, Methods, Challenges’, 30 June – 2 July 2020, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Deadline: 1 December 2019

For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some examples:

×          essentialism VERSUS constructivism;

×          Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by psychoanalysis;

×          (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly) subjective history;

×          perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously historicizing insistence on the past’s alterity;

×          positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous receptions.

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don’t exhaust the possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him at this address also.

In your proposal include

1)    the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and

2)    the general theoretical basis of the work

The call for papers is also published online here.

 

DEADLINE EXTENTED: ‘The Black Sea and the Black Sea Region Countries – the Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations in the 4th –15thCenturies’, 1-14 October 2019, Batumi, Georgia.

New Deadline: 20th of May 2019

Based on the joint decision of the Georgian National Committee of Byzantine Studies, Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University, Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Faculty of Humanities of the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, the 5th International Scientific Conference “Byzantine Studies in Georgia” will be held on the 11-14th of  October 2019 in  Batumi. The main theme of the Conference is defined as follows: “The Black Sea and the Black Sea Region Countries – the Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations in the 4th –15thCenturies”.

The topics within the theme of Byzantine Studies are not limited.  The sessions will be held at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University on the 11-13th of October 2019. The working languages will be Georgian, German, English, French and Russian.

Participants of the conference will enjoy the opportunity to visit Batumi’s museums and exhibitions, such as Archeological and Art Museums, get introduced to the architectural monuments of the Antique, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods in Batumi and its vicinity (Petra-Tsikhisdziri and Gonio-Apsarosi Museum-Reserves). The excursion to Trabzon and Sumela Monastery Complex is scheduled on October 14th, 2019.

In order to ensure proper organization of the conference, including funding, we kindly ask you to send your abstract (preferably in English, max. 300 words, font- Sylfaen, size- 12), CV and filled application form by the 20th of May 2019 at humanities@bsu.edu.ge.

Detailed information about registration and other costs will be provided later upon acceptance of your abstract, CV and the filled application form.

For further details please contact:

Doctor of History Erekle Jordania

President of the Georgian National Committee of the AIEB, Associated Professor of the Department of History of Middle Ages of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University; E-mail: ereklejordania@yahoo.combyzantinology@gmail.com;

Doctor of Philology Neli Makharadze

Head of the Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University; E-mail: byzantinology@gmail.com;

Professor Tina Dolidze

Director of the Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; E-mail: greekstudies@tsu.ge;

Professor Marine Giorgadze

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University; E-mail: humanities@bsu.edu.ge.

 

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

6 positions for Doctoral Research Associate: Research Training Group 2304 ‘Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception’, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there is at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 1 position for doctoral research associate (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) in Ancient History to be filled by 1 October 2019 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception will be explored via four thematic areas:

  1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
  2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
  3. Rituals and worship
  4. Knowledge and infrastructure

A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating disciplines is available on the homepage.

Ancient History is connected to the research programme of the Research Training Group through the Late Antique-Early Byzantine period. In addition, it has to offer a variety of aspects of the imperial period connected to later developments. For example, representational modes of imperial victoriousness can be examined with a focus on numismatics from 1st – 5th/6th centuries. Also, talking about soldiers and their lives in various textual genres could be an exciting and fruitful PhD thesis topic. The exploration of the integration of divine will in the campaign and war pragmatics could be another field of research fitting in well with the Research Training Group programme, such as the meaning of signs, the sacrifices before the battle or Christian prayer.

These and other possible topics are listed on the Research Training Group’s homepage. Applications covering different subjects that fit within the overall programme will also be considered that examine the practices, norms, interpretations or attributions of war, war-related objects, actions or actors. Supervisor and point of contact: Prof. Dr. Marietta Horster.

Upon acceptance, the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in Ancient History or related fields as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English):

  • A letter of application (one page)
  • An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
  • A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
  • Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

The application deadline ends by 24 May 2019.

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

 

Early Slavic Studies Association book and article prize

The Early Slavic Studies Association (ESSA) announces its prizes for best monograph and best article in the field of Early Slavic Studies for 2019. The prize committee is also willing to consider a special award for best translation of primary source material in the field, to be awarded at the committee’s discretion.
Books and peer-reviewed articles published between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 are eligible for the award. All nominated works must be in English. The committee will accept nominations and self-nominations. Authors must be members in good standing of the ESSA. Please contact our secretary, Cynthia M. Vakareliyska, to confirm your eligibility.
All nominations should be sent to the chair of the prize committee, Olga Grinchenko.

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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 1

Trinity Term 2019

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MONDAY 29th April

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, High St, Wharton Room

Bernard Gowers (Keble)

Europeanization and creolization in the twelfth century

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TUESDAY 30th April

14.15   Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Martin Goodman (Oxford)

Paul as persecutor in the history of Judaism

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17.15   Medieval Church and Culture – MSt Medieval Studies Dissertation Projects

Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Deborah Clutton (Oxford)

Confounding Expectations: the transgression and negotiation of gendered sexual norms in 10th and 11th Century A/Saxon England

Heidi Mannikko (Oxford)

From Aldehelm to Cnut: constructing the Anglo-Saxon idea of virginity

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WEDNESDAY 1st May

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Brian Dermody (Utrecht University)

A model of grain production and trade for the Roman world

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16.00   OCMA Maritime Archaeology Special Lecture

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Jon Adams (University of Southampton)

Speaking on the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Lecture Theatre

Claudia Sode (Cologne)

Seals and Identity in Byzantium

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17.00   Boethius (historical and philosophical perspectives)

Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Seminar Room

John Magee (University of Toronto)

Boethius and the Legacy of Alexander of Aphrodisias

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THURSDAY 2nd May

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Andrea Mattiello

Visual Antiquarianism in Mystras

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17.00   ‘After Rome’: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the 5th to 7th Centuries

Trinity College, Broad St, Sutro Room

Bea Leal (Oxford)

A mosaic of mosaics: the decoration of the Great Mosque of Damascus

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FRIDAY 3rd May

12.00   Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Staffan Wahlgren (NTNU)

The chronicle of Symeon the Logothete         

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SATURDAY 4th May

8.30 – 20.00    Sudan Studies Graduate Conference

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Full programme available here

Registration here

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The Byzness 21/04/2019

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 21st April 2019
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

‘Clerics in Church and Society’, Presbyters in the Late Antique West project, University of Warsaw, 26-27 April 2019, Warsaw.

The Presbyters in the Late Antique West is a 5-years project, run at the University of Warsaw and investigating the role of the middle clergy in the Church and society. Our team has been collecting the evidence concerning clerics withina searchable database, accessible on-line here. The project is drawing to an end at its closing conference, “Clerics in Church and society up to AD 700” is aiming to achieve a broad picture of the ecclesiastical, economic, and social activity on the lower and middle clerics. We will deal with their ritual role and piety, judicial expertise and legal situation, position in monasteries and local communities, economic status and revenues. All interested are welcome, but please register on the website.

 

Byzantine Studies Public Lecture: ‘From the Fall of Rome to Byzantium: New Light from DNA, Ice Cores, and Harvard’s Science of the Human Past’ by Professor Michael McCormick, 1 May 2019 | 6:00 PM, Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House.

Historians and archaeologists have long debated the processes that ended the ancient world and gave rise to the civilizations of Byzantium, the medieval West, and Islam. The advances of archaeology are delivering ever more material pieces of the past that are suitable for expanding scientific toolkits, featuring ancient DNA, ice cores, and digital humanities. Come learn how—from senior faculty members to freshmen—historians, archaeologists, geneticists, biomolecular archaeologists, and computer and climate scientists at Harvard University are working together, and in concert with our American and international partners, to expand what we know about the fall of Rome and the origins of Byzantium, as science, archaeology, and history combine to begin a new day in the discovery of ancient and medieval civilization.

Professor Michael McCormick is Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard, and chairs the university-wide Initiative for the Science of the Human Past (SoHP), an interdisciplinary research network that brings together geneticists, archaeological scientists, climatologists, computer scientists, humanists, and social scientists to explore great questions of human history from our origins in Africa to our migrations across the globe. He is director in Cambridge of the new Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean. McCormick has written numerous monographs and articles, including the award-winning Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce, AD 300–900 (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He codirects the Historical Ice Core Project, a joint project of SoHP and the Climate Change Institute (University of Maine) that uses ancient ice to reconstruct the environmental and economic history of Europe back to antiquity; and the archaeoscientific excavation of the lost Visigothic royal capital at Reccopolis, Spain.

 

‘Byzantine Materiality’, the Sacred Arts Initiative, 8-11 May 2019,  St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Rd, Yonkers, NY 10707.

Popular descriptions of Byzantium often emphasize the mystical and immaterial while overlooking the mediating role of matter implied by the Christian belief in the incarnation. In the field of art history and across the humanities, a new interest in matter and materials constitutes what is now being referred to as the “material turn” or “new materialisms.”

Conference papers will explore the roles of matter and materials in icons, relics, and the Eucharist; Byzantine churches and their consecration; sensory experiences of liturgy; the neuroscience of viewing icons, and more. Conference speakers include Charles Barber, Roland Betancourt, Peter Bouteneff, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Béatrice Caseau, Mary Farag, Evan Freeman, Holger Klein, Joseph Kopta, Sean Leatherbury, James Magruder, Vasileios Marinis, Harry Prance, Stephanie Rumpza, Richard Schneider, Katherine Taronas, Laura Veneskey, Gary Vikan, and Alicia Walker.

Registration required. For more information, visit: www.byzantinemateriality.com

This conference has been made possible by generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

 

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘Dis/embodiment and Im/materiality: Uncovering the Body, Gender and Sexuality in Philosophies of Late Antiquity – In Memoriam Marianne Saghy (1961‒2018)’, Department of Medieval Studies and Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, 6-8 June 2019, Budapest.

Deadline: 28 April 2019

In his book From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity, Kyle Harper emphasizes that Christianity had made an enormous difference in how late ancient men and women conceptualized their passions and sexual activities. Also, feminist critics of ancient philosophical theories have focused on theories of matter. Fascinated by Aristotle’s identification of matter with privation, ugliness and femininity, they often tend to consider mainstream philosophies as sexist and the positive evaluation of matter and body as the gauge of the liberation of the female gender. Moreover, there is a tendency to link the Christian dichotomy of spirit and flesh to these philosophical theories. On the other hand, Late Antique scholars, following the lead of Peter Brown, have pointed to the function of sexual renunciation in early Christianity in liberating women from their traditional roles played in the Roman society. Yet, rarely if ever do scholars who are engaged in gender and sexuality studies attempt to conduct a comprehensive and in-depth study into these interrelated phenomena, while mainstream scholarship on these often turns a blind eye to the gendered perspective.

The impact of the philosophical theories of matter upon the dogmatic debates between Christians and non-Christians, as well as between the diverse Christian theological trends, are largely unexplored and even less clear are the practical spiritual and social consequences of the adoption of one or another theory. The twentieth century has seen a vast array of studies in theories of matter from metaphysical and cosmological perspectives. The dogmatic history of pre-Christian philosophies and metaphysics is now largely written. However, these bodies of literature have rarely intersected with methodologies from feminist theory and philosophy. In turn, feminist scholars often neglect important moments and aspects of the history of Christianity, to radicalize a positive evaluation of embodiment or a negative one of disembodiment. Also, an outstanding task remains to extend these investigations to the world beyond the Mediterranean and to involve into them parallel phenomena in other philosophies and renunciatory traditions, Jainism, Buddhism and in the new Hinduism born in the Middle Ages from a reaction against these reformatory trends.

This conference aims at contributing to an eventual closure of the gap between the aforementioned fields. It will focus on the continuity and change in the social perception and role of the body, gender and sexuality in Late Antiquity, on intersections of gender studies, history of sexuality, feminist philosophy, philosophies of late antiquity, patristic and Gnostic studies, the history of asceticism, the history of Indian philosophy. It aims to bring together scholars of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages to explore how novel theories on late antique Greco-Roman and Indian philosophy, early Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism and Jainism connect to gender and sexuality studies. The profiles targeted are both graduate students and early- to mid-career researchers.

This conference thus has the ambition to attract specialists in the above fields and also to generate discussions on the relevance of feminist methodologies and their adequacy to the existing interpretative literature, and vice versa. We are inviting papers trying to give answers to the questions above.

Abstracts proposal should include: name, affiliation, short bio (200 words max), abstract text (up to 500 words), and keywords. Please indicate if you need special assistance and tech for your presentation.

Please submit paper abstract proposal via email to Stanimir Panayotov

Deadline for abstract proposals: April 28, 2019
Notification to applicants: May 5, 2019
Email subject should be: DISMAT Budapest 2019
Presentations should be 20 mins long.
There is no participation fee for this conference.

All admitted presenters should make their own arrangements and cover travel (including visa) and accommodation expenses. The organizers can offer assistance with visa in special circumstances and where invitation letter is required.

All presenters are expected to arrive in Budapest on June 5, 2019. An official welcome dinner and a reception is covered for everybody, as well as group lunch and two coffee breaks per day during conference days.

The organizers are planning to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume with a respected publisher; thus all admitted applicants to this conference are advised to take this into consideration.

This conference is co-organized by Department of Medieval Studies and Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest, in partnership with Hungarian Patristic Society, and is funded by CEU’s Conferences and Academic Events Fund.

 

Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS)’, The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus, 17-19 January 2020, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Deadline: 6 September 2019

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of January 2020.

Honorary President: Theodoros Giagkou, Professor, University of Thessaloniki

Keynote Speaker: Enrico Zanini, Professor, Università di Siena

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in- progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Scientific and Organizing Committee:

Nikolas Bakirtzis (Chair), Stavros Georgiou, Doria Nicolaou, Andriani Georgiou, Christina Kakkoura, Rania Michail, Thomas Costi, Ourania Perdiki, Despina Papacharalampous, Thanasis Koutoupas, Christina Roditou, Andreas Foulias.

Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):

Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.

Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms: Paper proposal.

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer: Session proposal.

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2019. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.

Graduate Paper Awards: The best graduate student papers will be selected and awarded upon the conclusion of the conference.

The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus. For membership information please visit the society’s website.

For inquiries send email to: cbms2020@byzantinistsociety.org.cy

 

‘Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE’, 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, 22 – 23 November 2019, University of Edinburgh.

Deadline: 3 June 2019

Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.

This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on the 22 – 23 November 2019 and will tackle the notion of inertia and the implications accompanying it for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine history from 500-1500 CE.

We particularly encourage contributions on the following topics:

  • Dynastic and Political Changes: Patterns of continuity across ruling classes, court-life and dynastic succession.
  • A View from Below – Story of the Common Masses: The role of perceived ‘minority’ groups (religious, ethnic or cultural) that constituted the numerical majority of the population but are ignored or omitted in sources written for/by the dominant group.
  • Patterns of Trade and Economic Infrastructure: ‘domestic or foreign’.
  • Forms of Expression and Transmission: Listening through language, art and ideas.
  • Frontiers (and beyond): Military, diplomatic or cultural interactions across linguistic and political delimitations.

We strongly encourage papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines (Archaeology, Art History, History, Theology etc.) which take advantage of interdisciplinary source-critical approaches.

Poster Presentations:

There will be a special poster session held during the conference of 1 hour, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, allowing for discussion with the authors. The posters will be left up for the duration of the conference so they can also be visited during the breaks and during the reception.

We strongly encourage submissions from undergraduate as well as graduate students. The poster size cannot exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height)

Deadlines:

Deadline for abstracts is the 3rd of June and notification of acceptance will be confirmed by mid-June. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words, and a 100-word professional biography to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk. Please indicate on your abstract if you are submitting for poster or paper. We kindly welcome submissions from individuals or groups. There will be a small registration fee of £15 and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.

The organising committee, P. Harrison, A. Nayfa, S. Nwokoro, L. Pecorini and A. Stockhammer.

 

‘The Patristic Legacy in Early Modern Culture’, Cambridge University Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, with Keynote Lecture by Professor Karla Pollmann (Bristol), 30 September 2019, Cambridge.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

In recent decades, our understanding of the early modern period has been transformed by close attention to the legacy of the Church Fathers. Under the label ‘Renaissance’, the years c. 1400–1700 were long defined in relation to an apparent renewal of interest in the secular texts of ancient Greece and Rome. Now, however, it is clear that early modern intellectual culture owed at least as great a debt to religious, and in particular patristic, texts.

The transmission of patristic learning was never straightforward; aspects of the Fathers’ works were constantly manipulated, reinterpreted, or ignored. Scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds have contributed to the recovery of this complex, multifaceted story.Intellectual historians and theologians have emphasised the ways in which the writings of the Church Fathers served as competing authorities within theological debates, provided tools for research in the developing field of Biblical scholarship, or sources for the knowledge of pagan antiquity. Scholars of classics and political thought have traced the Fathers’ enduring influence as sources of arguments and models of style for written texts and orations. Nor was the reception of the Church Fathers purely of relevance to the elite: as studies of literature, art and cultural history have revealed, patristic writings furnished rich sources to pioneers of the theatre and visual arts, and their wide dissemination influenced the devotional practices of the laity.

Despite these rich and varied developments in the field, the need to bring together insights from separate academic disciplines has only slowly been recognised. Our one-day conference aims to give young scholars an opportunity to bridge the gaps between disciplines. We invite doctoral candidates and early career scholars from the fields of history, divinity, classical studies, literature and art history to present their work to a multidisciplinary audience. Panels will be arranged by theme, to shed light on the diverse ways similar questions have been approached by scholars from different areas.

Professor Karla Pollmann, whose outstanding work in the field has consistently transgressed disciplinary boundaries, will give a keynote lecture, entitled ‘We are what we read or we read what we are? The reception of Augustine of Hippo as a case-study’.

Suggested topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

  • The changing prominence of different fathers in the patristic ‘canon’
  • The production of new editions and translations of patristic texts; the importance of Greek, Hebrew and linguistic erudition; ways in which early modern editing choices affect patristic scholarship today
  • Ways in which the relationship between the Fathers and pagan antiquity was understood; the importance placed (or not placed) on biographical knowledge of the Fathers
  • The role of patristic authority in early modern religious controversies; ways in which contradictions between Fathers were negotiated and exploited; early modern use of Fathers as a normative source for present practice
  • How far patristic scholarship was driven by ideals of objectivity or confessional polemic
  • The role of Jews and other non-Christians in interpreting the Church Fathers
  • The influence of patristic scholarship on early modern beliefs about sacred and secular history
  • The patristic legacy beyond the elite; the popular presence of the Fathers; patristic reception amongst women
  • Examples of the Fathers being ignored, forgotten or undermined
  • Methodological papers exploring fault-lines between disciplines and what  patristic scholars can learn from other disciplines; how  interdisciplinary cooperation (or lack thereof) affected understandings  of the patristic legacy to date

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a CV (max. 1 page) to the convenors, Odile Panetta, Eloise Davies and Thomas Langley, at  trl36@cam.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 1 May. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May.  We have some funds available to contribute to visiting speakers’ expenses. If you wish to be considered for financial support, please make this clear in your application.  We are grateful to the Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding.

 

10th Conference of Postgraduate students and PhD candidates, Faculty of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1 – 4 October 2019, Athens.

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The 10th Conference of Postgraduate students and PhD candidates of the Faculty of Philology will be held in Athens on 1st – 4th October 2019, celebrating 20 years since the first one (1999-2019). The conference gives the opportunity to young scientists from Greece, Europe and all around the world to present their work and get in touch with their peers. But more importantly participants will come closer to the most recent developments in the research of their respected fields.

The main sections of the conference are the followings and abstracts will accepted only if they are compatible with these fields:

  1. Byzantine Philology
  2. Classical Philology

iii.        Folkloristics – Theory and Practice of Folk Culture

  1. Linguistics
  2. Modern Greek Philology

Instructions

  1. In order to participate to the conference, you must be an active student of a Postgraduate or Doctoral program, of which you must provide a certification by the institution.
  2. You must present unpublished work on one of the scientific fields mentioned before.
  3. You must send the abstract at the following address not after July 1st, 2019 here.
  4. At the ‘subject’ field of the mail you have to fill in the scientific field to which you want your abstract to be sent.
  5. The abstract cannot be more than 250 words (bibliography not included) and must be sent in either docx/doc or pdf form.
  6. You must also attach to the mail the certification of your academic status (Postgraduate Student or PhD candidate) as mentioned before, provided by your University.
  7. The abstract must be sent in two copies, one of which must be anonymous, because in this way it will be sent to the appropriate committee.
  8. Languages of the conference are Greek and English.
  9. In group lectures the maximum number of participants is two.
  10. Announcements concerning an overview of current bibliography will not be accepted.

Guidelines for Abstracts

  1. Fond: Times New Roman, 12pt.
  2. Lead: 1,5
  3. Alignment: full justification
  4. For the anonymous copy the title must be centered.
  5. Whereas, the eponymous copy the followings must be included:
  6. Name and Surname
  7. University
  8. Status (e.g. Postgraduate, PhD Candidate, fellowship etc)
  9. E-mail
  10. Telephone number

*Please, do have in mind that all abstracts will be reviewed by scientific committees that expertise in each of the five fields. Evidently, abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will be immediately rejected.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: July 1st, 2019.

Announcements of admissions: July 22nd, 2019.

  • Conference proceedings will be published in due time after the committees have reviewed all submitted papers. For that, all papers must be sent to the e-mail of the conference until December 22nd, 2019.

 

‘Nature(s), animals and landscapes: perception and use of the environment in Byzantium’, The 12th edition of AEMB’s Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings, 11-12 October, Paris.

Deadline: 1 June 2019

The 12th edition of the Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings of the Association des étudiants du monde byzantin étude byzantine (AEMB) will be held in Paris on October 11 and 12, 2019. Master’s students from Paris and international PhD candidates are kindly invited to submit a proposal on the topic “Nature(s), animals and landscapes: perception and use of the environment in Byzantium”. For more details, please read the call for papers here. Proposals should be sent no later than June 1st. A limited number of travel grants are made available to participants who cannot benefit from funding from their home institutions. Candidates are required to indicate their wish when sending their abstracts.

 

‘Scientific Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East’,  Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt: New Medical and Astrological Texts (SPAE), 19-20 September 2019, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open for the second annual conference hosted by the international research collaboration, Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt: New Medical and Astrological Texts (SPAE). While the collaboration is centered on Egyptian scientific texts, this year’s conference, titled Scientific Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East, aims for a broader cross-cultural perspective and increased interdisciplinarity in the approach to the ancient sciences.

The conference will be held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, on 19-20 September 2019. We welcome abstracts related to medicine, astronomy, and astrology (and divination more broadly defined) in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from scholars at the PhD level or higher (current PhD students welcome).

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
Successful applicants will have 20 minutes to present their work, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. The language of the conference is English. A publication of the conference proceedings is planned and select papers will be invited for submission as part of this endeavor.
Please send abstracts to the following email address: spaecollab@gmail.com. Any questions regarding the conference may also be directed to this email.
Confirmed Speakers:
Friedhelm Hoffmann (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)
Richard Jasnow (Johns Hopkins University)
Luigi Prada (Oxford University)
Joachim Quack (Universität Heidelberg)
Kim Ryholt (University of Copenhagen)
About the collaboration:
SPAE is a research collaboration formed in 2017 as an important link in the publication of heretofore unpublished scientific texts from Pharaonic to Late Antique Egypt. The collaboration consists of leading experts in the fields of medicine, astronomy, and astrology, from the University of Copenhagen, Johns Hopkins University, Freie Universität Berlin, New York University (ISAW), Universität Heidelberg, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Universität Leipzig, Musée du Louvre, and the University of Oxford. For more information, please visit our webpage at http://scientific-papyri-from-ancient-egypt.org/
Conference organizers:
PhD fellow Amber Jacob (ISAW)
PhD fellow Sofie Schiødt (University of Copenhagen)
PhD fellow Lingxin Zhang (Johns Hopkins University)
Prof. Alexander Jones (ISAW)

 

‘Late Antique Christianity in Southeastern Europe’, LABedia, 3-5 October 2019, Yambol, Bulgaria.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

The Late Antique Christianity in Southeastern Europe conference seeks to bring a diverse group of scholars in various fields of science together to discuss the ways in which Christianity emerge, spread and establish on the Balkans. This will be the first major event of a three-year project LABedia: encyclopedia of Late Antique Balkans funded by the National Scientific Fund of Bulgaria and will be held under the patronage of the Yambol Municipality.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

–        Dimitar Dimitrov, Veliko Turnovo University

–        Misa Rakocija, Institute for cultural heritage preservation Niš

–        Andreas Pülz, Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

–        Haluk Çetinkaya, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul

–        Irina Achim, Institutul de Arheologie „Vasile Pârvan“, Bucureşti

The aim of this conference is to build upon and further the recent interest in the Late Antique Christianity in Southeastern Europe from a variety of angles:

  • Christianization of Southeastern Europe;
  • Church organization in Southeastern Europe;
  • Christian topography;
  • Christian art and architecture;
  • Everyday life in Christian communities;
  • Monasticism and monastic communities;
  • Arianism and other heresies;
  • Christian liturgy and religious practices.

Accepted papers will be awarded a 15 minutes presentation.

We invite postgraduate students, early career researchers, and established academics to submit abstract of no more than 350 words (including bibliography, your name and affiliation), as well as a CV, by 30 April 2019 here. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 May 2019.

Those who are interested in attending are kindly advised to contact Zlatomira Gerdzhikova or Ivo Topalilov.

We intend to publish conference papers so we kindly ask you to present material you will be free to contribute for publication.

There is no conference fee.

Languages accepted: English, German, French and Bulgarian.

Do not hesitate to disseminate this information as widely as possible.

The conference is part of the project LABedia: encyclopedia of Late Antique Balkans, 4th c. funded by National Science Fund, Contract # КН-06-Н30/6, 13.12.2018.

 

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Lectureship in Classics (Roman Studies), School of the Human Environment, College of arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science, University College Cork – Permanent Whole-time Post.

Deadline: 30 April 2019, 12:00

University College Cork wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Lecturer in Classics (Roman Studies). Reporting to the Head of the Department of Classics, the Lecturer in Classics (Roman Studies) will have a specialist interest in an area of Roman Studies complementing the existing strengths of the department in Latin literature and Roman history. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, art, Greek literature, philosophy, and scientific texts of the Roman Imperial or Late Antique periods. The successful candidate will be required to deliver foundation and advanced teaching on aspects of Roman Studies. S/he will be required to teach classical Greek to an advanced undergraduate level and may be required to teach classical Latin to a similar level. S/he may also be required to teach in other areas of classical culture or history according to changing departmental needs. Candidates must hold a doctoral qualification in an area of Roman Studies from a recognised University at the time of application. The holder of this post will be expected to promote student research at masters and doctoral level on different aspects of Roman Studies. S/he will also be required to contribute to the academic administration of the department and college, and to engage with external bodies in areas relating to Classics.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see https://ore.ucc.ie/. The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr David Woods, Tel: 0035321-4903491, E-mail: d.woods@ucc.ie. Further information on the Department is available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/classics/.

Appointment may be made on the Lectureship Salary Scale: €33,481-€59,132 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

No late applications will be accepted.

University College Cork is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

Contact Person: Dr David Woods

Contact Email: d.woods@ucc.ie

Job ID: 034731

Contact Number: 0035321-4903491

 

Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library Research Fellowship Program, 2019-2020.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Thanks to generous ongoing funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento, CA. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral 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, 2019-August 31, 2020. The fellowship application deadline is April 30, 2019. 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. 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. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through several major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit here.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see here. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).

 

A.G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellenic Studies at Exeter. 

Deadline: 28 April 2019

Through the generosity of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the University of Exeter wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellenic Studies (ref. P66630). This full-time, fixed-term post is available from 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2021. The successful applicant will carry out and publish research, give papers and do a limited amount of teaching. The starting salary will be on the range of £27,025 up to £30,395 per annum on Grade E and the postholder will also have access to a research allowance of £4,000 across the duration of the post.

The research to be carried out can be on any aspect of ancient Greek culture (e.g. art, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, scholarship, social/political practice) that falls within either the Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society or the Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond. Research synergies with other members of the Department  of Classics and Ancient History are also desirable. The postholder will be provided with an office and will be assigned a mentor from within one of the Centres.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to carry out and publish research in Hellenic Studies, and to support and contribute to seminars and conferences at the same level. They will demonstrate the potential to teach effectively in their area of expertise.

The full job advert and application form can be found here. Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here

Applications should include a CV, a research proposal (up to three pages in length, including bibliography), a covering letter and details of three referees. Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide a writing sample of 8,000-10,000 words.

The closing date for applications is 28th April. For further information, please contact Dr Richard Flower by email or phone.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 20th May 2019.

 

A.G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ancient Greek Studies, Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol.

Deadline: 8 May 2019

Applications are open for scholars of any specialisation within the broad field of ancient Greek studies. Applicants will have normally completed their PhD no more than five years before taking up the post. It is expected that the successful candidate will take up the role, which is a fixed-term appointment of three years’ duration, from 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a programme of advanced research under the auspices of the world-ranking Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition at the University of Bristol. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue a research project leading to publication, give papers, carry out a limited amount of teaching in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, and play a role in delivering the outreach work of the Bristol Classics Hub.

The A. G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be appointed at the level of Research Associate with a salary in the range £33,199 – £37,345 per annum, plus an annual allowance for research and outreach.

The job description, further particulars, and application form may be accessed here.

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 26th March 2019
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

‘Funerary Landscapes of the Late Antique oecumene: Contextualizing Epigraphic and Archeological Evidence of Mortuary Practices’, 30 May – 1 June 2019, Heidelberg, Germany.

Funerary practices and epitaphs are a central research field of Classical Studies. Especially in times of social, political and religious change, evidence from the tombs and their surroundings is a key factor in our understanding of continuity and transformation processes on multiple cultural levels. Late Antiquity was doubtlessly one of such transitional phases. However, research on burial practices and tomb inscriptions of this period is still very uneven. Although hundreds of necropoleis, coemeterial churches and individual tombs are known across the Late Antique World, a holistic documentation including epigraphic, iconographic, spatial and social analysis, as well as anthropological examination and natural scientific data, is mostly lacking.

Through this conference we would like to undertake a start to fill some lacunae on Late Antique funerary research. First, we will try to link as many disciplines as possible in order to draw a more complete picture of sepulchral habits of Late Antiquity as it hitherto has been done. Secondly, we intend to give – for the first time – a Mediterranean-wide overview on Late Antique funerary landscapes, not only examining global trends, but also local and regional habits. Thirdly, we want to illustrate the potential of new contextual approaches; questions on the materiality and design of epitaphs and tombs, their visibility, perception and accessibility will be central guidelines of our conference.

Venue: Heuscheuer, Große Mantelgasse 4, 69117 Heidelberg

For further information and the full programme visit the website of Material Text Cultures.

 

‘Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions’, The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium Syriac Worlds, Brown University, 16-19 JUNE 2019, Providence, RI.

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium will convene at Brown University on June 16-19, 2019.  Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.

Further information is now available at these links:

Local Steering Committee:

Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University, Chair
Sargon Donabed, Roger Williams University
Jae Hee Han, Brown University
Sandra Keating, Providence College
Nancy Khalek, Brown University
Ute Possekel, Harvard Divinity School

For more information, contact nasyriacsymposium@gmail.com.  Additional information will be posted in due course.

Generously supported by Classics Department, The Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Program in Early Cultures, the History Department, the Joukowsky Institute for Achaeology and the Ancient World, the Program in Judaic Studies, Middle East Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Starr Lectureship Fund.

 

Symposium ‘Eclecticism at the Edges’, Princeton University, 5-6 April 2019, McCormick Hall 106. 

On April 5-6, 2019, the Index will co-host “Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres,” along with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture. This two-day symposium focuses on the art, history, and culture of Eastern Europe between the 14th and the 16th centuries.

In response to the global turn in art history and medieval studies, “Eclecticism at the Edges” explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways in which we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This event will serve as a long-awaited platform to examine, discuss, and focus on the eclectic visual cultures of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, the specificities, but also the shared cultural heritage of these regions. It will raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval and Byzantine artistic and cultural traditions in eastern European centers and consider how this heritage was deployed to shape notions of identity and visual rhetoric in these regions that formed a cultural landscape beyond medieval, Byzantine, and modern borders.

You can view the program here.

The symposium is free, but registration is required to guarantee seating. Please register here. For any queries, please contact the organizers at eclecticism.symposium@gmail.com.

 

‘Polities of Faith: Theology, Ecclesiology, and Spatiality in the Christian World’, Institute of Classical Studies, 2019 Byzantine Colloquium, 4-5 June 2019, Senate House, University of London.

In 1932 Olof Linton’s dissertation Das Problem der Urkirche in der neueren Forschung overturned the existing consensus that presented the Church as a historical construct that followed the triumph of Christianity. According to Linton, the Church already existed in the minds of the earliest Christian thinkers, who had envisaged a structured community of believers and clerics. More recently, sociologists have similarly responded to previous approaches focused on the efficiency of institutions by emphasizing the key role that intellectual legitimisation plays in the survival of organisational structures. While Late Antique and Medieval historians have underlined the importance of discourse and ritual in the construction of a Christian world-view, there is still much work to be done in assessing how theological and ecclesiological discussions shaped the structure, organisation and on-going development of the Christian Churches. The Colloquium explores this theme bringing together classicists, historians and theologians working on the construction of the Christian Churches from Late Antiquity to the thirteenth century, and beyond:

  • James Corke-Webster (London), The Church in Eusebius’ Life of Constantine
  • Anthony Dupont (Louvain), Keeping the Church in the middle. Augustine of Hippo’s interrelated theoretical and practical ecclesiology
  • Tom Hunt (Birmingham), The Influence of Trinitarian Theology on Jerome’s Hierarchical Ecclesiology in Against Jovinian and Letter 52
  • Andrew Jotischky (London), Knowledge, Mediation and Tradition in Thirteenth Century Pilgrimage in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Chrysovalantis Kyriacou (Nicosia), Of monks and bishops: Cypriot clerical networks and the circle of Maximus the Confessor
  • Ioannis Papadogiannakis (London), The Body Politic in 6th-7th Byzantium: Religious, Social and Political Implications
  • Richard Price (London), One Empire, One Church

For the programme of the Colloquium please click here.

For information and to reserve a place please contact Sapfo.Psani@rhul.ac.uk by 15 May 2019.

Organising Committee: David Natal Villazala, Brian McLaughlin, Christopher Hobbs, Sapfo Psani, and Charalambos Dendrinos

 

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference’, Friday 14 June 2019, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

Deadline: 29 March 2019

‘Cultural entities typical of the culture industry are no longer alsocommodities, they are commodities through and through’. Theodor Adorno, “Culture Industry Reconsidered” (1967).

When art makes the headlines, it is usually about money. In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for over $450 million at Christie’s New York. Just how can a painting be worth more than a penthouse on Fifth Avenue?

A propensity for truck, barter and exchange is one of visual art’s defining characteristics. This conference will explore the conceptual interrelationships between art and commodities, encompassing a range of media from paintings to artefacts.

Are artworks ‘commodities through and through’, or are they economically exceptional? The brand equity of a Picasso or Fabergé, compounded with their provenance or “social life”, suggest so. As desirable objects, artworks are often meta-desirable. The Paston Treasureis a mirror of luxury that was itself luxurious to own. Mundane objects, meanwhile, have a history of aesthetic transfiguration, especially materials of the craft. Did artists possess a kind of Midas touch?

This conference will demonstrate the centrality of markets to art’s modern cultural ascendancy, while also recasting art objects as bodies of knowledge and vehicles of cultural exchange through networks of global trade.

Co-organised by Adam Sammut (University of York), Simon Spier (University of Leeds) and Apurba Chatterjee (University of Sheffield). Please send a short speaker profile and an abstract of 300 words maximum to art.as.commodities@gmail.com by 29 March.

Generously funded by WRoCAH, CREMS and ALCS.

 

‘Lost for Words – Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon’, Review of Ecumenical Studies.

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The peer reviewed journal Review of Ecumenical Studies invites papers  for a special issue dedicated to Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon:

The Council of Chalcedon (451) has been responsible for one of the most remarkable and long-standing splits within Christianity. Conceptual differences between Chalcedonian and (Miaphysite) Non-Chalcedonian Christianity have been lasting for more than fifteen hundred years, and, despite the advancement of the ecumenical dialogue in recent decades, these conundrums prove to be hard to overcome. One of the results of the contemporaneous theological interchange has been the acknowledgment of differences in the vocabulary employed by the supporters and the detractors of the Council. One such example is the use of philosophical language in sixth and seventh century debates, which consequently made room for different terminological interpretations of the nature(s) of Christ. This special issue of RES aims to bring together studies on the understanding of vocabulary differences and similarities between the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christian traditions. We invite papers from historians, philologists, theologians and philosophers on the debates that took place in the aftermath of Chalcedon till nowadays. We are particularly looking to contributions on the use of philosophical concepts in a theological frame, such as (but not limited to) genus, species, definition, predication, existence, participation, motion, activity, power, soul, body etc. that may prove relevant for understanding their similarities and differences of use within the Greek, Syriac, and Latin languages. Papers emphasizing the social and political background related to the emergence and development of Chalcedonian debates are also warmly welcome.

The papers must be submitted to: res@ecum.ro

About RES: The Review of Ecumenical Studies About RES publishes articles, essays and reviews which come from the theological field, but also have an interdisciplinary dimension, especially from the fields of philosophy, history, ethics and social sciences, and go through a process of peer review. Decisions are made within four months. The contributions will be published in English or German and must comply with RES’s editorial guidelines: http://www.res.ecum.ro/guidelines/

 

‘Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europe’, First International Conference of Hellenic Studies, Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro), 29 September – 04 October 2019, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The Conference is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Science of Montenegro and will be held in Herceg Novi, an ancient town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, and an intersecting point of different cultures during ancient and medieval times.

As one of the institutions participating in the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action entitled Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe, the Center for Hellenic Studies organized a series of lectures, presentations and round tables, participated by eminent experts in philosophy, history, political theory, theology, classics, and other disciplines. As the final phase of the project, the Center deemed opportune to initiate a debate on the achievements, values and guide marks that Hellenic political philosophy can have for contemporary Europe, in which the apprehension of the political is chiefly reduced to the interests of powers and corporations, being thus exclusively linked to the technique of conquering and maintaining dominance.

Ancient Hellenic conception, that gave birth to notions like freedom, democracy, parrhesia, publicity and other, reminds us that ancient Greeks understood politics not only as a fundamental designation of human beings – as, according to Aristotle, anyone who does not partake of society is either a beast or a god – but also as inseparably linked to ethics.

If politics in the modern world, according to Napoleon’s famous dictum, became a sort of fatalité moderne, or what the ancient Greeks called moira, then dealing with questions and issues posited by the conference’s topic does not represent a subject of a mere intellectual exhibition and strictly academic discussion, but a crucial question of human destiny and human being’s position in the contemporary world.

The Conference is of an interdisciplinary character and aims at addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas, anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. The themes to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
  2. Freedom and democracy
  3. Politics and economy
  4. Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
  5. The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
  6. Autonomy and responsibility in politics
  7. The philosophy of the cosmopolis
  8. The polis and happiness
  9. Ethics and politics
  10. The “political” before and after Machiavelli: Similarities and differences
  11. Imperialism and (neo)colonialism – political, ideological, cultural, linguistic
  12. Democracy and revolution
  13. Intellectuals and social change: The free intellectual and “secular priesthood”
  14. Politics and the media
  15. Globalization, unification, otherness
  16. European Union: Foundation, possibilities, perspectives
  17. Law and justice
  18. International law: Sovereignty and territorial integrity
  19. The politics of difference and the problem of interventionism
  20. Cultural politics

The official language of the Conference is English. There are five categories of participation:

  1. Keynote lectures by invited speakers (30min)
  2. Presentations of original papers (20min)
  3. Presentations of short communications (15min)
  4. Passive participation (without paper)
  5. Participation as accompanying persons

All participants (except invited speakers) are required to register through the registration form and pay their registration fees. Participants wishing to present a paper should include an abstract (max 200 words) in their registration form. In case of technical issues, participation applications (including title, name, address, affiliation) and abstracts can be sent via email to conference@ichs.me. All participants will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of their submission.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st May 2019. Registration fees and payment instructions can be found here.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept or reject papers that do not comply with the academic standards of the Conference. Selected full papers will be published in the proceedings after the Conference.

 

‘True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (C. 1100 – 1700)’, 9th LECTIO International Conference, 11-13 December 2019, Leuven.

Deadline: 15 April 2019

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the center of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists, Catholics and Protestants – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, consilia, images, carnivalesque parades, music, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aforementioned genres and strategies are all modes of negotiating dissent, which raises several important questions regarding these intellectual ‘warriors’. What were the most important issues at stake and how were they debated? Did the debates in the public sphere reflect the private opinions of the scholars involved? What access do we have to those private opinions? Can we approach such controversies in terms of authenticity and truthfulness, or consistency and coherence? Is there a contrast between ego-documents and the published part of an author’s oeuvre?

Starting from these questions, the aim of this conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

the role of alliances and polemics in establishing intellectual networks;
the presentation of rivaling views and the depiction of adversaries;
the discrepancy or congruency between private and public persona;
hitherto neglected disputes or new perspectives on well-known controversies;
non-literary modes of negotiating dissent;
the relation and connections between various literary and non-literary genres, also across different semiotic modes (literature, visual arts, performative arts, …);
the role of socio-cultural and economic background in polemics;
the role of language (e.g.: vernacular vs. Latin);
similarities and differences across disciplines (philosophy, civil and canon law, theology, medicine….) with regard to polemization and the negotiation of dissent.

We actively invite papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (civil and canon law, philosophy, theology and religious studies, literary studies, historiography, art history, etc.) and aim to study texts in Latin, Greek and the vernacular, as well as pictorial and performative traditions. We do not only welcome specific case studies, but also (strongly) encourage broader (meta)perspectives, e.g. of a diachronic or transdisciplinary nature. The conference will span the period from the twelfth until the seventeenth centuries.

The conference will be organized by the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (LECTIO). It follows upon last year’s conference on polemics, rivalry and networking in Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Laura Beck Varela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Leen Spruit (Radboud Universiteit – Nijmegen)
Anita Traninger (Freie Universität – Berlin)

We invite submissions for paper proposals in English, French, German and Italian. Proposals should consist of a (provisional) title, an abstract of 300-400 words, and information concerning the applicant’s name, current position, academic affiliation, contact details and (if applicable) related publications on the topic. Applicants who intend to speak in French, German or Italian, are expected to include an English abstract as well. Accepted papers will be awarded a 30 minutes slot (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for discussion).

Please submit your proposal via email (lectio@kuleuven.be) by April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email within 5 weeks from this date.

Successful applicants are expected to submit their paper for inclusion in a thematic volume to be published in the LECTIO series (Brepols Publishers). All submitted papers will be subject to a process of blind peer-review.

For any further queries, please mail to lectio@kuleuven.be.

 

Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’ Psalms 2020 Colloquium, Ghent University.

Deadline: 31 June 2019

The Psalms, in their Greek Septuagint translation, were a fundamental corpus of biblical poetry, and as such were continuously referred to in Christian literature. They played a key role in the daily life and in the development of religious sensitivity of late antique and Byzantine people. The production of Psalm-related literature, notably exegetic, was impressively widespread. The Psalms, however, influenced other genres of religious literature as well, and their poetical nature remained an important feature that later authors were well aware of.

In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in poetry from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, we invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a paper at a colloquium on this subject.

Confirmed speakers are Andrew Faulkner, Antonia Giannouli, Christian Høgel and Maria Ypsilanti.

We welcome contributions on the following topics especially:

  • the appreciation of the Psalter’s poetical nature in exegesis and in the biblical manuscript tradition (e.g. recognition, by patristic and Byzantine exegetes, of the presence or absence of poetical features);
  • rhetorical aspects of the Psalms as highlighted in late antique and Byzantine treatises;
  • the influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry (e.g. what was their role in the composition of eis heauton poems? How does self-expression in Christian poetry relate to the Psalms?);
  • the reception of the Psalms in hymnographic poetry;
  • the reception of the Psalter in specific genres of poetry, such as Byzantine catanyctic poetry;
  • the metrical metaphrases by ps-Apollinaris and Manuel Philes;
  • metrical paratexts on the Psalms.

These examples are not exclusive and papers on other related topics are welcome.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by a reaction from a respondent, who will open the discussion with the audience. Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be asked to submit prior to the colloquium a rough draft of their full text. After the conference, they are expected to offer their re-worked paper for inclusion (upon acceptance after peer-review) in a volume on the reception of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry.

Please send a title and a short abstract (max. 300 words) of your paper to rachele.ricceri@ugent.be no later than May 31, 2019.

Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of June 2019.

 

The 95th Annual Meeting of The Medieval Academy of America, University of California, 26-28 March 2020, Berkeley, California.

Deadline: 1 June 2019

The 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper or session proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Exceptions may be made for individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.

Location: Berkeley is a diverse and multicultural city in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It has its own vibrant culinary, arts, and music communities but is also connected via the BART mass-transit system with the cultural offerings of nearby Oakland and San Francisco. The meetings will take place on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Registration, book exhibits, and other events will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building on Sproul Plaza, a short half-mile walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, and sessions will be in historic Wheeler Hall just inside the Sather Gate. Information on accommodations, as well as MAA student bursaries and travel grants, will be made available next fall.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2020 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “themes.” The list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive; innovative proposals not related to the themes below are also welcome.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the themes below, a full panel of papers and speakers, a full panel of papers and speakers for a theme they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific theme. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc.). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

For further information visit the website.

 

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Full-time Postdoctoral Position at the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).

Deadline: 7 April 2019

Every year NINO opens one full-time postdoctoral position for the duration of two years (overlapping tenures). Each NINO Postdoctoral Fellow carries out original research at NINO, organises an international workshop on a related theme, publishes the proceedings in a NINO volume, and teaches a seminar for graduate students at OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands.

Candidates are recruited through an open call for applications. Successful candidates will have completed their PhD and possess a research CV commensurate to career stage.

A call is opened every year in February, starting from February 2019. The selected Postdoctoral Fellow will start his or her fellowship in September.

Conditions and regulations: Please refer to Leiden University’s terms and conditions, described in the vacancy posting.

Application: The 2019 call is posted on Leiden University’s website (vacancy no. 19-079 6085, deadline for application: 7 April 2019). Applications are processed through Leiden University’s website.

 

Doctoral Scholarship, French School at Athens.

Deadline: 30 April 2019, 15:00 (Paris time).

Dans le cadre du soutien apporté aux actions de coopération internationale, le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) propose un dispositif de contrats doctoraux fléchés à l’international (ACI). Ce dispositif peut bénéficier à tout candidat à l’inscription en doctorat dont les recherches s’inscrivent dans le cadre des programmes scientifiques d’une des cinq Écoles françaises à l’étranger : École française d’AthènesÉcole française de Rome, Institut français d’Archéologie orientaleÉcole française d’Extrême-Orient, Casa de Velazquez (École des hautes études hispaniques). (Pour en savoir plus)

Les dossiers de candidatures doivent parvenir directement à chacune des EFE concernée, sous forme d’un document PDF unique comprenant:
– un projet de thèse de cinq pages au maximum;
– le CV du candidat pressenti pour entreprendre cette recherche;
– une lettre de présentation du ou des directeur(s) de thèse pressenti(s) ;
– l’avis du directeur de l’ED.

Conformément à ses statuts, l’École française d’Athènes « développe en Grèce et à Chypre, où elle dispose de missions permanentes, ainsi que dans les Balkans, des recherches dans toutes les disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, depuis la Préhistoire jusqu’à nos jours.». Elle peut donc accueillir en septembre 2019 et pour une durée de trois ans un doctorant travaillant dans ces champs géographiques et chronologiques.

Les documents devront être envoyés sous format électronique (PDF unique) à l’adresse candidatures@efa.gr, avant le 30 avril 2019 à 15h00 (heure de Paris). Les résultats seront transmis au cours du mois de juin, avant la réunion des conseils des Écoles doctorales pour l’attribution des contrats ministériels.

Veuillez prendre note que cette allocation vient s’ajouter au contingent d’allocations dont dispose chaque École Doctorale : elle constitue donc à la fois un renforcement de l’aide aux jeunes chercheurs et un soutien à la recherche française à l’étranger. Pour l’EFA c’est aussi l’occasion de renforcer le partenariat avec les universités françaises.

 

Mejlis Institute Summer School in Languages (Armenian, Persian, Turkish) and Connected Histories, 15 July – 15 August 2019, Yerevan, Armenia.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

Mejlis Institute is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019 intensive summer program that will take place between July 15 and August 15, lasting four weeks. The program will consist of three parallel language courses – Armenian, Persian and Turkish – and a series of seminars devoted to topics in connected histories of Armenia, Iran and Anatolia from the medieval period onwards.

The program is primarily, though not exclusively, targeted at advanced undergraduate and graduate students wishing to study either Armenian, Persian or Turkish and interested in topics of intercultural connections. While applicants of different levels will be considered, preference will be given to those who have already achieved the intermediate or advanced levels. Apart from learning in the classroom, students will be able to practice their language skills in conversations with fellow participants from Armenia, Turkey and Iran.

MA and PhD students engaged in research and interested in working on particular sources will also be given an opportunity to receive additional guidance on individual basis.

For more information please visit https://mejlisinstitute.org/overview-1

 

Environmental Archaeology Training Program, ANAMED, Koç University, 6 – 9 September 2019, Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

Deadline:  15 April 2019

The Environmental Archaeology Training Program will take place at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul from September 6th to 9thIt is designed to introduce participants to environmental archaeology broadly, including a survey of research questions and methods, and to explore in-depth two important subfields: archaeobotany and zooarchaeology. The program will comprise lectures, hands-on practical instruction, and presentations by guest scholars. (For more information: About the Program)

The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers who are engaged with Anatolian Studies. Instruction will be conducted in English, with language support for beginner English speakers. (see: Requirements). There are no fees for participation in this program. Each participant will receive a full program scholarship (see: Scholarships). For more information about how to apply see: Applications.

There are no fees for participation in this program. Each participant selected by the program instructors based on merit, will receive a full program scholarship (see: Scholarships).

Please kindly contact with envarch@ku.edu.tr for further inquiries.

 

Twelve post-doc researchers: ‘The European Qur’an (EuQu): Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)’.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent and the University of Amersterdam are hiring post-doctoral researchers to join our project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)” (EuQu).

Project summary

“The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850” (EuQu) is a six- year research project funded through a synergy grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Its four principal investigators (and host institutions) are Mercedes García-Arenal (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC, Madrid, Spain), John Tolan (Université de Nantes), Jan Loop (University of Kent) and Roberto Tottoli (Università di Napoli l’Orientale).

The project studies the ways in which the Islamic Holy Book is embedded in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern Christians, European Jews, freethinkers, atheists and European Muslims. We will conduct research on how the Qur’an has been translated, interpreted, adapted and used in Christian Europe from the Middle Ages through to early modern history, in order to understand how the Holy Book has influenced both culture and religion in Europe. EuQu will look at the role of the Qur’an in interactions with Islam, in debates between Christians of different beliefs and in critiques of Christianity during the Enlightenment.

The six-year project will produce interdisciplinary research through scientific meetings across Europe, a GIS-database of Qur’an manuscripts, translations and other works in which the Qur’an is discussed, and through PhD theses and monographs. It will bring the fruits of this research to non-academic audiences though a creative multimedia exhibition on the place of the Qur’an in European cultural heritage.

Candidates should consult the full description of the project, available here and here.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD in a discipline in the humanities by the time of application, or at least strong assurance that they will obtain the PhD by August 2019. Candidates should be fluent in English and have strong skills in other languages appropriate to their research topics.

Research profile: Up to twelve positions will be filled. Each candidate should propose an original, innovative research project on an important aspect of the role played by the Qur’an in Medieval and Early Modern European culture. The following is a list of possible broad themes, but in no ways should be seen as restrictive. All innovative research proposals are welcome, as long as they clearly fit the themes and structure of the EuQu project. We also welcome proposals that apply digital technologies such as mapping, textual analysis, visualization, or the semantic web to their topic. Candidates should clearly situate their proposed research in the context of the state of the art and should describe some of the sources they propose to work on.

  • Synthetic comparison of translation strategies and ideologies of language study and translation between early modern polemical works
    • The use that European scholars made of Muslim exegetical literature in order to understand the Qur’an.
    • Translations of the Qur’an written before 1800 (in Latin and in various European vernaculars)
    • Collecting the Qur’an (manuscripts and printed editions)
    • The Politics and Economies of the European Qur’an (including theological and political obstacles that editions and translations of the European Qur’an faced)
    • Polemical responses to the Qur’an
    • The Printing of Arabic in Europe: The Qur’an and Islamic Texts
    • A History of Qur’an Manuscripts in Europe
    • The Qur’an in European literature and thought
    • The Qur’an in Central & Eastern Europe
    • The Qur’an in European Jewish culture and scholarship
    • Colonial Expansion and the European Qur’an
    • The Qur’an and European Legal and Political Thinking

Responsibilities of the researchers: Each post-doctoral researcher will propose an innovative research project on some aspect of the place of the Qur’an in European Culture between the twelfth and early nineteenth centuries. Depending on the specific research topic, responsibilities may include

  • Bibliographical research:
    • Database management:
    • Participating in regular team meetings (including periodic seminars and workshops), at the EuQu partner institutions and in their organization
    • Publication: each candidate will propose contributions to one or more of the collective volumes listed in the EuQu project description. S/he should also propose a monograph or article stemming from his or her own research.

Conditions of employment: The researcher will be hired on a one-year renewable contract employed by one of the EuQu institutional partners, for a total maximum of four years of employment. The date of the beginning of the contract will be negotiated on hiring: it will be no earlier than September 1st 2019. The researcher will be expected to reside in the city of employment for the period of employment and will be provided with office space. The researcher will travel frequently for conferences, workshops and research stays with partner institutions in Europe.

Application procedures: Applicants should send an application, consisting of a letter of application, a project description, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references (with titles and e-mail addresses). In the letter of application, candidates should specify which of the EuQu partner institutions they would prefer to be affiliated with, in order of preference: The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent or the University of Amersterdam. The project description (5 pages maximum) should outline how the candidate’s previous research is germane to the themes of EuQu and how the candidate would contribute to the EuQu project, giving specific examples of material that s/he would integrate into the database and a tentative description of his/her contribution to one of the planned collective volumes. Before writing the project description, candidates should carefully read the full description of the EuQu project available here and here.

All documents should be sent in PDF format to euqu@cchs.csic.es by April 1st, 2019.

Selected applicants will be interviewed 21-23 May 2019. The interviews will be conducted by EuQu’s four principal investigators. Applicants will be interviewed via videoconference. Those candidates who prefer to be interviewed in person may come to Madrid for interviews, but no travel expenses will be paid to interviewees. Fuller details about interviews will be sent to chosen candidates before May 1st. Applicants will subsequently be informed of the results of their application by the end of May.

Contact and information: euqu@cchs.csic.es

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (Greek Art and Architecture), Stockton University.

The Visual Arts Program at Stockton University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History beginning September 2019. Ph.D. required (or must have Ph.D. by September 2019) with college-level teaching experience and publications record. The preferred candidate will specialize in Greek art and architecture and have access to an active archaeological project in Greece or Cyprus. Consideration is also given to specialists in Byzantine art and architecture or other ancient specializations. Ability to teach more broadly within art history curriculum and academic experience with culturally diverse populations desired.

The successful applicant will teach courses in area of specialization, two-semester art history survey, and other courses as needed, including courses for the University’s General Studies program. One course in archaeology is required each year with preference given to candidates who can offer summer field work for students. The position includes endowed research funding and support for students traveling abroad established through the Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies. The faculty member will participate in Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies programming on campus and beyond.. Teaching load is six four-credit courses per year.

The job is posted here:

To apply visit https://stockton.hiretouch.com

Only electronic documents will be accepted. Please complete the on-line application in addition to providing the following required documents. All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to move forward. You may upload documents using Word or PDF

  1. A letter of interest describing qualifications and accomplishments
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Short (1-page) teaching philosophy statement
  4. Documents showing evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. Short description of Scholarship plans and research capabilities
  6. Samples of scholarly or creative work (e.g. documents, video, etc.)
  7. Unofficial Graduate transcripts
  8. A list of three professional references (included in the application): Name, Organization, Email address and Telephone

 

One doctoral position at the Leibniz project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity”, Frankfurt, Germany.

Deadline: 17 April 2019

The Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for a doctoral position as a Researcher in Late Antique Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean (E13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time) within the Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” directed by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin. The position is to be filled from June 15th 2019 onwards. The duration of the contract will be 36 months and the salary is set according to TV-G-U 13. The project is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” strives to develop a new picture of Christianity in Late Antiquity by integrating eastern mediterranean and near eastern perspectives.

We are looking for new members of the team who would like to work on this field of research for their doctoral thesis and contribute to analysing the diversity of Christianity in late antiquity. As a member of the team, the researcher will be expected to share the research tasks of the team, preparing workshops, conferences, and publications as well as participating in colloquia.

The ideal candidate will have a M.A. or equivalent in Ancient History, History of Religion, Theology, Oriental Philology, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Christianity, or related fields, a solid knowledge of English, German and an additional modern language and an excellent knowledge of the relevant ancient languages (Latin and Greek and others as necessary).

For further information please contact h.leppin@em.uni-frankfurt.de.

Please submit your application complete with curriculum vitae, copies of your final university degrees, a copy of your M.A. thesis (or other significant research paper) and an outline of the research project (3-5 pages) you would like to pursue no later than April 17th 2019 in electronic form to h.leppin@em.uni-frankfurt.de.

Please note that that costs incurred for the application procedure will not be refunded by Goethe University. Please note that we are not able to reimburse the travel costs for the interview.

 

Intensive Course on Islamic Archaeology, 19-23 August 2019, Princeton, New Jersey.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Thanks to a number of generous grants from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University has organized a series of short, intensive courses for graduate students on a variety of subjects in the broad field of Islamic studies not normally covered in the Princeton curriculum. In each case, an internationally-recognized expert has been brought in to teach the course over a period of five weekdays.

This year, we plan to offer such a course on Islamic archaeology.

The course will take place from August 19 – August 23, 2019. The course is intended primarily for graduate students, both from Princeton and from other universities.

The instructor will be Dr. Denis Genequand, a leading expert in the study of Islamic archaeology. The objective of the program is to present the field of Islamic archaeology, which has witnessed a considerable evolution over the past 40 years. The main focus of the course will be on the early Islamic Near East, with a brief excursus into other regions of the Islamicate world.

The program will have three objectives:

Give students a comprehensive picture of the archaeology of Syria-Palestine and Iraq between the 7th and the 10th century (Late Antique context, Islamic conquest, Umayyad and Abbasid periods). This will encompass the archaeology of the main cities, the new urban settlements and the different types of rural settlements, as well as land use and settlement patterns.

Introduce students, using a number of case studies, to different categories of archaeological sources (architectural remains, pottery, faunal or botanical remains, etc.) and their potential for investigating economic and social aspects of early Islamic society.

Give students a wider perspective on Islamic archaeology, with some insights into research conducted in other regions of the Islamicate world (Central Asia, Indian Ocean, North and West Africa).

Applications must be emailed to Julia Gilbert (jb85@princeton.edu) at the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University by April 1, 2019. The subject line of the email should read, “Application for Islamic Archaeology Workshop.”

Applications should comprise the following:

Letter of application with statement of interest CV Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees. All items should be included in a single attachment, which may be a pdf.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April 2019 and students accepted for the course but coming from outside of Princeton will receive partial scholarships to help defray travel and accommodation costs. The course itself is free.

Dr Denis Genequand is an archaeologist specialized in the Islamic period, with a main focus on Early Islamic Syria. He has conducted field work in the Near East (Syria and Jordan), Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan), and West Africa (Ghana). Until recently, he held a senior lectureship in Islamic Archaeology at the University of Geneva, and is currently the Director of the Museum and Research Centre of Avenches (Switzerland).

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Armenia & Byzantium

Graduate and Early Career Workshop: ‘Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations’, University of Oxford, 22–23 March 2019

The ‘Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations’ is a two-day workshop which intends to bring together early career researchers working in the fields of Armenian and Byzantine studies and to give them the opportunity to discuss their research with senior specialists in their field. This workshop will continue the successful collaboration between Oxford and Vienna, which began last year in the University of Vienna with the workshop ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ convened by Dr Emilio Bonfiglio and Professor Claudia Rapp within the framework of ‘Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructure and Personal Agency’ project.

 

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A .pdf file of the workshop’s poster and full programme can be downloaded here.

Scientific Committee:

Dr. David Zakarian (Oxford)

Prof. Theo M. van Lint (Oxford)

Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (Vienna)

Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna)

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The Oxford Listings: HT19/Week 8

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 8

Hilary Term 2019

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MONDAY 4th March

14.15    Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Weston Library, Horton Room

Hannah Ryley

Recycling paper and parchment in late medieval English manuscripts

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15.00    Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Jessica Dunham

Remnants of a Roman Past: Reuse of Roman objects in early Anglo-Saxon graves

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16.00   Gender in Classical Archaeology Seminar Series

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

The lecture has been cancelled.

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17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Warton Room

Andrew Holland (Queen’s College)

Anglo-Saxons in the landscape: identity, conflict, and communication

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TUESDAY 5th March

14:00   Byzantine Epigraphy

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Dr Ida Toth

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17.00    Annual Oxford Medieval Studies Lecture

Taylor Institution, Main Hall

Simon Gaunt (King’s College, London)

On the Temporality of Style in Medieval French Trojan Narratives

(Abstract in pg.6 of the Medieval Booklet)

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17:00   Medieval Church and Culture

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

No lecture

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19.30    Aquinas Special Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Dr. Rik van Nieuwenhove (Durham University)

Why Did God Die? Salvation According to Thomas Aquinas

Co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute and the Thomistic Institute. Wine reception following lecture. Open to all. Free registration: https://thomisticinstitute.org/england-events/

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WEDNESDAY 6th March

12.00-14.00     Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Dr Julian Baker (Oxford)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450

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13.00   Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Geoffrey Dannell (Nottingham) & Allard Mees (Mainz)

Terra sigillata in the Roman Economy: cui bono

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16.30   Aquinas Seminar Series: “The Good of Human Interdependence”

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Rev Dr Joost Baneke

“I have called you friends”: Aelred of Rievaulx’s medieval psychological theology of charity, friendship, and interdependence

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17.00    Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Dr. John Naylor, Anni Byard (Portable Antiquities Scheme) & Dr. William Wintle

An Iron-Age to Post-Roman Landscape on the Berkshire Downs

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Teresa Shawcross (Princeton), Ida Toth (Oxford) et al.

Festschrift Elizabeth and Michael Jeffreys – book launch

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17.00   The Slade Lectures 2019: Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm

Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Beyond Enlightenment? Towards a Conclusion (followed by discussion)

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THURSDAY 7th March

11.00-12.30     Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Dr Vivien Prigent

Asserting control over outlying provinces: the case of the island of Sicily

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12.00   RLAHA Martin Aitken Seminar
School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Lecture Theatre,

TBC

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14.00-17.00       OUBS & GAO Joint Coffee and Cake Event

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Common Room

Join us and our colleagues from Graduate Archaeology at Oxford for a casual tea and coffee event in the Ioannou Common Room. There will be cake!

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14.00-16.30       Roundtable PERLEGO

Somerville College, Council Room

PERLEGO: Methods of Research in Literature and the Visual Arts

Abstract in pg. 7 of the Medieval Booklet. If you are interested in attending the roundtable please send an email to rebecca.bowen@some.ox.ac.uk and vittoria.fallanca@pmb.ox.ac.uk with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and how they connect to the topic of discussion.

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College

Alberto Rigolio (Durham University)

The origins of Syriac literature

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17.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminars

Wolfson College

Mat Immerzeel (Leiden)

The History of Churches and Monasteries in Egypt. A medieval encyclopaedic source on church building, decoration and patronage in Egypt and beyond

17.00-19.00       Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance music

All Souls, Wharton Room

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FRIDAY 8th March

9.30-11.00       Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann

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11:00   Later Medieval Seminar – Commemoration

St John’s College, 21 St Giles seminar room

Judith Pollman (Leiden)

Commemorating civil war in the Low Countries 1566-1648 

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11.00-12.45     KRC Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Ashmolean Museum, Dept of Eastern Art, Study Room 1

Francesca Leoni, Curator of Islamic Collections (Ashmolean)

Islamic manuscript collection in the Ashmolean

Registration is required. Please contact teresa.fitzherbert@orinst.ox.ac.uk

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12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann

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13.30    Conference at Maison française d’Oxford

Sébastien Bully (CNRS, UMR ARTeHIS Dijon-Auxerre) & Morana Čaušević-Bully (Université de Franche-Comté)

Insular monasticism and ecclesial complexes between the 5th and 11th centuries in the northern Adriatic archipelago (Kvarner, Croatia): new archaeological evidence

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14.15    Seminar in the History of the Book

Weston Library, Lecture Theatre

Book launch: Manuale Tipografico IV. A triumph of hand-printing aesthetics, paper and watermarks Enrico Tallone (Tallone Editore, Turin), Carlo Ossola (Collège de France, Prof. of Modern Literatures of Neo-Latin Europe), Stefano Salis (Il Sole 24 Ore)

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16.00    Ancient Architecture Discussion Group

Lincoln College, Garden Building Lower Lecture Room

Julian Richard (University of Namur)

A question of scale? What makes a fountain monumental? The case of nymphaea in the Roman East

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17.00    Aquinas Special Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Prof Andrew Willard Jones (Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio)

Against Liberalism: The Spiritual and Temporal Swords in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

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