Oxford Listings – Week 1


Hilary Term 2018
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MONDAY 15th January

15:00 Greek Palaeography
Ioannou Centre

Nigel Wilson


17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Elizabeth Lambourn (De Montfort)

Eating together, eating apart in medieval and early modern India: “Hindu-Muslim” commensal encounters and the problem of “table”wares

TUESDAY 16th January

9:00 Mosaics and Society in Late Antiquity
Ioannou Centre

Ine Jacobs
Myths in the Late Antique House


14:00 Byzantine Epigraphy
Ioannou Centre

Ida Toth


17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Julia Smith (Oxford)
How things matter: making relics meaningful


17:00 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Fergus Millar (Oxford)
Representing Jews and Judaism in Syriac literature: (1) Jewish life and the synagogue

WEDNESDAY 17th January

17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Yuhan Vevaina (Oxford)
The Killing of Mani, Crippled by the ‘Lie’: Zoroastrian Hermeneutics as Sasanian Historiography


17:00 Isaiah Berlin Lectures: ‘Political Theology: A Risky Subject in History’
Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Gyorgy Gereby (CEU)
Alexander’s Legacy. The Hellenistic Justification of Monarchy

THURSDAY 18th January

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Vera Tchentsova (Oxford)
Greek painters in Kyiv at the time of the orthodox renewal


14:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Louise Blanke (Oxford)
Jarash in the Islamic Periods: New Perspectives from Archaeology

Nadia Ali (Oxford)
Ancient Fictions and Early Islamic Images


14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Ella Kirsch (Brown)
Theodosius in Rome: Ausonius, Pacatus, and the Creation of the ‘Gratian Narrative’

FRIDAY 19th January

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone


17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium – OCLA Special Lecture
Sutro Room, Trinity College

Susanna Elm (Berkeley)
Eutropius the Consul – Power, Ugliness, and Late Roman Imperial Representation

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The Byzness, 14th January 2018



LECTURE: Before Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: Medieval Rus’ and a World of Diversity, 1 February 2018, Cambridge

Prof Valerie Kivelson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor co-author of Russia’s Empires (2017) will deliver a lecture

In the centuries before the Tatar conquest, a vibrant society flourished in the East Slavic lands, but it is difficult to put a name on its political system or to pinpoint the elements that united it into a cohesive entity. Defying just about every modern convention for understanding states and peoples, Rus’ destabilizes expectations and demands that we think outside of standard categories. In this lecture, we will try to make sense of the disorderly and fascinating world of Rus’ through use of a variety of visual, textual, and material sources.

Thursday, 1 February, 2018, 5.30pm
Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

LECTURE: Byzantine Pharmacology Between East and West, 5 February 2018, UCL

Lecture by Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanites.

The Byzantine Empire, with its capital in Constantinople (now Istanbul), then a mainly Greek-speaking region, constituted a natural crossroads between East and West for more than a millennium (AD 324–1453). This lecture aims to determine the degree of influence on Byzantine pharmacology from Arabic, Persian, and Latin pharmacological traditions, and reassess the notion of the primacy of tradition over empiricism. Decisively overturning the view that Byzantine medical tradition was ‘stagnant’, simply preserving the best ideas from antiquity, and that Byzantine literature consisted of mere compilations, this paper aims to demonstrate that Byzantine pharmacology in particular was far more open to outside influence than has hitherto been thought and that Byzantine physicians were eager to inform their material with observations derived from their daily contact with patients.

Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX
Monday 5 February 2018, 17:30

All welcome, no need to book, no admission charge. Refreshments from 17:00
Queries: events@bshp.org

Transmissions and Translations in the Medieval World, 2-3 June 2018, University of York

Deadline: 2 February 2018

The concepts of transmission and translation are central to the evolution of the pan-European multi-cultural nature of medieval society. Cross-cultural connections in the political arena, mercantile trade routes, the dissemination of Christianity and interactions with Islam and Judaism resulted in the appropriation and assimilation of practices, ideas and arts throughout the medieval world. These transactions were enabled by numerous factors and generated new fusions of style in architecture, art and iconography, literature and lifestyles which together importantly informed attitudes towards the self and others, senses of belonging and ownership, as well as conceptions of regionality. While these areas of enquiry have been much discussed in relation to contemporary society in sociological and anthropological scholarship, there remains much to explore about how they were articulated and achieved during the Middle Ages: what types of objects were transported and for what purpose(s); the impact of language on the transmission of ideas through manuscripts, literature and poetry; iconographic borrowings and theological impetus; processes of production; engagement with their societies of origin and those they infiltrated.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will examine the significance of transmission and translation, and the associated themes encompassed by these terms in the medieval world. It will bring together early career researchers, emerging scholars and established academics from different disciplinary backgrounds as a forum for contextualising the movement of textual and material objects, as well as the ideas accompanying them.

Possible subjects include but are not limited to:

  Transmission of architectural styles

  Translation of saints’ relics / cults

  Processes of transmission and translation

  Iconographic borrowings and adaptations

  Migration of people/s

  Setting, moving, and crossing boundaries

  Dissemination of ideas and concepts

  Cultural assimilations

  Post-medieval perceptions of medieval transmissions and translations

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words and a short biography to meh522@york.ac.uk by 2 February 2018. 
For further information on the Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series please see the website: northernemics.wordpress.com

The 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference,4-7 October 2018, San Antonio, Texas

Deadline: 15 February 2018

The Forty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from Thursday evening, October 4th through Sunday afternoon, October 7th. For information on BSANA, please consult the BSANA website, http://www.bsana.net; for details on the conference, please consult the 2018 BSC website, https://www.bsc2018.com/, which will be further updated as new information becomes available.

The Local Arrangements Chair for 2018 is Dr. Annie Labatt of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by its officers:

President:  Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Literature (Princeton University, NJ) (ebourbou@Princeton.EDU)
Vice President: Jennifer Ball, Art History (City University of New York, NY) (jennball312@gmail.com)
Secretary: Marica Cassis, Archaeology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) (bsanasec@yahoo.com)
Treasurer: Betsy Williams, Dumbarton Oaks (williamse@doaks.org)

We welcome proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies.

Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:

1.   Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
2.   A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions below.

All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed by each member of the Program Committee and will be accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous; all personal information is removed before the abstracts are read. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance. Please keep in mind that all of the readers of your abstract, the eight members of the program committee, are unlikely to have in-depth knowledge of your specific topic of research, or of your general area of study. As indicated above, the areas of expertise of committee members range across several disciplines.  One or more of these readers are unlikely to be expert in the chronological period with which you are dealing, or the historiographic or special issues involved in your field of scholarship. Thus your abstract should introduce your topic for presentation, including the significance of your work, the argument you are making, and the conclusions you propose, to an educated reader well-versed in Byzantine Studies writ large, but who is not an expert in your own subject.

For the conference, the 2018 BSC program chair will group papers into sessions, with the expectation that many sessions will be interdisciplinary. The session topics in the final program will depend on the subjects represented in accepted the submissions.

The Abstract

The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length and should indicate the paper’s original contribution in sufficient detail and with some indication of the contributor’s conclusions so that the Program Committee can assess its merits.

All proposed papers must be substantially original and never have been published or presented previously in a public forum. Each contributor may deliver only one paper. The Program Committee may give preference to those who did not present a paper at the last BSC. We accept abstracts and papers in English or French. Organized panels may also be proposed; see instructions below.

If accepted, the abstract will be published in the Byzantine Studies Conference’s annual Abstracts of Papers. Submission of the accepted abstract for publication constitutes agreement to present the paper at the conference. Follow the Instructions for Preparation of the Abstract to facilitate its publication. BSANA has no paid staff; failure to prepare the abstract carefully will make it impossible to publish.

Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15th. For inquiries on the results of the review process, please contact the 2018 BSC Program Chair, Benjamin DeLee (benjamin.delee@cortland.edu).

Method of Submission

BSANA is using for the second time an online submission method: Easy Chair, a free software used across the globe by over 50,000 conferences and universities to date, especially in the fields of science and technology.  The abstract will now be submitted with title only (a blind abstract) and must be uploaded as a PDF file.


BSANA Vice President Jennifer Ball (jennball312@gmail.com) will oversee the submission process and will confirm receipt of your submission.

Greek Fonts

The PDF submission format is designed to avoid problems arising from the use of different Greek fonts.  Alphabets other than Greek should be transliterated.


The submission of a proposal and its acceptance represents a commitment from the contributor to read the paper in person at the BSC. Those who cannot attend must withdraw no later than June 1st. Failure to notify the Program Committee in a timely fashion will adversely affect future chances to present at the BSC. To deliver your paper at the BSC, you must be a member of BSANA in good standing. If a speaker is not a member in

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good standing by the date of the conference, she/he will not be permitted to present. To join or renew membership, consult the website: http://www.bsana.net

Instructions for Preparing the Abstract

• The maximum word count for this abstract is 500 words.
• Your document must be composed in Microsoft Word, and saved in final form as a PDF.
• Margins: one inch at the top and bottom, 0.75 inches at each side.
• Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.
• Line Spacing: Single spaced.
• The title line(s) must be in Boldface, centered at the top of the page.
• Titles may not be longer than two lines.
• Capitalize only the first letters of words in the title.
• Do not put your title in quotation marks or underline your title.
• Skip one line (i.e., double space) before the first line of the body of the abstract.
• If your paper is a study based on a particular manuscript, consider citing the MS in your abstract title as a help to scholars when they search our abstracts for previous studies of MSS.
• Please follow the Bulletin Codicologique convention for proper citation of manuscripts (in abstract titles or in the body of your abstract).
• Please write your abstract text flush left; do not use the right-hand margin justification.
• Indent first lines of each paragraph five spaces.
• Leave one empty line between paragraphs.
• Do not use footnotes. If you need to include a citation, put it within your text in parentheses.
• Please do NOT use the future tense (“This paper will investigate…”). Your abstract may be edited for grammar and stylistic consistency to remove the future tense.
• Italicize titles and words in foreign languages.
• Quotations and titles in foreign alphabets other than Greek should be transliterated.
• Avoid using tables or diagrams in the abstract. Photographs cannot be reproduced.

Instructions for Organized Panel Proposals

The BSC welcomes proposals for whole panels. Each paper author prepares an individual abstract and submits her/his abstract, selecting the pull-down menu online for organized panel, and providing panel title, organizer, and panel summary.

The panel summary will include a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering this topic as a prearranged, whole session. This should be no longer than 300 words. The organizer may also propose a session chair; please note that the session chair cannot also be a speaker in the panel.

The Program Committee shall first decide whether to accept or reject each panel proposal in its entirety based on its summary and contents. Then each paper will be evaluated according to the regular anonymous evaluation procedure established by the BSC. In the event that most but not all the papers in the panel are accepted, the Program Committee will alert the organizer and will make every effort to keep the remaining papers together.

If a panel proposal is rejected, the various component abstracts will be placed in the regular pool of paper proposals, to be accepted or rejected as stand-alone presentations (unless otherwise indicated by the authors of these abstracts).

All participants in the panel (organizer as well as speakers) will be notified of the proposal’s receipt by BSANA Vice President Jennifer Ball, and notice of the Program Committee’s final decision will be made in the usual way.


PhD Scholarships, University of Hamburg

Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und
Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for Ph.D.

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scholarships 1+2 year scholarships of € 1.200 per month (tax free) starting 1 April 2018.

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.

Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, PhD (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.

First information can be found on the Centre’s webpage which will be continually updated:

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We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph.D.

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students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region.

Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent as ONE pdf document to the Director of the Graduate School before 31 January 2018


Head of the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion, University of Cardiff

Deadline: 8 February 2018


Research Fellow in Byzantine Intellectual and/or Cultural History, University of Edinburgh, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Deadline: 14 February 2018

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow who specialises in the Byzantine intellectual and/or cultural history, with background in the history of education or the classical tradition in Byzantium, especially of the middle period (from c.650 to c.1350). The Research Fellow should have a strong interest in exploring and employing cross-cultural approaches to the history of education and empire studies. This post is part of a comparative research project focusing on the Byzantine and medieval Chinese (Tang/Song) empires, ‘Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: Cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song xue’ (PAIXUE), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC CoG 726371, 2017–2022) and co-directed by Niels Gaul and Curie Virág. It is therefore essential that the postholder be genuinely interested in engaging with Tang/Song learned culture and practices from a comparative vantage point, and willing to develop the requisite skills and methodologies. Research interests in literary mimesis/intertextuality, questions of rhetorical theory, especially êthos and emotions, and/or experience with manuscript studies, or willingness to engage with these, would be an advantage. The postholder will pursue his/her own research in close cooperation with the project team, and is expected to present the results of his/her work in a scholarly monograph written with a comparative angle and to co-author at least one cross-disciplinary article with a Sinologist team member.

The Research Fellow will become a core member of the small PAIXUE project team that will consist of two Byzantinists and two Sinologists (including the project directors). PAIXUE constitutes the first attempt to study classicising learning and its social, political, and intellectual ramifications systematically and in-depth across two medieval imperial systems, the Byzantine and Tang/Song empires. In addition to advancing each discipline in its own right, one major aim is to integrate these two sophisticated but separate fields in order to develop a more inclusive framework on a specific and well-defined aspect of comparative empire studies and to create a methodology and terminology shareable with other disciplines.

PAIXUE will host three major international conferences, in which the Research Fellow is invited to play an active role.

This is a full time (35 hours per week) and fixed term post from August 2018 until July 2021.

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th February 2018

For more information and to apply, see https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk, reference 042400

Adele Curness
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The Byzness, 7th January 2018



SCHOOL: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Greek Summer School, 2-27 July 2018

Deadline: 1 February 2018-01-07

Further information and how to apply here


The Micropolitics of Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, 19-20 July 2018, Tübingen, Germany

Deadline: 22 January 2018

Narratives of the age of migrations tend to privilege the large-scale mobility of ethnically denominated groups. Recent research has questioned this focus from many angles and has led to a growing consensus that new approaches are needed which put the large-scale migrations into perspective, integrate other forms of mobility into the picture, and develop a clearer understanding of the social processes involved, both among the mobile groups and individuals as well as within the societies where they arrive. This conference proposes to explore an approach to the age of migrations that takes account of these redirections in scholarship by focusing on the micropolitics of mobility in late antique and early medieval local societies in a broad timeframe from ca. 250 to 900 CE.

By exploring the micropolitics of mobility on a broad basis of case studies we hope to achieve a clearer understanding of a number of key problems in the social history of migration and mobility in the period. Questions we wish to address include:

· How did local societies accommodate and integrate immigrants of different kinds?
· What were fields of ensuing social conflict (e.g. in the areas of religion, economy, political participation) and how were these conflicts settled?
· How did local societies transform in reaction to immigrant groups?
· Which differences can we observe between individual and group immigrations?
· How did geographical mobility translate into social mobility?

We invite papers from younger as well as established scholars working in all relevant fields (history, archaeology, literature) which discuss these or other related aspects of the micropolitics of mobility. Applicants are requested to submit a short abstract for a paper of 25 minutes, a title, and a short CV by 22 January 2018 to luisa.luiz@altegeschichte.uni-tuebingen.de. We will cover travel and accommodation costs for the speakers.

For organizational questions, please contact luisa.luiz@altegeschichte.uni-tuebingen.de, for all other issues write to mischa.meier@uni-tuebingen.de, steffen.patzold@uni-tuebingen.de or sebastian.schmidt-hofner@uni-tuebingen.de.

 ‘John Tzetzes’, 7-8 September 2018, Ca’ Foscari Venice

Deadline: 31 January 2018

John Tzetzes was a towering figure in the scholarly landscape of twelfth-century Constantinople, and his name crops up time and again in modern scholarship, Classical and Byzantine alike. He commented extensively on poets such as Homer, Hesiod, Aristophanes, and the intractable Lycophron. He is a source of the greatest importance for the history and transmission of scholarship in antiquity. He had access to works that are lost to us; he may have been the last person to read Hipponax at first hand before the age of papyrological discoveries.

Gifted with a cantankerous personality which he made no attempt to conceal, he had a very high opinion of his own worth as a scholar and a correspondingly low opinion of almost everybody else’s. He was the sort of person who would pepper his letters with erudite references, then compose an enormous poem to elucidate them and write scholia to it. His idiosyncratic writerly persona has made him an easy target for the irony of twentieth-century scholars; Martin West dubbed him a ’lovable buffoon’, and he was kinder to him than others.

It is all too easy, especially for classicists, not to see beyond a combination of Tzetzes the caricature and Tzetzes the footnote fodder; someone to use without engaging too closely. But his vast learning and the variety and influence of his writings demands a more discerning attention. The past few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in his works, with several editions (and more in progress), a steady flow of articles, and even a few translations into modern languages. The time is ripe for scholars in classical and Byzantine studies to join forces towards a better understanding of Tzetzes and his output.

The colloquium will take place in the scenic Aula Baratto of Ca’ Foscari University, overlooking the Grand Canal, on 7th and 8th September 2018. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by email, preferably in PDF format, to enricoemanuele.prodi@unive.it by 31st January 2018. Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

Tzetzes as a commentator and critic
Tzetzes as a poet
Tzetzes as an epistolographer
Tzetzes on the Greek language
Tzetzes and his contemporaries
Tzetzes in the tradition of Byzantine scholarship
Editing Tzetzes’ works
Tzetzes’ legacy and his reception.

Speakers will be offered accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses can also be made available. The colloquium is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 708556 (Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry / ASAGIP).

‘New Research on Ancient Armenia’: Geneva Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers, 8 June 2018, University of Geneva

Deadline: 15 February 2018


The Armenian Studies team (Unité d’arménien) at the MESLO Department, University of Geneva, is pleased to invite graduate students and early career researchers (not yet holding a permanent position in Academia) to present their current research on any aspect of Ancient and Medieval Armenia to an audience of their peers.
The workshop has been conceived as an international forum in which the newest generation of researchers in the field can engage in meaningful discussion on methodologies, problems and perspectives. Presentations detailing work in progress, research projects, and innovative approaches are welcome. In the interest of drawing attention to comparatively less-known topics, preference may be given to subjects other than ‘Classical’ 5th-century language, literature, history and art.

Abstracts and Deadlines:

Each participant will have 20 minutes to present his/her paper, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Applicants are invited to submit a title, short abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief academic biography by 15 February 2018. Please send your documents as .pdf files to: atelier.arm.genevois@gmail.com.

Travel Grants:

Limited grants are available to assist with travel and accommodation expenses: those who cannot obtain financial support from their home institution and would otherwise be unable to attend are invited to submit a short statement in support of their request along with their abstracts. Applications for grants of up to 300 CHF each will be considered (to be paid after the workshop). The organizers reserve the right to make decisions on the matter at their sole discretion.

Further Information:

For any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Irene Tinti (irene.tinti@unige.ch).


Young Scholars Florence Fellowships
in Religious History and Religious Studies

Deadline: 20 January 2018

The Sangalli Institute for the history and religious cultures offers the opportunity of a short research stay in Florence to young fellows of any nationality (included the Italians) affiliated to foreign universities and research centers, in order to create an effective and productive dialogue between the great cultural heritage of Florence and the world of the international researchers in the humanities specialized in the history of religions and religious studies, with special attention to the interfaith dialogue and interdisciplinary approaches.

For the next year 2018, the Sangalli Institute offers 3 residential fellowships for young scholars of 1 month of duration (worth 2,000 euro each), to help covering traveling expenses and accommodation.

Accepted fellows are required to reside in Florence for the term of the fellowship. During their stay, fellows must deliver a seminar at the Sangalli Institute and participate to its scientific activities. The Sangalli Institute will be pleased to help with finding suitable accommodations in Florence.

Fellowships are tenable for one or more months (up to 2 months, according with the number of applications), from March 1st to June 30th and from September 15th to December 15th, 2018.

Candidates for the fellowships must meet the three following requirements:

–  a recognized research experience in the field of the religious history and religious studies (Theology, Arts, Literature, Political Sciences and Interreligious Dialogue)

–  have been held a Ph.D. no more than six years before the application due date

–  being affiliated with universities or research centers outside of Italy. 

Applicants are requested to send (in PDF files): 
- aCV
- a four-page proposal for research to be carried out during the period of the fellowship, 
accurately mentioning the collections, libraries, archives or other sources of scientific institutions in Florence or in its surroundings to be used for the research activity. 
The deadline for applications is January 20, 2018 by 12.00 pm (Italian hour – CET). 
Application materials must be sent by e-mail to segreteria@istitutosangalli.it. 
The fellowship winners will be announced by January 30, 2018 on the Sangalli Institute’s website, www.istitutosangalli.it, on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/istitutosangalli, and on our Twitter profile, twitter.com/Sangallistituto.

Short-term fellowships, ANAMED

Deadline: 1 February 2018

More information and how to apply here

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The Byzness, 17th December 2017


SCHOOL: Greek and Latin Summer School, 18 June – 6 July 2018, University of Bologna

The University of Bologna invites applications for its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School (2018).

The school offers classes in Greek and Latin at two different levels (beginners and intermediate). It is possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (http://www.ficlit.unibo.it), from 18th June to 6th July 2018 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

As usual, the teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

All teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form, please visit: http://www.ficlit.unibo.it/it/dipartimento/summer-school

E-mail: diri_school.latin@unibo.it

Religious Conversions: Then and Now, 28-31 May 2018, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Proposals for papers are invited for the 6th annual international conference of the Center for the Study of Conversions and Inter-Religious Encounters (CSoC), entitled: “Religious Conversions: Then and Now.”

The conference will take place at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer-Sheba, Israel), May 28th-31st 2018.

In past conferences held at CSOC, religious conversions (whether individual or collective, voluntary or forced) and inter-religious encounters (harmonious or polemical) were analyzed in specific historical contexts and circumstances. In this 6th International conference we seek to explore both phenomena from explicit and implicit comparative perspectives. Our attempt is to emphasize analogies between different religions in similar and different spacial and temporal settings attempting to identify internal transformations within each of the three Abrahamic faiths and cultures regarding conversion and inter-religious encounters. Among the topics we envision as interesting for comparative discussion in different sessions are:
•    Conversion and universalism
•    Conversion and bio-politics / ethno geo-politics
•    Gender and conversion
•    Manifestations of resistance to conversion and backsliding
•    Legal aspects and implications of conversion
•    Interfaith couples – Mixed marriages and conversion – how does the nuclear family respond to a mixed religious message;
•    How conversion was conceptualized in the past and today;
•    Acculturation, Syncretism and Cultural Hybridity
•    Conversion and Society
•    Techniques / technologies of conversion (“from the pulpit to paypal” and from religious texts to text messaging)
•    Ruth, Paul and Muhammad – changing perceptions of three scriptural figures who are perceived as having undergone conversion and inter-religious encounters over time

We do not expect all lectures to be comparative; we are expecting scholars to be open to such a discussion within the same session in an attempt to better understand discrepancies between the different religions and within the same religion over time. The comparative dimension of the conference will be also stressed by juxtaposing different topics in single sessions, or similar topics along a historical timeline commented and debated by respondents and participants. Some of the following overarching questions will be at the center of the discussion we envision for the conference:
•    Can past conversions and religious encounters help understand contemporary conversions and religious encounters and vice-versa?
•    Is it possible to address a common phenomenology of conversion, or should each religion be studied separately endorsing idiosyncratic patterns of religious change?
•    When facing a highly variegated and evolving phenomenon, is it possible that religious conversion, as a moment or even process denoting a radical change, has too many contingent factors to make it a useful category for examining the past and the present?

Historians of Judaism, Christianity and Islam of different periods and geographic locations, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, scholars of comparative religions, literatures and cultures are welcomed to apply. We expect talks not to exceed 20-25 minutes as we wish to have a respondent in every session.

Please send your title and abstract to Bat-el Gozlan: hirik@bgu.ac.il

Music and Materiality, 20-22 July 2018, University of Reading

Deadline: 3 February 2018

The University of Reading, in association with the University of Bologna, is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 11th MOISA meeting on the topic of ‘Music and Materiality’.

Music was a key part of Greek and Roman life, and this conference seeks to explore how the material world can inform us about Greek and Roman musical customs: from iconography, epigraphy, archaeological contexts, the instruments themselves, to how literary texts engage with material aspects of music. Key previous works have either focused on a particular family of instruments (Maas & Snyder 1989), or within a particular locale (Bundrick 2005), but more recently the exhibition MUSIQUES! ÉCHOS DE L’ANTIQUITÉ at the Louvre-Lens, and the work of the European Music Archaeology Project, have more broadly contextualised images and artefacts related to ancient music.

To build on these works, a wide range of approaches are encouraged. Questions or topics of interest might include:

• Is music represented differently in varying media?

• Do specific artists depict music(ians) in individual ways?

• In what archaeological contexts are musical instruments or depictions of music(ians) found?

• How were musical instruments manufactured?

• The archaeology of performance venues.

• Music and the epigraphic record.

• How do texts engage with the material presence of music(ians)?

• Are there distinctions between how music and musicians are represented in art compared to texts?

• What are the limitations of using iconographical/ epigraphical/ archaeological evidence?

The conference will include a concert of ancient music, and an afternoon of hands-on aulos reed making is planned too. The conference will coincide with the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology’s temporary exhibition ‘Music and Materiality’, where the Reading aulos, and a variety of other objects relating to music in the ancient world, will be on display.

We welcome paper proposals of no more than 500 words. Presentations must not be longer than 20 minutes, with a 10 minute discussion following each paper. We also welcome poster submissions.

Proposals should be sent to James Lloyd (j.lloyd@pgr.reading.ac.uk) by 3rd February 2018.

More information about the conference will be updated at: www.moisa2018.wordpress.com

Abstract submission is open to all, but only MOISA members (whether regular or student) will be eligible to deliver a paper at the Meeting. A selection of the papers delivered at the conference will be published in a dedicated issue of Greek and Roman Musical Studies, the first specialist periodical entirely devoted to ancient Greek and Roman music: www.moisasociety.org

Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval Early Modern Cities

Deadline: 15 February 2018

The Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Interested scholars at a formative stage of their careers are encouraged to apply for participation in the project’s three planned workshops in Nicosia, Cordoba/Granada and Thessaloniki/Rhodes.

Directed by Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute) and D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the project investigates the layered art histories of medieval Mediterranean cities as the basis for scholarly connections that challenge and move beyond the boundaries of modern historiographies, national narratives and contemporary socioeconomic realities. Set in a region where issues of cultural heritage and identity are currently highly contested, the project looks at the material past to understand its relevance for the present and future. The project’s focus expands on collaborative research on historic Mediterranean cities pursued by the Cyprus Institute’s Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) and the Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Department of Landscape Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mediterranean Palimpsests explicitly avoids nation-based models that emphasize unique, disconnected histories, and instead challenges scholars to consider the medieval Mediterranean as a matrix of cities that, united by the connections forged through trade, royal courts, migrations, pilgrimages, and conquests, produced the material culture and spaces that we encounter today. Questions about spatial context, scale and complexity are not particular to any one city in the Mediterranean, and thus provide common ground for research collaboration.

Addressing these issues, the project’s directors will convene three research seminars that will engage expert advisors and selected emerging scholars, that will explore transition, appropriation and identity in art and architectural history; these will be ten-day programs held in Nicosia (May 7-16, 2018), Granada Cordoba (January, 2019), and Rhodes Thessaloniki (May 2019).

The intense focus on these cities addresses their formation during the medieval and early modern periods, which significantly shaped their subsequent growth and in turn framed the production and experience of art and architecture in the following centuries. But the comparison also extends to Cairo, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Palermo, and other important Mediterranean nodes with the goal of considering the Mediterranean as a connected field, in which medieval cities share the experience of survival, appropriation and reconstruction for modern use.

Eligible scholars, primarily from the Mediterranean region, are invited to apply for one of twelve positions. The program provides travel and lodging costs and museum entrance fees for participating scholars.

Eligibility: Scholars and researchers who received their PhD in or after 2008 (i.e. within past 10 years) in the fields of art history, architectural history, landscape history, and archaeology are eligible to apply.  Scholars must be willing and able to participate in all three workshops.

Deadline: February 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of results by the end of February

Application: Applicants should send as email attachments a 3-page Statement of Interest and a Curriculum Vitae to mcities@cyi.ac.cy. The C.V. should clearly state the field of doctoral study and date degree was received, applicant’s nationality, and applicant’s current place of employment or research.

Project website: https://mcities.cyi.ac.cy

Postdoctoral Researcher, ‘Connected Clerics’, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Deadline: 31 December 2017

Further information here

Museum Director & Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University Sydney

Deadline: 21 January 2018

In this exciting and diverse role, we seek an individual with an international reputation for high achievement in research to take up the new position of Director of the History Museum at Macquarie University. Within this position, the successful candidate will also perform a research leadership role and will be expected to take on a role in the undergraduate and postgraduate Ancient History teaching. The Director’s responsibilities include the curation and development of the collection, oversight of the museum’s learning and teaching program and enhancement of existing outreach activities. Museum staff, including curatorial and educational staff, will report to the Director.  In the short term, the Director will also support the transition process to the new Macquarie History Museum.

Information and applications

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants

Deadline: 1 February 2018

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2018–2019 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018. For further information, please see https://maryjahariscenter.org/grants/dissertation-grant-20182019.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

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Byzness 10/12/17

The Byzness, 10th December 2017



BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Greek Laughter and Tears’, 11 December 2017, King’s College London

6.30 pm, Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London

With the editors, Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns, and a presentation by Niels Gaul: ‘Tears and Laughter in Medieval Constantinople (Episodes from Michael Psellos and Niketas

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Bringing together scholars from diverse periods and disciplines of Hellenic and Byzantine studies, this volume explores the shifting shapes and functions of laughter and tears. With a focus on the tragic, the comic and the tragicomic dimensions of laughter and tears in art, literature and performance, as well as on their emotional, sociocultural and religious significance, it breaks new ground in the study of ancient and Byzantine affectivity.

Please sign up for the event here

SUMMER SCHOOL: ‘Archaeology and Greek Languages’, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki

The Summer School will take place in July 2018 and will include both seminars and fieldwork at the excavation site of Toumba in Thessaloniki.

For information can be found here

A Cross-Divisional Conference on Distributed Authorship, 5-6 October 2018, UCLA

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Distributed authorship is a familiar concept in many fields of cultural production. Long associated with pre-modern cultures, it still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes ‘Homer’ as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.

In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the digital domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of ‘the author’ may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.

This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in the digital domain, and to explore the insights that its operations in this sphere might lend into the mechanisms of authorial distribution at work in older (and, indeed, ancient) media. To this end, it will bring together scholars working in new media with scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, in order to explore what kind of dialogue we might generate on the question of distributed authorship across these disciplinary (and other) divisions. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity; and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the digital domain.

We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):

·       The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.

·       The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.

·       The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ functions into one another.

·       The modes of ‘self’-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.

·       Fandom and participatory culture, in both digital and traditional textual media.

·       The operational dynamics of ‘multitexts’ and ‘text networks’, and their influence by and on virtual networks.

Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline. Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to gurds@missouri.edu by January 15, 2018.

Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College Oxford

Deadline: 25 January 2018

Trinity College has just advertised a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship to be held for three years from 1 October 2018 in either Classics (languages and literature), linguistics and philology, French or Spanish.  The deadline for applications is 25 January.  Please see the advertisement and further particulars here

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munich

Deadline: 8 January 2018

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities, with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. In 2012, the university established the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies ‘Distant Worlds’ with funding from the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network bringing together LMU and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School combines research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.

The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions:

2 Postdoctoral Positions

These temporary positions are available from 1 April 2018 until 31 December 2019.

They may be extended by another 15 months depending on structural decisions made at the end of 2018.

Each of the positions will coordinate a junior research group. The junior research groups are oriented towards one of the seven focus areas below:

1. Constructions of Norms

2. Constructions of Elites

3. Constructions of the ‘Beautiful’

4. Organisation of Coexistence

5. Organisation of Exchange

6. Organisation of Dealing with Dissent

7. Organisation of Memory and Forgetting


Successful candidates will conduct an independent research project contributing to one of the seven focus areas, to be chosen by the candidates themselves. In pursuing their research, candidates will be supported by mentors chosen from the group of Principal Investigators of the School.

They will collaborate with doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group and coordinate the activities of that group (supported by mentors).

They will develop new research perspectives in the field of ancient studies together with doctoral students, Principal Investigators and other members of the Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten.


In order to qualify for application, candidates must have completed their doctorate in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for an independent research project. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.

The School offers the scope for individual academic development and an inspiring research environment.

Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit the following required application documents electronically:

(A) as one pdf file:

(1) Application letter (letter of motivation)

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) List of publications and list of courses taught

(4) Degree certificates

(5) Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography

(6) Sample of your written work (app. length: 10–12 pages).

(B) as pdf file:

completed application form (download via: www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/de/Stellen/Postdoc-Stellen/1).

(C) 2 Letters of reference:

To be emailed directly by the referees to application@mzaw.lmu.de citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18_your_name

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18 at the latest by 8 January 2018 exclusively via email to: application@mzaw.lmu.de

You can find further information on the Graduate School “Distant Worlds“ on the following website: http://www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/

For further questions please contact Ms Anna Waldschütz (anna.waldschuetz@mzaw.lmu.de).

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Byzness 03/12/17

The Byzness, 3rd December 2017



Assistant Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Deadline: 11 December 2017

The School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Byzantine Studies, with a focus on Late Antique or Early Byzantine History, from September 2018. Based in the Department of Classics, this is a new post, made possible by the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation. It is intended both to expand teaching provision and the scope of research in the Department of Classics, and to enhance links within the School by bridging the gap between existing strengths in Ancient and Early Medieval history and culture. Applicants should have a research specialism in any aspect of Late Antique/Early Byzantine history or culture. The successful applicant will be expected to co-ordinate and teach undergraduate modules in Roman History, and to offer advanced undergraduate and postgraduate (MPhil) modules relating to their areas of research. They will also be expected to contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programme in Ancient and Medieval History and Culture. Willingness and ability to teach Latin and/or Greek to advanced level will be an advantage.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Monica Gale (Head of Department of Classics) mrgale@tcd.ie  or Christine Morris (Head of the School of Histories and Humanities) cmorris@tcd.ie.

For further information, and to apply, click here

Research Assistant, ‘Arms and Armour’, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Deadline: 22 December 2017

The Research Assistant will provide the curatorial and administrative support for The Last Knight exhibition project and the accompanying catalogue.  The Research Assistant will work with and report to the exhibition curator (Curator in Charge), correspond with the lending institutions, as well as with the authors of the catalogue, assist the exhibition curator with research topics and the coordination of exhibition logistics overall.

For further information, and to apply, click here

Visiting Fellowships, Princeton University

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Over 800 scholars have been supported by our visiting fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1979-80. Further information is here

Current and former recipients are listed in: http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/people/visiting-fellows/

Publications by former Hellenic Studies visiting fellows, based on their research at Princeton:  http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/publications/visiting-fellows/

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Oxford Listings – Week 8


Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 27th November

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Jane Kershaw, John Naylor
The Watlington Hoard


17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Alexander Dymond (Oxford)
Ducal and Royal Estates in Normandy and England, c. 1100 – 1135

WEDNESDAY 29th November

17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Mattia Guidetti (Vienna)
Churches and mosques in early medieval Syria

THURSDAY 30th November

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Irene Giviashvili
Ishkani, a Medieval Georgian Church in Northeast Turkey: Modern Restoration, New Findings


14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Fuschia Hart (Oxford/V&A)
Iran: collecting and curating


17:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Marcello Lusvarghi (Università di Bologna)
Barbari, afri barbari and Mauri: ‘the other’ in the African ecclesiastical authors of the 4th to 6th centuries


17:00 Georgian Studies Seminar Series
The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Donald Rayfield (Queen Mary University of London)
What did the Iranians and Russians ever do for the Georgians? – Exploitation and Empowerment


10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann


12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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Byzness 26/11/17

The Byzness, 26th November 2017



Conference:‘The Byzantine Legacy in Italy: A Reassessment’, 1 December 2017, Maison Francaise d’Oxford

No registration required

More information: http://www.mfo.cnrs.fr/calendar/the-byzantine-legacy-in-italy-a-reassessment/

Lecture: ‘Byzantine Routes and Frontier in Eastern Pontus and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios’, 7 December 2017, British Academy

The British Institute at Ankara is hosting a lecture in memory of our former President, Professor AAM Bryer, on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.  The lecture begins at 6.30 pm after the Annual General Meeting of the Institute.

Professor Jim Crow is delivering the lecture and it is entitled “Byzantine Routes and Frontier in Eastern Pontus and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios”.

We are expecting a good turn out, including Jenny Bryer and members of the family, so it is probably worth booking a place either by visiting Events | BIAA or ringing Simon Bell on 0207 969 5204.

Armenian Studies Summer School, 29 Jul – 18 Aug, 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Application deadline: 20 April 2018

More information: https://armacad.info/2017-11-20–armenian-studies-summer-school-29-jul-18-aug-2018-yerevan-armenia

PhScholarship in Ancient Papyrology, Wolfson College, Oxford

Wolfson College, Oxford, is delighted to announce the David Thomas Graduate Scholarship in Ancient Documents, which will be awarded to an outstanding student commencing a doctorate at Oxford in October 2018, with a topic in Greek or Latin papyrology or a closely related subject (i.e. Egyptian Papyrology). For further details see​: https://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/ancient-documents

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Oxford Listings – Week 7


Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 20th November

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Jonathan Conant (Brown)
Envisioning Empire: Space and Power in the Carolingian World

TUESDAY 21st November

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Julia Bray (Oxford)
Doing Emotions in Medieval Arabic

WEDNESDAY 22nd November

17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Maria Cristina Carile (Bologna)
Re-approaching the late antique and medieval art of Ravenna: Visuality and artistic culture of a Mediterranean city

THURSDAY 23rd November

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Grace Stafford (Oxford)
Literary and Material Evidence for Early Christian Female Pilgrimage


14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Oliver Watson (Oxford)
An impossibility? Writing a book on Persian Pottery


17:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Claire Sotinel (Université Paris Est – Créteil)
Constantine’s conversion politics


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24th November

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann


12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann


17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium
Sutro Room, Trinity College

Edward Schoolman (Nevada)
Saints for Every Age: a Hagiographic Stratigraphy of Ravenna

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Byzness 19/11/17

The Byzness, 19th November 2017





LECTURE: ‘St Theodore, Euchaita and Anatolia, c.500-1000 CE: Landscape, Climate and the Survival of an Empire, Boğaziçi University, 21 November 2017, 5pm

Speaker: John Haldon

There will be simultaneous translation into Turkish at the event.

LECTURE: ‘A Hut with a View: Monastic Communities and Lay Society in Byzantine Thrace’, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton, 28 November 2017, 4.30pm

Speaker: Georgios Makris (gmakris@princeton.edu),

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Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent:  Jack Tannous, History

In this lecture, I will examine the history and material culture of monasticism in Thrace, the European hinterland of Constantinople, between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. Primarily concerned with important aspects of monastic life, including daily routine and living conditions, property ownership, and patronage as well as the modes of interaction with the laity, this lecture will offer a rare view of the landscape setting and architectural configuration of multiple monastic foundations across Thrace. In the Byzantine world, monasticism was a fundamental institution that touched the lives of virtually all inhabitants regardless of their financial or social status. In investigating the ties between Byzantine monastics and laity, it will be imperative to transcend the political boundaries that now divide Thrace into three modern nation-states: Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. Ultimately, by bringing together archaeological material and textual sources, I will attempt to identify and decipher key facets of the cultural and economic relation between hinterland and center, between Thrace and Constantinople.

Georgios Makris holds a B.A. in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens and a Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies from the University of Birmingham. He has held fellowships at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Junior Fellow, 2014-2015) and at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul (Fellow, 2015-2016). Makris was previously a post-doctoral research scholar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University (2016-2017). He is currently working on his first monograph on the life-cycle, topography, and spatial composition of monastic communities in the region of Thrace, the hinterland of Constantinople, from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. In his work, Makris follows an interdisciplinary methodology which brings together the systematic analysis of texts associated with religious institutions with the results of archaeological fieldwork in Greece and Turkey.


‘Byzantium and the Slavs’

Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Slavs, whose presence on the territory of Europe has been recorded starting from the first centuries of our era, profoundly interacted with Byzantium, determining its political choices and shaping its identity: first, the encounter-clash between these two different worlds, which the court of Constantinople had repeatedly attempted through diplomacy or weapons, and hence the progressive formation of the Slavic states in the Balkan Peninsula is undoubtedly among the indispensable factors in the examination of the modern Byzantine scholar. And this is all the more true when thinking about the developments of the historical and social dynamics inherent in Slavic populations that continue to be reflected in the modern world.

In the light of these considerations and in the perspective of dedicating the next issue of Porphyra (XXVII) to the relationship between Byzantium and the Slavs, we invite interested professors, doctoral students, research doctors, young researchers and scholars to send their contributions to editorporphyra@gmail.com before and no later than 31 December 2017.


‘Byzantium and the Modern Imagination: Patterns of the Reception of Byzantium in Modern Culture’, Masaryk University, Brno, 12-14 September 2018

Deadline: 30 March 2018

The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name “Byzantium” is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – “The Eastern Roman Empire”. Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the “historical” Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

–       The reception of Byzantium in schoolbooks in Europe and beyond;

–       Byzantium for the young – Byzantium in children’s literature and games;

–       Literary reworkings of key events and personages in the history of Byzantium;

–       Byzantine Studies and its influence on the popular understanding of Byzantium;

–       The ways of popularising Byzantium;

–       Byzantium in the digital age;

–       Byzantium in popular culture (games, speculative fiction, TV series, films).

Please send the abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to Przemysław Marciniak (przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl) by March, 30 2018.


Tenure Track Position in Digital Humanities Computing, University of Oklahoma

Deadline: 1 December, 2017.

You may be aware that, among other initiatives, http://syri.ac is hosted at OU. The University is very eager to continue to add major Digital Humanities projects among its faculty, particularly in the area of “Big Data” computing.

More information here: https://apply.interfolio.com/46095

Please also feel free to contact Scott Johnson (sfj@ou.edu) for more information.

ANAMED fellowships, Koç University

Deadline: 15 December 2017

Koç University invites applications for PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). Opportunities include regular fellowships for support of residential and a few non-residential scholars for the full academic year. Several short-term fellowships for individual or group projects with durations between 2 weeks and 2 months are available for post-doc and senior applicants needing to study in Istanbul for shorter periods of time. A few post-doc or senior applications for regular and short-term fellowships that qualify for collaborative fellowships involving Koç University faculty, centers, or facilities will be preferred. Applicants for regular, short-term, and collaborative fellowships are encouraged to consider their applications with one of ANAMED’s research themes. Additionally, several joint fellowships with specific application criteria are available.

All ANAMED fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects, to be active members of Koç University’s academic community, and, for full-year fellowships, to give two lectures on their work during the course of the year. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, yet fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.

Established in 2005, ANAMED’s mission is to promote and produce cutting-edge scholarship contributing to the growing body of critical knowledge on Anatolia and its civilizations. Applications focusing on the archaeology, art history, heritage, and history of Anatolia from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras are welcome from scholars of these and allied disciplines, including those that focus on the management, conservation, and presentation of the past. Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, ANAMED is near many research institutions, archives, and other scholarly facilities and thus serves as a convenient and comfortable locus for intensive study.

For more information, see: https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/fellowships-0 and to apply, see https://anamed.service-now.com/anamed

Numerous Graduate Fellowships, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI)

Deadline: 15 December 2017

THE CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, welcomes scholars and students specializing in archaeology, history, and culture of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (both with major libraries), as well as the main business and commercial district. In addition to hostel accommodation for a total of twelve residents, the institute has excellent research facilities: a 10,000-volume library, comprehensive map and artifact collections, archival material, and facilities for Internet, scanning, and photography.

Recipients of fellowships are required to spend time as residents of CAARI and to submit a written report for the CAARI newsletter.

The details of the fellowships, and the application forms, are available here: http://caari.org/fellowships/

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