THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 23rd August 2020
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
- CALLS FOR PAPERS
- JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- NEWS AND EVENTS
Virtual Workshop ‘ Licht aus dem Osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West. 26-27 November 2020, 13:00-17:15 [CET]
ORGANIZERS: Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, USI | Masaryk University
Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin andByzantine churches have been analyzed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings, and these have been less studied. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity and preserved in local hubs or filtered through the experience of Byzantine or Latin contexts, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop explores the economy of natural light in churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and at the crossroads of Byzantium and the West throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, and rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered light Inszenierungen that this workshop addresses cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Eastern Orthodox cultural sphere. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended especially in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.
To register for this event, please RSVP here!
Webinar: Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History. Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 11:00 [EDT]
Dumbarton Oaks will be holding a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:00am EDT with scholars who have actively promoted research on the Hagia Sophia. The webinar, “Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History,” will cover historical facts, Dumbarton Oaks’ involvement, and the issues related to the recent reconversion of the monument.
- CALL FOR PAPERS
Space and the Hospital, Lisbon, 26-28 May 2021. Deadline: 30 September 2020.
The International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH), the Hospitalis: Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the Dawn of Moder nity Research Project, and the Hospital Real de Todos os Santos are pleased to announce the call for papers for *Space and the Hospital*. The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-28 May 2021.
Space, in both its physical and conceptual manifestations, has been a part of how hospitals were designed, built, used, and understood within the wider community. By focusing on space, this conference aims to explore this subject through the lens of its architectural, socio-cultural, medical, economic, charitable, ideological, and public conceptualisations.
This thirteenth INHH conference will explore the relationship between space and hospitals throughout history by examining it through the lens of five themes:
(1) ritual, space, and architecture;
(2) hospitals as spaces;
(3) the impact of medical practice and theory on space;
(4) hospitality and social space;
The themes and questions presented are by no means an exhaustive list; however, we encourage the submission of an abstract that examines any aspects of space and the history of hospitals in innovative ways. Please go to our website for a more comprehensive outline of the proposed themes.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or posters which address the conference theme. Potential contributors are asked to bear in mind that engagement with the theme of space and the hospital will be a key criterion in determining which papers are accepted onto the programme.
Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length, in English and accompanied by a brief biography of no more than 200 words. Proposals should be sent to email@example.com by *30 September 2020*. As with previous INHH conferences, it is intended that an edited volume of the conference papers will be published. Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers who have not previously given a paper at an INHH conference.
Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future. Scheduled 11-12 June 2021. Deadline: 5 October 2020.
In a 1947 article titled “Byzantine Art and Scholarship in America,” Kurt Weitzmann examined the history of collecting Byzantine art in the United States. “…The combination of formal beauty and material splendor, coupled with great technical perfection and an aristocratic spirit which gives to even the smallest object a rare distinction…” renders these works particularly attractive to private collectors, wrote Weitzmann. Our conference takes this statement as a starting point and focuses on the history of collecting Christian Orthodox objects in the West from the nineteenth century to the present: a topic replete with spectacular objects, profound questions and captivating narratives. This international conference, organized and sponsored by the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA (USA), considers why, how, where, and by whom these objects have been and continue to be acquired. Once obtained, how are they classified, conserved, displayed, and described? How and by whom is their value, whether symbolic or monetary, determined? What is the relationship between their original purpose and the newfound one? From Marjorie Merriweather Post and Henry Walters to modern day collectors such as Gordon Lankton, small private museums to major public institutions, there has been a sustained interest in owning architectural remnants, manuscripts, liturgical objects, enkolpia and, of course, icons. Whether to save them from destruction, perpetuate a living tradition, preserve personal or communal memory, demonstrate erudition, wealth or taste, or to tell a story, these pieces are found in nearly every important collection. In addition to the above, topics include, but are not limited to: discussions of single objects or entire collections; individual or institutional collectors; related questions of loot, provenance, authenticity, religious and cultural sensitivity, and ethics; as well as past collecting patterns versus possible future directions. We welcome papers from museum professionals and scholars at any career stage.
Please send a CV as well as a 350-word abstract with at least one image to Lana Sloutsky at lsloutsky@ museumofrussianicons.com by 5 October 2020. Selected speakers will be notified by 6 November 2020. The virtual conference is scheduled for 11 and 12 June 2021. Interested presenters will have a chance to have their papers peer-reviewed and published in the 2022 issue of the Journal of Icon Studies.
Marco Manuscript Workshop 2021: “Immaterial Culture”. 5-6 February 2021. Deadline: 9 October 2020
The sixteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2021. Sessions will meet virtually via an online platform. The workshop is led by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
This year’s workshop will consider some of the recent challenges that researchers have faced with the suspension of travel, the closing of libraries and universities, and the quarantine restrictions that have kept so many of us in our homes. How can our field, which has always emphasized the importance of physical place and tactile artifacts, work successfully in isolation and at a distance? What does it mean for us when our work takes place in an incorporeal world of light and numbers rather than ink and flesh, in matrices of data rather than dusty rooms? We propose to explore the advantages and disadvantages of this “immaterial culture,” and to think about how our work is shaped by access or lack of access to manuscripts, texts, catalogues, and objects. We would like to hear about experiences working remotely, discoveries made using virtual archives or catalogues, or advice on how to study manuscripts without visiting archives or how to teach codicology without a library. We welcome stories of scholars who have been productive in constrained circumstances. We would also like to learn from the experience of those for whom archives have been inaccessible for other reasons – scholars who are homebound, visually impaired, or otherwise physically challenged, or those whose access to libraries and collections has been restricted or denied. How have these constraints shaped your work? What can these experiences tell us about our discipline? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.
The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. This year’s workshop will be virtual, but we hope to retain as much of the format and the flavor of our in-person meetings as possible. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. We will prepare an online repository where presenters can place abstracts, presentations, or supporting material for access by all attendees. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts
The deadline for applications is October 9, 2020. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.
The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. In order to keep the virtual sessions manageable, preregistration will be required and spaces will be limited. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact the Marco Institute at email@example.com for more information.
“Adolf von Harnack – bridging the gaps”, University of Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 May 2021. Deadline: 30 November 2020
In 2021 it will be 170 years since the birth of Adolf von Harnack – a Baltic-German Lutheran theologian, a church historian, leading figure in German science management and a notable social figure of the 19th and the 20th century. Harnack was not only born in Dorpat (Tartu) and studied there, but he remained profoundly shaped by a certain type of Baltic-German Academia and Piety, even when he moved to Leipzig, Gießen, Marburg and Berlin in later years. After two large conferences in 1998 and 2001 devoted to Harnack and organized by the Max-Planck-Society and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (two institutions which predecessors, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society and the Prussian Academy of Sciences, were deeply influenced by Harnack), it is time to deal with certain overlooked aspects, to enrich the image of a man of many talents in the context of his different networks and to confront Harnack-Studies with new ideas about the History of Christianity and his very challenging lifetime, full of rapid social and religious change in Russia and Germany, since the appearance of new scholarly work at the turn of the millennium.
The conference is titled “Adolf von Harnack – bridging the gaps”, because Harnack was not only a scholar of ancient Christianity, esteemed by Theologians as well as Ancient Historians, but made significant contributions to contemporary discussions on the “essence of Christianity” and on the understanding of History. He was part of a discussion on the institutional framework of Theology and Religious Studies in Germany, but also involved in the Institution-Building of Institutes for Sciences, Libraries and Social Work. As a public intellectual of the German Empire before 1918 and the first German republic after 1918 he contributed significantly to a large number of public debates. He also bridged the gaps between scientific cultures in Europe, Britain and the United States. What made him able to bridge so many gaps between Science and Humanities, Theology and other Humanities, University and broader public understanding of science? And what was the reason, that he could not bridge certain gaps, e.g. between University and Church, between German Protestantism and Russian Orthodoxy? The conference will be organized by the School of Theology and Religious Studies of Tartu University, because the Baltic-German background is crucial to understand Harnack and to answer such questions.
Can one use Harnack’s views to bridge those and other gaps also in the 21st century? Christianity as a source for practical religious life and personal freedom has not lost its meaning in the 21st century too, but the situation of Theology and Religion in the Baltic States, Germany and in the rest of Europe is quite different from Harnack’s times. The conference will focus on these and related questions, and calls to reflect upon Harnack’s role and influence on the debates of his own time and his relevance for the presence.
We welcome scholarly presentations Harnack’s life and the Baltic background, his successful and/or failed attempts to bridge the gaps between History and Theology, Theology and Religious Studies, Sciences and Humanities, University and public understanding of science, Academia and Weimar Republic and on his participation in debates on social cohesion and national German politics, as well as on his influence on theological discussions outside Germany.
Keynote speakers: Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Christoph Markschies (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Jonathan Teubner (Australian Catholic University, Humboldt University of Berlin)
The conference is organised by the University of Tartu and Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Working language of the conference is English and the length of papers is 30 minutes. Please send abstracts of papers of 250–300 words to Priit Rohtmets firstname.lastname@example.org
Important dates: Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30.11.2020
Notification of acceptance and opening of the registration: 01.02.2021
For further inquiries you may also contact Priit Rohtmets email@example.com
6th Forum Medieval Art Art – “Sinne / Senses” Scent and Sense (ICMA-sponsored session at the 6th Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, „Sinne / Senses“). Frankfurt am Main, 29 September to 2 October 2021.
Deadline: 15 October 2020
(Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is not decided yet whether the Forum can take place ‘live’, partially virtually, entirely virtually, or whether it will be postponed.)
Organisation: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V. with the Institute for Art History, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Kristin Böse / Joanna Olchawa)
Scent and Sense: Olfaction and Memory in Medieval Material Culture
Session organiser: Elina Gertsman (Case Western Reserve University)
Session sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art [ICMA], New York)
Although we are used to thinking that the sense of sight reigned supreme in the Middle Ages, medieval scholars of all stripes were quite obsessively preoccupied with questions of olfaction. Ephemeral and fleeting but emotionally, spiritually, and physiologically impactful, the sense of smell was tightly tethered to the humoral, anatomical, and cognitive theories. Memories, in particular, could be affected by smells: a fetid odor, it was gleaned from Avicenna, induced such illness that could make one forget the names of his own children, while sweet-smelling perfumes could strengthen memory and increase devotion.
This session will explore the multivalent relationships between objects, smells, and memory, especially as they existed in the later Middle Ages. We seek to explore two distinct aspects of this relationship. On the one hand, we welcome papers that focus on visual representations of smell, as found in a broad range of manuscripts and printed texts, from medical treatises to romance literature, from tracts on philosophy to encyclopedias. On the other hand, we hope to see contributions that focus on objects whose function is predicated on the sense of smell: among them censers and thuribles used during Christian liturgical services; Jewish Havdalah spice (besamim) containers, used in a ceremony that concluded the Sabbath; incense burners used at receptions, events, and in places of worship throughout Islamic world. Papers may focus on specific case studies or else broadly thematize the intertwinement of smell, memory, and image within the vast sensory landscape of the Middle Ages.
- JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Junior Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek (ERC project PURA) at Venice University. Deadline: 3 September 2020
The ERC project PURA – Purism in Antiquity: Theories of Language in Greek Atticist Lexica and their Legacy (grant agreement no. 865817), to start in January 2021 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Humanities, is seeking a Researcher – Junior Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek (3 years, renewable for further 2; non-tenure-track). PURA investigates the Greek theories of linguistic purism, the texts which upheld it, and their legacy in later ages.
The Researcher’s duties will be to assist the PI, Olga Tribulato, in the linguistic analysis of the Atticist lexica; to produce the linguistic commentary on the lemmas selected for the aims of the project, in particular by focusing on Phrynichus’ works (also with regard to Phrynichus’ relationship with the contemporary Antiatticist lexicon, as well as his presence in Photius); and contribute to the other outputs of the project and the organization of workshops and conferences. Teaching duties in the field of Ancient Greek language and/or linguistics (30 hours per annum) are also part of this post. Candidates should hold a PhD in a related subject and possess the following requirements:
– excellent knowledge of the methodologies concerning the history of the Greek language, particularly as concerns the use of dialects (especially Attic) in literary and epigraphic texts, and their ancient exegesis, as shown by original publications and on-going research activity;
– adequate knowledge of Greek lexicography, its most representative works (including Atticist and Byzantine lexica), and its transmission;
– experience in the ecdotic methodologies for Greek texts, especially as concerns the indirect transmission of fragmentary texts (particularly those central to Attic literature and Atticist lexicography: comedy and oratory).
It is highly desirable that candidates have an international research profile, as shown by publications and/or experiences abroad.
Candidates are also expected to have first-class knowledge of the English language since the main outputs of the project will be in English.
The deadline for applications is 03/09/2020
Further particulars and the application procedure can be found here: https://www.unive.it/data/38002/?id=2020-UNVE000-0039904
For further information on the project and its objective please visit our website: https://www.unive.it/pura (under construction).
For enquiries, please feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the Department of Classics at University of Reading. Deadline: 31 August 2020
Reading’s Department of Classics would be delighted to support a small number of applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, which is now opened: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/funding/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships
This scheme offers an ‘opportunity to outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields’. Eligible candidates should have obtained their doctorate before the onset of the funding period, thus with their viva held between 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2021 (please see the website noted above for more eligibility information).
We herewith invite expressions of interest to myself <email@example.com>, cc. to Prof. Annalisa Marzano <firstname.lastname@example.org>, by 31 August 2020. Expressions of Interest should contain a short academic cv (no more than 2pp.), including a list of publications and a one-page project proposal, along with a short statement regarding why Reading Classics would be an appropriate partner for this application.
Interested candidates should discuss their application with a member of academic staff in the Department of Classics before submission and seek their support. For an overview of our current academic staff and their research interests and activities please refer to our webpages at http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/class-meet-the-team.aspx (see also Ure Museum research at https://collections.reading.ac.uk/ure-museum/research/)
Postdoctoral position at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Deadline: 4 September 2020
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for the position of a postdoctoral researcher (4.5 years, salary according to German pay scale TV-L 13, 100%) from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2025) in the Research Training Group (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”.
Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) focuses on imperial temporalities and their representation, reflection, resonance, and manipulation in periods of accelerated imperial change and in post-imperial contexts. The RTG follows three main lines of research: temporalities involved in a) the transformation of imperial space, b) imperial economies, and c) imperial institutions and normative structures.
The following disciplines participate in the RTG: Classics, Ancient History, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary History of any global area, Sociology, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies, Literary/Cultural/Media Studies. For further information please visit: www.altegeschichte.uni-freiburg.de/forschung/imperien.
The postdoctoral researcher should have completed a PhD dissertation and present evidence of prior research in the field of empire studies. At the time of application, they should present a research project focusing on an innovative topic concerning imperial studies, possibly with a comparative component.
- a PhD dissertation in one of the disciplines represented in the RTG
- expertise in one of the subject areas of the RTG, documented by the dissertation or any other publications
- experience in international academic collaboration and interdisciplinary research
- B2 knowledge of German and English; see https://www.sli.uni-freiburg.de/english/tests/tests#cef
- willingness to relocate to Freiburg (exceptions can be made under the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic)
- excellent opportunities for academic and interdisciplinary research
- excellent opportunities for the development of an international research profile and career advancement
- funding for a research stay abroad (up to eight months) at one of the RTG’s collaborating research institutions
- travel grants for field work, attendance of conferences and lectures within and outside Germany
- opportunities for joining courses on advanced research skills and professional training
- opportunities for teaching, enhancing leadership skills, and gathering further experience in senior research practices (e.g. conference
organization, writing funding applications, editing publications, etc.)
Your employment will include:
- to work independently on an innovative research project, which will be finished in 4.5 years with a monograph. It is possible to obtain a
Habilitation at the Freiburg University
- to present your project on a regular basis within and outside of the RTG
- to take part in the activities of the RTG and in the meetings of the executive board
- to support and develop the RTG program, to liaise with the professorial staff and Ph.D. students, and to support the organization of
conferences and other events of the RTG
Your application should include:
- a letter of motivation (1–2 pages)
- an academic CV (including lists of publications, conference papers, distinctions and awards)
- copies of degree certificates and diplomas
- a proposal of a research project (ca. 10 pages), including a time schedule and details of how the project will fit into the RTG’s general research
- two letters of recommendation, providing information on your academic and personal qualifications as well as the quality of your application and
project, to be sent by the referees directly to the following address: email@example.com, under the heading GRK2571_[your
Please send your application in a single PDF file by 04.09.2020 with the reference no: 00001167 to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freiburg University seeks to increase the number of women in positions in which they are underrepresented. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities if there are several equally qualified candidates. The University of Freiburg is committed to offering support for young scholars with families.
This invitation for applications is subject to the availability of the approved funding.
6 three-year PhD positions at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Deadline: 4 September 2020
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for 6 Three-Year Positions (German pay scale TV-L E 13, 65%) from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023 in the Research Training Group (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”.
Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the interdisciplinary Training Group will focus on imperial temporalities and their representation, reflection, resonance, and manipulation in periods of accelerated imperial change and in post-imperial contexts. The RTG will focus on three main lines of research: temporalities involved in a) the transformation of imperial space, b) imperial economies, and c) imperial institutions and normative structures. For further information on the Research Group please go to: https://www.altegeschichte.uni-freiburg.de/forschung/imperien.
We are looking for graduates with a background in the following disciplines: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, Eastern European and East Asian History as well as Sociology, Political Science, Literary/Cultural/Media Studies.
• an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent
• high personal motivation for academic work and research
• an innovative dissertation project within the scope of the Research Teaching Group
• applicants with no prior knowledge of German will be expected to develop proficiency in German within the first year of their study
• members of the Research Training Group are asked to participate in the qualification program tailored to academic as well as professional career paths
• a willingness to take residence in Freiburg and to enroll as a doctoral student at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (exceptions may be made under the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic)
• a PhD program with a clearly defined curriculum supporting your research, and preparing you for an academic career or other postdoctoral employment
• ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange
• regular supervision by two professorial members of the RTG
• funding for up to six months abroad at a research institute cooperating with our program, as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany
Please submit the following documents:
• a standard curriculum vitae
• a letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
• copies of degree certificates and diplomas
• an outline of your proposed research, identifying the topic and provisional title, the area of research, main research questions, theoretical approaches and methodology, and a time schedule (7-10 pages)
• two academic referees whom we may contact regarding your application
Please submit these materials in a single PDF file by 04.09.2020 to: email@example.com citing the reference no. 00001166.
Freiburg University seeks to increase the number of women in positions in which they are underrepresented. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities, if there are several equally qualified candidates. The University of Freiburg is also dedicated to assist young scholars with families.
This is a temporary position limited to a term of 36 months in accordance with the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The extension within the permissible fixed-time period/in accordance with the WissZeitVG in order to (successfully) complete the doctorate/project/PhD is possible.
This invitation for applications is subject to the availability of approved funding.
SHERA Publication Grant. Deadline: 15 October 2020
The SHERA Board is pleased to announce the SHERA Publication Grant, offered for the first time this fall. Made possible by a gift by an anonymous donor, the $3000 grant supports the realization of publications of the highest scholarly and intellectual quality in the field of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art and architecture. The grant is intended to offset the substantial production expenses associated with the publication of an art-historical monograph, edited volume, or exhibition catalogue. Book projects must have been accepted by a publisher in order to be considered. Funds may be directed toward production costs (such as image rights, image reproductions, subventions, indexing, keeping down the final cost of the book). The grant does not fund research, writing, or editorial labor. Projects that are financially self-supporting are not eligible. Applicants do not need to be SHERA members to apply, but the recipient must join in order to accept the award. Applications should include a project description, author’s cv, letter of intent to publish and readers’ reports from the publisher, and a budget detailing the expenses to which the grant will be applied, as well as other sources of funding available for the project. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2020.
Rome Global Gateway, Digital Palaeography Workshop. 18-22 January 2021
Instructors: Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis, Department of Classics, Princeton University
David Jenkins, Firestone Library, Princeton University
This tuition-free online Greek Palaeography workshop is being offered as part of Princeton University’s participation in the Rome-based graduate seminars jointly sponsored with the universities of Notre Dame and Stanford, and supported by funding from Princeton’s Humanities Council. It is intended to provide graduate students from various fields, including Mediaeval and Early Modern Literature and History, Classics, Religion, and Art & Archaeology with an intensive initiation to Greek palaeography while also exploring the potential for original scholarship in digitized manuscript libraries. The workshop will simultaneously examine how the constraints of remote research may prove consonant with the digital resources increasingly at our disposal and the expanded possibilities for what used to be privileged access to otherwise rarefied historical sources.
The workshop will pivot mainly from the Vatican Library’s Greek manuscript collection and cover the gamut of palaeographical skills and analyses required to conduct research on various aspects of mediaeval books and literature. We will survey the main mediaeval Greek scripts and the characteristics which enable us to date codices; we will review the online (and print) tools for doing Greek manuscript research and how to make efficient use of them for a variety of research aims.
In addition to daily transcription assignments designed to instill proficiency in the various Byzantine Greek scripts, students will draw up a palaeographical profile of a topic of their choice using the growing number of online materials and platforms.
The workshop will run from January 18 to 22, 2021. It will meet online for two hours per day, from 10am–12pm (EST), with an anticipated 2-3 hours of work each day outside of class.
We welcome applications from qualified graduate students who can demonstrate a level of Classical/Mediaeval Greek commensurate with the demands of reading a broad range of mostly higher register texts (in most cases that means at least 2-3 years of university-level Greek). As all meetings will be held live online and make use of high-resolution images, participation will require a stable high-speed internet connection.
How to Apply
Students should send PDFs of the following to email@example.com:
– a short letter describing your interest in Greek palaeography and its bearing on your current doctoral work or future research,
– a one-page CV detailing your studies thus far,
– a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with your work
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020*
* We expect to notify all applicants by November 2, 2020.
For all inquires about the course or the requirements, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
DPhil Candidate, Faculty of History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society