THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 1st December 2019
1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, 19 – 20 June 2020, Thessaloniki.
Deadline: 28 February 2020
Papers are sought for the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea to be held at Thessaloniki on 19 & 20 June 2020.
The Mediterranean has attracted the imagination of modern historians as the epicentre of great political entities like the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Venetians, and the Spanish and so on. Yet, it seems that the Sea was always on the margins of historical inquiry between monographs on the histories of Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa. That was until the publication of the famous 2-volume work by F. Braudel in 1949 that profoundly shaped the way of understanding of how societies living around the Mediterranean interacted in a single period of history, offering what another great historian has coined it “a horizontal history of the Mediterranean.” This conference aims to offer a rather vertical history of war in the Mediterranean from the early Middle Ages to the early Modern period (c. AD1700), putting the emphasis on the changing face of several of war’s aspects and contexts over time.
This international collaboration between scholars from Istanbul and Thessaloniki aspires to bring Thessaloniki to the forefront of academic attention, by organizing the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, to be hosted at the Byzantine Museum of the Thessaloniki between 19-20 June 2020. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the military history of the Mediterranean from late Antiquity and the fall of Rome to the seventeenth century. We especially encourage papers that focus on the conference’s theme of ‘models of military leadership’.
Points of discussion could potentially, but not exclusively, include:
• Secular and ecclesiastical leadership
• Gender and authority
• The social strata of military leaders/commanders
• The role of military ideals and practices in shaping a military leader
• What could make or break a military leader
• The effectiveness of leaders/commanders in the battlefield
• The ‘ideal’ leadership and ‘heroic individualism’
• Divine authority
We would also consider proposals that target more general themes, like:
• Primary sources and their value for the military history of the Mediterranean Sea (c. 400-1700)
• The emergence and consolidation of customs of military obligation
• Strategy, tactics (battle and siege) and logistics in the regional operational theatres
• Naval warfare
• Society at war and the treatment of the defeated
• Evolution of weaponry in regional operational theatres
The deadline for proposals is 12pm (Athens time +2GMT) on February 28, 2020; late requests cannot be accommodated.
A preliminary program will be circulated on March 30. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference organising committee:
• Georgios Theotokis (Lecturer, Ibn Haldun University, email@example.com)
• Angeliki Delikari (Assist. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Agathoniki Tsilipakou (Director, Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki)
• Halil Berktay (Prof., Ibn Haldun University)
• Andreas Gkoutzioukostas (Assoc. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
• Hara Papadopoulou (Gen. Secretary, Byzantine Thessaloniki)
• Dimitrios Sidiropoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Museum Director, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard research institute, museum, library, and garden in Washington, D.C. Since 1940 the institute and library have supported research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. The historic garden designed by Beatrix Farrand was voted among the ten best in the world by National Geographic and features occasional art installations by contemporary artists.
The museum has world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and select works of European art. It is open to the public free of charge six days/week. Notable architecture on campus includes the Philip Johnson Pavilion that houses the Pre-Columbian Collection. The museum has close ties to local and Harvard communities and engages scholars and visitors from all over the world through exhibitions, gallery talks, and class visits. Dumbarton Oaks is a vibrant home of the humanities with an overarching mission of communicating the value of culture and advanced research to the broadest possible public.
The museum director will lead the museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits in a highly collaborative environment. The director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of museum operations. The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with strong leadership and administrative skills. The incumbent will join our community at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and public programs and will contribute to the ongoing Dumbarton Oaks Access Initiative by helping us design and deliver free and open access to the collections through digital and educational initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversees all aspects of museum operations including administration, budget, and staff.
• Oversees exhibition planning and delivery, leading the museum team and collaborating with other departments as well as external partners.
• Oversees handling,conservation, insurance, and loans of collections.
• Collaborates closely with other departments on building maintenance and security; outreach; and planning and delivery of public programs
• Oversees the transition to an updated collections management system.
• Oversees the digital and print publication of museum collection and exhibition catalogues.
• Leads the overhaul of the museum digital and web presence, including the provision of open access catalogues and high-resolution images of the museum collections.
• Engages actively with new scholarship relating to the Dumbarton Oaks collections, as well as with up-to-date museum practices and initiatives.
• Mentors fellows and interns from Harvard University as part of Dumbarton Oaks’ skillbuilding programs for early-career humanists.
• Maintains coordination with Harvard University policies as appropriate.
• Performs special projects and duties as required by the Director and Executive Director.
• Manage a team of ten full-time museum professionals.
• Master’s degree in art history or museum studies required
• Minimum six years’ museum management experience, including responsibility for a professional staff and budget.
• Advanced degree in any area of the museum’s collections preferred.
• PhD preferred.
• Proven administrative and leadership ability, ideally in a museum setting.
• Strong data and collection management skills.
• Excellent communication skills; collegiality, initiative, and versatility in a fast-paced environment that is committed to the highest standards of museum and scholarly practice.
The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link here.
Four Funded Doctoral Positions, ‘Metropolitaet in der Vormoderne’, University of Regensburg
Deadline: 14 February 2020
The University of Regensburg invites applications for four doctoral positions as ‘Researchers’ (E13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time) within the DFG research training group “Metropolitaet in der Vormoderne”.
The duration of the contract will 1.5 years, an extension for 1,5 more years is planned. The position is to be filled by 1st April 2020. Please submit your application by 14th February 2020.
For more information, see here.
Editor, ‘Studies in Late Antiquity’, University of California Press.
Deadline: 10 February 2020
University of California Press is seeking applicants for the position of Editor of Studies in Late Antiquity. The new editorship will begin in January 2021 following the end of founding Editor, Beth DePalma Digeser’s term.
Launched in 2015, Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is an online-only quarterly journal that serves as an international forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150-750 CE). Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India and all of Asia, as well as disrupting the assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern, western Europe. In addition to the peer-reviewed articles of original research, the journal also publishes invited essays, book reviews, and exhibition reviews.
Applicants should have a distinguished scholarly record in the field. Journal editorial experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should possess strong organizational and management skills, the ability to work with others, and a commitment to the journal’s mission to publish high-quality, relevant, and engaging scholarship.
University of California Press provides the Editor with a modest annual stipend of financial support.
Primary responsibilities of the Editor include:
• Developing and implementing a strategic editorial vision and goals for the journal
• Appointing editorial board members and identifying appropriate peer reviewers
• Making final decisions on manuscripts
• Ensuring smooth editorial workflows and processes
• Adhering to the Publisher’s production schedule for the journal
• Working collaboratively with journal stakeholders on journal promotion and building a reliable pipeline of high quality submissions
UC Press endeavors to have the new Editor appointed by May 2020 to ensure a smooth editorial transition.
Applicants should send a letter of application including their strategic vision for the journal, a description of their qualifications for the position, a current CV, and a description of any potential institutional support to David Famiano (email@example.com).
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 10, 2020 although applications may be considered on an ongoing basis.
Late Antique Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunity, July 2020, Son Peretó.
This is an archaeological field school where you will be fully trained in a range of archaeological techniques including: excavation of terrestrial archaeological sites, topographical recording of sites, classification of artefacts, identification and classification of ceramics, preventive conservation, and cataloguing techniques. The course also include lectures about Late Antiquity, the Christian Era and the Islamic Period of the Balearic Islands.
What will you excavate? Late antique and early medieval graves (dating from 5th to 9th centuries), from the graveyard surrounding the basilica of Son Peretó (late 5th c., with mid 6th c. mosaics) or its newly discovered neighbouring buildings. This excavation is co-ordinated from Oxford and fulfils the requirements of fieldwork experience for undergraduate and graduate students. The excavation is led and Directed by Magdalena Salas, Dr Mateu Riera, and Dr Miguel Ángel Cau.
· The Eastern Roman Empire’s western frontier on the Spanish island of Mallorca (near Manacor).
· Two weeks in July 2020.
5 places available: to ensure comprehensive training only 5 students (UG or PG), supervised by two field directors. Early applications are encouraged.
· €1200 per student (for the two weeks).
· Board and lodging (in a local hostel in twin bedded rooms), daily transportation to and from the site, and excavation tools (we suggest brining your own gloves, knee pads, hat etc.).
What else do you need?
· Travel/fieldwork insurance required (ask your department about cover provided by the University of Oxford).
· Airfare to Palma de Mallorca Airport. Bus/Train from Palma Airport to Manacor.
· Check with your Faculty, College and Department about fieldwork and travel funding.
Further information about this fieldwork opportunity for students is available from the co-ordinators:
Dr Carlos Cabrera Tejedor
Institute of Archaeology | University of Oxford
36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG – United Kingdom Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity