Conference: The Insular Worlds of Byzantium

Byzantine Studies Colloquium

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA, 15 November 20119

Byzantine islands have been largely considered marginal to the dramatic political, social, and economic changes the Byzantine heartland experienced in the seventh century and at the onset of Arab expansion in the eastern Mediterranean. Major islands, such as Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, and the Balearics, were lost forever. Others, like Crete and Cyprus, remained in flux until they were briefly reclaimed by Byzantium in tenth century before coming under Latin control during the Crusades. Contrary to the perspectives offered by written sources (Byzantine, Arab, and Western), which for the most part dismiss them as marginal spaces, places of exile, or military outposts along maritime frontiers, islands constitute the best examples of the transformative adaptability of Byzantine society during periods of volatility and transition. Instead of decline and abandonment, archaeological work and results point to the existence of active communities, local and regional economic exchanges, and cultural continuities and interconnections during the period between the seventh century and the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders in 1204.

Speakers will address the topic of Byzantine islands through case studies viewed in their broader Mediterranean and comparative contexts. The exploration of islands as hubs where Byzantine, Islamic, and Western European cultures encountered and influenced the local political, economic, and social structures will permit new insights into the networks of island societies and their legacies. Not only were islands located along commercial shipping routes, but, as spaces of adaptive economic activities and social strategies that were molded by military and political realities, they presented unique opportunities for cultural interconnections. In this context, the “Insular Worlds of Byzantium” will provide new and revised perspectives on the Byzantine Mediterranean and beyond.

Speakers:
• Nikolas Bakirtzis, The Cyprus Institute
• William Caraher, University of North Dakota
• Salvatore Cosentino, Università di Bologna
• Sarah Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico
• Michael Decker, University of South Florida
• Jonathan Shea, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
• Joanita Vroom, Universiteit Leiden
• Luca Zavagno, Bilkent Üniversitesi

Call for Articles: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies No.8

Deadline: 4 August 2019

Annual of Istanbul Studies, which has been published by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Istanbul Research Institute since 2012, featuring many valuable articles by distinguished writers over the course of 7 issues, is being relaunched with its new title, YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies.

Our publication which presents current research articles dealing with civilizations that existed in the city, written, oral and material cultures, the changing historical and human geographies of the city, traces of human and non-human actors, from the prehistoric era until today will be transformed into a double blind peer-reviewed journal to appear in national and international scientific publication indices. Thus, we are aiming to incorporate a larger variety of content in YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies and to increase its recognition. We believe that working with a larger advisory board from various disciplines will also have a positive impact on the development, increase, and institutionalization of Istanbul-related study fields. Starting from the eighth issue, which is due to appear at the end of 2019, the journal will publish double blind peer-reviewed individual articles as well as special section articles, essays (Meclis) , book and exhibition reviews, and a regularly updated Istanbul bibliography.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies will be open access through online platforms, as it will also continue to be published in its print form.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is accepting submissions of original articles in Turkish or English by researchers working on the history, architecture and history of art, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban studies, and other related fields with focus on various periods of the city.

Articles submitted for publication in the journal will be first evaluated by the editors of the journal, or by the editors of that specific issue. Articles deemed suitable by editors in terms of subject matter and quality will be sent anonymously to two separate reviewers elected among the Advisory Board in accordance with their expertise, or again designated by the Advisory Board. Reports from the double blind reviewers will be combined with the comments of the editors and sent back to the author. Depending on their quality and relevance, articles may be accepted or rejected, or the author may be asked to revise the work.

The review process is mandatory for research articles, while book reviews and essays shall only require editorial evaluation. The editors of the YILLIK pledge to complete the submission processes as quickly and as constructively as possible. Our aim is to limit the duration of the evaluation process, from the submission to the journal to the forwarding of reviewer reports to the author, to 6 weeks.

Among articles sent for publication in YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies by doctoral students or researchers who have defended their doctoral thesis within the last 5 years, one article will be awarded the YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Early Career Article Prize. The winning article will be awarded a 3.000 TL prize, as well as a 5-year subscription to the print version of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies.

Articles, essays, and book reviews for the eighth issue of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies, which will appear in December 2019, should be sent to istanbulstudies@iae.org.tr by August 4, 2019. Those who wish to submit a book or exhibition review are strongly recommended to ask for the opinion of the Editorial Board in order to avoid duplicate reviews.

Before submitting your article, please refer to our submission and publishing style rules.

For submission and questions: istanbulstudies@iae.org.tr

Fellowship: Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fellowships

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, USA

Deadline: 1 November 2019

Fellowships (junior, regular, summer, Tyler) are awarded to scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. Applications due November 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For further information on all awards, please visit the Dumbarton Oaks website.

Grant: Dumbarton Oaks One-Month Research Awards

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, USA

Deadline: 1 October 2019

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 to scholars holding a PhD and working on research projects in Byzantine studies or related fields. The awards were established to make the intellectual community, as well as the library, rare book, garden, and museum resources, of Dumbarton Oaks more widely available to a broader range of scholars for shorter terms and with some flexibility in starting dates. Awards are intended especially for those who might not be able to avail themselves of a longer-term fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, or scholars in related disciplines who seek greater exposure to our fields of study. Applications due October 1, 2019 for January 15 – June 30 award period.

For further information on all awards, please visit the Dumbarton Oaks website.

Call for Papers: ‘Byzantium between East and West’, Mediterranean Historical Review Special Issue

Deadline: 31 March 2020

David Jacoby, one of the leading historians of Byzantium, passed away in October 2018. Prof. Jacoby was a member of the international board of the Mediterranean Historical Review, and contributed to it in various ways. His research in the fields of trade, economy and society, revealed not only the Mediterranean aspects of these Byzantine activities, but also the importance that Byzantine history holds for the study of the Mediterranean. We regret this loss very much. To commemorate his lifelong achievements in the field of Mediterranean history, the MHR intends to publish a special issue dedicated to the theme “Byzantium between East and West”. We invite scholars to propose articles addressing this theme in view of the special position of Byzantium between the Levant, Eastern Europe and the Latin West. Byzantium boasts a history of over 12 centuries, maybe more than any other Mediterranean civilization. We wish to address the unique position it held, both geographically and chronologically, in the history of the region. Papers may deal with any aspect of the subject in history, art history or archaeology, in any timeframe (narrow or wide) and in local, global or entangled perspective. All papers will be peer-reviewed following the Journal’s normal evaluation process.

The call for papers is also available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09518967.2019.1594088.