Grant: Dumbarton Oaks One Month Research Awards

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, USA

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 to scholars holding the PhD or other relevant terminal degree (e.g., MLA for Garden and Landscape studies applicants) and working on research projects in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, Garden and Landscape 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.

For full details, see https://www.doaks.org/research/fellowships-and-awards/one-month-research-awards.

Summer School: 2020 Byzantine Greek Summer School

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA, 29 June-24 July 2020

Deadline: 1 February 2020

Intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and introduction to paleography and Byzantine book culture. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. Applications due February 1, 2020.

The principal course will be a daily 1½-hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.

For full details, see https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/2020-byzantine-greek-summer-school.

Scholarship: Master’s Scholarships in Medieval Studies

Central European University, Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 30 January 2020

We offer an intensive, cross-disciplinary course of study on all aspects of history and culture between 300 and 1600 CE. Renowned faculty help you uncover and understand the past of Central and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine, Slavic, Jewish, Arab and Ottoman worlds, in a global context. Our strong relationship with local universities and cultural institutions, on-site learning and field trip opportunities, internship program, source language courses and exhaustive library on all things medieval make us an ideal incubator for future scholars and professionals in and outside of academia. In addition to coursework at the Vienna campus, students may also take advantage of academic activities and resources available on CEU’s Budapest campus.

MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 1 YEAR / This program is designed for students with a strong research agenda centered around late antique and medieval Latin, Slavonic, Byzantine or Ottoman culture and a solid grounding in medieval or early modern history or a bordering discipline, such as philology, literature, philosophy or archeology. You will master the latest research methodologies and enrich your research through the study of relevant source languages.

For further details, see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BXQ399/masters-scholarships-in-medieval-studies.

Fellowship: Donald Bullough Fellowship 2020-2021

University of St Andrews

Deadline: 15 January 2020

The Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews invites applications for the Donald Bullough Fellowship, to be taken up during either semester of the academic year 2020-2021.

The Fellowship is open to any academic in a permanent university post with research interests in mediaeval history. The financial aspect of the fellowship is a subsidy (up to £3000) towards the cost of travel to St Andrews and accommodation during your stay. The successful applicant is normally someone enjoying research leave from their own institution. Previous Fellows have included Dr Christina Pössel, Professor Cynthia Neville, Dr Ross Balzaretti, Dr Marlene Hennessy, Professor Warren Brown, Dr Edward Coleman, Professor Richard Kaeuper, Dr Natasha Hodgson, Professor Jacqueline Murray, Professor Ruth Mazo Karras, and Professor Cullen Chandler. The fellowship is currently held by Professor Dan Smail (Autumn-Winter Semester 2019).

For full details, see https://saims.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2019/10/07/apply-for-the-2020-2021-bullough-fellowship/.

Job: Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature

University of Southern Denmark

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Applications are invited for a position as Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature at the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark. The position is available from September 2020.

The position forms part of the Centre for Excellence, Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), and of the study programme of Classics.

CML is an interdisciplinary center (at SDU and the University of York) that seeks to formulate theoretical and practical frames for studying medieval literatures on a European rather than a national or single-language basis. The Centre comprises research groups with representatives from many European literatures as well as history and art history.

The research profile for the professorship can fall within any period or speciality of Ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. It will count as a strength if the candidate crosses several periods and / or genres and themes and has a research record which documents comparative interests looking towards other literatures or intellectual traditions. The successful candidate is expected to lead international research groups and to be a key force in promoting and developing the field of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature within the larger research programme of CML.

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD, have a substantial and high-level publication record beyond the speciality of the PhD and be able to document an international profile within collaboration, conference initiatives, invited talks, as well as a record of obtaining external funding.

For full details, see https://www.sdu.dk/en/service/ledige_stillinger/1072439.

Scholarship: Fully-funded PhD Scholarship in Classics and Late Antique History

University of St Andrews

Deadline: 16 January 2020

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project: ‘Remembering the Dead on the Edge of Empire: Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)’

This project will examine the transformations of north Italian society between 300 and 600 CE, analysing key developments in the relationship between memory, identity, and social power. Focusing on funerary inscriptions as part of the strategies for social promotion used by inhabitants of Italian cities – including both migrant and ‘indigenous’ groups – it will examine their contribution to the redefinition of the communities in which they lived. The resulting thesis will provide an original picture of late antique Italy, giving voice to new and often neglected social groups and identities. It will also focus directly on a relatively neglected, yet crucially important, set of Late Antique data – inscribed epitaphs. Scholars have recently paid great attention to funerary rites as a means of establishing social standing within a community. Our proposed project goes one step further, focusing on how this activity continued beyond death and burial – through the medium of inscribing words on stone. In doing this, it will represent an innovative and ground-breaking study in late antique studies, whether in terms of its interdisciplinary methodology, approach, and results.

For full information, see https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/scholarships/world-leading-classics-history/.

Fellowship: Princeton Hellenic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

Princeton University, NJ, USA

Deadline: 8 January 2020

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships: (1) The Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies and (2) The Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies. These fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply.

Terms of the fellowship: Fellows will be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associates for September 2020 through June 2021, conducting research on a full-time basis. There is also the possibility for renewal for a second full year (July 2021 through June 2022), based on funding and satisfactory performance. Fellows who are renewed may be offered the opportunity to teach or co-teach a course during their second year. Teaching opportunities will be subject to sufficient course enrollments and must be approved for the Dean of the Faculty. When teaching, fellows will hold the additional rank of Lecturer. Fellows who are renewed for a second year have the possibility of spending up to two months at the Princeton Athens Center conducting research during Summer 2021.(June-July 2021)

These fellowships are intended for scholars in Hellenic Studies, with a special emphasis on Modern Greek Studies, Byzantine Studies, or Late Antique Studies, including their relation to the Classical tradition. The goal of this postdoctoral research fellowship program is to advance the scholarship of outstanding Hellenists at an early stage of their career and thus to strengthen the field of post-Classical Greek Studies in the United States and abroad.

For full details, see https://hellenic.princeton.edu/opportunities/postdoctoral-research-fellowships.

Fellowship: JRF in the History and Culture of the Countries of the Silk Roads

King’s College, London, 2020-2024

Deadline: 14 January 2020

Through a generous donation, King’s College Cambridge is able to invite applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the history and culture of the Silk Road countries, societies, and cultures of Asia from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, past and present, as well as their relationships with China in the East and Europe in the West.

This Research Fellowship inaugurates a broader programme of studies of the countries of the Silk Roads, which will include lectures, seminars and conferences, as well as graduate scholarships and further Research Fellowships. As well as pursuing their own research project, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in developing the programme and in organizing academic activity concerned with the countries of the Silk Road.

This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage research into the history and culture of the countries Silk Roads by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on their own choosing. Projects may concern any aspect of the history or cultures of any of the peoples of the Silk Roads, from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, but for this inaugural Research Fellowship, preference may be given to those studying the Silk Roads themselves, that is to studies of relationships and the movement of materials, knowledge, and technologies between China and the Mediterranean at any period in history up to the present day.

For further details, see https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/research/junior-research-fellowships.

Workshop: Digitizing and Encoding Seals: SigiDoc and RTI-Dome in action

Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, 20-21 January 2020

Deadline: 27 December 2019

We invite applications for a two-day workshop in digitizing and encoding ancient seals, hosted by the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at the Department for the Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, January 20-21, 2020.

The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss solutions, currently under development, concerning an XML-based and TEI-compliant data model for the description of Byzantine seals – and, with minor adjustments, of other coin-like objects, such as bread stamps, Hellenistic or Western Medieval seals and sealings. For this purpose, participants will be introduced to a new encoding standard: SigiDoc, the first attempt to adapt and extend the digital approach – already applied to inscriptions, coins and papyri – to seals. SigiDoc builds on the experience of the EpiDoc encoding standard and its customisable publication platform EFES (EpiDoc Front End Services). The introduction into the methodology and functionalities of both SigiDoc and EFES will take place during the first half of the workshop, followed by hands-on training sessions on the second day. The final session of the workshop will be dedicated to discussing challenges and solutions to open issues within the development of SigiDoc, as well as the questions and suggestions arising from the participants.

The workshop will also feature an introduction and a practical demonstration of Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI), a cutting edge imaging technology especially well-suited for the digitization of seals. With RTI, an object is photographed multiple times with lightning from different angles. These images are then computationally processed and presented in a way that allows the viewer to virtually move the light source on-screen, thus making visible and discernible finest and most subtle structure of the object’s surface. Legibility and analysis of visual features can be significantly improved. Participants in the RTI session will be introduced into the use of RTI technology, techniques and equipment, and their applications in sigillography. During the RTI session, seals and other objects (brought by the participants) will be digitised using a custom built RTI dome.

Lessons and hands-on training will be offered by Alessio Sopracasa (Sorbonne University, Paris), Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham), Martina Filosa (University of Cologne), and Marcel Schaeben (CCeH, University of Cologne).

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send an application to vedph@unive.it by December 27 including a brief description of your interest in the workshop as well as your scholarly background. Basic knowledge of TEI-XML as well as of Ancient/Byzantine Greek are desirable.

Call for Papers: Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, 15-17 June 2020

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The deadline for proposal submissions for the Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2020) is fast approaching, so get your abstracts ready! We invite proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. The Symposium is also host to the 47th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, the longest-running annual conference in North America. Opportunities for undergraduate submissions are also available via the Tirones Mediaevales sessions – see the website for more details.

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2019. Late submissions will be considered if space is available. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies.