Update: SPBS Spring Lecture postponed

The SPBS is sorry to announce that its Spring Lecture – ‘The fortifications of Byzantine and Crusader Cyprus’, by Dr James Petre – will be postponed indefinitely owing to ongoing measures against the spread of COVID-19. The lecture was due to take place on 31 March in Senate House, London. We intend to reschedule the event at a later date when public gatherings become more practicable. In the meantime, please stay well!

URGENT: Spring Symposium Postponement

A message from Professor Leslie Brubaker:

We are sorry to inform you that, due to the ongoing risks of the COVID-19 virus and the possibility of a full campus closure at the University of Birmingham, and on the advice of administrators, we have decided to postpone Nature and the Environment: the 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies until 27th-29th March 2021.

This postponement will not affect the advertised programme for Nature and the Environment, and we will look forward to welcoming you in Birmingham next year, should you still wish to attend.

If you have already paid for registration, and would still like to attend in 2021, we can roll over your registration until next year and keep the funds in our dedicated account. Alternatively, if you would prefer a refund, please feel to contact Daniel Reynolds (D.K.Reynolds@bham.ac.uk) or Thomas White (T.P.White@bham.ac.uk) in the University of Birmingham Department of History Office.

For those of you who have already booked travel, the majority of flight operators are offering to rebook flights for people whose travel plans have been disrupted by the virus. We also recommend that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Further advice may be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

If you require a formal letter to confirm the cancellation of the event, we will be happy to provide one for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. In either case, please contact Dan Reynolds or Tom White, as above.

With all best wishes, and please stay well!

Leslie Brubaker

Chair, SPBS and
Director, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
University of Birmingham, UK.

Summer School: Old Slavonic, Latin and Ancient Greek

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, July-August 2020

Deadline: 1 May 2020

The Institute of Ecumenical Research, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu (http://ecum.ro/) is happy to organize courses in Old Slavonic, Latin and Ancient Greek for the summer of 2020. The instruction language for each course is English. Each course comprises of 10 days of language training, with overall training of 60 hours/course. Lectures will be offered in some of the afternoons, as well as a one-day excursion on the fifth day of each course. You can enrol for one of the courses specified below or for two consecutive courses. Applications (cover letter, CV) should be sent to ccesiofh@gmail.com by May 1, 2020. The course fee is 250 Euro (tuition, course materials, lunches for course days, excursion). Please mind that all programs are non-residential, and accommodation is not covered by the course fee. For further information please refer to ccesiofh@gmail.com.


Post Doc in Byzantine Studies

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The Division of Byzantine Research (ABF) of the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, is seeking applications for the position of a POST DOC in Byzantine Studies (part-time/20 hours per week).

The initial duration of the appointment is 12 months, beginning with 1 October 2020 at the earliest. The ABF is one of the premier research institutions in Byzantine Studies internationally, representing a wide range of scholarship in close dialogue with the other three Divisions of the Institute for Medieval Research, and with the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna which has an extensive research library. The successful applicant will contribute to the research strand ‘Language, Text and Script’ through editorial and palaeographical work. Particularly welcome is a specialization in non-literary texts (e.g. legal texts).

– completed doctorate in Byzantine Studies or a related discipline (e.g. Classical Philology)
– demonstrated ability in Greek palaeography, editorial work, textual analysis of non-literary texts
– willingness to work in Vienna as part of a team and to contribute to the scholarly profile of the Division of Byzantine Research
– for non-German speakers: willingness to acquire proficiency in German (B1 and above) within the first year of appointment.

Applications must include:
– Letter of motivation (2 pages max.)
– Description of a research agenda for editorial work in non-literary texts, including a timeline
for 12 months and for a further 24 months (3 pages max.)
– a sample edition (either published or unpublished, min. 3 pages, max. 30 pages)
– CV
– list of publications
– three letters of recommendation

Please send your application including all relevant documents via e-mail to office-Byzanz@oeaw.ac.at (mentioning Job ID: IMAFO015PD120) no later than April 30, 2020.

We will use the data you provide for the purposes of your application in compliance with the regulations of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (for more information, see here:
https://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/oeaw/data-protection/job-applications/). Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp (claudia.rapp@oeaw.ac.at).

We offer an annual gross salary of € 21.914,20 (part time based, before taxes) according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. The OeAW lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture Summer School

National Hellenic Research Foundation -Institute of Historical Research, Athens, 22-27 June 2020

Deadline: 1 April 2020

The Institute of Historical Researchof the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is pleased to announce the organisation of the Summer School in Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture to be held in Athens between June 22 and 27, 2020.The Summer School is a six-day intensive course on the history of the Greek Script and Book Culture from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity. Taught by a team of leading specialists, it includes classes on Greek Palaeography and Codicology (Zisis Melissakis, NHRF), Book Culture (Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete), Diplomatics (Kostis Smyrlis, NHRF) and Epigraphy (Nicholas Melvani, University of Mainz/NHRF).

The Summer School will be mainly held at the premises of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens and will include visits to the National Library of Greece, which holds one of the world’s largest and most significant collectionsof Greek manuscripts, as well as to museums and archaeological sites in Attica. Participants of the Summer School will thus have the opportunity to inspect original medieval codices, documents, and inscriptions.

The 2020 Summer School is a successorof the well-received Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy, held on the island of Patmos in 2016 and 2017: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/educational_activities/2017_palaeography/NHRF_SummerSchools2017_Palaeography-en.html

The Summer School is addressed to graduate andpost-doctoral students as well as to advanced undergraduate students with adequate knowledge of Ancient Greek. The number of students is limited to 20. They will be selected on the basis of their CV and a short statementof purpose.

The course will be taught in English.All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For Information on the programme of the Summer School, the participation fees and the application procedure visit: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/index-en_IHR.html