Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies

The entire series of the BBBS, from issue 1 in 1975 through to issue 45 in 2019, is now available to download. Collectively they provide a unique insight into the development of Byzantine Studies in the UK.

Thanks are due to the present BBBS editor, Dr Fiona Haarer, for her diligent efforts in digitising the older issues.

Call for Papers: Colour, Emotion and Senses

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, May 2021

Deadline: 31 July 2020

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 21st Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Papers and posters are invited on the theme of colour, emotion and the senses. The investigation of the above themes has the potential to grant insight into the everyday experiences of people, transcending class, gender and race. This colloquium aims to explore the lives of people across the eastern Mediterranean from a variety of perspectives, from Late Antiquity through to the Present Day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Margaret Mullett, Harvard University/Dumbarton Oaks emerita.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

– Taste, food and feasting
– Sound and celebration
– Family, kinship and relations
– Religion and the sensory experience
– Music and dance
– Costume and colour

Papers of approximately 20 minutes or posters (maximum size A1) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than 31 July 2020 to 2020CBOMGScolloquium@gmail.com.

For further details, see https://gemuob.wordpress.com/annual-colloquium-3/

Job: Research Associate: the Epitome physica of Nikephoros Blemmydes

University of Hamburg, Germany

Deadline: 3 July 2020

Duties include academic services in the project “Science and Philosophy of Nature in the Byzantine World and in the Renaissance: the Epitome physica of Nikephoros Blemmydes”. Research associates mayalso pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. Candidates are expected to possess a university degree in a relevant field and working knowledge of Greek palaeography and codicology. Experience in textual scholarship and basic knowledge of Aristotelianism are a plus, as is a good knowledge of Latin. n line with requirementsof this particular third-party funding, only applicants who have not yet completed a PhD at the time of their application can be considered for this position.

For full information, see https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/uhh/stellenangebote/wissenschaftliches-personal/03-07-20-193-en.pdf.

Online Resource: Syrian Architectural Heritage Released on Wikimedia Commons

Dumbarton Oaks

More than 9,700 photographs of Late Roman and Byzantine monuments in Syria are being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, in keeping with our Access Initiative to make Dumbarton Oaks collections and scholarship more broadly available. In 2016, retired historian Frank Kidner donated photographs he had taken of Syrian sites in the 1980s and 1990s to Dumbarton Oaks. Emphasizing ancient villages in the modern-day province Idlib, west of Aleppo along the border with Turkey, the Frank Kidner Photographs collection documents sites of historical and archaeological significance while capturing scenes of daily life. His poignant photographs of children playing among the nearly 2,000-year-old ruins stand in stark contrast to familiar images of the ongoing refugee and displacement crisis stemming from the Syrian Civil War. Kidner created a comprehensive resource—drawing together topography, evidence of communities that once lived in the region, and architectural details—that is useful for researchers and scholars across a breadth of fields.

Online Resource: Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt Catalogue

Dumbarton Oaks

Experience the vibrant colors and array of textures that enlivened interior spaces in early medieval Egypt. Recent exhibition Woven Interiors—a collaboration with The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum—presented rare and fragile masterpieces from major American institutions, including many textiles that had never before been exhibited or had remained in storage for decades. Now, download the digital catalogue free of charge to explore some sixty remarkable pieces. Essays from curators Gudrun Bühl, Sumru Belger Krody, and Dumbarton Oaks Assistant Curator of the Byzantine Collection Elizabeth Dospěl Williams highlight major themes of the exhibition, including aesthetics, sacred imagery, comfort at home, and continuity and change. To purchase a hard copy of the catalogue, contact our Museum Shop.

Funded PhD Positions, ‘Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Studies’

Universität Wien, Austria

Deadline: 6 September 2020

The Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies invites applications for 6 fully funded doctoral positions (3 years, non-tenure).

The newly established Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (SHCS) invites applications from excellent doctoral candidates who intend to pursue their PhD in a vibrant, international academic environment at the University of Vienna.

To apply, you must hold an MA or equivalent degree. Please send an outline of your research project (15.000 characters), a CV, reference letters by two senior scholars, and a statement, why you would like to join the cluster of your choice. Applications will be accepted until June 5th, 2020. You will be informed about the outcome of your application by September 6, 2020. The semester begins October 1st, 2020

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree. Active involvement in the activities of the SHCS is expected, while participation in relevant graduate courses offered at Vienna University is required. You will conduct courses and you will participate in the evaluation and quality assurance of the school. The salary is corresponds to the collective agreement for Universities and is limited to a duration of three years. In addition, travel and publication funds are partly available upon application and depending on budget restrictions. Successful applicants will be employed as University Assistant (prae doc). Their contract will run for 3 years and comes with full social security and health insurance benefits. No extra housing allowance will be provided.

For more information, see here.