Job: Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks

Deadline: 15 January 2021

Dumbarton Oaks is a leading research center in Byzantine Studies, with a library that is a point of reference for the field, joined to world-renowned museum and archival collections.
The Director of Byzantine Studies will be someone deeply committed to the field and its future. As a dynamic leader, the Director of Byzantine Studies reports to the Director of Dumbarton Oaks and has two main areas of responsibility. He/She works with the Senior Fellows to develop the annual program of symposia, colloquia, lectures and innovative new projects. Equally important, the Director of Byzantine Studies is charged with greeting and forming a cohort of residential fellows and scholars, providing structure for presentations and discussions of their work as well as collegial informal gatherings. In the broader scholarly world, the Director of Byzantine Studies promotes the vitality of the field through outreach and regular communication with relevant Byzantine societies and academic programs in the United States and internationally, and fosters exchanges with closely connected fields.

For full particulars and details of application process, see the attached PDF.

Lecture: “The chatter, dialogue, and squabble of the Byzantine corridors of power”: Writing History in the Aftermath of Mantzikert (1071)

18 November 2020 at 2:00pm EST, via Zoom

This lecture honors John Nesbitt, a distinguished Byzantine historian and scholar in Byzantine sigillography who served as a research associate at Dumbarton Oaks from 1987 to 2009. Eric McGeer, his friend and former colleague, discusses their book Byzantium in the Time of Troubles: The Continuation of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes (1057–1079), published in January 2020.

The prelude to the battle of Mantzikert and its dire consequences sat uneasily in the minds of contemporaries. Who was to blame for the defeat of the army under Romanos IV Diogenes and the irrecuperable loss of Anatolia? Did the blame lie with the preceding emperors who had neglected the defense of the east; with the local commanders who through incompetence or cowardice had failed to deal with the incursions; or with Romanos Diogenes himself, whose terrible fate haunted Byzantine memory long after his cruel deposition and death? This lecture focuses on an important account of events leading up to the battle, the Continuation of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes, composed by a court official and historian sympathetic to Romanos Diogenes yet attuned to the political interests behind the competing versions of events.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

Call for Contributions: Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim literature

Abstract deadline: 1 February 2021

Chapter deadline: 31 December 2021

Topics devoted to historical science must, without a doubt, always take into account the realities of the present. In this sense, in the context of a global pandemic, a re-evaluation of the sources and a look through the respective lenses of the vast historical literature associated with the world’s three largest monotheistic religions are justified in order to answer the following questions: What did previous generations and individuals learn about illnesses? What did people of different religious or confessional backgrounds believe about diseases of the soul and the body? And what psychological and/or social effects did their convictions have in terms of remedies?

For full information, see the PDF linked below:

Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim literature