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.
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.
Deadline: 15 February 2021
The 2021 Coins and Seals Summer Program will be held from June 28 to July 23, 2021. Applicants must send their application electronically by February 15, 2021, and more information about the application process can found here.
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
Starts 15 October. Also by Zoom.
Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new Seminar Series scheduled for the Fall Semester 2020/21.
The series will open on Thursday 15 October 2020 (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time) with a talk by Dr. Philipp Niewöhner (Georg August Universität Göttingen) entitled “The grave of Saint Nicholas.”
The full roster of speakers (including Prof. Judith Herrin, Dr. Ioanna Christoforaki and Dr. Tolga B. Uyar among the others) can be found at https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program.
For registration and info please write to email@example.com.
Hosted by Dumbarton Oaks
5-6 November 2020, from 9:00am-1:00pm EST
Research on the social and economic history of Byzantium has tended to focus on the upper levels of society, where the evidence is abundant and relatively easily accessible. It has traditionally been dominated by attention to the large structures of church and state, represented through the key figures of patriarch and emperor, and how they implemented their economic and ideological interests. This has resulted in a top-down view of Byzantine society. In recent years, however, greater attention has been paid to the study of group formation, especially with a view to vertical mobility through patronage networks. This colloquium aims to foreground these recent advances in scholarship.
The colloquium brings together eight specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, whether social, economic, or religious. Of particular interest is the interplay between external pressures and internal motivation in the perception and representation of groups, on the one hand, and in the formation of groups and networks, on the other. This often involves searching out previously unknown or underappreciated sources, or subjecting better-known sources to new analytical questions.
By elucidating these phenomena in different periods of Byzantine history and in different geographical and social settings, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.
Free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/people-and-power-in-byzantium.
Hosted by Dumbarton Oaks
30 October 2020, at 2:00pm EDT
For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity.
This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and non-academic contexts.
Free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/rethinking-byzantine-masculinities-gender-sexuality-emotions-devotion.
4th Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Late Antique, Islamic And Byzantine Conference (Online)
19-21 November 2020
This conference will be held online by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-21, 2020. The conference focuses on disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) that shape historical memory and our understanding of the past, concentrating on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies.
The conference will include Prof. Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland) as the keynote speakers among many other prominent academics, researchers, postdoc, and graduate students.
See the attached PDF for full programme:
4th Edinburgh LAIBS Conference 2020
For any questions, please contact the conference committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.