Online Event: Byzantium at Ankara

Global Byzantium at Ankara: From Past to Present (Summer Seminar Series)

July 2020

The Byzantine Seminar Series “Byzantium at Ankara” is an event organized and hosted in collaboration by the Department of History at Bilkent University and the Department of History of Art at Hacettepe University which will be held over the entire 2019/2020 Academic Year as organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sercan Yandim and Asst. Prof. Dr. Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University).

The object of the series of talks is to engage Byzantine scholars from different backgrounds and areas of expertise in a conversation on issues which relate and resonate with the current socio-political and economic situation. The importance of building \ these connections should indeed allow to put Byzantium in a global, modern and historical perspective .The idea is to have an inter and multidisciplinary approach to all-encompassing topics like “Famines and Plagues”, “Crisis and Migrations across land and sea frontiers” and “iconography of Byzantine disasters and Renaissance” as debates will be open to scholars and students as well as Medieval and Byzantine enthusiasts.

Schedule

I. Famine and Plagues in Byzantium: archaeology, documentary and hagiography in a comparative perspective – Friday, 10 July 2020 h. 19:00 (Istanbul Time)

Discussants: Beate Bölhendorf Arslan (Philipps Universität Marburg), William Caraher (University of North Dakota), Antje Fehrman (Freier Üniversitat Berlin), and Aneilya Barnes (Coastal Carolina University)

II. Crisis and Migrations across the Mediterranean frontier: was it really all about a Dark Ages after all? – Friday, 17 July 2020 h. 19.00 (Istanbul Time)

Discussants: Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck University), Jonathan Jarrett (University of Leeds), Nicholas Bakirtzis (Cyprus Research Institute) and Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)

III. Picturing disasters (and Renaissance) in Byzantium – Friday, 24 July 2020 h. 19.00 (Istanbul Time)

Participants: Sercan Yandim (Hacettepe University), Renate Burri (University of Bern), and Ivana Jevtic (Koç University)

All the sessions will be broadcasted via zoom and upon pre-registration at luca.zavagno@bilkent.edu.tr or sercan.yandim@hacettepe.edu.tr a link to attend the seminars will be send one hour before the start of the meeting.

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.

Call for Articles: ‘Estudios bizantinos’, Sociedad Española de Bizantinística

The journal Estudios bizantinos aims to be a communication tool at the service of the community formed by scholars of the Byzantine world. To this end, the contents published are offered to readers in Open Access, under a Creative Commons license. Its creation by the Sociedad Española de Bizantinística (Spanish Society of Byzantine Studies) is seen as a means to achieve the overall objective of promoting Byzantine Studies in Spanish-speaking countries.

Estudios bizantinos is an international journal, published annually, open to all those who wish to publicize their research on any aspect of Byzantine civilization. Although the editors of the journal are open to receive content in all languages, we feel that publication in languages which are less common in scientific circles is detrimental to the assessments and reviews of the research presented in the journal; we therefore encourage authors to submit their work in English, French or Spanish.

Originals sent to the journal’s editorial office should deal with one or more of the following areas:
· Byzantine Civilization: archaeology, art, law, philology, philosophy, history, linguistics, palaeography, theology, etc.
· The impact of Byzantium and its relationship with neighbouring peoples.
· Late Antiquity in both the Western and the Eastern Mediterranean and, in particular, Byzantium’s contacts with the Iberian Peninsula and Western Christianity.
· Relationships with the Slavic, Latin and Islamic cultures.

The journal may devote part of each annual volume to a single theme, with its own introduction and accompanying materials. Works presented for publication will be submitted to an evaluation process which will decide as quickly as possible whether to accept or reject it. We encourage readers of Estudios bizantinos to subscribe to the journal in order to receive the latest news of publication. They can also learn about other news relating to Byzantium on the web of the Sociedad española de Bizantinística.

Call for Articles: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Issue no. 2 (2020)

Deadline: 19 July 2020

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies invites contributions for its issue no. 2 (2020). YILLIK is a peer-reviewed, open access, international academic journal featuring cutting-edge research on Istanbul’s past and present, published by the Istanbul Research Institute in print and online (via DergiPark).

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is accepting submissions of original research articles, opinion pieces (Meclis), book and exhibition reviews in Turkish or English, by researchers working on any period of the city through the lens of history, history of art and architecture, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban studies, and other related disciplines in humanities or social sciences.

Articles submitted for publication in the journal are first evaluated by the Editorial Board. Articles deemed suitable by editors in terms of subject matter and quality will be sent to two anonymous reviewers elected among the multidisciplinary Advisory Board in accordance with their expertise, or recommended by the Advisory Board. Reports from the double blind reviewers are combined with the comments of the editors and sent back to the author. Depending on their quality and relevance, articles may be accepted or rejected, or the author may be asked to revise their work.

The review process is mandatory for research articles, while book and exhibition reviews along with the Meclis pieces only require editorial evaluation. The editors of the YILLIK pledge to complete the submission process as quickly and constructively as possible. Our aim is to limit the duration of the evaluation process, from the submission to the journal to the forwarding of reviewer reports to the author, to 6 weeks.

The submission deadline for issue no. 2 is July 19. The issue will be published in December 2020.

Every year, one of the articles written by a student or recent PhD will be awarded the YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Early Career Article Prize. For details, click here.

Those who wish to submit a book or exhibition review are strongly recommended to ask for the opinion of the Editorial Board in order to avoid duplicate reviews.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies conforms to Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition. Before submitting your article, please refer to our submission & publishing style guide.

For the “YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Publishing Ethics and Peer Review Statement” click here.

For submission and questions: istanbulstudies@iae.org.tr

Job: Professor (W1, tenure track) of the History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean

University of Tübingen, Germany

Deadline: 29 June 2020

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen invites applications for a position in the Department of History, Medieval History section, as a Professor (W1, tenure track) of the History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean to commence as soon as possible.

The holder of this professorship will represent the History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean from the 7th to the 15th century.

The successful candidate will have a completed doctorate in the area within the advertised professorship which demonstrates potential for outstanding publications in leading international journals. He or she will be able to demonstrate teaching experience. Applicants will be expected to be able to read historical sources in at least two different languages in the area (Greek, Arabic, Syrian, Persian, Coptic, etc.). The holder of this position will be in a position to develop core research areas from both before and after the turn of the first millennium CE.

The successful candidate will be willing and able to collaborate on a broad thematic basis within the Faculty’s research centers and networks and in all study programs of the History Department.

This is a tenure-track position and is subject to an interim evaluation after four years and a final evaluation after six years. If the final evaluation is positive, the post will be upgraded to a full (W3) professorship after six years with no re-advertising of the position. The position has a teaching load of four hours per week prior to interim evaluation, and six hours thereafter.

For full details: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-humanities/faculty/vacancies-job-offers/#c1077819.

Call for Papers: Licht aus dem Osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 26-27 November 2020 (or virtually)

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore a variety of theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analysed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop invites papers on the economy of natural light in medieval churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, or rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered analyses of light Inszenierung examined in this workshop cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Proposals for 30-minute papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at aisulli[at]umich.edu and vladimir.ivanovici[at]usi.ch by 15 June 2020. Please include in the email subject line “Berlin Workshop Proposal”.

For all accepted presenters, the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals will be covered by the host institution through a grant sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.