Call for Articles: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies No.8

Deadline: 4 August 2019

Annual of Istanbul Studies, which has been published by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Istanbul Research Institute since 2012, featuring many valuable articles by distinguished writers over the course of 7 issues, is being relaunched with its new title, YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies.

Our publication which presents current research articles dealing with civilizations that existed in the city, written, oral and material cultures, the changing historical and human geographies of the city, traces of human and non-human actors, from the prehistoric era until today will be transformed into a double blind peer-reviewed journal to appear in national and international scientific publication indices. Thus, we are aiming to incorporate a larger variety of content in YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies and to increase its recognition. We believe that working with a larger advisory board from various disciplines will also have a positive impact on the development, increase, and institutionalization of Istanbul-related study fields. Starting from the eighth issue, which is due to appear at the end of 2019, the journal will publish double blind peer-reviewed individual articles as well as special section articles, essays (Meclis) , book and exhibition reviews, and a regularly updated Istanbul bibliography.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies will be open access through online platforms, as it will also continue to be published in its print form.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is accepting submissions of original articles in Turkish or English by researchers working on the history, architecture and history of art, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban studies, and other related fields with focus on various periods of the city.

Articles submitted for publication in the journal will be first evaluated by the editors of the journal, or by the editors of that specific issue. Articles deemed suitable by editors in terms of subject matter and quality will be sent anonymously to two separate reviewers elected among the Advisory Board in accordance with their expertise, or again designated by the Advisory Board. Reports from the double blind reviewers will be 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 the work.

The review process is mandatory for research articles, while book reviews and essays shall only require editorial evaluation. The editors of the YILLIK pledge to complete the submission processes as quickly and as 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.

Among articles sent for publication in YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies by doctoral students or researchers who have defended their doctoral thesis within the last 5 years, one article will be awarded the YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Early Career Article Prize. The winning article will be awarded a 3.000 TL prize, as well as a 5-year subscription to the print version of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies.

Articles, essays, and book reviews for the eighth issue of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies, which will appear in December 2019, should be sent to istanbulstudies@iae.org.tr by August 4, 2019. 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.

Before submitting your article, please refer to our submission and publishing style rules.

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

Fellowship: Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fellowships

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, USA

Deadline: 1 November 2019

Fellowships (junior, regular, summer, Tyler) are awarded to scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. Applications due November 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For further information on all awards, please visit the Dumbarton Oaks website.

Grant: Dumbarton Oaks One-Month Research Awards

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, USA

Deadline: 1 October 2019

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 to scholars holding a PhD and working on research projects in Byzantine studies or related fields. The awards were established to make the intellectual community, as well as the library, rare book, garden, and museum resources, of Dumbarton Oaks more widely available to a broader range of scholars for shorter terms and with some flexibility in starting dates. Awards are intended especially for those who might not be able to avail themselves of a longer-term fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, or scholars in related disciplines who seek greater exposure to our fields of study. Applications due October 1, 2019 for January 15 – June 30 award period.

For further information on all awards, please visit the Dumbarton Oaks website.

A Conference in Honour of Bryan Ward-Perkins

Trinity College, University of Oxford, 20-21 June 2019

Bryan Ward-Perkins is retiring this year, after many years of service to Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to academic life in Oxford. Please join friends, colleagues, and former students for a series of papers in his honour.

Speakers will include Averil Cameron, Ulrich Gehn, Ine Jacobs, Luke Lavan, Simon Loseby, Carlos Machado, Javier Martinez Jimenez, Neil McLynn, Efthymis Rizos, Claire Sotinel, Robert Wisniewski, George Woudhuysen, and others.

The event is free but please register with Phil Booth (philip.booth@theology.ox.ac.uk) in advance.

For the full programme, see here.

Summer School: Comprehending ‘Byzantium after Byzantium’. An Introduction to Ottoman Historical Sources

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 22-26 July 2019

Deadline: 30 June 2019

This course aims at introducing students to the various primary sources of Ottoman History and the methodological approaches used in current research, with special focus on the transitional period between the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire (14th-15th c.). The Ottoman sources are invaluable for they cast light on the Late Mediaeval and Early Modern History of the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa. The course will help students approach historical sources, teach them to record and scrutinise the quantitative and qualitative data contained therein, and to work towards formulating well-grounded historical conclusions based on these sources (cross-checking against other sources, evaluation, etc.). Students will be required to participate in examining and analysing selected Ottoman texts (in English translation), in order to practise the relevant research skills described above. Knowledge of Modern and/or Ottoman Turkish is desirable, but not a requirement, as the course will include a basic introduction to Ottoman Turkish script and language.

For details, see https://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/we02/griechisch/byzantinistik/aktivitaeten/veranstaltungen/Ottoman-Summer-Course/index.html

Job: Temporary Lecturer in Medieval/Early Modern History

Royal Holloway, University of London

Deadline: 12 June 2019

Full-time, Fixed Term (12 months)

Applications are invited for a one-year fixed-term post of Lecturer in Medieval/Early Modern History. Candidates will normally have completed a PhD in History and be able to demonstrate a developing record of excellence in teaching and publication. The candidate will contribute to core undergraduate teaching in the History Department; with opportunities to contribute to teaching in ancient, medieval, Byzantine, and early modern history according to the successful candidate’s strengths. The candidate will, additionally, participate in the Department’s admissions activities and its public engagement work. This is a full-time post to begin 1 September 2019.

For full details, see https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0519-214

Call for Papers: Nature(s), animaux et paysages: perception et usage de l’environnement a Byzance

XIIes Rencontres internationales de doctorants en etudes byzantines, Paris, France, 11-12 October 2019

New Deadline: 30 June 2019

From craggy rocks depicted on an icon to the animals of a Physiologos, from botanical knowledge to astrology, the Eastern Roman empire was populated by non-humans. Wild and domestic animals, plants, stars, seascapes and landscapes all created a setting for individuals to develop in. How did human actors infuse the multiple aspects of Creation with meaning? People have always had to adapt to the constraints of “Nature”, interact with the environment so as to benefit from it, understand and predict the “whims” of climate and the ravages of diseases, and, finally, depict a world that, to them, was saturated with meaning and ordered through symbols and analogies.

What are the implications of “Nature”? The universalism of this concept, usually opposed to that of “Culture”, is currently being challenged in the Humanities and Social Sciences, “Nature” being recognized as a specifically modern Western construct (P. Descola, Par-delà nature et culture, 2005). The aim of this year’s Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings in Paris is to ask this very question in Byzantine context, in order to define and illustrate the various relations that the women and men of the Empire maintained with their surroundings.

Whether we refer to the landscape archeology developed by Sharon Gerstel (Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography, 2015) or recent diachronic studies from Gutenberg University in Mainz on the relations between man and “Nature”; whether we cite recent publications by John Haldon (The Empire That Would Not Die, 201 7) or Henry Maguire (Nectar and Illusion: Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature, 2012), current Byzantinists actively engage with the most pressing issues of the day.

The 12th Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings will offer the opportunity for four Master’s students from Paris and for eight international PhD students to present their research and engage in discussions on this key topic on October 11 and 12, 2019.

In this sense, contributions from all related topics and approaches are welcome: cultural history (landscapes and settlements; iconography, hymnography and theology; plant and animal symbolism); history of technology (as pertains to botany, agriculture, navigation, architecture, clothing and all other human creations exposed to the workings of the climate); environmental and natural history (archeozoological and paleoenvironmental studies and archaeometry are essential tools for understanding the crucial implications of migrations, harvests, demography or eschatological fears).

Proposals (max. 2000 characters) should be sent no later than 30th June 2019 to lesbyzantines@gmail.com and should include the paper’s title and language (French or English), as well as the name of the applicant’s research director and institution.

Organisation Committee:
Pierre Chaney (EPHE)
Romain Goudjil (Paris-Sorbonne)
Aleksandre Prosperini (EPHE)
Milan Vukasinovic (EHESS)
Lilyana Yordanova (EPHE)

Petition Against the Closing of the Monumenta Musica Byzantinae

The future of a major enterprise in Byzantine Studies is under threat from the decision of the University of Copenhagen to make the Director of the Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

The Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae (MMB) was established in Copenhagen in 1935 under the direction of Prof. Carsten Høeg, and quickly became a world-renowned scientific enterprise devoted to the study and publication of Byzantine musical and liturgical sources (http://www.igl.ku.dk/MMB/). The University of Copenhagen has been central to the activities of the MMB ever since, housing a comprehensive library and archive which has supported a sustained and highly productive programme of research and publication by a very international body of scholars. Students of the successive directors of the MMB have gone on to secure prestigious positions around the world in the fields of Classics, Byzantine Studies and Musicology. The MMB volumes are published under the auspices of the Union Académique Internationale, with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation and several other funding bodies.

The present director of the MMB, Prof. Christian Troelsgård, has been a lecturer in the Department of Greek and Latin for the last 26 years, and has an outstanding reputation both as a teacher and for his research. He is universally regarded as a leading scholar in all branches of the study of Byzantine chant, known internationally through his many books and articles, and widely respected in his University through his co-ordination of several externally-funded research projects and as a member of the Royal Danish Academy and the Academic Council of the Faculty of Humanities. The University of Copenhagen has rashly determined that his position no longer ‘matches the future development of the Faculty’, and proposes to dismiss him for reasons of ‘necessary cut-backs’. Since Prof. Troelsgård represents the one and only institutional affiliation of the MMB project in Denmark, there is a real risk that this proposal would precipitate the sudden closure of all MMB activities, and the dispersal of an immensely valuable tradition of research that has been a jewel in the crown of Danish (and European) research in the humanities for more than 80 years. The consequences of this dismissal on research in this field would be really dramatic on a world scale, at a time when many new avenues of research are being actively explored.

If you would like to ask for a reconsideration of this decision, and to express your support for the MMB project, we invite you to sign the following petition:

http://chng.it/WnvzKY95L7

The members of the MMB Editorial Board

Call for Papers: ‘Byzantium between East and West’, Mediterranean Historical Review Special Issue

Deadline: 31 March 2020

David Jacoby, one of the leading historians of Byzantium, passed away in October 2018. Prof. Jacoby was a member of the international board of the Mediterranean Historical Review, and contributed to it in various ways. His research in the fields of trade, economy and society, revealed not only the Mediterranean aspects of these Byzantine activities, but also the importance that Byzantine history holds for the study of the Mediterranean. We regret this loss very much. To commemorate his lifelong achievements in the field of Mediterranean history, the MHR intends to publish a special issue dedicated to the theme “Byzantium between East and West”. We invite scholars to propose articles addressing this theme in view of the special position of Byzantium between the Levant, Eastern Europe and the Latin West. Byzantium boasts a history of over 12 centuries, maybe more than any other Mediterranean civilization. We wish to address the unique position it held, both geographically and chronologically, in the history of the region. Papers may deal with any aspect of the subject in history, art history or archaeology, in any timeframe (narrow or wide) and in local, global or entangled perspective. All papers will be peer-reviewed following the Journal’s normal evaluation process.

The call for papers is also available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09518967.2019.1594088.