Seminar Series: Byzantium at Ankara

Hacettepe University and Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

We are happy to announce that the Spring Semester of the Byzantium at Ankara Seminar Series 2019-20 will open with a seminar by Prof. Sema Dogan (Hacettepe University) entitled A Pilgrimage Site In Lycia: Saint Nicholas Church And Monastery In Myra. Prof. Dogan’ seminar will be held at Bilkent University (A building -A-130) on Thursday 27 February at 14.30.

Byzantium at Ankara Seminar Series Spring 2019-20 will then continue with three further seminars by Alexander Beihammer (Notre Dame University) on 11 March 2020, Tolga Uyar (Nevsehir University) on 11 April, and Nathan Liedholm (Bilkent University) on 24 April.

The Series will then end with the I Byzantine May Fest @Ankara which will be held on 7-8 May at Hacettepe University and Bilkent University and will see the participation of scholars and grad students from both Turkish and International institutions. Confirmed participants include: Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğazici University), Cenk Güray (Hacettepe University), Alessandra Ricci (Koç University), Ivana Jevtic (Koç University), Sercan Yandim Aydin (Hacettepe University), Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University), Sacit Pekak (Hacettepe University), Stefano Boatto (University of Bergamo) and Athanasia Stavrou (Boğazici University).

Further information and updates can be found at www.byzantiumatankara.com.

Fellowship: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Deadline: 1 March 2020

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, beginning September 2020 on the themes of Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global. The search committee welcomes proposals that span disciplinary boundaries from candidates working on comparative approaches to the advertised fellowship theme. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within a maximum of FOUR years before the appointment date and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research project outline, and THREE letters of reference.

Details and application instructions can be found here.

Call for Papers: The Twenty-Third Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR)

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 27-31 July 2021

Deadline: 15 May 2020

The Society calls for twenty-minute conference papers focusing on historical aspects of the theory and practice of rhetoric. This year’s specific conference theme or focus is “Topics and Commonplaces in Antiquity and Beyond.”

Topical invention originated in ancient Greece and was developed and used throughout the western intellectual tradition as a systematized method of finding arguments to discuss abstract, philosophical questions, as well as specific questions determined by circumstances of time and space. Commonplaces are part of topical invention. They reflect commonly accepted views and ideas such as the benefits of peace vs. the harm caused by war, and can be geared to provide arguments which confirm, suggest, or create consensus. Studying topics and their application from a historical perspective thus highlights how persuasive texts reflect and contribute to the shaping of the intellectual and sociocultural contexts in which they are situated. We invite papers on the theory and practice of topics in all regions, periods and cultures. But of course we also welcome papers on both the theory and the practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and on its relationships with poetics, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations delivered in one of the six languages of the Society, viz. English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The Society also welcomes panel proposals consisting of three or four speakers dealing with a common theme, so as to form a coherent set of papers. The chair of the proposed panel may also be one of the speakers. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper, clearly specifying the panel to which it pertains. In addition, the panel organizer is expected to complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel and naming the participants. Please note that proposals for panel papers will be considered on their individual merits by the Programme Committee, and there is no guarantee that all papers proposed for a panel will be accepted.

For further details on submitting proposals, see: https://associationdatabase.com/aws/ISHR/pt/sp/conference

Fellowship: Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA

Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies for advanced graduate students who are preparing for their PhD general exams, writing their doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees in the field of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape studies. Students who plan to conduct research in the fieldwork and photo collections, the rare book collection, or the museum collections are particularly encouraged to apply. The general library collections at Dumbarton Oaks contain more than 210,000 items in a variety of formats, while our rare book collection holds more than 10,000 volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, and blueprints. We welcome and encourage you to peruse our holdings in advance via the HOLLIS catalogue found here. Due to the short-term nature of the award, we are unable to process inter-library loan requests. Each residency provides two to four weeks of single accommodations and lunches on weekdays (with the exception of scheduled refectory closures). In addition, a Reader badge for access to the Library will be issued for the period of the residency. Applicants who live 75 or more miles from Washington, DC, will receive preference.

Successful applicants for residencies will be eligible to apply a second time before they receive their PhD degrees. The award of a residency does not preclude a subsequent award of a junior or a regular fellowship or a One-Month Research Award. Upon completion of the residency, recipients are asked to submit a research report to the Program Director, and to provide future degree completion and subsequent position placement information to the program.

For application details see: https://www.doaks.org/research/fellowships-and-awards/short-term-predoctoral-residencies

Conference: Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA, 24-25 April 2020

Update: please note that registration is now open, available through the link below

Though closely connected with the study of conversion and Christianization in the premodern era, the history of Christian missions has received little attention in recent scholarship. The recipients of Christian faith—individuals, nations, or social groups—and the processes of integrating the new religion have continued to attract analysis, but the agents of religious transformation have been relatively understudied, especially beyond the boundaries of medieval western Europe.

The symposium aims to illumine the inner motifs that characterized Byzantine missions, the changing incentives that inspired their missionizing, and the nature of their missionary activity; and ultimately to better understand how they perceived the universal claim of their empire and their church. At the same time, we hope to throw light on the broader religious dynamics of the medieval world.

Symposiarchs: Sergey Ivanov (National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Andrea Sterk (University of Minnesota)

For details, see https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/byzantine-missions-meaning-nature-and-extent

Summer School: Cappadocia in Context

Cappadocia, Turkey, 14–28 June 2020

Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), with the support of Cappadocia University, this 15-days intensive program is open to the participation of young researchers at the master’s and doctoral level and aims to provide conceptualization methods of the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine past in the historical and artistic context, accompanied by field studies, research and presentations..

Instructors:

Prof. Robert OUSTERHOUT (University of Pennsylvania)
Doç. Dr. Tolga UYAR (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş University)

For more information and applications: https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/summer-programs/cappadocia-in-context-summer-program/

NB: We have generous scholarship assistance for graduate students in all aspects of Byzantine Studies,, particularly those students in need.

Call for Papers: ‘New Jerusalem: Conceptions of Revelation’s Holy City in Late Antique Christianity’

KU Leuven, Belgium, 30 September 2020

Deadline: 15 April 2020

One of the most recognizable figures in the Christian tradition, the extravagantly portrayed New Jerusalem of Revelation 21—22, was appropriated by Christians throughout the late-antique period to represent an array of meanings and support various priorities. The reception of these patristic notions of the New Jerusalem has had a direct, profound, and enduring influence on the idea of the holy city in both the West and East in many contexts and leaves a legacy that continues to shape our culture to this very day. For a variety of reasons, however, the foundational early-Christian understandings, uses, and abuses of the New Jerusalem idea have been mostly overlooked at an object of study in its own right. This symposium, therefore, seeks to refocus scholarly attention on the patristic reception of the biblical New Jerusalem.

Revelation’s New Jerusalem has been taken to signify inter alia the believer’s soul, the church universal, various ecclesiastical buildings, the present life of virtue, the future messianic reign, the coming reward of the just, and the consummated union of the virtuous with Christ in eternity. While in this symposium we will always center on the New Jerusalem as it appears in Revelation 21—22, we will also take into consideration accounts of the spiritual Jerusalem that emerge from a rich network of biblical, classical, and apocalyptic texts that ancient authors draw on in connection with the New Jerusalem. Examples of such sources include Paul’s “Jerusalem above” text [Gal. 4:26], the “heavenly Jerusalem” passage of Heb. 12:21-22, representations of a renewed Jerusalem in the Psalter and the Prophets, Virgil’s Eclogue 4, the Sibylline Oracles). Treatments of the New Jerusalem inspired by non-textual ancient sources will also be within our scope.

The focus of interest will be (1) the various late antique Christian interpretations of the New Jerusalem, the theological, ethical, and political priorities it has been enlisted to support, (2) the sources upon which these interpretations and appropriations were based, the earliest artistic realizations of the image, and, (3) the motivations of the actors involved. The period covered will be c. 150 – 800.

For details, see the full call for papers.

Call for Papers: Forty-Sixth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 22-25 October 2020

Deadline: 15 March 2020

The Forty-sixth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Thursday, October 22, through Sunday, October 25, 2020. The meeting will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University. The local arrangements chair is Elizabeth Bolman (Department of Art and Art History).

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies and on related topics relevant to the field. Conference attendance is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

All conference attendees are warmly encouraged to attend and participate in the annual Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) business lunch and meeting, which will be conducted on Saturday, October 24th. For information: http://www.bsana.net.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, broadly construed. While there are no set themes for the BSC, the Program Committee is especially interested in papers that offer larger commentaries on the field, or situate Byzantium/Byzantine developments in a larger historical, regional, and/or global contexts. With the goal of engaging a wider audience, we encourage panels that forge a dialogue between Byzantine studies and cognate fields.

Paper proposals for the 2020 BSC may be in the form of individual papers, or of complete panels. Instructions for both, using the EasyChair system, are included below. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 500 words, and should be written to be accessible to a broad audience of readers on the Program Committee. All proposed papers must be substantially original and never have been published previously. Each contributor may deliver only one paper.

For details, see the full CfP: http://bsana.net/conference/BSC_2020_CFP.pdf.

Fellowship: Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Archaeology

University of Puget Sound, WA, USA

Deadline: 1 March 2020

The University of Puget Sound invites applications for the Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Archaeology starting in Fall 2020. This is a nonrenewable one-year position.

The Redford Fellow will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses over the year: an introduction to archaeology (including archaeological methods) course in the fall and two more specialized courses in the spring, chosen in consultation with the faculty mentor. The Fellow will also deliver a public lecture and serve as a campus resource for those interested in archaeology; this may include advising students, identifying summer excavations or field schools in which to participate, or finding graduate programs that meet students’ interests. The Fellow will be assigned to an appropriate department (e.g. Art and Art History, Classics, History, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology), where faculty will assist with professional development.

We invite applications from scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in archaeology within the last three years. We seek a candidate who has expertise in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, broadly understood, from c. 200 to c. 1000 CE. Specializations might include the late Roman world, Sassanian Empire, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine Empire, or early medieval western Europe. Candidates with interests in cross-cultural encounters, gender roles, or religion are especially encouraged to apply. Scholars who are able to make connections across disciplines and demonstrate the impact of archaeological work on a variety of fields in an undergraduate liberal arts setting are especially encouraged to apply.

For full details see: https://www2.pugetsound.jobs/psc/HR92PRD/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL.