Fellowship: Macmillan-Rodewald & Richard Bradford Mcconnell Studentships 2020-2021

The British School at Athens

Deadline: 24 April 2020

The British School at Athens offers two fellowships (for either a full year or 6 months) for postdoctoral or advanced doctoral or research in any area covered by the School’s mission statement. By historical convention these awards are referred to as ‘Studentships’. Applications are open to researchers engaged in advanced postgraduate or postdoctoral research at UK universities.

The School is both the primary centre of British research in Greece for resident and visiting scholars and a hub of international research through its programme of seminars and conferences. It is the co-ordinating body for British archaeological fieldwork, and possesses outstanding Library facilities in many fields, as well as the Fitch Laboratory for science-based archaeology. The successful candidate will demonstrate high standards of academic excellence and will be conducting genuinely innovative research either in an established discipline, or of an inter-disciplinary nature. Candidates should have completed at least one year of doctoral research by the time they take up the award. Holders of AHRC or equivalent awards eligible for overseas study support within the terms of their grant will not normally be considered. During their tenure of an award, students are expected to be resident in Greece for a minimum of eight months. When in Athens, they must reside at the School and will be expected to contribute to its scholarly life and administrative operation. The holders of awards may re-apply for a second tenure, subject to academic performance. The fellowship is funded at the AHRC’s London-based rate for postgraduate awards.

Applicants should submit a CV and research proposal (maximum 1,000 words) which includes: a brief statement of the research question or questions, an outline of the overall research programme in its scholarly context, a timetable for completion, and the benefits for the research of residence in Greece based at the School. Two references will be required.

Applications are automatically considered for both the ‘Macmillan-Rodewald’ and the ‘Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship’.

Applicants should ask referees to write directly to the School Administrator by the deadline. Applicants should be prepared to attend an interview in London in June.

Applications and references must be sent by Friday 24th April 2020 to the School Administrator (school.administrator@bsa.ac.uk).

Information about the School is available at https://www.bsa.ac.uk/

SPBS Subscription Rates

Please note that subscription fees for SPBS membership will be increasing on 1 January 2020, as announced at the Society’s AGM in March. Our subscription rates have been unchanged for decades and it has become necessary to raise them to support the Society’s continuing operation and ability to provide grants.

Standard membership will increase to £30/year, with student membership increasing to £15/year. All new members joining from 1 January will pay the new rates, while existing members will become liable only upon the date of their membership renewal; current Life members will of course remain unaffected.

Until January, new members are welcome to join at the present rates, either online or offline.

The Executive Committee thanks all the Society’s members for their continuing support for the promotion of Byzantine Studies.

Lecture: The Empress’s New Clothes: Foreign Brides in Byzantium

The Fourth Annual Public Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies

University of Cambridge, 6 November 2019

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in association with The Byzantine Worlds Seminar and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities invites you to join us for the Fourth Annual Public Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies to be delivered by Dr Petra Melichar, Prague. Dr Melichar will speak on ‘The Empress’s New Clothes: Foreign Brides in Byzantium’.

Dr Petra Melichar earned her PhD from Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven in 2012. At present, she is a fellow of the Slavonic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and editor-in-chief of the journal Byzantinoslavica (since 2015). Her recent work centers on late Byzantine elite women in the Palaiologan period (1261–1453).

In her lecture, Dr Melichar will explore the transformation and integration of a foreign bride in the Byzantine environment. When a foreign princess arrived in Byzantium, she was brought into a splendid tent and dressed in a luxurious purple robe. The aim of this and several similar rituals symbolized a hoped-for transformation, a metamorphosis of a foreigner into a Byzantine. While these rituals could be performed within several days, integration into the Byzantine environment was much more complex and difficult as the stories of Maria of Bulgaria, Helene of Serbia, Anna of Savoy or Anna of Moscow reveal.

The event will take place at 17.00 on the 6th November in Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge. The event is free and open to the public.

Call for Papers: The State Between: Liminality, Transition and Transformation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference, History Faculty, Oxford, 28-29 February 2020

Deadline: 25 November 2019

For many centuries, Byzantium was characterised in historiographical narratives as a transitional state: a retrospective bridge between antiquity and modernity. However, while Byzantium undoubtedly acted as an intermediary between these worlds and eras, it is important to recognise the creativity, originality, and vitality which characterised this empire and its population. Much as Late Antiquity has been reframed recently as a period of evolution rather than decline, so too can the Byzantine world be viewed in a new light through the lens of liminality. This conference aims to explore the fluid and the unfixed, periods of transition and ambiguity; the state of being ‘betwixt and between’.

There are many cases in which liminality can be applied effectively as a historiographical tool to understand aspects of the Late Antique and Byzantine world. For instance, the lives of individuals were shaped by liminal experiences, in both secular and religious spheres. From the experience of widowhood to that of a novice entering monastic life, Byzantine lives were marked by the transition from one social status and identity to another: the middle phase in which liminal personae are simultaneously ‘no longer’ and ‘not yet’, existing between positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention and ceremonial. Liminal spaces permeated societies in the broader Byzantine world, from local landscapes, to religious buildings, to household interiors. As such, liminality provides a constructive framework with which to approach the transition and transformation of the Late Roman city to Medieval Islamic urbanism. On a larger scale, polities formerly on the periphery of the Byzantine world (the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula, the Steppe, the Slavic oecumene) often came suddenly to the foreground of the political landscape, resulting in the formation of new cultural networks and the shaping of identities.

Liminality is often defined in spatial terms, but it is also about process. For the cultural anthropologist Victor Turner, a ‘liminal phase’ can be an event or process which involves the disruption of existing hierarchies and power-structures. This definition of liminality as an inter-structural phase not only applies to political and economic change, but also may be extended to the subjective world of ideas and philosophical thought: the realm of what is possible and what may be.

Including contributions on political, social, literary, architectural and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean and beyond, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and kaleidoscopic view of the Late Antique and Byzantine world. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:
· Borders, Frontiers and Thresholds: cross-cultural engagement and identity formation; negotiation, hybridity and transition.
· States of Religious Identity and Practice: rituals, conversions, missionaries and pilgrimage.
· Political and Administrative Transformation: transition, social change and conflict.
· Gender and Sexuality: social norms, boundaries and transgression.
· Life on the Margins: mercenaries, merchants, outlaws and slaves.
· Liminal, Temporary and Transitional Identities: saints, soldiers, scholars and students.
· Liminal Spaces and Places: staging posts and sites of passage, the natural and the preternatural, the world of the living and of the dead.
· Conformity and Dissent: the space between dominant and minority discourses.
· Literary Works, Narratology and Liminality: histories, chronicles, hagiographies and martyrologies.
· Manuscripts: scribal habits, palimpsests, marginal comments, illustrations and other decorative elements.
· Architecture and Urbanism: liminal landscapes, changing land use, spolia and reappropriation.
· Epigraphy: textual content, form and style, interrelations between text and object.
· Numismatics and Sigillography: exchanges across boundaries, prosopography and social networks.
· Art, Material and Visual Culture: sensory perception and interactions with art objects, icons, mosaics, statues, altar screens and textiles.
· Religious Objects: relics, liturgical equipment and vestments.
· Legal Texts: overlapping legal cultures, boundaries and legal status, legislation related to the life course.
· Comparative approaches to liminality, in opposition or concordance with Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Monday, 25th November 2019. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

Call for Papers: Working Materials and Materials at Work in Medieval Art and Architecture

25th Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 7 February 2020

Deadline: 22 November 2019

Materials mattered in the Middle Ages. Only with the right materials could artists produce works of art of the highest quality, from jewel-encrusted crosses, gilded and enamelled chalices and ivory plaques to large-scale tapestries, wooden stave churches and stone cathedrals. This conference seeks to explore the qualities and properties of materials for the people who sourced, crafted and used them.

A critical examination of the physical aspect of materials, including stone, wood, metal, jewels, and textiles, can lead art historians to a deeper understanding of objects and their context. Medieval materials did not function as frictionless vehicles for immaterial meaning: materials, their sourcing, trade and manufacture all contributed to the reception and value of the object. In the vein of scholars like Michael Baxandall (The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany, 1980) and more recently Paul Binski (Gothic Sculpture, 2019), this conference asks participants to ground their papers in the messy realities of crafting materials, and to situate the object and its materials within a network of social, political and economic factors.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 25th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to build out from the object and consider the ways in which physical materials were used, manipulated and interpreted by craftspeople, patrons and audiences throughout the medieval world (understood in its broadest geographical and chronological terms). The colloquium encourages contributions from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to the art historical, technical, scientific and economic.

For full details, see the conference webpage: https://courtauld.ac.uk/event/working-materials-and-materials-at-work-in-medieval-art-and-architecture

Call for Papers: Byzantium – Bridge Between Worlds: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Istanbul, Turkey, 23-28 August 2021

Deadline: 15 April 2020

Due to its remarkably long duration, territorial expanse, geographical situation and complex cultural traditions, Byzantium acted as a temporal and spatial bridge connecting different periods, geographical areas, and cultures. Byzantium acted as a transition between ancient, medieval and early modern worlds around the Mediterranean basin, Eurasia and the Near East through reception, appropriation, and innovation. It connected different geographical and cultural spaces through political, economic, material, and cultural networks in many of which it constituted an important node. Centering on the key theme of “Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds,” the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies aims to explore this connecting and mediatory role of Byzantium. It also hopes to initiate proposals on bridging interdisciplinary gaps within Byzantine studies and strengthening dialogue with other with other relevant fields.

The Call for Free Communication, Poster and VR Sessions is now open.

The last submission date is 15 April 2020. Each abstract must be no longer than 300 words. Abstracts should be in the same language as that of the paper to be presented during the session. The working languages of the Congress are English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Turkish. The participants shall present papers of no longer than 15 minutes each.

Conveners and speakers can participate in no more than 2 sessions during the Congress (including round tables, poster/VR sessions, and thematic free communication/free communication sessions, but excluding plenary sessions).

To submit an abstract, see here.

The abstracts will be included in the program only after the registration payment. 3 April 2021 is the last date for registration payment. For registration please follow this link.

Job: Faculty position for Liturgical Theology

St Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, USA

Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, founded in 1938 and dedicated to student learning, research, and community life, invites distinguished candidates to apply for a faculty position for Liturgical Theology. We seek an assistant, associate, or full professor.

Along with its primary mission to educate future clergy for all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in North America and beyond—exemplified through the pan-Orthodox vision of one of the school’s first deans, Father Georges Florovsky—St Vladimir’s Seminary has set ambitious benchmarks for research excellence and academic productivity. The relatively small faculty has an excellent track record of research awards and publications with leading university presses and journals, and the new professor of Liturgical Theology will be expected to contribute and improve upon this strength. Candidates should possess a reasonable publication record, according to their respective academic career thus far, and an ambitious research agenda commensurate with the rank at which they are hired.

The standard teaching load is two classes every semester. Successful candidates will teach a range of subjects at graduate level for the Seminary’s various degree programs: MDiv, MA, ThM, and DMin. As one who will occupy one of the Seminary’s most prominent faculty positions—following in the footsteps of Fr Alexander Schmemann, among others—the candidate will be asked to stimulate research within the faculty, effectively represent the Seminary to outside constituencies, and strengthen recruitment efforts for our programs, in addition to teaching assigned courses and playing a vital role in the day-to-day academic administration of the institution. A record of professional leadership in the candidate’s field is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the Orthodox mission, especially Apologetics, in North America and beyond. Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is one the most famous Orthodox theological institutions for higher education in the English-speaking world. Located in Yonkers, NY, the Seminary is a part of the New York Theological Consortium (Fordham University, General Theological Seminary, et al.), and is on its way to becoming an Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) center.

All applications must be emailed to ApplicationLT@svots.edu and include a

· cover letter
· curriculum vitae
· statement of research agenda
· two syllabi
· contact information for three letters of reference.

Questions about this position should be directed to the Academic Dean: Dr Alex Tudorie, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Rd, Yonkers, NY 10707. Contact email: IATudorie@svots.edu.

Course: Crash-course in Greek Paleography

Ghent University, Belgium, 3-4 February 2020

Deadline: 15 January 2020

The Greek department of Ghent University offers a two-day course in Greek paleography in collaboration with the Research School OIKOS. The course is intended for (advanced) students and PhDs in Classics, Ancient History and Ancient Civilizations with a good command of Greek. It offers an intensive introduction into Greek paleography from the Hellenistic period until the end of the Middle Ages and is specifically aimed at acquiring practical skills to read literary and documentary papyri and literary manuscripts from the originals.

Six lectures will give a chronological overview of the development of Greek handwriting, each followed by a practice session reading relevant extracts from papyri and manuscripts in smaller groups under supervision. The first day (Monday) will focus on documentary and literary papyri and we will be working with original papyri from the papyrus collection of the Ghent University Library. The second day (Tuesday) we will continue with literary manuscripts.

The study load is the equivalent of 2 ECTS (2×28 hours). Participants will be asked to read up on secondary literature in preparation for the seminar, see below. Extra material will be handed out during the course in order to continue to practice and improve your reading skills after the course.

Dinner (Monday) and lunch (Tuesday) will be provided. Travel costs and/or accommodation are at your own expense.

For registration and further questions contact Joanne Stolk (joanne.stolk@ugent.be)

Codex Zacynthius: Retracing the Words of Scribes and Early Christian Writers

University of Oxford, 5 November 2019

Codex Zacynthius, the oldest copy of the New Testament to be accompanied by a commentary, was rubbed out and written over in the Byzantine period. Using new imaging techniques, it has been possible to restore much of the original content (part of Luke’s Gospel along with many excerpts from early Christian writers) in order to produce a complete electronic transcription which will be accompanied by studies of the manuscript. In this seminar, kindly sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities at Oxford and the AHRC, members of the project will report on the findings of the project so far and consult with a range of potential users regarding the features of the planned digital edition and the interpretation of the manuscript, along with its significance for biblical and early Christian studies.

The study day will take place in Oriel College, Oxford. Participants are requested to book in advance on Eventbrite.

Call for Papers: Byzantine Book Epigrams and Online Text Collections

Ghent University, Belgium, 24-25 June 2020

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Since 2010, the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams team have been growing an online corpus of metrical paratexts, several of which were previously unpublished or unknown altogether, and made them freely available to the scholarly community.

A new version of our database was launched in June 2019. Exactly one year later, we are organising a two-day conference. Together with anyone interested in this particular genre of Byzantine poetry, we want to celebrate and reflect on what we have achieved so far and look ahead at what is yet to come. Moreover, we want to stimulate communication and collaboration with other projects that are growing online corpora of texts.

You can partake in two different types of sessions:

In our demo sessions you can present your project and discuss your experiences in growing your online corpus (10-15 minutes). We are confident this will lead to a lively discussion on challenges we all face, such as data presentation, interoperability, and sustainability.

In our thematic sessions you can present your research on Byzantine book epigrams (20 minutes). Possible topics include:

· editing book epigrams;
· theoretical reflections on the concept of book epigrams and other metrical paratexts;
· book epigrams as a way to study the history of manuscripts;
· visual aspects of book epigrams;
· literary texts that function (or may have functioned) as book epigrams;
· metre and language of book epigrams;
· book epigrams in languages other than Greek.

We especially welcome contributions inspired by the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams.

Confirmed speakers include Georgi Parpulov (University of Birmingham) and Andreas Rhoby (Austrian Academy of Sciences). Send us an abstract (up to 300 words, PDF) by 15 November 2019 (dbbe@ugent.be, subject ‘Growing Corpora – abstract’) and we will get back to you early December.

Note that we want our conference to reflect who we are as a team: welcoming and inclusive. Costs will be kept to a minimum and we are working hard to secure funding to support anyone for whom traveling might not be evident, including early career or independent scholars and carers of young children.

For any further information, please visit our conference website.