Studentship: Novel Echoes

Ghent University, Belgium

Deadline: 1 September 2019

The Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for two fully-funded and full-time doctoral research fellowships attached to the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project Novel Echoes. Ancient novelistic receptions and concepts of fiction in late antique and medieval secular narrative from East to West (for an abstract, see here).

The two successful applicants will start employment between 1st October 2019 and 31st March 2020.

For the full requirements and application details, see here.

Call for Papers: The Crusades and Nature

Deadline: 1 August 2019

An understanding of Anthropocene – the history of human interactions with natural environment – has never been more pressing than today. Several series of paper sessions exploring the intersection of crusader studies and environmental studies are being organized for conferences at Kalamazoo, Michigan (May, 2020), Leeds, UK (July, 2020) and the upcoming Society for the Study of the Crusades in the Latin East Conference, London, UK (June, 2020).

These sessions will address encounters with, responses to, and representations of a broad variety of natural phenomena having to do with crusades and the Latin States.

We encourage a wide variety of methods and discourses. Possible topics include:

– portents and marvels
– encounters with familiar and unfamiliar fauna, flora and natural phenomena
– natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.)
– traveling across natural landscapes
– experiences of the elements
– domestic and domesticated animals or conversely animals characterized as “wild” or “exotic”
– animal or environmental metaphors
– cultivation, consumption and trade in crops, fruit, spices, etc.
– transformation of the natural landscape (for example, through deforestation or irrigation)
– introduced and invasive species
– natural topography (real or imaginary)

Please send your abstracts of about 200 words to the organizers, Elizabeth Lapina ( and Jessalynn Bird (, before August 1st. Make sure to specify which conference you are planning to attend.

Call for Papers: Crusading Encounters

SSCLE 9th International Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June-3 July 2020

Deadline: 1 November 2019

The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is pleased to announce its 9th International Conference, Crusading Encounters, at Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June – 3 July 2020.

​Applications for sessions of three 20-minute papers each on the theme ‘Crusading Encounters’, or for individual papers, are welcome. Themes could include, but are not limited to:

• Interactions (real or imagined) between crusaders and indigenous peoples
• Crusading archaeology
• Impact of crusading on the environment or natural world
• Intellectual influences of crusading on medicine, science, culture, language/literature
• Intermarriage, travel and/or communication between peoples, borders, languages
• Encounters with the crusading past

Please note that there will be a maximum of three sessions in any one strand.​

All applications for sessions and papers must be received at by 1 November 2019.

For further details, see

Conference: St. Ephrem the Syrian in Byzantium

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 9 November 2019

The symposium on ‘St. Ephrem the Syrian in Byzantium,’ on the writings collectively attributed to Ephrem Graecus, will take place at Marquette University (Eisenberg Reading Room, Sensenbrenner Hall) on November 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Speakers include Fr. Maximos Constas (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology), Fr. Kevin Kalish (Bridgewater State University), Dr. Marcus Plested (Marquette University), Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent (Marquette University), and Dr. Alexis Torrance (University of Notre Dame). Proceedings are open to the public. For questions, email

Grant: Tsiter-Kontopoulou Short-Term Research Stipends

Deadline: 31 October 2019

The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna, thanks to the generosity of the Tsiter-Kontopoulou Fund, invites applications for a Short-Term Research Stipend to enable pre- and post-doctoral scholars to pursue research on Byzantine and early modern Greek culture, with particular emphasis on cultural and intellectual history in the widest sense, including the history of Orthodox Christianity.

For more information about the Department, its Library, and the Tsiter-Kontopoulou Trust see:,,

Terms: The duration of the research stay is usually two weeks. During this time, the recipients of the stipend are expected to give an informal lunch-time presentation of their current research.

Eligibility: This stipend is intended to support young and early career scholars, i.e. from the final year of doctoral study to no more than eight years after the completion of the Ph.D.

Amount: The stipend offers the reimbursement of travel expenses plus a daily allowance, for a maximum of 2.500 Euros total (to be reimbursed after the completion of the stay). You are expected to make your own arrangements.

Appointment period: Any two weeks between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, except 1 July to 15 September.

Application: Please send a description of the proposed research including a statement as to why you wish to conduct this research in Vienna, a provisional budget and an indication of preferred dates (max. 300 words), curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages), and list of publications, to Mrs. Petra Greger at the address below.

Doctoral students should also include a short letter of endorsement (max. 1 page) from their adviser. Submissions will be accepted by e-mail only.

Deadline: 31 October 2019. The decision of the selection committee will be communicated no later than December 15.

Further Inquiries: Mrs. Petra Greger:

Call for Papers: Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies

Nicosia, Cyprus, 17-19 January 2020

Deadline: 6 September 2019

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of January 2020.

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods. The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Honorary President: Theodoros Giagkou, Professor, University of Thessaloniki
Keynote Speaker: Enrico Zanini, Professor, Università di Siena
Scientific and Organizing Committee: Nikolas Bakirtzis (Chair), Stavros Georgiou, Doria Nicolaou, Andriani Georgiou, Christina Kakkoura, Rania Michail, Thomas Costi, Ourania Perdiki, Despina Papacharalampous, Thanasis Koutoupas, Christina Roditou, Andreas Foulias.

Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):
Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.
Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms:
Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer: proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2019. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.
Graduate Paper Awards: The best graduate student papers will be selected and awarded upon the conclusion of the conference.
The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus. For membership information please visit the society’s website:
For inquiries send email to:

Paper proposal preparation instructions
When submitting your proposal through our online application form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
Name, position or graduate status and academic affiliation (e.g. Prof., University of…), email address, address, phone, title of paper, abstract.
If you encounter technical difficulties with our online application form, you may also send us your proposal via email (, in the following format:
Prepare the paper proposal as a single Microsoft WORD document. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point. Line spacing: single.

Cover Sheet
Include the following information in the listed order. Please align text left and allow a blank line between each information detail:
Name, position or graduate status and academic affiliation (i.e. Prof., University of…), address, phone, email address, title of paper.

Title line: No more than two lines. Do not use an all capital-letters title. Boldface and centered. Skip one line.
Author line: Author’s name followed by institutional affiliation in parentheses or, for independent scholars their city. No titles or degrees (i.e. Prof., Dr, PhD). Boldface and centered. Lower case, capitalize first letters of words. Skip two lines.
Abstract text: Justify text. No intend in the first line of paragraphs. Skip one line between paragraphs. Foreign language words transliterated and italicized. No footnotes or images. The abstract text is the sole responsibility of the author/s and will be included in the Book of Abstracts.

Call for Papers: Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages

Leeds IMC 2020

Deadline: 10 August 2019

The Cyprus-based interdisciplinary research project “Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium” ( warmly invites proposals for a series of sessions at the International Medieval Congress 2020 (University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020).

We welcome paper proposals which explore and theorize the lactating woman, herplace and various meanings and uses in Medieval cultures in any of the above and/or other interrelated ways. We are open to various approaches, especially the ones which explore the interconnections between different methods and disciplines, such as Late Antique andMedieval Studies, Philology, Art History, Archaeology, History of Medicine, Sociology, Anthropology, Theology, and Gender and Performance Studies.Please send your abstract (200 words maximum) and a short CV including your email and affiliation no later than the 10th of August 2019 to Stavroula Constantinou( or Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou( Please note that the organizers cannot cover conference registration fee and travel or accommodation expenses.

For details, see the full call for papers:

Call for Papers: Medieval French Without Borders

12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein, Lincoln Center, New York, USA, 21-22 March 2020

Deadline: 15 September 2019

Hosted by: Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
Co-sponsored with the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and University of York, and the Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University

This international conference looks anew at the origins and development of the langue d’oïl – both as a transactional language and in its high cultural form of literary French – within multilingual contact zones and as a medium of social, cultural and literary exchange. Whether as a second language of empire (Carolingian, Angevin, German) or as an idiom spread by merchants, sailors, clerics, artisans, and pilgrims, as well as by soldiers and crusaders, French came in contact with varieties of Arabic, Breton, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Norse, Occitan and Welsh. By integrating French with the other languages and literatures with which it came in contact from the ninth until the sixteenth centuries, this conference proposes new contexts for French that expand and complement more familiar explanatory frameworks such as identity, cultural prestige, and source studies. See the full CFP at the conference website:

Participants include: Mark Chinca, Thelma Fenster, Marisa Galvez, Jane Gilbert, Wolfgang Haubrichs, Sarah Kay, Maryanne Kowaleski, Karla Mallette, Anne-Hélène Miller, Laura Morreale, Lars Boje Mortensen, Thomas O’Donnell, Sara Poor, Brian Reilly, Teresa Shawcross, Elizabeth M. Tyler, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2019 to the Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to, or by fax to 718-817-3987.

Conference: The Insular Worlds of Byzantium

Byzantine Studies Colloquium

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA, 15 November 20119

Byzantine islands have been largely considered marginal to the dramatic political, social, and economic changes the Byzantine heartland experienced in the seventh century and at the onset of Arab expansion in the eastern Mediterranean. Major islands, such as Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, and the Balearics, were lost forever. Others, like Crete and Cyprus, remained in flux until they were briefly reclaimed by Byzantium in tenth century before coming under Latin control during the Crusades. Contrary to the perspectives offered by written sources (Byzantine, Arab, and Western), which for the most part dismiss them as marginal spaces, places of exile, or military outposts along maritime frontiers, islands constitute the best examples of the transformative adaptability of Byzantine society during periods of volatility and transition. Instead of decline and abandonment, archaeological work and results point to the existence of active communities, local and regional economic exchanges, and cultural continuities and interconnections during the period between the seventh century and the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders in 1204.

Speakers will address the topic of Byzantine islands through case studies viewed in their broader Mediterranean and comparative contexts. The exploration of islands as hubs where Byzantine, Islamic, and Western European cultures encountered and influenced the local political, economic, and social structures will permit new insights into the networks of island societies and their legacies. Not only were islands located along commercial shipping routes, but, as spaces of adaptive economic activities and social strategies that were molded by military and political realities, they presented unique opportunities for cultural interconnections. In this context, the “Insular Worlds of Byzantium” will provide new and revised perspectives on the Byzantine Mediterranean and beyond.

• Nikolas Bakirtzis, The Cyprus Institute
• William Caraher, University of North Dakota
• Salvatore Cosentino, Università di Bologna
• Sarah Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico
• Michael Decker, University of South Florida
• Jonathan Shea, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
• Joanita Vroom, Universiteit Leiden
• Luca Zavagno, Bilkent Üniversitesi

Job: Fixed-term (2 year) Postdoctoral position in Late Antique Canon Law

Royal Holloway, University of London

Deadline: 8 July 2019

Applications are invited for a 2-year fixed-term post of postdoctoral researcher funded by the ERC- funded CONNEC project: ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’ ( Candidates will have completed a PhD in Late Antique History and be able to demonstrate a developing record of publications. The candidate will be expected to publish on the development of canon law between 380 to 604. They will also collaborate in CONNEC’s database of clerical connections and participate in the project’s research activities, such as meetings and publications.

This is a full-time post to begin 1 September 2019.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit