Grant: Istanbul Research Institute Grants

Istanbul Research Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 11 May 2020

Istanbul Research Institute offers four types of grants for researchers working on projects related to its departments of Byzantine, Ottoman, Atatürk and Republican-Era studies, and its “Istanbul and Music” Research Program.

– 1 Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant (TRY40.000): In order to support work for preparing publications from PhD theses as well as for new research.

– 1 Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates (TRY30.000): In order to support field/archival research necessary for the PhD thesis or for writing the thesis itself.

– 5 Travel Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support travel necessary for field/archival work.

– 5 Conference Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support presentation or organizing a panel at a scholarly activity outside of Turkey.

All applications are due May 11, 2020.

For more information, past grantees, eligibility criteria, and application:

Online Resource: Index of Medieval Art

Deadline: 1 June 2020

In recognition of the challenges faced by students, faculty, and researchers now working on line in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University has made its online database open-access until June 1, 2020. As always, the database can be accessed at Index staff will continue to respond to research inquiries sent via our home page at We hope that this modest change will support researchers both old and new as they navigate teaching, learning, and scholarship during this trying time.

Summer School: Greek (Classical/Byzantine) & Latin

Theological School of the Church of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, July 2020

Deadline: 15 May 2020

The Theological School of the Church of Cyprus (TSCC) launches in July 2020 the first Summer School in Cyprus focusing on the study of the classical languages. The Classical Languages Summer School (CLaSS), which will be held at the premises of TSCC in Nicosia, offers to participants the opportunity to study Greek (Classical /Byzantine) and Latin at a low cost on the beautiful island of Cyprus during Summer. Accommodation within a five-minute walking distance from the TSCC is also offered at a discounted price.

CLaSS will offer beginners and intermediate classes, in which participants will have the opportunity to engage with original Greek and Latin texts. All courses will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic academics and instruction will be held in English. Instruction for each course will be 30 teaching hours. Interested students may choose one of the following routes: 1) traditional, face-to-face classes* 2) online classes.

*Even though we are all deeply affected by the coronavirus outbreak, we do hope that circumstances will get improved by this Summer. However, if due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, participants will not be able to travel to Cyprus in July, we are planning to run the “traditional” classes fully online by using Microsoft’s Teams.

CLaSS is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students in any discipline of the Humanities (e.g. Classics, History, Theology, Byzantine Studies) but it is also open to postdoctoral researchers, academics, teachers, or any other interested individuals (18+) who would like to learn Greek (Classical/Byzantine) or Latin from scratch or improve existing skills. As well as intensive tuition over up to four weeks, CLaSS offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to visit unique sites of cultural, historical and archaeological significance on the island (for details see below). Mutatis mutandis several extra-curricular activities are also planned for the online classes.

Important dates
Pre-registration: 15 May 2020
Registration (Tuition fees & Accommodation): 5 June 2020

Full details about the courses can be found at


Update: SPBS Spring Lecture postponed

The SPBS is sorry to announce that its Spring Lecture – ‘The fortifications of Byzantine and Crusader Cyprus’, by Dr James Petre – will be postponed indefinitely owing to ongoing measures against the spread of COVID-19. The lecture was due to take place on 31 March in Senate House, London. We intend to reschedule the event at a later date when public gatherings become more practicable. In the meantime, please stay well!

URGENT: Spring Symposium Postponement

A message from Professor Leslie Brubaker:

We are sorry to inform you that, due to the ongoing risks of the COVID-19 virus and the possibility of a full campus closure at the University of Birmingham, and on the advice of administrators, we have decided to postpone Nature and the Environment: the 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies until 27th-29th March 2021.

This postponement will not affect the advertised programme for Nature and the Environment, and we will look forward to welcoming you in Birmingham next year, should you still wish to attend.

If you have already paid for registration, and would still like to attend in 2021, we can roll over your registration until next year and keep the funds in our dedicated account. Alternatively, if you would prefer a refund, please feel to contact Daniel Reynolds ( or Thomas White ( in the University of Birmingham Department of History Office.

For those of you who have already booked travel, the majority of flight operators are offering to rebook flights for people whose travel plans have been disrupted by the virus. We also recommend that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Further advice may be found here:

If you require a formal letter to confirm the cancellation of the event, we will be happy to provide one for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. In either case, please contact Dan Reynolds or Tom White, as above.

With all best wishes, and please stay well!

Leslie Brubaker

Chair, SPBS and
Director, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
University of Birmingham, UK.

Summer School: Old Slavonic, Latin and Ancient Greek

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, July-August 2020

Deadline: 1 May 2020

The Institute of Ecumenical Research, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu ( is happy to organize courses in Old Slavonic, Latin and Ancient Greek for the summer of 2020. The instruction language for each course is English. Each course comprises of 10 days of language training, with overall training of 60 hours/course. Lectures will be offered in some of the afternoons, as well as a one-day excursion on the fifth day of each course. You can enrol for one of the courses specified below or for two consecutive courses. Applications (cover letter, CV) should be sent to by May 1, 2020. The course fee is 250 Euro (tuition, course materials, lunches for course days, excursion). Please mind that all programs are non-residential, and accommodation is not covered by the course fee. For further information please refer to

Post Doc in Byzantine Studies

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The Division of Byzantine Research (ABF) of the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, is seeking applications for the position of a POST DOC in Byzantine Studies (part-time/20 hours per week).

The initial duration of the appointment is 12 months, beginning with 1 October 2020 at the earliest. The ABF is one of the premier research institutions in Byzantine Studies internationally, representing a wide range of scholarship in close dialogue with the other three Divisions of the Institute for Medieval Research, and with the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna which has an extensive research library. The successful applicant will contribute to the research strand ‘Language, Text and Script’ through editorial and palaeographical work. Particularly welcome is a specialization in non-literary texts (e.g. legal texts).

– completed doctorate in Byzantine Studies or a related discipline (e.g. Classical Philology)
– demonstrated ability in Greek palaeography, editorial work, textual analysis of non-literary texts
– willingness to work in Vienna as part of a team and to contribute to the scholarly profile of the Division of Byzantine Research
– for non-German speakers: willingness to acquire proficiency in German (B1 and above) within the first year of appointment.

Applications must include:
– Letter of motivation (2 pages max.)
– Description of a research agenda for editorial work in non-literary texts, including a timeline
for 12 months and for a further 24 months (3 pages max.)
– a sample edition (either published or unpublished, min. 3 pages, max. 30 pages)
– CV
– list of publications
– three letters of recommendation

Please send your application including all relevant documents via e-mail to (mentioning Job ID: IMAFO015PD120) no later than April 30, 2020.

We will use the data you provide for the purposes of your application in compliance with the regulations of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (for more information, see here: Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp (

We offer an annual gross salary of € 21.914,20 (part time based, before taxes) according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. The OeAW lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture Summer School

National Hellenic Research Foundation -Institute of Historical Research, Athens, 22-27 June 2020

Deadline: 1 April 2020

The Institute of Historical Researchof the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is pleased to announce the organisation of the Summer School in Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture to be held in Athens between June 22 and 27, 2020.The Summer School is a six-day intensive course on the history of the Greek Script and Book Culture from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity. Taught by a team of leading specialists, it includes classes on Greek Palaeography and Codicology (Zisis Melissakis, NHRF), Book Culture (Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete), Diplomatics (Kostis Smyrlis, NHRF) and Epigraphy (Nicholas Melvani, University of Mainz/NHRF).

The Summer School will be mainly held at the premises of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens and will include visits to the National Library of Greece, which holds one of the world’s largest and most significant collectionsof Greek manuscripts, as well as to museums and archaeological sites in Attica. Participants of the Summer School will thus have the opportunity to inspect original medieval codices, documents, and inscriptions.

The 2020 Summer School is a successorof the well-received Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy, held on the island of Patmos in 2016 and 2017:

The Summer School is addressed to graduate andpost-doctoral students as well as to advanced undergraduate students with adequate knowledge of Ancient Greek. The number of students is limited to 20. They will be selected on the basis of their CV and a short statementof purpose.

The course will be taught in English.All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For Information on the programme of the Summer School, the participation fees and the application procedure visit:

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