Conference: Workshop on “Corpus Coranicum Christianum”

Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 5–7 December 2018

The workshop seeks to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project comparing all Christian translations of the Qur’an. Its goal is to gather and analyze, in a first step, all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Qur’an from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period and to present the results to the scientific and broader public as a synoptic open-access digital edition. The workshop is aiming at mapping out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Qur’an and to facilitate further scientific exchange. It will also examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an annotated database of the Corpus Coranicum Christianum.

The program of the workshop has been finalised. For any up-date concerning the workshop, you can visit our website, where you can also find the poster and the flyer.

Call for Articles: Crucified Saints from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age

Deadline: 3 January 2019

CFP for the volume: Crucified Saints from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age
Ed. by Barbara Crostini and Anthony Lappin (Uppsala University, Sweden) For the series: Sanctorum. Scritture, pratiche, immagini (http://www.aisscaweb.it/it/sanctorum-scritture-pratiche-immagini/)

Following a panel in January 2018 @ Cantieri dell’Agiografia II edizione, Rome, 18-19 January 2018, organized by AISSCA (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio della Santità, dei Culti e del
l’Agiografia), we are preparing an expanded volume on this theme for the society’s series and we welcome proposals for papers. Proposals should be max. 300 words and be sent to crostini.barbara@gmail.com by 3 January 2019. Approved abstracts will be notified by 15 January. Final drafts (max. 10000 words) should be submitted by 30 June, and will be sent to be peer-reviewed before confirmed acceptance. The language of the volume is English.

This volume explores the theme of crucified saints in Christianity in an interdisciplinary and diachronic perspective. From Saint Paphnoutios to Saint Wilgefortis, from the Ten thousand soldiers on Mount Ararat to the Japanese martyrs, crucified saints have been both a local and a global phenomenon. They have inspired and captured the imagination of artists and faithful, but they have also been theologically challenging and at times strongly censured. Unease about direct comparisons to Christ has created divergent paradigms for his apostles, for example, so that traditions about how to represent or describe their manner of death are at times quite mixed (as in the case of Andrew). Conversely, other saints have become ‘crucified’, whether or not this has been their actual means of martyrdom. Exploring the motivations for stressing similarities or differences according to the specific historical circumstances is a driving theme in this volume.

Although the punishment of crucifixion is thought obsolete at an early date, recurrence of this form of torture throughout history has caused the theme of crucified saints to spread and revive on several occasions. Through the example of the narratives, artistic interpretations and cultic forms of these saints, whether as individuals or in a group, the following questions could be asked of the evidence: in what way are crucified saints a paradigm for the Christian? To what extent is a form of spiritual crucifixion in imitation of these saints preached or encouraged? Or is it in fact also discouraged? How do they compare with, relate to or are intentionally differentiated from Christ crucified? In what ways is this parallel exploited in their reception? Are there specific historical circumstances that enhance their popularity, for example by the way that they can be exploited as identity markers in multicultural communities? Is there a gender bias with respect to crucified women martyrs and children? What cultural role have crucified saints played in the various historical situations in which their memory has been evoked and their calling interpreted? Displaying the variety of possible interpretations and uses across a range of examples has the cumulative effect of gathering together an often submerged and to many wholly unfamiliar tradition. Contextualization and critical assessment are expected standards for the contributions.

Conference: Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA, USA, 3-6 January 2019

The Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group of the Archaeological Institute of America is sponsoring two colloquia at this year’s annual meeting, to be held January 3-6, 2019, in San Diego, CA.

Saturday, January 5, 1:45 – 4:45 pm
The Medieval Countryside: An Archaeological Perspective (6I)
Organized by Effie Athanassopoulos, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

•Archaeological approaches and settlement systems in Medieval central Greece – Athanasios K. Vionis, University of Cyprus
•Archaeological Survey and Understanding the Rural Landscape in Byzantine Greece: Some Specific Examples – Timothy E. Gregory, Ohio State University, and Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens
•Aegean Landscapes of the Early Middle Ages: New Perspectives from Naxos – Sam Turner, Newcastle University, and Jim Crow, University of Edinburgh
•The Domestic and Built Environment of a Byzantine Village – Mark Pawlowski, UCLA
•The Medieval Countryside at a Regional Scale in the Western Argolid and Northeastern Peloponnesus – Dimitri Nakassis, University of Colorado, Sarah James, University of Colorado, Scott Gallimore, Wilfrid Laurier University, and William Caraher, University of North Dakota
•Remarks on Surface Survey Research in the Eastern Peloponnese – Anastasia G. Yangaki, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
•What Happens when Historians and Archaeologists talk to each other: the Avkat Archaeological Project – Hugh Elton, Trent University, John Haldon, Princeton University, and James Newhard, College of Charleston

Sunday, January 6, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Craft Production in the Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean (7B)
Organized by Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia, and Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, University of Virginia

•Age-old Traditions Coming of Age: Metal Production, Communities, and Landscape in the Medieval Balkans – Georgios Makris, Princeton University
•Embroidery Workshops in the Ottoman Empire – Michalis Lychounas, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala
•The “Stone of Athienou”: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Stone Workers in Central Cyprus – P. Nick Kardulias, College of Wooster
•Craft Production in an ‘Open-Trade Zone’: Metal Work in Late Medieval/Early Modern Aegean – Nikos Kontogiannis, Koç University
•Connections among Craft Communities in the Late Medieval Mediterranean: New Considerations on Patterns of use of the Naples Yellow Pigment – Florence Liard, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France
•On the Transfer of Knowledge in Ivories of the Medieval Mediterranean – Anthony Cutler, Penn State University

For more about the AIA Annual Meeting and information about how to register, visit https://www.archaeological.org/annualmeeting.
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Call for Papers: Conquest and Construction: Architecture and Landscapes in the Medieval Mediterranean

Architecture Space and Society Research Centre, Birkbeck (University of London), 1 March 2019

Deadline: 3 December 2018

Much recent scholarship on the medieval Mediterranean focuses on shifting borders and cultural identities. Conquest is one of the causes of such shifts. This one-day symposium will examine how the consequences of conquests were manifested in conquered cities and landscapes, asking how conquerors responded to their new environments and how conquered communities were built and re-built.

Papers might touch on any of the following in relation to conquest, conquerors or conquered territories in the Mediterranean world, in the period 500 – 1500.

– Architecture
– Space, landscape, urbanism, topographies
– Architectural sculpture and decoration
– Sacred and liturgical spaces
– Destruction of architecture and urbanism
– Spoliation and re-use of building materials
– Cross-cultural exchanges through buildings, cities and landscapes
– Conquerors as builders and patrons of architecture
– Castles and defensive architecture
– Written descriptions of conquered landscapes

Papers are welcome on all areas of the Mediterranean world (including the Islamic, Byzantine and Latin areas, Jewish communities, the crusades and border zones).

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers to Clare Vernon (c.vernon@bbk.ac.uk), by Monday 3 December 2018, including a paper title, an abstract (max 300 words) and contact details.

Summer School: ‘Georgian Manuscript’ International Summer School

National Centre of Manuscripts, Tbilisi, Georgia, 10-20 July 2019

Deadline: 10 December 2018

Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts in collaboration with the Louvain University (UCL), through the financial support from the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation is eager to announce the contest for the selection of the participants of the International Summer School for Georgian Studies “Georgian Manuscript”.

For full details and application form, see http://manuscript.ge/2018/10/31/international-summer-school-of-georgian-studies-and-international-conference-georgian-manuscript/?lang=en

Job: Lecturer in Byzantine History

University of Cyprus

Deadline: 11 February 2019

The University of Cyprus invites applications for one (1) tenure–track academic position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, in the field of «Byzantine History, 4th-15th c.».

For all academic ranks, an earned Doctorate from a recognized University is required. Requirements for appointment depend on academic rank and include: prior academic experience, research record and scientific contributions, involvement in teaching and in the development of high quality undergraduate and graduate curricula. The minimum requirements for each academic rank can be found at the webpage: www.ucy.ac.cy/acad.staff.procedures.

The official languages of the University are Greek and Turkish. For the above position knowledge of Greek is necessary. In case the selected candidate does not have sufficient knowledge of the Greek language, it is the candidate’s and the Department’s responsibility to ensure that the candidate acquires sufficient knowledge of the Greek language within 3 years of appointment. Each Department sets its own criteria for the required level of adequacy of knowledge of the Greek language. Citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus is not a requirement.

For full information, see https://www.ucy.ac.cy/hr/documents/akdm_kenes_theseis/ISA/Aggliki_prokiriksi_ISA_9.11.2018.pdf

Fellowship: Baker-Nord Fellowship in the Humanities

Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University seeks applicants for the inaugural offering of the “The Virginia and Walter Nord Fellowship in the Humanities.”

The purpose of the BNC Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is to support research in the humanities by providing scholars in the early stages of their careers with the time and resources necessary to advance their work. During their time at the Baker-Nord Center, Fellows will pursue individual or collaborative research and writing for the full academic year. An essential feature of the program is that Fellows make intellectual contributions to the CWRU community, through their participation in workshops, lectures and courses. Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments represented on the BNC Steering Committee: Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater. BNC Post-Doctoral Fellows will be expected to offer an undergraduate course during the spring of their fellowship year, following consultation with their host department

Further information here.

Conference: Glazed Wares as Cultural Agents in the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Empires: Evidence from Technological and Archaeological Research

International ANAMED Annual Symposium, Istanbul, 6-7 December 2018

The intent of ANAMED’s 2018 Annual Symposium is to bring together researchers engaged in the study of decoration and technology of glazed pottery, ranging from the early Byzantine era to the end of the Ottoman period. More than 10 years ago, the first International Symposium on Late Antique, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Pottery and Tiles in Archaeological Context took place in Çanakkale, the site of a major Late Ottoman production. It is envisaged that this year’s symposium will be the continuation of that conference, this time focusing on the glazed wares and the new information from current interdisciplinary research.

The symposium is open to public and English – Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided with the support of the European Union.

For more information contact Naz Uğurlu (nugurlu@ku.edu.tr). The full programme can be found here.

Fellowship: GABAM-AKMED Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Byzantine Art And Archaeology

Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Koç University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM) and Koç University Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations (AKMED) will sponsor a post-doctoral researcher in the fields of Byzantine art and archaeology. The post is full time, and will begin on February 1, 2019 and continue for 6 months thereafter. The appointee will be expected to present a research project in the areas of Byzantine art and archaeology, as well as to participate in academic activities organized by AKMED. The appointee will reside in Antalya and receive a monthly stipend, as well as a meal card; if the appointee is from outside Antalya, he or she will also receive monthly accommodation assistance, and transportation support to/from Antalya. Candidates who have completed a doctorate in Byzantine art or archaeology should have received their degree no earlier than 5 years prior to the date of appointment, and candidates should be no older than 45 years of age. At the time of application, candidates should not be employed at any institution. Candidates who satisfy the above conditions must apply directly to AKMED by December 31, 2018.

The application documents are as follows:
– A letter of application, including contact information
– Curriculum vitae, including lists of publications and projects in which the candidate has taken part
– A research statement (maximum 1,000 words) detailing the candidate’s views, methods, and planning in regard to the research and work expected
– Two letters of reference
– Application documents must be sent electronically to oyanardag@ku.edu.tr by December 31, 2018. Applications sent later than this date will not be taken into consideration.