Grant: Dumbarton Oaks One Month Research Awards

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, USA

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 to scholars holding the PhD or other relevant terminal degree (e.g., MLA for Garden and Landscape studies applicants) and working on research projects in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, Garden and Landscape studies, or related fields. The awards were established to make the intellectual community as well as the library, rare book, garden, and museum resources of Dumbarton Oaks more widely available to a broader range of scholars for shorter terms and with some flexibility in starting dates. Awards are intended especially for those who might not be able to avail themselves of a longer-term fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, or scholars in related disciplines who seek greater exposure to our fields of study.

For full details, see https://www.doaks.org/research/fellowships-and-awards/one-month-research-awards.

Summer School: 2020 Byzantine Greek Summer School

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA, 29 June-24 July 2020

Deadline: 1 February 2020

Intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and introduction to paleography and Byzantine book culture. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. Applications due February 1, 2020.

The principal course will be a daily 1½-hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.

For full details, see https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/2020-byzantine-greek-summer-school.

Scholarship: Master’s Scholarships in Medieval Studies

Central European University, Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 30 January 2020

We offer an intensive, cross-disciplinary course of study on all aspects of history and culture between 300 and 1600 CE. Renowned faculty help you uncover and understand the past of Central and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine, Slavic, Jewish, Arab and Ottoman worlds, in a global context. Our strong relationship with local universities and cultural institutions, on-site learning and field trip opportunities, internship program, source language courses and exhaustive library on all things medieval make us an ideal incubator for future scholars and professionals in and outside of academia. In addition to coursework at the Vienna campus, students may also take advantage of academic activities and resources available on CEU’s Budapest campus.

MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 1 YEAR / This program is designed for students with a strong research agenda centered around late antique and medieval Latin, Slavonic, Byzantine or Ottoman culture and a solid grounding in medieval or early modern history or a bordering discipline, such as philology, literature, philosophy or archeology. You will master the latest research methodologies and enrich your research through the study of relevant source languages.

For further details, see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BXQ399/masters-scholarships-in-medieval-studies.

Job: Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature

University of Southern Denmark

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Applications are invited for a position as Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature at the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark. The position is available from September 2020.

The position forms part of the Centre for Excellence, Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), and of the study programme of Classics.

CML is an interdisciplinary center (at SDU and the University of York) that seeks to formulate theoretical and practical frames for studying medieval literatures on a European rather than a national or single-language basis. The Centre comprises research groups with representatives from many European literatures as well as history and art history.

The research profile for the professorship can fall within any period or speciality of Ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. It will count as a strength if the candidate crosses several periods and / or genres and themes and has a research record which documents comparative interests looking towards other literatures or intellectual traditions. The successful candidate is expected to lead international research groups and to be a key force in promoting and developing the field of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature within the larger research programme of CML.

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD, have a substantial and high-level publication record beyond the speciality of the PhD and be able to document an international profile within collaboration, conference initiatives, invited talks, as well as a record of obtaining external funding.

For full details, see https://www.sdu.dk/en/service/ledige_stillinger/1072439.

Job: Editor, ‘Studies in Late Antiquity’

Deadline: 10 February 2020

University of California Press is seeking applicants for the position of Editor of Studies in Late Antiquity. The new editorship will begin in January 2021 following the end of founding Editor, Beth DePalma Digeser’s term.

Launched in 2015, Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is an online-only quarterly journal that serves as an international forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150-750 CE). Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India and all of Asia, as well as disrupting the assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern, western Europe. In addition to the peer-reviewed articles of original research, the journal also publishes invited essays, book reviews, and exhibition reviews.

Applicants should have a distinguished scholarly record in the field. Journal editorial experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should possess strong organizational and management skills, the ability to work with others, and a commitment to the journal’s mission to publish high-quality, relevant, and engaging scholarship.

University of California Press provides the Editor with a modest annual stipend of financial support.

Primary responsibilities of the Editor include:

• Developing and implementing a strategic editorial vision and goals for the journal
• Appointing editorial board members and identifying appropriate peer reviewers
• Making final decisions on manuscripts
• Ensuring smooth editorial workflows and processes
• Adhering to the Publisher’s production schedule for the journal
• Working collaboratively with journal stakeholders on journal promotion and building a reliable pipeline of high quality submissions

UC Press endeavors to have the new Editor appointed by May 2020 to ensure a smooth editorial transition.

Applicants should send a letter of application including their strategic vision for the journal, a description of their qualifications for the position, a current CV, and a description of any potential institutional support to David Famiano (dfamiano@ucpress.edu).

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 10, 2020 although applications may be considered on an ongoing basis.

Summer School: International Byzantine Greek Summer School 2020

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 18 July-15 August 2020

Deadline: 14 April 2020

The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome back the International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS), directed by Dr Anthony Hirst. This well-established course, founded in 2002, teaches Byzantine Greek at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level and allows early learners to engage with original medieval and late antique Greek texts from the start.

Course dates:
· Level 1 Beginners: 18 July – 1 August 2020
· Level 2/2.5 Intermediate: 1–15 August 2020
· Level 3 Advanced Reading: 1–15 August 2020

Further information can be found at https://www.tcd.ie/classics/byzantine/.

Job: Museum Director, Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., USA

Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard research institute, museum, library, and garden in Washington, D.C. Since 1940 the institute and library have supported research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. The historic garden designed by Beatrix Farrand was voted among the ten best in the world by National Geographic and features occasional art installations by contemporary artists.

The museum has world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and select works of European art. It is open to the public free of charge six days/week. Notable architecture on campus includes the Philip Johnson Pavilion that houses the Pre-Columbian Collection. The museum has close ties to local and Harvard communities and engages scholars and visitors from all over the world through exhibitions, gallery talks, and class visits. Dumbarton Oaks is a vibrant home of the humanities with an overarching mission of communicating the value of culture and advanced research to the broadest possible public.

The museum director will lead the museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits in a highly collaborative environment. The director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of museum operations. The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with strong leadership and administrative skills. The incumbent will join our community at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and public programs and will contribute to the ongoing Dumbarton Oaks Access Initiative by helping us design and deliver free and open access to the collections through digital and educational initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversees all aspects of museum operations including administration, budget, and staff.
• Oversees exhibition planning and delivery, leading the museum team and collaborating with other departments as well as external partners.
• Oversees handling,conservation, insurance, and loans of collections.
• Collaborates closely with other departments on building maintenance and security; outreach; and planning and delivery of public programs
• Oversees the transition to an updated collections management system.
• Oversees the digital and print publication of museum collection and exhibition catalogues.
• Leads the overhaul of the museum digital and web presence, including the provision of open access catalogues and high-resolution images of the museum collections.
• Engages actively with new scholarship relating to the Dumbarton Oaks collections, as well as with up-to-date museum practices and initiatives.
• Mentors fellows and interns from Harvard University as part of Dumbarton Oaks’ skillbuilding programs for early-career humanists.
• Maintains coordination with Harvard University policies as appropriate.
• Performs special projects and duties as required by the Director and Executive Director.

Supervisory responsibilities:
• Manage a team of ten full-time museum professionals.

Basic qualifications:
• Master’s degree in art history or museum studies required
• Minimum six years’ museum management experience, including responsibility for a professional staff and budget.

Additional qualifications:
• Advanced degree in any area of the museum’s collections preferred.
• PhD preferred.
• Proven administrative and leadership ability, ideally in a museum setting.
• Strong data and collection management skills.
• Excellent communication skills; collegiality, initiative, and versatility in a fast-paced environment that is committed to the highest standards of museum and scholarly practice.

The position remains open until filled. Details regarding application can be found at https://www.doaks.org/about/employment/museum-director-1.

Call for Papers: Military History of the Mediterranean Sea

Thessaloniki, Greece, 19-20 June 2020

Deadline: 28 February 2020

Papers are sought for the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea to be held at Thessaloniki on 19 & 20 June 2020.

The Mediterranean has attracted the imagination of modern historians as the epicentre of great political entities like the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Venetians, and the Spanish and so on. Yet, it seems that the Sea was always on the margins of historical inquiry between monographs on the histories of Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa. That was until the publication of the famous 2-volume work by F. Braudel in 1949 that profoundly shaped the way of understanding of how societies living around the Mediterranean interacted in a single period of history, offering what another great historian has coined it “a horizontal history of the Mediterranean.” This conference aims to offer a rather vertical history of war in the Mediterranean from the early Middle Ages to the early Modern period (c. AD1700), putting the emphasis on the changing face of several of war’s aspects and contexts over time.

This international collaboration between scholars from Istanbul and Thessaloniki aspires to bring Thessaloniki to the forefront of academic attention, by organizing the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, to be hosted at the Byzantine Museum of the Thessaloniki between 19-20 June 2020. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the military history of the Mediterranean from late Antiquity and the fall of Rome to the seventeenth century. We especially encourage papers that focus on the conference’s theme of ‘models of military leadership’.

Points of discussion could potentially, but not exclusively, include:
• Secular and ecclesiastical leadership
• Gender and authority
• The social strata of military leaders/commanders
• The role of military ideals and practices in shaping a military leader
• What could make or break a military leader
• The effectiveness of leaders/commanders in the battlefield
• The ‘ideal’ leadership and ‘heroic individualism’
• Divine authority

We would also consider proposals that target more general themes, like:
• Primary sources and their value for the military history of the Mediterranean Sea (c. 400-1700)
• The emergence and consolidation of customs of military obligation
• Strategy, tactics (battle and siege) and logistics in the regional operational theatres
• Naval warfare
• Society at war and the treatment of the defeated
• Evolution of weaponry in regional operational theatres

The deadline for proposals is 12pm (Athens time +2GMT) on February 28, 2020; late requests cannot be accommodated.

A preliminary program will be circulated on March 30. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference organising committee:
• Georgios Theotokis (Lecturer, Ibn Haldun University, georgios.theotokis@ihu.edu.tr)
• Angeliki Delikari (Assist. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, adelikar@hist.auth.gr)
• Agathoniki Tsilipakou (Director, Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki)
• Halil Berktay (Prof., Ibn Haldun University)
• Andreas Gkoutzioukostas (Assoc. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
• Hara Papadopoulou (Gen. Secretary, Byzantine Thessaloniki)
• Dimitrios Sidiropoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)