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)

Call for Papers: Theandrites: Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453)

International Society of Neoplatonic Studies Conference, Athens, Greece, 10-14 June 2020

Deadline: 1 February 2020

This panel focuses on the reception of Platonism in the Christian philosophy of the Byzantine era (4th-15th centuries), an era marking the creation of a unique dialogue between Hellenic Platonism and the theology of the Church Fathers and Byzantine Christians.

The panel is open to all issues relating to Byzantine Platonism. This includes: Christians in the Greek-speaking East and their relationship to the Latin tradition in the West, as well as the Christian Platonism found in contemporary church fathers, the Greek-speaking Christians in late antique Gaza, Athens, and Alexandria; the philosophical theology of Pseudo-Dionysius, Maximus, and John Damascene; the later reception of Platonic theories on the soul, time, and eternity, and metaphysics, as well as ritual among Greek Christians and Hellenes. We welcome papers that trace Platonic ideas, terminology, and methodology as they move throughout the Eastern Roman Empire and the Byzantine Orthodox world.

300 word abstract should be sent to Sarah Wear (swear@franciscan.edu) and Frederick Lauritzen (frederick.lauritzen@new.oxon.org). Papers presented in Athens will be published in the series Theandrites: Studies in Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453) (after peer review).

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/