Conference: Venice Dialogues: De-Marginalizing Byzantium

Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani/Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig, Venice, Italy, 7-8 December 2019

The workshop will explore the question of why Byzantium was and keeps being marginalized within the western academic canon and to a lesser extent in the public discourse. Instead of resurrecting the 19th and early 20th century academic debate known as the ‘Byzantine ques- tion’ (‘Byzantinische Frage’), this workshop examines the historiographical mechanisms and turning points that resulted in the marginalization of Byzantium in art history and related fields.

In an attempt to move past pinpointing single moments of ‘influence’ from Byzantium to the We, the workshop asks why the one hundred-year search to answer the ‘Byzantine question’ was unsuccessful, failing to secure a prominent place for the Eastern Roman Empire within art historical teaching and scholarship. Building on these insights, the workshop will delve into practical aspects, seeking possible places for Byzantium after the end of a linear, chronological art historical canon as described by Hans Belting (Das Ende der Kunstgeschichte: Eine Revision nach 10 Jahren) and others. The talks will focus on historiography and scholarly networks, on questions of collecting, artistic production, national and supranational political thought, and on Byzantium’s place within the boundaries of modern academic disciplines.

For the full programme, see here.

If you would like to attend the workshop, we kindly ask you to register: armin.bergmeier@uni-leipzig.de.

Fellowship: Joint Residential Fellowship, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and the Byzantine Studies Research Center of Bogaziçi University

Istanbul, Turkey & Florence, Italy

Deadline: 20 November 2019

Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, Florence) and the Byzantine Studies Research Center of Bogaziçi University (BSRC, Istanbul) offer a joint, residential fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholars will spend the fall term (September – December) in Istanbul and the spring term (January – June) in Florence. The fellowship will focus on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). This collaboration aims to foster the development of research on Late Byzantine-Italian relations by supporting early-career scholars whose work explores Byzantium’s cross-cultural contacts in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean world through the study of art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, or science.

The VIT-BSRC Joint Fellowship is offered for candidates who have received a PhD in or after 2009. Candidates must have their PhD in hand by the time they apply and will be asked to upload a scan of it when submitting their application. Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Italian Renaissance and/or Byzantine Studies. Each successful candidate must be approved by both the BSRC and VIT and will spend the fall term (September – December) at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul and the spring term (January-June) at Villa I Tatti in Florence. During both terms, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with VIT or BSRC. Renewals, repeats, or deferments of this Fellowship are not granted.

Applications must be written in English and must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on November 15, 2019. Scholars can apply for only one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year.

Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by November 20, 2019. These recommendations can be written in English or Italian. In order to give your referees adequate time to submit letters of recommendation, click the reference tab and register them as early as possible. Referees will receive an email explaining how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the applicants’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the deadline for submission.

For the full details and to apply, see http://itatti.harvard.edu/i-tatti-bogazici-joint-fellowship.

Fellowship: Interaction between Italy and Byzantines (ca. 1300-ca.1700)

Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, Florence) and the Byzantine Studies Research Center of Bogaziçi University (BSRC, Istanbul) offer a joint, residential fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholars will spend the fall term (September – December) in Istanbul and the spring term (January – June) in Florence. The fellowship will focus on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). This collaboration aims to foster the development of research on Late Byzantine-Italian relations by supporting early-career scholars whose work explores Byzantium’s cross-cultural contacts in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean world through the study of art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, or science.

The VIT-BSRC Joint Fellowship is offered for candidates who have received a PhD in or after 2009. Candidates must have their PhD in hand by the time they apply and will be asked to upload a scan of it when submitting their application. Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Italian Renaissance and/or Byzantine Studies. Each successful candidate must be approved by both the BSRC and VIT and will spend the fall term (September – December) at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul and the spring term (January-June) at Villa I Tatti in Florence. During both terms, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident. The stipend is $4,200 per month, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, $1,500) towards relocation expenses. When possible, a one-bedroom apartment will be set aside for the Fellow’s use, rent free, but with charges for utilities. If an apartment is not available, $1,500 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.

http://itatti.harvard.edu/i-tatti-bogazici-joint-fellowship