Summer School: Comprehending ‘Byzantium after Byzantium’. An Introduction to Ottoman Historical Sources

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 22-26 July 2019

Deadline: 30 June 2019

This course aims at introducing students to the various primary sources of Ottoman History and the methodological approaches used in current research, with special focus on the transitional period between the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire (14th-15th c.). The Ottoman sources are invaluable for they cast light on the Late Mediaeval and Early Modern History of the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa. The course will help students approach historical sources, teach them to record and scrutinise the quantitative and qualitative data contained therein, and to work towards formulating well-grounded historical conclusions based on these sources (cross-checking against other sources, evaluation, etc.). Students will be required to participate in examining and analysing selected Ottoman texts (in English translation), in order to practise the relevant research skills described above. Knowledge of Modern and/or Ottoman Turkish is desirable, but not a requirement, as the course will include a basic introduction to Ottoman Turkish script and language.

For details, see

Summer School: Messors Workshops

Puglia, Italy

See here for information on Messors, a program focused on the preservation of cultural heritage and Byzantine sites that has been running in Puglia region – Italy for the last 20 years.

The program includes workshops that are an opportunity for participants (students/trainees/volunteers who might be interested in participating) to learn about the history of the region, learn about conservative methods and techniques while contributing to the conservation of the rich artistic and historical heritage of Southern Italy.

Workshop dates for 2019 are:

Art Restoration Workshop Fresco Fine Art June 28 -July 12; July 18 – August 1

Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project August 7 – 18 (This project aims to restore and preserve the Byzantine site of Fornello which contains a multidisciplinary approach to cultural heritage conservation.)

Summer School: RelReS Summer School

Sofia University, Bulgaria, 22-27 September 2019

Deadline: 31 August 2019

The University in Sofia is pleased to announce the ReIReS School 22-27 September 2019 on the use and study of special documents. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome, both from ReIReS partners and other institutions.

The school in Sofia will make scholars familiar with special, less known and remote collections like the unique collection of Greek, Arabic and Slavonic manuscripts in Center Dujcev, the digital version of the Zographou manuscripts collection, which is not accessible in situ (on the Mount Athos in Greece) to female researchers; with the history of Bulgarian Church and religious literature and the history of the oldest and biggest Bulgarian monastery and its role for preserving the religious identity of the Bulgarian population.

The school is open to scholars affiliated to the ReIReS consortium and to max. five persons from outside the consortium. Scholars from outside the consortium will pay a registration fee of € 395.00.

For full information, see the School’s webpage.