Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces: Landscape Transformation and Inheritance, European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 2015 Meeting, Glasgow, September 2–5, 2015
Much recent archaeological research has been concerned with religious transformative processes and their legacy in the present-day landscape. The structure of the modern environment is often anchored in the networks and spaces that evolved in response to religious practices and economic and cultural support systems. Throughout Europe and beyond, the cultural inheritance of religious orders and groupings has structured and influenced much of the modern landscape. The artefacts of religion and beliefs are represented as still-functioning institutions, relict features and as more subtle influences on property boundaries and settlement formation, for example. Religious institutions, buildings and features have had a significant impact on the development of the wider landscape and have played a key role in the way people engage with their environment, creating a sense of place and helping to shape people’s cultural identity. This session invites papers on all aspects of the landscape legacy of sacred places and spaces across periods and disciplines.
Caron Newman, Newcastle University
Vicky Manolopoulou, Newcastle University
Yasemin Özarslan, Koç University
This companion volume to the exhibit of the same name examines the multicultural city of Fustat, capital of medieval Egypt and predecessor to modern Cairo. It explores the interactions of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities within urban city life. These three communities practiced their own beliefs and enacted communal self-government, but they also intermingled on a daily basis and practiced shared traditions of life. Essays by leading scholars examine the different religions and languages found at Fustat, as well as cultural aspects of daily life such as food, industry, and education. The lavishly illustrated catalog presents a new analysis of the Oriental Institute’s collection of artifacts and textual materials from 7th through 12th-century Egypt. Highlights include documents from the Cairo Genizah (a document repository) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue as well as never-before-published artifacts from archaeological excavations conducted at Fustat by George Scanlon on behalf of the American Research Center in Egypt. The volume encourages discussion on the challenges of understanding religion through objects of daily life.
The Past & Present Society and the Institute of Historical Research offers up to four one-year postdoctoral Fellowships in History, tenable at the Institute. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a broad interest in processes of social, economic, political and cultural change, as manifested in their particular field of study. The Society wishes to promote work of a kind that might be published in the journal Past & Present and its book series, which is published by the Oxford University Press.
Area of research:
Social History (broadly defined)
The Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral applicants who have recently completed a doctoral degree in history, or who will have submitted their thesis for examination by 1 October in the academic year in which the Fellowship is to be held. It is a strict condition of the Fellowship that the thesis should have been submitted by that date. Applicants may be of any nationality, and their PhD (or equivalent) may have been awarded in any country. Those who have previously held another postdoctoral research fellowship, or a full-time lectureship, will not be eligible. The Fellowship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.
A condition of the award is that Fellows should undertake further historical research and writing. Fellows will be encouraged to submit their articles or books to the editors of Past & Present for consideration. Fellows will not be required to be resident in London, but should participate in the activities of the Institute, by regular attendance at and presentation of papers to appropriate seminars and by giving information and help to fellow scholars working in the same field.
At the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours a week (note however that some categories of non-national may need to obtain a work permit in order to undertake this).
NAPS offers to members of the Society the opportunity to apply for grants in the following categories:
Dissertation Progress Grants
a. Dissertation Research Grant: The grant will be $5,000. This is for a graduate student in the research phase of the dissertation. The grant committee consists of one Member-at-Large currently serving their second year on the Board and two NAPS members appointed by the President. Up to two grants may be given in any one year.
b. Dissertation Completion Grant: The grant will be $8,000. This is for a graduate student in the final year of the dissertation work. The grant committee consists of one Member-at-Large currently serving their second year on the Board and two NAPS members appointed by the President. One grant may be given in any one year. At the discretion of the Board and if funds are available, a second-place candidate for this grant may also be awarded some funds.
Small Research Grants
Multiple awards may be made in this category every year. This is for scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the previous five years of the application date. Applicants need not be affiliated with an academic institution; independent scholars are welcome to apply. Applicants may request up to $1,500. The number of actual awards given in any one year will be determined on the basis of the health of the Society’s investment funds. Up to five of these awards may be given in any one year.
East and West / Cultural Contacts, Transfers and Interchanges between East and West in the Mediterranean, 2nd International Conference for PhD Students, Split, Croatia, September 17–19, 2015
The theme of the conference addresses regions of Europe and Middle East which, in Classical Antiquity, made part of both “East” and “West”. Exoticism has been a fundamental part of western perception of “East” from the time of Herodot who in the Histories, for example, depicts Scythians as bloodthirsty barbarians. This ambivalent relation towards foreign and exotic nations has persisted from the Classical Antiquity throughout Renaissance well into the Modern era.
The East-West dichotomy can be recognized in cultural influences between East and West through studying interdependence of East and West in the Mediterranean, as well as through their standoffs in the history of art practices. The conference will deal with cultural contacts, exchange, relocations and social trends that enabled creation of complex concepts and idea-networks throughout history. The symposium also questions the ways in which “West” has exoticised “East” as well as the ways in which “East” has perceived “West”, through the prism of postcolonial and cultural translation theories.
The international conference is intended for PhD students and recent PhD graduates from different fields of humanities and social sciences, who are hereby invited to participate.
The proposed topics for interdisciplinary discussions are:
Orientalism in European art and culture
Europe and Byzantium: Ex Oriente lux et luxus
Venice and Constantinople: competition, emulation and/or imitation, mythography
Europe and Ottoman Empire in early Modern Age: between exoticism and demonization
Orient in culture and art of European Romanticism: images and myth of Orient (fine arts, archaeology, literature, philosophy and music)
The Middle East in European paintings, prints, book illustrations and crafts from Romanticism to the beginning of 20th century
Oriental forms in 19th and 20th century western architecture
European travellers and artists in the East: exchange of ideas, concepts and art practices
Curating and exhibiting art from Eastern Europe
Meeting points: intersections, syncretisms, conflicts between East and West in the Balkans
Byzantine Empire and foundations of regional art centres in the Balkans since Late Antiquity until the end of the Middle Ages
Struggle for ecclesiastical supremacy between Rome and Constantinople – interactions between Orthodox and Catholic Christianity, influence on arts, visual expression and iconography
Venice and the Balkans in the late Middle Ages and the early Modern Age: conflicts, coexistence, cultural and artistic dialogue
Ottoman invasion of the Balkans: impact on culture and art, Ottoman discourse, establishment of transcultural forms in contact regions, assimilations and cultural hybrids
The twilight of political and cultural powers (Ottoman Empire, Habsburg Monarchy, Venetian Republic) and creation of new national states: art as reflection of political and national interests (nationalization and ideologization of art)
The image of Turks in the art and culture of the Western Balkans and Central Europe (visual, historical, literal, ethnographic and cultural-anthropological aspect)
East and West in the age of globalization
Ideologies, ideological discourses, mythologemes and their artistic representations and functions
Western stereotypes of Middle Eastern culture and arts: their genesis, influences and transformations
Artistic concepts and theories of art
Contemporary artistic and architectural trends: elements of tradition, modern and global
Contemporary perception of Islam in art: historical, political, religious, cultural; artist-audience interaction
Contemporary art practices, literature, cinematography and popular culture
Duke University Libraries are currently engaged in a project to digitize and provide access to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts. The project will be completed in spring 2015.
Sacred Chanting from Aleppo: An Evening of Syrian Music, Photographs, Stories, and Discussion with Jason Hamacher, Dumbarton Oaks, February 12, 2015, 5:30–7:30 pm
From 2005 to 2010, musician Jason Hamacher was granted unprecedented access to the Syrian city of Aleppo to document the ancient prayers, hallowed rituals, and sacred spaces of Syria’s religious minorities. He went to document ancient Christian and Jewish culture and captured the apex of Syria’s modernization before the revolution. He created the Lost Sound Series to introduce his musical archives of rare field recordings to the world. His latest series, Sacred Voices of Syria, showcases the beauty of Syria’s endangered ancient Sufi, Armenian, Syriac, and Assyrian-Chaldean chant traditions.
Hamacher’s forthcoming book, Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy, is a collection of photographs documenting his journey into Syrian culture. Many of the people that appear in the book have been killed or have fled the country; many of the places have been destroyed.
Hamacher has worked on several projects in Syria with Smithsonian Folkways, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Sephardic Heritage Museum. His efforts have been featured on several national and international media outlets including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Interfaith Voices, Vice, Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post, and Dubai’s Orient TV and Brownbook magazine.
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 21–24, 2015
The 2015 AAR and SBL Annual Meetings will be held November 21-24, in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located in the Hyatt Regency. Academic sessions will be held in the Hilton Atlanta, Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Atlanta, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The Employment Center will be located in the Sheraton Atlanta. Registration and housing for the Annual Meeting will open in March.
The following program units may be of particular interest to Byzantinists:
CO-SPONSORED SESSION: Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Group and SBL Religious Worlds of Late Antiquity Group
Eastern Orthodox Studies Group
Middle Eastern Christianity Group
QUAD-SPONSORED SESSION: Christian Systematic Theology Section and Eastern Orthodox Studies Group and Middle Eastern Christianity Group and Roman Catholic Studies Group
Trends in Manuscript Studies: Sources, Issues and Technologies, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, June 29–July 3, 2015
The University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, in cooperation with the Abbey of Montecassino, is pleased to announce the organisation of its first Summer School for the benefit of master and PhD students, scholars, librarians and other experts or interested persons working with medieval manuscripts and early printed books.
The School aims to provide updated vision of research trends and achievements in the fields of Greek and Latin manuscript research, with a particular focus on the manuscripts preserved in Montecassino.
Each session at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio will be followed by a visit to the Archive of Montecassino, where a selection of manuscripts related to the session’s topic will be presented and analysed. All lectures will be conducted in English and Italian.
The number of participants is limited to 20. Particiapnts should have a basic knowledge of Latin, Latin Paleography and Codicology.
The Politics of Visual Translations of Jerusalem, University of York, March 20–21, 2015
This conference will consider the political dimensions in the creation and use of architectural copies, visual representations and physical relics of the holy places of Jerusalem in Europe and beyond. Ranging from the medieval period to the present day, papers will cover topics including the importance of Jerusalem for the image of rulers, the role of Jerusalem in public rituals and punishment, the appropriation of Jerusalem sites as war memorials and the role of Jerusalem translations in current political debates.
Keynote lectures by Antony Eastmond and Achim Timmermann
The present volume is the main achievement of the Research
Networking Programme ‘Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies’, funded by the European Science Foundation in the years 2009–2014.
It is the first attempt to introduce a wide audience to the entirety of the manuscript cultures of the Mediterranean East. The chapters reflect the state of the art in such fields as codicology, palaeography, textual criticism and text editing, cataloguing, and manuscript conservation as applied to a wide array of language traditions including Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Caucasian Albanian, Christian Palestinian Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Slavonic, Syriac, and Turkish.
Seventy-seven scholars from twenty-one countries joined their efforts to produce the handbook. The resulting reference work can be recommended both to scholars and students of classical and oriental studies and to all those involved in manuscript research, digital humanities, and preservation of cultural heritage.
The volume includes maps, illustrations, indexes, and an extensive bibliography.
Griechische Handschriftenkunde und Editorik, Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, March 23–27, 2015
The aim of this week long course is to give 25 young researchers in classical studies and related disciplines a practical introduction to Greek manuscript studies and scholarly editing. The course includes introductory lectures, small group exercises, and a day in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin looking at original manuscripts.
The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is pleased to announce the Summer Fellowship Program. Summer Residents, in the fields of philology, history and archaeology will come to Cincinnati for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three during the summer. Apart from residence in Cincinnati during term, the only obligation of Summer Fellows is to pursue their own research. They will receive free university housing. They will also receive office space and enjoy the use of the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College Libraries.
The University of Cincinnati Burnam Classics Library is one of the world's premier collections in the field of Classical Studies. Comprising 260,000 volumes and other research materials, the library covers all aspects of the Classics: the languages and literatures, history, civilization, art, and archaeology. Of special value for scholars is both the richness of the collection and its accessibility -- almost any avenue of research in the classics can be pursued deeply and broadly under a single roof. The unusually comprehensive core collection, which is maintained by three professional classicist librarians, is augmented by several special collections such as 15,000 nineteenth century German Programmschriften, extensive holdings in Palaeography, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. At neighboring Hebrew Union College, the Klau Library, with holdings in excess of 445,000 volumes, is rich in Judaica and Near Eastern Studies.
The Benaki Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced Director to replace Professor Angelos Delivorrias. The new Director will undertake responsibility in coming years for the Benaki Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece.
Reports to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and faithfully implements its decisions
Proposes strategic and operational priorities, yearly and long-term goals, and reviews of Foundation policies to improve its services and operations
Leads a staff of 180 and large number of volunteers. Motivates and encourages the Foundation’s staff and closely monitors their progress and performance
Provides the link between the Board of Trustees and personnel
Oversees the growth and organization of collections, with responsibility for their enrichment through donations and where possible, purchases
Promotes research and the use of new technologies for optimum knowledge and use of the Museum collections
Holds joint responsibility for the Foundation’s finances with the Financial Director
Plays the chief role in the formulation of fund-raising strategy and is active in related activities
Formulates and presents the multi-faceted program of the Museum (exhibitions, publications, educational and research activities, etc.) strictly within the framework of the yearly budget
Is responsible for the further strengthening and advancement of the Museum’s outward orientation, and for promoting the Museum’s activities locally and internationally
Is responsible for the Museum’s public image and represents it, maintaining direct and ongoing contact with authorities, society, and the Foundation’s supporters as well as with corresponding organizations abroad
The retreat of the Byzantine army from Syria in around 650 CE, in advance of the approaching Arab armies, is one that has resounded emphatically in the works of both Islamic and Christian writers, and created an enduring motif: that of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier. For centuries, Byzantine and Islamic scholars have evocatively sketched a contested border: the annual raids between the two, the line of fortified fortresses defending Islamic lands, the no-man's land in between and the birth of jihad. In their early representations of a Muslim-Christian encounter, accounts of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier are charged with significance for a future 'clash of civilizations' that often envisions a polarised world. A. Asa Eger examines the two aspects of this frontier: its physical and ideological ones. By highlighting the archaeological study of the real and material frontier, as well as acknowledging its ideological military and religious implications, he offers a more complex vision of this dividing line than has been traditionally disseminated.
With analysis grounded in archaeological evidence as well the relevant historical texts, Eger brings together a nuanced exploration of this vital element of medieval history.
Medieval/Africa: The Trans-Saharan World, 500–1700, Harvard University, February 5–6, 2015
This symposium explores the complex institutional, cultural, and religious relationships tying the societies of sub-Saharan Africa to one another and to the "medieval" worlds of the Mediterranean and Red Sea basins. Speakers from a variety of disciplinary and regional backgrounds will discuss the contours of the trans-Saharan region and its pivotal cultural, religious, and economic role, and consider the value of "Trans-Saharan Studies" as a rubric for understanding the broader African ecumene in the pre-colonial past.
Sweet Briar College, a private liberal arts undergraduate institution for women, is hiring a one-year sabbatical replacement starting August 2015 for a visiting assistant professor in Late Antique and Medieval Art History. The six-course load (a 3:3 schedule for the academic year, with four of those courses at the intermediate or upper levels) includes teaching intermediate and upper-level courses and seminars ranging in date from the Roman world through the fourteenth century focusing on the arts of Europe and the Mediterranean (including Byzantium and the Islamic world), in addition to selected courses and upper-level seminars in the candidates area(s) of specialization. Ability to teach the arts of Asia is also welcome. The College values engaged undergraduate teaching by offering small seminars and discussion-based classes balanced by lecturing. Participation in Sweet Briars Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is required. Ph.D. in Art History with teaching experience preferred. All members of Sweet Briars Art History Department are actively engaged in scholarship.
Connections, Networks, and Contexts, University of Edinburgh, April 17, 2015
The Late Antique and Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is holding a one day conference on the theme of Connections, Networks, and Contexts within the time period of Late Antique to Medieval. While interdisciplinary approaches to academic research may have been less common just a few years ago, there has recently been an increased interest in working across disciplinary boundaries. For the last five years, the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh has worked under a similar ethos, organising seminars for postgraduate students to present their work and exchange ideas across academic disciplines.
Supported by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, LAMPS is now extending this discussion to encompass a wider audience by providing a forum for postgraduate and early career scholars (defined as scholars who have been working in their field for five years or less), to present their work on the theme of Connections, Networks, and Contexts.
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers and A3 posters from any relevant department, including Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, and Islamic Studies among others. Papers and posters will be required to relate to our topic, Connections, Networks and Contexts, which includes but is not limited to:
Religious Network and Movement
War, Politics, and Diplomacy
Migration, Cultural Exchange, and Appropriation
Periphery and the Centre
Text and Translation
Reflections and Representations of the Late Antique and Medieval in other periods
Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new research seminar programme for young and early career researchers into the art, archaeology, material history and culture of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East entitled Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation, a Getty Foundation funded research seminar programme for young and early career researchers into mediaeval art and archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.
The research seminar programme will last two years from 2015 to 2016. During that time participants will attend four one week seminar and research events during in Greece, Israel, Jordan and Turkey.
Led by Professor Scott Redford, Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London, Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation will used various techniques developed by archaeologists and art historians in the study of material culture of the diverse Islamic, Christian, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region during the middle ages to explore the connections between them. The project aims to re-examine the interrelationship between different ethnic, religious and cultural groups to explore the shared social, cultural, political and economic relationships that existed.
The project is open to early career academic researchers and tutors, research students at an advanced stage of their studies and those working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology).
The target audience for this seminar programme is young professionals with advanced degrees (or equivalent work experience) in art history and/or archaeology of the period of the Crusades who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean or Middle East. We would therefore strongly encourage applications from art historians and archaeologists from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.
The Libraries Research Awards awards ten (10) annual grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work. The award was established in 2011 and invites applications from scholars and researchers who may benefit from access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Global Studies Collections.
Help is sought in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in Archive.org, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis. More information.
Twenty chapters present the range of current research into the study of textiles and dress in classical antiquity, stressing the need for cross and inter-disciplinarity study in order to gain the fullest picture of surviving material. Issues addressed include: the importance of studying textiles to understand economy and landscape in the past; different types of embellishments of dress from weaving techniques to the (late introduction) of embroidery; the close links between the language of ancient mathematics and weaving; the relationships of iconography to the realities of clothed bodies including a paper on the ground breaking research on the polychromy of ancient statuary; dye recipes and methods of analysis; case studies of garments in Spanish, Viennese and Greek collections which discuss methods of analysis and conservation; analyses of textile tools from across the Mediterranean; discussions of trade and ethnicity to the workshop relations in Roman fulleries. Multiple aspects of the production of textiles and the social meaning of dress are included here to offer the reader an up-to-date account of the state of current research. The volume opens up the range of questions that can now be answered when looking at fragments of textiles and examining written and iconographic images of dressed individuals in a range of media.
Aramaic is a constant thread running through the various civilizations of the Near East, ancient and modern, from 1000 BCE to the present, and has been the language of small principalities, world empires, and a fair share of the Jewish-Christian tradition. Holger Gzella describes its cultural and linguistic history as a continuous evolution from its beginnings to the advent of Islam. For the first time the individual phases of the language, their socio-historical underpinnings, and the textual sources are discussed comprehensively in light of the latest linguistic and historical research and with ample attention to scribal traditions, multilingualism, and language as a marker of cultural self-awareness. Many new observations on Aramaic are thereby integrated into a coherent historical framework.
The Norwegian Institute in Rome (University of Oslo) invites scholars in the disciplines of archaeology and art history to submit contributions to the 2015 volume of Acta Ad Archaeologiam Et Artium Historiam Pertinentia (ISSN 0065-0900). In existence since 1962, the journal Acta is a forum for Norwegian and international scholarship on Rome’s material and cultural heritage. Acta is indexed in bibliographies, and all articles go through a rigorous peer review process before publication.
Contribution topics should preferably consider Rome and its broad cultural sphere from antiquity to the high middle ages. Other related subjects (e.g., Byzantium, etc.) crossing disciplinary boundaries are also welcome. Contributions can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Italian, French, or German.
The World History Center and the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh seek applicants, pending budgetary approval, for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in world history beginning fall 2015, with the option of renewal for a second year. We seek candidates who can demonstrate strong training in global historical studies, and whose research interests are cross-disciplinary, multiregional, and/or have varied time frames. The successful candidate will participate in research, teaching, and other activities of the center and the department. Research will include individual research plus work on such Center projects as the Alliance for Learning in World History and the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis. Teaching will include two world history courses each year.
Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XI: The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare, University of Iowa, March 26–29, 2015
The eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26–29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200–700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and healthcare. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of healthcare, and questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas.
Thursday, March 26
I. Monasticism, Healing, and the Body
Friday, March 27
II. Ambrose, Aphorisms, and Wealth
III. Poverty and Status in the Latin West
IV. Psychotherapy, Health, and the Body
V: Status and Social Strategy
Saturday, March 28
VI. Charity and Building in Late Antique Rome and the Mediterranean
VII: Philanthropy and Building
VIII. Physicians, Medicine, and the Body
IX: The Birth of the Hospital
The Coptic Bible and Coptic Literature in the Digital Age, International Summer School, Göttingen and Hamburg, July 20–August 1, 2015
Egyptian Christianity has left a wealth of textual and non-textual sources which are of great interest to a number of stakeholder groups, Coptic scholars, biblical scholars and church historians, scholars of Late Antiquity, Egyptologists, scholars of Islam and last but not least, the members of the Coptic Orthodox Church itself. Unfortunately, due to historical circumstances, the literary heritage of Egyptian Christianity, including the Bible in Coptic, has been fragmented and is still today inadequately researched. However, the recent progress in Digital Humanities methods and tools has introduced a paradigm shift into the field. A number of new digital projects have sprung up internationally, dedicated to various areas of the Coptic heritage.
The Institute for Egyptology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen and the Corpus of Coptic Literary Manuscripts (CMCL) at the Hiob-Ludolf-Institute for Ethiopian Studies, University of Hamburg, will be offering a two-week summer school “The Coptic Bible and Coptic Literature in the Digital Age”. The summer school will focus on cataloguing and editing Coptic manuscripts – Biblical and literary – using both traditional scholarly techniques and new methods in the Digital Humanities (DH).
The Summer School is associated with two major projects, the ”Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament“ in Göttingen and the “Corpus of Coptic Literary Manuscripts (CMCL)” in Hamburg, and will profit from the expertise of the staff members as well as that of international experts.
The programme will include study visits to the Göttingen Greek Septuagint Project, the Coptic-Orthodox Monastery at Höxter (near Göttingen) and the Hamburg State and University Library.
The summer school is open to graduate students (B.A. completed), doctoral students and postdocs in the areas of Coptic Studies and Biblical Studies as well as Oriental Christianities, Church History, Egyptology, DH/Historical Linguistics and related fields. Previous knowledge of Coptic is desirable, however, Coptic language instruction will be offered during the entire summer school at both beginning/intermediate and advanced levels.
There are no tuition fees. Financial aid is available. Amounts will be depending on the outcome of a current funding application and will be announced as soon as possible.
The latest post on the British Library’s Medieval manuscripts blog takes a look at Egerton MS 3046 and the annotations made by a former owner, John Ruskin. Ruskin’s comments on both form and content are preserved throughout the manuscript. On folio 34r, for instance, he writes, “φ. how little they play with this letter.”
The British School at Athens offers two annual Studentships for advanced doctoral or postdoctoral research in any area covered by the School’s mission statement. Applications are open to students engaged in advanced postgraduate 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 archaeological science. 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 Studentship is funded at the AHRC's London-based rate for postgraduate awards.
The History Department, University College London, invites applications for a full-time lecturer in the History of the Medieval Mediterranean and Near East, 500–1500.
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding historian working on any major area of the History of the Medieval Mediterranean and Near East. Our preference is for someone who will bring new research interests to complement our current expertise. S/he will be expected to research and publish material of the highest quality; to offer inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and to play a full part in the life of the History Department.
Applicants must have a doctorate in the relevant area; at least one outstanding research publication; an imaginative post-doctoral research project; and experience of teaching in a university History department, preferably at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
(Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park October 9–10, 2015
Networks are widely recognized as modes of professional collaboration as well as objects of scientific inquiry. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will hold a two-day symposium that brings together scholars in a wide range of fields to exchange research on medieval and early modern networks within and across disciplines, social classes, and national boundaries.
We are also interested in examining the various methods by which contemporary researchers identify and analyze networks. How were networks constructed in the medieval and early modern periods, and how and why do we reconstruct them today? We aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, interest, and potential of networks both as a practice and as an analytical concept.
Confirmed speakers include Ruth Ahnert (English, Queen Mary University of London), Sebastian Ahnert (Physics, University of Cambridge), Michiel van Groesen (History, University of Amsterdam), Alicia Walker (Art History, Bryn Mawr College), David Wallace (English, University of Pennsylvania), and Colin F. Wilder (Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina).
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all disciplines that address the medieval and/or early modern periods. Some proposals may be selected for alternative formats.
Whose Mediterranean is it anyway? Cross-cultural interaction between Byzantium and the West 1204-1669, 48th Spring Byzantine Symposium, The Open University, Milton Keynes, March 28–30, 2015
The Early Modern Mediterranean basin was an area where many different rich cultural traditions came in contact with each other, were often forced to co-exist, and frequently learned to reap the benefits of co-operation. Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Muslims, Jews, and their interactions all contributed significantly to the cultural development of modern Europe. The aim of this conference is to address, explore, re-examine and re-interpret one specific aspect of this cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean – that between the Byzantine East and the (mainly Italian) West. The investigation of this interaction has become increasingly popular in the past few decades, not least due to the relevance it has for cultural exchanges in our present-day society. The starting point is provided by the fall of Constantinople to the troops of the fourth Crusade in 1204. In the aftermath of the fall, a number of Byzantine territories came under a prolonged Latin occupation, an occupation that forced Greeks and Latins to adapt their life socially and religiously according to the new status-quo. The end point for the conference, 1669, is the year that Venetian Crete, one of the most fertile ‘bi-cultural’ societies that developed in this process, fell to the Ottoman Turks.