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Research Associate, The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is currently seeking a Research Associate. This is a full time, permanent position to provide curatorial research for the department of Ancient and Byzantine Art. The RA will gather and develop information; compose and edit text; enter information into CITI, and provide research assistance to the Chair and the curators of the department in preparation for the various departmental publications, exhibitions, and installations, as well as draft labels and interpretive texts.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs art historical research about the artworks in the permanent collection, individual loans, and special exhibitions. Periodically checks recent literature pertinent to works in the permanent collection. Tracks reproductions of works and ensures the publication and exhibition histories of the objects are up to date.
  • Composes permanent and temporary exhibition labels and content for website or multi-media programs as needed. Acquires reproduction rights for images and other materials that will be incorporated in labels and interpretive texts.
  • Assists with research pertaining to potential loans, acquisitions, and gifts, as well as upcoming auctions, including market comparisons, provenance, and object publication and exhibition history.
  • Coordinates on behalf of the department with Education, Graphic Design, Publications, Imaging, Digital Information and Access teams, and others about special exhibitions, interactive multi-media projects, and other special projects. May assist with special exhibitions.
  • Manages the Classical Art Society and its annual programs and lecture series.
  • Enters information about AIC objects into CITI in conjunction with Director’s mandate to have more object records posted on the web. Reviews accuracy, publication and exhibition history, and corrects errors in Ancient and Byzantine object records in CITI.
  • Answers scholarly and general correspondence related to the Ancient and Byzantine collection and loans. May be asked to speak about the collection to various audiences.

 Qualifications

  • M.A. in Ancient Art history
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong writing and editing abilities
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Proven multi-tasking and management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Reading knowledge of French and German essential

Job ID: 8753

The Lost Music of Byzantium

The Lost Music of Byzantium, lecture by Alexander Lingas, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, August 15, 2015, 11:00 am

Alexander Lingas uncovers the lost traditions of Byzantine music. When Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, sacred Byzantine chant (the eastern sibling of Gregorian chant) was lost and almost forgotten.

Lingas – founder and Artistic Director of Cappella Romana, an ensemble celebrated for its recordings of this repertoire – takes us in search of the sacred music that was heard in Hagia Sophia, the great church built by the Emperor Justinian in the same century in which Canice founded his monastic settlement at Kilkenny.

Tickets: €12/€10

Holy Sites Encircled: The Early Byzantine Concentric Churches of Jerusalem

Vered Shalev-Hurvitz. Holy Sites Encircled: The Early Byzantine Concentric Churches of Jerusalem. Oxford University Press, 2015.

From Oxford University Press

The round and octagonal churches of Jerusalem were the earliest of their kind. Powerful, monumental structures, recalling imperial mausolea and temples, they enshrined the holiest sites of Christianity. Constantine himself ordered the building of the first ones immediately after the council of Nicaea (325), his main objective being the authentication of Jesus's existence in Jerusalem in accordance with the council's resolutions, but the sites he chose in Palestine also obliterated reminiscences of Jewish or Pagan domination.

Holy Sites Encircled demonstrates that all four concentric churches of Jerusalem encircled new holy sites exclusively relating to the corporeal existence of Jesus or Mary, and that they were self-contained, and apse-less because the liturgy, including the Mass, was performed from the venerated centre. Offering intimate concentric spaces, as well as perpetual processions around these sites, they promoted the development of new feasts, shaping the city's liturgy and that of the whole Christian world. They were found especially suitable to compete with former religious landmarks and therefore many of their descendants outside Jerusalem were cathedrals.

This volume begins with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which replaced a pagan temple in Jerusalem city centre, and concludes with the Dome of the Rock, a unique Muslim structure, which was built by the Ummayads on the very site of the ruined Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, using the concentric architecture of Jerusalem to establish their new authority. Illustrating how architectural form links together culture, politics, and society it explores the perceptions and architectural models that shaped these unusual churches and their impact, in both ideas and design, on future architecture.

Chronicles as Literature at the Crossroad of Past and Present

Chronicles as Literature at the Crossroad of Past and Present, University of Munich, April 29–30, 2016

So-called “Byzantine World Chronicles” have always presented a challenge to historians of Byzantine literature. While clearly understanding the flaws of past approaches to these texts, which variously viewed them as products of a monkish mentality, written by and for poorly educated monks thirsting for religious instruction (Krumbacher), or as pieces of “trivial literature” with an “admixture of sex and crime” (Hunger), Byzantinists are now facing the challenge of re-evaluating these texts in the light of our understanding of the processes of literary and rhetorical production and its reception in Byzantium.

The present conference aims at elaborating a variety of approaches to the so-called Byzantine World Chronicles as literary texts. The “literary identity” of a particular chronicle could be defined in terms of its relationship with those literary antecedents that were known or deliberately chosen as positive or negative models by its author and with other works of literature available or read at the time of its composition, with which it was meant to compete. Our understanding of chronicles as literature might be significantly deepened by comparing chronicles with works of history, novels, hagiographical literature and many other kinds of texts known to Byzantine readers. Attention could be paid to rhetorical aspects of these texts or to the presence of “learned” vs. “popular” elements in them.

We seek contributions that focus on single texts traditionally known as Byzantine World Chronicles (such as Julius Africanus, Eusebios, John of Antioch, John Malalas, the Chronicon Paschale, Nikephoros, Georgios Synkellos, Theophanes, Georgios Monachos, the “Logothete” chronicle, Georgios Kedrenos, John Zonaras, Constantine Manasses, Theodore Skoutariotes, Ephraim of Ainos and others) and investigate the wide variety of literary and rhetorical links that connect these individual texts with both their literary antecedents and contemporary texts of different genres or, on the contrary, distinguish chronicles from them.

We expect to publish the papers presented at the conference in a volume of collected essays.  

The conference is organized by the Institute of the Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich and  the Section for Greek and Byzantine Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Contacts: Sergei Mariev, University of Munich, and Ingela Nilsson, Uppsala University

Director, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)

A Director is sought for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. Launched in 2007, ISAW is a center for advanced research and doctoral training designed to cultivate investigation of the ancient world as a connected whole and thus to encourage efforts that reach across boundaries of disciplines and domains, including geographical and chronological dimensions. The new Director must lead the Institute into a decisive role in the worldwide study of antiquity with effective advocacy for the integrative approaches defined by ISAW’s founding vision. As an active member of the faculty, the Director must combine administrative ability with international scholarly stature and a demonstrable interest in work that transcends such disciplines and domains. Candidates may be either senior or mid-career scholars in any fields relating to study of the ancient world.

This will be the Institute’s second Director, after a start-up phase that has established a Faculty, a program of Visiting Research Scholars, a doctoral program, and regular exhibitions. The Director will be expected to build upon ISAW’s international standing and influence in the study of antiquity, and one crucial component in coming years will be the placement of doctoral students in academic positions and the development of these ISAW scholars into leaders in their various areas of study. The Director will need both to work productively with existing people and structures, and to consider how to move toward these long-term goals with creative energy and a clear sense of direction. ISAW depends for its vision on extensive collaboration at many levels within the university, in New York City and the region, and in networks of scholars around the world, and the Director must continue to strengthen these connections.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is a discrete entity within New York University, with its own faculty. Its Director reports directly to the President and Provost of the university and will work closely with the Institute's future Board of Trustees.

Application review begins September 2015.

Teaching Fellow, History of Art, University of Edinburgh

Applications are invited for a Teaching Fellowship in History of Art in the field of pre-1500 art, ideally specializing in eastern Mediterranean (Byzantine or Islamic) art.

The post has a focus on courses at undergraduate level but will also involve contributing to the postgraduate programme.

We seek a teacher who are enthusiastic, proactive, experienced and committed to enhancing the student experience. Teaching experience and subject specialism should be within History of Art at university level. Experience of teaching at different environments and formats is desirable. A willingness to learn is essential.

The successful candidate will have well developed critical skills and experience of managing teaching, administrative and pastoral duties. Experience and understanding of the main challenges and features of teaching History of Art are essential. A willingness to expand knowledge in new areas and technologies is highly desirable. Applicants should be good team players with a willingness to listen, learn from and also influence others with greater experience. These aptitudes will be evidenced through a track record of effective teaching, featuring student participation and feedback.

The post is fixed term for 1 year (12 months) at 0.5FTE (17.5 hours/week), starting as soon as possible, and no later than 1st September 2015.

Vacancy Reference: 033626

Visualizing Big Image Data, International Journal for Digital Art History

Art History is based on empirical research. We gain knowledge using visual data. Precise observation, comparison and classification of objects of art are the fundamentals of our discipline. With the rise of Digital Art History, this process has become digitized.

Digital Art History means using the computer to support researchers with their epistemic goals. The computer can process more images than a human can look at in a lifetime. Hence, visual information has to be collected and processed, made accessible and analyzed. The analysis of Big Image Data is a great opportunity for Art History and adds new methods to the discipline.

Today, art historians are not only interpreting pictures but becoming picture-makers themselves. Large amounts of image data can only be analyzed through visualizations. These images are themselves in need of interpretation. Clearly, this falls into the domain of art history.

The second issue of the DAH-Journal will focus on Visualizing Big Image Data. Data visualizations raise new questions and we welcome articles which are discussing questions surrounding this topic, e.g.: How to interpret such images? How do visualizations generate new insights? How is order established by means of pictures today? What is the relation of a quantitative research to qualitative research - and what does this actually mean in art history? What data do we need to acquire in the first place? And what are the best visualization tools currently available for art historical research?

The topic of visualizations also raises questions of how the interdisciplinary exchange between art historians and computer scientists works and how it should develop in the future. To what extent are art historians dependent on computer scientists in order to generate and effectively use the possibilities of digital metapictures? Is there a case for closer collaborations and/or do art historians need to fill the gaps in their knowledge of digital technology?

The second issue of the DAH-Journal is scheduled for end of 2015. Featured author will be Maximilian Schich. He is an Associate Professor in Arts and Technology and a founding member of the Edith O'Donnell Institute for Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now

The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 13, 2016

Studies of the art market have paid great attention to the rise of auctions and the subsequent opening of the art market. However, there was another, equally important part of the art market in the early modern period, namely the agent, who discovered, bought and sold works of art to many of the most important collectors of the day. Agents not only acted as advisors; they set up networks across Europe and even beyond to acquire works of art; they negotiated with sellers and acted as intermediaries for buyers. At a time when prices were negotiable, the agent was often the person who created the true value of a work of art.

The purpose of our July conference will be firstly to explore the role of agents in the early modern period and to see how they negotiated the burgeoning art market in Europe, developing the role into a more professional activity. Secondly, we hope to take the subject further and consider how the agent has gradually become the consultant/dealer in the modern art market. Thus the conference should allow for a fascinating juxtaposition of historic and contemporary practice. It should also offer a deeper understanding of the private and often hidden side of the market, one that is not represented through the study of auctions alone.

Papers are invited in the following areas of research

  • The business or practice of the agent
  • Agent networks
  • Negotiations for clients
  • Agents as arbiters of taste
  • The rise of the dealer vs the decline of the agent: is this a viable paradigm?
  • The developing importance of the consultant & their relations with collectors

The time frame is generous. We are interested in papers from the Renaissance (or before) to the modern day.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Grant Duration:
Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description.  In addition, flexible options may be available.

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizenship - permanent residence is not sufficient.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate.
  • Foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description, or commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project.

New Issue of Journal of Late Antiquity

Journal of Late Antiquity, volume 8, no. 1 (Spring 2015)

CONTENTS

Style and Substance: A Bust of a Sasanian Royal Woman as a Symbol of Late Antique Legitimacy
Vanessa Rousseau, Peter Northover

Augustine and Men of Imperial Power
Brent D. Shaw

Arab Tribesmen and Desert Frontiers in Late Antiquity
J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz

Taxpayers and Their Money in Sixth-Century Egypt: Currency in the Temseu Skordon Codex
Leslie S. B. MacCoull

The Social Networks of Justinian’s Generals
David Alan Parnell

Knowledge and Virtue in the Regula Pastoralis of Gregory the Great: The Development of Christian Argumentation for the Late Sixth Century
Julia Dietrich

Religious Viewing of Sculptural Images of Gods in the World of Late Antiquity: From Dio Chrysostom to Damaskios
Georgios Deligiannakis

Schism and the Polemic of Heresy: Manichaeism and the Representation of Papal Authority in the Liber Pontificalis
Samuel Cohen

REVIEWS

Porphyry in Fragments: Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity by Ariane Magny
Aaron P. Johnson

Between Pagan and Christian by Christopher P. Jones
H.A. Drake

Der Kaiser als Sieger. Metamophosen triumphaler Herrschaft unter Constantin I by Johannes Wienand
Noel Lenski

The Laughter of Sarah: Biblical Exegesis, Feminist Theory, and the Concept of Delight by Catherine Conybeare
Stephen Halliwell

Controlling Contested Places: Late Antique Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy by Christine Shepardson
Jaclyn Maxwell

Ambassadeurs et ambassades au coeur des relations diplomatiques. Rome – Occident médiéval – Byzance (VIIIe s. avant J.-C. - XIIe s. après J.-C.) ed. by Audrey Becker and Nicolas Drocourt
Dominic Moreau

Ostia in Late Antiquity by Douglas Boin
Michael Mulryan

Before and After Muḥammad: The First Millennium Refocused by Garth Fowden
Stephen J. Shoemaker

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Mapping Networks in Historical Cultural Markets: Methods and Tools

Mapping Networks in Historical Cultural Markets: Methods and Tools, session at the European Association for Urban History, Helsinki, August 24–27, 2016

This interdisciplinary session explores how networks helped to establish, expand, and sustain markets for cultural products such as books and art, as well as theatre, music and cinema productions. Although the study of social ties among market participants is by no means new, it is becoming increasingly prominent due to historiographical and methodological developments. Recent studies on cultural markets and urban creativity, for instance, testify to the importance of local and interlocal networks for innovation and market development (cf. Davids & De Munck 2014; De Marchi & Raux 2014). Moreover, analyses of historical networks have been reinforced by the spilling over of the method of 'network analysis' from the social sciences as well as the advent of computational techniques in historical research (e.g. Graham, Milligan & Weingart 2013). Despite this recent interest, there is still much ambiguity around the concept of networks. The term is often used as a catch-all denoting many different relationships in cultural markets and although most historians are by now familiar with digital network visualization and spatial mapping, their analytical potential and limitations deserve further examination. Papers are, therefore, invited to reflect on issues of methodology and digital techniques, e.g. means of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data pertaining to the relationship between networks and cultural market development. We welcome contributions on Europe and beyond, across different periods, and on miscellaneous cultural markets.

The following themes fit particularly well with the aims of the session:

  • Different uses of networks by individuals and firms (promotion, information collection, subcontracting, reputation building, etc.);
  • Comparisons of network structures across time, space, and cultural industries;
  • Tracing cultural exchange and transmission across inter-local and cross-sectoral networks;
  • Relationships between networks, affiliations and institutions in cultural markets;
  • Processes of intermediation in cultural markets.

Session organizers: Claartje Rasterhoff, University of Amsterdam, Dries Lyna, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Karol Jan Borowiecki, University of Southern Denmark.

Coin Curator, Barber Institute, University of Birmingham

To be responsible for the day to day management, care and use of the Barber Institute coin collection and, working alongside Barber and University colleagues, to promote awareness of, and access to, these collections. The post holder reports to the Head of Collections and Learning at the Barber Institute, but will have additional academic support from the Director of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Degree in classical or medieval History, Art History, Archaeology or Classical Studies, with a major component relevant to Byzantine studies
  • Demonstrable record of interest in numismatics, ideally Byzantine
  • Effective knowledge of Latin and Greek languages
  • Experience of working within a museum environment
  • Knowledge of database software, especially collections management systems
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills
  • Proven organisational and administrative skills
  • Proven ability to manage budgets effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with colleagues and users
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Desirable

  • Experience of collection display within a museum setting
  • Experience of numismatic collection management
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant specialism
  • Experience of public engagement activities with a range of audiences

Please note the post will be fixed term for a period of 12 months or until 30th September 2016, depending on start date.

Manuscript as Medium

Manuscript as Medium, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, March 5–6, 2016

This conference is devoted particularly to current concern with manuscripts in all their physicality. Across the disciplines, investigators delight in the sometimes untidy, often beautiful, pages of manuscripts-bound as apparently heterogeneous miscellanies, glossed and amended over the centuries, enhanced with illuminations or with printed illustrations latterly pasted in. We welcome papers on any topic related to these issues, including technical investigations of production; manuscripts and monastic communities; image and text on the manuscript page; Jewish-Christian relations and sacred books; Islam, the west, and manuscripts; manuscripts as stand-ins for sacred or political figures; the hybrid manuscript-print codex in the age of incunabula; accessibility and immateriality of the manuscript in the digital age.

We invite abstracts for traditional twenty-minute presentations or short contributions to a Flash Session; each Flash paper will be 5 minutes long and should be accompanied by a focused visual presentation.

Le relazioni della Chiesa Siro-giacobita con la Santa Sede dal 1143 al 1656

Ignace Antoine II Hayek. Le relazioni della Chiesa Siro-giacobita con la Santa Sede dal 1143 al 1656. Ed. by Pier Giorgio Borbone and Jimmy Daccache. Cahiers d'études syriaques, 3. Paris: Geuthner, 2015.

From Geuthner

Cet ouvrage est la publication longtemps différée dans sa langue originale de la thèse du P. Antoine Hayek, futur patriarche de l’Église syro-catholique. Il l’avait soutenue en 1936 au Pontificio Istituto Orientale à Rome. Elle est consacrée aux relations entre l’Église syro-orthodoxe, ou jacobite, et le Saint-Siège depuis le synode de Jérusalem de 1143 au cours duquel, selon Michel le Syrien, l’Église syro-orthodoxe présenta une profession de foi approuvée par les Francs, jusqu’en 1656, date de la consécration d’André Akhidjan comme premier patriarche syro-catholique. Il s’agit donc d’une période cruciale dans l’histoire de l’Église syro-orthodoxe, et l’ouvrage situe en contexte la naissance de l’Église syro-catholique et met en oeuvre une documentation inédite. Même ancien, ce texte garde donc tout son intérêt.

Ignace Antoine II Hayek (né à Alep en Syrie le 14 septembre 1910 - mort à Sharfeh au Liban le 21 février 2007) fut patriarche de l'Église syriaque catholique du 10 mars 1968 au 23 juillet 1998.

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The Philosophy of Gemistos Plethon: Platonism in Late Byzantium, between Hellenism and Orthodoxy

Hladký's book is a valuable contribution to the study of Plethon that also daringly proposes a re-evaluation of what is commonly seen as Plethon's trademark: his paganism.

Vojtěch Hladký. The Philosophy of Gemistos Plethon: Platonism in Late Byzantium, between Hellenism and Orthodoxy. Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.

From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Niketas Siniossoglou, National Hellenic Research Foundation

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Embassies – Negotiations – Gifts: Systems of East Roman Diplomacy in Late Antiquity

…it is worth reiterating that this book is a valuable resource for the study of late antique diplomacy, and a timely reminder of just how much material has survived relating to this important subject.

Ekaterina Nechaeva. Embassies – Negotiations – Gifts: Systems of East Roman Diplomacy in Late Antiquity. Geographica historica, Bd 30. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014.

From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Doug Lee, University of Nottingham

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Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study General Residential Fellowship Programme 2016–2017

Located in the Botanic Garden in Uppsala, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) is a national institute for advanced study. The collections of Carolina Rediviva Library and other scientific facilities at Uppsala University are situated nearby.

For the academic year 2016-17 the Collegium offers residential fellowships for senior scholars. The fellowships afford scholars the opportunity to concentrate on their own research interests. Fellows are expected to be in residence. The application may be for the entire academic year or alternatively for one academic semester.

Candidates may come from any discipline within the humanities and social sciences and neighbouring scholarly fields. At the time of application, the candidate must have held a PhD for at least ten years.

The holder of the fellowship receives a monthly stipend or salary. Accommodation for Fellows who do not live in the Stockholm-Uppsala region is arranged by the Collegium and all Fellows have their own fully-equipped office at the Collegium.

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Mediterranea

Mediterranea, a new open access journal has been announced.

Mediterranea: An International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge is an international journal focusing on various areas of knowledge transfer from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, covering the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin, and paying special attention to philological, philosophical, scientific, cultural and religious fields of research.

The editors have put out a general call for papers. All submissions from Arts and Humanities, Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences and Experimental Sciences are welcome.

La vie quotidienne des moines en Orient et en Occident. Volume 1: Etat des sources

Olivier Delouis and Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert, eds. La vie quotidienne des moines en Orient et en Occident. Volume 1: Etat des sources. Institut français d'archéologie orientale, 2015.

From Institut français d'archéologie orientale

Christian monasticism emerged in Egypt at the close of the 3rd century and spread rapidly to the whole Eastern Mediterranean area and beyond. The choice of a monastic life was more than a spiritual decision; it implied acceptance of a way of life that conformed to more or less formal rules.

Originating from a colloquium that was organized in Athens in 2009 within the framework of a collective program, Everyday Life in Eastern and Western Monasticisms (4th-10th century AD), this book brings twenty articles illustrating an interdisciplinary approach to an important question: the state of the sources available for the study of various aspects of monks’ daily life.

Both archaeological and written evidence—normative, literary and documentary—is presented according to six geographic zones, from northern Mesopotamia to Ireland. This approach yields a better understanding of the dissemination of monasticism, an essential and yet varied form of Christian life, which had a lasting impact on the societies in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

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Research Associate, University of Münster

The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making” starting on July 1st 2015 at the University of Münster invites applications for 2 Research Associates [Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen/Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (PhD student positions)] in the Project C02 “The Role of the Supernatural in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart at the earliest possible date.

The positions will be fixed-term during the first phase of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 until June 30th 2019. Currently, the regular employment time is 26 hours and 33 minutes per week. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

Project C02 will investigate, how imperial decision-making was supported and influenced by prophetic competency and supernatural expertise (“occult sciences”) in medieval Byzantium.

The scope of duties includes:

  • The Research Associates participate in and contribute to the Project C02 by doing research either on the PhD-project A “Occult Sciences and Fortunetellers in Procedures of Decision-making at the Byzantine Imperial Court from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” or on the PhD-project B “Prophets and Divine Afflatus in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries”.
  • The Research Associates will also take part in the interdisciplinary collaboration with other projects as well as in workshops, meetings and research groups of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.

The Research Associates have the possibility for further academic qualification by submitting their thesis (Promotion) and therefore participate in the syllabus of the Graduate Centre (“Integriertes Graduiertenkoleg”) of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.

The following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a course in Byzantine studies or similar studies with a focus on Byzantine studies with top grades (Master or Magister)
  • Language skills in Ancient/Byzantine Greek
  • Experience in coping with and interpreting of Byzantine sources
  • The candidates should have a main area of interest in Byzantine history, Byzantine imperial history, Byzantine historiography and Byzantine scientific disciplines (esp. astrology and oneiromancy). In addition candidates should indicate an interest in Byzantine learned culture and knowledge transfer and they should be receptive to interdisciplinary methods as well.

Assistant Professor, Byzantine Studies, Central European University

The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in the field of Byzantine Studies, with the ability to teach, and supervise, across a broad chronological range from ca. 500 to 1500. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the profile of Byzantine Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies and is expected to be an active member of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS).

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in the field of Byzantine Studies.

Inscriptions: Their Contribution to Byzantine and Post-Byzantine History and History of Art

Inscriptions: Their Contribution to Byzantine and Post-Byzantine History and History of Art, University of Ioannina, June 26–27, 2015

Sessions:

Donors, Benefactors and Painters
Chair: Sophia Kalopissi-Verti / Alexandra-Kyriaki Wassiliou-Seibt

Epigraphic traditions in seventh-century byzantium
Ida Toth (oxford)

The profile of the donors in Epirus in byzantine and post-byzantine period
Christos Stavrakos (Ioannina)

Identity and patronage in byzantium: Dedicatory inscriptions and donor portraits of Naxos
Nektarios Zarras (Athens/Münster)

Painters’ cultural and professional status as revealed by the monumental inscriptions of Epirus (16th-17th c.)
Ioannis Chouliaras (Igoumenitsa) – Eugenia Drakopoulou (Athens)

Society and Economy
Chair: Claudia Ludwig / Andreas Gkoutzioukostas

Boundary signs and space organization in early byzantine epigraphy
Salvatore Cosentino (Bologna)

Some historical remarks on a mural painting in Arta (Greece), depicting a Khazar selling caviar
Stephanos Kordoses (Ioannina)

Inscriptions in Combination with Written and Other Sources
Chair: Salvatore Cosentino / Dimtrios Liakos

Epigraphia Carpathica
Angelliki Katsioti (Rhodes) – Georges Kiourtzian (Paris)

The use of the adjectives θεόσωστος and θεοφύλακτος in the byzantine epigraphic and sigillographic tradition
Christos Tsatsoulis (Ioannina)

Some remarks on the πάρτισις in donor inscriptions
Katerina Kontopanagou (Ioannina)

Epigraphy and Prosopography
Chair: Angelliki Katsioti / Maria Xenaki

Epirus in the middle Byzantine period: A prosopographical approach
Claudia Ludwig (Berlin)

L’épigraphie comme lieu privé d’identification personnelle. le cas des migrants balkaniques installés en Valachie et en Moldavie (XVIe – début du XVIIIe siècle)
Lidia Cotovanu (Paris)

Inscriptions on Monuments, Artifacts and Other Works of Art
Chair: Andreas Rhoby / Christos Stavrakos

Byzantine obituary inscriptions on the Hephaisteion (Church of St. George) in the Athenian Agora
Anne McCabe (Oxford)

Les inscriptions byzantines datées du Parthénon (VIIe – XIIe siècles)
Maria Xenaki (Athens)

Reconsidering a byzantine inscription from Aigina
Sophia Kalopissi-Verti (Athens)

Unpublished byzantine and post-byzantine inscriptions on Mt. Athos
Dimitrios Liakos (Thessalonica)

Ἰ]ουστινιανοῦ αὐτωκράτ[ορος, Θεοδ]ωσίου ἐπισκώπου…Contribution to the study of early Christian dedicatory inscriptions of Rhodes, Greece
Nikolaos Mastrochristos (Rhodes)

Inscriptions on Monuments, Artifacts and Other Works of Art
Chair: Ida Toth / Michael Grünbart

The overstruck seal with the metrical inscriptions of leon Sgouros and Ioannes Branas. The historical background
Alexandra-Kyriaki Wassiliou-Seibt (Vienna)

“Tower, stablished by God, God is protecting you”: Inscriptions on byzantine fortifications – Their function and their display
Andreas Rhoby (Vienna)

Puzzling inscriptions from the Basilica of Saint Demetrios in Thessalonica: New remarks and a reconsideration of recent interpretations
Andreas Gkoutzioukostas (Thessalonica)

The “speaking” decoration. Inscriptions on architectural sculptures of the middle Byzantine church
Georgios Pallis (Athens)

Inscriptions on Monuments, Artifacts and Other Works of Art
Chair: Anne McCabe / Ioannis Chouliaras

Multiplying inscriptions: The cultural context of Byzantine metal stamps
Michael Grünbart (Münster)

Réévaluation des inscriptions dédicatoires dans certaines églises du XVIIème siècle dans la région de Kalambaka
Fanie Lytari (Ioannina)

Presentation of the project: “The history supports the research and economic growth in under-developed regions: the donor and dedicatory inscriptions in the christian monuments of Epirus (4th–18th c.)” (Excellence II/AΡΙΣΤΕΙα ΙΙ)
Elias Pinakoulias (Ioannina)

PROGRAM

Early Christian Mosaic Floor Revealed in Nazareth

A team of archaeologists working at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth have discovered a mosaic about six feet below the present level of the church. The University of Hartford Nazareth Excavations is an ongoing project focusing on the Church of the Annunciation as well as Mary’s Well and Bathhouse and Mary’s cave.

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The Language of Byzantine Learned Literature

This is an excellent book and, more important, it is one that substantially promotes the progress towards what has arguably been for many years the greatest desideratum in Byzantine scholarship, viz. a thorough descriptive grammar of the 'high' language in all its many registers.

Martin Hinterberger, ed. The Language of Byzantine Learned Literature. Byzantios: Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization, 9. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by A. R. Littlewood, University of Western Ontario

 

Visibilité et présence de l’image

Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial Byzance et Moyen Age occidental, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, September 25, 2015

This international study day focuses on a the presence and visibility of the images in the ecclesial space through considerations of textual sources and works of art. The program takes a comparative perspective between the medieval West and the Byzantine East and a long chronology from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Sessions:

Objets mobiles et rites dans l’espace ecclésial

Chair: Dominique Iogna-Prat (CNRS – EHESS)
“Si le Christ ne se montrait pas en une image d’artiste, il n’aurait ni action ni effet” : expérience de l’image et preuve de l’icône chez Théodore Stoudite
Olivier Delouis (CNRS, UMR 8167, Paris)
La croix d’autel : image sainte ou objet de culte?
Alain Rauwel (Université de Bourgogne)

Chair: Brigitte Pitarakis (CNRS, UMR 8167, Paris)
Sacred encounters: Experiencing charismatic devotional icons in Byzantium
Maria Parani (University of Cyprus, Nicosie)
Reliquaires et objets portatifs byzantins dans l’espace sacré occidental. Venise au XIVe siècle
Stefania Gerevini (Bristish School, Rome)

Images monumentales fixes et dynamiques cultuelles

Chair: Isabelle Marchesin (INHA)
La porte et l’autel. Pour une relecture d’une relation structurelle du locus ecclésial
Didier Méhu (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
Décor et pratiques cultuelles dans les églises byzantines
Jean-Michel Spieser (Université de Fribourg, Suisse)

Chair: Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Espace intérieur, espace rituel : la psalmodie à Byzance comme image pratiquée
Georgia Frank (Colgate University, Hamilton, NY)
Présence et adoration : autour de la figuration dans la Pala de Domenico Ghirlandaio pour l'église de Santa Maria degli Innocenti à Florence
Daniel Russo (Université de Bourgogne)

Actualité de la recherche doctorale

Chair: Ioanna Rapti (EPHE)
Images et passages dans l’espace ecclésial à l’époque médiobyzantine
Mareva U
Images, spatialité et cérémoniel dans le narthex des églises serbes
Véronique Deur

Research Associate, The Syriac Galen Palimpsest Project, University of Manchester

The John Rylands Research Institute was established in 2013 as a unique partnership between The University of Manchester Library (one of the largest academic library services in the UK) and the University’s Faculty of Humanities. Its activity extends across all the University’s faculties and is truly interdisciplinary. The Institute aims to uncover, explore, unravel and reveal hidden ideas and knowledge contained within our world-leading Special Collections. Digital image capture and analysis is a key research area of the Institute, helping it to unlock this research potential. We are creating an international community of scholars and researchers across many disciplines, to support research and to bring this information to the wider academic community and public.

The Institute’s Director has recently received funding for a large-scale (£1m) project entitled ‘The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Galen’s On Simple Drugs and the Recovery of Lost Texts through Sophisticated Imaging Techniques’.

We are seeking to recruit two Research Associates who will be part of a team comprising of the principle investigator (Professor Peter E. Pormann) and two co-investigators (Dr Bill Sellers and Dr Siam Bhayro). You will be supervised by Professor Pormann and Dr Siam Bhayro. As Research Associate to this project you will identify and transcribe under text of the SGP, analyse the text with reference to British Library manuscripts and Greek versions, disseminate your findings by means of presentation and publication and assist the Principle Investigators in organising workshops and conferences. You will also be expected to play an active role in the Institute, such as attending and contributing to seminars and lectures.

You will have a strong command of Syriac and Greek, a doctorate and proven track record of research in the field of Syria Studies and previous experience of reading Syriac manuscripts. You will also need excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to prioritise and manage your own workload meeting deadlines where applicable, be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.

Citizen Humanities Comes of Age: Crowdsourcing for the Humanities in the 21st Century

Citizen Humanities Comes of Age: Crowdsourcing for the Humanities in the 21st Century, King’s College London, September 9–10, 2015

Research in the humanities was once the preserve of an academic and professional elite, conducted in universities, libraries, museums and archives, with clear criteria for belonging to the communities undertaking it. In the last ten years however, science and business, which shared this culture of exclusivity with the humanities, has found these boundaries challenged through crowdsourcing, and have flourished as a result. This collaborative and interdisciplinary symposium, organized jointly by KCL’s Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) and Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), seeks to explore the ways in which humanities and cultural heritage research is enriched through scholarly crowdsourcing. It brings together the unique perspectives on the subject that DDH and CESTA have developed over the past three years, including DDH’s Crowd-Sourcing Scoping Study funded by the AHRC (URL), and Stanford’s Humanities Crowdsourcing research theme. These activities represent the cutting edge of humanities crowdsourcing in both its theory and its practice; and the symposium’s main aim is to build a bridge between the two. It will include presentations from this emerging field’s leading scholars and practitioners.

The meeting will explore the arc between the inception of humanities crowd-sourcing as a method of data processing adopted largely uncritically from big science, to its present instance as as means of interrogating fuzzy and disparate humanities research data in new ways using ‘non-professional’ engagement and input, and to future possibilities involving completely new ways of co-producing humanities research across increasingly blurred institutional and professional boundaries.

Registration is £20, including lunch on both days and refreshments.

Mésopotamie, carrefour des cultures

Mésopotamie, carrefour des cultures. Grandes Heures des manuscrits irakiens (XIIIe–XIXe siècle), Archives nationales - site de Paris, May 20–August 24, 2015

On the occasion of the eighth centenary of the Dominican Order, the Archives nationales presents the exhibition Mésopotamie, carrefour des cultures. Grandes Heures des manuscrits irakiens (XIIIe–XIXe siècle), which traces the history of the Dominican Order in Mesopotamia. The exhibition includes facsimiles of seven manuscripts from the Dominican library in Mosul, which is now housed in Erbil and inaccessible, and thirty comparable manuscripts from French collections and the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana.

Postdoctoral Research Position, Material Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean, Univ of Michigan

The Ancient World Project (Teaching and Learning for the Third Century: Changing the Way We Teach the Ancient World) in collaboration with the Department of Near Eastern Studies is seeking candidates for a 1-year postdoctoral position, renewable (although not guaranteed) for a second year, to begin September 1, 2015. We are looking for people with broad graduate training in the archaeology and/or history of the eastern Mediterranean regions and their physical environment, with preference (although not a requirement) to the Graeco-Roman eras, and with some knowledge of the Jewish and/or Christian realms. They must also be comfortable and capable in researching ancient artifacts and writing about them. A PhD degree is required prior to appointment. The successful candidate will work on his/her own project for a minimum of 20 hours per week, and an additional 20 hours will be devoted to work for the Ancient World Project under the guidance and supervision of one of its senior members.

Salary for this position is $50,000 for a 12-month appointment. The position also includes a full benefits package, $2,000 research allowance, and up to $3,500 in moving costs.

PEF and the Early Exploration of the Holy Land

PEF and the Early Exploration of the Holy Land, Haifa, December 20–21, 2015

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) is the oldest  exploration society of the Levant. Since its establishment in 1865, PEF scholars have engaged in pioneering work in many fields of scientific research of the region. Among the PEF achievements were the first archaeological excavations in Jerusalem, the Survey of Western Palestine and also significant developments of the archaeological method by W. M. F Petrie and others.

In 2015, the PEF marks 150 years of its foundation. The University of Haifa and the Gottlieb Schumacher Institute invite paper presentations for the conference "PEF and the Early Exploration of the Holy Land". The conference will take place in Haifa on December 20–21, 2015. Papers  on  the  following  topics  or  related  topics  are welcome:

  • Early scholarship work of the PEF in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • New studies/ re-assessment of PEF explored sites.  
  • PEF and the study of Archaeology and History of Jerusalem.

All of the paper presentations are to be delivered in English and are limited to 20 minutes. Selected papers will be published in a proceeding volume. 

Networks and Neighbors - Volume 4: World History

The 2016 issues of Networks and Neighbours will be dedicated to exploring the concept of ‘world history’ in the context of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

As usual for N&N, we see several possible readings of this issue’s theme – both historical and historiographical – which will allow a diversity of responses. From a historical perspective, ‘universal’ or ‘world’ history was one of the most notable ways in which late antique and early medieval authors constructed their histories and chronicles, beginning with the Chronicle of Eusebius, which was continued in myriad forms and spawned many imitators. What provoked authors to attempt to write this sort of history? What limitations did they face? Above all, can this really be considered a ‘genre’ in the modern sense? Meanwhile, from a historiographical perspective, modern scholars are increasingly aware of the need to approach the discipline of history globally, abandoning traditional national and continental limitations in order to provide comparisons between concurrent developments in different parts of the world. The benefits of such an approach are readily apparent, especially for historians of the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, as are the potentials for collaboration with scholars whose training lies wholly outside the western historiographical tradition. But what are the dangers of such comparative approaches? And is it even possible to speak or write of a ‘global’ Early Middle Ages?

We welcome papers on any of these topics as well as any other related issues, perspectives, and interpretations. We encourage papers dealing with historiographical questions, and also enquiries about the role of early medieval historians in public dialogue. As is the tradition of Networks and Neighbours, these suggestions are not meant to be prescriptive. Though we look forward to submissions which question, develop, or reject altogether our plural notions and interpretations of ‘world history’, we also welcome submissions on any other aspect of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, which fits with the overall philosophy of Networks and Neighbours.

Abstracts for proposed articles should be received by 31 August 2015, with full papers to be submitted electronically by 30 September 2015. Articles received after this date but before 15 March 2016 will be considered for publication in the July 2016 issue. Prospective articles will be between 6,000-10,000 words (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography), prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an article summary of approximately 250 words. In addition to scholarly articles the editors of N&N also invite book reviews as well as reports from conferences, exhibitions, masterclasses and other relevant events. As always, Networks and Neighbours will accept articles in any modern language, although an English abstract is required for all submissions.

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