“The Unreluctant Master:” A Memorial for Robert G. Ousterhout

“The Unreluctant Master”A Memorial for Robert G. Ousterhout

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:00pm (Greece) | 12:00pm (U.S. EDT)

Cotsen Hall

9, Anapiron Polemou Street, 106 76 Athens, & Online

The Gennadius Library is inviting you to a memorial for the late Robert G. Ousterhout, a world expert on Byzantine art and architecture and a great friend of the Gennadius Library and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.A professor devoted to his students, a prolific scholar committed to understanding every minute construction detail, a considerate mentor to students and colleagues alike, an enthusiastic and erudite guide on the field, a keen proponent of faithful restoration, Professor Ousterhout dedicated many years of his life to the restoration of Byzantine monuments in Constantinople, to the exploration of the landscape and monuments of Cappadocia, and to the investigation of the development of Byzantine art and architecture in both regional and global contexts.Charalambos Bakirtzis, Maria Georgopoulou, Eunice Dauterman Maguire and Henry Maguire, Stratis Papaioannou, Scott Redford, Brian Rose and Bonna Wescoat as well as friends, students and colleagues from Greece and the United States will come together in Athens to celebrate his life and reflect on his legacy.

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In Memoriam: Anthony Cutler (1934–2024)

In memory of Anthony Cutler (1934–2024), please see below and online a commemoration from Dumbarton Oaks and members of the Penn State community.

From PSU Department Chair, Robin Thomas:”It is with great sadness that I share Tony Cutler passed away last night at the age of 90. Though his health declined over this past year, every time I saw him Tony remained as curious about the department as ever. He celebrated every accomplishment, asked about lectures, and gently nudged aside my more “platitudinous” (his words) conversation to find out the most interesting news. He loved his work, the people he worked with, and was a scholar to the end. I will share any plans to commemorate his life as they become available as well as an obituary when it is ready.”


We also note a social media photo and post by the PSU Art History Department: “We are sorry to share that Evan Pugh University Professor Emeritus Anthony Cutler died on Thursday, May 16. A member of the Penn State faculty for 51 years, Professor Cutler was an internationally renowned scholar of Byzantine art and an influential teacher and mentor throughout his career.”

Via Dumbarton Oaks:
“The scholarly community at Dumbarton Oaks is saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Cutler, who passed away on May 16 at the age of 90. “Tony” to friends, he had a keen eye for the material foundations of Byzantine art and its historical contextualization—and an acerbic wit that endeared him to many. He will be sorely missed.
Following studies at Cambridge (Master of Arts, 1960) and Emory (PhD, 1963), Cutler took posts at Morehouse College and Emory before settling as a lone outpost of Byzantium at Penn State in 1967, where he remained for the duration of his career.
His involvement with Dumbarton Oaks extended over forty years. In 1975–76, he was a research fellow; in 1982–83, 1989–90, and again in 1998–99, he was a fellow; he was symposiarch (with Angeliki Laiou) for “Realities in the Arts of the Medieval Mediterranean, 800–1500” in 2002; and he was a visiting scholar in 2013–14. His fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks were in addition to those held at virtually every prestigious institution in the world: the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Academy in Rome, the National Gallery of Art, and so on.

Known primarily for his expertise in Byzantine ivory carving (and his distinctive pipe), Cutler was really so much more: his scholarly interests extended across Byzantine art and iconography, encompassing paintings, coins, even manuscripts (which, following the development of an allergy to parchment, he described as “nasty bits of animal skin”). His books ranged from narrow topics in art history to broad topics in cultural history, and his numerous articles covered everything in between. Questions of authenticity were particularly interesting to him, and he was one of the earliest scholars to perceive that forgeries were in themselves objects of great interest and worthy of scholarly attention.

Lastly, he was one of the lead editors of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium and instrumental in that major undertaking’s success. According to Cutler himself, Alexander Kazhdan approached him for the task by saying “Tony, you write the art history, I can do everything else.” Perhaps the story says a lot about Kazhdan, but it says a lot about Tony, too.”

CFP: The Hungarian Historical Review

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its second issue in 2025, the theme of which will be, “Coherence of Translation Programs and the Contexts of Translation Movements, ca. 500–1700 AD.”

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: June 15, 2024. The deadline for the accepted papers: December 15, 2024.

This Special Issue aims to explore the complex historical, literary, and material backgrounds that are conducive to producing translations from any source language (Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Syriac, Hebrew, etc.) into Latin and from Latin into the vernaculars or local dialects from Late Antiquity until the end of the Renaissance period. The special issue investigates triggers and factors that helped produce Latin translations and eased the reception of Latin texts by non-Latin-using audiences. The variety of source and target languages creates a comparative framework that enriches our understanding of complex translating processes as historical phenomena.

https://www.jstor.org/journal/hunghistrevi

Workshop: Binding the World, Withholding life. Poetry Books in the Medieval Mediterranean

The TORCH Network Poetry in the Medieval World (University of Oxford) is delighted to invite you all to an international workshop on poetry books in the medieval Mediterranean.

The event will be held on 31 May 2024 in the FitzHugh Auditorium at Exeter College, Cohen Quadrangle (Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HG) and online. For the programme and the registration link, you can visit: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/binding-the-world-withholding-life.-poetry-books-in-the-medieval-mediterranean.

TORCH Network Poetry in the Medieval World
https://torch.ox.ac.uk/poetry-in-the-medieval-world
Mailing list: poetrymedievalworld-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

Third Annual Symposium (St Vladimir’s Seminary)

November 13-15, 2024: Third Annual Academic Symposium at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. 

This year’s symposium, titled I Saw the Lord (Isa 6.1): Entangled Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Encounter with God,” gathers leading Orthodox Christian and Jewish scholars from around the world, who will reflect on the manner in which theophanic texts—biblical accounts of Divine Revelation to the patriarchs and prophets—have always been and remain foundational to their respective doctrinal and spiritual traditions. For more details, see the Symposium page: https://www.svots.edu/events/symposium_2024

REMINDER: Call for Applications: 2024-2025 Hellenic Research Fellowship Program

REMINDER: Call for Applications: 2024-2025 Hellenic Research Fellowship Program (+new writer-in-residence opportunities)

Reminder that fellowship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. California time on May 3.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Call for Applications

Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection

Hellenic Research Fellowship Program 2024-2025

Thanks to generous funding from the Tarbell Family Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Endowment Fund of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation of Sacramento, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to offer the continuation of the Hellenic Research Fellowship Program (HRFP) for a 12th year. The HRFP, the only residential fellowship program west of the Mississippi in Hellenic studies broadly conceived, enables visiting scholars to conduct research using the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection in Sacramento, CA. This year we are happy to inaugurate writer-in-residence fellowships as an addition to the Program. The HRFP provides a limited number of fellowships in the form of reimbursement to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred in connection with the awards. The fellowship application deadline is May 3, 2024. No late applications will be considered. See below for full program information and application instructions.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, part of the Donald & Beverly Gerth Special Collections and University Archives, is a research collection of international significance for the campus and Sacramento regional communities, as well as for scholars around the globe. Currently numbering over 80,000 volumes and 500 linear feet of personal papers and institutional archives, it comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media, rare books, archival materials, art, and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the collection contains materials from antiquity to the present across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, its neighboring countries, and the surrounding region. There is a broad representation of languages in the collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit https://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos.

For the full Hellenic Research Fellowship Program description, application instructions, and list of previous fellows, see: https://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos-hellenic-collection/hrfp. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).

 

Kenyon College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, 2024–26

Kenyon College, a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Ohio, invites applications for a two-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History beginning August 2024. The area of specialization is open, but candidates with teaching expertise in the arts of the Islamic world or Ancient Art of any region before 600 CE are especially encouraged to apply. We are interested in teacher-scholars who can offer creative ways to engage with the Art History Department’s Visual Resources Center, the Blick-Harris Study Collection, The Gund, and regional art museums.

The successful applicant will be able to teach broadly in their field. The selected candidate will teach five total classes per year at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Applicants should complement, not duplicate, current expertise of the department. The selected candidate may have the opportunity to provide mentorship to honors projects.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of the appointment. Candidates who are ABD with a completion date by August 2024 will be considered. Experience in teaching as the instructor of record in college-level courses is required. We seek scholars who can demonstrate a record of undergraduate teaching excellence, preferably in a liberal arts setting.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at http://careers.kenyon.edu. Applications must include: 1) a cover letter describing teaching experience, research interests, teaching philosophy, and information on ways that issues and practices related to diversity, inclusion, and equity have been or will be included in teaching, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial graduate transcript(s), 4) a list of three references with detailed contact information, including email address (at least one reference must speak to the candidate’s teaching experience). Note: references will only be contacted for those candidates who advance to the latter stages of the search.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by May 10 will be given full consideration.

Call for Applications – Workshop on the Public Medieval (October 2024) at Virginia Tech

The Medieval Academy of America’s jobs report from May 2023, coupled with the complementary data presented in the American Historical Association’s jobs report of September 2023, demonstrate well the (potential) grim future of medieval studies in the United States. But trends are not destiny. Students continue to fill our courses across all disciplines, and (at least anecdotally) public demand for premodern or premodern-adjacent fantasy content – films, tv, books – seems to be growing. Moreover, there’s a strong case to be made that knowing more both about the medieval world and how stories about that period have been deployed in modernity, are becoming increasingly necessary. The MAA has a moment to make that case with its Centennial, both in the earned media that will accrue to medieval studies with the celebration, and in the decentralized slate of activities across the country that will accompany the year-long event.

To that end, Virginia Tech (in partnership with the University of Virginia, and with support from a Centennial Grant from the Medieval Academy of America) is hosting a 2-day workshop in October 2024 to mentor colleagues so that they can do public-facing work. This can include, but is not limited too, planning events on their home campuses in support of the 2025 MAA Centennial celebration, positioning themselves to write pieces for newspapers and magazines, and working with other cultural institutions, among others.

Graduate students, early career researchers, and underemployed MedievALLists, are especially encouraged to apply but all scholars in any discipline working on the medieval world, broadly defined, are welcome.

The event will be held Thursday October 3 – Saturday October 5, 2024 on the campus of Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA).

DETAILS:

  • To allow for close collaboration between mentors and participants, spaces are limited to 15 participants.
  • All participants will receive a $750 stipend to defray travel and lodging. Food will be provided at the event itself.
  • Topics covered will include considerations on doing public writing and event planning from experienced mentors. Time will also be dedicated to workshopping an idea in a small group, and in collaboration with a dedicated mentor (see below).

MENTORS:

Please apply here.

To apply, you’ll be required to submit a current CV, as well as a statement about what proposed public-facing work you’d be interested in doing in the coming year. Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on May 1, 2024.  Accepted participants will be notified on around June 1, 2024.

See more at www.publicmedieval.org. Please share widely and direct any questions to the organizer, Prof. Matthew Gabriele (gabriele@vt.edu).

Cotsen Textile Traces Talk: From Smuggled Silkworms to Silk Empire

The George Washington University’s Byzantine Studies Club, hosted by the Cotsen Center at the Textile Museum, invites you to join them for Silk in Byzantium. Lead researcher Jenny Lowery ‘24 and several other Byzantine Studies Club students have assembled a micro exhibit telling the story of silk in Byzantium, the first such undergraduate exhibit at the Textile Museum. This talk will explore the origins of the native Byzantine silk trade from its covert beginnings to its influence on the greater luxuries market in Constantinople and beyond.

Join online or in person Thursday May 2 at 1pm EDT, registering for either option at this link: https://museum.gwu.edu/cotsen-textile-traces-talk-smuggled-silkworms-silk-empire

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