CFP – Online Workshop: Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library

Call for Participants

Review Panel and Online Workshop: Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library

(This call for participants is also available online at is pleased to call for editorial review panelists to assist in the publication of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library: A New Digital Edition of Wright’s Catalog, a digital enhancement of William Wright’s Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum published by in partnership with the British Library.

The new database is an open-access online resource designed to help users search and rearrange the manuscripts according to multiple criteria, many of which were not central to Wright’s system of organization (e.g. chronology, additions, marginalia, scribes, or forms of decoration). An uncorrected draft of the project can be viewed here:

Panelists will be invited to participate in a two-week online workshop hosted by The Digital Lab at Vanderbilt University during the weeks of June 3-7, 2024, and July 8-12, 2024. Honoraria for participants will be paid by a grant from Vanderbilt University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research & Innovation.

We invite graduate students, independent scholars, researchers, librarians, and faculty members with expertise in Syriac Studies to serve as editorial review panelists who will review and revise the data and test the database. All collaboration will be done remotely, and we welcome applications from scholars in any location, if they can join the project using online tools.

Editorial review panelists will receive:

  • Publication credit as co-editors on the final project.
  • Training in using the TEI XML encoding standard for manuscript descriptions and cataloging.
  • Training in methods of collaborative digital humanities research, including the use of technical tools such as oXygen XML Editor and GitHub version control software.
  • An honorarium of $2,500 (USD) or more.

Panelist requirements include the following:

  • All panelists must be able to read Syriac and have previous graduate-level training in the history of Syriac texts.
  • No prior knowledge of manuscript cataloging, or digital encoding is required (the workshop will provide training).
  • Panelists may be graduate students, independent scholars, researchers, librarians, or faculty members.
  • It is preferred that panelists commit to at least two weeks of full-time collaboration (approximately 40 hours per week) on the project. Panelists will receive an honorarium of $1,250 (USD) for each week of participation. Up to five weeks may be possible per panelist, depending on availability.
  • The project will be held in June and July of 2024 with mandatory workshop training meetings occurring in the weeks of June 3-7, 2024, and July 8-12, 2024.
  • Applicants must provide their own internet connection and computer hardware (a laptop or desktop computer). The project will provide the required software.

Contact Information:

Interested applicants are invited to direct any questions about the workshop and project to the general editor, Dr. David Michelson, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University:

Application Form:

Please complete the following form:

Deadline: March 23, 2024

For full consideration, applicants should submit their application before March 23, 2024. Applications will continue to be received after that date until the workshop is full. Notifications for accepted applications will be sent in early April.

About’s mission is to produce tools and reference resources that will overcome some of the access and discovery problems that currently impede scholarly research on the Syriac language, cultures, and history. The principle objectives are threefold: to compile and organize core data related to the study of Syriac sources, to create digital tools for widely disseminating this data and facilitating further research, and to create an online hub (cyberinfrastructure) to assist future research in the field of Syriac studies.

About The Digital Lab:

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries’ Digital Lab at Vanderbilt University advances the creation, development, and sustainability of faculty and student-driven digital projects while identifying opportunities to establish infrastructure, scale engagement, and introduce lifecycle and project management. The Lab articulates an understanding of our shared cultural heritage through emerging technologies and research methods while fostering transdisciplinary teaching and learning through collaborative experimentation, shared learning, and discovery.

About Vanderbilt University:

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment.





Call for Papers: “Unruly Iconographies? Examining the Unexpected in Medieval Art”

The Index of Medieval Art cordially invites submissions for the one-day conference “Unruly Iconographies? Examining the Unexpected in Medieval Art.”
“Unruly Iconographies?” will take place on November 9, 2024 at the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University, following the Weitzmann Lecture by Dr. Brigitte Buettner, held on November 8 and hosted by Princeton’s Department of Art & Archaeology.
Submissions for the Princeton-based conference are invited by April 1, 2024. They should include a one-page abstract and c.v. and be sent to Travel and hotel costs for the eight selected speakers will be covered by the Index. Speakers will be informed of their selection no later than May 1, 2024.
For details and the full CFP, see the IMA website.

Online Lecture: Political Rituals and Urban Communities in Cilician Armenia

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University are pleased to announce the next lecture in the 2023–2024 East of Byzantium lecture series.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 12:00 PM (EST, UTC -5) | Zoom
Political Rituals and Urban Communities in Cilician Armenia
Gohar Grigoryan, University of Fribourg

Outdoor rituals were among those rare occasions when medieval rulers and ruling aristocracies could be seen in person and inspected publicly. As in many medieval societies, so also in the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia (1198–1375), these public ceremonies were almost always performed in front of urban communities. While the political and propagandistic concerns of these aesthetic enactments come as little surprise, the present lecture will address the question from the point of view of those city inhabitants who were to contemplate—and in some cases, to partake in—the carefully organized and well-pondered rituals of the men of power.

Gohar Grigoryan
is a senior researcher at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Department of Art History and Archaeology. She received her PhD from the same university in 2017 for her dissertation on royal images in Cilician Armenia. She is the author of many essays on medieval Armenian art and history and co-editor of three books, including, most recently, Staging the Ruler’s Body in Medieval Cultures, published by Brepols/Harvey Miller (2023).

Advance registration required. Register:

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

An East of Byzantium lecture. EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and the Mary Jaharis Center that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Conference: Written to Last: Medieval and Post-Medieval Inscriptions in Mount Athos (10th-16th c.)

Please see below an invitation and zoom link:


Written to Last: Medieval and Post-Medieval Inscriptions in Mount Athos (10th-16thc.)

16 and 17 February 2024


Zoom link
Passcode: 431367

Time schedule is Athens, GR (UTC/GMT + 2 hours)


Paschalis ANDROUDIS, Associate Professor of Byzantine and Islamic Art andArchaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle Universityof Thessaloniki,

Dimitrios LIAKOS, Dr of Byzantine Archaeology, Ephorate of the Antiquities of Halkidiki and Mount Athos,

DAY 1 Friday, 16 February 2024

17.00- 17.10 The Organizing Committee

Welcoming remarks

17.10- 17.50 KEYNOTE LECTURE

Nektarios ZARRAS

Middle Byzantine Dedicatory Inscriptions: Text, Identity,


1st SESSION – Middle Byzantine Inscriptions

Chair: Nektarios ZARRAS

17.50- 18.10 Alexandra-Kyriaki WASSILIOU-SEIBT Imaging political ambitions and expressing social power on seals: The case of Theodoros Branas

18.10- 18.30 Georgios PALLIS, Manos TSIKOURAKIS Middle Byzantine Athos through Epigraphy: the role of inscriptions in shaping athonite monasticism

18.30- 18.50 Brad HOSTETLER Naming Relics: The Inscriptions of Mount Athos

18.50- 19.10 Dimitris LIAKOS Two 11 th century dedicatory inscriptions from the monasteries of Vatopedi and Iviron; a comparative study

19.10- 19.30 Cyril PAVLIKIANOV Οἱ ἀρχαιότερες σλαβικὲς ἐπιγραφὲς τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους

19.30- 20.00 Questions- Discussion

DAY 2 Saturday, 17 February 2024

2nd SESSION – Inscriptions in Athonite Art and architecture Chair: Georgios PALLIS

10.30- 11.00 Dubravka PRERADOVIĆ The Contribution of Gabriel Millet and the role of the School at Athens in the Study of Athonite inscriptions.

11.00- 11.20 Elena KOSTIĆ Palaeographical examination of the accompanying inscriptions of the Palaeologan decoration in the Katholikon of the Vatopedi


11.20- 11.40 Petros KAPSOUDAS An eleventh c. inscription from the belfry of the katholikon of Megisti Lavra, Mount Athos

11.40- 12.00 Oleg ULYANOV Panagiars from Athos with dedicatory inscriptions (to the historyof the study)

12.00- 12.20 Oleg ULYANOV A Greek Christian Text of Prophecies of the Hellenic Wise MenonAthos frescoes

12.20- 12.50 Questions- Discussion

12.50- 13.00 Coffee Break

3rd SESSION – Byzantine and Post-byzantine inscriptions. Case studies Chair: Dimitris LIAKOS

13.00- 13.20 Paschalis ANDROUDIS

Inscriptions with Psalms from the byzantine church of Prophet

Eliah at Thessaloniki

13.20- 13.40 Miljana MATIĆ

“The stronghold of the Faithful”- Inscriptions and Cryptograms of the Elder Nestor’s Cross at the Serbian Monastery of Dečani: A

Reflection of Postbyzantine Monastic Practices

13.40- 14.00 Darina BOYKINA

The Silver Bowl from Samokov and Its Inscriptions

14.00- 14.30 Questions- Discussion

14.30- 17.00 Lunch Break

4th SESSION – Inscriptions in Athonite art


17.00- 17.20 Paschalis ANDROUDIS  Unknown and little-known minor inscriptions on Mount Athos

17.20- 17.40 Arianna D’OTTONE RAMBACH Lā raʾà li-makdhūb – Non est consilium mendacii arguto: Mamluk wisdom on a speaking tray from Mount Athos

17.40- 18.00 Frédéric TIXIER

À propos d’une plaque émaillée des Rois Mages du Mont Athos : iconographie et inscriptions

18.00- 18.20 Ioannis LIAKOS, Savvas PRASTITIS Notes from Cypriot musical manuscripts

on Mount Athos. A first approach.

18.20- 18.40 Eka TCHKOIDZE Georgian ktetor’s inscriptions from Philotheou Monastery 18.40-

19.10 Questions- Discussion


Hellenic Research Fellowship Program lecture, Feb. 21

Sent on behalf of George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection

Dear Friends of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection,

You are cordially invited to attend a live Zoom talk entitled “Dimitrios Moschos’ Neaira, a Greek Comedy in Renaissance Italy” on Feb. 21, 2024 by our current Hellenic Research Fellow, Dr. Stavroula Kiritsi. (The event will be recorded and archived on the Hellenic Research Fellowship Program (HRFP) page at

See the relevant event details at the following link:


Byzantine Studies Lectures (NHRF), February 2024

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on Monday February 19 with a hybrid lecture on:

Byzantine Greek: The weight of the past, the challenges of the present [in Greek]

Martin Hinterberger University of Cyprus

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link:


Extended Deadline: 2025 ASCSA Summer Session Director(s)

Deadline: March 1, 2024

*new extended deadline*
The Summer Session has been a centerpiece of ASCSA programming since 1925, and it remains a vital part of how the School reaches out to students and teachers wishing to acquire or expand on their firsthand knowledge of Greece. The staff in Athens and many past Summer Session leaders stand ready and willing to provide all manner of assistance. Individual leaders or co-leaders are welcome to apply.

Term: Summer 2025. The specific dates for the 6-week program will fall between June 1 and August 15 each year. The program cannot begin before June 1 or end after August 15.
Eligibility: Applicants should have experience designing and leading travel study programs, preferably in Greece, and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Joint applications by two scholars who have worked well together in the past are welcome. Gertrude Smith Professors should have at least some knowledge of modern Greek and the ability to be engaging, organized, flexible and positive under often-demanding conditions. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, and languages are encouraged to apply.

Description: See more information about the ASCSA Summer Session:

Duties: Plan the itinerary of the session, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses within a pre-approved budget, and submitting a report to the Director of the School.

Compensation: Stipend of $10,000, plus travel and expenses, housing for the Summer Session leader(s) for eight weeks in total as available June 1 to August 15. See the policy.

Application: An online application consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of support. More information can be found at: The selection committee may conduct a short interview as part of the application process, the finalists will be notified in advance.

Inquiries can be sent to:
The appointments will be announced by March 29.The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515

26th OUBS International Graduate Conference

See below for information about the 26th OUBS International Graduate Conference. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.


26th OUBS International Graduate Conference (24th-25th February 2024)

‘Transgression in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’

Conference Organisers:
OUBS President Alexander Sherborne
OUBS Secretary Ilia Curto Pelle
OUBS Treasurer Benjamin Sharkey

The OUBS Committee is grateful for the generous support of:

  • The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research (OCBR)
  • The Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity (OCLA)
  • Oxford Medieval Studies, in association with The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH)
  • The Faculty of History of the University of Oxford

The OUBS Committee would also like to express its gratitude to Shaun Cason, Eleanore Debs, Gavriella Makri, Bryce O’Connor, Rosalie Van Dael, Sophia Miller, Alexander Johnston, Nathan Websdale and Duncan Antich for their assistance with the conference’s facilitation.


Venue for in-person attendance:

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE

Price for in-person attendance: £15 for OUBS members; or £20 for non-members.

If you wish to register to attend online, please purchase a ticket (£5 for students or £6 for non-students) via our Eventbrite page here.

Conference Programme

Venue: Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL

Saturday (February 24th, 2024)

11.00 a.m. – Opening Remarks (Lecture Theatre)

11.30-13.00 p.m. – Session 1: Panel 1a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 1b (Rees Davies Room)

13.00-14.00 p.m. – Lunch Break (Common Room)

14.00-15.30 p.m. – Session 2: Panel 2a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 2b (Rees Davies Room)

15.30-16.00 p.m. – Coffee and Tea Break (Common Room)

16.00-17.30 p.m. – Session 3: Panel 3a (Lecture Theatre) and Panel 3b (Rees Davies Room)

17.30-19.00 p.m. – Wine Reception (Common Room)

19.30 p.m. – Conference Dinner

Sunday (February 25th, 2024)

11.30-13.00 p.m. – Session 4: Panel 4a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 4b (Rees Davies Room)

13.00-14.00 p.m. – Lunch Break (Common Room)

14.00-15.30 p.m. – Session 5: Panel 5a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 5b (Rees Davies Room)

15.30-16.00 p.m. – Closing Remarks (Lecture Theatre)

16.00-18.00 p.m. – Parting Tea Reception (Common Room)

Schedule of Papers

Session 1: Saturday, 11.30–13.00

Panel 1a: ‘The Literary’
(Chair: Findlay Willis)
Panel 1b: ‘The Political’
(Chair: Alexander Johnston)
Duncan Antich
(Blackfriars College, Oxford)
Compassion and Community: The Regula Pastoralis and Gregory’s Approach to Schism
Alejandro Laguna López
(Central European University)
An Anti-Novelistic Novel: Subverting Love in Niketas Eugenianos’ Drosilla and Charicles
Averkios (Dimitris) Agoris
(University of Athens)
Multigeneric examples in Michael Choniates’s Educational Activity
Euan Croman
(Queen’s University Belfast)
Transgressing the domus imperii in the fourth and fifth centuries: Treason or Family Trouble?
Daniel Murphy
(Independent Scholar)
Usurpation Narratives as Political Commentary in Fourth-Century Historiography
Merve Savas
(Ohio State University)
Twisting the Narrative: Textual Transgression in Ammianus Marcellinus’ Res Gestae 14

Session 2: Saturday, 14.00–15.30

Panel 2a: ‘The Sexual’
(Chair: Alexander Sherborne)
Panel 2b: ‘The Conciliar’
(Chair: Bryce O’Connor)
Maria Christian
(Independent Scholar)
“Look at that wood!” An Investigation into a Bizarre Sexual Practice Ascribed to the “Chaldeans” Involving Iconography in an Early Islamic Sex Manual
Vid Žepič
(University of Ljubljana) 
Legal Perspectives on Sexual Transgressions in Early-Byzantine Legal Sources
Pierrick Gerval
(University of Nantes)
Sexual violences during wartime, a transgression of Church prohibitions regarding sexuality in Byzantium (7th -13th century)
Kathleen McCulloch
(University of Cambridge)
Did Dioscorus transgress, or adhere to, established conciliar procedure at Ephesus II (449)?
Alexander Johnston
(Kellogg College, Oxford)
The Edge of Divinity: The Role of Wisdom in the Logos Prosphonetikos of the Quinisext Council
Rachel Edney
(University of Notre Dame)
The Eucharist in John Rufus’ Plerophories: Eucharistic Theology and Christological Controversy

Session 3: Saturday, 16.00–17.30

Panel 3a: ‘On the Edges of Byzantium’
(Chair: Benjamin Sharkey)
Panel 3b: ‘In the Land of Egypt’
(Chair: Sophia Miller)
Shaun Cason
(Worcester College, Oxford)
The End of Transgressions? Examining the Seventh-Century Treaty Between Islamic Egypt and Medieval Nubia
Dmitriy Kravets
(St. Hugh’s College, Oxford)
Orthodoxy and/or Empire? A Reassessment of the Career of Gregory Tsamblak (fl. 1402- 1415)
Helena Davies
(Linacre College, Oxford)
Sitt al-Mulk: A Damsel in Distress? Challenging Art-Historical Efforts to Rescue and Vindicate an Early Islamic Princess
Apolline Gay
(Université libre de Bruxelles) 
Looking for Eve: Figures of Female Transgression on Textiles from Byzantine Egypt
Michael Dunchok
(Kellogg College, Oxford)
A Higher Rank of Gods: In Defense of the Greek Magical Papyri
Chloé Agar
(Harris Manchester College, Oxford) 
‘He thrust his spear into the middle of him, and his bowels came out’: Literary violence against religious and legal transgressions in Early Christian Egypt

Session 4: Sunday, 11.30–13.00

Panel 4a: ‘The Archaeological and the Art-Architectural
(Chair: Gavriella Makri)
Panel 4b: ‘The Imperial and the Ecclesiastic
(Chair: Nathan Websdale)
Eleanore Debs
(Pembroke College, Oxford)
Examining the Peculiar Presence of Reliquaries Within Late Antique Baptisteries of the Limestone Massif
Sophia Miller
(Balliol College, Oxford)
Trees ‘Pleasant to the Sight’: Tree-Meaning in Late Antique Floor Mosaics in the Northern Provinces
Karolina Tomczyszyn
(Lincoln College, Oxford)
Transgressive Use of Holy Oils: In Search of Popular Religion in Syriac Christianity
Ziyao Zhu
(King’s College London)
Neither Just nor Unjust: Alexios I Komnenos and the Linguistic Politics of Byzantine Extrajudicial Confiscation.
Dilara Burcu Giritlioğlu
(Middle East Technical University)
Sinners and Saints of Constantinople: Union of Souls and Separation of Church and State
Findlay Willis
(St. Stephen’s House, Oxford)
Natural illness or divine punishment: the use of disability rhetoric to excuse or vilify the transgressions of Michael IV

Session 5: Sunday, 14.00–15.30

Panel 5a: ‘Defining Aspects of Deviance’
(Chair: Dimitri Kravets)
Panel 5b: ‘Transgressing Intellectual Borders
(Chair: Ilia Curto Pelle)
Ekaterina Rybakova
(Pirogov Russian National Researcher Medical University)
Illnesses of Spirit or Being: The Transgression of Pneuma in Byzantine Medicine
Thibaut Auplat
(Aix-Marseille University)
An overview of deviance in the 7th and 8th centuries: the Heresies by John Damascene
Patrick Martin
(University of Winchester)
Transgression in Middle Byzantine eschatological iconography
Mathijs Clement
(University of Cambridge)
Egeria, Traveller of Borderlands
Rosalie Van Dael
(St. Hilda’s College, Oxford)
Seeing is believing? Imagination in Augustine’s Letter 7 to Nebridius
Seyhun Kılıç
(Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Monk in a Mundane Realm: Exploring the Intersection of Spiritual and Secular Realms in the Middle Byzantine Period


Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies (SNF CHS) at Simon Fraser University invites applications for the Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global Postdoctoral Fellowship. Our search committee welcomes applications that span disciplinary boundaries from candidates working on comparative approaches on the advertised fellowship theme. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within a maximum of FOUR years before the appointment date (September 2024) and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research project outline, and THREE letters of reference.
Applications received by February 29, 2024, will be given priority.
Details and application instructions can be found here:

Free online Hellenic Research Fellowship Program lecture, Feb. 13

You are cordially invited to attend a live Zoom talk on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time by our current Hellenic Research Fellow, Dr. Justin Willson. The talk is entitled “Maksim Grek Between Two Worlds.” The event will be recorded and archived on the Hellenic Research Fellowship Program (HRFP) page at

See the following link for full details about the event:


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