CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE

The elections committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America Graduate Student Committee invites nominations (including self-nominations) to the committee for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Los Angeles, November 3–6, 2022.

As per our by-laws, the elections committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent diversity in race, gender, geographic distribution, public/private institutions, and MA/PhD membership within the field of Byzantine studies. If elected at the 2022 meeting, new members will serve until the 2024 meeting, joining the remaining members to form a board of eight in total.

Committee members seek to grow graduate membership and create a strong graduate community, bringing together students in all fields of Byzantine Studies. We aim to increase graduate attendance at the BSC through a Dumbarton Oaks sponsored, dedicated session, and the presentation of annual committee reports at the BSC member’s meeting.

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at bsana.grad@gmail.com by November 25th. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.

Sincerely,
Elections Committee of the Graduate Student Committee:
Madison Gilmore-Duffey, Aurora Camaño, James Razumoff, and Tiffany Van Winkoop

DEADLINE Fri, 9/23: New travel stipend initiative for BSC 2022

A friendly reminder that the deadline for requesting to be considered for the new Dumbarton Oaks early career contingent scholar BSC travel award is this Friday, September 23. Details are below.
The BSANA-Dumbarton Oaks Liaison Committee is pleased to announce two new funding initiatives for the Byzantine Studies Conference, which will begin with the November 2022 BSC at UCLA.
Dumbarton Oaks will provide a $1,000 travel stipend for each graduate student presenting a paper in person for the graduate student session. BSANA is grateful to DO for this generous support of graduate student emerging scholars.
In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will fund up to three travel stipends for early career contingent scholars presenting papers in person at the BSC 2022 in any session. As defined by BSANA, “Early Career Contingent Scholars designate scholars who have earned their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. This includes scholars serving as adjuncts, post-doctoral fellows, contingent faculty, and those holding other non-tenured academic and non-academic positions.” Any early career contingent scholar who has had a paper accepted for the BSC 2022 at UCLA is eligible to apply for a Dumbarton Oaks travel stipend of up to $1,500. If you would like to be considered for this award, please notify Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) no later than Friday, September 23. BSANA is grateful for this generous support of early career contingent scholars.
These travel stipends will also be available at the 2023 BSC. Details will accompany the 2023 BSC CFP.
Any questions regarding these awards can be directed to Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu), Chair of the BSANA-DO Liaison Committee.

The early registration rate for the 2022 BSC ends today!

If you are planning to attend the BSC in Los Angeles, register now! Today (September 14) is the last day to receive the early registration rate. If you would like to stay at the Luskin Conference Center Hotel, then you should book your room as soon as possible. Unused rooms will be released after October 3.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA BOARD

The nominating committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America invites nominations (including self-nominations) to its Board for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Los Angeles.  As per our by-laws, the nominating committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent a range of disciplines within the field of Byzantine studies broadly defined. All ranks are welcome; nominees may hold any type of position, at any type of institution, or work independently. If elected at the 2022 meeting, new board members will serve until the 2026 meeting, joining the twelve remaining members to form a board of sixteen in total.

Board members attend the annual board meeting held during the Byzantine Studies Conference; serve, as needed, as chairs of panels and panelists in professional development workshops; and lead ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board. Serving as a member of the Board not only provides an important service to our organization, it is also a great way to come to know colleagues from other parts of the country and in different disciplines. We have found the experience very rewarding.
Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the chair of the nominating committee, Cecily Hilsdale (cecily.hilsdale@mcgill.ca), by October 15, 2022. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.

Sincerely,

Cecily Hilsdale
Brad Hostetler
Tia Kolbaba
Leonora Neville

BSC 2022 Preliminary Program and Call for Chairs

The Preliminary Program for the 2022 BSC to be held November 3-6 in Los Angeles is now available on the BSANA website: https://bsana.net/annual-conference/. This page also include a link to the conference website where you can find registration and hotel information.
Call for chairs:
Please take a look at the program and if you are interested in chairing a session, please let Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) know which session you would like to chair and we will add you to the official program.

New travel stipend initiative for BSC 2022

The BSANA-Dumbarton Oaks Liaison Committee is pleased to announce two new funding initiatives for the Byzantine Studies Conference, which will begin with the November 2022 BSC at UCLA.

Dumbarton Oaks will provide a $1,000 travel stipend for each graduate student presenting a paper in person for the graduate student session. BSANA is grateful to DO for this generous support of graduate student emerging scholars.

In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will fund up to three travel stipends for early career contingent scholars presenting papers in person at the BSC 2022 in any session. As defined by BSANA, “Early Career Contingent Scholars designate scholars who have earned their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. This includes scholars serving as adjuncts, post-doctoral fellows, contingent faculty, and those holding other non-tenured academic and non-academic positions.” Any early career contingent scholar who has had a paper accepted for the BSC 2022 at UCLA is eligible to apply for a Dumbarton Oaks travel stipend of up to $1,500. If you would like to be considered for this award, please notify Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) no later than Friday, September 23. BSANA is grateful for this generous support of early career contingent scholars.

These travel stipends will also be available at the 2023 BSC. Details will accompany the 2023 BSC CFP.

Any questions regarding these awards can be directed to Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu), Chair of the BSANA-DO Liaison Committee.

BSC website is now live

The website for the for the 48th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference is now live.
The registration links are active, as are special reservation links to the hotels (Luskin and UCLA Guest House) where rooms have been set aside for attendees at a reduced conference rate.
The BSC will be hosted by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies with the collaboration of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and assistance from the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World in Los Angeles, California, November 3–6, 2022. The conference website can also be accessed via bsana.net.

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 48th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 48th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, November 3–6, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/48th-bsc). The deadline for submission is April 22, 2022.

If the proposed session is accepted, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and chair) up to $600 maximum for scholars based in North America and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside North America. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

For further details and submission instructions, please visit https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/48th-bsc.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

CALL FOR PAPERS – The Forty-Eighth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Forty-Eighth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

DEADLINE: April 30, 2022

The Forty-Eighth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, from Thursday, November 3, through Sunday, November 6, 2022. The conference will be hosted by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies with the collaboration of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and assistance from the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. The Local Arrangements Co-Chairs are Sharon E. J. Gerstel (Department of Art History) and Zrinka Stahuljak (Department of Comparative Literature).

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, broadly construed. This year the BSC especially encourages papers that examine transcultural connections or situate Byzantium/Byzantine developments within larger historical, regional, and/or global contexts. With the goal of engaging a wider audience, we also encourage panels that forge a dialogue between Byzantine Studies and cognate fields.

Paper proposals for the 2022 BSC may be submitted in the form of individual papers or as part of organized panels, via EasyChair. For more details and instructions, please visit the BSANA website: https://bsana.net/annual-conference/.

Dr. Galina Tirnanic, BSC 2022 Program Committee Chair

Letter from the BSANA President

Dear BSANA members,
Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our recent, hybrid BSC!
We had 284 participants — 141 in person, and 143 remote, which is a promisingly robust attendance. In addition to our North American attendees, we had participants join us remotely from 17 countries. We are grateful to Betsy Bolman and her crew at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Museum, who gave us such a gracious welcome and a seamless, hybrid conference. Particular thanks go to Galina Tirnanic and the Program Committee for putting together a complex puzzle of in-person and remote speakers.

We continue to be grateful to the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, who sponsored three panels geared toward our graduate and early career members, and two sessions.

Four new Board Members were elected at the Saturday lunch: Christina Christoforatou, Baruch College, CUNY; Alice Lynn McMichael, Michigan State University; Jordan Pickett, University of Georgia; and Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University. We welcome them, and thank the members who cycled off the Board this year for their service: Ben Anderson, Hannah Ewing, Meredith Riedel, Alexander Riehle.

A Post-Conference Survey has just been issued and I urge you all to respond—your input helps us to shape our conferences and our policies to better suit your needs.

On Saturday the new Board convened to elect new officers. We are building on the knowledge gained during the pandemic, with Alice Sullivan continuing as Secretary, Brad Hostetler as Communications Officer, Byron MacDougall as Vice President, and Lynn Jones as President. Ruma Salhi has agreed to serve as Treasurer, and we thank Tia Kolbaba, who is stepping down after two years. Please check the website, bsana.net, for the emails of our Executive Board.

We look forward to our next conference, November.3-6, 2022, in Los Angeles. Our hosts are Sharon Gerstel and Zrinka Stahuljak, the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, and the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. We hope to see you there!

We also look forward to seeing many of you at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies this summer! Full updates can be found via the link on BSANA’s website, bsana.net.

In addition to the new website, we now have a lively social media presence. Find us, and follow us, @bsanabsc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Please submit any news to bsana.communications@gmail.com for posting on the listserv and website. If you are not receiving listserv announcements, please sign up. Send an email requesting to join to bsana.communications@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Board, I send our best wishes to you all,

Lynn Jones
President, BSANA
bsana.president@gmail.com

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