BSANA funding for the International Congress of Byzantine Studies

For the first time in its history, BSANA is offering funds to support graduate and early career scholars who are presenting papers at the International Congress. Funds are limited, and are intended to supplement institutional or outside funding.

Eligibility is open to graduate students and early career contingent scholars who have received their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. Applicants are required to be BSANA members in good standing (renew or become a member here), and to provide documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration. Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline has been extended to February 15.
In addition to completing the online application form, please send documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration to the BSANA Vice President (bsana.vp@gmail.com). Awards of a minimum of $600 will be distributed to applicants with demonstrated need on a first-come, first-served basis. Review of applications will begin immediately. After April 2 applications will no longer be considered.

On the online form, applicants will be asked to submit a list of other sources of funding they expect to receive or are applying for, as well as an estimated budget. Applicants will also be asked if they identify as a Byzantinist of Color to determine eligibility for subsequent funding to be made available by the BSANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition

Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition
NEH Summer Institute | June 5-25 2022 | Bradley University | Peoria, IL

Intended for university and college faculty, this institute focuses on the history and culture of Middle Eastern Christians in the Middle East and American society. This three-week institute will guide educators in developing curricula on Middle Eastern Christianity in its broadest senses. Participants will work with specialists from various humanistic disciplines who will share their expertise on religion, language, culture, and inter-religious dynamics in historical and contemporary contexts. The Institute includes educational visits to Arab Christian communities in central Illinois. This institute will be held in-person.

INSTITUTE OBJECTIVES:

  • Foster interdisciplinary scholarly relationships
  • Develop curricula based on primary sources from a variety of disciplines
  • Cultivate a pedagogical community for sharing and innovating teaching
    methods

Participants will receive a stipend of $2,850. Higher education faculty and advanced graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Details & Application: https://bradley.edu/middle-east-christianity
Inquiries: Jason Zaborowki, project co-director, (309) 677-2444
Email: NEH_Mideast_Christianity@bradley.edu

Mount Athos Foundation of America Annual Mount Athos Book Prize

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA) is pleased to announce the inauguration of an Annual Mount Athos Book Prize. This prize, to be judged by a distinguished panel of scholars unaffiliated with MAFA, is meant to honor the best scholarly work on Mt. Athos or a topic related to the Holy Mountain and its rich historical, literary, theological, architectural and iconographic traditions.

The winning author or authors will receive an award of $500, and the Foundation will publicize the award and the winning book on the MAFA website, in its newsletter, and in a press release. In the case that no eligible books are put forth for consideration, the prize will be deferred until the following year. All relevant entries will be listed in the MAFA booklist, https://www.mountathosfoundation.org/books/

Publishers and authors are invited to submit entries for eligible titles published during the current year to MAFA to Bookprize@MountAthosFoundation.org by 31 January of the year following publication.

In the event that more than five titles are submitted, MAFA will at its discretion establish a short list of no more than five titles. Book publishers will be expected to send three physical copies of the book (one for each member of the 3-person panel of judges) and (if available) a digital copy. The physical copies are required in order for the judges to evaluate the production quality of the book.

Eligibility
Entrance into competition for the MAFA book prize is free and open to authors and publishers from all countries. It is envisioned that books will be published in English (or in English translation of originally foreign-language titles). Books published by any of the following are ineligible:
• members of the MAFA board of directors
• members of the executive committee of MAFA’s sister organization, Friends of Mount Athos
• donors and patrons of either of these organizations.

Criteria for Judging
The panel of Judges will evaluate each submission on the basis of
• scholarly integrity and documentation
• originality of the argument and presentation
• effectiveness of presentation
• production quality of the book, and
• contribution to enhanced understanding of the Holy Mountain and its historical, literary, theological, architectural and/or iconographic traditions.

Questions may be addressed to the MAFA Book Prize email, above.

Mount Athos Foundation of America Travel Scholarships

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA) offers annually two Mount Athos Travel Scholarships of up to $1000 each to support research projects related to Mount Athos.

Eligibility
Consistent with MAFA’s Scholarship Policy, grant recipients are selected on a nondiscriminatory basis. Although women are not permitted to visit Mt. Athos itself, women may still be awarded MAFA travel scholarships for the purpose of undertaking travel to other sites for the purpose of Athos-related research, such as libraries, museums, and research institutes, or dependencies of the Athonite monasteries located outside Mt. Athos.

There is no restriction on what fields of research will be supported. For example, they may be ones that are traditional for Mount Athos, like Byzantine and post-Byzantine history, art, architecture, musicology, diplomatics and manuscript studies; Eastern Orthodox theology, literature, hymnology, monasticism, monastic spirituality, patristic studies, etc. They may also be in scientific or social-scientific subject areas like botany, geology, forestry, anthropology or sociology, or an interdisciplinary field. This list is by way of example only; other fields of research are acceptable, as long as the project is focused on Mount Athos and the significance of the project to the applicant’s research project is made clear.

MAFA and Mount Athos Center Support
The MAFA Scholarships are unique in providing the winners not only funding, but also logistical support for their projects. In cooperation with the Mount Athos Center (Αγιορειτική Εστία) in Thessaloniki, we
• introduce our scholarship winners to the monasteries in which they hope to work,
• provide orientation to patterns of work and life within the monasteries, and
• provide logistical support as needed upon arrival in Thessaloniki.
MAFA’s goal is to assure, to the extent possible, the acceptance of the researcher in the monastery or monasteries and thus the success of the winning projects.

Application Calendar
MAFA follows a “rolling applications” system, that is, MAFA will judge the applications as they are received. We do not observe any deadline for receipt of applications.

For application materials, additional information and examples of earlier successful applications: https://www.mountathosfoundation.org/scholarships/

Inquiries may be addressed to: grantsinfo@mountathosfoundation.org.

Call for Applications: Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2022–2023

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2022–2023 grant competition.

*** NEW *** Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants promote Byzantine studies in North America. These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2022. For further information, please visit the Mary Jaharis Center website: https://maryjahariscenter.org/grants.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

Update: 2022 Summer Seminars, New Seminar, January 7 Deadline

ASCSA SUMMER SEMINARS
DEADLINE: January 7, 2022

The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are 18-day programs that focus on specific cultural themes, historical periods, or geographical regions. The Seminars are led by exceptional scholars of Classics and related fields. Under their direction, participants study texts, visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers in order to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture.
For Summer 2022, the two seminars are:
Thanatopsis: Greek Funerary Customs Through the Ages (June 6 to June 24, 2022)
This seminar will introduce its members to the wide range of Greek funeral customs and monuments, methods of burial, inscriptions, curse tablets, funerary offerings and rituals, and conceptions of death, from antiquity to the present. Participants will visit a wide range of sites and museums in Attica, Boeotia, the Argolid, and Crete to get a sense of the variety of mortuary practices and remains. Taught by Professor Daniel B. Levine (University of Arkansas).
The Northern Aegean: Macedon and Thrace (June 30 to July 18, 2022)
In this seminar, participants will explore the Northern Aegean region during various time periods. The history of Macedon and Thrace bridges the East and West and offers a glimpse into some of the most significant developments in Greek history, such as colonization, cross-cultural relations, the Persian Wars, Athenian hegemony, and the rise of Macedon. Taught by Professors Amalia Avramidou (Democritus University of Thrace) and Denise Demetriou (University of California, San Diego).
Internationally known scholars of Greek history, art, and archaeology will participate as guest lecturers in both seminars. Students are expected to give on-site reports, which they will prepare in their home libraries before the program begins. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean summer, and participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each seminar is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking institutes, or schools, may be required to supply evidence of proficiency in English.

Cost: The fee for each summer 2022 Seminar is $2,750. This includes tuition, room for the entire 18-day period, partial board in Athens, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare, most meals outside Athens and weekends in Athens, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of ASCSA scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, and many classical professional organizations have funding opportunities. More information at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-session/ss-scholarships. Inquire about course credit option.
Application:  Applicants will complete an online application, for which they will submit scans of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation by the application deadline, January 7, 2022. All applicants will be notified in February 2022. More information and online application form are available through the website at: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115820/ascsa-summer-seminar-application-18-day-sessions
For more information on the seminars, view the website at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summerseminars or email ssapplication@ascsa.org.

2022 Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac and Armenian Summer School

The introductory Syriac and intermediate Armenian schools will be held from July 11 to August 5, 2022. Applications are due February 4, 2022.

Building on six summers of success, HMML in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks announces an intensive four-week course introducing the Syriac language and intermediate Armenian for the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac or Armenian in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

Approximately ten places will be available for each language. If on-site, costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks.

Applicants must be either enrolled graduate students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Armenian for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Armenian for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to learn Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions.

Schwarz Fellowship for Research on Music – Gennadius Library

A full year to engage in research on music that focuses on cultural interactions in the Mediterranean world broadly defined. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.

Eligibility: Career musicians, or researchers who are either currently Ph.D. candidates or have received their Ph.D. within the last 5 years, of any nationality.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2022

Hellenic Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2022-23

Please help us circulate – and kindly bring to the attention of qualified candidates the following two announcements of our postdoctoral research fellowships, 2022-23:

https://hellenic.princeton.edu/opportunities/postdoctoral-fellowships-hellenic-studies

https://hellenic.princeton.edu/opportunities/postdoctoral-fellowship-hellenic-studies-and-religion-eastern-christianity

Over one hundred and thirty (130) early-career scholars have been supported by our postdoctoral fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1992-93. The overwhelming majority of our postdoctoral fellows have gone on to successful academic careers around the world.

Current and former recipients are listed in: https://hellenic.princeton.edu/people/fellows-visitors/postdoctoral-research-fellows

Publications by former Hellenic Studies postdoctoral fellows, based on their research at Princeton: https://hellenic.princeton.edu/research/publications

Call for Applications: “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”

Job advertisement
Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 6 positions for doctoral research associates (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) to be filled by 1st April 2022 for a contract period of three years.
Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.
The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception will be explored via four thematic areas:
1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
3. Rituals and worship
4. Knowledge and infrastructure
A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating disciplines is available on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de]. The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines. The primary criterion for the evaluation of applications is the originality and quality of the research project summarized in the exposé. Suitable candidates can also apply on the basis of suggested topics – a selection of possible dissertation topics is likewise to be found on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de/job-advertisements/]
Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-
disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.
Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.
The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf
(in German or English):
A letter of application (one page)
An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)
The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the application.
For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to the Spokes-person.
The application deadline ends by 3rd January 2022.
The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

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