2023 ASCSA Summer Session

ASCSA Programs
Deadline for applications: January 9, 2023

2023 ASCSA Summer Session

The Summer Session program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a six-week travel study course designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its major monuments, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, material culture, and literature from antiquity to the present. The 2023 Summer Session runs from June 12 to July 26, 2023, and its Director is Professor Glenn R. Bugh of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Format: The ASCSA Summer Session has provided extensive exposure to Greece, ancient and modern, for generations of students of Classics and related fields. It has a strong academic component with participants researching and presenting topics on site and offers unique opportunities to interact with eminent archaeologists in the field. Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips give participants an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections throughout the country. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. The Summer Session’s commitment to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology leads to long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean summer. Participants must be able to cover very uneven, rocky terrain and endure temperatures well above 30ºC for extended periods.
2023 ASCSA Summer Seminars
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 2023, the two seminars are:
The Archaeology of Caves in Greece: Cult and Life through the Ages (June 5 to June 23, 2023)
Participants will investigate life and cult stretching from the Paleolithic period to today, through archaeological and anthropological research focusing on caves. The course examines caves as living entities that actively shape local cultures as centers of cult, active arenas of archaeological exploration, nodes of complex economic and religious landscapes, and major archaeological sites doubling as tourist attractions with a major impact on local economies. Attention will be paid to caves as carstic phenomena that have attracted various forms of human action (habitation, exploitation, cult, refuge, shelter) for millennia. The seminar will visit several caves as well as significant nearby sites and museums (e.g. Delphi, Athenian Acropolis). Taught by Professors Amy and Nassos Papalexandrou (University of Texas at Austin).
Locating Ancient Gender and Sexuality (July 3 – July 21, 2023)
This seminar examines discourse about gender and sexuality within distinct cultures of ancient Greece, articulated through association with cities, sanctuaries, and liminal spaces. The program is structured through a comparative framework, studying social systems across space and time: analyzing Athens and its rivals of the classical period, Sparta, Corinth and Thebes. Literary traditions will be brought into conversation with archaeological evidence and the landscapes of Greece. Taught by Professors Kate Gilhuly and Bryan Burns (Wellesley College).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, often over uneven terrain, in the hot Mediterranean summer, where many days over 30ºC can be expected.
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
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr

Master of Arts, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University is pleased to invite applications to the Historical Studies track of its Master of Arts program from students interested in the study of
Syriac Christianity within the broader contexts of late antiquity and the early middle ages.
Course offerings are focused on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, language study in classical Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic, the material culture and archeology of the Eastern
Mediterranean world, the intersections of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the application of the digital humanities to these fields through collaborative research projects such as Syriaca.org and Caesarea-Maritima.org.
Students in the Graduate Department of Religion may also take courses from departments across Vanderbilt University including in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, History, History of Art, Islamic Studies, and Jewish Studies. Language instruction is offered on a rotating basis in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Classical Latin, Classical Syriac, and Classical Arabic as well
as modern research languages. Vanderbilt also offers field work opportunities in the archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant, including current excavations at Caesarea Maritima.
Faculty members offering courses in the program include Annalisa Azzoni, Jelena Bogdanović, Issam Eido, Phillip Lieberman, Richard McGregor, David Michelson, Jennifer Quigley, Joseph Rife, Betsey Robinson, and Choon-Leong Seow, among others.
Admitted students are eligible for two years of funding through the Graduate Department of Religion including full tuition and a partial stipend of $15,000 per year.
Graduates of this MA program have successfully gone on to enroll at Ph.D. programs in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Classics, Central Asian Studies, and Medieval Studies.
Inquiries may be directed to Professor David Michelson, david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu.
The application deadline is December 15, 2022. Instructions for the application process are available at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/gdr/admissions/ under the Historical Studies graduate track. The Graduate Department of Religion does not require the GRE for admission; however, a
writing sample is required. The writing sample must be an academic paper no more than 35 pages long.
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Funded PhD liturgical studies, University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Call for PhD Applicants, Liturgical Studies

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame accepts up to two, funded (tuition scholarship + full stipend) PhD students per year in Liturgical Studies. The program integrates three sub-disciplines: Liturgical History; Liturgical Theology; Ritual Studies.

The program offers a wide range of research opportunities with particular strengths in early and late antique Christian liturgy and material culture, medieval liturgy, history and theology of the sacraments, Eastern Christian traditions, ritual studies, and manuscript studies.

The Liturgical Studies program was founded in 1947 as the first graduate program in the Department of Theology and quickly grew to become an international center for the study of liturgy. Pioneers in the discipline who have taught at Notre Dame include Josef Jungmann, Louis Bouyer, Robert Taft, Paul Bradshaw, and many others. The program is currently comprised of six faculty members and represents one of the largest concentrations of liturgical scholars at one place in the world.

In addition to its core strengths, Liturgical Studies offers a variety of opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions at Notre Dame, including the Medieval Institute, the Program in Sacred Music, other departments at the university (including Anthropology, Classics, History and Sociology) and other programs within the Theology Department, including Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA), the History of Christianity (HC), and Systematic Theology (ST), among others. PhD students in liturgical studies also have opportunities to simultaneously pursue graduate minors in other areas of the department and a range of disciplines, including Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, Peace Studies, and Byzantine Studies. The Hesburgh Libraries system has extensive holdings in theology and one of the nation’s largest collections in medieval studies, including the Milton Anastos Collection. The university also offers a broad range of ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, among others), and the Graduate School provides funding opportunities for students to conduct dissertation research abroad.

All PhD applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 2, 2023. More information and a link to the online application may be found here:

For those without a Master degree, the Theology Department also offers a two-year Master of Theological Studies (MTS) with a concentration in Liturgical Studies, which is geared toward eventual PhD work in liturgy or other fields: https://theology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/mts/

Hirsch Fellowship, Academic Year, Research in Archaeology

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Field of Study:  Archaeology

Eligibility:  U.S. or Israeli citizens who are either Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, or early-career scholars (Ph.D. earned within the last five years) completing a project that requires a lengthy residence in Greece.

Terms and Duration:  Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Meals, Monday through Friday, are provided at Loring Hall. The fellow is expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the relevant library of the School.

Application: Submit online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship”, curriculum vitae, and a detailed description of the project to be pursued in Greece (250-word abstract and a statement up to three pages, single spaced). Arrange for three letters of recommendation. Student applicants are required to submit scans of official academic transcripts as part of the online application.

For more information about the application: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral#Hirsch
Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org
The award will be announced March 15.

Funded MA and PhD opportunities at Central European University, Vienna

The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Vienna) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2023/2024 academic year. The deadline is February 1, 2023.


Central European University is a graduate-level, English-language university with a multi-disciplinary Medieval Department that offers the following programs:


• 1-year MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

• 2-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

• 2-year MA in Cultural Heritage Studies

• PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies


CEU provides a variety of need- and merit-based scholarships and various other types of financial support available to students at all levels and from any country (tuition waiver, stipend, housing awards, health insurance coverage): https://www.ceu.edu/financialaid.


Interested applicants can contact us at medstud@ceu.edu. For further information, visit: https://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/.



Deadline: January 15, 2023
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the study of Medieval Greek, from June 26 to July 27, 2023.
Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.

The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina, and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete.
Format: The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine and Christian, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 26, instruction begins on June 27, and participants should plan to depart any time on July 27, 2023.
Eligibility: The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve graduate students in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at universities worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, post-doctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide may also be considered.

Academic Credit: The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant’s home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.
Costs and Scholarships: Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
Applications: Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher), and scans of academic transcripts. More information and the online application form are available on website at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/gennadius-library-medieval-greek-summer-session

Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

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.

Byzantine Communities Reading Group

Byzantine Communities Reading Group
Convenors: Arie Neuhauser and Tom Alexander

In recent years, graduate students and early career researchers are paying increasing attention to communities in the Byzantine world, beyond the Constantinopolitan elite that produced most of our sources and state-centred narratives. In doing so, these scholars have been able to produce innovative conclusions and engage with debates that touch on the very fundamentals of Byzantine society and culture.

This reading group seeks to bring together early career scholars at pre-doctoral and doctoral level who are interested in studying Byzantine communities, broadly defined both chronologically and geographically. By the nature of this topic, those who research communities in a particular context may not be aware of work produced on communities in a different time and place. A scholar working on Middle Byzantine Greece, for example, might not be aware of (but would benefit from) discussions of how to approach early Byzantine agricultural communities in Egypt, or Late Byzantine civic organisation. By bringing together interested scholars, we hope to be able to share insights and explore issues that we encounter in our respective studies, such as local power structures, the relationship of communities to the state, identities outside Constantinople, and more, with the aim of discussing broader research methodologies for the study of Byzantine communities.

As we know from first-hand experience how busy graduate students and young researchers can typically be, we don’t wish to over-burden participants. We envision this group as meeting once every two weeks, for between an hour and an hour and a half, with every meeting led by a different participant who will circulate beforehand a short primary source, with an English translation, alongside one or two optional secondary readings. To register your interest, please send a message to: byzcommunities@gmail.com. Once we are able to gauge interest, we will circulate a form to ascertain the best time for our first meeting.

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, MICHAELMAS TERM 2022


Mondays, 12:30 – 14:00 (UK), via Zoom.

To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

Monday 24th October
Joaquin Serrano (University of Edinburgh)
The reliquary-cross of Saint Constantine and the military use of holy relics

Monday 31st October
Nuna Terri (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Saint Thekla’s popularity in Rough Cilicia

Monday 7th November
Niels De Ridder (KU Leuven / Universität zu Köln)
Representations of Jews in Middle-Byzantine hagiographical apocalypses

Monday 14th November
Elvira Miceli (University of Oxford)
The Byzantine Heritage of the Liber ad honorem Augusti

Monday 21st November
Bahattin Bayram (İstanbul Medeniyet University)
Barbarians of Eusebius

Monday 28th November
İrem Kısacık (İstanbul Medeniyet University)
Emotions in Late Antiquity

Monday 5th December
Carlo Berardi (University of Michigan)
Translating Chivalry: The Aesthetics of Warfare in the Age of the Komnenoi

Monday 12th December
Nila Namsechi (University of Birmingham)
The Duchy of Naples under Byzantine rule


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.

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.

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