Research Opportunities for Ancient Culture Enthusiasts

Studies in Late Antiquity [ ] has launched an exciting new ‘diversity, equality and inclusion’ initiative. Please would you share the announcement [below] with any ‘future scholar’ (from High School through to graduating UG) who might be interested and also circulate via your wider networks.


Research Opportunities for Ancient Culture Enthusiasts

Calling on all history nerds, myth buffs, and lovers of ancient art, literature, and religion…
Studies in Late Antiquity, a scholarly journal published by the University of California Press
(, invites talented high school and undergraduate students from
underrepresented backgrounds to participate in a new research initiative. We encourage students
interested in any aspect of premodern Mediterranean society (and we mean any!) to apply for this newly
launched program that aims to promote diversity among the ranks of future scholars and teachers of the
ancient world. There are no prerequisites or costs: this is a free opportunity to learn more about a favorite
topic, how to conduct historical research, and to potentially publish your work in a scholarly journal.
How the program works: Each student will be paired with a university professor in their area of interest.
They will work with this mentor on a chosen topic for a period of six months to one year. During the
mentorship (conducted online), students work towards producing a final research project, which can take the form of a blog, long-form essay, podcast, or website.

Studies in Late Antiquity looks forward to publishing the final product in the journal. Because this
program seeks to build diversity, equity, and inclusion among university instructors across the world, we
especially encourage applications from BIPOC/BAME and LGTBQ+ identifying students, along with
first-generation university students and those from challenging economic backgrounds, veterans, and
people with disabilities.

Questions about the program and the application process (which is also free!) should be sent to

FOR APPLICANTS: Please send the following to
1. A cover letter that explains in brief how your academic and/or personal experiences contribute to the
DEI goals of the program.
2. A short statement (300-500 words) that describes your intellectual interests and the topic, theme, or
question you hope to explore through this program.

From: Caroline Humfress

Professor of Medieval History

School of History, University of St Andrews

DOP Virtual Open House

The editors of Dumbarton Oaks Papers are pleased to announce a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 18, from 12:00–1:00pm EDT.

Join Colin Whiting and Nikos Kontogiannis for a conversation about Dumbarton Oaks Papers. We will cover the scope and current direction of DOP, the submission and review process, and tips for submitters. Following our discussion, there will be an open Q&A in which audience members are welcome to ask the editors any questions about the journal.

The event will take place on Zoom; registration is required at the link below:



Dumbarton Oaks Papers Announcements

The editors of Dumbarton Oaks Papers are excited to make two very welcome announcements.

First is that the journal has a new website: Readers and potential authors can find everything they need here, from past issues to author guidelines to the composition of our editorial board. This new home serves as a convenient place for all information related to the journal, and we encourage visitors to browse around.

Second is that the journal is now available completely open access, with no charge for interested readers or authors who wish to publish with us. All past volumes DOP as well as the current volume are now available, and future volumes will be placed online shortly after the publication of the print volume. The journal will be placed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license: articles may be copied and redistributed in any medium or format but require attribution. No commercial use or derivatives are permitted.

Production on DOP 77 (2023) is in full swing. Abstracts for this forthcoming volume can be found here:

Meanwhile, we are still eagerly soliciting submissions for consideration in DOP 78 (2024). While DOP has in the past been a home exclusively for longer articles, we now also welcome the submission of shorter articles. Please submit anything of interest concerning the broader Byzantine world!

Free Access to the Index of Medieval Art Database Begins July 1

From the Index of Medieval Art

Last January we shared the news that the Index of Medieval Art database will become free to all users as of July 1, and that date is now right around the corner. The database can be consulted at, and we look forward to sharing our resources with students and scholars at all levels and with public learners seeking reliable information about medieval art and culture.

The change was made possible by a generous bridge grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the ongoing support of Princeton’s Department of Art & Archaeology, to both of which organizations we are deeply grateful.

In the coming months we will offer several online training sessions to introduce the database to those who may be unfamiliar with it, the schedule and signups for which will be publicized on our blog ( and through the Index social media accounts. The first session will be held on August 3, 2023 from 10 to 11am Eastern time; further information and registration can be found here: Index staff also remain available for researcher questions via our online form at

Information in commemoration of Hans Belting

Information in commemoration of Hans Belting, via A. Kartsonis.

For the obituary of Hans Belting (1935-2023) by Michael Diers posted by


For the HANS BELTING LIBRARY at the the Center for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, as well as for HANS BELTING’s  most complete bibliography to date: has also posted entries in the name of Hans Belting


Index of Medieval Art Database

Announcement via the Index of Medieval Art:

We are very pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2023, a paid subscription will no longer be required for access to the Index of Medieval Art database. This transition was made possible by a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the support of the Index’s parent department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University.

We look forward to working with the wide range of new researchers who will gain access to our resources, and in the coming months we will offer several online training sessions to introduce the database to those who may be unfamiliar with it. The schedule and signups for these will be publicized on the Index blog and through the Index social media accounts. For more details:

We hope that this good new brightens your New Year as much as it does ours, and we look forward eagerly to sharing our resources with students and scholars from high school to retirement, as well as with public learners seeking the reliable information about medieval art and culture that has always been the goal of the Index of Medieval Art.

Byzantio Explained podcast

Βυζάντιο explained is a podcast about Byzantium and the Byzantine studies, founded by two Greek postgraduate research students, Gavriil-Ioannis Boutziopoulos, PhD Candidate at the University of Birmingham and Panagiotis Mermigkas, MA student at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

In each episode the hosts are joined by scholars who talk about their work, new publications in our field, interesting aspects of the Byzantine history and society, and matters of general academic interest. Giannis Stouraitis, Nikos Tsivikis, Georgios Theotokis, Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Dimosthenis Stratigopoulos, and Dimitris Krallis are only some of their guests so far. Also, they have invited artists whose work is inspired by the Byzantine history.

In addition to the podcast, they have also produced an audio documentary about the Byzantine history, which is written and narrated by Dimitrios Bogdantsalis, PhD candidate at the Democritus University of Thrace. This is called “Ιστορίες από το Βυζάντιο” (Stories from Byzantium) and it narrates the Byzantine history based only on primary sources. Βυζάντιο explained aims to promote the Byzantine studies and attract more students to our academic field. So far, their episodes have been viewed and listened more than 40.000 times in YouTube and Spotify and the vast majority of the listeners are students and scholars.

Recently, they launched a monthly newsletter with information about forthcoming events, call for papers, new publications and everything that Byzantinists need to know.

If you wish to learn more about Βυζάντιο explained you can find more, in the following link:

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