Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches

The field school is designed for students and young specialists in heritage, archaeology and conservation as well as artists, but we also welcome anyone interested in:

  • medieval civilization in Southeastern Europe (especially Byzantine and Christian Orthodox architecture, arts and iconography during the late medieval period: 13th to 17th centuries)
  • digital photography
  • documentation of ecclesiastic architecture and frescos
  • cultural heritage preservation
  • travel to significant heritage sites in western Bulgaria.

Dates: 25 May – 08 June, 2024

For more information and to apply: https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/medieval-fresco-photo-expedition

Academic credits available through our partner New Bulgarian University

Chriselpida Kamma

Admissions Officer

Balkan Heritage Field School

7 Tulovo, 4th Floor, Apt.6, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

+359 988250901

Workshop: Rediscovering the Cultural Heritage of Upper Svaneti, Georgia

Date: 26 July – 4 August 2024

Place: Georgia, Mestia

Application Deadline: 15 March 2024

Rediscovering the Cultural Heritage of Upper Svaneti, Georgia is a ten-day International Cultural Workshop organized by Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Institute of Art History and Theory with the support of the United States Embassy in Georgia. The Workshop welcomes young researchers of any nationality in the History of Art (with preference given to Byzantine or Medieval) at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.

The aim of the Workshop is to explore the cultural heritage of Svaneti, one of the most outstanding regions of Georgia. Not only does Svaneti boast breathtaking, majestic landscapes, but also an extraordinary cultural heritage from the medieval past. These include domestic architecture, towers and churches, a great multitude of frescoes, painted and revetted icons, pre-altar crosses and illuminated manuscripts, preserved in village churches and in two very fine local museums. In sum, it is a unique opportunity to study art and architecture scarcely know to researchers in the West, and to witness the ongoing coexistence of Christian and pre-Christian folk traditions. The remoteness of this region makes it a real treasury of medieval art, with works of medieval art and architecture that survive only in this region.

The Workshop will be include field research, discussion, and presentations. Together, participants will visit and examine monuments of religious and secular architecture, wall and panel painting, metalwork, and manuscript illumination.

The language of the program is English.

Application information:

Date: 26 July – 4 August 2024

Destination: Mestia, Svaneti

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2024

Description
This project takes place in Upper Svaneti, the spectacular mountainous region of Western Georgia,
which not only has an abundance and variety of cultural heritage, but also a unique way of life.
Even today, the local population preserves various pre-Christian beliefs and rituals. In Upper
Svaneti, medieval churches and residences with defense towers have been preserved in their
original forms. Almost all these churches are decorated with paintings, and original treasuries are
kept in most of them: medieval painted and revetted icons, crosses, ecclesiastic vessels created in
local workshops or many other regions of the Christian East and the West. Exposure to this
extraordinary material will provide all students of medieval art with an entirely new perspective on
their field.

The ten-day workshop will enable ten PhD and MA students to visit significant monuments of
cultural heritage in Upper Svaneti, to take part in discussions on-site, and to engage in various field
activities.

The workshop will be held in English.

The International Cultural Workshop is organized by the Institute of Art History and Theory at
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, in cooperation with the College of Arts & Sciences at
Syracuse University and the Art History Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
The project partner is the Svaneti Museum of History and-Ethnography.

The International Cultural Workshop (RCHUS) is funded under the US Embassy Georgia Cultural
Small Grants Program.

Application period
22 January to 15 March 2024 (00:00/Georgian Time Zone: UTC + 4)
The selection results will be announced on 8 April.

Eligibility
Applicants of any nationality must currently be enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Medieval or
Byzantine art history or a related field.

Documents to be submitted:
– Application form with other three documents:
– Curriculum vitae (with list of publications/presentations, maximum 3 pages)
– Cover letter outlining interest in the program (maximum 300 words)
– Recommendation letter

The application must be in English.

See here for Application form: https://forms.gle/GLAacswWY5VBHDrk7

Fees and Funding
The International Cultural Workshop (RCHUS) is free of charge: will cover travel from Tbilisi to
Mestia, field trips, hotel accommodation and meals in Upper Svaneti.

The workshop participants must cover their own international flights to and from Georgia, and
hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. However, there are limited funds for participating students in the
project budget for partial covering the international transportation and accommodation in Tbilisi.
Please clarify your need for funding on your Application form.

For further information, please contact: svaneti.workshop@gmail.com

 

Workshop: New Perspectives on Personifications in Roman, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art

A workshop on “New Perspectives on Personifications in Roman, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art” will take place in Munich on 26-27 January 2024 and will be live-streamed online (https://sabkmuenchen.com/2023/12/07/workshop-2/). The language of the workshop is English.

Organized by Prolet Decheva (PhD Candidate, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) and Charles Wastiau (PhD candidate at the Universities of Liège and Bonn)

Oxford Summer School in Greek Palaeography

Oxford Summer School in Greek Palaeography

The ninth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 29 July – 3 August 2024. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, three library visits and four thematic lectures. The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Applications and references must be received not later than 31 January 2024.

For more information please visit https://lincoln.ox.ac.uk/events/lincoln-college-summer-school-in-greek-palaeography-2

Index of Medieval Art: Database Training Session (Nov. 14)

The Index of Medieval Art will be holding a new online training session for anyone interested in learning more about the database! It will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00 am EST.

This session, led by Index specialists Maria Alessia Rossi and Jessica Savage, will demonstrate how the database can be used with advanced search options, filters, and browse tools to locate works of medieval art. There will be a Q&A period at the end of the session, so please bring any questions you might have about your research!

Further information and registration can be found here: https://ima.princeton.edu/index_training/

ASCSA Summer Education for Teachers

2024 SUMMER EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND UNDERSERVED YOUTH

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2023

Thanks to a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) invites high schools and other organizations that work with high school-age students to apply for a ten-day summer education program in Greece. This summer experience, developed for underserved youth and their teachers, will introduce students to the archaeology of Ancient Greece and the culture of the modern country while providing their teachers with guidance in designing lesson plans relating archaeology to curriculum objectives in various subject areas.

This unique opportunity will open students’ horizons to new ideas and experiences. For teachers interested in teaching history, literature, philosophy and other humanistic subjects with a hands-on, experiential model, this opportunity will help create new curricula and lessons to engage students. This program aims to give students with few study-abroad opportunities expanded insight into cultural diversity, global and historical awareness, and the humanities.

Term: Ten days, inclusive, during summer 2024. Specific dates to be determined.

Eligibility and Qualifications: High schools, school districts, foster youth organizations or other similar organizations serving high school students in the United States are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations must demonstrate a clear focus on serving underrepresented or underserved high school students. The person who submits the application should be the point of contact with the ASCSA, if awarded the grant.

Description: The student experience will focus on the archaeological expertise of the ASCSA, with guidance in Athens from the Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations, Dr. John Papadopoulos (UCLA), and in Corinth and the surrounding area from excavation directors in that region. The students and teachers will visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the ancient sites, monuments, and culture of Greece first-hand with exclusive access to archaeological sites and storerooms with excavated artifacts. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology, this program involves long days and extensive walking, often over uneven terrain, in the hot Mediterranean summer, where many days over 85ºF can be expected.

The school, school district, or other organization awarded this program will select the 10 students and 9 teachers who will participate. Once in Athens, Dr. Dawndria Cox will be the group leader for summer 2024. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from Alliant International University, and currently teaches at Lynwood Middle School (Lynwood, California). She is a board member of the Los Angeles County Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and a former fellow of the ASCSA.

Dr. Cox will work with the awardees and the ASCSA staff to develop the specific itinerary for the summer program. Attached to this call for applications is last year’s program itinerary as an example of what can be accomplished during the program. Participants will be transported to various historical sites and museums by van with a professional driver. Hotel accommodations are planned with two to three students sharing a room and likewise double occupancy for teachers.

Outcome: The program aims to provide teachers with material to enhance their curriculum, to provide students with hands-on, on-site learning experiences. Teachers will come away with many ideas for a teaching unit about ancient Greece and the ancient Mediterranean. Students will be assigned a short homework assignment before the trip, and during the trip will use the knowledge from their assignment on-site. Schools can also add their own homework assignments to the program, if they wish. The students and teachers will gain experiences with new cultures, new ideas, and first-hand interactions with history.

Stipend, Budget, and Logistics: The ASCSA provides the awardee with up to $27,500 USD in support of the program. The funds are dispensed as reimbursement upon submission of receipts (lump-sum invoices from travel agencies may be payable directly by the ASCSA). Funds may be used to cover travel, room and board costs for student and adult participants, for example: $15,500 airline/roundtrip expenses, $4,500 bus rental/in-country travel costs, $5,000 hotel rooms, $2,500 board/food expenses. The awardee is responsible for booking travel arrangements (such as flights, bus rentals, hotel accommodations, etc.) but is urged to consult with ASCSA staff before finalizing any arrangements. The ASCSA will coordinate some in-Greece logistics, and will also connect the awardee with a Greek travel company for in-Greece travel coordination. Please be aware that the awardee is responsible for any surplus of costs associated with the program, as the ASCSA can only reimburse up to $27,500 USD in total. The ASCSA is neither responsible for nor will be held liable for any overspending associated with the program. Thus, the applying school or school district must be prepared to take on any extra costs that may be incurred during the planning and execution of the program. Likewise the ASCSA provides logistical advice and support as well as scholarly expertise, but the awardee bears full responsibility for the health, safety and security of all participants.

Application Process: Submit an application statement (max. 1300 words) addressing your school’s/school district’s or other organization’s interest in the program, foreseeable benefits to your participation, eligibility for the program (addressing the population the school/organization serves), as well as any previous experience in planning travel programs (locally, nationally, or internationally) by October 31, 2023.
Link to the online application form: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/a5a75173-3802-4d98-8aa8-6d6bbc39f9b7/summer-education-program

Questions? Contact Alicia Dissinger, the Programs Administrator, at adissinger@ascsa.org.

The ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.  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.


Alicia M. Dissinger, PhD
Programs Administrator

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Telephone: +1 609-454-6819 (direct dial)
Email: adissinger@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Nodegoat for Byzantinists Workshop

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and Byzantine Studies Association of
North America are pleased to offer an introductory workshop on Nodegoat for graduate students
and early career researchers in collaboration with Dr. Jesse W. Torgerson of Wesleyan

University.

An Introduction to Nodegoat for Byzantinists, workshop by Jesse W. Torgerson (Wesleyan

University), Zoom, Friday, October 13, 2023, 12:00–3:00 PM EDT.

How many of us organize key portions of our research and notes in spreadsheets? Whether
comparing manuscripts, organizing lists of persons and places, cataloguing objects, or creating
tallies of any kind, digital spreadsheets have become a ubiquitous scholarly tool. For many of us,
our spreadsheets have started to become unwieldy (how many columns is too many?), or they
would benefit from being able to “talk” to open-source reference information like the historical
locations in Pleiades. If this is you, then you would benefit from learning about how to build

your own relational database: come and learn.

Nodegoat (https://nodegoat.net/) is an open-source software, built to allow scholars with no
training in computer programming, doing historical social science and humanities research, to
turn their research notes into a custom database. Nodegoat’s free platform allows you to turn an
organized spreadsheet into data entry platforms for whatever kind of notes you want to create, to
explore new possibilities for analysis, visualization, and links with other projects, and to allow
you to set up custom visualization tools to analyze and present what you have. This introductory
workshop will introduce you to the concepts behind Nodegoat, guide you in setting up an initial
research environment, and leave you with the information to develop that environment.
For those who are interested in setting up their own Nodegoat database, a follow-up workshop
will provide guidance and the opportunity to learn additional customizations. Information about
the follow-up workshop will be shared with participants after the initial workshop.
Registration closes Monday, October 9, 2023.

Who is eligible?
* Graduate students and early career researchers (PhD received after October 2015) in the
field of Byzantine studies.
* All participants must be BSANA members. BSANA membership is free for graduate
students and early-career contingent scholars who have earned their PhD within the last
eight years and who do not hold a permanent or tenure-track appointment. If you are not
already a BSANA member, please complete the BSANA Membership Form
(https://bsana.net/members/) before registering for the workshop. Your membership
status will be confirmed before your space in the workshop is confirmed.

To read a full description of the workshop and register your interest, please visit

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

Call For Participants: Studying East of Byzantium X: Communities

The Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to invite abstracts for the next Studying East of Byzantium workshop: Studying East of Byzantium IX: Communities.

Studying East of Byzantium IX: Communities is a three-part workshop that intends to bring together doctoral students and very recent PhDs studying the Christian East to reflect on how to reflect on the usefulness of the concept of “Community” in studying the Christian East, to share methodologies, and to discuss their research with workshop respondents, Michael Pifer, University of Michigan, and Salam Rassi, University of Edinburgh. The workshop will meet on November 17, 2023, February 9, 2024, and June 6–7, 2024, on Zoom. The timing of the workshop meetings will be determined when the participant list is finalized.

We invite all graduate students and recent PhDs working in the Christian East whose work considers, or hopes to consider, the theme of communities in their own research to apply.

Participation is limited to 10 students. The full workshop description is available on the East of Byzantium website (https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/). Those interested in attending should submit a C.V. and 200-word abstract through the East of Byzantium website no later than September 13, 2023.

For questions, please contact East of Byzantium organizers, Christina Maranci, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University, and Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at contact@eastofbyzantium.org.

EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. It explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine Empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Dumbarton Oaks Graduate Student Museum Study Day

In conjunction with the ongoing interdepartmental project “Passage Between Worlds: Exchanges Along the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean in the Middle Ages.”

Egyptian Textiles and Medieval Indian Ocean Trade

Friday, October 13, 2023
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Applications due: July 17, 2023

In conjunction with the ongoing interdepartmental project “Passage Between Worlds: Exchanges Along the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean in the Middle Ages,” the 2023 Dumbarton Oaks Museum Graduate Study Day Egyptian Textiles and Medieval Indian Ocean Trade will consider Indian cotton textiles found in Egypt, India, and Indonesia and emblematic of a vibrant maritime trade network found east of the Mediterranean Sea in the late antique and medieval periods.

The workshop will be co-taught by Elizabeth Dospel Williams (Dumbarton Oaks), Anna Kelley (University of St. Andrews), Sumru Belger Krody (The George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum), and Arielle Winnik (Yale University), who will discuss the trade, manufacture, and use of textiles across the Indian Ocean in the premodern periods.

In the morning, these scholars will present their current research, with a particular focus on recent exhibitions featuring Indian textiles. After lunch, participants will spend the afternoon studying textiles from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection in object storage and the Cotsen Textiles Collection at the Textile Museum.

Funding

Dumbarton Oaks will reserve participants’ accommodation in its on-site Guest House for one night (October 12) and will arrange for Friday lunch in the Refectory. Participants should book their own travel to Washington, to be reimbursed up to $600 upon submission of receipts.

Applications

Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Dumbarton Oaks does not sponsor J1 visas for Study Day attendees. We encourage applicants from graduate programs in art history, archaeology, history, classics, religious studies, and other fields who might benefit from close engagement with our collections and from training in material culture approaches.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter with a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development. All materials should be submitted as one pdf to museum@doaks.org. Applications are due July 17, 2023.

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