24-25 septembre : XIIèmes Rencontres internationales des jeunes chercheurs en études byzantines

We have the pleasure of announcing with you that the 12th edition of the AEMB International Post-Graduate Conference will take place in Paris on the 24th and 25th of September. The theme of this year’s conference is “Time: Usage, Perception, and Interpretation in the Byzantine World”. There will be presentations given in both English and French. We hope to see you at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Room Fabri de Peiresc. If you are unable to be in Paris, you can attend via Zoom using the following links :

UCD Late Antique and Byzantine Virtual Seminar Series

You are invited to attend a new Late Antique and Byzantine seminar series hosted by the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. Please find the flyer for this term’s seminar programme below.

Sessions will be run on Zoom, and all are welcome to attend; please register in advance at https://ucd-ie.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kmFoxs03Rd-iyzXDsYF7pw.

The first speaker in our series, on 5 October from 4:00-5:15pm (Dublin time), will be Mikael Muehlbauer (Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), ‘An Ethiopian “Constantine” in the 12th century: The architecture of the early Zagwe dynasty and monumental ruins’.

Edinburgh Byzantine Studies Seminar Series – Semester 1

The newly established Centre of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) invites you to attend the Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh.
The seminars take place at 17:15 and will be held via ZoomYou can register by following this link.
Monday, 20 September 2021, at 17:15, Stratis Papaioannou (University of Crete):
‘The philosopher’s tongue: or a short (hi)story of a Byzantine fiction’

Monday, 4 October 2021, at 17:15, Alicia Simpson (American College of Greece):
‘Philippopolis: a Byzantine metropolis in the northern Balkans’

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, at 17:10, Mary Whitby (University of Oxford):
‘An emperor and his poet: George of Pisidia on the Emperor Heraclius (610-641 CE)’
Co-hosted with the Classics Seminar

Monday, 18 October 2021, at 17:15, Julian Baker (University of Oxford):
‘Monetary transformations in western Anatolia in the first decades of the fourteenth century: Byzantines, Turks, and Franks between the Propontis and Rhodes’

Monday, 1 November 2021, at 17:15, Nicole Paxton Sullo (Princeton University):
‘The visuality of memory in later Byzantium’

Monday, 15 November 2021, at 17:15, Tristan Schmidt (University of Silesia in Katowice):
‘Performing military leadership in Komnenian Byzantium’

Monday, 29 November 2021, at 17:15, Pantelis Golitsis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki):
tbc

Call for Papers – Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies 2022

The 21st Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from March 24th–26th, 2022. Vagantes is an interdisciplinary community of junior scholars that offers an excellent opportunity for sharing new research. Submissions on non-Eurocentric topics or medievalism are also encouraged! Conference activities will include an opening recital, banquet, and various workshops. A keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Elina Gertsman (CWRU). Abstracts of 300 words with paper title and a 1–2 page CV (including applicant’s preferred name and pronouns) in one PDF are due Monday, November 29th, 2021.

CfP: “Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature” – 5th “Parekbolai” Symposium (online)

5th “Parekbolai” Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology
December 10, 2021
“Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature”

The e-journal Parekbolai invites paper proposals on “Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature” for a virtual symposium to be held on December 10, 2021.

This call is open to and aimed at scholars in all stages of their career. Ph.D. candidates and postgraduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

Presentations (preferably in Greek or English) should last 20 minutes and abstracts (max. one page) should be submitted to: Ioannis Vassis (ivasssis@lit.auth.gr) or Sofia Kotzabassi (kotzabas@lit.auth.gr) by October 30, 2021.

ASCSA 2022-2023 Programs and Fellowships

STUDY IN GREECE 2022-2023
ASCSA PROGRAMS AND FELLOWSHIPS

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for students and senior scholars pursuing research in many fields ranging from prehistoric to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, focusing on all aspects of Greece from its earliest prehistory to late antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the medieval to modern Greek world, as well as the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences.
FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR STUDY AT THE ASCSA
(FULL ACADEMIC YEAR AND SUMMER PROGRAMS)

REGULAR MEMBER FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships are available for the School’s Regular Members. Fellowships provide a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds and waiver of School fees. Regular Member fellowships are awarded for the entire nine-month program. All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application.
Fellowships include two in archaeology, one each in history and literature, and nine unrestricted as to field. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

STUDENT ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: For advanced graduate students who plan to pursue independent 9-month (Sept. to May) research projects and do not wish to commit to the full Regular Program. DEADLINE: ROLLING

ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS: Several fellowships for the full academic year at the ASCSA with a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one full academic year as a Student Associate Member and plan to return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertations. Advanced Fellowships fields awarded by the School include one each in art and architecture of antiquity, history of architecture, Mycenaean archaeology or Athenian architecture and/or archaeology, and the study of pottery; and three unrestricted as to field.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2022.

FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS:  Visit the Fulbright website for fellowship details and stipend information. Applicants for a Fulbright Fellowship in Greece to be held in affiliation with the ASCSA, must request a letter from the ASCSA for affiliation. Applications for a letter of affiliation must be submitted at least two weeks before the applicant’s institutional deadline.
Simultaneous application to both the Fulbright and the ASCSA is required. Candidates must submit the ASCSA application by the due date for the Fulbright application.
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12, 2021.

WIENER LABORATORY PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 2023-2025
Two-year funding for individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program who have passed all qualifying exams and have an approved Ph.D. proposal pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Stipend of $20,000 for 12 months. Call for applications will open fall 2022.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2023: Graduate students and professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. Call for applications will open fall 2022.

SUMMER SESSION: Six-week session to explore the sites and museums in Greece for graduates, undergraduates, and secondary school and college teachers. Fee of $4,900 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room and partial board, and museum and site fees. Scholarships available.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 7, 2022.

SUMMER SEMINARS: Two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, archaeology, material culture, history, literature, and culture. Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Fee of $2,750 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, partial board in Athens, and museum and site fees. Scholarships available.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 7, 2022.

FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTGRADUATES FOR STUDY AT THE ASCSA (FULL ACADEMIC YEAR)

JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP: For projects carried out in Greece; eligibility is limited to U.S. or Israeli citizens, Ph.D. candidate writing a dissertation or recent Ph.D. (not more than five years since the awarding of the Ph.D.) revising a dissertation for publication. A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

KATHRYN AND PETER YATRAKIS FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years), of any nationality, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (not more than five years since the awarding of the Ph.D.) for work in the Gennadius Library. A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

SCHWARZ FELLOWSHIP AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY FOR RESEARCH ON MUSIC: 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, engaged 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.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

SCHWARZ FELLOWSHIP AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY FOR RESEARCH ON URBAN ARCHITECTURE: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years), of any nationality, engaged in research on architecture, urban planning, and the history of the built environment in Greece from 1821 to the present. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS OR POSTGRADUATES FOR STUDY AT THE ASCSA (SHORT-TERM FELLOWSHIPS)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (AIA) ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOW:  Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D. (not more than five years since the awarding of the Ph.D.) whose field is classical archaeology. Visit the Archaeological Institute of America website for more information. Simultaneous application to both the AIA and the ASCSA is required. Two fellowships of $5,500 each. Fellowship granted in even years.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE:  Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

HARRY BIKAKIS FELLOWSHIP: North American or Greek graduate students researching ancient Greek law or Greek graduate students working on a School excavation. A stipend of $1,875. School fees are waived.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

HENRY S. ROBINSON CORINTH RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: Awarded to pre- or post-doctoral scholars for research on a dissertation or primary publication specifically on Corinth, requiring the use of the resources, archaeological site, and collections at the ASCSA excavations at Ancient Corinth. Open to all nationalities. One or more grants for up to three months, maximum amount of stipend is $4,000. School fees are waived. Granted every other year.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

WIENER LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE APPOINTMENTS: Short-term funding for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars from colleges and universities worldwide pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Variable amounts up to $7,000. Term variable, up to nine months.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

WILLIAM SANDERS SCARBOROUGH FELLOWSHIPS: For up to three months in residence to carry out proposed research projects, to join the School’s academic programs (field trips and seminars during the regular academic year or the summer, excavations at the Agora or Corinth, scientific field schools, etc.), and/or to develop knowledge, resources, and collegial networks to enhance their teaching. Open to Graduate students, faculty members (K-12 and all levels of post-secondary education), and independent scholars residing in the United States or Canada, regardless of citizenship, whose geographic origin, diverse experiences, and socio-economic background are underrepresented at the School (including persons from the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities), and whose studies, research, or teaching would benefit from residency at the School. Fellowship recipients need not be specialists in the field of Classical Studies.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

TRAVELING AND EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTGRADUATE STUDY

COULSON/CROSS AEGEAN EXCHANGE: Program of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC):  Short-term fellowships for Greek nationals and scholars to pursue research in Turkey under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses. Submit online application to ASCSA.
DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2022.

MULTI-COUNTRY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC): Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars with research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences requiring travel to several countries with an American overseas research center. Consult CAORC website for application and deadline: www.caorc.org.

PAUL REHAK MEMORIAL TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP: Regular members and Student Associate members in attendance at the ASCSA for the entire academic year. Maximum grant of $1,000 or lesser amounts. School fees are waived. The purpose is to allow individuals to travel in Greece and Italy to conduct a research project during the current academic year from September 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022. Compensation for travel that transpired during the prior fall and winter terms or planned for the spring term of the 2021-2022 academic year will be considered.
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2022.

FUNDING FOR SENIOR SCHOLARS FOR STUDY AT THE ASCSA

KRESS PUBLICATIONS FELLOWSHIPS: Postdoctoral scholars working on assigned material from excavations at Ancient Corinth, the Athenian Agora, Lerna, and affiliated projects of the ASCSA to support research for publication of excavated material. Grants for at least three months (up to $10,000) to a maximum of nine months (up to $30,000).
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

WIENER LABORATORY POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 2023-2026
Three-year funding for individuals who have received their Ph.D. within the last seven (7) years pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Stipend of $35,000 for 12 months. Call for applications will open fall 2022.

WIENER LABORATORY PROGRAMMATIC POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR 2024-2027: Three-year funding for individuals who have received their Ph.D. and have a demonstrable record of research and publication directly relevant to the project. Eligibility limited to any archaeological project affiliated with the ASCSA, current and former permit holders. Stipend of $35,000 for 12 months. Call for applications will open fall 2023.

Book Announcement: The Rich and the Pure Philanthropy and the Making of Christian Society in Early Byzantium by Daniel Caner

A portrait of history’s first complex Christian society as seen through the lens of Christian philanthropy and gift giving

As the Roman Empire broke down in western Europe, its prosperity moved decisively eastward, to what is now known as the Byzantine Empire. Here was born history’s first truly affluent, multifaceted Christian society. One of the ideals used to unite the diverse millions of people living in this vast realm was the Christianized ideal of philanthrōpia. In this sweeping cultural and social history, Daniel Caner shows how philanthropy required living up to Jesus’s injunction to “Give to all who ask of you,” by offering mercy and/or material aid to every human being, regardless of their origin or status.

Caner shows how Christian philanthropy became articulated through distinct religious ideals of giving that helped define proper social relations among the rich, the poor, and “the pure” (Christian holy people), resulting in new and enduring social expectations. In tracking the evolution of Christian giving over three centuries, he brings to the fore the concerns of the peoples of Early Byzantium, from the countryside to the lower levels of urban society to the imperial elites, as well as the hierarchical relationships that arose among them. The Rich and the Pure offers nothing less than a portrait of the whole of early Byzantine society.

CFP – Byzantium Bizarre: Storytelling through sacred spaces (Kalamazoo 2022)

Online: May 9, – May 14, 2022

Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Special Session:

BYZANTIUM BIZARRE: STORYTELLING THROUGH SACRED SPACES

Invitation: Submission of Abstracts

Deadline: 15 September 2021

We cordially invite the submission of abstracts for our session “Byzantium Bizarre: Storytelling through sacred spaces” at the 2022 International Congress on Medieval Studies, taking place online from May 9-14, 2022.

Church architecture, sacred locations and legend can produce a bizarre interplay in the late antique and Byzantine Mediterranean. Particularly interesting are extraordinary churches that tell a story or have a legend, tradition, or mythology attached to them, revealing the human fascination toward the bizarre. In our panel, we look forward to discussing these sociocultural aspects of Byzantine churches, particularly those linking material to the sacred spaces, architecture, and archaeology.

The role of storytelling is manifest in creating or reframing tradition and mythology, for example the Church of St. Symeon Stylites, or the repurposing of natural formations (e.g., Constantinian- period caves in Jerusalem). The attitudes and understandings of the monuments, both contemporary and modern, inform the knowledge of what makes their setting and architecture important. Through an archaeological and architectural analysis, we can understand sociocultural aspects of such monuments and their meanings. Our panel will examine examples of this relationship between legend and monument and their influences on each other to create a holy place throughout the Byzantine empire. Following the themes of mythology, legend, and storytelling, we invite papers discussing archaeological and architectural materiality and art historical objects, but also historical perspectives and liturgical specialties.

Please submit the abstract for your paper (300 words abstract plus a short description of 50 words) by September 15, 2021, through the conference portal at wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call.

We, Dr. des. Catherine Keane (ckeane8@gmail.com) and Dr. Katharina Palmberger (katharina.palmberger@gmail.com), the organizers of this panel, are happy to answer any of your questions.

ASCSA Whitehead Scholar Fellowship

POSITIONS AVAILABLE
ELIZABETH A. WHITEHEAD DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR

One or Two Positions for 2022-2023
Deadline: October 31, 2021
 
Term: Early September to June 1.

Eligibility: A senior scholar working in any area related to the mission of the School who possesses a significant record of publication and teaching and is affiliated with a Cooperating Institution. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent funding from the School. Previous holders of the Whitehead may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.

Project: The Whitehead Distinguished Scholar shall pursue research on a project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches its academic program. Whitehead Scholars also participate in the academic life of the School in a variety of ways, especially by working closely with Regular and Student Associate members of the School during the winter term (late November to late March) on the subject of their expertise, and by joining School trips and excursions throughout Greece. A more detailed description of this position and a list of past Scholars’ work with members is available on the School’s website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars
Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Mellon Professor, Brendan Burke, well in advance of the October 31 deadline when planning their proposed contributions to the academic program of the School.

Compensation: Stipend of $40,000 plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Scholar (one-half senior rate for spouse and dependents), School housing, and hotel and transportation on up to four of the five field trips (western and northern Greece, Peloponnesos, central Greece, Crete, and the Corinthia and Argolid) and transportation on all winter Attica excursions.
Application: On or before October 31, applicants should submit the following materials online:

  • Brief statement of interest (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) including list of publications
  • Statement of current and projected research (max. 3 pages)
  • Proposed contribution to the academic program (max. 3 pages)
  • Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece

Link to online application form:
https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115754/elizabeth-a-whitehead-distinguished-scholars-application-form

Applicants should ask three recommenders to submit letters of reference by October 31.

The appointments will be announced by January 15.

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.

A Brief Guide to Disability Terminology and Theory in Ancient World Studies

Alexandra Morris (Teesside University) and Debby Sneed (CSU Long Beach) have prepared “A Brief Guide to Disability Terminology and Theory in Ancient World Studies,” which is available on the blog for the SCS (https://bit.ly/3mLGBVv). One of our aims is to demystify language around disability and begin what we hope will be a continued dialogue. Any reasonable questions can be directed to Alexandra at A.Morris@tees.ac.uk or on Twitter @DisabledArchaeo.

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