Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media, including extensive material relating to the art and architecture of the late Antique and Medieval eastern Mediterranean. Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join a team working to create comprehensive access to photographic and archival documentation of the Byzantine world held by ICFA.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Studies Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) with processing, cataloging, and interpreting these collections. To date, much of the exhaustive documentation produced by the Byzantine Institute of America, including its work at Hagia Sophia, has been published in Harvard’s HOLLIS Images platform alongside documentation of San Marco in Venice and late Antique and medieval monuments in Syria. Collections awaiting online publication include extensive architectural studies of Hagia Sophia created by Robert van Nice, photographic documentation of monuments in Anatolia, the Levant and North Africa, and mosaics throughout the north Adriatic. Dumbarton Oaks is contributing content to open access platforms and is also exploring artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision techniques to enhance access to photographic collections. Outcomes of the fellowship may include scholarly publications on Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology as well as contributions to digital humanities and further expansion of the online gateway to the Byzantine collections of ICFA. This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefiting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will participate fully in Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Art History or Archaeology with a specialization in Byzantine Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Byzantine art and architecture through archaeological excavation, museum curation, or other demonstrable close study and engagement.
  • Excellent research skills, particularly in the use of archival and photographic collections.

Preferred

  • Experience in a research library, archive, special collection, museum, or comparable environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience using relational databases, collection management software, and electronic library resources.
  • Experience with digital photography or digitization of photographs, slides, negatives, and other media, including photo editing software.

Term

This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year and the health insurance plan available to Fellows.

Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2022, to FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, a statement of interest describing their professional and academic experience (1000 words) and should secure two letters of recommendation, to be sent under separate cover directly by the recommender to: FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. The Fellowship will begin on July 1, 2022. Applicants must have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD by the time of application and must have received the PhD no later than June 30, 2022, and no earlier than July 31, 2018.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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

Executive Director, The Museum of Russian Icons

The Museum of Russian Icons https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/
Executive Director

The Board seeks an arts professional to lead all museum exhibitions, programming, curatorial and collections management functions; maximize fundraising and museum & online attendance; and develop relationships with collectors, curators, gallerists, educators, researchers and museum professionals nationally and internationally.

Located in Clinton, MA, the Museum of Russian Icons was created by the late collector and business leader Gordon Lankton in 2004, opened to the public in 2006, and today hosts a distinctive, world-class, thematically-based art collection of more than 1,000 objects. It is also home to the Center for Icon Studies (https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/center-icon-studies/), the research arm of the Museum, which publishes the peer-reviewed online Journal of Icon Studies (https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/jis/). Open to the public four days a week, the Museum organizes its own exhibitions from the permanent collection and also hosts visiting exhibitions from other museums and collections. It has an annual budget of $1.1 million, a 10-member Board, 14 staff and 15 volunteers, about 450 members and annual attendance of about 11,000.

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, Hilary Term 2022

OXFORD BYZANTINE GRADUATE SEMINAR
HILARY TERM 2022

Mondays, 12:30-14:00 (GMT), 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.

7th February
Becca Grose (Royal Holloway)
Avitus of Vienne and Roman Approaches to Burgundian Royal Women: Ascetics, Virgins and Heretics

14th February
Marc Czarnuszewicz (St. Andrews)
Manzikert 1071: The Arabic and Persian Poetry

21st February
Benjamin Sharkey (Oxford)
The Minority Experience of a Central Asian Christian Community, Explored Through Syriac Gravestone Inscriptions (c. 1201-1345) from the Chu Valley, Kyrgyzstan

28th February
Carolyn Tyler La Rocco (St. Andrews)
Christianising Elites and the Religious Topography of Late Roman and Visigothic Iberia

7th March
Matthew Hassall (Cambridge)
Inventing the Tyrant and the Dissident: Procopius and the Limits on Acceptable Speech

14th March
Margherita Riso (Leicester)
Churches at a Crossroads: Archaeological and Landscape Assessment of a Rural Sacred Landmark in Central Sicily

21st March
Canan Arıkan (Vienna)
Clerics and Building in Early Byzantine Inscriptions

28th March
Blake Lorenz (KU Leuven)
The Epigraphy of the Dome of the Rock in Relation to the Sacred Landscape of Jerusalem

Letter from the BSANA President

Dear BSANA members,
Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our recent, hybrid BSC!
We had 284 participants — 141 in person, and 143 remote, which is a promisingly robust attendance. In addition to our North American attendees, we had participants join us remotely from 17 countries. We are grateful to Betsy Bolman and her crew at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Museum, who gave us such a gracious welcome and a seamless, hybrid conference. Particular thanks go to Galina Tirnanic and the Program Committee for putting together a complex puzzle of in-person and remote speakers.

We continue to be grateful to the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, who sponsored three panels geared toward our graduate and early career members, and two sessions.

Four new Board Members were elected at the Saturday lunch: Christina Christoforatou, Baruch College, CUNY; Alice Lynn McMichael, Michigan State University; Jordan Pickett, University of Georgia; and Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University. We welcome them, and thank the members who cycled off the Board this year for their service: Ben Anderson, Hannah Ewing, Meredith Riedel, Alexander Riehle.

A Post-Conference Survey has just been issued and I urge you all to respond—your input helps us to shape our conferences and our policies to better suit your needs.

On Saturday the new Board convened to elect new officers. We are building on the knowledge gained during the pandemic, with Alice Sullivan continuing as Secretary, Brad Hostetler as Communications Officer, Byron MacDougall as Vice President, and Lynn Jones as President. Ruma Salhi has agreed to serve as Treasurer, and we thank Tia Kolbaba, who is stepping down after two years. Please check the website, bsana.net, for the emails of our Executive Board.

We look forward to our next conference, November.3-6, 2022, in Los Angeles. Our hosts are Sharon Gerstel and Zrinka Stahuljak, the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, and the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. We hope to see you there!

We also look forward to seeing many of you at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies this summer! Full updates can be found via the link on BSANA’s website, bsana.net.

In addition to the new website, we now have a lively social media presence. Find us, and follow us, @bsanabsc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Please submit any news to bsana.communications@gmail.com for posting on the listserv and website. If you are not receiving listserv announcements, please sign up. Send an email requesting to join to bsana.communications@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Board, I send our best wishes to you all,

Lynn Jones
President, BSANA
bsana.president@gmail.com

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medieval History/Literature, University of Oslo

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is associated with the project ‘Narrative Hierarchies: Minor Characters in Byzantine and Medieval History Writing’ (grant nr. 324754) https://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/projects/narrative-hierarchies/index.html. The candidate is expected to carry out research as part of the main project.’

The position is available for a period of 2 years (full time).

The position may be extended for a third year, involving a research stay outside of Norway, subject to the successful acquisition of additional funding from the Research Council of Norway (Funding for Research Stays Abroad for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/call-for-proposals/2019/personal-overseas-research-grant-for-doctoral-and-post-doctoral-fellows/).

This project aims to explore medieval power and gender relations in historiographical narrative. In medieval histories, kings, emperors, and other elite men typically occupy more prominent roles than labourers, women, eunuchs, slaves, soldiers, and foreigners. The unevenness with which attention, space, and importance are distributed between different types of characters produces hierarchies within these narratives. This research project sets out to analyse these narrative hierarchies, with a particular focus on non-elite and non-male minor characters.

The PI’s work will focus on a corpus of late Byzantine (c. 1200 – c. 1460) histories. Parallel to this work, the successful postdoctoral fellow, the PI, and external collaborators will explore several other contemporary historiographical traditions. These transhistorical studies will aim both to create a framework by which the study of Byzantine history writing can be meaningfully placed in conversation with wider medieval traditions of history writing and narrative and to reflect on the Byzantine tradition’s idiosyncrasies.

A detailed project description is available for applicants on request (please contact Matthew Kinloch: https://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/people/aca/history-of-ideas/temporary/mattheki/index.html).

Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh

The 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 Zoom. You can register by following this link: https://ed-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErc-ivqTwpHNf57PwnG5xjYqqdbG9z_iZd

Monday 17 Jan
Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan (Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘Archaeological interpretation between hypothesis and evidence: some thoughts on new discoveries in the Late Antique and Byzantine city of Assos / Turkey’

Monday 31 Jan
Constantin Zuckermann (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘The fiscal context of the Byzantine Farmer’s Law’

Monday 14 Feb
Vasileios Marinis (Yale University) ‘The many lives of the martyr Euphemia’

Monday 28 Feb
Emilio Bonfiglio (Universität Tübingen) ‘Education in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Armenia: Agency and movements of scholars and books between Armenia and Byzantium’

Monday 14 Mar
Giulia Maria Paoletti (Austrian Academy of Sciences) tbc

Monday 28 Mar
Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘Viewing the history of Siwnik’ with Step’anos Orbelian, prince, bishop and historian (ca 1300)’

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