ARAM Conference on Melkite Christianity, 11-13 July 2022

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty First International Conference on Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria) and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 11th – 13th July 2022.
The conference will start on Monday 11th July at 9pm, finishing on Wednesday 13th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email:

CfP: ‘Textual Cultures in Contact’

The Early Text Cultures research group based at the University of Oxford invites papers for its Trinity Term (May-June) research seminar on ‘Textual Cultures in Contact’, which will bring together scholars whose research focus is the interactions between pre-modern textual cultures.  Through sessions  comprising  paired  papers,  this seminar series will enable  participants to gain fresh perspectives on the nature of  ‘contact’  among textual cultures,  and on  the affordances and limitations of their fields’ methods and approaches to  the topic.

Subjects and case studies might include:

•  Texts that embed or are shaped by intercultural textual or literary interaction

•  Texts that consciously reflect on that type of interaction (e.g. translations, adaptations, ancient or modern ethnographic accounts).

•  Histories of terminology and theoretical frameworks used to  conceptualise  ‘contact’ between textual cultures

•  Investigations into the material, social and intellectual conditions that determined, and were shaped by, these interactions

•  Examinations of the power relationships (political or otherwise) implicit in cross-cultural  interactions

If you would like to present a 20-minute paper at one of the sessions, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Monday 11 April. Papers by early-career and graduate researchers are particularly welcome. The seminar will be held in a hybrid form, taking place both in Oxford and on Zoom.

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EuQu International Workshop – The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites in the World of Eastern Christianity

International Workshop – The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites in the World of Eastern Christianity

May 11-12, 2022   |   University of Copenhagen

The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites was the name commonly used by Eastern Christians of various traditions to refer to the Qur’an. Since the emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity, Eastern Christians speaking Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Church Slavonic, Russian and Syriac came in contact with Islam and its Holy Scripture. From the Mediterranean lands to Russia via the Balkans, Anatolia and Caucasus, the experience of Eastern Christians with their Muslim neighbors and/or rulers was shaped by diverse multicultural and multiconfessional contexts in which their approach to the Qur’an played a significant role in defining religious identity and the dynamics of communal life.

This international workshop will explore how Eastern Christians engaged with the Qur’an and its Islamic interpretations from the medieval period until the end of the eighteenth century. Bringing together different religious traditions, one of the main scopes of the workshop is to build a platform of discussion between scholars working with source material from Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Georgian, Greek, Church Slavonic, Russian and Syriac contexts, with a focus on how these milieus shaped Eastern Christian responses to Islam and its Holy Scripture.

How did texts on Islam and Qur’an circulate within groups and networks? How did they cross confessional boundaries? Who were their authors and intended audiences? These and similar questions will guide the discussions, and will generate – we hope – new debates for the entangled history and cross-cultural history of the Eastern Christian communities from the medieval to the dawn of modernity.

Read the program:

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GSC Webinar: Medievalists Beyond the Academy

Join the Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Committee on March 30th, 2022 at 7 pm EST for a panel on employment for medievalists outside of what we traditionally envision as the “academy” (university-based research and teaching). Each of our panelists received a PhD in a premodern subject, and each have successfully leveraged their training into a career that utilizes and expands upon their background as medievalists. From grant writing and archival management to secondary education and academic publishing, our participants represent a wide range of experience levels and professional opportunities. In this conversation moderated by leading independent scholar Laura Morreale, panelists will share their pathways from their PhD to their current position, followed by a live Q and A with questions submitted by our audience. We hope you can join us! Click here to register:
Moderated by Dr. Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar

Panelists include:

Dr. Jennifer Speed, Research Development Strategist at Princeton University
Dr. Anna Siebach-Larson, Director, Rossell Hope Robbins Library and Koller-Collins Center for English Studies at the University of Rochester
Dr. Ross Karlan, World Languages Educator at Geffen Academy
Dr. Rachel Ruisard, Project Editor at Oxford University Press

The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images

The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images

Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies and Online

March 25–27, 2022

The International Conference The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images will be held at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice and live-streamed (YouTube and Zoom) on March 25–27, 2022.

Online Lecture: B. Pitarakis, In Pursuit of the Byzantine Object: Cultural Policy, Diplomacy, and Scholarship in Late Ottoman Istanbul (24.3.22)

The third lecture of the lecture series Archaeology@Thessaloniki 2022, organised by the Department of Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 19.00 (GMT +2:00, Athens).

Brigitte Pitarakis, researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Paris will present on «In Pursuit of the Byzantine Object: Cultural Policy, Diplomacy, and Scholarship in Late Ottoman Istanbul».

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“Losing your beautiful city: Niketas Choniates’ De Signis, Helen of Troy and 1204”, Dr Foteini Spingou

The Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies is pleased to invite you to the on-line lecture by Dr Foteini Spingou (The University of Edinburgh) titled “Losing your beautiful city: Niketas Choniates’ De Signis, Helen of Troy and 1204.”
Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Time: 2:00pm EET
The event is open to all, but registration is essential. Please register at

Job: Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist

Position Summary:

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is seeking a Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist for a 12-month, fixed term position. Through public statements on February 25 and March 2, 2022, WMF expressed its deep concern over the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. WMF deplores the loss of life that continues to take place in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people. WMF remains concerned about the immediate and urgent threat to Ukraine’s cultural heritage, including the country’s wealth of cultural heritage places. The Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist will support all efforts to respond to the impact of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on the country’s cultural heritage sector.


  • Through networking and outreach, remain informed about developments in the conflict, and, in particular, about impacts of the conflict on heritage places, museums, libraries, and archives;
  • Serve as the primary coordinator between WMF and members of the international community seeking to share information and coordinate their efforts in support of Ukrainian cultural heritage;
  • Identify and cultivate potential partners for WMF within Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector;
  • Identify needs for assistance to Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector and support the development of appropriate response strategies by WMF and its partners;
  • Support the implementation of activities by WMF and its partners, through new or existing channels for the delivery of support;
  • Support communications with WMF’s global audience regarding the impact of conflict on Ukraine’s cultural heritage;
  • Plan for post-conflict intervention by WMF and its partners, including inventorying, condition assessment, and emergency stabilization/protection interventions;
  • Serve as internal source of knowledge on matters affecting the conflict and post-conflict recovery.



  • Knowledge of Ukrainian society, history, and culture;
  • Professional proficiency in Ukrainian and English;
  • Background in Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Regional Development, etc.;
  • Experience working in a crisis context or in post-conflict recovery.


  • Graduate degree in Eastern European Studies or in a related field (Ukrainian Studies, Soviet/Post-Soviet Studies) and/or in other fields relevant to the mission of World Monuments Fund;
  • Professional experience in cultural heritage management, development, and/or emergency response.

Location: New York, NY or global (remote)
Reports to: Vice President, Programs
Direct reports: none
Salary and benefits: $65,000+, commensurate with skills and experience, including options for benefits

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

World Monuments Fund is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. World Monuments Fund is an at-will employer.

Dumbarton Oaks Papers Announcement

Via Colin Whiting and Nikos Kontogiannis, Dumbarton Oaks

21 March 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

Greetings from Washington, DC! We have some exciting news about Dumbarton Oaks Papers that we would like to share with you.

First, DOP will now appear on JSTOR shortly after volumes are published. There is no longer a three-year delay! Last year’s volume, DOP 75 (2021), is already available:

Second is that we are now encouraging shorter submissions. For many years, DOP has served as a venue for long pieces on Byzantine topics, typically 10,000 words or more. The journal is, however, uniquely positioned to respond to the changing needs of the field by making itself a venue for the best of all Byzantine scholarship, no matter the length—and we certainly do not want to miss out on new and exciting work. So if you have a shorter piece, please consider submitting it to DOP! These shorter submissions might be concise but particularly outstanding studies; discussions or reinterpretations of significant archaeological material; or studies of objects in the Dumbarton Oaks collections. For more information on submitting, please visit

Best wishes,


Colin Whiting

Nikos Kontogiannis


Editors, Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Cappadocia in Context Summer Program, 20 June – 4 July 2022

Cappadocia in Context Summer Program (CAPP)

Date: 20 June – 4 July 2022

Place: Cappadocia, Nevşehir

Application Deadline: 14 April 2022 (GMT+3, Turkey local time)

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), this 2 weeks intensive program is open to the participation of young researchers at the master’s and doctoral level and aims to provide conceptualisation methods of the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine past in the historical and artistic context, accompanied by field studies, research and presentations. Within its breathtaking volcanic landscape, Cappadocia preserves extensive rock-cut features from the Byzantine period, including more than a thousand rock-cut churches and chapels (one-third of which preserve significant elements of their painted decoration), as well as monasteries, houses, villages, towns, cemeteries, and fortresses. The region is unrivaled in terms of its material culture, but because it lacks a written history, the monuments of Cappadocia remain poorly known to most Byzantinists.

The language of the program is English. For more information about the program and how to apply please see:

Instructor: Prof. Robert OUSTERHOUT (University of Pennsylvania)
Prof. Ousterhout (PhD University of Illinois) is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught 2007-17. A recognized specialist in Byzantine architecture, his research focuses on the documentation and interpretation of the vanishing architectural heritage of the eastern Mediterranean. His current fieldwork concentrates on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem. Since 2011 he has co-directed the “Cappadocia in Context” graduate seminar. His most recent book is Visualizing Community: Art Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 46 (Washington, DC, 2017). His book Eastern Medieval Architecture (Oxford University Press in 2019), was awarded the 2021 Haskins Medal by the Medieval Academy of America.

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