Job: Assistant Professor of Art History, Florida State University, Open field

Open field, Tenure track

Assistant Professor of Art History, Florida State University


Open October 1, through November 29, 2021



The Department of Art History at Florida State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment with a 2/2 teaching load.  The field of specialization is open; we seek a scholar whose research interests will contribute to our faculty strengths and attract new constituents to our programs (BA, MA, PhD). The ideal candidate will demonstrate how their methodological, theoretical, and evidentiary perspectives in research and teaching will intersect and expand departmental activities in medieval, early modern, Ibero-American colonial, Caribbean, contemporary African, African diasporas, modern and contemporary art, the visual cultures of the Americas, our program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS), and in our study-abroad centers in FSU’s International Programs.

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Job ID#:  50097

Contact Info: Inquiries about this position may be directed to: Adam Jolles, Chair, Department of Art History (

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, Michaelmas Term 2021



Mondays, 12:30-14:00 UK time, via Zoom.

Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

To register, please contact the organiser at or follow this link:


25th October

Sofia Simões Coelho (Oxford)

Holy Fools in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Rus’


1st November

Thomas R. Langley (Cambridge)

Julian, Constantinople, and the Role of Civic Patriotism in the Fourth Century


8th November

Jessica Varsallona (Birmingham)

Michael VIII Palaiologos and the southern shore of Constantinople


15th November

Nicola Ernst (Exeter)

The Athanasian Emperors: Reconsidering Orthodox and Heretical Emperors in the 340s


22nd November

Callan Meynell (Oxford)

Roman? Greek? Byzantine? Some thoughts on the trial of Maximus the Confessor and Roman identity


29th November

John-Francis Martin (Oxford)

Byzantine Catholics (exact title TBC)


6th December

Kelly E. McClinton (Oxford)

The Case Romane del Celio: Living in Rome in Late Antiquity


13th December

Mark Huggins (Edinburgh)

The Many Byzantine Chrysostoms: A Look at Competing Sanctification Narratives at the Heart of Byzantine Spirituality

ASCSA Yatrakis Fellowship, for study at the Gennadius Library

Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Yatrakis Fellowship supports research on topics that require use of the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with the 26,000-volume collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library houses today 145,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. Rare maps of the Mediterranean, early editions of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and a laurel wreath belonging to Lord Byron are just some of the unique items. Holdings of 90,000 research titles in open stacks complement the rare books and other collections to create a comprehensive resource for the history of Greece through the ages.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years) for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Open to all nationalities.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library. Fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of the School.

Application: Submit an online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable.

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The award will be announced by mid-June.

Is it Time to De-Colonize the Terms Byzantine & Byzantium

Is it Time to De-Colonize the Terms Byzantine & Byzantium

Monday, October 4, 2021
4 p.m.
via Zoom

The people we call “Byzantine” self-defined as “Romans.” The terms “Byzantium” and “Byzantine” were first employed by Western scholars more than a century after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in an effort to differentiate what they perceived to be the authentic Roman empire from its later, eastern, and Christian derivation. For centuries, these terms circulated within Western scholarship with a not-so-subtle sense of derogatory critique (e.g. Edward Gibbon). Perhaps ironically, the terms Byzantine and Byzantium were subsequently embraced among Orthodox Christian populations who tend to view the period as a golden age of Orthodox civilization. This expert panel will explore these issues and debate the viability/suitability of revising the terminology for the field.

Elizabeth Bolman, Case Western Reserve University
Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University
Leonora Neville, University of Wisconsin
Alexander Tudorie, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Moderated by George Demacopoulos, Fordham University

Orthodox Christian Studies Events are free and open to the public.

IN MEMORIAM: Boris L’vovich Fonkich (1938–2021)

Boris L’vovich Fonkich was born February 25, 1938 in Cheliabinsk and died September 2, 2021 in Moscow. He was one of the world’s leading experts in Greek paleography and codicology and dedicated his life to the study of Greek manuscripts. He was a Senior Researcher of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the founder and professor of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology at the Moscow State University, a member of the Academy of Athens, and a member of the International Committee of Greek Paleography. Recently he was awarded an Order of Phoenix by the Greek government.

Fonkich published several books and more than three hundred articles in many languages. Fonkich’s unique talent of identification of handwritings of Byzantine and post-Byzantine scribes enabled him to re-date many manuscripts and illuminate activities of many Byzantine centers of book production. Fonkich had a wide range of interests, and the manuscripts he studied span from the eighth to the nineteenth centuries. He was particularly interested in several subjects:

  • Early Studite minuscule manuscripts, which he discovered in Russian and French libraries and introduced the new method of dating these manuscripts by the usage of diacritics.
  • The collection and preservation of early ninth- and tenth-century manuscripts with classical texts during the Palaiologan Renaissance, especially the activities of Theodoros Metochites and Nikephoros Gregoras.
  • Research and publication of post-Byzantine manuscripts and documents illuminating the ties between Greece and Russia.

Fonkich’s obituary will be incomplete without mentioning his intellectual integrity during the Soviet period. Fonkich was non-conformist, and he could not be corrupted or coopted by the sycophants who dominated the Byzantine studies in Soviet Union. Because of this, Fonkich was not allowed to defend his second PhD and was not allowed to travel abroad for research and conferences.

When Fonkich talked about manuscripts his passion and enthusiasm were contagious. He was very generous with his time and expertise and was always happy to answer questions from his colleagues and students. I, for one, will be always grateful for the spark that lit my own interest in Greek manuscripts.

Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann

Job: Cappella Romana Director of Publications, Grants, and Operations

Cappella Romana is hiring
Director of Publications, Grants, and Operations
Cappella Romana is seeking to fill a new position of Director of Publications, Grants, and Operations beginning at the earliest 15 October 2021. The director will assist Cappella Romana’s Executive and Musical Directors in developing and executing initiatives to fulfill and support Cappella Romana’s mission: to combine passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music.
The ideal candidate will possess: a) a master’s or doctoral degree with specialization in the music, art, history literature, or theology of the churches and cultures of Eastern Christianity; and b) directorial, managerial, or administrative experience in academic, educational, or cultural organizations.
Please send a letter of application, résumé/CV, and a writing sample of one or more of the following: grant narrative, promotional/blog/fundraising copy, and/or short academic article.
Please send all materials in one PDF to
Initial deadline 6 October 2021; Open until filled.

William Sanders Scarborough Fellowships

Deadline: January 15, 2022

This fellowship is intended to honor and remember Professor William Sanders Scarborough and to help foster diversity in the fields of Classical and Hellenic Studies and the Humanities more broadly by supporting students and teachers from underrepresented groups in their study and research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), the son of an enslaved woman and a freedman, was a pathbreaking African American Classical scholar and public intellectual. Scarborough’s scholarship included philological works on Greek and Roman authors, as well as studies of African languages and African American folklore. His First Lessons in Greek (1881) was the first foreign language textbook by an African American author. He taught at Ohio’s Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary, serving as Wilberforce’s president from 1908–1920. At least twice in his life (1886 and 1896), Scarborough hoped to attend the American School, with the encouragement of the School’s Managing Committee. Lack of funding, coupled with his many professional responsibilities, kept Scarborough from realizing his dream of going to Greece.
Eligibility:  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. The School welcomes applicants from faculty of K-12 schools and from students or faculty from public and private universities, colleges, and community colleges; and encourages applications from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Terms and Duration:  The fellowship supports up to three months in residence at the School 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. Applicants interested in using the fellowship to participate in summer programs should also submit separate applications to relevant programs of interest. Applicants to the Scarborough fellowship program wishing to be considered for summer programs in 2022 should contact the ASCSA Programs Administrator at for further guidance. Applicants wishing to use the Scarborough fellowship to offset costs of participation in the Regular Member academic program of the School must also apply directly for Regular Membership. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with Regular Member Fellowships.
Awards granted in the January 2022 competition should normally be used between June 1, 2022 and May 30, 2023.
Each of the awards provides for $1500 per month (rounded upwards to the nearest whole month to a maximum of 3 month) as a stipend. The fellowship provides room and board at Loring Hall, a waiver of any applicable School fees, and one roundtrip economy-class airfare to Athens. The School intends to make up to four such awards each year.
Application: Submit an online application here, A complete application will include:
  • A 2-page, single-spaced, statement indicating your eligibility, describing the proposed use of the fellowship including any formal program at the School you plan to apply for, the proposed timeframe for your work at the School, and your project or research goals (as applicable).
  •  A curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of current transcripts for student applicants (scans of official transcripts are acceptable).
  • Arrange for two letters of recommendation. Once an online application is submitted, recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions about how to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be asked to upload their letters via the online application system, Submittable. It is also acceptable for recommenders to submit letters directly to this email address:
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Award decisions will be announced in March 2022.

“Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence” Virtual Lecture Announcement

Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence
Date: Saturday, October 2nd at 1pm EDT
Where: Via Zoom
The lecture will focus on an aspect of the Greek War of Independence that calls for answers to questions as basic as they are elusive. What role did the Byzantine heritage play in conceptualizing, representing, or animating the struggle against the Ottoman Empire? What strands of Byzantium were foregrounded and through which mechanisms did they find a place in the collective imaginary of the period? In what ways was that process of reception and signification manifested, and to what extent? How can it be studied and properly understood today?
The event is cosponsored by the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture ( and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC. Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, will provide opening remarks.
Nikos Panou is assistant professor of comparative literature and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies in the Department of English at Stony Brook University. His current research focuses on articulations of power and authority in pre-modern moral and political discourse, with emphasis on advice literature and related genres. He has written on topics ranging from Byzantine historiography to seventeenth-century satire, and has coedited a volume on conceptions of tyranny from antiquity to the Renaissance with Oxford University Press.

Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race Symposium, October 19-22, 2021

Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race® Symposium
The symposium is being held virtually from October 19-22, 2021 and will include panels, informal coffee talks, an editor roundtable, and 1-on-1 sessions with invited editors.

Enmity is a sustaining force for systemic racism, a fervent antipathy toward a category of people. Enmity exists at the nexus of individual and group identity and produces difference by desiring opposition and supremacy, imagining separation by force, and willing conflict. Enmity unfolds in different ways in different places, according to local logics of territory, population, language, or culture, even as these geographical divisions are subject to constant change.

This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rutgers University, focuses on how premodern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions. The notions of enmity and region provide a dual dynamic lens for tracing the racial repertoires that developed in response to increasingly hostile contention between premodern cultural and political forces. The symposium will invite scholars to take up this intersection between region and enmity, and to examine how belief in difference, or the emergence of polarizing structures and violent practices, configured race thinking and racial practices in ways that are both unique to different territories and that transcend them.

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International Forum on the Venizelou Metro Station, Thessaloniki

Institute for Advanced Study and UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology present
Sunday, September 26
9:00 AM (PST) / 12:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (Greece)
The uncovering of unique Late Roman and Byzantine remains in the course of excavations for a new metro system in Thessaloniki has called into question how a country comes to terms with the treatment and display of its material past. This international forum aims to present factual information about the significance of the finds, review decisions made by the Ministry of Culture and the Central Archaeological Council concerning the Venizelou Station remains, summarize past and ongoing litigation in Greek courts, and discuss the practical solutions offered by engineers. Following brief presentations by four speakers, listeners will be able to ask questions about the remains, the solutions to the technical challenges that their preservation on site presents, and their significance for the city’s future.
  • Angelos Chaniotes, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Costa Carras, Founder of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA-Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage / EUROPA NOSTRA Council member
  • Vlasis Koumousis, Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
  • Maria Mavroudi, Professor of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Sharon Gerstel, Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, UCLA
Please register below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Simultaneous translation into Greek will be available.

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