New Journal: Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (JLAIBS)

The JLAIBS as a hotspot for interdisciplinary dialogue aims to disseminate new approaches and methodologies that intend to transform our understanding of broader Late Antique and Medieval phenomena, such as knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges, by looking beyond single linguistic traditions or political boundaries. It provides a forum for high-quality articles on the interactions and cross-cultural exchange between different traditions and of the so-called Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. Thematically, the journal also welcomes submissions dealing individually with Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic literature, history, archaeology, and material culture from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

2021-2022 Hellenic Studies Library Research Fellowship Program Call for Applications

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes and over 430 linear feet of archives. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. The fellowship application deadline is April 2, 2021. No late applications will be considered.

BEMA Online seminar: Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the City of Odessos

Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the City of Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) by Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev (Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager – Varna, Assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History). The lecture will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2 pm New York (EDT), 6 pm London, UK (GMT), 8 pm Sofia, Bulgaria (EET). The event will last approximately 90 mins including Q&A.

Paul Binski, Fiction and Motivation in Medieval Art

The Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the inaugural lecture in the Forsyth Lecture Series, to be delivered by Paul Binski, emeritus Professor of the History of Medieval Art at Cambridge University. Please join us on Wednesday, March 24th at 2:30PM (ET) via Zoom.

CFP: Aquatic Animals in the Global Middle Ages

Aquafauna has recently been the topic of several conferences and publications focusing on zoological knowledge, its transmission, and transformation. Our workshop aims to investigate the imagery of aquatic animals in literature, their symbolism, their metaphorical use, and widespread views and misconceptions about such animals. We ask for proposals for papers looking at the period between ca. 500 and 1500 from a broader perspective, trying to understand how aquatic animals made their way into literature, oral traditions, proverbs, idioms, and art. Proposals due by April 15. The workshop will take place online (via the ZOOM platform) September 27-28, 2021.

“Global at Venice – Research and Training for Global Challenges” Cofund Fellowship Programme

The programme, funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme, gives 15 talented researchers from all over the world the opportunity to undertake their research and training activity at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The programme is supported by the University’s corporate partners, including research centres, non-academic networks of spin-offs, and small and medium enterprises, where Fellows will have the opportunity to complete secondments, bridging the gap between academic and applied research, and between research and market. The deadline to submit applications is 5pm (CET) June 30 2021.

Politics and Government in Byzantium. The Rise and Fall of the Bureaucrats

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the fifth seminar of the new Spring 2021 Seminar Series: on Thursday 25 March (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time), Jonathan Shea (Dumbarton Oaks/George Washington University) will talk about his recent book entitled: “Politics and Government in Byzantium. The Rise and Fall of the Bureaucrats.”

Neourgia: The Restoration of Icons in the Premodern World

Please join us for another engaging webinar in the “Byzantine Dialogues from the Gennadius Library” series. Professor Ivan Drpić will present “Neourgia: The Restoration of Icons in the Premodern World.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
1:00 PM EDT (U.S.) / 7:00 PM EET (Greece)
Presented by the Gennadius Library

CFP: Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University (Vienna/Budapest) is pleased to announce the 7th International Graduate Conference on “Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World”, Vienna, 28-29 May 2021 (ONLINE). The conference provides a forum for graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the Eastern Mediterranean to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

Application deadline: April 5

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