Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the last seminar of the Spring 2021 Seminar Series; on Thursday 27 May (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time), Sercan Yandim (Hacettepe University) will deliver a paper entitled: “Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells.” For further info and registration, go to https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program-1 or send an email to byzantiumatankara@hotmail.com.

CFP: Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire

Call for Papers: PhD Candidates and Early-Career Researchers

Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 August 2021 and the workshop will take place online on 7 December 2021. We envisage the publication of a volume based on the papers delivered at the conference, dependent upon a peer-review process.

Senior Lecturer in Classical and Mediterranean Studies

Via David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt has recently posted an opening for a full-time Lecturer for the 2021-22 academic year starting August 16, 2021. Review of applications began on 15 May 2021 but is ongoing until the position is filled, so I encourage you to apply if you are interested as applications are still being accepted.

Book Announcement, Antioch: A History

We are excited to announce the publication of our book, Antioch: A History. This book tells the complete story of the “lost city” of Antioch-on-the-Orontes, from its foundation by the Seleucids in the 4th century BC to the 20th century. Of particular interest to you, our esteemed Byzantinists, is a more extensive and holistic view of the late antique and medieval periods and their transition. The early Byzantine period is in two chapters, and there is a chapter on the Middle Byzantine period, all contextualized with histories from the Early Islamic, Saljuq, and Crusader periods. This history of Antioch is grounded in a discussion of the urban transformations that took place and incorporates recent studies on the archaeology of the city, reevaluations of some of Princeton’s excavations, numismatic evidence, and inclusion of the hinterland of Antioch. Best, Asa Eger and Andrea de Giorgi.

New book series: CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures

The CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures series provides a platform for interdisciplinary medieval scholarship centred on visual and material cultures, through which it seeks to gain new perspectives and bring greater depth to existing historical narratives of the medieval world. Drawing on methodologies from a variety of disciplines—archaeology, art history, and anthropology—it can provide an understanding that is otherwise hindered by a focus solely on written sources. The series is a venue for established scholars as well as early career researchers from partners and countries within the CARMEN Medieval Network. Under its earlier name “CARMEN Monographs and Studies” we showed our commitment to publishing research from scholars outside Western Europe and North America. The renamed series retains its global commitment.

Power of Rhetoric. First OEBG-SPBS Joint Online Lecture

The First Joint Online Lecture of the Austrian Byzantine Association and the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Tuesday, 25 May, 17.00 UK time.
Nikolaos Zagklas, University of Vienna, “The Power of Rhetoric in the Byzantine Classroom and Beyond: Fluid Relations and Intersections between Prose and Poetry.”
Respondent: Foteini Spingou, University of Edinburgh

New publication: Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds, edited by Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop (Brill)

From her interests in late antique silver stamps to the abandoned churches of medieval Lebanon, the relationship of image and word in Islamic art, and the decoration of contemporary buses and trucks in Pakistan, Erica Cruikshank Dodd’s interests have been multi-faceted. Dedicated to Dr. Cruikshank Dodd, Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds offers new perspectives on the Christian and Muslim communities of the east Mediterranean from medieval to contemporary times. The contributors examine how people from diverse religious backgrounds adapted to their changing political landscapes and show that artistic patronage, consumption, and practices are interwoven with constructed narratives. The essays consider material and textual evidence for painted media, architecture, and the creative process in Byzantium, Crusader-era polities, the Ottoman empire, and the modern Middle East, thus demonstrating the importance of the past in understanding the present.

Survey of Interest for Graduate Students

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross is working with BSANA to organize virtual digital humanities training for graduate students in Byzantine studies (and closely allied fields) during the 2021—2022 academic year. These sessions will be open to students enrolled in North American graduate programs. We are asking for your help in planning opportunities that best serve your needs. We have put together a survey to gather data about the research you are doing, the kinds of tools that you anticipate using in your work or would like to learn more about, and what training you have already received. The data you provide will inform the training offered and help us to tailor the training opportunities. The more information you provide the better. Please complete the survey by May 20, 2021.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Kenyon College

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a Visiting Professor in Art History at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2021. All applications received by May 3 will be given full consideration.

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