14-15 octobre : XIIIèmes Rencontres internationales des jeunes chercheurs en études byzantines

Via the Association des étudiants du monde byzantin
We have the pleasure of announcing with you that the 12th edition of the AEMB International Post-Graduate Conference will take place in Paris on the 14th and 15th of October. The theme of this year’s conference is “Seeing, Not Seeing, and Being Seen: Vision as construction and as experience in the Byzantine World”. There will be presentations given in both English and French. We hope to see you at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Room Fabri de Peiresc.
The conference will be followed by the general assembly of the association, and the election of the 2022-2023 board. Every position (president, treasurer, secretary) is open, we hope to have many candidates!

Post-doc for 2 years+1 in a research project on ancient invectives

Via Rafał Toczko

I am searching for a person with PhD in classics or similar, with expertise in ancient or late antique Greek literature to work with me as a postdoc in the project “The History and Rhetoric of Invectives in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Polemics” funded by National Science Centre in Poland.

Some familiarity with the field of digital humanities would be welcomed as I plan to build a Database of Ancient Invective, that may be a bit similar to our previous project based in Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, namely Scrinium Augustini: www.scrinium.umk.pl.

My project asks questions concerning the nature, form and content of the invectives used in real-life polemics, starting in seventh-century BC Greece and finishing in the Christian Roman Empire of the fifth century AD. It is designed as the largest-in-scope answer to the question of how ancient and early Christian orators and writers personally attacked, offended and denigrated their adversaries. The project has two objectives: the first is to identify all the instances of invective present in oratory and polemical literature written both in Greek and in Latin, and collect their records in a searchable digital database; and the second is to analyse both quantitively and qualitatively the rhetoric of the material, searching for structural patterns, and stylistic and thematic idiosyncrasies and continuities; reflecting on cultural background and influences; and measuring and assessing the intensity and effectiveness of given invectives.

The need for this project was born from the observation that we lack a comprehensive, comparative study of ancient and late antique invective as a distinctive literary and cultural phenomenon. I would like to check the validity of four specific hypotheses: (1) the models of invective known from the most authoritative literary fiction (epic, drama) influenced the practice of real-life polemics; (2) the models of invective found in the most influential non-Christian writers (Demosthenes and Cicero) are shaping the later history of invective, also Christian; (3) Christian writers used a less intense invective in polemic and reached for it less often than non-Christian writers; and (4) each author often engaging in polemic has developed his own pattern of invective that is recurrent in his writings.

The perfect candidate would be willing to join me in Toruń, but I do not exclude the possibility of working on-line and meet in Toruń only on some occasions.

The contract will be for the position of Postdoc – Research Adjunct at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Classical Studies of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń for a period of 24 months with the possibility of extension for another 12 months and is supposed to begin this November. The deadline for sending the applications is 2022-10-08.

The early registration rate for the 2022 BSC ends today!

If you are planning to attend the BSC in Los Angeles, register now! Today (September 14) is the last day to receive the early registration rate. If you would like to stay at the Luskin Conference Center Hotel, then you should book your room as soon as possible. Unused rooms will be released after October 3.


Two Positions for 2023-2024
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Term: Early September 2023 to end of May 2024.
Eligibility: A senior scholar working in any area related to the mission of the School who possesses a significant record of publication and teaching and is affiliated with a Cooperating Institution. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent funding from the School. Previous holders of the Whitehead may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.
Project: The Whitehead Distinguished Scholar shall pursue research on a project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches its academic program. Whitehead Scholars participate in the academic life of the School in a variety of ways, especially by working closely with Regular and Student Associate members of the School during the winter term (late November to late March) on the subject of their expertise, and by joining School trips and excursions throughout Greece. A more detailed description of this position and a list of past Scholars’ work with members is available on the School’s website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/uploads/general/Past_Whitehead_Offerings.pdf
Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Mellon Professor, Brendan Burke, well in advance of the October 31, 2022, deadline when planning their proposed contributions to the academic program of the School.
Compensation: Stipend of $40,000 plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Scholar (one-half senior rate for spouse and dependents), School housing, and hotel and transportation on up to four of the five field trips (northern Greece, western Greece, central Greece, Crete, and the Corinthia and Argolid) and transportation on all winter Attica excursions.
Application: On or before October 31, applicants should submit the following materials online:
· Brief statement of interest (1 page)
· Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) including list of publications
· Statement of current and projected research (max. 3 pages)
· Proposed contribution to the academic program (max. 3 pages)
· Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece
Link to online application form: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115754/elizabeth-a-whitehead-distinguished-scholars-application-form
Applicants should ask three recommenders to submit letters of reference by October 31.
Upon submission of the online application, recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions about how to submit their letters of recommendation. Or, applicants may choose to send the request at any time by clicking the “Send Request Now” button on the online application form.
The appointments will be announced by January 15, 2023.

Mount Athos Foundation of America Celebratory Exhibition Opening

On behalf of the Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA), and in collaboration with the Mount Athos Center (Agioreitiki Estia) of Thessaloniki, I am pleased to personally invite members of BSANA to a Celebratory Inauguration at the Maliotis Center on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Tuesday September 13, 2022 from 2:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm

This event will kick off a 2-months-long exhibition – Mount Athos: The Ark of Orthodoxy.  This exhibition is intended to evoke the sense of a virtual pilgrimage to the Athonite monasteries (for more information, please click www.mountathosfoundation.org/exhibition/) The theme of the celebratory opening events is Reflections of Days on Mount Athos. The agenda is outlined below.


Please let me know (by responding to the email address below my signature) if you will be able to join us for all or part of the event, including whether you will join us for dinner. Please respond promptly if you wish to attend the banquet since seating is limited.


Robert W. Allison, president

The Mount Athos Foundation of America

rallison@bates.edu (affirmative RSVPs only)


· Afternoon Program begins at 2:00 pm convened by Robert W. Allison, president of the Mount Athos Foundation of America

· 2:10.          Welcome by Archbishop Elpidophoros with opening prayer

· 2:30.          Greeting from Anastasios Ntouros – Director, Mount Athos Center (Thessaloniki)

· 2:45-3:10.   PRESENTATION by Fr. Loukas of Xenophontos Monastery, Mount Athos, representing the Holy Community

· 3:15-3:30.   PRESENTATION by Anna Merkel (mother of an Athonite Monk)

· 3:30-5:00.   Viewing of the Exhibition and Socializing

· 5:00-7:00.   Vespers in the Holy Cross Chapel followed by pre-banquet socializing and viewing of the Exhibition

· Evening Program begins at 7:00 pm

· 7:00-7:45.   Banquet – Accompanied by showing of a recently discovered 1929 Athos Documentary Film (20+ minutes, played during the meal). Alice Sullivan (Tufts University) will introduce the film

· 7:30-8:30.   PRESENTATION by Julia Gearhart and Maria Alessia Rossi (both of Princeton University) & Alice Sullivan (Tufts University) about the Film, panel discussion and Q & A facilitated by Alice Sullivan

MJC-BSANA DH workshop

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and BSANA are pleased to offer a four-part Network Analysis workshop for graduate students and early career researchers in collaboration with Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Introduction to Network Analysis for Students of Byzantium and Late Antiquity, workshop by Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences), via Zoom, October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, 2022, 11:00 am–1:00 pm (EDT)

This online workshop will provide both an overview of basic concepts of network theory and their application in historical and archaeological research (with a focus on the study of Late Antiquity and Byzantium) as well as an introduction into software tools and practical network analysis. The aim of the workshop is to enable students to critically evaluate the growing number of studies using network analysis as well as to apply these tools themselves in a well-reflected and productive way.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. The time commitment for this workshop is eight hours. It will meet every Friday in October from 11:00 am–1:00 pm (EDT). Participants are required to attend all sessions. Registration is first come, first served.

Registration closes Friday, September 30 at 1:00 pm (EDT).

Who is eligible?

·      Graduate students and early career researchers (PhD received after October 2014) in the field of Byzantine studies. Students enrolled in graduate programs in North America and early career researchers working in North America will be given priority. Graduate students and early career researchers outside of North America will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space is available.

·      All participants must be BSANA members. BSANA membership is free for graduate students and early-career contingent scholars who have earned their PhD within the last eight years and who do not hold a permanent or tenure-track appointment. If you are not already a BSANA member, please complete the BSANA Membership Form (https://bsana.net/members/) before registering for the workshop. Your membership status will be confirmed before your space in the workshop is confirmed.

To read a full description of the workshop and register your interest, please visit https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/introduction-to-network-analysis.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, with any questions.



The nominating committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America invites nominations (including self-nominations) to its Board for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Los Angeles.  As per our by-laws, the nominating committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent a range of disciplines within the field of Byzantine studies broadly defined. All ranks are welcome; nominees may hold any type of position, at any type of institution, or work independently. If elected at the 2022 meeting, new board members will serve until the 2026 meeting, joining the twelve remaining members to form a board of sixteen in total.

Board members attend the annual board meeting held during the Byzantine Studies Conference; serve, as needed, as chairs of panels and panelists in professional development workshops; and lead ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board. Serving as a member of the Board not only provides an important service to our organization, it is also a great way to come to know colleagues from other parts of the country and in different disciplines. We have found the experience very rewarding.
Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the chair of the nominating committee, Cecily Hilsdale (cecily.hilsdale@mcgill.ca), by October 15, 2022. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.


Cecily Hilsdale
Brad Hostetler
Tia Kolbaba
Leonora Neville

BSC 2022 Preliminary Program and Call for Chairs

The Preliminary Program for the 2022 BSC to be held November 3-6 in Los Angeles is now available on the BSANA website: https://bsana.net/annual-conference/. This page also include a link to the conference website where you can find registration and hotel information.
Call for chairs:
Please take a look at the program and if you are interested in chairing a session, please let Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) know which session you would like to chair and we will add you to the official program.

UK Late Antiquity Network Call for Papers: Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity, Leeds IMC 2023 (deadline extended)

We would like to inform you that the deadline for abstracts for the UK Late Antiquity Network’s IMC 2023 strand – ‘Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity’ – has been extended to Monday 12th September 2022.

The link to the full CfP can be viewed here:


Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and accompanied by a short academic bio. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (GMT) on Monday 12th September 2022. Abstract submissions and/or queries should be sent to lateantiquenetwork@gmail.com.

Applications from masters students, those in the early stages of their PhD, and those without a current institutional affiliation are encouraged. Additionally, applications from female and non-binary scholars are also particularly welcome. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interpret taste in late antiquity broadly within the context of their own area of research.

With best wishes,

Henry Anderson (Exeter) and Ella Kirsh (Brown)

LAN Steering Committee

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