2 postdoctoral researchers in Byzantine Studies & Digital Humanities

Dear colleagues,

In the framework of the project “DigiByzSeal – Unlocking the value of seals: New Methodologies for Historical Research in Byzantine Studies” (more on the project here https://ifa.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/forschung/byzantinistik-und-neugriechische-philologie-forschung/drittmittel-projekte/digibyzseal) jointly funded by the ANR and the DFG, we are looking for:


2 postdoctoral researchers in Byzantine Studies and Digital Humanities

to start on April 1st 2022 for 24 months.

This call for application is intended for early career researchers, with less than 4 years of experience, but priority will be given to applicants having finished their PhD no longer than 2 years prior to the beginning of the contract.

You will work within the CNRS – UMR 8167, Orient et Méditerranée, équipe Monde Byzantin, based in Paris (5th arrondissement), in the premises of the Collège de France, where the work will be carried out under the supervision of Alessio Sopracasa, scientific responsible of the project.

Knowledge in Byzantine history, sigillography, epigraphy and/or numismatics as well as XML (particularly TEI and EpiDoc) and XSLT are preferable, but not mandatory.

Please note that in order to submit your application you will have to sign up on the job portal of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), where the 2 calls (one per vacancy) are available, with further information and requirements:



NB: there are two calls, one for each vacancy. They are identical (same profile, same planned activities, same salary etc.), and you can submit your application to either call. After clicking on the “Apply” button you will be able to create your account and submit your application.

The applications will have to be submitted only through the CNRS portal by March 15th.


All the very best,

Alessio Sopracasa (on behalf of the DigiByzSeal project).

Assistant Professor of Christian Near Eastern Languages, Catholic University of America

School of Arts and Sciences · Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
Assistant Professor of Christian Near Eastern Languages

The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Christian Near Eastern Languages, to begin in Fall 2022.
The Department has a particular interest in candidates with strong skills in Classical Arabic and who also work extensively in Christian Arabic. Ideally, the candidate will also be able to teach at least one other Christian Near Eastern language, such as Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, and/or Syriac, and thereby complement the existing strengths of the faculty. See the department website <https://semitics.catholic.edu/> for information on courses regularly taught. Candidates should possess a strong commitment to scholarly research, teaching, and engaging with graduate students in research.
We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to the mission of the University <https://www.catholic.edu/about-us/at-a-glance/index.html>, which reads as follows: “As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.”
Applications should include the following:
● A curriculum vitae
● A letter of interest
● 1–3 sample publications
● teaching portfolio
● A list of at least three references
● A one- to two-page personal statement indicating how your research, teaching, and service will make a distinctive contribution to our University’s mission and to the vision of Catholic education outlined in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae <https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_jp-ii_apc_15081990_ex-corde-ecclesiae.html>.
Application materials should be sent via email to Dr. Andrew Gross (grossa@cua.edu) and be received by March 7, 2022.
Please direct any questions regarding this job announcement to Dr. Gross.
The Catholic University of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full Professorship of Byzantine Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich

The Faculty for the Study of Culture invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) of Byzantine Studies (Chair) commencing on April 1st, 2024.

The applicant should cover the field of Byzantine Studies in its entire breadth, that is, Byzantine Greek language, literature, history and cultural history from Late Antiquity to c. 1500.

We invite internationally highly visible scholars in the field to apply for this position. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the research activities of the Department for the Study of Culture and Archaeology, and to engage actively in the Department’s initiatives in research and teaching.

Prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree or a comparable specific qualification, teaching skills at university level, excellent academic achievements and a productive and promising research program.

CFP – Seeing, Not Seeing, and Being Seen: Vision as construction and as experience in the Byzantine World

The Association des étudiants du monde byzantin (AEMB) is happy to announce the 13th edition of the AEMB international post-graduate conference. For this edition, the selected theme, chosen with consultation with members of the association, is Visuality: “Seeing, Not Seeing, and Being Seen: Vision as construction and as experience in the Byzantine World”.
Presentation proposals of 250 to 300 words as well as a brief biography including the author’s institution, their level of study (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral), and their research subjects should be sent to aemb.paris@gmail.com by April 6 at the latest. The 20-minute talks may be presented in English or French. It is our hope that the Rencontres will take place physically in Paris. Participants’ travel costs may be covered by AEMB if they are unable to receive funding from their institutions. Selected candidates will be asked to adhere to the association.

You will find the complete Call For Papers attached to this email as well as a link to our website where you can find more information. We welcome you to share this announcement with any students that may be interested.

Digital Storytelling for Byzantinists: A Digital Story Map Workshop

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and BSANA are pleased to offer a Digital Storytelling workshop for graduate students and early career researchers in collaboration with Professor Fotini Kondyli at the University of Virginia.
Digital Storytelling for Byzantinists: A Digital Story Map Workshop, workshop by Dr. Fotini Kondyli (University of Virginia), via Zoom, March 25, 2022, 3:00–5:00 pm (ET)

Digital story maps give us the opportunity to tell fascinating stories about the past and connect our audiences with our data. They provide engaging and clear ways to communicate complex ideas and research outcomes and offer easy-to-use tools and visually stunning features to present our data and embed photos, videos, and maps in our written work. Such story maps allow us to reach larger audiences, share our knowledge and skills, and contribute to a more inclusive learning environment. In this workshop, participants will learn to build, publish, and share an ArcGIS StoryMap, design interactive maps, and create timelines.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration is first come, first served.
Registration closes Monday, March 21 at 1:00 pm (ET).

Who is eligible?
–Graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in North America
–Early career researchers who received their PhD from a North American university and are within 3 years of receiving their degree (i.e., after March 2019). For ECRs who received their degree between 3 and 8 years ago, you may request to be put on a waiting list and will be contacted in the event that there are open spaces in the workshop. To be put on a waiting list, please contact Brandie Ratliff at mjcbac@hchc.edu.

To read a full description of the workshop and register, please visit https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/digital-storytelling-for-byzantinists.

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

Classical Armenian course at Notre Dame this summer

Summer Study: Classical, Medieval and Near Eastern Institute
University of Notre Dame

CLAR 10000/60000
Instructor: Jesse Arlen
MTR 4:00-6:00pm (Fully Online)
May 31-July 7, 2022


This course will introduce students to Old (or “Classical”) Armenian, the literary form of the language from the fifth to the nineteenth century, and the liturgical language of the Armenian Orthodox Church today. An Indo-European language, Armenian is distantly related to Greek, Latin, English, and other western languages. It has a vast library of literature comprised of original compositions as well as translations from Greek, Syriac, Latin, and Arabic, among others. Some ancient texts, like certain works of Philo, Irenaeus, and Eusebius, survive only in Armenian translation. Other original compositions, like the prayer book of Gregory of Narek, are masterpieces of world literature. Students will learn the Armenian alphabet, basic grammar, and vocabulary, and will read simple prose narratives, while also gaining an appreciation for the culture and tradition of one of the ancient Christian peoples of the East. The course will be of interest to students in classics, medieval/byzantine/near eastern studies, biblical studies, theology, and liturgy.

Tuition rate info (the course is 3 credits): https://summersession.nd.edu/tuition-financial-aid/

I don’t think ND offers funding for the course, so students would need to apply for funding locally or seek other external scholarships, such as Calouste Gulbenkian’s Short Term Grant for Armenian Studies or a NAASR grant.

Jesse S. Arlen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Armenian Orthodox Studies
Orthodox Christian Studies Center | Fordham University
Director, Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center,
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)

630 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-0710 ext. 126
jarlen@fordham.edu | jarlen@armeniandiocese.org

The Virgin Beyond Borders Poster and Programme

The Virgin Beyond Borders
The conference presents papers on various topics related to the cult of the Virgin, including the emergence of her cult in the Eastern Mediterranean, aspects of its development, as well as local traditions associated with Mary.

Digital Humanities Introductory Workshop – University of Cyprus, May 2022

Call for participants 

Digital Humanities Introductory Workshop

The Departments of Classics and Philosophy and History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus (UCY), in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, invite participants to join a 5-day Digital Humanities Introductory Workshop, to take place between 23-27 May 2022 at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia. 

The workshop will offer introductions to a range of archaeological and philological technologies, including features of EpiDoc XML, linguistic analysis (including treebanking and translation alignment), 3D Imaging, GIS, and Linked Open Geographical Data.   

The workshop will be suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and early career scholars with little or no previous experience of digital humanities. The workshop will be capped at 20 participants. A limited number of spaces will also be available for remote, asynchronous participants. Those participating physically will have to comply with UCY’s safety protocols, which will depend on the epidemiological situation during the time the event is held. Further details on the programme, preparation material (software, readings) and safety protocols will be sent to the selected participants in advance. 

In order to register, please complete the application form at <https://forms.gle/igdBo1oUYfNdY5rX8>, indicating whether you are interested in the archaeological, philological, or both parts of the workshop, and in attending physically or online by 17 March 2022. If you have any questions about the workshop in the meantime, please write to alexandrou.margarita@ucy.ac.cy


Margarita Alexandrou (Department of Classics and Philosophy, UCY)   

Maria Parani and Apostolos Sarris (Department of History and Archaeology, UCY)  

Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Study, University of London)  

Irene Vagionakis (University of Bologna and ENCODE Project)  

Valeria Vitale (The Alan Turing Institute) 

This collaborative event is organised in the context of the programme HIPPONAX (POST-DOC/0718/0119), funded by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation and hosted by the University of Cyprus, Department of Classics and Philosophy. Programme Coordinator: Professor Georgios A. Xenis; and the research project MedCyprus: A Digital Corpus of Painted Greek Inscriptions from Medieval Cyprus (10th–13th centuries AD), funded by the University of Cyprus and implemented by the Department of History and Archaeology and the Archaeological Research Unit (UCY). Project Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Maria Parani. 

2022 Spring and Summer School Courses of the London International Palaeography School

Cognitive Elements of Medieval Manuscript Layouts: Designing and Using the Folio Space, see: https://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/lips-cognitive-elements-medieval-manuscript-layouts-designing-and-using-folio-space
Date: 30 April 2021. Time: 9am-4pm GMT (10am-5pm CET).

Latin Palaeography – Early Book Hands, see: https://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/lips-latin-palaeography-early-book-hands
Date: 7 June 2022 – 8 June 2022. Time: 9am-4pm GMT (10am-5pm CET).

Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts: From Monastic Copying to University Teaching, see: https://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/lips-medieval-philosophical-and-scientific-manuscripts-monastic-copying-university-teaching
Date: 15 June 2022. Time: 9am-4pm GMT (10am-5pm CET).

The courses are online (Zoom), fully interactive and designed as small group seminars. They can be of interest to PhD and MA students and early career scholars within the fields of Classics, Medieval Studies, Byzantine Studies, Manuscript Studies, and ancient and medieval philosophy and science.

London International Palaeography School fees:
One-day online course: £100 (standard), £75 (student).
Two-day online course: £200 (standard), £150 (student).

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