Byzantine Tradition in the Barnes Collection

Byzantine Tradition in the Barnes Collection
Tuesday, July 19, 10am – 4pm

Dr. Albert C. Barnes announced in 1925 that “Modern painting developed out of mosaics,” referring to the glittering glass and stonework of the Byzantine Tradition. The arrangement of his collection seems to support this bold claim. Modern and Byzantine objects are often displayed together—including a 16th- or 17th-century icon of the Nativity in an ensemble with paintings by Renoir—highlighting their shared visual qualities and connecting past and present experiences of art. This one-day workshop explores the art of the Byzantium, its role in Dr. Barnes’s collection, and the profound impact it had on modern artists like Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Giorgio de Chirico.


Amy Gillette is a research associate at the Barnes. She earned her PhD in art history from Temple University, specializing in late medieval art and architecture. Her publications address the music of angels in Gothic and Byzantine art and the formation of medieval collections in Philadelphia during the Gothic Revival movement.

Kaelin Jewell is a member of the adult education faculty at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.


CFP: Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West


Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West

Online workshop | Tufts University & Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio | 9-10 February 2023



Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Tufts University

Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, University of Vienna | Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio


Throughout the Middle Ages, artificial illumination was used to draw attention to and enhance the symbolism of certain areas, objects, and persons inside Christian sacred spaces. The strategies usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analyzed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, have received less scholarly attention. The uses of artificial light in churches were likely shaped by aspects such as inherited practices, the imitation of other societies, as well as by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters.

Following a similar workshop that focused on natural light, which showed how uses of sunlight reveal patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world throughout the Middle Ages, this workshop invites papers on the economy of artificial light in medieval churches across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea. Whether innovative or inspired by the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are to be examined in order to understand how artificial light was used in ecclesiastical spaces, and how it brought together the architecture, decoration, objects, and rituals.

Following the workshop, select papers will be revised and published in a volume that will complement the edited collection that resulted from the workshop on natural light, which is currently in print with Brill.

Proposals for 20-min. papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at alice.sullivan[at] and vladimir.ivanovici[at] by 1 September 2022. Please include in the email subject line “Artificial Light Proposal.”

Postdocs in the History of Science and Medieval Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study

The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton NJ) is offering two postdocs in  History of Science and Medieval Studies.

The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding, or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests is the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science, and late modern history. Support is available each year for one scholar in music studies. A Ph.D. (or equivalent) and influential publications are required.

For the current admission cycle, two postdoctoral fellowships in the disciplines of History of Science and Medieval Studies will also be available. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have received their Ph.D. degrees after 1 July 2020 and before 1 September 2022. Postdoc fellowships are for one year and renewable for a second. Residence in Princeton during term time for both members and postdoc fellowships is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their research. Scholars can find further information in the announcement on the web at or on the School’s website, Inquiries by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540, or by email address:

Deadline: 15 October 2022.

Fourth International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies – Byzantinist Society of Cyprus

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (BSC/ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Fourth International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of March 2023.

Scholars, researchers, and students are encouraged to present their  ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Deadline for abstracts: December 19, 2022.

Lecture series: From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine: Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage

Dear colleagues,
Please find attached the general poster for our lecture series From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine: Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage. This series is co-organized by Dumbarton OaksNorth of Byzantium, and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.
This series is generously sponsored and endorsed by the following institutions and organizations:
Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Details about the series will be regularly updated on our respective websites. The recording of the inaugural lecture is already available here.
Please join the email list here to receive updates.
Thank you for supporting this important initiative!
Best wishes,
Alice Isabella Sullivan

Tufts University | North of Byzantium
Maria Alessia Rossi
Princeton University | North of Byzantium
Suzanna Ivanič
University of Kent | Connected Central European Worlds
Tomasz Grusiecki
Boise State University | Connected Central European Worlds
Nikos D. Kontogiannis
Dumbarton Oaks
Anatole Tchikine
Dumbarton Oaks

Job Opening: Editorial Assistant for Studies in Late Antiquity

Job Opening: Editorial Assistant for Studies in Late Antiquity

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Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is a journal that provides a forum for scholarly research on global Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE). This field-leading, international journal is published quarterly by University of California Press and is currently operated at Princeton University. We seek an editorial assistant for SLA who will oversee editorial management of the day-to-day operations of the journal. A cover letter is required as part of the application process and can be submitted as an iFORM. This is a one-year term position, subject to renewal based on performance and funding.

The primary responsibilities of the editorial assistant will include coordinating the peer-review, copy-editing, production and publication processes of the journal. In addition, the editorial assistant will provide organizational and logistical support for the senior Editorial team of the journal, including oversight of the book-review team, coordination of bi-annual meetings of the Editorial Board, and promotion of the journal.

PhD and minimum one year of experience
Proficiency in several editorial computer packages
Skills and knowledge in relevant research, editorial, and administrative software
Knowledge of the study of the ancient Mediterranean and West Asian world from one or more disciplinary perspectives (e.g., history, art history, archaeology, comparative literature, religious studies, linguistics)
Experience conducting historical research
Ability to work collaboratively with scholars, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and in various fields and departments
Ability to multi-task and manage projects in accordance with appropriate timelines

Skills and experience in editing, copyediting, proofreading, and managing the editorial process
Multilingual a plus, especially in one or more languages of modern scholarship (e.g., German, French, Italian, Hebrew) and one or more languages of the ancient or late ancient world (e.g., Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic)

For full consideration, please apply by June 30, 2022.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours: 18.13
Eligible for Overtime: No
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Dumbarton Oaks Library Reopening Procedures

Dumbarton Oaks research library will be opening its doors to readers again starting June 6, 2022.  Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19, the number of readers who can use the library each will be limited each day. All readers must provide proof of having received an approved COVID vaccination and booster, must wear a securely fitting mask while inside the Library, and must provide proof of a negative COVID test. Readers are currently not permitted to enter the Refectory building; current information on access to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and Museum can be found online:

Please contact for more information.

Workshop on ancient and medieval “urbanities” (10-11 June, Fondation Hardt)

The international workshop
The city’s finest: exploring notions of “urbanity” between East and West, from antiquity to the Middle Ages,
will take place at the Fondation Hardt (Vandœvres, Geneva) on June 10 and 11, 2022. The event is organised by the University of Geneva (Département des Sciences de l’Antiquité, Unité de Grec) and is co-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Société Académique de Genève.
Should you be interested in participating (both in person and remotely via Zoom) or should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address:




Egypt was part of the Roman world for seven centuries, from the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 BC to the annexation of Egypt by the Rashidun caliphate in AD 646. This dynamic period saw the exchange of languages, cultural and religious ideas and concepts across borders, including the spread the Egyptian Isis cult into the Roman West and the emergence of Christian monastic culture in Egypt’s deserts. We call for proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars across diverse disciplines such as Egyptology, Classical archaeology, art history and religious studies, examining the ways in which cross-cultural encounters between Egypt and the Roman Empire resulted in the exchange of religions and ideas, and impacted visual and material culture. We welcome papers dealing with any Roman or Byzantine province, including Egypt; papers focusing on the Western Roman provinces are particularly encouraged.

The conference will take place on 13 and 14 April 2023, at the British School at Rome and the Norwegian Institute in Rome. Please send abstracts to Maiken Mosleth King (Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Bristol) at by 4 September 2022. We look forward to hearing from you.

Archaeology of İzmİr: an internatıonal symposium, İzmir, November 17-18, 2022

The Department of Archaeology is glad to inform you that the first international symposium of this annual series will take place on November 17-18, 2022 at the DEU in İzmir with a focus on latest archaeological discoveries on the region of İzmir in western Turkey. Since the 15th century archaeologically and historically İzmir became a special focus in the fields of ancient Anatolian studies. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of archaeological research concerning İzmir from the Paleolithic period until the end of the Ottoman period. Thematic and geographical focus of the first symposium will be latest archaeological research in İzmir and its close surrounding in Ionia, Aeolis, Lydia and Upper Cayster Valley in the administrative territories of the today’s Turkish province of İzmir.

Intended to bring together scholars of archaeology, ancient history, historical geography, epigraphy and other related disciplines in ancient Anatolian studies to discuss a range of issues concerning this region’s archaeology and history, this symposium should be an excellent opportunity to increase our knowledge about this region. The following theme groups are the main questions of the symposium which are prescriptive:

– Recent archaeological field projects (excavations and surveys) and museum studies as well as discoveries in and around İzmir,

– İzmir in ancient mythology,

– Prehistory and protohistorical researches in İzmir,

– İzmir during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods,

– İzmir in ancient authors, eg. Homer, Herodotus, Strabo etc.,

– Ethno-cultural landscape of ancient İzmir and ethnoarchaeology,

– Epigraphical research in İzmir,

– Numismatic research in İzmir: circulations, dynamics and mechanisms,

– Relationships between İzmir and other cities of Ionia, the Achaemenid Empire as well as other neighbouring regions,

– Historical geography and settlement patterns in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine İzmir,

– Ancient roads, routes and population in İzmir,

– İzmir as a part of the Roman province Asia and the “seven churches of Apocalypse”,

– The province İzmir under the tetrarchy reform of Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 296,

– Population and settlement boom in the “Justinianic” era in the region of İzmir,

– Archaeometric researches in İzmir,

– Miscellanea.

On these themes and questions, all approaches and methods susceptible to bring some progress to our current knowledge are of course welcome: archaeology, ancient history, classics, historical geography, epigraphy, numismatic, history of art, cultural anthropology etc. English is the official language of the symposium and both abstracts as well as papers should be written and presented in English. The symposium will take place live at the Faculty of Letters of the DEU in Buca, İzmir as well as virtually on a conference platform (most probably on Zoom). The proceedings of the symposium will be published in December 2022. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on November 19 to the archaeological sites in the metropolitan area of İzmir.

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before September 9, 2022. Our e-mail address is: or

Every abstract submitted to our symposium should at least be two pages, but not exceed four pages in total, and must include two or three figures related to its subject.

For all your queries concerning the symposium our phone number is: +90.539.577 07 33 (Professor Ergün Laflı).

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