Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures, Spring 2022 Series

The lectures will take place at 4pm (CET) and will be accessible to everyone via Zoom. The recordings of all the previous online lectures are available on the DBBE YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm085S1xRlDi5LQ5t5NMRFw
More information and links to the individual lectures can be found on: https://www.projectdbbe.ugent.be/lectures/.

Thursday 17 February 2022
Brad Hostetler, Ekphrasis and Epigrams on Byzantine Art

Thursday 17 March 2022
Nina Sietis, Reading ‘la plume à la main’: Case Studies of Secondary Metrical Paratexts

Thursday 21 April 2022
Luise Marion Frenkel, The Diaphanous Reputation of Late Antique Patristic Authors on the Byzantine Folio

Tuesday 17 May 2022
Manolis Patedakis, Some Aspects of Theodore Prodromos’ Poetry in the Tetrasticha on Chapters From the Old and New Testament

Tuesday 14 June 2022
Aglae Pizzone, Patrons and Heroes in the Book Epigrams of the Voss. Gr. Q1

CFP – The Architecture of Medieval Port Cities: Italy and the Mediterranean

Convivium X/1, 2023 thematic issue:
The Architecture of Medieval Port Cities: Italy and the Mediterranean

Edited by Sarah K. Kozlowski (The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History) and Kristen Streahle (Hollins University)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2022
Deadline for manuscripts: 31 August 2022
Deadline for complete articles: 31 January 2023

Recent scholarship has explored port cities of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean—from the Iberian peninsula, to Italy and North Africa, to the Levant—as complex sites of artistic encounter, exchange, and mobility. In dialogue with current research on the movement of artworks, materials, and people across the Mediterranean world, we invite art and architectural historians, archeologists, and historians to consider the forms and cultural dynamics of port cities themselves. These natural and built environments both configure relationships between land, sea, and the world beyond, and create unique spatial, cultural, social, and economic conditions for artistic production and transformation.

Building upon research presented in “Architecture and Mediation in Medieval Mediterranean Port Cities,” a panel held at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Spring 2020, the co-editors will bring together a collection of essays in a special issue of the journal Convivium, which will be published in April 2023.

Two lines of questioning animate the project. First, how do the physical and material forms of port cities configure and even thematize relationships between land and sea, arrival and departure, openness and closure? Along this line of questioning, we invite contributions that treat topics including but not limited to:

– the design and construction of port infrastructure in relation to hydro-topographic organization;

– ports and their cities as parts of larger systems of borders and frontiers, including strategies of closure, obstruction, and delay (for example, harbor chains, towers, and quarantine stations);

– architectural responses to natural disasters such as disease, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions; and

– urban planning, architectural design and materials, and programs of ornament that figure relationships between a port city and the broader cultural and economic
networks of which it is part.

Second, how do the natural, built, and social environments of port cities mediate and shape artistic circulation and exchange? Contributors may approach this question through investigations of:

– social and legal mechanisms for the movement of artists, architects, builders, engineers, and workshops;

– patterns and logistics in the transport of materials;

– mediums of knowledge transfer such as drawings, model books, and plans;

– representations of port cities in maps, illuminated manuscripts, mercantile handbooks, and travel accounts; and

– topographical, functional, and social dynamics between a city’s port and its neighborhoods of artisans and artists.

We welcome contributions that focus on these and other questions related to the architecture of port cities of the Italian peninsula and islands, as well as Italian port cities within the context of broader Mediterranean networks, circa 700–1600 CE. We encourage investigations of understudied connections between Italy and the wider world (for example, between Italy and northern Africa) as well as new approaches to well-studied connections. Our aim is to assemble a constellation of essays that relate to and converse with each other geographically, chronologically, thematically, and methodologically, presenting the very latest research in the field and opening new avenues for future work.

Further information on: http://www.earlymedievalstudies.com/convivium.html

Submission: Abstracts of 500–600 words should be sent to Sarah Kozlowski and Kristen Streahle (ConviviumX1@gmail.com). After acceptance of an abstract by the editors, the manuscript of the article will be submitted to a process of double-blind peer review.

J. P. Gumbert Dissertation Award 2022

The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at Universität Hamburg announces the J. P. GUMBERT DISSERTATION AWARD 2022 for a doctoral dissertation defended in 2021.
Johan Peter Gumbert (1936-2016) was Professor and Professor Emeritus of Western Palaeography and Codicology at Leiden University from 1979 to 2001, and an expert on Latin and Dutch manuscripts. As a frequent guest at the Universität Hamburg, Professor Gumbert was associated with the CSMC from its very beginning as well as with the COMSt-Network (Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies).
The successful dissertation contributes to any aspect of the study of manuscripts and other written artefacts from fields such as art history, history, codicology, epigraphy, material sciences, palaeography, or philology. Its research focus can be on any period or region. The dissertation must be written in English.
The award includes a prize money of 5,000 Euro and a fellowship for a research stay at CSMC. Nominations can be submitted by the first or second supervisor or by the doctoral students themselves. Members of CSMC or Universität Hamburg are excluded.

Nominations must include:
• the doctoral dissertation thesis
• one review by the supervisor and final PhD certificate
• curriculum vitae
• a half-page statement describing in which respect the dissertation has established new grounds for the study of written artefacts beyond one discipline.

Please send nominations to applications.csmc@uni-hamburg.de before Friday, 25 March 2022, 12:00 pm CET (the deadline is not negotiable). Files must be in PDF format and attachments must NOT exceed 20 MB in sum; for attachments larger than 20 MB, please use a file hosting service.

Sources in Early Poetics (Brill)

Announcing SOURCES IN EARLY POETICS, a new book series published by Brill

Online launch 16 March 2022 free with registration featuring addresses from the editors and a roundtable discussion with Prof. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge), Prof. Rita Copeland (Penn), Dr Lara Harb (Princeton), Prof. Filippomaria Pontani (Venice), and other discussants to be confirmed shortly!

Sources in Early Poetics publishes primary sources in literary criticism from Greco-Roman antiquity to the Enlightenment. Cutting across established period and disciplinary divides, the series emphasizes both the essential continuity and the inventive range of over two millennia of criticism in the West and its neighbouring traditions. From the Levant to the Americas, from Greek and Latin to Arabic, Hebrew, and the rising vernaculars, Sources in Early Poetics provides a forum for new materials and perspectives in the long, cosmopolitan history of literary thought.

The series publishes editions of single works as well as collections of shorter texts by one or more authors, with facing-page English translations provided for all non-English texts. We also publish English translations of works available in adequate editions elsewhere, but unavailable in authoritative and accessible English renderings. Special attention is given to unpublished, unedited, and untranslated sources, especially those remaining in manuscript.

The series has its origin in Poetics before Modernity (https://www.poeticsbeforemodernity.net/), an international project founded by the General Editors in 2016. In addition to sponsoring Sources in Early Poetics and other publications, the project also organizes events and collaborates with affiliated institutions, and is backed by an extensive Advisory Board, featuring some of the most distinguished scholars in the field.

General Editors
Vladimir Brljak (Durham)
Micha Lazarus (Warburg Institute)

Baukje van den Berg (Central European University)
Elsa Bouchard (University of Montreal)
Bryan Brazeau (University of Warwick)
Andrew Kraebel (Trinity University)

Advisory Board
Gavin Alexander (Cambridge), Jan Bloemendal (Huygens), Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania), Anders Cullhed (Stockholm), Pierre Destrée (U catholique de Louvain), Kathy Eden (Columbia), Roland Greene (Stanford), Beatrice Gründler (Freie U Berlin), Stephen Halliwell (St Andrews), Lara Harb (Princeton), Philip Hardie (Cambridge), Bernhard Huss (Freie U Berlin), Ian Johnson (St Andrews), Casper de Jonge (Leiden), Pauline LeVen (Yale), Martin McLaughlin (Oxford), Alastair Minnis (Yale), Glenn W. Most (Chicago/MPWG Berlin), Stratis Papaioannou (Crete), Aglae Pizzone (Southern Denmark), Filippomaria Pontani (Venice), James Porter (UC Berkeley), Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard), Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (KCL), Peter T. Struck (Pennsylvania), María José Vega Ramos (U Autònoma de Barcelona), Zhang Longxi (City U of Hong Kong), Jan Ziolkowski (Harvard)

CFP for MLA panel: The Literary Mediterranean

CFP for MLA panel: The Literary Mediterranean
January 2023, San Francisco

This panel invites proposals that rethink questions of Mediterranean connectivity in terms of (world) literature. Scholars are invited to conceptualize Mediterranean Studies beyond historical inquiry and consider literary possibilities.

250-300-word abstracts and bio to reemtaha@ucsb.edu.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 14 March 2022

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Byzantine-related content for Mapping Eastern Europe


Byzantine-related content for Mapping Eastern Europe

Mapping Eastern Europe is a platform intended to promote study, teaching, and research about Eastern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries through historical and thematic overviews, case-studies and videos of monuments and objects, ongoing projects, as well as reviews of books and exhibitions.

This year, we are expanding our content with more Byzantine-related entries!

If you are interested in contributing to this project with a case study and/or a historical or thematic overview, please let us know by completing this FORM by February 15, 2022.

Please enter your name, affiliation, and email. In the comments section, specify the topic, title, and entry type (long-form case study, video case study, historical overview, or thematic overview) that you would be interested in submitting. Entries are in the range of 1000-2000 words, and video case studies are ~10min long.

We will make final decisions and will be in touch with each author by March 1, 2022. Authors will then be asked to follow a template, and entries will be thoroughly reviewed and edited prior to publication. Each author will receive a modest honorarium for each contribution. Final submissions will be due May 1, 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maria Alessia Rossi, PhD | Princeton University

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD | Tufts University

AIEB Grants for junior scholars

AIEB Grants for junior scholars

The AIEB is pleased to announce that it is able to offer a limited number of grants for junior scholars to participate at the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, 22-27 August 2022 Venice/Padua, with a paper or poster presentation.

Amount: 500 EUR, payable to successful applicants via bank transfer (we regret that this is the ONLY method of transferring funds to those who are selected for an award).

Maximum number of grants: 50.

Eligibility: PhD Students in Byzantine Studies, and both non-affiliated and affiliated postdoctoral scholars in the field of Byzantine Studies. Applicants of all nationalities except permanent residents of Italy are eligible. Applicants should be under the age of 40 (born 1982 or later). Non-registered participants and those without a paper submitted by the appropriate deadlines (therefore not already included into the program) cannot receive a grant.

Please note: all deadlines having passed (see https://byzcongress2022.org/deadlines/), no new proposals can be accepted for free communications, posters and thematic sessions of free communications, or for round tables. Proposals submitted by these deadlines have been accepted and included in the program.

Process: All applicants whose paper, communication, poster, round table or other presentation has been accepted should first write to registration@byzcongress2022.org and request a letter of confirmation of their participation. They should then submit to the selection committee at: scholarships@aiebnet.gr a brief emailed request for support, together with the confirmation letter and other application documentation (see below). The subject line of the email should consist of the applicant name and the term byzgrant2022, for example: lefebvre byzgrant2022.

PhD students should include a signed letter of recommendation from their supervisor which also serves as a confirmation of their status; postdoctoral scholars should submit a signed recommendation letter from the director of their research program or from a senior scholar.

The letter of confirmation (1) should be accompanied by (2) their letter of recommendation, (3) a brief 1-page Curriculum Vitae and (4) a short abstract of their congress paper, communication or poster presentation (ca. 600 characters). All documents should be attached as pdf files to their brief email request for support. Please ensure that each file is clearly marked with your name.

Deadlines for applications: March 15th 2022. Successful grant recipients will be informed by April 5th 2022 (applicants who have not received notification by April 6th 2022 may assume that their application has not been successful). The deadline for registration and payment of the congress fee for successful applicants is April 30th 2022.


Deadline: March 15, 2022

W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Eligibility:  Greek nationals, including staff of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, doctoral candidates, and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities. For further information about ARIT: https://aritweb.org/. A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. The application includes a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), and two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. For more information about the application, visit: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/fellowships-and-grants.

Questions? Email: application@ascsa.org
The awards will be announced in late spring.

Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

About the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series on the Impact of Greek Culture seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous grant from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist. This series of lectures aim to examine the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.

Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar will be selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public “keystone” lectures, which will be delivered at Athens, Greece and the United States. These talks will be accompanied by publications, podcasts, and other appropriate media to maximize exposure and engagement.

Peter Frankopan’s Selection as Inaugural Speaker

Dr. Peter Frankopan has been selected as the inaugural speaker. His first lecture entitled “Greece: Beginnings” was delivered on October 7, 2021 in the American School’s auditorium Cotsen Hall and covered the period c.7000BC-end of the classical world. The second lecture “Greece: Legacies” will cover the period from c.630-c.1600 and will be delivered on March 16, 2022, Washington, D.C. (venue to be determined), while the third and final “Greece: Futures” will cover the period from 1600 to the present day and take place on May 10, 2022 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City.

Talks Summary

The story of Greece and the Greeks has been told for thousands of years by some of the most important and elegant voices in human history: poets, philosophers and scholars thought deeply about how and why a culture in the Aegean became so vibrant and successful. These voices all had one thing in common. They looked at their own world from the inside out; some, like Herodotus, took a great interest in other parts of the world. But for many, the non-Hellenic world was one of threats and dangers, of rivalry.

These lectures will tell a different story of Hellenic civilisation. They will look at the connections, that mean we should understand Greece and Greek culture within a much wider context, linked to Africa, to the Middle East and to Asia. They will explore how Greek ideas and thought were formed by influences, borrowings and competition from other cultures – and equally, how others borrowed from Greece, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. The talks will paint the history of Greece and its peoples on a canvas covering thousands of years, from the Neolithic to the classical world, from Byzantium to the 21st century. In doing so, it will consider the importance of the role of warfare, of inequality and gender, of climate change, pandemic disease, and of course arts and culture.

About Dr. Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan’s academic interests include the history of the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and China. His book The First Crusade: The Call from the East looks at the Crusades not from the perspective of the Latin West but of Constantinople and Byzantium. It was described as making “the most significant contribution to rethinking the origins and course of the First Crusade for a generation” (TLS). This followed on from Dr. Frankopan’s translation of The Alexiad (Penguin Classics, 2009) by Anna Komnene, perhaps the most famous of all Byzantine histories.

His book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was described as “magnificent” (Sunday Times) and “not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades” (Berliner Zeitung). A New York Times Best Seller, it has topped the non-fiction charts all around the world, including in the U.K., India, and China. It was also named Daily Telegraph’s History Book of the Year and one of Sunday Times’ books of the decade (2010–2019).

Dr. Frankopan’s most recent book, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, is a “masterly mapping out of a new world order” (Evening Standard). In 2019, it was awarded the Carical Prize for Social Sciences in Italy, when Dr. Frankopan also won Germany’s prestigious Calliope Prize.

Dr. Frankopan advises governments, inter-government agencies, and multi-lateral organizations about the past, present, and future, including UNIDO, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank. He writes regularly in the national and international press about history and its relevance to understanding the world around us.

In 2019, Dr. Frankopan was named one of the “World’s 50 Top Thinkers” by Prospect Magazine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been President of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs since 2020.

AISEES Fellowships and Travel Grants: 2022-2023

AISEES offers fellowships and travel grants designed to promote research by North American scholars in southeastern Europe and support scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to attend professional conferences of international importance. AISEES will award three fellowships of up to $3000.00 each to North American scholars and advanced graduate students to conduct research in one or more of the countries of southeastern Europe during the 2022-2023 academic year. AISEES will also award three grants of up to $2500.00 each to scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to present a paper at a recognized scholarly meeting or conference of international importance. A third grant offers 1800 euro to a U.S. student who will participate on one of the archaeology or preservation projects of the Balkan Heritage Foundation.

Information about the fellowship and grants program and application forms: https://aisees.org/fellowships-grants/

Graduate/Postdoctorate Fellowship
Applications Due | March 31, 2022

Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships

Travel Grant
Applications Due | March 15 and September 15 of each year

Travel Grants for SE European scholars living in SE Europe

AISEES Summer 2022 Scholarship with Balkan Heritage Foundation
Applications Due | April 15, 2022

AISEES 2022 Summer Scholarship with BHF

About The American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES)


Incorporated in 2016, AISEES is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting scholarly contacts and cultural exchanges between North America and southeastern Europe. AISEES was developed to promote greater knowledge of southeastern Europe and encourage research in all aspects of humanities and social sciences related to the countries in this region, including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

A partner of AISEES, the Balkan Heritage Foundation (https://www.bhfieldschool.org/) supports the protection, conservation, management and promotion of cultural and historical heritage of southeastern Europe as a precondition for sustainable development in the region. BHF organizes several archaeological field schools and educational programs in the Balkans for undergraduate and graduate students.

A partner of AISEES, the North of Byzantium Initiative (https://www.northofbyzantium.org/) is a group with links to Princeton University and the University of Michigan that supports the study of medieval art, architecture, and visual culture in eastern Europe. Through events, publications, and resources, the initiative addresses issues of visual eclecticism in art and architecture, patronage, the transfer of artistic ideas and styles, and charts how cross-cultural exchange operated in regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north, which developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic cultural spheres.

To learn more about AISEES, please contact us at AISEESorg@gmail.com

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