Bucharest Spring School – May 2022 CfA

Open Call

Local archaeologies and their interdisciplinary practices

A Spring School in the framework of the international research program

The Construction of Knowledge in Archaeology and Art History in Southeastern Europe

Getty Foundation and the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia

Host: New Europe College Institute for Advanced Study

Bucharest, 9-15 May 2022

The Jaroslav Folda Archive

The History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University would like to announce the existence of its Jaroslav Folda Archive (https://go.depaul.edu/foldaarchive). The Folda Archive, housed in the department, is a collection of slides, photographs, books, and object files from the private library of Jaroslav Folda (Professor Emeritus, UNC, ChapelHill). These materials relate to the study of the medieval world, with a particular emphasis on the Latin Kingdom and its affiliated states. Archive images and books will eventually be searchable online. In the meantime, please contact Prof. Lisa Mahoney at FoldaArchive@depaul.edu for image and object file requests. The archive does not lend its materials, but they are available for in-person consultation to both DePaul faculty and students and to outside researchers. Desks will open for this purpose in July of 2022, provided COVID protocols allow for it.


Job: Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects

Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects
New York University: NYU – NY: Division of Libraries
Location: New York, NY
Open Date: Nov 17, 2021

The Library of Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks an Assistant Research Scholar (ARS) to help develop and support its growing portfolio of digital projects and services and to participate in the scholarly life of the ISAW community. A key component of the ISAW Library’s mission is to provide access to and support for new and innovative forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in ancient studies. The ARS will help the ISAW Library fulfill this charge by collaborating with a diverse group of academic professionals at ISAW and other schools and divisions of NYU on the development and support of some or all of the following types of projects and services: digital libraries; digital publications; open linked-data projects; digital mapping; archaeological databases; and the digital preservation of ancient studies data and scholarship. The ARS will have the opportunity to contribute to the design and support of digital humanities curricula and public programming at ISAW. Finally, in addition to publishing and presenting on ISAW digital projects and services in appropriate academic and industry venues, the Assistant or Associate Research Scholar will be encouraged to pursue an independent research agenda in any area of ancient studies, information science, digital humanities, or at the intersection of any of these fields.

The Assistant Research Scholar is a full-time continuing appointment, reporting to the Head of the ISAW Library.

Under the supervision of the Head of the ISAW Library, the Assistant Research Scholar will:

  • Participate in the planning, implementation, support, and ongoing development of ISAW digital projects and services
  • Write and document code for ISAW digital projects, databases, and web applications
  • Work closely with ISAW colleagues, staff, and faculty to help develop and provide high-quality instruction and research support for the ISAW community
  • Contribute to the design and supervision of internships and graduate student practica at ISAW related to digital projects, computational humanities, digital libraries, and digital publishing
  • Participate in the identification of, application to, and fulfillment of grant-funded projects related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing
  • Participate in the planning and organization of public programming related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing


  • Graduate degree in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission or an MLIS
  • Experience with metadata processing, batch-loading, and transformation tools, such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, or other similar tools
  • Familiarity with a programming language, such as Python, R, Java, and/or Ruby
  • Familiarity with collaborative open-source development using tools such as GitHub
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description, access, and open scholarly practices
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, project management, and instructional skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team of mixed professionals in an academic environment

Preferred not required:

  • A PhD in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission
  • Two or more years of experience with a digital humanities research or resource project
  • Familiarity with metadata in a digital library environment and/or traditional MARC-based systems
  • Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas and their applications, such as Linked Open Data (LOD), MODS, RDF, and XML
  • Experience with digital mapping and major tools (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, Leaflet)
  • Experience with digital imaging and on-line dissemination of imagery (e.g., IIIF)
  • Ability to work with a web framework (e.g., Flask, Django, Ruby on Rails) or a static website generator (e.g., Jekyll)
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the modern or ancient languages relevant to the areas of study at ISAW
  • Experience in archaeological field projects, museum curation, or other types of material culture projects

Application Instructions
We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your resume and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Splendor Far Away: Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople


January 25, 2022
19:00 (Turkey), 17:00 (CEST)

The Splendor Far Away
Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople
Emir Alışık, Istanbul University

’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture is an exhibition organized by Istanbul Research Institute for Pera Museum. It explores multiple and conflicting meanings of Byzantinism, and questions popular culture’s interaction with the Byzantine legacy by scrutinizing a selection of topoi representing Byzantium in popular culture. The exhibition coins four topoi – Sailing to Byzantium, Jewel of the World, Riotous Colors, and Cloak and Dagger – which crosscut artistic genres and mediums, such as literature, music, comics and graphic novels, illustrations, video games, movies, and fashion. The first two topoi largely define Byzantinisms that are built upon the attributes of Byzantium/ Constantinople – both the empire and the city – and its monuments. The latter group explains the inner workings and interrelations of the peoples of Byzantium.

This talk will discuss each topos with exemplary artworks to illustrate how the sections of the exhibition came to being.

Emir Alışık is the curator of the exhibition ’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture at the Pera Museum.

— Zoom admission code after registration to event@sri.org.tr —

New Book – The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity

Yuliya Minets. The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity. Cambridge University Press, December 2021.

This is the story of the transformation of the ways in which the increasingly Christianized elites of the late antique Mediterranean experienced and conceptualized linguistic differences. The metaphor of Babel stands for the magnificent edifice of classical culture that was about to reach the sky, but remained self-sufficient and self-contained in its virtual monolingualism – the paradigm within which even Latin was occasionally considered just a dialect of Greek. The gradual erosion of this vision is the slow fall of Babel that took place in the hearts and minds of a good number of early Christian writers and intellectuals who represented various languages and literary traditions. This step-by-step process included the discovery and internalization of the existence of multiple other languages in the world, as well as subsequent attempts to incorporate their speakers meaningfully into the holistic and distinctly Christian picture of the universe.

Procopius and the Language of Buildings

Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar – Special Series
Procopius and the Language of Buildings
Wednesdays at 5.30 pm (UK time)

Register in advance for this on-line series:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

(W1) 19 January
M. Whiting, E. Turquois, M. Ritter (Mainz and Halle) Introduction to the DFG project “Procopius and the Language of Buildings”
Marlena Whiting (Mainz and Halle): Networks and the City: Building a network-based model of De Aed. I.

(W2) 26 January
Elodie Turquois (Mainz): Reworking the Buildings: The shorter recension as a later epitome

(W3) 2 February
Efthymios Rizos (Serres): Long Walls and Linear Barriers in the South Balkan Provinces

(W4) 9 February
Jim Crow (Edinburgh): Procopius, De Aedificiis and Eastern Thrace: Is absence the highest form of presence?

(W5) 16 February
Alkiviadis Ginalis (Istanbul): Procopius and the reflection of water landscapes in the 6th century

(W6) 23 February
Olivier Gengler (Tübingen): Building Stories: Constantinople in Malalas and Procopius

(W7) 2 March
Kerim Altuğ (Istanbul): Re-building Byzantium: Archaeological evidence on the construction activities under Justinian in Constantinople and its neighbourhoods

(W8) 9 March
Miranda Williams (Oxford): “He restored all the dismantled fortresses in Libya” (Aed. vi.5.7): Reassessing the Justinianic fortification programme in North Africa

Convened by:
Marlena Whiting, Elodie Turquois, Max Ritter (University of Mainz)
Ine Jacobs, Ida Toth, Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford)

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media, including extensive material relating to the art and architecture of the late Antique and Medieval eastern Mediterranean. Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join a team working to create comprehensive access to photographic and archival documentation of the Byzantine world held by ICFA.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Studies Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) with processing, cataloging, and interpreting these collections. To date, much of the exhaustive documentation produced by the Byzantine Institute of America, including its work at Hagia Sophia, has been published in Harvard’s HOLLIS Images platform alongside documentation of San Marco in Venice and late Antique and medieval monuments in Syria. Collections awaiting online publication include extensive architectural studies of Hagia Sophia created by Robert van Nice, photographic documentation of monuments in Anatolia, the Levant and North Africa, and mosaics throughout the north Adriatic. Dumbarton Oaks is contributing content to open access platforms and is also exploring artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision techniques to enhance access to photographic collections. Outcomes of the fellowship may include scholarly publications on Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology as well as contributions to digital humanities and further expansion of the online gateway to the Byzantine collections of ICFA. This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefiting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will participate fully in Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.


  • PhD in Art History or Archaeology with a specialization in Byzantine Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Byzantine art and architecture through archaeological excavation, museum curation, or other demonstrable close study and engagement.
  • Excellent research skills, particularly in the use of archival and photographic collections.


  • Experience in a research library, archive, special collection, museum, or comparable environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience using relational databases, collection management software, and electronic library resources.
  • Experience with digital photography or digitization of photographs, slides, negatives, and other media, including photo editing software.


This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year and the health insurance plan available to Fellows.

Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2022, to FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, a statement of interest describing their professional and academic experience (1000 words) and should secure two letters of recommendation, to be sent under separate cover directly by the recommender to: FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. The Fellowship will begin on July 1, 2022. Applicants must have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD by the time of application and must have received the PhD no later than June 30, 2022, and no earlier than July 31, 2018.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

BSANA funding for the International Congress of Byzantine Studies

For the first time in its history, BSANA is offering funds to support graduate and early career scholars who are presenting papers at the International Congress. Funds are limited, and are intended to supplement institutional or outside funding.

Eligibility is open to graduate students and early career contingent scholars who have received their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. Applicants are required to be BSANA members in good standing (renew or become a member here), and to provide documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration. Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline has been extended to February 15.
In addition to completing the online application form, please send documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration to the BSANA Vice President (bsana.vp@gmail.com). Awards of a minimum of $600 will be distributed to applicants with demonstrated need on a first-come, first-served basis. Review of applications will begin immediately. After April 2 applications will no longer be considered.

On the online form, applicants will be asked to submit a list of other sources of funding they expect to receive or are applying for, as well as an estimated budget. Applicants will also be asked if they identify as a Byzantinist of Color to determine eligibility for subsequent funding to be made available by the BSANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition

Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition
NEH Summer Institute | June 5-25 2022 | Bradley University | Peoria, IL

Intended for university and college faculty, this institute focuses on the history and culture of Middle Eastern Christians in the Middle East and American society. This three-week institute will guide educators in developing curricula on Middle Eastern Christianity in its broadest senses. Participants will work with specialists from various humanistic disciplines who will share their expertise on religion, language, culture, and inter-religious dynamics in historical and contemporary contexts. The Institute includes educational visits to Arab Christian communities in central Illinois. This institute will be held in-person.


  • Foster interdisciplinary scholarly relationships
  • Develop curricula based on primary sources from a variety of disciplines
  • Cultivate a pedagogical community for sharing and innovating teaching

Participants will receive a stipend of $2,850. Higher education faculty and advanced graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Details & Application: https://bradley.edu/middle-east-christianity
Inquiries: Jason Zaborowki, project co-director, (309) 677-2444
Email: NEH_Mideast_Christianity@bradley.edu

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