Mary Jaharis Center Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary

The Mary Jaharis Center is pleased to announce our second lecture of 2021–2022: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium. In this lecture, Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine, considers the ways in which notions of salvation were sonically articulated in the Divine Liturgy during the Middle Byzantine period. Tracing the Gospel lectionary from text to illustration to recitation, Professor Betancourt explores how Byzantine artists produced a unified experience that took into consideration not only the text of the Gospel, but also how it would appear to the reader and his audience within the context of the Divine Liturgy.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021  | 2:00–3:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time, UTC -5) | Zoom
The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium
Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 11:00 AM (EST) on November 30, 2021. Register:

Part of the Boston Byzantine Music Festival Lecture Series exploring the musical heritage of the Byzantine Empire. The Boston Byzantine Music Festival is a program of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Be sure to also sign up for the special events.

Presentation on the Work of the St. Catherine Foundation over the last twenty years
Thursday, December 9; 6:00-7:00pm with reception from 7:00-8:30pm
Plenary Lecture, “Mirror Images through Byzantine Eyes,” Hieromonk Father Justin Sinaites, Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai
Friday, December 10; 6:30-7:30pm with reception from 7:30-9:00pm
Byzantine Art up close with Dr. Gerhard Lutz
Friday, December 10; 10:00am – 1:00pm
HoloLens Experience of the Red Monastery
Friday, December 10; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Breakfast and Private Gallery Viewing
Saturday, December 11; 7:00-9:00am
Mary Jaharis Center Graduate Programming
Thursday, December 9; 5:00-6:00pm: Byzantine Studies and Museum Careers Panel (light snacks)
Friday, December 10; 12:15-1:45pm: Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Topics for Graduate Students Discussion (lunch)
Sunday, December 12; 8:00-9:00am; Graduate Student Job Talk and Teaching Demonstrations Workshop (informal breakfast)

George P. Majeska (1936–2021)

George P. Majeska
April 28, 1936 – October 29, 2021
BSANA mourns the death of George Majeska, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Maryland. He was an active member of our organization, having served on Program Committees (1976, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997), Dumbarton Oaks Liaison Committees (1998-99, 2004), and two terms on the Governing Board (1976-1980, 1986-1990).
The following obituary, published by Dignity Memorial, may be found at this link:
George Patrick Majeska, beloved father and grandfather, died at age 85 of complications from vocal cord cancer in Pompano Beach, Florida on Friday, October 29th, 2021. His quick wit, warm heart and intellectual curiosity will be missed tremendously.
George was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 28th, 1936, to John “Jack” Majeska and Marguerite Fagan Majeska, a first generation American from Lithuania and fourth generation Brooklynite. He grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood but was selected to attend Regis High School in Manhattan, where he studied Latin, Greek and French, developing an early respect for the classics. George then studied Russian Orthodox Theology at St. Tikhon’s and at St. Sergius in Paris before returning to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Russian literature from Brooklyn College.
Having earned Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation fellowships, George received his PhD in History from Indiana University. While in Bloomington, George met and married the love of his life, fellow graduate student Marilyn Lundell Majeska, with whom he celebrated 53 happy years of marriage. After an academic year in Leningrad, George enjoyed his first of several fellowships at the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center in Washington, where he developed lifelong friendships, colleagues and research interests. George then took his first teaching job at the State University of New York, Buffalo. In 1972, George and Marilyn moved to University Park, Maryland and George joined the University of Maryland – College Park faculty, where he was a professor of Russian and Byzantine History for 28 years, mentored many undergraduate and graduate students and published a highly acclaimed book and many articles in his field. He was president of the US National Committee for Byzantine Studies and an officer of the Early Slavic Studies Association. George also became a Fulbright Scholar and was delighted to take his young family to Munich, Germany for a year to live and explore Europe.
Throughout his entire life, George was curious and eager for knowledge, loved to travel and could be counted on to know a little something about almost any topic, particularly in the humanities or world history. He was passionate about classical music, closely followed national politics and loved hiking. George spoke fluent French and Russian, some German, Greek and Italian, and was teaching himself Spanish until just a few weeks before his death.
George was extremely proud of his two children and four grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters, Tanya Springer of Pompano Beach and Kristin Majeska of Portland, Maine, by his grandchildren, Alex Millones, Thomas Springer, Nicolas Millones and Amanda Springer and by his son-in-law, Luis Millones. He is predeceased by his wife Marilyn, his brother, Bruce Majeska, and his son-in-law, John Springer.
A Celebration of Life at Sea Watch on Ocean, 6002 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 at 11:30 am.
Alice-Mary Talbot has written the following note regarding his contributions as a Byzantinist.
George was a junior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1965-67, working on his dissertation on Russian pilgrims to Constantinople. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, under the mentorship of George Soulis. During his long tenure at the University of Maryland, where he taught Byzantine and Russian history,  he was a regular user of the Dumbarton Oaks library. His dissertation was published by Dumbarton Oaks in 1984 as a book entitled Russian Travelers to Constantinople in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. It includes five accounts of visits by Russian pilgrims to Constantinople with Old Russian texts, English translation and extensive commentary. The book remains to this day one of the most important studies on the principal churches and pilgrimage shrines in medieval Constantinople, an invaluable resource for those interested in the spiritual life and topography of the Byzantine capital city.
George was also a Visiting Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 1976-77 and a Fellow in 1988-89, and participated in several symposia, serving as co-symposiarch  (with Sharon Gerstel) for the 2003 symposium on The Sacred Screen: Origins, Development and Diffusion. In 1999 he was local arrangements co-chair for the Byzantine Studies Conference held at the University of Maryland in College Park.
BSANA members may also be interested in revisiting the Oral History Interview with George Majeska, undertaken by Anna Bonnell-Freidin and Clem Wood in the Dumbarton Oaks Guest House (Fellows Building) on August 18, 2008.

MAA Summer Research Program

Call for Applications: MAA Summer Research Program
About: The Medieval Academy of America (MAA) is excited to announce the launch of a new Summer Research Program for early PhD or early PhD-track students. Organized by the Mentoring Program Committee, the Summer Research Program is designed to mentor early graduate students in fields intersecting with medieval studies by providing sustained mentorship to better help graduate students succeed in their doctoral programs and establish promising careers.
Format: The 2022 Summer Research Program will convene over Zoom, with a hybrid culminating event. Over the course of six weeks in July and August, students will attend a series of skills development panels that will showcase the various careers available to medievalists (e.g. academic research, publishing, museums, libraries, auction houses), as well as the skills necessary to succeed in these different careers. Students will also participate in specific workshops designed to teach about and support the development of specific types of academic work: 1) the conference paper or presentation; 2) the dissertation proposal; and, 3) the grant proposal. Based on their stage in their doctoral program, students will work closely with mentors to craft one of these academic texts. The Summer Research Program will culminate with an in-person event, at which students will present the work they have been developing in their workshops.
Eligibility: We seek graduate students who are in the pre-dissertation phases of their PhD or PhD-track program (typically the 1st-3rd years), with an expressed interest in researching a topic that intersects with medieval studies. Eligible students may be pursuing degrees in any discipline (e.g. Art History, Comparative Literature, Music, Education), and focusing in any geographic region of the world. Preference will be given to students who do not already have access to the resources this program provides. We especially encourage students to apply who are from communities and backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented or marginalized within medieval studies. Students do not need to be current MAA members or U.S. citizens to apply.
Funding: Students will receive a stipend of $1000, and round-trip travel costs up to $500 (with more funds available for longer distances) to attend the in-person culminating event (those unable to attend in-person will be able to participate virtually via Zoom). Students will also receive a one-year free membership to the MAA.
Application: Applications are due January 15, 2022, and can be accessed and submitted via the following LINK: Applicants will be notified of decisions via email by March 15, 2022. For any questions, please email

ASCSA Cotsen Traveling Fellowship for Research In Greece

Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Gennadius Library offers the Cotsen Traveling Fellowship, a short-term grant awarded each year to scholars and graduate students pursuing research topics that require the use of the Gennadeion collections.

The grant was established by the Overseers of the Gennadius Library to honor Lloyd E. Cotsen, former Chair of the Overseers and benefactor of the Library.

Eligibility:  Senior scholars (Ph.D. holders) and graduate students of any nationality.

Terms:  Stipend of $2,000. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Fellowship does not include costs for School trips, room, or board. Requires residency in Athens of at least one month during the academic year from September 1 to June 1. The recipient is expected to take part in the activities of the Gennadius Library and the School as a whole in addition to pursuing research. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications resulting from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application:  Submit an online application. The application includes a curriculum vitae; and a project description (up to 750 words) explaining the project and its relation to the Gennadius Library collections, proposed dates, and a brief budget (not more than one page). Applicants should arrange for submission of two letters of recommendation. For more information about the application, visit:

Questions? Contact:

The award will be announced March 15.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

BSC Presenters: Special Instructions for Showing Video

If you have a video that you want to show in the course of your presentation, please send Technical Support the link and they will embed it for you in the slideshow (please provide instructions as to where). They are hoping to avoid someone having to exit from a slideshow, open a browser or finder, search for a link or file, and play a video. And then have to go back to the slideshow. If you already know how to embed videos in your ppts, go ahead! Detailed instructions for presenters have been circulated, and are posted on the website. All powerpoints and recordings should be submitted by midnight EST on December 2.

CFP: 38th Annual Florida State University Art History Graduate Symposium

38th Annual Florida State University Art History Graduate Symposium
April 8–9, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Roland Betancourt
Professor of Art History and Chancellor’s Fellow, University of California, Irvine

The Florida State University Art History faculty and graduate students invite students currently working toward an MA or a PhD to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at our 38th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, which will be held remotely over Zoom Webinar on April 8 & 9, 2022.

We welcome papers that represent an advanced stage of research from any area of the history of art, architecture, and cultural heritage studies. Paper sessions will take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday, with each paper followed by critical discussion. Papers will then be considered for inclusion in Athanor, our internationally-distributed journal.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (maximum 350 words) is December 31, 2021. Please include your university affiliation and the title of the talk.

Send abstracts and this information to:

Byzantine Dialogues from the Gennadius Library: ‘By this conquer’: Relics as Weapons in Byzantium

Byzantine Dialogues from the Gennadius Library: ‘By this conquer’: Relics as Weapons in Byzantium
11/16/2021 7.00pm (Greece) – 12:00pm EST (USA)
The Gennadius Library
Brad Hostetler, Kenyon College
The weaponization of relics in Byzantium is attested in chronicles, military treatises, and inscriptions. This practice began with Constantine I, who, according to Eusebius, made a copy of the “sign” from his vision and carried it into the battle at Milvian Bridge. From that time forward, Byzantine emperors were accompanied on campaign with sacred objects, including relics of Christ, the Mother of God, and the saints. The sacred remains of holy figures were believed to be the protectors of, and divine aids to, the troops, the emperor, and the empire. One of the richest sources on this practice are epigrams that are, or were, inscribed on reliquaries. They document the power that was invoked to ensure victory over one’s enemies—both spiritual and earthly. This lecture examines the material and rhetorical strategies of epigrams, and the ways in which the visual and textual programs of reliquaries communicated and activated the martial function of relics.
About the speaker
Brad Hostetler is Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College. He specializes in the art and material culture of Late Antiquity and Byzantium, with a focus on portable luxury objects from the ninth through the twelfth centuries. His research focuses on the relationships between texts and images, including ekphraseis about, and words inscribed on, works of art. He is currently working on a book that examines the nature and meaning of relics and reliquaries in Byzantium through the lens of inscriptions. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Schwarz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture

Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Schwarz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture supports innovative and cross-disciplinary research on architecture, urban planning, and the history of the built environment in Greece from 1821 to the present.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. holders within five years of receiving the degree. Open to all nationalities.

Fields of Study: Includes Architectural and Urban Design, History of Architecture, History of the City, Historical Geography, and related fields. Projects should incorporate the holdings of the Gennadius Library (maps, topographical plans, landscapes, etc.) and other appropriate resources of the School.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Gennadius Library during the tenure of the appointment from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library. Fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of the School.
Application: Submit an online application form for the “Schwarz Fellowship at the Gennadius for Research on Urban Architecture.”  An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable.

East of Byzantium Lecture: Eternal ‘Silk Road’?

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the second East of Byzantium lecture of 2021–2022.

Monday, November 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time, UTC -5) | Zoom
Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D.
Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Sören Stark will discuss the rise of Sogdiana as one of Eurasia’s economic power houses during Late Antiquity.

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 9:00 AM (ET) on November 15, 2021. Register:

East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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