Application for Byzantine Numismatic Cataloguer and Linked-Open-Data Coordinator

Application for Byzantine Numismatic Cataloguer and Linked-Open-Data Coordinator
The Numismatic Collection of Firestone Library Collections, Princeton University, seeks a specialist to provide detailed description of over five thousand coins of the Byzantine Empire from the newly acquired Donald and Theodotou Collections. The work includes examination of coins, comparison with published descriptions, data entry in a specialized database, and digital photography. Sorting coins into trays and labelling them are included. If time permits, additional related duties may be assigned, including limited supervision of student cataloguers. The position reports to the Curator of Numismatics. The person hired will also be involved in the establishment of a federated database to catalogue and digitize Byzantine coin holdings in various collections worldwide. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second-year dependent on availability and performance of position holder and availability of funds

Major Responsibilities
*Catalogue the newly acquired Peter J. Donald and Chris Theodotou collections of Byzantine Coins into the Library’s online digital database
*Catalogue other uncatalogued Byzantine coins of the Firestone Library’s numismatic collection, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Antioch Excavation Collection into the Library’s online database and integrate all coins on trays with proper identifying labels
*Work with representatives of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center and to establish and implement a linked-open data platform for Byzantine coins
*Research and establish unique issue identifiers for Byzantine coins for the period 1204-1453.

Dr. Alan Stahl (Curator of Numismatics) and Donald Thornbury (Head, Technical Services for Special Collections) will mentor and supervise the cataloguer in their daily work, and will hold a joint bi-weekly meeting in which he or she will report on their advancement.

Essential Qualifications
*Advanced degree in History, Classics, Art History or related field, with significant work on Byzantium or the medieval Mediterranean.
*Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and productively with scholarly resources and to meet production goals.
*Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with curatorial and technical staff.
*Must comply with RBSC security procedures.

Preferred Qualifications
*Experience with numismatic description.
*Experience with management of structured descriptive data for library resources and for digital databases
*Experience with digital photography and Adobe PhotoShop.

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Applications received after December 15, 2021 will not be guaranteed full review.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

ASCSA Academic Year Program

ASCSA Academic Year Program
Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2022
Already in its second century, the ASCSA Regular Member program remains the foundation of the School’s academic program. It continues to provide unparalleled educational experiences and research opportunities for students.

The program runs the full academic year, from early September to late May. All advanced graduate students interested in an intensive survey of the art, archaeology, history, and topography of Greece, from antiquity to the present, are encouraged to apply. There are no grades and no university credit offered, but participation in the Regular Program is a widely recognized part of graduate training in Classics and related fields.

Regular Members reside in Athens, using Loring Hall as their home base, throughout the nine-month academic year (September through May). Students receive comprehensive training through visits to the principal archaeological sites and museums of Greece as well as in seminars led by resident and visiting scholars. They also have the option to take part in the training program at the Corinth excavations. The Regular Member program is directed by the Mellon Professor, Brendan Burke, who oversees and mentors the student members. For more details about the program, click here:

The School generally accepts 15 to 20 students each year into the program.

Eligibility: Regular Membership is open to citizens of the United States or Canada who are graduate students at a college or university in those countries, or to non-citizens enrolled in a graduate program at a cooperating institution. The US or Canadian citizen must be enrolled at a US or Canadian institution at the time of application. Preferably applicants will have completed one or more years of graduate study before entering the School, but well qualified undergraduate seniors who shall hold a baccalaureate degree at the time of entry shall be considered for admission and for the fellowship competition. Applicants are expected to have a reading knowledge of French and German. Reading ability in Ancient Greek, some familiarity with modern Greek, as well as other relevant foreign languages, will be helpful. For in-depth details on eligibility, please see the School’s Regulations (Section VI.1-3).

Fellowships: Fellows receive a cash stipend of $11,500, plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Room, board, and other expenses on field trips outside Athens are paid out of the stipend. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of application material, recommendations, and anonymous examinations.

Application: An online application and three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Applicants are required to submit scans of official academic transcripts as part of the online application. Applicants must also take the qualifying examination. Examinations are held on the first Saturday in February. For more about the application process, click here:

Inquiries? Contact the Programs Office at

The Christos Paschon: Byzantine tragedy or non-liturgical passion play?

The Inaugural Mathews Byzantine Lecture, by Professor Emerita Margaret Mullet (OBE): “The Christos Paschon: Byzantine tragedy or non-liturgical passion play?”
Time: Thu Dec 2, 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Medieval Institute Main Reading Room and Live-Streamed on our YouTube channel

The Medieval Institute is pleased to announce a new annual lecture series, the Mathews Byzantine Lectures. The Mathews Lectures bring a distinguished scholar of Byzantine studies to campus each year to deliver a talk, supported by the Rev. Constantine Mathews Endowment for Excellence in Byzantine Christianity in the Medieval Institute.

Call for Applications: 2022-2023 ANAMED Fellowships

Koç University invites applications for PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). A few Post-Doctoral or Senior applications for regular fellowships that qualify for collaborative fellowships involving Koç University faculty, centers, or facilities will be preferred. Additionally, several joint fellowships with specific application criteria are available as well.

Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages” Call for Papers 

Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages” Call for Papers



François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France

Nahir Otaño Gracia, University of New Mexico

Cord J. Whitaker, Wellesley College

For far too long, scholarly consensus held that race and racism were mainly Enlightenment innovations, datable to no earlier than the seventeenth century. As long ago as the early twentieth century, some scholars pushed race’s origins to the sixteenth or even fifteenth centuries, but these scholars were few and far between. The Middle Ages and, with them, medieval studies were set off as a time and discipline innocent of race and racism. This remained generally true until the advent of critical medieval race studies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in 2021, special issues in major journals and no less than six full-length scholarly monographs have treated the imbrications of race with medieval art, literature, religion, and even the periodizing concept of the Middle Ages itself. Many more studies in medieval literature, history, art, religion, and culture have been conceptually informed by race, as have many studies in the modern perceptions and deployments of the Middle Ages. Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies calls for proposals for a themed issue, to be published as one of Speculum’s four quarterly issues, to recognize the intellectual value of the study of race to a comprehensive understanding of the Middle Ages.

We invite proposals for full-length essays (8,000-11,000 words) that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages. For example, essays might consider the roles of race-making and racialization in the Islamic world; how race and identity, together with religion, was negotiated and navigated in border regions such as al-Andalus, Sicily or the Levant (between Latin Christendom and Islam), the Sahara and the Sahel region (between the Islamic world and Subsaharan Africa); how the dynamics of race-thinking informed relations between Latin and Greek Christendom and Islam or the Mongol Empire, or between the Muslim/Islamicate world and Christian, Jewish, Hinduist, and traditional-religious societies within it or beyond its reaches; how race intersected with the dynamics of trade and connectivity, religious affiliation and conversion, slavery and emancipation, peace and war. Essays may also take on the roles of race, race-thinking, and identity in the geography and periodization of the Middle Ages: Are historical moments that are quintessential to the history of race also relevant to medieval-and-modern periodizations? Essays may also consider how and why race, race-thinking, and identity have shaped modern concepts, uses, and scholarship of the Middle Ages.

The editors are open to essays that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages by asking these and other deeply probing questions. Additionally, we are especially interested in essays that consider the globality of the medieval world: those that examine the networked interrelations and interdependences of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. In addition to scholarship in history and literature, we invite proposals using the tools and methods of anthropology, archaeology, art history, book history, historical linguistics, religious studies, sociology, and other fields germane to the studies of race, identity, and the Middle Ages.

The themed issue on race, race-thinking, and identity and the articles selected for it will be in keeping with Speculum’s purview as stated in the Guidelines for Submission: “preference is ordinarily given to articles of interest to readers in more than one discipline and beyond the specialty in question. Articles taking a more global approach to medieval studies are also welcomed, particularly when the topic engages with one or more of the core areas of study outlined above. Submissions with appeal to a broad cross-section of medievalists are highly encouraged.”

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted by email to with SPECULUM PROPOSAL in the subject line by 31 January 2022. The authors of selected proposals will be notified by 28 February 2022. Completed essays will be expected by 1 December 2022.

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.

Register now for the BSC!

Register NOW for the BSC! Early, reduced-fee registration ends November 22.

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.

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