AntCom Call for Applications

10 funded PhDs opportunities within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral network “From Antiquity to Community: Rethinking Classical Heritage through Citizen Humanities” (AntCom)

Are you interested in cultural heritage, reception studies and/or the new frontiers of manuscript studies? Are you passionate about cutting-edge research but you also want to boost your skills by learning about new approaches and technologies? We might have something for you.

We are a network of four universities (University of Southern Denmark, University of Verona, University of Salento, University of Santiago de Compostela), funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Sktodowska-Curie Action, Grant Agreement 101073543. We have created an innovative training program called “From Antiquity to Community: Rethinking Classical Heritage through Citizen Humanities”, where we will investigate various aspects of the reception of Graeco-Roman cultural heritage (manuscript, linguistic and narrative) in Europe.

We advertise:

  • 10 PhD positions

PhD candidates are expected to be recruited either from 01/09/2023 to 31/08/2026 or from 01/10/2023 to 30/09/2026, depending on the enrolling institution, under a 36- month research contract and will be enrolled in the PhD program starting from the 2023-2024 academic year. Depending on the chosen fellowship (details in the call), PhDs will be based at one of the consortium’s universities. Mutual secondments are part of the program.

We offer a generous living and research allowance (gross amounts):

  • Living: 3,400 €/month corrected by a country-specific coefficient established by the European Commission
  • Mobility allowance: 600 €/month
  • Family allowance (optional): 660 €/month.

Deadline for the application is the 24th of April

Interested applicants will find information on the training program, on each fellowship as well as details on specific requirements and the application process on the consortium’s website: www.antcom.eu. For further questions you are welcome to contact the project’s PI Aglae Pizzone (pizzone@sdu.dk) or the project’s project manager Claudia Zichi (czichi@sdu.dk). We look forward to receiving your applications!

 

CFP: Romans in New Worlds: Considering “Global Late Antiquity”

Romans in New Worlds: Considering “Global Late Antiquity”

September 21–24, 2023

University of California Santa Barbara and the Old Mission Santa Barbara


Late ancient Romans found themselves in an interconnected world, whether in an Italy traversed by steppe-land Huns, in exile among Iranians, or traveling the commercial highways of Central Asia. People in Mesopotamia, Sasanian Iran, the Umayyad Empire, and Tang China formed their own impressions of the people and culture that rimmed the Mediterranean Sea. Late ancient Roman things also surface in subsequent emerging global interconnections: Merchant communities in Kerala circulated Roman coins, for example, while Ethiopian bronzes changed hands in Palestine, and Roman Christian texts traveled the world–from Ireland to the Philippines. Long after Charlemagne the Frank was crowned “emperor of the Romans,” friars Christianizing what is now the US Southwest traveled with well-worn books by Augustine and Jerome.For the 15th conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, we invite you to propose papers and panels considering late Romans in these “interconnected, uncentered” worlds.

Specifically, what did it mean to engage with Rome, Romans, or Romanness either for people interacting within the late ancient Empire or for people outside the late ancient Empire’s center in space and/or in time?

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. In addition to the traditional plenary panels focused on the Mediterranean and Mediterranean-adjacent worlds in Late Antiquity, we will provide fora and fodder for discussing the possibilities and challenges of “global Late Antiquity” as a paradigm, from plenary panels, to roundtable discussions, to a tour of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library, the repository for its sister institutions in the Southwest.

The deadline for the submission of panel proposals or paper abstracts (500 words) to shiftingfrontiersxv@gmail.com is March 21, 2023. Presentations in languages other than English are welcome. https://shiftingfrontiersxv.history.ucsb.edu/

Call for Papers

Epigraphy Spring School: ‘Socialisation’ and ‘Communitisation’ of premodern inscriptions

Spring School in Epigraphy: “Socialisation” and “Communitisation” of Pre-modern Inscriptions, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 17/18 April 2023

A multitude of inscriptions carved into one and the same object or brought together in a common spatial as well as thematic context – this is a phenomenon often encountered in the study of pre- modern inscriptions: The “condensation” of “hic-fuit” graffiti on a portion of a wall as a common support or the surface of a frequently visited funerary monument over a longer period of time, would be widely familiar examples. Likewise, with the long-term use of prominent burial sites – an ancient necropolis or a medieval cloister, for example – there is a gradual increase in the number of grave monuments that share the available space and inevitably refer to each other through their original location.

Ancient and post-ancient epigraphic research usually describes the two groups of inscriptions mentioned above as inscription ensembles, an expression that rather describes the result of a “coincidental” growth of several “autonomous” inscribed objects in the same space. In fact, however, the spatial distribution of the adjacent inscriptions already points at a more or less extensive interrelation of the respective inscriptions, in the context of which not only the inscribed objects, but also their inscriptions and the “layout” of the stones influence each other, or even before the installation of new inscriptions helped to determine their shape and content. The concept of “Vergesellschaftung/socialization” and “Vergemeinschaftung/communitisation” of inscriptions, which has only recently been introduced into the scholarly discussion2 and refers to a term from sociological and archaeological research, seems to express the actual relationships of the monuments (and their commissioners) to and among each other and the spatial and social context of their design and placement better than the usual “ensemble”, which in the literal sense of the word would describe either a “uniform” or “homogeneous” or a merely coincidental co-existence of various inscriptions.

The planned Spring School encourages participants to consider the applicability of this new theoretical concept for epigraphic research from antiquity and post-antiquity and addresses primarily younger researchers, especially those who are working on relevant academic qualification theses. The first day of the Spring School, which will be held as a hybrid event (on-site and via Zoom), will introduce the concept to participants in several keynote lectures or case studies. The participants are in turn expected to present their respective topics from the point of view of “socialization” and “communitisation” and to explore the opportunities and limits of this concept in plenary discourse. The second day of the event will take participants to the Augustinian canons’ monastery of Klosterneuburg near Vienna, where the insights gained on the previous day will be tested in practice on the ancient (dislocated) and medieval (preserved in situ) inscriptions extant in the epigraphic collection and the cloister.

Those interested in participating are invited to apply by 19 March 2023 with a short letter of motivation and an outline of the planned thesis (max. 400 words; please write to veronika.scheibelreiter@oeaw.ac.at; andreas.rhoby@oeaw.ac.at; andreas.zajic@oeaw.ac.at). Please indicate whether you wish to participate on site or virtually (only possible for day 1). Participation is free of charge; participants are however responsible for organising and financing their own travel and accommodation. Unless otherwise agreed, the common language of the event will be English.

 

Two Calls for Papers: Byzantine Animals

Please note below CFPs for two separate events, via Przemek Marciniak.

 

CfP: International conference “Byzantine Animals Between Materiality and Fantasy.”
Katowice, 22-23.6.2023.

Cultural animal studies are recently gaining in popularity, particularly in the field of literary studies and in the wide area of cultural history. Even though the so-called “animal turn” did not omit Byzantine studies, the rich material in textual, iconographic and archeological sources from the Byzantine world has only partially been analysed with regard to human- fauna relations. As a hub of cultural traditions from the Euromediterranean regions, the Late Antique and Medieval Byzantine Empire is essential to the development of human knowledge and interpretations of the natural world, including its fauna. The different geographic and climatic zones that characterized the Eastern Roman Empire and its spheres of influence abounded with flora and fauna that left significant traces in human literature, art, the archeology of everyday life, and world knowledge.

Human-animal relations can be studied with a wide variety of different methods and aims: the study of individual species and their material presence and semiotic value; ecocritical and environmentally oriented approaches to the entanglement between individual humans and their animals, as well as between humanity and the kosmos; archeological and paleoclimatic research on the distribution and use of animals within the Byzantine world; the presence of literary animals in text and image.

Date, Location, travel & accommodation: The conference will take place in Katowice on June 22-23, 2023. As it is planned in the hybrid format, please state in your submission whether you would like to participate in person or virtually. Accepted participants will be offered accommodation and reimbursement of the transportation costs.

Abstracts and submission: Please send abstracts (150 words max) no later than April 10 to the following address: tristan.schmidt@us.edu.pl

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Digital Workshop: Animal Performances (500-1500). A Global Perspective.
July 21, 2023 (via ZOOM).

Animals performed (and still perform) a wide range of roles in human society. One of them was entertainment: from bloody venationes of the Romans to less bloody but nonetheless cruel, displays of dancing bears and dogs.

By “animal performances,” we understand all forms of public displays of animals, including ceremonial hunts, parades of exotic animals, and animal trials. We invite twenty minutes contributions that would tackle these and related subjects. We especially invite papers approaching this topic from  a modern methodological perspective and discussing animal performances outside the European/Euromediterranean area.

This workshop is planned as the initial stage of possible further cooperation.

Please send abstracts, no longer than 150 words, until April 30 to: przemyslaw.marciniak@mzaw.lmu.de

Byzantine Studies Conference, Vancouver, Oct. 26–29

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Forty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
DEADLINE: April 15, 2023

The Forty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver from Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29, 2023. The Local Arrangements Co-Chairs are Dimitris Krallis (Department of Humanities and SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies) and Lauren Gilbert, Simon Fraser University (Department of Global Humanities). This conference will be in-person only.
The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and thematic panels on all topics and in all disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, broadly construed. All proposals must be submitted via EasyChair, and must adhere to specific formatting requirements. To deliver your paper at the BSC, you must be a member of BSANA in good standing, enrolled in a graduate program at the time of submission, or hold a graduate degree. We encourage undergraduate attendance, but do not accept submissions from undergraduates. To join or renew your membership in BSANA, pay your dues according to your current status at: https://bsana.net/members/.
For instructions on how to submit a proposal and to learn about funding opportunities, please see the attached PDF or visit the BSANA website: https://bsana.net/annual-conference/.
Brad Hostetler, BSC 2023 Program Committee Chair
Assistant Professor
Art History & Asian and Middle East Studies
Kenyon College

Call for Submissions: St. Nersess Theological Review

Call for submissions for vol. 14, issue 2 of the St. Nersess Theological Review.

The next issue invites submissions of original research articles relevant to Armenian theology and the Armenian Church in the “long eighth century,” the period of Armenian history between the Arab conquest and the reemergence of independent Armenian kingdoms in the ninth century. Articles with an interest in ecumenical relations between the Armenian, Syriac, and Byzantine churches are very welcome.

Further inquiries can be directed to Dr. Christopher Sheklian, Editor of SNTR, at sntr@stnersess.edu. The submission deadline is June 1, 2023.

Sebastē Program Registration Accommodations A Symposium in Honor of Ioli Kalavrezou

SAVE THE DATE!
Σεβαστή: A SYMPOSIUM IN HONOR OF IOLI KALAVREZOU
 
History of Art and Architecture Building on the campus of Harvard University

485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9.30 am-6pm
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Frances St. Amant, PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Diliana Angelova, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Merih Danalı, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
Ivan Drpić, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Konstantina Karterouli, Research Associate, Dumbarton Oaks
Janet T. Marquardt, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Eastern Illinois University
Bissera V. Pentcheva, Professor, Stanford University
Katherine M. Taronas, Byzantine Studies Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks
Courtney Tomaselli, Instructor, Loyola University, Chicago
Nicolette S. Trahoulia, Professor, Deree-The American University of Greece
Alicia Walker, Professor, Bryn Mawr College
 
This event is free and open to the public; attendees are asked to register in advance.
For the complete symposium program and registration, go to: SebasteSymposium.org 
 
Sponsored by The Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, The Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, and The Byzantine Studies Program, Dumbarton Oaks
 

Questions? Please contact Ivan Drpić (drpic@sas.upenn.edu) or Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu)

Byzantine Studies Lectures (NHRF), February 2023

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on February 28 with a hybrid lecture on:

 Boundaries and borderlines in multi-religious environments: the case of Byzantium by Youval Rotman, University of Tel Aviv

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YHKM3vNmQ0q0dkcmuI4WZg

You can view the series program for the spring semester of 2022-23 online: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/index-en_IHR_news.html

In memoriam: John W. Nesbitt, PhD

In memoriam: John W. Nesbitt, PhD

June 12, 1939 – February 11, 2023

With heavy hearts, the Dumbarton Oaks research and learning community is sad to announce the passing of John W. Nesbitt, PhD. John first came to Dumbarton Oaks as a junior fellow in 1968 and joined the regular staff in 1973, first as Research Fellow—later Research Associate—with responsibility for the collection of seals. Until his retirement in 2009, John worked to catalogue and publish the collection, resulting in the first six volumes in the Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art (volumes 1–3 with Nicolas Oikonomides, volumes 4–5 with Oikonomides and Eric McGeer). After retirement, John remained involved with Dumbarton Oaks, continuing to advise and mentor scholars interested in Byzantine seals, as he had for over three decades. His generosity and well-judged advice will be deeply missed.

To learn more about John, please visit his obituary.

Summer University in Eastern Languages, Venice 2023

The Summer University in Eastern Languages 2023, which will take place in Venice, Italy, in July, has been announced. 18 ancient and modern languages of the Middle East are open for teaching this year, in a beautiful setting, the island of San Servolo. Minor courses, visits and a lecture are also on the program. The Summer University is French-speaking, but many instructors will be pleased to give classes in English, according to the needs of the students. More details online: https://www.unil.ch/summerschools/langues-orient

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