Assistant or Associate Professor in Early Christianity
The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) and the Program in Jewish Studies (https://cams.la.psu.edu ) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (https://psu.edu ), invite applications for the appointment of a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of early Christianity, beginning August 2022, or as agreed upon.
Responsibilities will involve a combination of teaching, research and service duties. The successful candidate is expected to teach broad survey courses that contribute to the General Education curriculum offered jointly by CAMS and Jewish Studies (e.g., New Testament; Early Christianity) and undergraduate courses in early Christian literature, history and special topics at all levels. Research will include the history and literature of early Christianity, with a focus on early Christianity in Africa (i.e., Egypt or Ethiopia) or the Near East where possible. Complementary areas of teaching or research specialization may include material culture, archaeology, race, or gender and sexuality. The department embraces the entire Mediterranean and Near Eastern world in antiquity and the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and to the department’s study abroad programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to promote and advance the department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This position may be filled at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank. Candidates for Assistant Professor must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Near Eastern Studies, History, Classics, African Studies or related field in hand by the start date; expertise in one or more relevant ancient language (e.g., Greek, Ethiopic, Coptic, Syriac); evidence of scholarly publication and productivity; and at least two years of undergraduate-level teaching experience. Candidates for Associate Professor must have all aforementioned requirements as well as an additional two (for a minimum of four) years of undergraduate-level teaching experience.
Additional Information: Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for their three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and a teaching portfolio online at https://hr.psu.edu/careers . In the cover letter, applicants should include a statement describing how they envision helping to foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community at Penn State. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online at https://hr.psu.edu/careers . System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5 document limit.
Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by Zoom.
Moving Byzantium: An International Conference
A public lecture and a three-day international conference mark six years of joint research by an international team on ‘Mobility, Microstructures and Personal Agency in Byzantium’ that was made possible by the award of the Wittgensteinpreis to Prof. Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences).
The events may be followed online, after pre-registration. Program and registration links as follows:
Thursday, 18 November, 17.00-19.00, Grussworte, Rückblick (Rapp), Vortrag ‚Das Ende der Mobilität: der späte Attila und der Kollaps des Hunnenreiches‘ (Mischa Meier) (in German)
Friday through Sunday, 19 to 21 November, 14.00 to 19.00
In this concluding conference (in English), the team members present aspects of their own research in dialogue with colleagues who are working on related topics.
Fields of study: Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.
Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year 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.
Reshaping the World: Utopias, Ideals and Aspirations in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
24th International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society
25th—26th February 2022, in Oxford and Online
‘There is nothing better than imagining other worlds – he said – to forget the
painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realized
that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one’.
– Umberto Eco, Baudolino
It is the creative power of imagination that Baudolino described to a fictionalised Niketas Choniates in this dialogue from Eco’s homonymous novel (2000). The creation of idealised imaginary worlds has the power to change the past, the present and the future. When imagination is directed towards more worldly goals, it becomes aspiration and such aspiration can influence policies of reform. When imagination is unrestrained, utopias are born.
The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s twenty-fourth International Graduate Conference seeks to explore the impact utopias, ideals and aspirations had in changing the course of history and, therefore, how imagined or alternative realities shaped the Late Antique and Byzantine world(s), broadly understood.
Our conference provides a forum for postgraduate and early-career scholars to reflect on this theme through a variety of cultural media and (inter)disciplinary approaches. In doing so, we hope to facilitate the interaction and engagement of historians, philologists, archaeologists, art historians, theologians and specialists in material culture. To that end, we encourage submissions encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society by Friday 19th November 2021 at email@example.com. Papers should be twenty minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, selected papers will be published in an edited volume, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should aim to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.
To read the full text of the call for papers, please visit the OUBS website here: https://
The conference will have a hybrid format, taking place both in Oxford and online. Accepted speakers are strongly encouraged to participate in person, but livestreamed papers are also warmly welcomed.
We are happy to announce that Byzantium at Ankara is back with its brand new Fall-Winter Seminar Series.
On top of our “traditional” online lectures (scheduled for the month of December and featuring Dr. Elisa Tosi Brandi (University of Bologna) and Dr. Federica Broilo (University of Urbino), we are particularly proud of presenting students, scholars, and enthusiasts with an exciting initiative: a Workshop/Symposium on Byzantine Music entitled “Strolling through Echoes of the Past,” which will take place at Bilkent University on 11th and 12th November 2021. The Workshop/Symposium stems from a collaborative effort of Bilkent Saygun Center, Koç University-Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Bilkent Department of History, Byzantium at Ankara, Hacettepe University, and Hellenic Mediterranean University.
The event will include two morning sessions (in person) with the participation of students (max 15 due to Covid restrictions) who will be focusing on learning about Medieval and Byzantine music notation and chant under the supervision of Dr. Antonis Botonakis (Hellenic Mediterranean University).
We, therefore, invite students who are interested in participating in the workshops (to be held in the mornings of Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November at Bilkent University- FEASS Building, C Block Amphi) to register to firstname.lastname@example.org. We regret that we could not offer accommodation or any reimbursement for travel expenses to those students who do not live or study in Ankara. Previous knowledge of Byzantine or Western notation is required.
These morning sessions will be followed by two afternoon sessions (hybrid) in which the world-famous composer Dimitri Terzakis, Cenk Güray, Alexander Lingas, and Antonis Botoniakis, among the others, will be delivering papers on Byzantine and Medieval Music Theory as well as on the influence of Ottoman culture on Modern Turkish and Greek music.
THE JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: January 15, 2022
Eligibility: U.S. or Israeli citizens who are either Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, or early-career scholars (Ph.D. earned within the last five years) completing a project that requires a lengthy residence in Greece.
Duration: Commensurate with the School’s academic year, from early September to June 1.
For more information about the application: https://www.
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
The award will be announced March 15.
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