A message from BSANA President, Lynn Jones

A message from BSANA President, Lynn Jones:

Help keep BSANA strong by joining or renewing today at one of four levels, including free and reduced-cost memberships.  Make a targeted donation to help support graduate students, early career scholars, and/or Byzantinists of Color. Take advantage of all that BSANA membership has to offer by signing up for our listserv.

We begin 2023 with new initiatives, partnering with the Mary Jaharis Center, Dumbarton Oaks, and Smarthistory, to bring new opportunities in Digital Humanities training, BSC support, and new video content, respectively.

We look forward to convening in Vancouver for the 49th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, hosted by Dimitris Krallis and Lauren Gilbert of Simon Fraser University, from October 26-29th.  Look for the Call for Papers to be issued in late February-early March.

Dumbarton Oaks Papers: BSC informal information session

Colin M. Whiting, one of the editors of Dumbarton Oaks Papers, would like to extend an invitation to any Byzantine Studies Conferences attendees to join him for a very informal discussion of Dumbarton Oaks Papers in particular and journal submission in general. He’ll be offering suggestions for authors, discussing DOP’s current direction, and answering any questions. Anyone interested can join him in front of the Dumbarton Oaks book display after sessions conclude on Friday, November 4, at 6:15pm.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE

The elections committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America Graduate Student Committee invites nominations (including self-nominations) to the committee for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Los Angeles, November 3–6, 2022.

As per our by-laws, the elections committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent diversity in race, gender, geographic distribution, public/private institutions, and MA/PhD membership within the field of Byzantine studies. If elected at the 2022 meeting, new members will serve until the 2024 meeting, joining the remaining members to form a board of eight in total.

Committee members seek to grow graduate membership and create a strong graduate community, bringing together students in all fields of Byzantine Studies. We aim to increase graduate attendance at the BSC through a Dumbarton Oaks sponsored, dedicated session, and the presentation of annual committee reports at the BSC member’s meeting.

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at bsana.grad@gmail.com by November 25th. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.

Sincerely,
Elections Committee of the Graduate Student Committee:
Madison Gilmore-Duffey, Aurora Camaño, James Razumoff, and Tiffany Van Winkoop

DEADLINE Fri, 9/23: New travel stipend initiative for BSC 2022

A friendly reminder that the deadline for requesting to be considered for the new Dumbarton Oaks early career contingent scholar BSC travel award is this Friday, September 23. Details are below.
The BSANA-Dumbarton Oaks Liaison Committee is pleased to announce two new funding initiatives for the Byzantine Studies Conference, which will begin with the November 2022 BSC at UCLA.
Dumbarton Oaks will provide a $1,000 travel stipend for each graduate student presenting a paper in person for the graduate student session. BSANA is grateful to DO for this generous support of graduate student emerging scholars.
In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will fund up to three travel stipends for early career contingent scholars presenting papers in person at the BSC 2022 in any session. As defined by BSANA, “Early Career Contingent Scholars designate scholars who have earned their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. This includes scholars serving as adjuncts, post-doctoral fellows, contingent faculty, and those holding other non-tenured academic and non-academic positions.” Any early career contingent scholar who has had a paper accepted for the BSC 2022 at UCLA is eligible to apply for a Dumbarton Oaks travel stipend of up to $1,500. If you would like to be considered for this award, please notify Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) no later than Friday, September 23. BSANA is grateful for this generous support of early career contingent scholars.
These travel stipends will also be available at the 2023 BSC. Details will accompany the 2023 BSC CFP.
Any questions regarding these awards can be directed to Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu), Chair of the BSANA-DO Liaison Committee.

The early registration rate for the 2022 BSC ends today!

If you are planning to attend the BSC in Los Angeles, register now! Today (September 14) is the last day to receive the early registration rate. If you would like to stay at the Luskin Conference Center Hotel, then you should book your room as soon as possible. Unused rooms will be released after October 3.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA BOARD

The nominating committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America invites nominations (including self-nominations) to its Board for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Los Angeles.  As per our by-laws, the nominating committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent a range of disciplines within the field of Byzantine studies broadly defined. All ranks are welcome; nominees may hold any type of position, at any type of institution, or work independently. If elected at the 2022 meeting, new board members will serve until the 2026 meeting, joining the twelve remaining members to form a board of sixteen in total.

Board members attend the annual board meeting held during the Byzantine Studies Conference; serve, as needed, as chairs of panels and panelists in professional development workshops; and lead ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board. Serving as a member of the Board not only provides an important service to our organization, it is also a great way to come to know colleagues from other parts of the country and in different disciplines. We have found the experience very rewarding.
Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the chair of the nominating committee, Cecily Hilsdale (cecily.hilsdale@mcgill.ca), by October 15, 2022. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.

Sincerely,

Cecily Hilsdale
Brad Hostetler
Tia Kolbaba
Leonora Neville

BSC 2022 Preliminary Program and Call for Chairs

The Preliminary Program for the 2022 BSC to be held November 3-6 in Los Angeles is now available on the BSANA website: https://bsana.net/annual-conference/. This page also include a link to the conference website where you can find registration and hotel information.
Call for chairs:
Please take a look at the program and if you are interested in chairing a session, please let Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) know which session you would like to chair and we will add you to the official program.

New travel stipend initiative for BSC 2022

The BSANA-Dumbarton Oaks Liaison Committee is pleased to announce two new funding initiatives for the Byzantine Studies Conference, which will begin with the November 2022 BSC at UCLA.

Dumbarton Oaks will provide a $1,000 travel stipend for each graduate student presenting a paper in person for the graduate student session. BSANA is grateful to DO for this generous support of graduate student emerging scholars.

In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will fund up to three travel stipends for early career contingent scholars presenting papers in person at the BSC 2022 in any session. As defined by BSANA, “Early Career Contingent Scholars designate scholars who have earned their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. This includes scholars serving as adjuncts, post-doctoral fellows, contingent faculty, and those holding other non-tenured academic and non-academic positions.” Any early career contingent scholar who has had a paper accepted for the BSC 2022 at UCLA is eligible to apply for a Dumbarton Oaks travel stipend of up to $1,500. If you would like to be considered for this award, please notify Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu) no later than Friday, September 23. BSANA is grateful for this generous support of early career contingent scholars.

These travel stipends will also be available at the 2023 BSC. Details will accompany the 2023 BSC CFP.

Any questions regarding these awards can be directed to Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu), Chair of the BSANA-DO Liaison Committee.

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