OIKOS crash-course in Greek palaeography

The Greek department of Ghent University offers a two-day course in Greek palaeography in collaboration with the Research School OIKOS. The course is intended for MA, ResMA and doctoral students in the areas of Classics, Ancient History, Ancient Civilizations and Medieval studies with a good command of Greek. It offers an chronological introduction into Greek palaeography from the Hellenistic period until the end of the Middle Ages and is specifically aimed at acquiring practical skills for research involving literary and documentary papyri and/or manuscripts. We will also provide the unique opportunity to read from original papyri in the papyrus collection of the Ghent University Library and become familiar with the ongoing research projects at Ghent University.
Programme
The course is set up as an intensive two-day seminar. Five lectures by specialists in the field will give a chronological overview of the development of Greek handwriting, each followed by a practice session reading relevant extracts from papyri and manuscripts in smaller groups under the supervision of young researchers (Antonia Apostolakou, Dr. Julián Bértola, Serena Causo, Cristina Cocola, Anne-Sophie Rouckhout, Emmanuel Roumanis and Nina Vanhoutte).
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7
10:00 Welcome
10:30-11:30 Papyri of the Ptolemaic and Roman period (Dr. Joanne Stolk)
11:30-13:00 Practice with papyri of the Ptolemaic and Roman period
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Papyri of the Byzantine period (Dr. Yasmine Amory)
15:00-16:30 Practice papyri of the Byzantine period
16:30-17:00 Tour around the papyrus collection of the Ghent University Library
19:00 Dinner
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
9:00-10:00 Majuscule and early minuscule bookhands (4th-9th centuries) (Dr. Rachele Ricceri)
10:00-11:30 Practice majuscule and early minuscule bookhands
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:00 The development of minuscule script (10th-12th centuries) (Prof. dr. Floris Bernard)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Practice minuscule script of the 10th-12th centuries
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Manuscripts and scholars of the Paleologan period (13th-15th centuries) (Prof. dr. Andrea Cuomo)
17:00-18:30 Practice manuscripts of the Paleologan period
19:00 Dinner
Registration
Please register by sending an e-mail with a short motivation, including your background, research interests and why you would like to follow this course, to yasmine.amory@ugent.be. Priority is given to OIKOS doctoral students, beginners and those who did not have the opportunity to follow course(s) on palaeography before. Registration closes when the course is fully booked (20 participants) or by the final deadline of January 15, 2022. Participants receive 2 ECTS for completing the course.
If due to changing circumstances the course cannot take place in Ghent, the lectures will be offered online to the participants on the same dates. Practice sessions will be replaced by reading assignments with feedback by the teachers.

Call for Applications: “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”

Job advertisement
Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 6 positions for doctoral research associates (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) to be filled by 1st April 2022 for a contract period of three years.
Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.
The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception will be explored via four thematic areas:
1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
3. Rituals and worship
4. Knowledge and infrastructure
A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating disciplines is available on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de]. The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines. The primary criterion for the evaluation of applications is the originality and quality of the research project summarized in the exposé. Suitable candidates can also apply on the basis of suggested topics – a selection of possible dissertation topics is likewise to be found on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de/job-advertisements/]
Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-
disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.
Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.
The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf
(in German or English):
A letter of application (one page)
An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)
The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the application.
For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to the Spokes-person.
The application deadline ends by 3rd January 2022.
The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

CFP: Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies (June 9-10)

The Department of Theology at Fordham University and Dorushe invite proposals for the Eighth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, to be held at Fordham University (NYC) on June 9-10, 2022.
Erin Galgay Walsh (The University of Chicago Divinity School) will deliver a keynote address.
We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Syriac studies. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
Early Syriac Christian Origins
Peshitta Studies; Syriac Theology and Christology
Jews, Muslims, and Syriac Christians
Early Syriac Encounters with the Far East
Syriac Liturgical Tradition and Hymnography
Syrian Ascetics and Martyrs
Women in Syriac Christianity
Syriac Iconography and Visual Culture
Syriac Studies and Digital Scholarship
To promote and diversify interaction at the conference, we invite proposals in two different categories:
(a) 20-minute conference papers and
(b) 8- to 15-page dissertation interim reports.
Dissertation interim reports will be circulated in advance to facilitate discussion at the conference, and should introduce, at minimum, the project’s argument, method, and primary source material.
Proposals of either kind should be emailed by January 31, 2022 to dorusheconference@gmail.com.
Please attach:
(1) an abstract of no more than 300 words, using a unicode font for non-Roman characters, and (for the purpose of anonymous judging) not including the author’s name or other identifications
(2) a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, academic affiliation, and e-mail address; paper title and type (20-minute paper or dissertation interim report); and indication of any technological support needed.
Both documents should be submitted in .rtf or .doc format. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by February 2022.
Support for the Eighth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies is generously provided by Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Theology Department, Jewish Studies Center, Theology Graduate Student Association through GSAS Graduate Student Association, Women’s Studies Department and Medieval Studies as well as Gorgias Press.

42nd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians

The 42nd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be co-hosted by University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Visual Studies and the Art Gallery of Ontario on March 25-26, 2022. We are planning to meet in person. Papers are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture, and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals. Papers in English or French. Please submit a short abstract (250 words) and one-page c.v. to ccmah2022@gmail.com by December 17, 2021. Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

Research Assistant, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Research Assistant position has been funded by the Giorgi Family Foundation to assist Andrea Myers Achi, Assistant Curator in The Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters with work related to the Museum’s Early Christian and Byzantine Collections. The primary project through 2024 will be the completion of the organization, installation and deinstallation of the exhibition “Africa and Byzantium” (working title) that opens October 30, 2023. The show will explore translations of Byzantine art and culture by local and foreign artists working in Africa from the fourth through fifteenth centuries and beyond. Additionally, the Research Assistant will be involved with the continuing development of the organization of the Museum’s Byzantine Egyptian collections; and assisting with the maintenance of the Early Christian and Byzantine portions of the Medieval Department’s permanent galleries. All of this is done in collaboration with C. Griffith Mann, Michel David -Weill Curator in Charge of the Department and other curators as relevant.

Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Greek Summer School Announcement

2022 Byzantine Greek Summer School
July 5–29, 2022 | Directed by Alexandros Alexakis and Stratis Papaioannou
Designed to improve knowledge of Greek among Byzantinists and others interested in the world of Byzantium (especially since related courses are only taught in a very small minority of universities around the world), Dumbarton Oaks is hosting an intensive four-week Byzantine Greek Summer School program from July 5 to July 29, 2022. We will be welcoming 10 graduate students from schools across the globe.

MA in Religion with Focus on Syriac Studies, Vanderbilt University

The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications to the Historical Studies track of the Master of Arts program from students interested in the study of Syriac Christianity within the broader contexts of late antiquity and the early middle ages.

Course offerings are focused on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, language study in classical Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic, the material culture and archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean world,  the intersections of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the application of the digital humanities to these fields through collaborative research projects such as Syriaca.org.

Students in the Graduate Department of Religion may also take courses from departments across Vanderbilt University including in Classical and Mediterranean StudiesHistoryHistory of ArtIslamic Studies, and Jewish Studies. Language instruction is offered on a rotating basis in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Classical Latin, Classical Syriac, and Classical Arabic. Vanderbilt also offers field work opportunities in the archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant, including current excavations at Caesarea Maritima.

Faculty members offering courses in the program include Annalisa AzzoniJelena BogdanovićIssam EidoPhillip LiebermanRichard McGregorDavid MichelsonJoseph RifeBetsey Robinsonand Choon-Leong Seow, among others.

Admitted students are eligible for two years of funding through the Graduate Department of Religion including full tuition and paid research or teaching assistantships.

Graduates of this MA program have successfully gone on to enroll at Ph.D. programs in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Classics, Central Asian Studies, and Medieval Studies.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor David Michelson, david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu. The application deadline is December 15, 2021. Late applications will be considered if funding remains available. Application details are available at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/gdr/admissions/ under the Historical Studies graduate track. The Graduate Department of Religion does not require the GRE for admission; however, a writing sample is required.  The writing sample must be an academic paper no more than 35 pages long.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Call for Nominations to the BSANA Graduate Student Committee

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 Cleveland, December 9–12, 2021.

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 2021 meeting, new members will serve until the 2023 meeting, joining the four 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 related fields of Byzantine Studies. Additionally, we aim to increase graduate attendance at the BSC through a guaranteed session and the presentation of annual committee reports at the BSC member’s meeting. We have found the experience very rewarding!

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at bsana.grad@gmail.com by December 9th. 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:

Anna Carroll, Justin Mann, Caitlin Mims, and Jake Ransohoff

Call for applications: “German for students of Classical Studies” summer program 2022 in Cologne

The Department for Classical Studies of the University of Cologne is now accepting applications for the 2022 “German for Students of Classical Studies” summer course. The course will take place from May 30 to July 8. It is specially designed to meet the lingustic needs of students of the Classics who wish to expand their knowledge of written and spoken academic German.
 
The program includes a language class, reading tutorials, field trips to archaeological sites in the Rhineland and the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the Classics department of the University of Cologne. We hope to be able to offer the course in person (depending on the corona situation in the summer of 2022). In that case, a proof of full vaccination will be required.
 
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.
 
All the relevant information, including a flyer for download, can be found here: http://ifa.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/30905.html
 
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
 
Prof. Dr. Anja Bettenworth
Universität zu Köln
Institut für Altertumskunde
Albertus Magnus-Platz
50931 Köln
Tel.: +49-0221-470 4810

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