Database of Religious History: Call for Contributions

The Database of Religious History, based at the University of British Columbia, is a digital, open access, and queryable repository of quantitative and qualitative information with the goal of covering the breadth of human religious experience. Begun in 2013, the DRH now has almost a thousand entries by qualified scholars, covering religious groups, places, and texts (the three types of polls that make up the entries in the database), but we need your help! As part of a new initiative we are attempting to expand our entries that deal with Late Antique and Medieval Christianity and Judaism, and Early Islam, as well as other contemporary religious movements in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. In an effort to build the database in as swift a manner as possible, and improve the quality of any analyses produced with it, the DRH is offering $300 CAD honoraria for each completed entry.

If you are a PhD candidate or above and would like to contribute an entry on any religious group, place, or text, please contact Dr. Ian Randall (irandall@mail.ubc.ca) or sign up for the database at https://religiondatabase.org/landing/get-involved and select Dr. Randall as your entry editor.

Diogenes Journal: New Deadline of March 1, 2023

CFP via Jacopo Marcon

On behalf of the general editors of the Postgraduate journal “Diogenes” from the University of Birmingham, I kindly ask you if you could please circulate the updated CFC with the new deadline (1st of March, 2023). Attached you can find the new poster and the link to the GEM page (Diogenes Journal – Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean (wordpress.com).

Diogenes Journal

Since its launch in January 2014, Diogenes is an open-access and peer-review online journal edited by the postgraduate students at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. This year Diogenes is expanding its editorial team to other disciplines within the College of Arts and Law and also its audience. The new refreshed Diogenes is now collaborating with the School of Theology and Religion and the Department of History of Art.

Diogenes aims to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers and provide a platform at which they can further develop their research ideas and communicate them to a general audience.

The articles published in Diogenes cover a wide range of research interests, yet they all fall under the umbrella of the often-separate fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. We look forward to any article that actively engages with any of these fields, from universities in the UK and abroad. It is published twice a year.

Therefore, indicative topics cover yet are not limited to:

  • Byzantine archaeology, material culture, art history and textual analyses
  • Ottoman history, archaeology, literature and art
  • Modern Greek history, literature, film, pop culture, and politics
  • Book Reviews in BOMGS
  • Theoretical Reflections and Methodological explorations on BOMGS

Before submitting, please consult the author manuscript guidelines (Diogenes Manuscript Guidelines)

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in Diogenes or submitting articles or reviews, please contact the editors at:

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

The editorial team is proud to announce the Call for Contributions for the 15th issue, to be published in June 2023. We look forward to receiving contributions in English by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies in the UK and abroad, in the following forms:

Article

We welcome articles on topics of history, archaeology, anthropology, or on any other field relating to the three areas of our Centre. Contributions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must include a bibliography (excepted from the word count). Articles should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should include a 150-word abstract. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission in written form to use any copyrighted image.

Book Review

Reviews of between 700 and 1,000 words are welcome on any work published in the last three years in the fields of Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the general editors about the choice of book for review before submitting.

Supplementum

This section aims to present the diversity of postgraduate research activities and opportunities in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. Contributions between 500 and 1,000 words are welcome. Types of contribution may include, but are not limited to, archaeological reports, thesis summaries, conference reports, workshop reports, student society introductions, notices of events, etc.

For enquiries or submission, please contact the general editors: Danielle Krikorian, Penny Mantouvalou and Jacopo Marcon at: diogenesjournal@outlook.com

The deadline for contributions for the Winter Issue is 1 March 2023. Contributors will be informed by the general editors about the status of their submission(s) within four weeks of receipt.

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar: Hilary Term 2023

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The Seminar takes place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (UK time), via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register to attend, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill [@] worc.ox.ac.uk. All are very welcome.

This term’s papers will be:

Monday 23rd January
Rebecca Amendola (La Sapienza Università di Roma)
Manuscripts in Motion: The Parma Gospel Book (Ms. Pal. 5) and Its Journey to Italy

Monday 30th January
Emma Huig (Universiteit Gent)
Stephanites and Ichnelates: recovering the Eugenian recension?

Monday 6th February
Daniel Alford (University of Oxford)
Adults, Children and Other Animals: The Construction of the Zoroastrian Household
Monday 13th February
James Duncan (University of Liverpool)
Mechanical Dragons and Underground Cults: Quodvultdeus’s Hidden Pagans

Monday 20th February
Nathan D. C. Websdale (University of Oxford)
The Humbled Generation: Racial Otherization and Ethnic Contraction in Byzantium in the Witnesses of the Fourth Crusade

Monday 27th February
Ben Morris (Cardiff University)
‘Against All Men’: The Movement of Military Service in Byzantine and English Treaties, 900-1200

Monday 6th March
Juliana Santos Dinoá Medeiros (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Hagiography and miracle performance in seventh-century Gaul

Monday 13th March
Maria Rukavichnikova (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
War Discourse in Times of Crisis: Authorial Strategies in Byzantine Historical Literature of the 14th Century

Constantine and George Macricostas Fellowship at the Gennadius Library

CONSTANTINE AND GEORGE MACRICOSTAS FELLOWSHIP 
AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY
Deadline: January 15, 2023
The Constantine and George Macricostas Fellowship at the Gennadius Library supports research on Orthodox Christian Studies with an emphasis on Orthodoxy’s history, religious traditions, and geographical, geopolitical, and cultural reach. Of particular interest is the significant role that the institution of the church played in the broader history of Hellenism. Opened in 1926 with the 26,000-volume collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now houses 145,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. The collection includes rare and unique items on the intellectual, social, cultural, political and institutional history of the Orthodox Church through the centuries. Holdings of 90,000 research titles in open stacks complement the rare books and other collections to create a comprehensive resource for the history of Greece across the ages.

Eligibility: Ph.D. students and those who have earned the Ph.D. within the last 5 years with research projects focusing on the historical, political, and sociological dimensions of Eastern Orthodox religion from Late Antiquity to the present are eligible. The fields of study may include, but are not limited to religious studies, anthropology, history, philosophy, politics, law, and sociology. Open to all nationalities.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Meals, Monday through Friday, are provided at Loring Hall for the fellow. Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024, and are expected to participate in the academic life of the School. 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 acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application: Submit an online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable.

For more information:
https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/gennadius-library/educational-programs/fellowshipsQuestions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

The award will be announced by March 15, 2023.

2023–2024 grant competition, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2023–2024 grant competition.

Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants promote Byzantine studies in North America. These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2023. For further information, please visit the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/grants).

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

Introduction to 3D Modeling Workshop

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and BSANA are pleased to offer a two-part 3D Modeling workshop for graduate students and early career researchers in collaboration with Alicia Walsh of Recollection Heritage.

Introduction to 3D Modeling with Photogrammetry and Agisoft Metashape for Byzantinists, workshop Alicia Walsh (Recollection Heritage), via Zoom, January 27 and February 3, 2023, 12:00–1:30 pm (EST)

Photogrammetry is the science of creating a measurable 3D point cloud from high-resolution 2D images. It is a commonly used to document archaeological and cultural heritage in order to preserve, analyze, and make artefacts digitally accessible. This online workshop will introduce the theory of photogrammetry and Agisoft Metashape, a useful software for processing 3D models. Participants will create a 3D model of an object of their choosing during the workshop.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. The time commitment for this workshop is three hours of instruction and an additional two–four hours between the meetings for the creation of the 3D model. Participants are required to attend both sessions. Registration is first come, first served.

Registration closes Wednesday, December 21 at 1:00 pm (EST). If spaces are still available, registration will reopen on Tuesday, January 10 and close on Wednesday, January 18 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate students and early career researchers (PhD received after January 2015) in the field of Byzantine studies. Students enrolled in graduate programs in North America and early career researchers working in North America will be given priority. Graduate students and early career researchers outside of North America will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space is available.
  • All participants must be BSANA members. BSANA membership is free for graduate students and early-career contingent scholars who have earned their PhD within the last eight years and who do not hold a permanent or tenure-track appointment. If you are not already a BSANA member, please complete the BSANA Membership Form (https://bsana.net/members/) before registering for the workshop. Your membership status will be confirmed before your space in the workshop is confirmed.

To read a full description of the workshop and register your interest, please visit https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/introduction-to-3d-modeling.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, with any questions.

Post-Classical Studies Fellowships at the Gennadius Library

Post-Classical Studies Fellowships, 2023-2024 Academic Year, at the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
Opened in 1926 with the 26,000 volume collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library houses today 145,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. Rare maps of the Mediterranean, early editions of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and a laurel wreath belonging to Lord Byron are just some of the unique items to be found here.
THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP IN POST-CLASSICAL STUDIES
AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY

The Gennadius Library offers the M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies, in honor of archaeologist, Byzantinist, and photographer M. Alison Frantz (1903–1995), a scholar of the post-classical Athenian Agora whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.Eligibility: Ph.D. students at a U.S. or Canadian institution, or those who have earned the Ph.D. within the last 5 years from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Candidates focused on Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Meals, Monday through Friday, are provided at Loring Hall for the fellow. Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024, and are expected to participate in the academic life of the School. 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 acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

 
KATHRYN AND PETER YATRAKIS FELLOWSHIP
AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY

Eligibility: Ph.D. students and those who have earned the Ph.D. within the last 5 years for research in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Open to all nationalities.Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Meals, Monday through Friday, are provided at Loring Hall for the fellow. Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024, and are expected to participate in the academic life of the School. 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 acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr

2023 ASCSA Summer Session

ASCSA Programs
Deadline for applications: January 9, 2023
 

2023 ASCSA Summer Session

The Summer Session program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a six-week travel study course designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its major monuments, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, material culture, and literature from antiquity to the present. The 2023 Summer Session runs from June 12 to July 26, 2023, and its Director is Professor Glenn R. Bugh of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Format: The ASCSA Summer Session has provided extensive exposure to Greece, ancient and modern, for generations of students of Classics and related fields. It has a strong academic component with participants researching and presenting topics on site and offers unique opportunities to interact with eminent archaeologists in the field. Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips give participants an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections throughout the country. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. The Summer Session’s commitment to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology leads to long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean summer. Participants must be able to cover very uneven, rocky terrain and endure temperatures well above 30ºC for extended periods.
2023 ASCSA Summer Seminars
The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are 18-day programs that focus on specific cultural themes, historical periods, or geographical regions. The Seminars are led by exceptional scholars of Classics and related fields. Under their direction, participants study texts, visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers in order to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture.
For Summer 2023, the two seminars are:
The Archaeology of Caves in Greece: Cult and Life through the Ages (June 5 to June 23, 2023)
Participants will investigate life and cult stretching from the Paleolithic period to today, through archaeological and anthropological research focusing on caves. The course examines caves as living entities that actively shape local cultures as centers of cult, active arenas of archaeological exploration, nodes of complex economic and religious landscapes, and major archaeological sites doubling as tourist attractions with a major impact on local economies. Attention will be paid to caves as carstic phenomena that have attracted various forms of human action (habitation, exploitation, cult, refuge, shelter) for millennia. The seminar will visit several caves as well as significant nearby sites and museums (e.g. Delphi, Athenian Acropolis). Taught by Professors Amy and Nassos Papalexandrou (University of Texas at Austin).
Locating Ancient Gender and Sexuality (July 3 – July 21, 2023)
This seminar examines discourse about gender and sexuality within distinct cultures of ancient Greece, articulated through association with cities, sanctuaries, and liminal spaces. The program is structured through a comparative framework, studying social systems across space and time: analyzing Athens and its rivals of the classical period, Sparta, Corinth and Thebes. Literary traditions will be brought into conversation with archaeological evidence and the landscapes of Greece. Taught by Professors Kate Gilhuly and Bryan Burns (Wellesley College).Internationally known scholars of Greek history, art, and archaeology will participate as guest lecturers in both seminars. Students are expected to give on-site reports, which they will prepare in their home libraries before the program begins. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking, often over uneven terrain, in the hot Mediterranean summer, where many days over 30ºC can be expected.
 
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.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr

Master of Arts, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University is pleased to invite applications to the Historical Studies track of its 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 and Caesarea-Maritima.org.
Students in the Graduate Department of Religion may also take courses from departments across Vanderbilt University including in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, History, History of Art, Islamic Studies, and Jewish Studies. Language instruction is offered on a rotating basis in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Classical Latin, Classical Syriac, and Classical Arabic as well
as modern research languages. 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 Azzoni, Jelena Bogdanović, Issam Eido, Phillip Lieberman, Richard McGregor, David Michelson, Jennifer Quigley, Joseph Rife, Betsey Robinson, and Choon-Leong Seow, among others.
Admitted students are eligible for two years of funding through the Graduate Department of Religion including full tuition and a partial stipend of $15,000 per year.
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, 2022. Instructions for the application process 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.

Funded PhD liturgical studies, University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Call for PhD Applicants, Liturgical Studies

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame accepts up to two, funded (tuition scholarship + full stipend) PhD students per year in Liturgical Studies. The program integrates three sub-disciplines: Liturgical History; Liturgical Theology; Ritual Studies.

The program offers a wide range of research opportunities with particular strengths in early and late antique Christian liturgy and material culture, medieval liturgy, history and theology of the sacraments, Eastern Christian traditions, ritual studies, and manuscript studies.

The Liturgical Studies program was founded in 1947 as the first graduate program in the Department of Theology and quickly grew to become an international center for the study of liturgy. Pioneers in the discipline who have taught at Notre Dame include Josef Jungmann, Louis Bouyer, Robert Taft, Paul Bradshaw, and many others. The program is currently comprised of six faculty members and represents one of the largest concentrations of liturgical scholars at one place in the world.

In addition to its core strengths, Liturgical Studies offers a variety of opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions at Notre Dame, including the Medieval Institute, the Program in Sacred Music, other departments at the university (including Anthropology, Classics, History and Sociology) and other programs within the Theology Department, including Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA), the History of Christianity (HC), and Systematic Theology (ST), among others. PhD students in liturgical studies also have opportunities to simultaneously pursue graduate minors in other areas of the department and a range of disciplines, including Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, Peace Studies, and Byzantine Studies. The Hesburgh Libraries system has extensive holdings in theology and one of the nation’s largest collections in medieval studies, including the Milton Anastos Collection. The university also offers a broad range of ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, among others), and the Graduate School provides funding opportunities for students to conduct dissertation research abroad.

All PhD applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 2, 2023. More information and a link to the online application may be found here:
https://theology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/ph-d/

For those without a Master degree, the Theology Department also offers a two-year Master of Theological Studies (MTS) with a concentration in Liturgical Studies, which is geared toward eventual PhD work in liturgy or other fields: https://theology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/mts/

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