University of Silesia in Katowice post-doc positions

Two new new post-doc positions have been announced at the University of Silesia in Katowice in the NCN OPUS project ‘Beyond the Sacred: Conceptions of Nature in Byzantium (4th-15th Centuries).’ Each position is for three years, with an option for a one-year extension. You will be working in a small yet friendly research group located in a newly renovated modern building in the centre of the city.

The remuneration is 8,986 PLN gross per month, along with a ’13th salary’ each year and holiday money. This compensation exceeds that of a professor and should be enough to live comfortably. The project also includes a budget for library trips (London, Paris), coverage of participation costs for the Congress in Vienna. You will also be entitled to University funding.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
If you want to learn first-hand how it is to work with us in Poland/Katowice, feel free to write to Tristan Schmidt:
Please note that different responsibilities are associated with each position.
Prof. Dr. Przemysław Marciniak
Hamburg Institute For Advanced Study
Hamburg University Fellow 2023/2024
Rothenbaumchaussee 45
20148 Hamburg
GermanyInstitute of Literary Studies
University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytecka 4
40-007 Katowice

Xlab Unconference and edited volume

We would like to invite you to attend the Carleton Cultural Heritage Informatics Collaboratory (XLab) 2024 unconference, being held at Carleton University in Richcraft Hall from April 2nd to 4th, 2024. We are offering hybrid workshops in cultural heritage informatics methods, as well as a keynote by Dr. Ethan Watrall of Michigan State University and the MSU Museum. The unconference format involves collaborating with fellow conference-goers on subjects of interest to you, to be organized and held in-situ as discussions and panels. This conference is free to attend in person or online; we ask that you let us know of your intention to attend at your earliest convenience through the XLab website at

Funding for the XLab Confab is via Carleton’s participation in a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant with the Computational Research in the Ancient Near East project, and a Carleton Multidisciplinary Catalyst Research Fund grant establishing the XLab.


The XLab Confab Committee:

Dr. Shawn Graham, Katherine Davidson, Kavita Mistry and Scott Coleman.


Call for Papers

Please pass the following call for papers for our upcoming conference volume on Speculative Futures in Cultural Heritage Informatics on to graduate students researching, broadly speaking, cultural heritage-related themes:

You are a graduate student or early career researcher working at the intersection of cultural heritage informatics (CHI) and your discipline. You are at the forefront of a rapidly developing field. What does the future of CHI look like from your vantage point?

The XLab Confab committee invites you to contribute to our edited volume inspired by the upcoming unconference. Current details about the Confab are at the registration page here ( and details about the call for papers for the edited volume may be found here (

The first two days of the confab are scheduled for workshops and an unconference. Dr. Ethan Watrall, who runs the cultural heritage informatics initiative at Michigan State University (, will be joining us on both days, including a keynote address on the second day. Candidates who are invited to submit a chapter for the edited volume will also join us on the third day for a book sprint facilitated by Dr. Watrall and Dr. Shawn Graham, our lab’s PI. Short proposals of a few informal paragraphs should be submitted by February 15th 2024 on the registration page (

While we continue to develop more details about the edited volume, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the volume and Confab. We would be delighted to receive proposals from any interested graduate students working in this broad field.


The XLab Confab Committee:

Dr. Shawn Graham, Katherine Davidson, Kavita Mistry and Scott Coleman.


Slavonic Metaphrasis of Byzantine Orthodoxy: PhD position in Leuven

A fully-funded PhD position to carry out research on Byzantine and Slavonic florilegia and question-and-answer literature has been announced at KU Leuven:

PhD position Slavonic Metaphrasis of Byzantine Orthodoxy

The deadline for applying is 14 March.

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or should you consider applying. Feel free to circulate the position in your network.

Posted on behalf of Lara Sels and Reinhart Ceulemans.


CFP: Projecting Poetry

The TORCH Network Poetry in the Medieval World (University of Oxford) is delighted to introduce “Projecting Poetry”, an initiative designed to promote cross-disciplinary discussion, foster collaboration, and provide a platform for DPhil/PhD students engaged in research across various fields and working on medieval poetry. The goal is to create an opportunity to present ongoing research to a diverse audience of fellow students and seniors.

We invite submissions from DPhil/PhD students at the beginning of their programmes, conducting research in any field and working on poetry in any area and culture of the medieval world (chronological boundaries may be discussed with organisers); any methodological approach is welcome. We especially encourage submissions that aim to explore potential intersections between academic disciplines.


Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract: Please submit a 250-word abstract in English (PDF form) to, including the (working) research title, name, affiliation, and contact information.
  • Submission Deadline: Abstracts can be submitted any time during the academic year.
  • Extended Descriptions: If accepted, speakers should present a document in English (max. 1,500 words) and a title fifteen days before the seminar, with a more extensive description of their interests, research goals and, if they wish, of the challenges they face. This document will be shared with the seminar participants; therefore, it should be accessible to non-specialists.


Event Structure

  • Sessions will be organised online for non-Oxford students and in hybrid format during term time for Oxford participants.
  • Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present their research; a discussion follows. The event will be conducted in English.


Contact Information

For further information and inquiries, please get in touch with Ugo Mondini at

Non-presenting seminar participants

If you want to take part in the seminars, both in person and online, please send an email to Ugo Mondini at with your name, affiliation, research interests, and contact information.

For more information about the network, see We also have a mailing list: send a blank email to (now working!).

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Best regards,

Ugo Mondini & the Network Team


Workshop: Rediscovering the Cultural Heritage of Upper Svaneti, Georgia

Date: 26 July – 4 August 2024

Place: Georgia, Mestia

Application Deadline: 15 March 2024

Rediscovering the Cultural Heritage of Upper Svaneti, Georgia is a ten-day International Cultural Workshop organized by Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Institute of Art History and Theory with the support of the United States Embassy in Georgia. The Workshop welcomes young researchers of any nationality in the History of Art (with preference given to Byzantine or Medieval) at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.

The aim of the Workshop is to explore the cultural heritage of Svaneti, one of the most outstanding regions of Georgia. Not only does Svaneti boast breathtaking, majestic landscapes, but also an extraordinary cultural heritage from the medieval past. These include domestic architecture, towers and churches, a great multitude of frescoes, painted and revetted icons, pre-altar crosses and illuminated manuscripts, preserved in village churches and in two very fine local museums. In sum, it is a unique opportunity to study art and architecture scarcely know to researchers in the West, and to witness the ongoing coexistence of Christian and pre-Christian folk traditions. The remoteness of this region makes it a real treasury of medieval art, with works of medieval art and architecture that survive only in this region.

The Workshop will be include field research, discussion, and presentations. Together, participants will visit and examine monuments of religious and secular architecture, wall and panel painting, metalwork, and manuscript illumination.

The language of the program is English.

Application information:

Date: 26 July – 4 August 2024

Destination: Mestia, Svaneti

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2024

This project takes place in Upper Svaneti, the spectacular mountainous region of Western Georgia,
which not only has an abundance and variety of cultural heritage, but also a unique way of life.
Even today, the local population preserves various pre-Christian beliefs and rituals. In Upper
Svaneti, medieval churches and residences with defense towers have been preserved in their
original forms. Almost all these churches are decorated with paintings, and original treasuries are
kept in most of them: medieval painted and revetted icons, crosses, ecclesiastic vessels created in
local workshops or many other regions of the Christian East and the West. Exposure to this
extraordinary material will provide all students of medieval art with an entirely new perspective on
their field.

The ten-day workshop will enable ten PhD and MA students to visit significant monuments of
cultural heritage in Upper Svaneti, to take part in discussions on-site, and to engage in various field

The workshop will be held in English.

The International Cultural Workshop is organized by the Institute of Art History and Theory at
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, in cooperation with the College of Arts & Sciences at
Syracuse University and the Art History Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
The project partner is the Svaneti Museum of History and-Ethnography.

The International Cultural Workshop (RCHUS) is funded under the US Embassy Georgia Cultural
Small Grants Program.

Application period
22 January to 15 March 2024 (00:00/Georgian Time Zone: UTC + 4)
The selection results will be announced on 8 April.

Applicants of any nationality must currently be enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Medieval or
Byzantine art history or a related field.

Documents to be submitted:
– Application form with other three documents:
– Curriculum vitae (with list of publications/presentations, maximum 3 pages)
– Cover letter outlining interest in the program (maximum 300 words)
– Recommendation letter

The application must be in English.

See here for Application form:

Fees and Funding
The International Cultural Workshop (RCHUS) is free of charge: will cover travel from Tbilisi to
Mestia, field trips, hotel accommodation and meals in Upper Svaneti.

The workshop participants must cover their own international flights to and from Georgia, and
hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. However, there are limited funds for participating students in the
project budget for partial covering the international transportation and accommodation in Tbilisi.
Please clarify your need for funding on your Application form.

For further information, please contact:


Call for Applications: Department of Historical Studies at Central European University

New Ancient Greek Literature: 2 PhD positions in Leuven

Please see the links below for details on two fully-funded PhD positions to carry out research on New Ancient Greek Literature from the Low Countries at KU Leuven:

– PhD position 1 – New Ancient Greek literature from the Low Countries (1484-1700)

– PhD position 2 – New Ancient Greek literature from the Low Countries (1484-1700)

The deadline for applying is 15 March.

Especially for the first position, knowledge of Byzantine literature is a plus.

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or should you consider applying. Feel free to circulate the advertisements in your network.

Oxford Summer School in Greek Palaeography

Oxford Summer School in Greek Palaeography

The ninth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 29 July – 3 August 2024. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, three library visits and four thematic lectures. The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Applications and references must be received not later than 31 January 2024.

For more information please visit


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 in January 2024.

As per our by-laws, the elections committee, formed by the three 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, new members will join the remaining members to form a board and serve until the 2025 BSC meeting.

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.

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at by December 30thPlease include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.

Elections Committee of the Graduate Student Committee:
Luke Hester, Sofia Pitouli, and Catherine Volmensky

Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2024–2025

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2024–2025 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 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.

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.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2024. For further information, please visit the Mary Jaharis Center website:

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

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