Issue 27, January 2020
Editors: Sergei Mariev (Munich / Mainz) and Annick Peters-Custot (Nantes)
Editorial Assistance: Daria Coșcodan (Berlin / Munich), IT Support: Panagiotis Kanelatos (Athens)
We welcome submissions from National Committees of the AIEB, Commissions of the AIEB, universities, scholarly and research institutions, museums, libraries, galleries, as well as individual scholars at any stages of their careers as well as members of the general public interested in scholarly research on Byzantium and its heritage.
Please refer to the submission instructions in the last section of this newsletter. Thank you for your submissions! –The editors.
Studenica Monastery - antiquity, continuity, modernity
Organizers: SASA and Studenica monastery
Date: 13th December 2019 – 31st March 2020
Venue: Gallery of the SASA
The exhibition will be organized on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Sava as the first archbishop of Serbia. The realization of the project involves the creation of a contemporary exhibition that represents the cultural historical heritage and the importance of the Studenica monastery complex. Original exhibits and classic exhibition elements will be combined with digital interactive installations based on new technologies. This will enable visitors to see the reconstructions of objects, historical events, mapped and animated projections with a rich educational narrative, and thus get acquainted with the most important facts concerning one of the oldest monastic complexes in Serbia.
(Congresses, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Schools, etc.)
Workshop im Rahmen der Initiative "Epigraphik in der Hollandstrasse":
"Global Epigraphy. Wahrnehmung und Darstellung von Fremdem in Inschriften"
See the program here
Poetry in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 11th to the 15th Century. Transcultural Perspectives
Workshop at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Studies
January 24th, 2020
Conveners: Krystina Kubina, Nikos Zagklas, Andreas Rhoby
Organised in the framework of the following projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund:
“Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century 1081-1204” (project no. P-28959)
“Late Byzantine Poetry from the Fourth Crusade until the End of the Empire” (project no. T-1045)
New series of conventions on Byzantine, ancient and medieval law at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Vienna, 29.01.2020, 13.05.2020, ÖAW
New series of conventions on Byzantine, ancient and medieval law at the Austrian Academy of Sciences entitled "Rechtspluralität in Antike und Mittelalter":
* 29. Jänner 2020, 16.00-18.00 Uhr, ÖAW, Hollandstrasse 11-13, 1020 Wien: Recht und Religion in mittelalterlichen Handschriften
* 13. Mai 2020, 16.00-18.00 Uhr, ÖAW, Hollandstrasse 11-13, 1020 Wien: Recht und Ethnizität in mittelalterlichen Handschriften
Ghent University, Belgium, 3-4 February 2020
Crash-course in Greek paleography, Ghent University
The Greek department of Ghent University offers a two-day course in Greek paleography in collaboration with the Research School OIKOS. The course is intended for (advanced) students and PhDs in Classics, Ancient History and Ancient Civilizations with a good command of Greek. It offers an intensive introduction into Greek paleography from the Hellenistic period until the end of the Middle Ages and is specifically aimed at acquiring practical skills to read literary and documentary papyri and literary manuscripts from the originals.
Information about scholarly events in France in the field of Byzantine Studies can be found under this link.
SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel, Introduction to the digital cataloguing of manuscripts
8.-12. June 2020, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Deadline: 1 March, 2020
Die SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW) bietet eine Einführung in XML, TEI-P5 und Anwendungssoftware und vermittelt die Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten, um Beschreibungen mittelalterlicher und frühneuzeitlicher Handschriften in TEI und im bzw. für das Handschriftenportal zu erstellen. Zudem wird in diesem Kurs über die Verwaltung und Publikation von Handschriftenbeschreibungen in Datenbanken und gedruckten Katalogen informiert.
Lecture Series: Material Culture in Byzantium and the Medieval West
Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)
Byzanz und der Westen: Kolloquium zur materiellen Kultur im Mittelalter
29.1.2020 17 Uhr
Mihailo Milinković (Belgrad):
„Stadt – Zentrum – Befestigung? Archäologische Forschungen zu frühbyzantinischen Höhenanlagen (6./7. Jh.) im heutigen Serbien“
(im Rahmen der Mittwochsvorträge am GWZO)
Vortragsreihe: Byzanz in Mainz
Dienstag, den 4. Februar 2020, 18.15
Prof. Béatrice Caseau (Paris)
When Past and Present Intermingle: Balsamon’s Comments on Feasts and Liturgies
«Comunicare la santità» – IV EDIZIONE CANTIERI DELL’AGIOGRAFIA
Sapienza Università di Roma - Pontificia Università Antonianum
21-23 gennaio 2020
L’iniziativa ha il duplice scopo di favorire lo scambio scientifico tra gli studiosi e di far emergere i principali o più innovativi campi di ricerca e orientamenti metodologici degli studi agiografici attuali.
Per favorire il dialogo fra i vari panels e offrire un comune denominatore alle proposte presentate, la IV edizione dei Cantieri sarà dedicata al tema Comunicare la santità: un contenitore nel quale le indagini potranno declinarsi in senso diacronico e pluridisciplinare, illustrando gli strumenti, i percorsi, le interazioni fra soggetti che, nel corso dei secoli e fino ai nostri giorni, hanno accompagnato i processi comunicativi della santità.
Digitizing and Encoding Seals: SigiDoc and RTI-Dome in action
Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Department of Humanities, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, January 20-21, 2020
The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss solutions, currently under development, concerning an XML-based and TEI-compliant data model for the description of Byzantine seals – and, with minor adjustments, of other coin-like objects, such as bread stamps, Hellenistic or Western Medieval seals and sealings. For this purpose, participants will be introduced to a new encoding standard: SigiDoc, the first attempt to adapt and extend the digital approach – already applied to inscriptions, coins and papyri – to seals. SigiDoc builds on the experience of the EpiDoc encoding standard and its customisable publication platform EFES (EpiDoc Front End Services). More information at: https://www.unive.it/vedph
Information about scholarly events in Spain in the field of Byzantine Studies can be found under this link: https://bizantinistica.blogspot.com/2019/
Western New England University, Springfield, Mass., USA
Assistant Professor Position: History of the Circum-Mediterranean/Islamic World before 1500
(from August 2020).
Deadline: Review of Applications started 15th December, 2019; open until filled
The Department of History and Political Science seeks applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of History of the circum-Mediterranean world to 1500. This can include classical and medieval Europe or the Islamic world. The primary qualification for this position is excellence in teaching. Teaching responsibilities include 12 credit hours of history courses per semester, including World History before 1500 and courses at the intermediate and advanced undergraduate level; breadth of fields is desirable.
For further information and application procedure, please click here.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships (2020-2021)
Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, Canada.
Deadline for applications: 1st February, 2020.
For further information and application procedure, please click here.
Addison Wheeler Postdoctoral Fellowships
Durham University, UK
(commencing no later than 1st October, 2020).
Deadline for applications: 7th February, 2020.
For further information and application procedure, please click here.
SUNA KIRAÇ Post-doctoral research fellowship
Deadline: February 16, 2020.
The Koç University AKMED will sponsor a full-time post-doctoral researcher for 6 or 9 months beginning from the April 1, 2019. Candidates are required to submit a project in the field of history, archaeology, art history, cultural heritage and any other related disciplines focusing on the geography of Anatolia, Eastern Thrace or Cyprus.
Postdoc position in the field of Byzantine narrative
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Deadline: 29 Feb 2020
Start date: July 2020
The post-doc fellow will pursue his/her own research in the field of Byzantine literature. He/she will join a small team, comprising two doctoral students and one senior researcher and currently working mainly on the narratological research of Byzantine epics and novel. The post-doc fellow should enrich the variety of examined texts and approaches by focusing on another Byzantine genre, preferably on historiography or hagiography, with emphasis on testing and applying modern literary methods, especially narratology, on the Medieval Greek material.
Funded MA and PhD opportunities at Central European University, Vienna
The Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University (Vienna) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2020/2021 academic year. The deadline is January 30, 2020.
Central European University is a graduate level, English-language university with a multi-disciplinary Medieval Department that offers the following programs:
• 1-year MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
• 2-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
• 2-year MA Cultural Heritage Studies
• PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
CEU provides a variety of merit-based scholarships and various other types of financial support available to students at all levels and from any country (tuition waiver, stipend, housing awards, health insurance coverage): https://www.ceu.edu/financialaid
Interested applicants can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit: https://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/
The Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School
University of Birmingham
12 July - 8 August 2020
The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020.
The Department of Classics and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce "The Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School", which will take place from 12 July to 8 August 2020. This Summer School offers participants the opportunity to study either Classical or Byzantine/Medieval Greek at all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced).
For more details on the application process and the Summer School in general, please click here.
Papyrologische Autumn School in Münster
25. bis 29. September 2020
Bewerbungen sind bis zum 29. Februar 2020 möglich.
JOB Opportunity: Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature, University of Southern Denmark.
Applications are invited for a position as Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature at the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark. The position is available from September 2020.
The position forms part of the Centre for Excellence, Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), and of the study programme of Classics.
For further information please click here
For further information, please click here.
Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-21
University of Notre Dame: College of Arts & Letters: Medieval Institute
Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies.
Museum Director, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, USA.
Deadline: Open until filled.
The museum director will lead the museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits in a highly collaborative environment. The director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of museum operations. The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with strong leadership and administrative skills. The incumbent will join our community at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and public programs and will contribute to the ongoing Dumbarton Oaks Access Initiative by helping us design and deliver free and open access to the collections through digital and educational initiatives.
For further information and application procedure, please click here
Editor: Studies in Late Antiquity, University of California Press
Deadline: 10th February, 2020, (to begin January, 2021)
University of California Press is seeking applicants for the position of Editor of Studies in Late Antiquity. The new editorship will begin in January 2021 following the end of founding Editor, Beth DePalma Digeser’s term.
International Byzantine Greek Summer School
Trinity College Dublin
18 July – 15 August 2020
Deadline: 14 April 2020
The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome back the International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS), directed by Dr Anthony Hirst. This well-established course, founded in 2002, teaches Byzantine Greek at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level and allows early learners to engage with original medieval and late antique Greek texts from the start.
Level 1 Beginners: 18 July – 1 August 2020
Level 2/2.5 Intermediate: 1–15 August 2020
Level 3 Advanced Reading: 1–15 August 2020
Further information: www.tcd.ie/Classics/byzantine
Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-21
University of Notre Dame, IN, USA
Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
Qualifications: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.
Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will also complete an informational sheet in Interfolio.
A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies 2020–21
University of Notre Dame, IN, USA
Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
The Medieval Institute offers a fellowship for a junior faculty scholar in Medieval Studies, made possible through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a United States university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame's famed Medieval Institute during the academic year.
Scholarships and Fellowships at the British School at Athens, Greece (2020-2021)
Deadline for applications for all posts: 24th April, 2020
i The Macmillan-Rodewald and the Richard Bradford McConnell Studentships (Postdoctoral or advanced doctoral researchers).
ii Early Career Fellowship (3 months; for scholars in first post).
iii Visiting Fellowship (2-3 months).
Summer School: German for Students of Classical Studies
8th June -17th July, University of Cologne, Germany.
The Classics Department at the University of Cologne is launching the 'German for Students of Classical Studies' program for its sixth run in 2020. The course will take place between June 8 and July 17, 2020. Applications can be sent in until January 31, 2020.
Summer School: Dumbarton Oaks and Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML)
Syriac and Armenian Summer School (10 places for each course)
13th July- 7th August, 2020, St John's University, Collegeville, MN, USA.
Deadline for Applications: 15th February, 2020.
Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces two intensive four-week language courses: Intermediate Syriac and Introduction to Classical Armenian.
The programme, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will run from July 13 to August 7, 2020. The audience is doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac or Armenian in their research.
For further information and application procedure, please click here
Call for Faculty position for Patristics, St Vladimir's Seminary
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, founded in 1938 and dedicated to student learning, research, and community life, invites distinguished candidates to apply for a faculty position for patristics. We seek an assistant, associate, or full professor.
We will begin reviewing applications immediately until the position is filled.
Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies
Washington, DC, USA, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
What: Awards for advanced graduate students
When: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies for advanced graduate students who are preparing for their PhD general exams, writing their doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees in the field of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape studies. Students who plan to conduct research in the fieldwork and photo collections, the rare book collection, or the museum collections are particularly encouraged to apply.
Calls for Papers
Call for Free Communications, Posters and VR Sessions for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, 23-28 August 2021, Istanbul, is open now.
Deadline for submissions: 15th of April, 2020.
Abstracts to be submitted here
CFP: Worlds of Related Coercionism in Work (WORCK)
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
16th-20th September, 2020.
Deadline: 15th February, 2020.
For further information, please click here
CFP: “Correctness in Comparison. Negotiating Linguistic Norms in Greek from the Imperial Roman until the Later Byzantine period (I – XV AD)”
Deadline: May 31, 2020
We are looking forward to receiving your proposals for 30-minute papers for the forthcoming conference . The conference will be held in Vienna, at the Institute for Medieval Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, on December 4-5, 2020.
The main aim of this conference is to consider the role and importance of linguistic correctness, hellenismós, in later periods of Greek, that is, from the Imperial Roman to the later Byzantine eras (first to fifteenth centuries AD). Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals (600 words max.) to MA Katharina Preindl at: email@example.com
, by May 31, 2020.
See the Call for Papers
and click here
for further information
Call for Papers: "Textual Heritage and Information Technology - El' Manuscript-2020"
Deadline for Abstracts: 29.02.2020
El'Manuscript-2020 is the eighth in a series of biennial international conferences entitled "Textual Heritage and Information Technologies" that brings together linguists, specialists in historical source criticism, IT specialists, and others involved in publishing and studying our textual heritage. Along with the lectures, a summer school will be part of the conference, which will allow practitioners to become familiar with various technologies, approaches and methods for working with manuscripts.
Organization Committee Chair: Prof. Dr. Achim Rabus, Prof. Dr. Viktor A. Baranov, Prof. Dr. Heinz Miklas, Prof. Dr. Aleksandr M. Moldovan
Contact person: Dr. Christine Grillborzer
E-mail (Organization Committee): firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Website: www.elmanuscript2020.uni-freiburg.de
CFP: Military History of the Mediterranean Sea
19 & 20 June: Thessaloniki
Deadlines: The deadline for proposals is 12pm (Athens time +2GMT) on February 28, 2020; late requests cannot be accommodated.
Papers are sought for the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea to be held at Thessaloniki on 19 & 20 June 2020. A preliminary program will be circulated on March 30. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference organising committee.
Call For Papers: "Theandrites: Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453)"
Abstract Deadline: 1st February 2020
The International Society of Neoplatonic Studies conference will take place between 10-14 June 2020. The abstract submission deadline for the panel "Theandrites: Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism" is February 1st, 2020.
300 word abstract to be sent to Sarah Wear (email@example.com) and Frederick Lauritzen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Papers presented in Athens will be published in the series Theandrites:
Studies in Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453) (after peer review)
Literary connections between the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles and Saints’ Lives
Valencia, July 1-3, 2020
Deadline: January 31, 2020
1) Valentina Calzolari (Université de Genève) “Les traductions arméniennes des Actes apocryphes des apôtres”
2) Alin Suciu (Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities) “The Coptic-Arabic-Ethiopic Collection of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles”
3) Susanne Luther (University of Groningen) (To be confirmed)
4) Israel Muñoz Gallarte (Universidad de Córdoba) “Cosmología en el Himno de la Perla de los Hechos de Tomás”
Workshop: Motifs, Influences and Narrative Strategies in the Epics of the East and West
Istanbul, Turkey, 17.-18.09.2020, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul
Deadline for submission: 30.03.2020
“Byzantium between East and West”: call for articles for a special issue
Deadline for submission of articles: 31.03.2020
New Information Resources
Artefacts and Raw Materials in Byzantine Archival Documents
Le Comité français des études byzantines (CFEB) est heureux de vous annoncer que la base « Artefacts and Raw Materials in Byzantine Archival Documents / Objets et matériaux dans les documents d'archives byzantins » a changé d’adresse et est désormais hébergée par le CFEB sous le lien suivant : http://typika.cfeb.org
Elle est aussi accessible par le portail du CFEB : http://www.cfeb.org/outils/
The French Committee for Byzantine Studies (CFEB) is pleased to announce that the Database "Artefacts and Raw Materials in Byzantine Archival Documents" has changed address and is now hosted by the CFEB under the following link: http://typika.cfeb.org
It is also accessible through the CFEB site: http://www.cfeb.org/outils/
Digital Tabula Imperii Byzantini (Dig-TIB)
The Digital Tabula Imperii Byzantini (Dig-TIB) has put its Web Application, the TIB Mapviewer, online! It is entitled Maps of Power: Historical Atlas of Places, Borderzones and Migration Dynamics in Byzantium
Please feel free to browse and test it! It features data from the TIB Balkans (Mihailo Popović, Veronika Polloczek, Bernhard Koschicek, Vratislav Zervan) deriving from volume TIB 16 and TIB sub-projects, is work in progress and is regularly augmented with new datasets and source based interpretations as well as visualisations (e. g. map layers, StoryMaps, photographs from our areas of research, historic maps, GIS data etc.) from the TIB Balkans.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact: Mihailo.Popovic@oeaw.ac.at
Maps of Power: Historical Atlas of Places, Borderzones and Migration Dynamics in Byzantium is an integral part of the Long Tern Project Tabula Imperii Byzantini of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of its Maps of Power initiative.
Online Catalogue of Byzantine Coins
Washington, D.C., USA, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Coins help reveal the economic, political, and religious histories of the Byzantine Empire - and soon, people everywhere can see recent acquisitions from one of the greatest specialized collections of Byzantine coins in the world. Starting July 15, the Online Catalogue of Byzantine Coins presents zoomable images, translations, transcriptions, measurements, and commentary on hundreds of coins. Many were obtained after Volume V of the Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection was published in print. For the first time, numismatists and Byzantinists can look at these objects via a free digital catalogue.
Visit the website
New version of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams
(DBBE, hosted at Ghent University), freely accessible at https://www.dbbe.ugent.be.
Thanks to the generous support of the Special Research Fund of Ghent University, DBBE has been completely redesigned over the past two years, in close collaboration with the Database, Document and Content Management research group of the Faculty of Engineering of Ghent University and with the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities.
We gladly refer to our Help page and Search Tricks and Tips page for more information.
Users are encouraged to explore the new features of DBBE and are welcome to give comments and feedback at email@example.com.
New Research Projects
(In collaboration with Johannes Preiser-Kapeller)
New research programme funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c. 950 – c. 1100)
During the long eleventh century (c. 950–c. 1100 CE), a host of core narratives that form the substructure of what we know today as Christian Orthodox culture were established in the ‘Byzantine’ world. Some were old stories that were systematically codified or rewritten, others were newly created or imported from other traditions. They concerned saints and commoners, heroes and devils, intellectuals and lunatics, in recognizably social settings or in various landscapes of fantasy. These storyworlds cut across secular and religious lines, involved verbal and pictorial arts, encompassed a variety of communities, from aristocratic settings to the common church-goer and school pupil. Most significantly, these storyworlds occasioned intense translation activity, from and into the languages of Byzantine or Byzantinizing Christians: Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic. The aim of the present project is to revive, preserve, and make available this influential, but largely neglected cultural production. We wish to study it as an entangled unity from the perspectives of a) storytelling and modern narratology; b) translation and rewriting among different languages; c) medieval book, writing, and performance cultures. By focusing on these four main entangled traditions we hope to illuminate the rich but complex modes by which Byzantine storyworlds appeared and came to be influential for centuries.
The programme will be co-directed by Ingela Nilsson, Stratis Papaioannou, and Christian Høgel in conjunction, with its center at Uppsala University but in close collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark (Odense) and the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII).
ERC Starting Grant for Zachary Chitwood on investigating the role of the monastic federation of Mount Athos in the Middle Ages
A comprehensive database will include the inhabitants and visitors of Athos over a period of 700 years and paint a new picture of the monastic republic and its manifold connections.
Mount Athos – a peninsula in northern Greece, inhabited for over 1,000 years only by monks, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and from time immemorial a melting pot of the peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean and Russia: in the Middle Ages this monastic republic was a place of retreat for Orthodox believers on the one hand, but on the other hand also connected with the medieval world in diverse ways beyond the walls of the monastery. The monks cultivated close relations with the Byzantine Empire, rulers in the Balkans, the Caucasus as well as in South Italy, and later also the Ottoman Empire. A new research project will investigate these connections and relations of the inhabitants and visitors of Athos and will transform the way the Holy Mountain is viewed. Dr. Zachary Chitwood, a researcher in Byzantine Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), has received a EUR 1.5 million ERC Starting Grant of the European Research Council for this project.
New Project: North of Byzantium (NoB)
North of Byzantium (NoB) is a new initiative organized by Maria Alessia Rossi (The Index of Medieval Art) and Alice Isabella Sullivan (Getty/ACLS), and primarily sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (https://maryjahariscenter.org/programs). Through its annual events, NoB explores the rich history, art, and culture of the northern frontiers of the Byzantine Empire in Eastern Europe between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, and aims to connect students, scholars, teachers, artists, and curators to resources related to the medieval and early modern artistic production of Eastern Europe.
Visit our website (www.northofbyzantium.org) and "Subscribe" to receive news and updates.
New Project: Making and Consuming Drugs in the Italian and Byzantine Worlds (12th-15th c.)
Wellcome Trust University Award (2019-2024), Principal Investigator: Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, University of Edinburgh
This project aims to examine the significant cultural interaction between the Italian and the Byzantine worlds between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries by focusing on the making, selling, and administration of drugs, using a wide variety of literary and archaeological sources. It will also provide the first-ever complete edition and English translation of previously unpublished unique examples of Byzantine hospital recipe manuals, the so-called xenōnika. It will shed light on: the emerging profession of the apothecaries and their interaction with customers and other health professionals; the role of state and peer groups in managing and controlling health services; the importance of drug therapy compared to dietetics and surgery; the transfer and exchange of pharmacological knowledge; the impact of the rapidly disseminating Arabic pharmacology and the use of new exotic substances. It takes a comparative approach informed by the methodological perspective of ‘entangled history’, examining interferences and interdependencies between the two regions, with the ultimate aim of offering a critical re-assessment of medieval pharmacy and pharmacology in the wider Mediterranean world. On another level, the project aims to inspire future comparative studies on other aspects of daily life between the Italian and Byzantine worlds.
The forthcoming edition of the chartulary of the monastery of Lembiotissa by the Institute of Historical Research / National Hellenic Research Foundation.
The former Institute of Byzantine Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation and now Department of Byzantine Research of the Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation had, towards the end of the 1990s, assigned to its Senior Researcher Paris Gounaridis the edition of the archive of the monastery of Lembiotissa, which is found in cod. Vind. hist. gr. 125, with the aim to have it published as a monograph titled “The Documents of the Monastery of Lembiotissa. Introduction, Diplomatic Edition, Commentary”, as part of the series “Sources” of the publications of the Department of Byzantine Research.
In 2017, a few months before his demise, Prof. Paris Gounaridis delivered to the Institute of Historical Research the text of the edition almost complete. The sudden death, however, of the editor did not allow for the full completion of the edition, while it was only a few months ago that the entire file of his work was acquired by the Institute, thus opening the way for the publication of the volume. Dr. Ekaterini Mitsiou is expected to undertake the task to edit the volume, which, according to the program set by the Institute, will be published within 2020.
Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium (4th century BCE-7th century CE)
Motherhood and breastfeeding in the Hellenistic and early Byzantine cultures (323 BCE-650 CE) are set under exploration in the context of the interdisciplinary research programme of the University of Cyprus, which is funded by the Cypriot Research Promotion Foundation (“Excellence Hubs” Programme).
The research programme, labelled with the acronym MotherBreast, is to be conducted with the participation of the Pediatric Society of Cyprus and the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association “Gift for Life”. The research team consists of researches from the University of Cyprus and other international universities (Harvard University and Cardiff University).
MotherBreast will perform pioneering comparative and interdisciplinary research by using the concepts of “gender”, “body” and “performance” to investigate the various aspects of the strong affinities between woman—as mother and nurse—and her lactating breast, as well as the social, ideological and medical meanings and uses of motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding, and their visual and literary representations.
For further details, please visit the official MotherBreast website at: https://ucy.ac.cy/motherbreast/.
Cooperation Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus - Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okizdent - Mainz funded for another four years
The interdisciplinary cooperation Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus - Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident - Mainz will be funded for another four years by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (press release: http://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/8209_DEU_HTML.php).
The work programme of this second funding period that is to sart in July 2019 will be thematically-focused on Byzantium between Orient and Occident: Appropriation, translation and dissemination of knowledge, ideas and objects.
For further information:
History of the Russian Saint Panteleimon Monastery on Mount Athos
This long-term project is developing by the Institute of the Athos History (Moscow) researchers, who have devoted many years to the study of historical ties between Russia and Athos. The basis of the study is research of the unique documents of Athos monasteries, Russian and foreign archives. At present, the first stage of the study is completed: «A History of the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mount Athos from ancient times to 1735». Current results of this stage were published in four parts:
For further information: http://instathos.ru/
Acts of notaries, drawn up in the cities of the Black Sea region
International research project developing in productive cooperation between scientific team from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, headed by academician Sergey Karpov, and Italian colleagues, professors from the universities of Genoa and Turin: Alfonso Assini, Enrico Basso, M.G. Alvaro and Laura Balletto. The project explored unique sources that allow to highlighting different aspects of the history of the cities of Crimea and adjacent areas in this era.
Within the project scope, the following monograph was published: The acts of the Genoese notaries, drawn up in Kaffa and in other cities of the Black Sea region in the XIV-XV centuries. / edited by S.P. Karpov; compiled by M.G. Alvaro, A. Assini, L. Balletto, E. Basso. St. Petersburg: Aletheia, 2018. 760 p. [Black Sea in the Middle Ages. Vol. X] ISBN: 978-5-907030-13-8
This book includes notaries’ acts in Latin, with detailed registers and comments in Russian and Italian. Many documents from the State Archive of Genoa are published for the first time.
Late Byzantine Poetry from 1204 to the End of the Empire
Austrian Academy of Sciences, funded by the Austrian Science Funds FWF, project leader Krystina Kubina.
The late Byzantine period (c. 1204 to the middle of the 15th century) saw an age of radical political change from a unified empire to several single polities, as well as socioeconomic and military crises. At the same time, cultural life experienced a flourishing of the arts, architecture and literature. Poetry has survived from all regions dominated by Byzantine culture over the whole 250-year time span. Even though there has been a growing academic interest in Byzantine poetry in general, the late period is largely unexplored. If at all, there have been studies on single authors and texts, but no attempt has been made to understand the poetry of late Byzantium in its various cultural and social contexts. This project aims to fill this gap by highlighting trends and developments in late poetry, while doing justice to the nature of poetry as a ubiquitous means of cultural expression and identity-building in Byzantium.
New Project: A Narratological Commentary on Digenis Akritis
The project is funded by the Czech Grant Foundation and has started at the Masaryk University in Brno in January 2019. Its duration is 3 years and main output will be a book-length narratological commentary on the only extent Byzantine epos.
Team members: Markéta Kulhánková, Ondřej Cikán
More information can be found on the project website.
New Project: Bessarion’s contribution to the processes of dissemination of Byzantine cultural heritage in the West during the late 15th century
The project focuses on the main philosophical work of Bessarion (1408-1472), the "In Calumniatorem Platonis" (ICP). The primary objective is to prepare and publish a full critical edition of both Greek and Latin versions of all six books of the ICP. The project also aims to paint a comprehensive picture of the efforts of Bessarion and members of his scholarly circle to explain the value of Byzantine cultural heritage for the West to a learned audience in Italy during the late 15th century. The project is financed through the Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by the Institute of Byzantine Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.
Initiator of the project and principal investigator is PD Dr. Sergei Mariev.
More information can be found on the project website
New project: Johannes Zacharias Aktuarios, Περὶ ἐνεργειῶν καὶ παθῶν τοῦ ψυχικοῦ πνεύματος καὶ τῆς κατ᾽ αὐτὸ διαίτης λόγοι β´: critical edition and medical-historical analysis
The aim of this research project is the preparation of a comprehensive critical edition of the bipartite treatise on the ψυχικὸν πνεῦμα of the Byzantine physician, scholar and actuarius John Zacharias (about 1275-1328). The edition will also comprise a German translation and will attempt to situate the treatise within the broader context of the reception of medical Gebrauchsliteratur. The Greek text of the treatise is transmitted in about 33 manuscripts that date mainly between the 14th and 16th centuries. One of the main purposes of this research project is the editorial elaboration of the individual redactions of this treatise with an aim to provide an adequate methodical illustration of the specific nature of medical texts that had been destined for practical use in Byzantium. Together with the critical edition of John Zacharias’ treatise a revised and supplemented edition of the middle Byzantine treatise Περὶ τῆς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου κατασκευῆς, which has survived under the name of a Theophilos (Protospatharios?), will be prepared, especially considering its function as an important source for John Zacharias.
More information can be found on the project website
New Project: The Cult of Saints - A research project on the Cult of Saints from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world
At the centre of the project is a searchable database on which all the early evidence for the cult of the saints is being collected, whether in Armenian, Coptic, Georgian, Greek, Latin or Syriac, with summaries of long texts and full quotation of key passages, both in the original language and in English translation. Every piece of evidence will be accompanied by a brief discussion, considering issues such as its dating and the details of cult that it reveals. This database will be fully searchable, making it simple to access all the evidence for the early cult of a single saint, such as Martin of Tours, or to narrow the search down – for instance, to evidence for churches dedicated to Martin in 6th-century Italy. It will also be possible to narrow searches to specific types of evidence (for instance, images only), or to specific cult practices (such as the creation of contact relics or the practice of incubation, sleeping at a shrine in the hope of a dream-vision).
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New project: Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World
The project “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World” is funded within the programme “Digital Humanities: Langzeitprojekte zum kulturellen Erbe” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for the duration of four years (PI: Doz. Dr. Mihailo Popović, 2015–2018). It is hosted at the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) of the same Academy and unites as a cluster project various experts from the fields of Medieval History, Byzantine Studies, Historical Geography, Archaeology, Geography, Cartography, Geographical Information Science (GISc) and Software Engineering. DPP focuses on the depiction and analysis of space and place in medieval written sources, the interaction between built and natural environment, the appropriation of space and the emergence of new political, religious and economic structures of power. Moreover, DPP is a cutting edge project within Digital Humanities and uses as well as develops digital tools for data-acquisition, data-management, processing as well as for analysis, visualisation, communication and publication.
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BYZART - Byzantine Art and Archaeology Thematic Channel for Europeana
On 1st October 2017, the "BYZART - Byzantine Art and Archaeology Thematic Channel" project was launched. Coordinated by the University of Bologna (prof. Isabella Baldini), it aims at making about 75.000 cultural and artistic multimedia contents accessible online through the Europeana Platform. The contents that will be made available to Europeana include collections of digitized photos, video and audio contents, as well as 3D surveys and reconstructions about Byzantine history and culture, one of the milestones of European cultural heritage. The digital objects will be available at the best possible quality and according to the Europeana Right Statements. Moreover, the action will enhance Europeana accessibility and visibility, by rationalising and classifying the items already uploaded on the platform. By the end of the action, the number of the digital items related to Byzantine art and archaeology on Europeana platform will reach about 115.500.
Partner institutions of the project are the Ionian University of Kerkyra, the Open University of Cyprus, the Institute of Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, the International Mosaic Documentation Centre of the Ravenna's Art Museum.
On 31th October, 2107, the kick-off meeting of the project took place at the Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna.
The project is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility with a grant of 425.827 euros.
Cooperation among scientific institutions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and research institutions of the Church of Greece and Cyprus
An Anniversary Jubilee Conference on the occasion of 50 years of the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies took place at the Amphitheater of the Foundation (Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Blatadon) in Thessaloniki. A memorandum for the establishment of a network regarding the cooperation among scientific institutions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and research institutions of the Church of Greece and Cyprus focusing on Byzantine culture was signed during the Conference. Among these institutions are the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete, the Mount Athos Center (Hagioritiki Hestia), the Ecclesiastical Center for Historical and Cultural Studies of the Holy Metropolis of Samos and Ikaria, the Institute for Postgraduate Studies in Orthodox Theology (in Chambesy, Geneva), “Patriarch Athenagoras” Orthodox Institute (Berkeley, USA) and Bolos Academy for Theological Studies. The Cypriot institution, which signed the Memorandum were the World Forum for Religions and Cultures of the Holy Kykkos Monastery in Lefkosia and «St. Epiphanios» Cultural Academy of the Holy Metropolis of Konstantia and Ammochostos.
Petition of the Citizens’ Movement for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage
Please see this link for a petition regarding the fate of the antiquities at Venizelou station in Thessaloniki.
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