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Conf: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era, University of Birmingham, 24-25 February 2017

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Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era
University of Birmingham
24-25 February 2017

This one day and a half conference combines a symposium and a workshop. The aim is to examine and contextualise the artistic and cultural production of the geopolitical centres that were controlled by or in contact with the late Byzantine Empire. This conference will explore the many intellectual implications that are encoded in the innovative artistic production of the Palaiologan Era often simplified by a rigid understanding of what is Byzantine and what is not.

24 Feb 2017 – 1st day
14.00-14.10 – Opening remarks: prof Leslie Brubaker, University of Birmingham
14.10-15.00 First Keynote lecture and discussion: Dr Cecily Hilsdale, McGill University, Title TBC
15.00-16.00 First panel – Chair Dr Ruth Macrides, University of Birmingham
Ivana Jevtic: Late Byzantine Painting Reconsidered: Art in Decline or Art in the Age of Decline?
Andrew Griebeler: The Greek Botanical Albums in Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Constantinople
Maria Alessia Rossi: Political ruin or spiritual renewal? Early Palaiologan art in context
16.00-16.20 Discussion
16.30-16.50 Coffee break
17.00-17.50 Second Keynote lecture and discussion: prof Niels Gaul, University of Edinburgh: Palaiologan Byzantium(s): East Rome’s Final Two Centuries in Recent Research
18.00-19.00 Reception

25 Feb 2017 – 2nd day
9.00-9.50 Opening keynote lecture and discussion: Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou, Open University, Palaiologan art from regional Crete: artistic decline or social progress?
10.00 -10.40 Second panel – Chair Dr Daniel Reynolds, University of Birmingham Anđela Gavrilović: The Stylistic Features of the Frescoes of the Church of the Mother of God Hodegetria in the Patriarchate of Peć (c. 1335-1337)
Ludovic Bender: Mistra and its countryside: The transformation of the late Byzantine religious landscape of Laconia
10.40-11.00 Discussion
11.00-11.20 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Third Panel – Chair Dr Francesca Dell’Acqua, University of Birmingham Andrea Mattiello: Who’s that man? The perception of Byzantium in 15th century Italy
Tatiana Bardashova: Palaiologan Influence on the Visual Representation of the Grand Komnenoi in the Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461)
Lilyana Yordanova: The Issues of Visual Narrative, Literary Patronage and Display of Virtues of a Bulgarian Tsar in the Fourteenth century
12.30-12.50 Discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.10-14.50 Two 10-mins presentations by MA students and 20-mins discussion
14.50-15.30 Two 10-mins presentations by MA students and 20-mins discussion
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.10-16.50 Two 10-mins presentations by MA students and 20-mins discussion
16.50-17.00 Closing remarks: Andrea Mattiello/Maria Alessia Rossi

The programme, further information and details of how to book can be found at:


Job: Birmingham Fellow – Teaching (Delivering Online Teaching)

Full time/part time: Full time
Duration: Permanent
Grade/band: Grade 8
Salary: £37,756-£50,698 (Grade 8), although in exceptional cases appointments may be made at a higher grade.

Closing Date: 15 April 2014

Over the past three years we have recruited some of the most exceptional early-career researchers. This year the programme is being expanded to recruit a number of outstanding university teachers, offering a unique route into a challenging academic career for individuals with the ambition and capability to influence and shape the teaching strategies of tomorrow. We are looking for ten outstanding scholars across a range of disciplines who can demonstrate teaching excellence and innovation and an ambition to take a lead in further developing a strong teaching culture at the University.

The Birmingham Fellowship offer is unparalleled: a permanent academic post, five years of protected time to pursue teaching excellence within a supportive and ambitious academic environment, with individualised start-up, development and mentoring support.

You will have evidence of extensive teaching achievement within your discipline, use of innovative approaches that impact on teaching performance and student achievement, and a commitment to the academic endeavour of the University.

This initiative is just one of the ways in which we are investing in and developing our outstanding academic community to match our global ambition.

Learn more:

Email: birminghamfellows@contacts.bham.ac.uk


Byzantine Greek Summer School in Birmingham

will be held again this year at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the University of Birmingham, UK.

The dates are as follows:

27 July – 10 August 2014: Level-1 (Beginners)

10-24 August 2014: Level-2 (Intermediate), Level 2.5 (Higher Intermediate) and Level-3 (Advanced Reading Course).

The fee is 470 GBP per two-week course, including 14 nights accommodation; or 250 GBP without accommodation.

A limited number of bursaries is available. The deadline for applications which include application for a bursary is Monday 31 March 2014. The deadline for all other application is Monday 12 May 2014.

Full details of the courses and an application form may be found at:


For all enquiries, please contact  the Director of the Summer School, Dr Anthony Hirst by email:


(Please do NOT contact the University of Birmingham. The University very kindly hosts the Summer School but is not involved in the organization, except for dealing with finances and the visa requirements of non-EU applicants; but even visa enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Dr Hirst.)

Job Opportunity: Coin Curator at the Barber

University of Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Law

Coin Curator coin2

Part Time 60% FTE – Fixed Term Contract until 30th September 2016

Starting salary is normally in the range £25,013 to £27,318Pro Rata

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Assistant Curator of Coins to join our busy curatorial team while the Curator of Coins is on study leave abroad (until autumn 2016).

The post is supported by a close working relationship with the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham.

You will manage the Barber Institute’s prestigious collection of Byzantine and medieval coins, seals and weights, and help promote awareness of, and access to it. This will involve managing the coin study room and library, leading object-handling sessions and collection research, developing the coin collections database, preparing coin displays and dealing with coin collection-related enquiries.

A degree in Classical or Medieval History, Art History, Archaeology or Classical Studies with a major component relevant to Byzantine Studies, and a proven record of interest in Byzantine numismatics are both essential, as are an effective knowledge of Greek and Latin languages, and excellent English language, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills

Closing date:   9th April 2014                                     Reference: 30212S2014

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobsalternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

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