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Lectureship in Classics (Roman Art) (Including Late Antique/Early Byzantine art to c. 700 AD), School of Human Environment, University College Cork, Ireland

logo-web-englishJob: Lectureship in Classics (Roman Art), Including Late Antique/Early Byzantine art to c. 700 AD), School of Human Environment, University College Cork, Ireland
Deadline: 5pm, 01 November 2016

Contract Type: Permanent Whole-Time
Job Type: Academic
Salary: €31,821 – €56,967/€62,353 – €76,942

UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Lecturer in Classics (Roman Art).  Reporting to the Head of the Department of Classics, the Lecturer in Classics (Roman Art) will have a specialist interest in Roman Art, broadly understood to include Late Antique Art. The successful applicant will be required to deliver foundation and advanced teaching on aspects of Roman Art from the early Republican to the Late Antique periods, with an emphasis on art of the Imperial period. An ability to teach a classical language (Greek or Latin) is desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate may be required to teach in other areas of classical culture or history according to changing departmental needs. Candidates must hold a doctoral qualification in an area of Roman, or Late Antique, Art from a recognised University at the time of application. The holder of this post will be expected to promote student research at masters and doctoral level on different aspects of Roman Art. S/he will also be required to contribute to the academic administration of the department and college, and to engage with external bodies in areas relating to Classics.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

How to apply: For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see www.ucc.ie/hr/vacancies.  The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. David Woods, Tel: 0035321-4903491, Email: d.woods@ucc.ie.  Further information on the Department is available at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/classics/.

Appointment may be made on the Lectureship Salary Scale: €31,821 – €56,967/€62,353 – €76,942.

To Apply:

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 5pm on Tuesday 1st November 2016 by emailing a completed application form to recruitment@ucc.ie.

 

 

CFP: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

palaiologos-to-deleteCFP: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era, One day and a half Symposium & Worshop, University of Birmingham, February, 24-25, 2017.
Deadline: 30 September 2016

 

Organisers: Andrea Mattiello – University of Birmingham
Maria Alessia Rossi – The Courtauld Institute of Art

Keynote Speakers: Niels Gaul – University of Edinburgh
Cecily Hilsdale – McGill University
Angeliki Lymberopoulou – The Open University

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, such as the Adriatic and Balkan regions, the major islands of Cyprus and Crete, and the regions surrounding the cities of Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mystras. 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.

In its last centuries, the political entity of the Empire of the Romaioi released cultural and artistic energies migrating towards new frontiers of intellectual achievements. The intent is to counter-balance the innovation of these works of art with the notion of decline and the narrative of decay frequently acknowledged for this period; and to promote an understanding of transformation where previous cultural heritages were integrated into new socio-political orders.

The Symposium – hosted on the afternoon of the 24 and the morning of the 25 February – will bring together established scholars, early-career scholars, and postgraduate students. Three keynotes will provide the methodological framework for the discussion; while the selected papers will focus solely on the visual expressions and cultural trajectories of the artworks produced during the late Palaiologan Era.

The Workshop, hosted on the afternoon of the 25 February, will offer the opportunity to further the discussion in a more informal setting and for a selected number of Master students to interact and offer brief presentations.

Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on art and architecture history, material culture and archaeology, visual aspects of palaeography and codicology, and gender studies.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

 

– Gift exchange in view of diplomatic missions or dynastic marriages both within the Empire and with its neighbours

– Visual evidence of the interaction between the Emperor and the Patriarch

– Innovations in the visual agenda of the Palaiologan dynasty

– Aspects of religious iconography and visual representations of theological controversies, i.e. Hesychasm

– Artistic patronage and manuscript production as the outcome of dynastic and institutional interactions

– Visual and material production as the outcome of political and social circumstances, i.e. the Zealot uprising or the Unionist policy

– Evidence of artistic exchanges in the depictions of women, men, and children during the Palaiologan Era

 

How to submit: Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – m.alessiarossi@icloud.com and Andrea Mattiello – axm570@bham.ac.uk by 30 September 2016.

 

CFP: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era (University of Birmingham)

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Deadline: 30 September 2016

One day and a half Symposium & Workshop

24 and 25 February 2017, held at the University of Birmingham

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, such as the Adriatic and Balkan regions, the major islands of Cyprus and Crete, and the regions surrounding the cities of Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mystras. 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.

In its last centuries, the political entity of the Empire of the Romaioi released cultural and artistic energies migrating towards new frontiers of intellectual achievements. The intent is to counter-balance the innovation of these works of art with the notion of decline and the narrative of decay frequently acknowledged for this period; and to promote an understanding of transformation where previous cultural heritages were integrated into new socio-political orders.

The Symposium – hosted on the afternoon of the 24 and the morning of the 25February – will bring together established scholars, early-career scholars, and postgraduate students. Three keynotes will provide the methodological framework for the discussion; while the selected papers will focus solely on the visual expressions and cultural trajectories of the artworks produced during the late Palaiologan Era.

The Workshop, hosted on the afternoon of the 25 February, will offer the opportunity to further the discussion in a more informal setting and for a selected number of Master students to interact and offer brief presentations.

Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on art and architecture history, material culture, visual aspects of palaeography and codicology, and gender studies.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Gift exchange in view of diplomatic missions or dynastic marriages both within the Empire and with its neighbours
  • Visual evidence of the interaction between the Emperor and the Patriarch
  • Innovations in the visual agenda of the Palaiologan dynasty
  • Aspects of religious iconography and visual representations of theological controversies, i.e. Hesychasm
  • Artistic patronage and manuscript production as the outcome of dynastic and institutional interactions
  • Visual and material production as the outcome of political and social circumstances, i.e. the Zealot uprising or the Unionist policy
  • Evidence of artistic exchanges in the depictions of women, men, and children during the Palaiologan Era

 

Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – m.alessiarossi@icloud.com and Andrea Mattiello –axm570@bham.ac.uk

Organisers: Andrea Mattiello – University of Birmingham
Maria Alessia Rossi – The Courtauld Institute of Art

Symposium: The 49th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies (18–20 March 2016)

csm_Epigraphy_86843da101Inscribing Texts in Byzantium: Continuities & Transformations

Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

Exeter College, Oxford, 18–20 March 2016

In spite of the striking abundance of extant primary material – over 4000 Greek texts produced in the period between the sixth and fifteenth centuries – Byzantine Epigraphy remains largely uncharted territory, with a reputation for being elusive and esoteric that obstinately persists. References to inscriptions in our texts show how ubiquitous and deeply engrained the epigraphic habit was in Byzantine society, and underscore the significance of epigraphy as an auxiliary discipline. The SPBS Symposium 2016 has invited specialists in the field to examine diverse epigraphic material in order to trace individual epigraphic habits, and outline overall inscriptional traditions. In addition to the customary format of panel papers and shorter communications, the Symposium will organize a round table, whose participants will lead a debate on the topics presented in the panel papers, and discuss the methodological questions of collection, presentation and interpretation of Byzantine inscriptional material.

Registration and Booking:

Early registration available until 1 March 2016.

Please book using the University of Oxford’s online booking form.

Program:

Friday 18 March:

10:00: Registration, Coffee

11:00: OPENING ADDRESS: Cyril Mango

11:30: PANEL ONE: Collecting and Reading Inscriptions in Byzantium
Marc Lauxtermann: Collecting Inscriptions in Byzantium
Foteini Spingou:  Reading Inscriptions in Byzantium
13:00: Lunch

14:00: PANEL TWO: Traditions and Transitions

Anne McCabe: Traditions and Transitions in Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan Material
Sylvain Destephen: The Process of ‘Byzantinization’ in Late Antique Anatolian Epigraphy
Sean Leatherbury: Reading, Viewing and Inscribing Faith: Christian Epigraphy in the Early Umayyad Levant
16:00: Tea

16:30: PANEL THREE: Seventh-century Epigraphy Three Ways

Ida Toth: Epigraphy and Byzantine Writing Culture
Ine Jacobs: Epigraphy and Archaeology
Marek Jankowiak: Epigraphy and History
09:00: COMMUNICATIONS 1 (download abstracts for all communications here)

Fabian Stroth: Space Oddity: The Sts. Sergios and Bakchos Epigram Read Through its Manufacturing Process
Pamela Armstrong: Dipinto Inscriptions on Architectural Ceramics
Jim Crow: Lost and Found. Two inscriptions from Eastern Thrace from the District of Karacaköy
Paschalis Androudis: Byzantine Inscriptions on the Marble Cornices of the Church of Profitis Ilias in Thessaloniki
10:00: Coffee

10:30: PANEL FOUR: Place, Placement, Paratextuality

Andreas Rhoby: Inscriptions and the Byzantine Beholder: The Question of the Perception of Script
Niels Gaul: Epigraphic Majuscules and Marginalia: Paratextual ‘Inscriptions’ in Byzantine Manuscripts
Brad Hostetler: Towards a Typology for the Placement of Names on Works of Art
12:30: Lunch

13:30: PANEL FIVE: The (In)formality of the Inscribed Word

Maria Xenaki: The (In)formality of the Inscribed Word at the Parthenon: Script, Content and Legibility
Nicholas Melvani: State, Strategy, and Ideology in Monumental Imperial Inscription
Alexandra Vassiliou-Seibt: The Evaluation of the Inscribed Word on Seals
15:30: Tea

16:00: PANEL SIX: The Material Turn

Georgios Pallis: The House of Inscriptions. The Epigraphic World of the Middle Byzantine Church and its Significance
Ivan Drpic: Short Texts on Small Objects: The Poetics of the Byzantine Enkolpion
17:30-18:30: Reception

18:30-19:30: SPBS Exec meeting

20:00: Dinner

09:00: COMMUNICATIONS 2
Sukanya Raisharma: Reading Early Texts and Codices as Epigraphical Evidence
Arkadii Avdokhin: Inscriptions Imagined and Narrated – Textual Evidence for the Perspective of the Viewer on Early Byzantine Epigraphy
Antonio Felle: Some Examples of Funerary Non-exposed Writings (Italy and Byzantium between VI and IX centuries)
Eileen Rubery: Making and Meaning in the Inscriptions Found in the Frescoes in the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum (600-800 AD)
Maria Lidova: Word of Image: Textual Frames of Early Byzantine Icons
Emmanuel Moutafov: Epigraphy and Art: Corpora of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monumental Painting in Bulgaria. Is Epigraphy an Auxiliary Discipline?

09:00: COMMUNICATIONS 3
Georgios Deligiannakis: Epigraphy and Early Monasticism
Pawel Nowakowski: The Cult of Saints Database as an Instrument of Study for the Cult of Saints in Anatolia
Efthymios Rizos: The Emperor and the Great Shrines of the Empire: The Testimony of Inscribed Imperial Pronouncements
Mirela Ivanova: Krum’s Triumphal Inscriptions and the Community in Early Medieval Bulgaria (c. 803-14)
Archie Dunn: Institutions, Socio-economic Groups, and Urban Change in the Sigillographic Inscriptions of Byzantine Corinth
Christos Stavrakos: Epigraphy as a Source for Rare Iconography and the Society of Lakedaimon in the Late Byzantine period

10:30: Coffee and SPBS Annual General Meeting

11:30: ROUND TABLE: SPBS Debate on Byzantine Epigraphy (Chair: Elizabeth Jeffreys)

Dennis Feissel
Charlotte Roueche
Marlia Mango
Scott Redford
Sophia Kalopissi-Verti
Tony Eastmond

For more information see: http://www.byzantium.ac.uk/events/spring-symposium-2016.html

Lecturer in History of Art and Architecture (Late Roman and Byzantine): Closing Date 22nd Jan

Lecturer in History of Art and Architecture (Late Roman and Byzantine)

School of History and Heritage

Location:  Brayford
Salary:   From £31,656 per annum
Closing Date:   Friday 22 January 2016
Interview Date:   Monday 08 February 2016
Reference:  COA151

The School of History and Heritage is based in the College of Arts, located at the University’s main Brayford campus beside a natural pool in the River Witham with a view dominated by the magnificent Cathedral. School teaching and research staff currently represent the disciplines of history and conservation and deliver a portfolio of undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees.

History is taught as an undergraduate BA, and there are also two thriving taught MA programmes in History and Medieval Studies and a growing number of postgraduate research students.  There is a strong and growing team of historians with particular strengths in medieval, Mediterranean, gender and 20th century political and cultural history. The team performed well in REF 2014 with 35% of outputs rated 4*. Lincoln is one of the few UK universities to offer BA and MA degrees in conservation and the School also houses Crick Smith, a leading practice in the conservation, restoration and research of historic buildings and artefacts.

The successful candidate will expand and strengthen our expertise by bringing a developing research profile and established teaching record in the history of late Roman and Byzantine art and architecture. She or he will help in developing links between history and conservation within the School of History and Heritage.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the School’s curriculum development, notably in advancing plans to introduce additional modules in visual and material culture and to develop a programme in the history of art and architecture. She or he will hold a teaching qualification in HE or have received HEA recognition.

Lincoln is a wonderful city for a historians of art and architecture, boasting structures dating from the Roman and medieval periods until today, including Britain’s finest cathedral and a recently-restored Norman castle.  There are excellent local museums and galleries, archives spanning the medieval to the modern period. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to offer a presentation on how resources found in Lincoln will inform their teaching at level 2.

There is a strong collaborative research culture within the school with regular seminars and ongoing support for research activity, including funding for research and conference activities and a research leave scheme.

Grants: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (deadline 2 February 2016)

demetroThe Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.
Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants target graduate students who have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Grants are meant to assist with the costs of travel associated with the development of a dissertation proposal in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived, e.g., travel to potential research sites, museum collections, research and special collections libraries. The goal of these grants is to assist students in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.
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.
The application deadline for all grants is February 2, 2016. For further information, please see http://maryjahariscenter.org/grants/.
Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

Conference: Experiencing Death in Byzantium (Newcastle, 29 May 2015)

This single day conference will consider the extent to which we can approach the individual experiences surrounding death in Byzantium and the relevance they have for our knowledge of Byzantine self-understanding. How can we approach experiences that played tangible social roles and yet were so irreducible to literal language and meaning that they remained couched in the language of allegory? To what extent were shared experiences and understandings of death and dying orchestrated for individuals? Can remaining physical and textual evidence reveal such intended experiences to us? This conference seeks to access the personal and contingent experiences surrounding death and dying in Middle Byzantine mortuary practices.

We will consider the affects of the objects, images, literatures and theologies connected to death, dying and the otherworld in Byzantium. In this way, both the material and immaterial aspects of death in Byzantium will be discussed from grave goods and eschatological literature, to the emotions and sensations of death along with images of death, dying and judgement. This conference takes seriously the evident dearth of systematic eschatological doctrine in Byzantium and Byzantine preference for allegorical understandings of death and the otherworld. It seeks to create a space to discuss and integrate the separate, and at times disparate and opaque, bodies of eschatological practice and knowledge across various spheres of Byzantine life.  It is hoped that this will reveal to us more profound and fundamental insights into eschatological thought, sentiment and action in Byzantium and their contribution to Byzantine self-understandings.

For further information and to register, please visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/conferences/ExperiencingDeathinByzantium.htm

Organised by Dr Sophie Moore, Dr Niamh Bhalla and Dr Mark Jackson.