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Funding and Scholarships: GABAM PhD and Project Grants in Byzantine Studies, Deadline 01/04/2018

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Koç University Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Center (GABAM) offers a limited number of grants to support scholars in projects about Archaeology and History of Art of the Byzantine civilization. Research grants of up to 20,000 euros are available. The amount awarded will be determined by GABAM according to the proposed project. The project for which funding is requested can be part of a wider research program but must be defined as a separate entity.

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Funding: Shohet Scholars Grant Program 2018/19, International Catacomb Society

vt-4kdr4_400x400Funding: Shohet Scholars Grant Program 2018/19, International Catacomb Society
Various Locations, July 01, 2018
Application deadline: January 15, 2018

The Shohet Scholars Grant Program of the International Catacomb Society is now accepting applications to the Shohet Scholars cohort of 2018-2019. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage, www.catacombsociety.org.

Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).

Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Reporting Requirements
Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.

Deadlines and Decisions
The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.

Questions ?
If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.

Job: Assistant Professor, Ancient World/Late Antiquity, Department of History, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

uo_logo_green_on_white_2Job: Assistant Professor, Ancient World/Late Antiquity, Department of History, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Deadline: Open until filled/ priority to applications received by October 15, 2017
Start date: September 16, 2018

The Department of History at the University of Oregon seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, to begin September 16, 2018. We seek an excellent, innovative, scholar and teacher in ancient history. Research specialization is open in terms of geography, theme (including women, gender, and sexuality), and chronological focus (including late antiquity). The successful candidate will offer a range of courses on the ancient world, from introductory surveys to advanced courses on ancient Greece and Rome. We welcome applications from scholars whose research complements existing strengths among the Department’s tenured and tenure-stream faculty. We strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The successful candidate must hold Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. To apply for this position, please submit your materials (including a c.v., a letter describing research and teaching interests, a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation) via Academic Jobs Online. Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. UO is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.



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: The Door of the Sanctuary: A Place of Transition (Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2015)

Call for Papers:
The Door of the Sanctuary: A Place of Transition
International Conference, VU University, Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2015
Deadline: 15 October 2014

208In sanctuaries, the boundaries between the profane and the sacred are marked by doors on different levels, either physical or symbolic: gateways in a precinct, the outer doors of a temple or church, the inner doors of a cella or holy of holies. Pagans and Christians have recorded their perceptions of these liminal spaces in literature, giving us a glimpse of their emotions and ideas. What did someone entering a pagan or Christian sanctuary see, hear, smell, feel? Who was excluded at the door, who was admitted? What symbolic meaning did a door have? What continuities and changes can be identified in Late Antiquity?
The conference aims to elucidate the transition from the worldly to the divine by focusing on the door of the sanctuary during Late Antiquity, a key period of transition in which, with the spread of Christianity, cultural paradigms were redefined. With pagans and Christians living side by side there were many religious debates. During this period, description of churches developed into a specific genre. An early example in the Greek East is Eusebius’ description (in his Ecclesiastical History X.4.37ss.) of the church of Tyre built by the bishop Paulinus (ca. 316-317). The door plays a decisive role in this description. A similar example in the Latin West is the description of the doors of the basilica of Felix by Paulinus of Nola, in Letter 32 and Carmina 27 and 28.

The theme of the conference, the experience of the sanctuary door as a place of transition, will be addressed by an interdisciplinary and dynamic approach. This will embrace literary and material sources from the 3rd to the 8th centuries CE, from different regions of the Mediterranean world and from different linguistic, religious and cultural contexts. It will deal with sensory perceptions (light, music, smell, touch) and intellectual perceptions (symbolic meanings). A further dimension to this theme may be added by comparative studies from other religions, i.e. papers on the door of the sanctuary in Judaism and Islam.

It is intended that participants of the conference (some 10-15 persons) will come from different disciplines: specialists in Greek and Latin, archaeology, art history and history of religion. Each participant  should aim to deliver a transdisciplinary paper on the door of the sanctuary in pagan or Christian Late Antiquity, in the Greek East or in the Latin West. He/she should depart from his/her own field of expertise, relate material, sociological, ritual and symbolic aspects to each other and explore different kinds of experiences as fully as possible. During the conference,participants will work together as an interdisciplinary team. Each participant will present his/her paper in plenary sessions and act as a referee to the paper of another participant from another discipline. The results of the conference – an introduction and a selection of representative papers – will be published in a thematic volume.

Although we shall be able to reimburse some of the participants’ costs, at present we are unable to say to what extent. We would therefore be grateful if you could also apply for financial support from your own institution.

Members from faculties, independent researchers and graduate students (PhD) are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief biography and a list of publications to Emilie M. van Opstall (e.m.van.opstall@vu.nl), with as an email title ‘The Door of the Sanctuary’. Closing date: October 15th 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15th, 2014.

CFP: Renovatio in the East Roman & Byzantine World, 395-1453 (Leeds 2015)

Call for Papers
Renovatio in the East Roman & Byzantine World, 395-1453
Proposed Sponsored Sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 6-9 July 2015
Deadline: 20 September 2014

640px-Diptych_Barberini_Louvre_OA9063_wholeA blurred program of reform presented as renewal, renovatio was an extremely important concept for the Classical Roman Empire, and remained so for the entire history of its eastern continuation. As emperors sought to establish their legitimacy through issuing law codes, building programs, and reconquering lost lands, both the reality and the rhetoric of renovatio had a fundamental impact on the Byzantine view of themselves and their state. Evidence of these programs for restoration resonates today throughout surviving texts, coins, and art and architecture, strongly influencing our historiographical reconstructions. We warmly invite papers dealing with these issues across the full lifespan of the Eastern Roman Empire and its successor states, from all areas of Late Antique & Byzantine studies. Suggested topics include:

– Justinian and his World – Reconquest, Reform, and Renewal
– Law and renovatio from the Theodosian Code to the Hexabiblos
– Iconoclasm, the Isaurians, and the Resurgence of Byzantium
– Rhetoric in Stone – Byzantine Architectural renovatio
– A Macedonian Renaissance?
– Literary renovatio – Historiography and the Greco-Roman Novel
– The ‘Komnenian Restoration’
– Art, Politics and renovatio in the post-1204 World

To apply please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short academic biography to byzantine.society@gmail.com by September 20th, 2014.

We encourage as many people as possible to apply, in order to help the growth of Byzantine studies, and foster interaction with late antiquists and medievalists with different specialisations. To this end, we also intend to host a drinks reception on one of the evenings of the congress.

Conference: Visualising the Late Antique City, London

Saturday 7th June 2014, Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly

fse_full-imageWe are pleased to announce the Visualisation of the Late Antique City conference 2014, which presents the results of the Leverhulme-funded research project by the University of Kent. The conference will explore all aspects of the urban experience in Mediterranean cities AD 300 – 600, including architecture, behaviour, costume, and material culture.

Admission is GBP 20 (GBP 10 for students and OAPs). All welcome.

Please contact Jo Stoner (jms59@kent.ac.uk) by the Saturday 25th May 2014 to reserve a place.



09.45-10.00 Ellen Swift – Visualising the late antique city.

Public Space

10.00-10.30 Luke Lavan – Streets in late antiquity: form and function.


10.30-11.00 Nikos Karydis – New approaches to the architectural reconstruction of churches.

11.00-11.30 Joe Williams – Object groups in ecclesiastical space.


11.30-12.00 Solinda Kamani – Architecture and decoration of modest houses.

12.00-12.30 Jo Stoner – Domestic material culture: function to cultural meaning.

12.30-12.45 Discussion


13.30-14.00 Aoife Fitzgerald – Architecture and decoration of colonnaded shops.

14.00-14.30 Joe Williams – Commercial object groups: production, storage and sale.

Guest Lecture

14.30-15.00 Tayfun Oner – Visualising Constantinople: recent work.


15.00-15.30 Faith Morgan – Manufacture, wear and repair of late antique garments, with a fashion show of historic costumes produced for the event.

From Research to Art

15.45-16.00 Ellen Swift – Artefact studies to everyday life: spoons and late antique dining habits

16.00-16.15 Will Foster – Drawing architecture, objects and dress.

Case Study

16.15-16.45 Luke Lavan – Late Roman Ostia: urban life in AD 387, as seen by St Augustine.

16.45-17.00 Discussion