Ecole d’été – Swedish Research Institute, Istanbul

Ecole d’été

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Medieval approaches to reading

23–28 May 2016

This summer school will explore discourses and strategies of reading and pleasure in the Middle Ages. From what appears to have been a primarily pious, learned, and/ or legal use of reading in the early medieval period, books and texts came to be gradually and increasingly associated with notions of pleasure. On the one hand, different kinds of explicit or implicit pleasure made up literary motifs and became a literary theme; on the other, pleasure came to be thought of – at least by some – as fundamental to reading. This tendency concerns not just narrative fiction and poetry, traditionally associated with reading for pleasure, but also genres such as epistolography and historiography. And patterns turn out surprisingly similar in both Persian, Arabic, Byzantine and Western medieval environments.

In theory as in practice, pleasure is easily sought, but equally easily slips out of grasp. The aim of the summer school is to engage with and develop specific approaches that will enable us to discuss medieval developments – of great impor- tance for later premodern and modern literary thinking – across the time gap, but also across the spatial gap between east and west. Aiming for conceptual clarity, we encourage participants to consider the pleasure of storytelling and narrative urges, but also the modern pleasure of reading medieval texts. We wish to open up for a wide range of genres – such as romance, drama, chronography, court poetry, and letters – and numerous perspectives, for instance performance, text/image recog- nition, book production, genre questions, author-narrator position, or gendered roles in and outside the text.

Some possible themes include Persian, Arabic, Byzantine and Western literature; Middle Ages; reading and storytelling; translations; romance; drama; poetry; letters; chronography; court culture; book history; illuminations; gender studies.


The summer school will be organized around lectures, discussion groups and time for informal talk. In the mornings, lectures, all of which will be followed by a seminar of the whole group, will address large themes. In the afternoon, smaller seminar groups, each led by a tutor, will work together over the course of the summer school on a series of case studies. These will be combined with smaller excursions by foot. There will be substantial reading in advance. Lunches and two dinners will be in common. On Wednesday there will be a longer excursion.

Tutors are Christian Høgel (University of Southern Denmark), Lars Boje Mortensen (University of Southern Denmark), Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala University), and Elizabeth Tyler (University of York).

Lectures will be delivered by Virginia Langum (Uppsala University), Pernilla Myrne (University of Gothenburg), Stratis Papaioannou (Brown University), and Bo Utas (Uppsala University).

Practical Information


Applications should be sent before 1st of December 2015 to

The summer school is open to PhD students of medieval history, linguistics, literature and philology. Students’ research should preferably involve texts in at least two medieval languages, and they will be expected to read English and either French or German. Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Your application should include an abstract of your current research (no more than one side of A4, single spaced) and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain from participating (no more than one side of A4, single spaced). You must also name one referee who will be willing to write in support of your application. Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.

There is no cost for attending the Summer School.


Five bursaries (cost of transportation to Istanbul) will be available. Please address your application to before 1st of December 2015, precising your costs and financial need.

Accommodation and transport

Accommodation will be provided for the participants at the Swedish institute or at hotels in the vicinity.


Lunches and two dinners will be provided by the organizers. The participants will take care of the other meals.

This project is organized by the section for Greek and Byzantine Studies (Uppsala University) and the Centre for Medieval Literature (University of Southern Denmark and the University of York).

Bourses post-doctorales – Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices

Call for Applications

The Berlin-based FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken for the academic year 2016/2017.

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is a research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries of art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents and regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European  art histories and those of the Americas to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as Archaeology and other fields dealing with the history of visual cultures. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices analyses the connectivity of larger historical spaces in a transregional perspective and investigates artistic and aesthetic practices and the history of artifacts in a comparative approach, experimenting with new methodologies and forms of collaborative research. The concept of Aesthetic Practices introduced by this program, is an invitation to study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global perspective. The program has no chronological or geographical constraints. It collaborates with the museums of Berlin, the Berlin universities, as well as other international and national academic partners, and aims at an intense interaction of art historical institutions. Its scholarly environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices.

For more detailed information about the program please visit

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is an initiative of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (KHI), Max-Planck-Institute  at the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, Berlin. Art Histories is directed by Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf and cooperates with the program Connecting Art Histories in the Museum (Berlin State Museums/KHI Florenz).


Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years (before their application). We welcome applications from all continents and regions, with various disciplinary backgrounds, such as Art Histories, Archaeologies and all relevant neighboring fields dealing with artifacts, artistic production, and aesthetic practices relating to objects, images and architectures. Applicants should be interested to engage in reflexive and transdisciplinary research. Art Histories fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context. They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular seminars, workshops, conferences and a travelling seminar. In the overall context of the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices program and the framework of the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, the fellows will be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive environment.


The fellowhip starts on 1 October 2016 and ends on 31 July 2017. In particular cases, shorter fellowship terms may be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of € 2.500 plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organizational support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants become fellows of the program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices at the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN and are expected to take up residence in Berlin.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as separate word or PDF files:

—            a curriculum vitae (in English)
—            a project description (no longer than five pages / in English)
—            a sample of scholarly work (about 20 pages of an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
—            names of two referees (including their e-mail addresses)

The complete application should be submitted latest by 15 January 2016 and addressed to
Successful candidates will be notified by April 2016. Information about the current status of the evaluation process will be published on the website

Institutional Framework

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research program is integrated in the Berlin-based FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, a research platform that connects systematic and region-specific questions, addressing entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The FORUM works in tandem with established institutions and networks that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of directors of universities, research institutes and networks mostly based in Berlin. It supports three research programs: ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, and EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME). The FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is funded by a public-private partnership.

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices collaborates closely with the following Berlin-based institutions:

—            Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
—            Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Art Histories
—            Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Art and Visual History
—            ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry


Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstrasse 14 | 14193 Berlin | Germany

Séminaire – Histoire de la période paléologue (1261-1453)


Histoire de la période paléologue (1261-1453) :
Byzance, Orient latin, monde slave

Séminaire organisé par Marie-Hélène Blanchet (UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Monde byzantin)
Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris

Vendredi 27 novembre 2015, 14-16h, Cardinal Lemoine salle 1

Olivier Delouis (UMR 8167), sur le colloque d’Athènes 18-20 nov. 2015, « Lire les “Archives de l’Athos” : à propos d’un colloque récent sur les 70 ans de la refondation de la collection par Paul Lemerle » et sur son étude « Un acte de vente inédit de 1321 conservé à Karakala : une étude de cas ».


Offre d’emploi – Associate Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, Macquarie University

Associate Lecturer in Byzantine Studies
Macquarie University

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

One of the leading arts and humanities faculties in Australia, Macquarie’s Faculty of Arts is home to bold thinkers and passionate educators who are asking the big questions about the world. United in the spirit of interdisciplinary discovery we explore the human story from its earliest foundations in ancient cultures to its exciting future.  Our research is gaining global recognition and with two research centres, two museums and state-of-the-art media facilities, we empower our staff to transform themselves and the world around them.

The Department of Ancient History in the Faculty of Arts is the largest department in Australasia with teaching and research programs in the areas of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient China, Late Antiquity, Coptic Studies, and Byzantium, focusing on the history, society, languages, religions, and material cultures of these civilizations. Areas of study directly associated with Byzantine Studies include Judaism, Early Christianity, Hellenistic and Roman History, Late Antiquity, Early Medieval History, Archaeology, Latin, Greek, Coptic, Art History, Numismatics, Silk Road Studies, and Heritage Studies. The University’s Ancient Cultures Research Centre is recognised nationally and internationally for its contribution to the study of ancient world history, attracting visiting scholars from overseas and collaborative research projects.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role 

The Department currently has an opportunity for an Associate Lecturer with scholarly expertise in Byzantine Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to research and to teach units in the relevant disciplines within Ancient History at an appropriate level. The applicant will also be expected to contribute to the administration of the Department, Faculty and University.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the below requirements in your CV and a 1-2 page cover letter:

·  A relevant Bachelors (honours) degree or Masters research degree in a relevant discipline and a completed or nearly completed PhD.

·  Demonstrated teaching experience and evidence of high quality teaching contributions at an appropriate level, including online teaching.

·  Knowledge at a high level of one or more relevant ancient language.

·  Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly research and publications of internationally excellent quality appropriate to Byzantine Studies.

·  Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Salary Package: from $66,334 – $89,320 p.a. (Level A), plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: full-time, continuing

Specific Role Enquiries:  Dr Ian Plant, Head of Department, Department of Ancient History on

Applications Close: Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 11.55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

Advertised: Aus. Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Aus. Eastern Standard Time


Offre de bourse – Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique


Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity

Vandoeuvres, near Geneva, Switzerland

Call for Candidates

Research Scholarships for Young Researchers

The Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity, in pursuit of its ambition to promote the study of the culture and civilization of Greco-Roman antiquity, offers young researchers an opportunity to apply for research scholarships covering stays of two to four weeks.

Areas of research supported are Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy and ancient law. The aim of the research stay is the publication of articles, books or other written contributions.

 Application Deadlines:

·      November 30th for stays requested between early February and the end of June

·      April 30th for stays requested between early September and the end of November


Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique

Vandoeuvres, près de Genève, Suisse

Appel à candidatures

Bourses de recherche

pour jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs

La Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique, désireuse d’intensifier le rayonnement de la culture et de la civilisation du monde gréco-romain, offre sur candidature des bourses assurant aux jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs un financement pour des périodes pouvant aller de deux à quatre semaines.

Les disciplines retenues sont la langue et la littérature grecques et latines, l’histoire ancienne, la philosophie et le droit antiques. L’objectif des recherches est la rédaction d’articles, de livres ou d’autres études.


Dates limites de candidatures :

·      le 30 novembre pour les demandes de séjour entre début février et fin juin

·      le 30 avril pour les demandes de séjour entre début septembre et fin novembre