Colloque – The 49th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

The 49th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Inscribing Texts in Byzantium: Continuities & & Transformations

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 growing interest in material culture, including inscriptions, has opened 2 new avenues of research and led to various explorations in the field of epigraphy, but what is urgently needed is a synthetic approach that incorporates literacy, built environment, social and political contexts, and human agency. 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.


Panel One: Collecting and reading inscriptions in Byzantium
Panel Two: Traditions and transitions
Panel Three: Seventh-century epigraphy three ways
Panel Four: Place, placement, paratextuality
Panel Five: The (in)formality of the inscribed word
Panel Six: Material turn
Round Table: SPBS Debate on Byzantine epigraphy

Call for Communications

Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications – ten minutes papers – that explore any aspect of Byzantine Epigraphy from a textual, visual, historical, religious, social or cultural angle. Abstracts of no more than 300 words of proposed communications, including their titles, should be sent to Ida Toth ( by 15 January 2016 at the latest.


Delegates are offered early registration at the following rates:
o Full: £95
o Members of the SPBS: £85
o Students / Unwaged: £45
o From 1 March 2016 rates rise to £105, £95, and £50 respectively
o The fees for one-day registration are £45 (full fee), £40 (Members of the SPBS), and £30 (Students / Unwaged)
o From 1 March 2016, the fees for one day participation are £55, £50 and £40 respectively

Booking & Paying

A booking form will soon be available online, on the website of the History Faculty (Oxford University), with further details of registration and payment.

Bourses post-doctorales – Princeton University, 2016-2017

Postdoctoral research fellowships, 2016-17

Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

Almost one hundred (100) early-career scholars have been supported by our postdoctoral fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1992-93.  The overwhelming majority of our postdoctoral fellows have gone on to successful academic careers around the world.  

Current and former recipients are listed in:

Publications by former Hellenic Studies postdoctoral fellows, based on their research at Princeton:

Bourses doctorales – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich

Bourses doctorales
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities, with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. In 2012, the university established the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies ‘Distant Worlds’ with the funding of the German Excellence Initiative.

The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together LMU and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School combines research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.

 The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions:

10 Doctoral Positions
Salary grade 13 TV-L / 65%
The starting date is 1 April 2016.

The positions are limited until 31 October 2017; the possibility of applying for a one-year extension is currently under consideration and will be decided as of 2016. Each of the positions will be integrated into a junior research group.


In order to qualify for application, candidates must have completed a four-year MA degree (or the equivalent), including a written thesis, in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a dissertation proposal. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic theoretical questions.

The School offers the scope for individual academic development and an inspiring research environment.

Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For details and further information on the Graduate School ‘Distant Worlds’:

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-Doc/16-1_your_name at the latest by 25 January 2016 exclusively via email to:

For further questions regarding the doctoral positions, please send an e-mail to Ms Anna Waldschütz at

Bourses – Princeton University, 2016-2017

Visiting research fellowships, 2016-17

Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2016

Over 800 scholars have been supported by our visiting fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1979-80. 

Current and former recipients are listed in:

Publications by former Hellenic Studies visiting fellows, based on their research at Princeton: