Call for applicants (PhD) — Cologne

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At the newly established DFG Research Training Group 1878 of the Universities of Cologne and Bonn on the topic of “Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies”, 4 doctoral posts (TV-L 13, 50%) are to be filled with effect from 1.4.2014 within the following fields of study:

– Ethnology / Social Anthropology (Cologne)
– Byzantine studies (history, culture, archaeology) (Cologne)
– Christian Archaeology (Bonn)
– Historical Geography (Bonn)

The posts are limited to a 2-year period, with the option to extend by one year following a positive interim evaluation.

Objectives, issues

The aim of the RTG is to record economic systems and economic areas of premodern societies in terms of their structure, efficiency and dynamics (genesis, transformation processes through to a potential dissolution) as well as to analyse them in interaction with their respective physical geographical, political, societal, religious and cultural conditions. The investigations will be focussed along three lines of research, ‘Economic Networks’, ‘Settlement Centres and Their Environs’ and ‘Religious Institutions as Economic Units’. More detailed information can be found in the research programme.


These subjects are involved: Pre- and Early History, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Christian Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, Ancient American Studies, Ancient History, Ethnology, Historical Geography. Applications are also possible from neighbouring disciplines, as long as support in Cologne/Bonn is assured.

Dissertation topics
Enquirers can either apply for the dissertation topics proposed here or develop their own project proposals within the framework of the outlined research programme.


The RTG language is German. Language lessons can be taken free of charge if required. The dissertation may also be written in another language. 

Location and support The doctoral candidate (m/f) will be employed at either of the two universities and registered as a doctoral student. Generally he/she will be looked after by two fellow applicants. In Cologne the doctorate is awarded within the framework of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities. The respective location will be jointly discussed and decided. Willingness to move to the Cologne/Bonn region is expected.

Study programme
The doctoral programme will be conducted within a structured study programme comprising weekly seminars, workshops or international meetings; participation is mandatory.

Support measures
In addition to the posts, resources for material and travel costs as well as for holding conferences are available. Both universities offer comprehensive further training measures. Doctoral candidates with children can obtain additional support.

Applications from severely handicapped people are welcome. Severely handicapped people will be preferred where suitability is equal. Applications from women are explicitly welcome. Preferential consideration will be given to women where suitability, aptitude and expertise are equal, provided that no grounds predominate in the person of a co-applicant.

Application requirements
Completed relevant university studies in line with the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at the participating universities.

Application documents
– Completed application form
– CV (résumé)
– Copies of references
– Digital version (PDF) plus summary (2 pages) of the Magister / Master dissertation
– Outline of ideas (max. 5 pages) on the planned dissertation project
– Names and addresses of two university teachers who will be able, if necessary, to provide further information about the applicant

Application procedure
– Closing date for applications: 15.1.2014
– Applicant interviews: anticipated during the week from 10 to 14.2.2014
– Notification of decision: anticipated mid-February.
Applications in German or English should be sent in electronic form by 15 January 2014 to the RTG spokespeople, Prof. Dr. Martin Bentz and Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann at the following e-mail address: Bewerbung Grako).

Appel à contribution — Sofia university

Deadline extended to January 6, 2014

The Basilica of St Sophia in the Transition from Paganism to Christianity

International Conference, March 11-13, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Sofia History Museum is organizing an international conference celebrating the 1700th anniversary of the first Christian church built at the site where the current basilica of St Sophia is situated. The event takes place in support of the candidacy of Sofia for European Capital of Culture in 2019. For more details please see attachment.

The conference will concentrate not only on the Basilica of St Sophia in Sofia but on the wider field of

– Early Christian and sepulchral architecture;

– Early Christian communities;

– History of Early Christianity;

– Conservation, restoration, protection and management of cultural heritage.

We welcome proposals for papers in all subjects related to Early Christian studies broadly conceived. Abstract of no more than 350 words should be sent by January 6, 2014 to Erina Krysteva (

PhD position in Ancient or Byzantine Greek — Uppsala

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of the 100 best universities in the world and one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 6,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,500 million.

Starting 2014

Research and teaching at the Department of linguistics and philology covers approx. twenty different languages and linguistic subjects as well as computational linguistics. These include many of the important languages and cultures in the Middle East, to which can be added Hindi, Swahili, Chinese, Ancient Greek and Latin. Comparative Indo-European linguistics and general linguistics are also part of the department.

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved (up to a maximum of 20%).

To qualify for a doctoral position in Greek at Uppsala University, a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Ancient and/or Byzantine Greek. Applicants who have obtained qualifications equivalent or comparable to this in Sweden or abroad are also eligible to apply.

Doctoral students in Greek at Uppsala university work in a lively research environment with scholars interested in the Greek language and Greek culture from antiquity and onwards. For this position we are looking primarily for a candidate who is interested in working with texts from the Byzantine period, and we would welcome approaches that include literary and/or rhetorical studies. The proposed doctoral project must be described in a research plan attached to the application.

Applications should include copies of: the applicants’ senior and master’s theses; a short CV, including a brief description of research interests; a research plan (4-5 pages); publications, if any; other relevant documentation the applicant wishes to cite in support of his/her application, such as letters of recommendation, contact information for references, etc.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2014 at latest, UFV-PA 2013/3532. Use the link below to access the application form.

– See more at:

Séminaire des doctorants du CEBNHSEE — EHESS Paris

 aura lieu le lundi 2 décembre de 18h à 20h en salle 1, RdC, bât. le France 190-198 av de France 75013 Paris.
Dans cette séance, Romina Luzi (doctorante EHESS) présentera les résultats de ses recherches sur
Le motif de la mer, du voyage dans l’eau et du naufrage décliné par les romans paléologues

Les romans paléologues se distinguent de leurs antécédents comnènes pour le langage, plus proche de la demotiki, et pour le choix du modèle, qui n’est plus le roman antique comme pour les romans comnènes, mais le roman courtois d’origine latine. Ces textes montrent une prédilection pour des éléments considérés populaires, comme des motifs propres aux contes et aux fables. L’on remarque l’émergence de l’élément imaginaire, entre autre, dans le topos de la mer et du voyage en mer, qui constitue le fil d’Ariane de la présentation.

Séminaire du CEBNHSEE — Analyse littéraire de polémique religieuse

 aura lieu le lundi 18 novembre de 18h à 20h en salle 1, RdC, bât. le France 190-198 av de France 75013 Paris.
Annonce sur le site de l’EHESS: ici

Dans cette séance, Bexen Campos (doctorant CEBNHSEE) présentera les résultats de ses recherches sur

L’analyse littéraire des textes de polémique religieuse à Byzance,
l’exemple des Trophées de Damas, texte chrétien de polémique antijuive du VIIe siècle.

L’étude de textes à contenu religieux à Byzance a été longtemps négligée. Ces textes ont été utilisés pour leur intérêt théologique ou pour fournir des informations précises, mais complètement détachées de leur contexte, dans le cadre de recherches concernant un sujet en particulier, mais les études littéraires s’intéressant aux textes pour eux-mêmes restent rares. Les difficultés sont multiples et concernent principalement l’approche des textes religieux et l’écart culturel qui existe entre le travail des auteurs et nos propres attentes à l’égard de la littérature religieuse byzantine. En prenant comme exemple les Trophées de Damas, dialogue de polémique antijuive, nous montrerons comment une approche basée sur une analyse de la structure du texte peut être utilisée dans certains cas et le poids énorme que peut avoir le contexte littéraire, historique et culturel dans l’interprétation de l’ouvrage.