RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project “Atlas of Late Antique Cities in the Southern Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa (III-VIII cent.)” (ANR-DFG) – SALARY LEVEL 13TV-L –

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Department of Ancient History invites applications for a

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project “Atlas of Late Antique Cities in the Southern Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa (III-VIII cent.)” (ANR-DFG) – SALARY LEVEL 13TV-L –

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on April 1st, 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until March 31st, 2024. The position calls for 39 hours per week. This position is also suitable for part time employment.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The aim of the ATLAS project is to create an atlas (WebGIS in Open Access) that records cities in the former Roman provinces Baetica (Spain) and Africa Proconsularis (Tunisia). The compilation and analysis of the transmitted records is to serve as the basis of a new narrative of Late Antiquity. This is aided by visualization of the historical developments in form of thematic maps.The successful applicant will concentrate on the written evidence of both regions under study. A strong collaboration with the French and Spanish part of the ANR-DFG funded project in La Rochelle and Madrid is expected. A successful submission of a second book in the field of late antique urban studies is welcome. The position includes the enrollment in the projects activities, i.e. the organization of research colloquia and workshops, the diffusion in social media and print publications.


A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. An excellent PhD in Ancient History. Expertise in Latin Epigraphy and Urban Studies is required. The knowledge of one of the languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, Spanish and French, is required; the knowledge of English and German are expected.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Panzram ( consult our website at should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).

Please send applications by January 31st, 2021 to:, and add the names of two referees.Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

‘The Pseudo-Clementine Homilies: a philosophical and rhetorical novel of Late Antiquity – a search for truth’

‘The Pseudo-Clementine Homilies: a philosophical and rhetorical novel of Late Antiquity – a search for truth’

Ghent (online via Zoom), February Thursday 25 – Friday 26 – Saturday 27, 2021

Organizing Committee: Benjamin De Vos (Ghent University), Danny Praet (Ghent University), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University)

Keynote speakers: Prof. Meinolf Vielberg (Jena Universität) and Prof. Dominique Côté (Ottawa University)

Anyone wishing to attend should contact (Benjamin De Vos) for links and joining instructions.

Belgium time: GMT +1


February 25 – Thursday

14u30-15u00: Welcome and introduction – Benjamin De Vos (UGent): The Pseudo-Clementine Homilies: a philosophical-rhetorical novel in search of truth

Session 1: the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies as a rhetorical and novelistic narrative

15u00-15u20: Philippe Therrien (Université de Lausanne) – « Je vais te donner la connaissance de ce qui est » (Hom. I, 17, 5). La règle des syzygies comme cadre de la quête de la connaissance véritable

15u25-15u45: Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg Universität) – The Homilies as a Counter-Narrative to Acts

15u50-16u10: Sergio Basso (Università Roma Tre/Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) – Hom. 12-14: Homilies, Hermogenes and Humour

16u15-16u35: Bill Adler (North Carolina State University) – “Suffering after the manner of young men”: Symptoms of Love-Sickness in  the Pseudo-Clementines


16u35-17u00: break


17u00-17u45: keynote speaker: Meinolf Vielberg (Universität Jena) – « Zwischen
Alltagswelt und narrativer Realität. Rhetorik im antiken und
christlichen Roman »

17u45-18u30: discussion keynote/general discussion


February 26 – Friday

14u30-14u45: Welcome

14u50-15u35: keynote speaker Dominique Côté (Ottawa University) – Simon Magus in the Pseudo-Clementines: Magician or Philosopher?

15u35-15u50: discussion

15u50-16u15: break

Session 2: the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies as a philosophical work

16u15-16u35: Danny Praet (Ghent University) – The figure of Helen of Troy and the philosophy of truth

16u40-17u00: Judith Hack (Universität Jena) – The Motif of « the Way » in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies

17u05-17u25: Benjamin De Vos (Ghent University) – True Vision, Plato and Ascension in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies


17u25-17u45: break


17u50-18u10: Joseph Verheyden (KULeuven) – The Complex Relationship between Knowledge, Wisdom and Truth. Illustrated from Peter’s Teaching on demonology in Hom. 9

18u15-18u35: Jeffrey Aubin (Ottawa University) – Le mélange du mal dans les Homélies Pseudo-Clémentines: confirmatio ou refutatio de la pensée de Bardesane d’Édesse?

18u35-19u00: General discussion


February 27 – Saturday

14u30-14u45: Welcome

Session 3: the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies and its intellectual, socio-historical context

14u45-15u05: George Géréby (Central European University) – Theology in public debate. The Sitz im Leben of the Peter-Simon contest

15u10-15u30: Patricia Duncan (TCU) – Faustus at the Boundaries of Christian Community

15u35-15u55: Luise Marion Frenkel – Peter’s dialogical victories: religious leadership in the
Pseudo-Clementines and its Syriac reception


15u55-16u25: break


16u25-16u45: Jan Bremmer (Groningen University) – Greek Myth and Religion in the Homilies

16u50-17u10: Giovanni Battista Bazzana (Harvard Divinity School) – Magic in the Klementia: Reflections across Ancient Novels, Magic Papyri, and Theurgy

17u15-17u35: Karin Zetterholm (Lund University) – The Intended Audience of the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies

17u35-18u00: general discussion and concluding remarks – reflections on new/further research perspectives


Derecho canónico y sociedades cristianas, entre la cristiandad y el Islam

Christian Society under Muslim Rule: Canon Collections from Medieval Spain, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

En el marco del Congreso, la Dra Mª Ángeles Utrero Agudo (CSIC) impartirá la conferencia Y con los monjes, llegaron los artesanos. La construcción de las llamadas iglesias mozárabes (Jueves, 25 de febrero. Salón de actos, 18:00).

Cualquier persona interesada podrá seguir la conferencia on line a través del enlace disponible próximamente en esta web.

Un siglo después de la publicación de la magna obra de Iglesias mozárabes por parte del investigador Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez, un importante número de conjuntos monásticos presentes en el citado trabajo ha sido objeto de estudio de sucesivos proyectos de investigación. La aplicación conjunta de las disciplinas de la arqueología, la geología, la historia del arte y de las fuentes escritas ha permitido obtener una visión renovada de los mismos, responder antiguas cuestiones y plantear otras nuevas. Entendidos ahora como productos construidos propios de un contexto histórico preciso datable a finales del siglo IX e inicios del siglo X, el estudio de estos templos monásticos revela el proceso constructivo del que son resultado, los recursos materiales y humanos que emplearon, las habilidades técnicas de sus artesanos y las posibilidades económicas de sus patrocinadores. Aspectos en gran medida hasta ahora inéditos y que permiten replantear la secular preocupación por la procedencia de los artesanos responsables de su construcción y ornamentación: la cuestión no gira tanto en torno al origen geográfico de los operarios que realizaron estos proyectos, como a su formación tecnológica. Esto es, qué tecnología manejaron, cómo la adquirieron y cómo la transmitieron, aspectos que nos conducen a la arquitectura islámica coetánea de al-Andalus y que nos confirman que la tecnología es aconfesional, no se identifica con los tipos ni con los usos de los edificios, pero sí con los operarios que la conocían y ponían en práctica.

Organiza: UNED. Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Congreso acerca de la relación entre la comunidad cristiana y su ley, los marcos de negociación de dicha ley con la comunidad islámica, y las distintas perspectivas que ofrecen los textos sobre la forma de vida de los cristianos en al-Andalus y otras áreas geográficas donde se dan condiciones similares para las minorías religiosas. Se tratarán aspectos como el espacio devocional –para lo que es fundamental la aportación de la arqueología-, la elaboración de los manuscritos legales en los scriptoria o las cuestiones de pureza que afectaban a la alimentación y la liturgia. De especial complejidad es la modificación de las concepciones teológicas de estos cristianos en contacto con la teología islámica, así como la forma de regirse la comunidad, entre las autoridades y las leyes de dos entidades político-religiosas diferentes. En todas las conferencias deberá tratarse sobre las particularidades lingüísticas o materiales de las fuentes utilizadas, y su localización.

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminarin association with Oxford Medieval Studies 


The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is a new initiative sponsored by Oxford Medieval Studies (TORCH) and Worcester College, Oxford. It is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.


The Seminar will take place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (GMT) via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.


To register and for further information, please contact the organiser at Proposals by current graduate students for future sessions are very welcome.


25th January: Chloé Agar (St. Cross College, Oxford)
Analysing Visions Experienced by Saints and Supplicants in Coptic Sources: What, How, and Why? 


1st February: Alberto Ravani (Exeter College, Oxford)
A Byzantine story of Allegory as told by John Tzetzes 


8th February: Flavia Vanni (University of Birmingham)
Discussing Byzantine stucco decoration (850-1453): people and materials 


15th February: Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)
Set in Stone: Commemoration in Graffiti in the Late Antique East c. 300-700 CE 


22nd February: Stephanie Novasio (University of Birmingham)
The Byzantine life course (exact title TBC) 


1st March: Ewan Short (Cardiff University)
How can we identify imperial women in Byzantine sources? Some methodological proposals 


8th March: Paul Ulishney (Christ Church, Oxford)
Anti-Jewish Polemic in Anastasius of Sinai’s Hexaemeron 


15th March: Giulia Maria Paoletti (Exeter College, Oxford)
Manasses or not Manasses? Paraenetic poetry in Late Byzantium