Bourses – Dumbarton Oaks

Opportunities for Scholars at Dumbarton Oaks


Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions.


Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

Application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is November 1.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree, or who have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.

Summer Fellowships are awarded to scholars at any level beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study.

Mellon Fellowships, an initiative in urban landscape studies, are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms, and applications are due February 1. You may learn more about this opportunity on our website.


Additional Research Opportunities

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies support advanced graduate students preparing for their PhD general exams, writing doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees. Each residency provides up to four weeks of lodging and weekday lunches. Applications must be submitted at least sixty days before the preferred residency dates.

One-Month Research Awards support scholars with a PhD or other relevant final degree who are working on research projects that require use of Dumbarton Oaks’ books, objects, or other materials in the collections of the library or museum.

More information is available on our website.

Workshop – The “Self” and the “Other” – The Construction and Perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity, University of Kiel

The “Self” and the “Other” – The Construction and Perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity

International Workshop to be held at the University of Kiel in cooperation with the GS Human Development in Landscapes and the Institut für Klassische Altertumskunde

23 – 25 November 2016

All human communities, throughout history, have been in contact with different groups they perceived as “other”. Such contacts generate stereotypes, prejudices and ethnical portraits, which dominate, through the definition of Otherness, the ways identity is constructed. Already in the 18th century, philosophers like Hegel (1770– 1831) reflected about how self-awareness is linked to the construction of Otherness and since then scholars have been investigating how the representation of the others is a crucial and essential component of the perception and description of the Self. This thesis does also apply to Late Antiquity and is a central tenet for the interpretation of the so-called “Migration period”.

Under the recent political challenges, Otherness and the contact of people from different cultural backgrounds are a highly relevant and discussed topic, sometimes even dealt with an explicit reference to Late Antiquity and the Migration Period (e.g.: or Nonetheless, in spite of the absolute certainty about the Migration Period shown by some politicians, many questions about the definition of Otherness and its perception in Late Antiquity are still unanswered.

In order to reveal how the “Self” and the “Other” were perceived in Late Antiquity and how these perceptions were intertwined with each other, post-graduate scholars investigating these questions from a historical, archaeological, philological or anthropological point of view are kindly invited to participate to the international Workshop “The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’ – The construction and perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity” at the University of Kiel.  The workshop aims to bring established scholars together with PhD-candidates to question and discuss “Otherness” from a Roman perspective (the Western and Eastern part of the empire) in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ca. 3rd century CE – 8th century CE) in an open round table atmosphere.

Possible topics and questions that could be addressed among others:

–           Theory of Otherness and Alterity: What is “Otherness” or “Alterity”? What theories and models are available in the fields of social sciences and humanities? With which models can Otherness be investigated? What are the pitfalls? Can new theories, terms or models be introduced for researching or defining Alterity?
–           Barbarians and Outsiders: Who was a “Barbarian”? Which are the criteria in order to define “Barbarians” in Late Antiquity? Can they still be seen as outsiders of the Roman Empire?
–           Who are the “Romans” – The Question of Identity: What were the criteria the Romans used to define themselves in Late Antiquity? Have they changed with time? Was there a process of “Barbarization”? And most of all: Who exactly was a “Roman”?
–           Perception of Otherness in Written Evidences: How was Otherness depicted and represented in the written records of Late Antiquity? Which stereotypes were used? Was there a difference between the Eastern and the Western empire in the way “Others” were perceived? Which methods do we have to apply to analyse written evidences of the time and what are the “problems” one encounters when investigating the written sources?
–           The Barbarians and the Landscape: Since landscape was a tool in literature to create a specific scenery and can therefore be seen as discourses, is it possible to see a link between the depiction of Landscapes and the process of “othering”?
–           Otherness in the Archaeological Record: Is it possible to identify “others” with help of the archaeological material? Are there new methods in the field of Archaeology to investigate otherness and how can they be combined with traditional research? What are the chances and limitations of Archaeology in the investigation of identities?

Abstracts of papers, not longer than 300 words, together with a short CV should be submitted until the 6th of July 2016 (
Accepted PhD-students can apply for travel stipends.


Veronika Egetenmeyr in cooperation with Dr. Filippo Carlà; Prof. Dr. Annette Haug and Prof. Dr. Josef Wiesehöfer

For further information, please visit our Website:

Appel à contribution – 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium; University of Birmingham

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek StudiesBirm
17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, 4th June 2016
Westmere House, University of Birmingham

Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean

Papers are invited for the 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. There are fashions in scholarship just as there are in costume or architecture, which means that certain topics are emphasised while others are marginalised. For example, 25 years ago a huge proportion of Byzantine art historical scholarship was devoted to illuminated manuscripts; today this is a much smaller field of study. This colloquium will focus on those ‘lost’ subjects, or subjects that never held the spotlight. We are interested in ‘peripheries’ of all sorts, including more traditional forms of marginalisation. The act of ‘marginalisation’ has been perpetuated and experienced in societies throughout the world: to construct the ‘other’, to classify as ‘fringe’ or outside the ‘mainstream’, to define and to diminish borders, populations, cultures and ideas, both with or without intention.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes in any of the fields related to Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words no later than Thursday, 31st of March to Anna Kelley at Applicants will be notified of selection within two weeks of this date.

Please note, limited bursaries to help with travel costs of speakers are available. Please email for details.

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An Exercise in Extravagance and Abundance: Some Thoughts on the Marginalia Decorata in the Codex BnF gr. 216

An Exercise in Extravagance and Abundance: Some Thoughts on the Marginalia Decorata in the Codex BnF gr. 216

Kallirroe Linardou

Le Cycle des Rencontres du Centre André Chastel commencera cette année avec la conférence de Kallirroe Linardou (Athènes, Ecole des Beaux-Arts) sur le thème :

An Exercise in Extravagance and Abundance: Some Thoughts on the Marginalia Decorata in the Codex BnF gr. 216

La conférence aura lieu le 14 octobre à 18h30 à l’INHA, salle Grodecki (rez-de-chaussée).

Flyer ici.

Colloque – Vertu du dénuement, Université d’Angers

Colloque pluridisciplinaire

Vertu du dénuement

12-13 mars 2015
Université d’Angers

Le colloque vise à analyser, à travers les âges, le discours laudatif que tiennent les œuvres littéraires ou les témoignages historiques sur la pauvreté volontaire. Comment et pourquoi la pauvreté, communément vue comme un fléau, peut-elle apparaître comme une vertu, voire un moyen de salut ? Spécialistes de l’Antiquité jusqu’à nos jours tenteront d’éclairer, à partir de l’interrogation philosophique du dénuement en tant que vertu, la perception du dénuement dans la société, les lettres et les arts.

Ce colloque marque une nouvelle étape des recherches engagées au cours du projet « Écritures du sacré », soutenu par le Conseil Scientifique de 2009 à 2013. Il vise à consolider la notoriété de l’Université d’Angers acquise en ces matières, liant les représentations religieuses aux analyses sociales. La longue tradition des mouvements caritatifs en Anjou et leur lien avec un substrat religieux rend particulièrement adéquate la tenue de ces réflexions à Angers, qui intéresseront au-delà du strict cercle universitaire un public aujourd’hui particulièrement concerné par les questions de pauvreté. La visite de l’hôpital Saint-Jean d’Angers prévue le 12 mars illustrera, dans le patrimoine angevin même, cette tradition de charité vis-à-vis des démunis.

Programme ici.