Appel à contribution – Act of the Scribe: Interfaces between scribal work and language use (Athènes, 6-8 avril 2017)

Call for Papers

Act of the Scribe: Interfaces between scribal work and language use

A Workshop

Date: April 6–8, 2017 (+ excursion on Sunday, April 9, to be informed later)

Venue: The Finnish Institute at Athens (Zitrou 16, GR-117 42 Athens)

The project Act of the Scribe (Academy of Finland) organises a workshop for scholars discussing various aspects of scribal work and how these relate to language use and language change in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Currently, we see a growing interest on scribal practices and their role in language change, and an on-going tradition of (socio)linguistic studies has been established in the field of Classical languages. However, some fields of study are still under-represented and hinder the ability to form a comprehensive general picture of the linguistic situation at hand; for example, studying the multilingual situation in especially Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the Byzantine times continues to be challenging due to a gap between the disciplines of Greek and Latin on the one hand, and Demotic and Coptic research on the other. One of the aims of this workshop is to promote dialogue between the various written languages in Antiquity to be able to enhance the picture of ancient scribal practices. The general focus of the workshop lies in studying the interface between scribal work, including its technical properties, and language use.

Confirmed speakers with provisional titles include

·         Rodney Ast (Heidelberg): Professional Literacy in Late Antiquity

·         Klaas Bentein (Ghent): Documentary papyri as « multimodal » texts: Some observations on the interrelationship between language choice, linguistic register and handwriting in the Nepheros archive (III – IV AD)

·         Jenny Cromwell (Copenhagen): Terminological and palaeographic innovations among scribes in the administration of early Islamic Egypt

·         Katherine McDonald (Cambridge): The goddess Reitia and learning to write in the Veneto

·         Timo Korkiakangas (Oslo):  Relationship between spelling correctness and morphosyntactic conservativeness – a corpus study of early medieval Italian charters

·         Tonio Sebastian Richter: TBA

·         MariaChiara Scappaticcio (Naples): A Babrius’ Latin translation (P.Amh. 26): authors, scribes, and ‘mistakes of mistakes’

·         Joanne Stolk (Oslo/Ghent): Scribal corrections in Greek papyri from Egypt

·         Nicholas Zair (Cambridge): Old-fashioned spelling and sub-elite education in the Roman Empire

We invite interested scholars to submit abstracts (max. one page) by October 31, 2016 at the latest ( Topics that are of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to, e.g.

•           scribal education in Graeco-Roman Antiquity

•           writing and copying methods affecting linguistic output

•           written standards, substandard and register

•           cross-cultural effect on second language use: transfer of linguistic elements, scribal practices and orthographic conventions

•           the role of the scribe in language change and development

•           the varying treatment of loanwords in contact situations

Organizing committee :
Martti Leiwo – Sonja Dahlgren – Hilla Halla-aho – Marja Vierros

Offre de bourse – The Gennadius Library, Athens

Offre de bourse

The Gennadius Library, Athens


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 125,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada for work in the Gennadius Library for full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.
Link to Frantz bulletin

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY (2017): Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel-to collections award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016.
Link to Cotsen bulletin

THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.’s writing on Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period. Fellows are required to make use of and refer to the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. Stipend of €1,000. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016.
Link to Papaioannou bulletin

NEH FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities. Terms: Two to four fellowships, five to ten months in duration. Maximum stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000.  U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2015.
Link to NEH bulletin

For further information, consult the ASCSA website at:

Gennadius Library Address: 61 Souidias Street, GR-106 76, Athens, Greece
School Address: 54 Souidias Street, GR-106 76 Athens, Greece
U.S. Office: 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-5232

Modern Greek for Postgraduates and Early career scholars of Greek archaeology (intensive) – Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies, Athènes



 Athens, 2nd – 20th November 2015

Following last year’s successful pilot, the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens will be holding a three-week intensive course in November 2015.

Reading modern Greek bibliographical sources has become indispensable for any research postgraduate student or scholar of Greek Archaeology. The course aims at increasing the non-native Greek researchers’ understanding of the modern Greek language used in archaeological publications, from excavation reports and object catalogues to theoretical studies, and from current demotic Greek to katharevousa.

The venue will be the IIHSA premises, 51A Notara St, Athens. Lessons will take place on three evenings per week (x 2 hours) over the three-week period.

The teacher will be archaeologist and philologist Dr Vassilis Petrakis. The course, which will be taught through English, will use a tailor-made Reader. The choice of texts will take into account the students’ research interests as far as possible.

The fee is € 200 for the three-week course. The course is open to all postgraduates/early career scholars with a working knowledge of modern Greek or those who have also been attending an intensive general course in modern Greek. One academic reference will be required. Up to 5 credits may be granted to students in consultation with their University departments.

Limited accommodation will be available in the IIHSA premises for the duration of the course.

To dowload the application form, click on the IIHSA webpage: For queries or further information, please contact the IIHSA Director, Dr Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood: ( Completed applications and academic reference letters should be sent by email to the Assistant Director, Dr Aris Anagnostopoulos ( no later than the 6th September 2015. Places are limited. Applying early is advisable in order to secure a place.