New Blog Series: Of Venice and the 24th Byzantine Congress

Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA – 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016).

The Istanbul Research Institute Blog has published the congress impressions of early career researchers working on Istanbul’s Byzantine past with a series of articles: Of Venice and the 24th Byzantine Congress. Six opinion pieces by early career researchers from Turkey are accompanied by one photo essay and a reflection on the shared extraordinary conditions of the eighteenth and the twenty-fourth congress.

Emir Alışık discusses how the opening speeches of the congress were influenced by the postponement and relocation of the congress, from its planned date and location of Istanbul 2021 to Venice-Padua 2022, the traces of Istanbul and Byzantium in Venice, and the coinciding of the congress with the 59th Venice Biennale. 

“Coming together in this particularly marginal region—amplified by both the function (slaughterhouse) and the social status (Jewish quarter)—for the Byzantine studies congress could also be considered suitable because of Byzantium’s somewhat outcast status in historiography.”

Pırıl Us-MacLennan describes her effort against all odds to find her way amidst languages, disciplines, and streets at the congress, which she calls the Olympics of Byzantine studies.

“As I headed to the inaugural session of the congress with a group of colleagues from my university in the relatively empty but soon-to-be buzzing streets of the labyrinth called Venice, I kept thinking how lucky we were to be a part of this congress with the financial support of our funding body.” 

Gizem Dörter takes the readers on a journey of exploration, from traces of Byzantium in Venice and current exhibitions in the city to the candle-lit mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica. 

“With its magnificent architecture and details, St. Mark’s Basilica, located in the center of Venice, is one of the places that draws the attention of all tourists visiting Venice where long queues must be expected to enter the monument. Moreover, with the traces of Byzantine art and culture visible in its architecture, decoration and collections. St. Mark’s attracts all academics working in fields related to Byzantium.”

Elif Demirtiken observes that although the relocation of the congress from Istanbul to Venice compelled early career researchers from Turkey to cope with the problems that were amplified by the relocation, such as the pandemic anxiety, the economic crisis, and visa restrictions, the grants provided by various institutions and the efficiency of the organizing committee in Venice partially came to the rescue. 

“When Hagia Sophia was suddenly converted into a mosque overnight in 2020, the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies was suddenly taken from Istanbul. After a few months of back and forth discussions as to whether Cyprus or Italy should host the congress, it was decided that Venice-Padua would provide the backdrop.”

Canan Arıkan-Caba invites the readers to a journey that explores new trends in Byzantine studies while examining ways to make the Congress more green and democratic. 

“The 80-page congress program itself is a small reference source for gaining information about current research topics and learning about who is working on which topic. When I looked at the program where Byzantine studies met with different disciplines and perspectives, I wondered how many of these studies were able to find financial support.” 

H. Sercan Sağlam notes that in the more manageable post-vaccine pandemic era, for the first time Byzantine historians gathered at such a large organization. He remarks that they needed such intellectual exchange to drive the field’s progress while reminding the deep-rooted and expansive history of the discipline in Turkey.

“I guess, Byzantine researchers, who were separated from one another due to the Covid-19 pandemic, chose to avoid heated discussions, and focused on the joy of reunion and the value of being together.”

Contributing to the contemporary documentation of Byzantine material culture with his Byzantine Legacy project, David Hendrix displays the links between Venice, which was once called the “second Constantinople,” and Istanbul in his photo essay.

In the last article of the series, Brigitte Pitarakis describes the experience of the then students, now faculty members at Turkish universities, during whose attendance at the Eighteenth International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Moscow in 1991, the short-lived August coup took place just before the collapse of the USSR.

“Kyiv was our next stop. Upon our arrival, we learned that there had been a coup and that Mikhail Gorbachev had been taken hostage. The government official who opened the congress was one of the coup plotters. He was in prison by the time we left.”

All articles are accessible here:

Series of Lectures: Byzantinische Kulturgeschichte

Dear colleagues, We would like to inform you about a series of lectures on Byzantine culture that will take place at the University of Göttingen in the coming semester. Please find attached the programme. You are welcome to attend the lectures in person or online.

All best wishes,
Jon C. Cubas Díaz
Margherita Matera
Georgi Parpulov
Maria Tomadaki

Visit the website for more details


The ARGENTINE COMMITTEE OF BYZANTINE STUDIES (CAEBiz) cordially invites you to its Ninth Virtual Meeting.

The meeting will be coordinated by Paloma CORTEZ (UBA) and Julián BÉRTOLA (UGent), and will take place on Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 19 CEST (= 14 Argentina, 11 Mexico).



– JOÃO VICENTE DE MEDEIROS PUBLIO DIAS (UNAM) “On Basil II’s bachelorhood (again!)”


– MARÍA CRISTINA SILVENTI (UnCuyo) “Por el Emperador Heraclio y la guerra persa y cuando partió de la ciudad. Jorge de Pisidia. Edición revisada. Análisis filológico y estilístico del poema”

The Virtual Meeting will be held via Zoom (no registration is required). Link: Meeting ID: 814 9709 6489 Passcode: 635314

If you have any questions, please contact us: For more information about the CAEBiz, please visit our website:

6 positions for doctoral Research associates (PhD candidates) at Mainz University

The Research Training Group “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War” is offering 6 positions for doctoral Research associates (PhD candidates) at Mainz University.For further details, simply click on the link

As of April 1, 2024, there will be one Professorship (W3) for Ancient Church History and Patrology (Chair) to occupy at the Catholic Theological Faculty at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The holder of the professorship (m/f/d) will represent the entire field of ancient church history and patrology in research and teaching. In teaching, participation in all courses of study at the Faculty of Catholic Theology is expected.

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) would like to recruit an outstandingly qualified personality who, after completing a university degree in Catholic theology and an above-average doctorate or a comparable special qualification in Catholic theology, will demonstrate their academic qualifications through internationally visible, excellent research achievements and teaching has proven.

If you are hired as a civil servant, you must not have reached the age of 52 at the time of appointment. Exceptions to this can be made in urgent cases.

The LMU is striving to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages female scientists to apply.

Severely disabled persons are given preference if their suitability is otherwise essentially the same.

The LMU offers support for dual career couples.

Applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, academic career, list of publications, list of previous courses) must be submitted to the Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich, by May 18, 2023 . At the same time, please send your documents in file form (pdf) to:

A post-doc position (18 months)

A post-doc position (18 months) is offered by the research project “Computer Vision and Historical analysis of Scientific illustration circulation” (VHS): The post-doc will be based in Paris at the premises of the “Byzantine World” team of the Laboratoire Orient & Méditerranée. For more information, please contact Stavros Lazaris

Call for Papers, Timecraft: From Interpreting the Past to Shaping the Future

The Fourteenth Biennial Symposium organized by Graduate Students in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, November 10th-11th, 2023 

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Friday May 5th, 2023, 5:00 PM EST. 

Past, present, and future are not universal truths but ideas that emerge in relation to human existence. The social construction of time takes many forms. From the collection of relics and repatriation of antiquities to the creation of memorials and the removal of monuments, traces of the past help us to make sense of the current moment. Performances of epics collapse the past into the present and wish-fulfilling rituals tie the present to the future. Questions about time are accordingly wide ranging. For instance, how do researchers identify the cultural strategies people use to define their own time? What does the archaeological record tell us about continuities with and breaks from the past? How do objects and texts reflect attitudes and anxieties about the future? 

Timecraft invites you to consider the ways in which people use the concept of time to understand the past, define the present, and envision the future. This will be the fourteenth biennial symposium organized by students in the Graduate Group of Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. We encourage graduate students in relevant disciplines, working in any time period, to send us paper proposals on timecraft. Applicants may choose to present their research in the following formats: 

Several regular panels are intended for full-length paper presentations. 15- to 20-minute papers will be followed by individual, 10-minute Q&A sessions in these panels. While we are planning the regular panels as in-person sessions, we hope to provide space for remotely-delivered papers to those participants who are unable to travel to the area. 

One lightning panel is intended as an opportunity to share works-in-progress, and is geared towards fostering a hybrid mode of participation, allowing both remote and in-person participants to bring ideas into conversation. Five-to seven-minute introductions of the works-in-progress will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A after each paper. 

Application process: Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts to either or both types of panels, provided that the two submissions are separate works. We will consider submissions from graduate students at any point in their degree. All proposals should be sent to the BMC Graduate Symposium Committee at by Friday May 5th, 2023, 5:00 PM EST. 

To apply for the regular panel please send an abstract of 300-words to us, specifying your preferred panel format in the subject line of your email. 

To apply for the lightning panel, please send a 150-word abstract to us, specifying your preferred panel format in the subject line of your email. 

Review and Acceptance Process: The committee will assess submissions through a blind review process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Monday May 22nd, 2023. 

Please contact us with any questions regarding the symposium at

Please visit this link to see a list of some suitable topics for Timecraft.

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg welcomes applications for Visiting Research Fellowships in Ancient Studies to be held for a period of up to six months during the academic year 2023/24

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg is an alliance between the partner institutions Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissen­schaftsgeschichte. It promotes collaboration in research, graduate teaching, public engagement and the development of digital applications in all areas of Ancient Studies. For further information see

The fellowships are open to scholars at any career level after the PhD. Fellows are expected to be resident in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship and to carry out an innovative research project in tandem with (a) Berlin-based colleague(s) who will be hosting the fellow at one of the partner institutions and who should be named in the application. This project may also be a pilot study in preparation of a larger research project to be developed in collaboration with the Berlin based part­ner. While any topic in any area of Ancient Studies is welcome, applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal related to the Berliner Antike-Kolleg’s annual theme for 2023/24, “Conflicts and how to deal with them”. Fellows are further expected to take part in activities of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg as appropriate, such as relevant seminars of the Berlin Graduate School for Ancient Studies, the lecture series “Current Issues in Ancient Studies”, or other public lectures and outreach events.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2500 Euros. In addition, travel costs, research expenses, and the organization of workshops can be covered.

Fellowships are available as of 1 September 2023 for a period of up to six months (a later starting date is possible). Applications should be submitted by 15 May 2023. The online application form is available here: Applicants are requested to download and complete the application form and send it to sekretari­

For inquiries about the fellowships and the application procedure please contact Dr Henrike Simon:

Exhibition: Byzantium then and now

An exhibition of icons entitled ‘Byzantium then and now’ curated by Dr Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu takes place in Wolfson College between 24 Apr 2023 and 23 Jun 2023 (The Levett Room & The Florey Room). 

History of Philosophy Forum Summer 2023 Writing and Research Grants

Excited to announce that the History of Philosophy Forum is partnering with ISSA to run a new summer grant program for visiting researchers! Projects in the history of philosophy (broadly construed), at any stage of development, are welcome. Successful applicants will receive free accommodation for a period of one month (between May 15 and August 15, 2023) in a furnished visiting faculty studio apartment next to the Notre Dame campus, as well as library access and a library workspace. Recipients are responsible for their own travel and any other expenses incurred.

Are you working on a research project in the history of philosophy (broadly construed)? Need some time for writing and/or research this summer (2023), with the resources of a world-class library at your disposal? The History of Philosophy Forum at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for our “2023 Summer Writing and Research Grants” pilot program, starting immediately.

Program Information

What: Successful applicants will receive free accommodation for one month in a furnished visiting faculty studio apartment, conveniently located next to the University of Notre Dame campus, as well as library access and a library workspace. Recipients are responsible for their own travel and any other expenses incurred.

Project criteria: Projects at any stage of development are welcome. Topic must be in the history of philosophy, which we construe expansively to include any historical tradition of reasoning via a wide range of methodologies, including religious intellectual traditions, intellectual history, history of political thought, history of philosophical approaches to the natural world, etc.

When: The opportunity window for a summer research stay is open from approximately May 15 to August 15, 2023. Research stays are for a one-month period (ideally starting on the 1st or 15th day of the month, but we may be able to provide some flexibility). The application form will ask you to specify which dates you prefer.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD and affiliation with an academic institution, either internationally or domestically. This program is not open to graduate students. If you will need a visa to travel to the US, please investigate before applying whether you will realistically be able to secure the necessary documents before your planned travel.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting immediately, on a rolling basis, and the program will close when we have filled all available slots.

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