JOB OPPORTUNITIES, SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS & DOCTORAL POSITIONS
Cappadocia in Context
Immerse yourself in Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Cappadocia…
INFO: Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC
DATE: 16 JUNE – 04 JULY 2014
Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia? Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.
The program will start in Istanbul, with lectures and field trips. After three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia. Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.
Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips. A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!
In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students.
Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Application deadline 30 April 2014.
All instructions will be in English; reading skills in French highly recommended.
This program is only open to graduate level students in appropriate fields of study.
For more information see: http://rcac.ku.edu.tr/cappadocia
For information concerning other RCAC programs please see here
John L. Goulandris Scholarship, 2014
Background and eligibility
The family of John L. Goulandris wishes to support a Scholarship for well-qualified Greek nationals, normally under the age of 35 and ordinarily resident in Greece (Hellenic Republic), who will be undertaking full-time study at the University of Cambridge for either a one-year graduate taught course, leading to a postgraduate qualification (usually the MPhil degree) or a three-or four- year course of research leading to the PhD degree. The Scholarship will be open to new MPhil and PhD (3 year and 1+3 year) applicants to the University of Cambridge and also, in the case of PhD study, to students already registered at the University for the PhD degree. In the latter case, 1 or 2 years (for those following 3 year PhD programmes) or 3 years (for those following 1+3 PhD programmes) of further study, within three years of registration, may be supported. It is a condition of the award that the recipient be a member of Magdalene College.
The Scholarship will be tenable from the start of the next academic year (1 October 2014). Candidates must have graduated at a University before 1 October 2014. Consideration will normally be restricted to those who have a record of academic excellence consistent with the proposed field of study and who can demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to the broader life of Magdalene College. While consideration will normally be restricted to those who have obtained, or who have a strong prospect of obtaining, a first-class Honours degree (or its European equivalent), evidence of subsequent intellectual development will be taken into account.
In determining the value of the Scholarship in individual cases, the College will take into account a candidate’s income from all sources. It is expected that applicants will apply for other sources of funding offered by Cambridge University for Greek nationals:
The maximum award that will be made to a Scholar who has no other sources of finance will be as follows:
Maintenance grant: £11,750 (2013 – 2014 cost)
University fees: £ 3,900 (2013 – 2014 cost)
College fees: £ 2,424 (2013 - 2014 cost)
New applicants to Cambridge University wishing to be considered for a Goulandris Scholarship must apply to the Board of Graduate Studies (4 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RZ) for admission to the University as a Graduate Student using the usual GRADSAF form. This can be obtained (in hard copy or electronically (preferred)) from the Board. Applicants must have been provisionally accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University before their application can be considered for College membership.
ALL applicants must complete a College Application Form available via the College website or by application to the Graduate Tutor’s Assistant in College. Preference may be given to those nominating Magdalene as their first-choice College. The outcome of the competition should be known by end July 2014.
The College will endeavour to offer rented accommodation in or near College to a single Scholar. For couples, our accommodation stock is very restricted but we will help if we can do so.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide the donor with a brief report on their progress. A single report will be required at the end of the period of study from MPhil scholarship holders. An annual report will be required from PhD scholarship holders, with a final report due three months after the submission of the PhD thesis.
For more details, please see here [http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/goulandris/].
Shuffrey Junior Research Fellowship in Architectectural History
Lincoln College, Oxford University
Oxford OX1 3DR
Application deadline: 7 January 2013
The Governing Body of Lincoln College invites applications for two Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) in Architectural History, tenable for a fixed term of four years from 1st September 2014. One Fellowship is dedicated to the support of research in the history of Greek and/or Roman architecture from 600 BC to AD 600. Applicants for the second Fellowship may work in any area of the history of architecture, or in the history of decorative design, from AD 600 to the present time.
Each of the Shuffrey Junior Research Fellows will be expected to undertake an approved programme of research, to provide up to four hours per week of undergraduate tuition for the College and to promote the study of architectural history through the organisation of seminars or lectures or by similar means. In addition to a stipend of £23,352 – £25,504 per annum, the Fellows will receive full common room rights, research and hospitality allowances, and membership of the USS pension scheme. College accommodation, suitable for a single person, will be provided at a modest rent if available
Applicants should have been awarded a doctoral degree in an appropriate field not earlier than 1st September 2009, or should be expecting to complete a doctoral thesis before 1st October 2015, and will have a developing public profile within their field of scholarship. Candidates should not have held a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at another College.
Further particulars and an application form may be downloaded from our website by clicking the Apply link below or obtained from the Academic Administrator, Lincoln College, Oxford, OX1 3DR, tel: 01865 279801, fax: 01865 279802, email: c firstname.lastname@example.org, to whom applications should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 7th January 2013. Applications by email are welcome.
Lincoln College is an Equal Opportunities Employer
To apply online, please click here [http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHR595/shuffrey-junior-research-fellowship-in-architectectural-history/]
20TH ANNUAL PROGRAMME OF RESEARSCH GRANT AND EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOREIGNERS – ONASSIS FOUNDATION 2014-2015
Application deadline: 31 January 2014
The Foundation announces the twentieth (20th) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2014 which is addressed to non Greeks, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), postdoctoral researchers (Ph.D. holders), artists, post-graduate students and Ph.D candidates.
For more details, please see here [http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102927891894-962/PROKIRIKSI_ENG_20.pdf].
The American School of Classical studies in Athens is extending the deadline for either one or two, depending on funding, Elizabeth A. Whitehead visiting professorships until December the 2nd, 2013. For the full details please see here<http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/pdf/uploads/position_ad_Whitehead_prof.pdf>, and send any applications to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for one tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank for an Art Historian in Medieval art with specialization in Mediterranean Cultures/Byzantine and experience in teaching foundation surveys of art. Experience outside of the university teaching environment such as museum experience and/or fieldwork is also desirable. This full-time appointment offers a competitive salary and benefits package and will commence August 2014. Applicants with diverse cultural, ethnic and national perspectives are welcome. For full details please see here<http://art.utsa.edu/about/employment/>.
The Centre for Information Modeling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz (Austria) is offering a position for an early stage researcher for a project in Paleography and Digital Scholarly Editions, 40 hours/week; fixed-term employment for the period of 3 years, starting 1 April 2014. For full details please see here<https://unity3.rrz.uni-koeln.de/fileadmin/sites/dixit/files/Graz_-_Announcement_ESR4.pdf>.
 Doctoral Position The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut – Department Prof. Gerhard Wolf – is pleased to announce a call for application for a Doctoral Position. Starting at the earliest opportunity, the position is offered for one year, with the possibility of an extension. We are looking for an excellent candidate with a PhD project within the thematic and methodological horizon of the department of Gerhard Wolf (http://www.khi.fi.it/en/forschung/index.html#wolf). Applications in German or English language should include – detailed cv – academic degree certificate – doctoral research proposal (max. 4 pages) – one reference letter Please send your electronic application as one pdf file (max. 2MB) by 30 November 2013 to email@example.com —
 Postdoctoral Fellowship The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut – Department Prof. Gerhard Wolf – is pleased to announce a call for application for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Starting at the earliest opportunity, the fellowship is offered for one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year. We are looking for an excellent candidate with a research project which fits into the thematic and methodological horizon of the projects of the department (http://www.khi.fi.it/en/forschung/index.html#wolf). No more than five years should have passed since gaining the doctorate. Applications in German or English language should include – detailed cv – doctoral/PhD degree certificate – summary of the doctoral/PhD thesis (max. 3 pages) and accompanying evaluations – research proposal (max. 5 pages) – list of publications and one writing sample – names of two referees Please send your electronic application as one pdf file (max. 2 MB) by 30 November 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor, Medieval Art and Architecture
University of California, Irvine
Application deadline: 17 November 2013
The Department of Art History and the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine seek an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) to teach medieval art and architecture beginning 1 July 2014. Ph.D. required prior to start of appointment. Scholars of western medieval art, Byzantine art, and the art of the wider Mediterranean are all encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in applicants who, in addition to teaching undergraduate courses in their field, are prepared to offer graduate courses relevant to the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies. Please consult the webpages for both the undergraduate and graduate programs:
Please apply online at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF02140 and submit an application letter, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of reference.
Assistant Professor – Early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art
Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas
Job Posting End Date: 06-Dec-2013
Contact: Professor Anne D. Hedeman [Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor, Kress Foundation Department of Art History; email@example.com]
Review of Applications: Begins 1 November 2013
The Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the history of the visual arts of the Middle Ages with strength in either early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art, expected to begin as early as August 18, 2014.
The successful applicant will teach four courses per year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in Medieval art history and participate in the two-semester introductory art history survey; guide research of graduate students and supervise dissertations; advise undergraduate and graduate students; maintain an active program of research disseminated through peer-review publications and public presentations; and provide service to the department, College, University, and to the profession, including serving on committees and participating in university governance. Candidates, who will contribute to the climate of diversity, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are encouraged to apply.
The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities. See http://www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/ . The University of Kansas is a Research 1 (RU/VH) institution, the flagship of the Kansas system, and a member of the AAU. It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community a short drive from Kansas City.
1. Teach four courses per year including undergraduate and graduate courses in Medieval art history and participate in the two-semester introductory art history survey. Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
2. Guide research of graduate students and supervise dissertations in Medieval art history.
1. Develop and maintain an active program of research in early Medieval, Byzantine or Islamic art history, and establish a national and international reputation in the field.
2. Publish research findings in appropriate peer-reviewed scholarly outlets.
3. Present papers at professional conferences.
1. Provide service to the Art History Department, College, and University through committee work and campus initiatives.
2. Provide service to the discipline(s).
Evaluation of the following requirements will be based on (1) a letter of application; (2) a CV; (3) three letters of recommendation; (4) a publication or writing sample:
1. PhD with specialization in early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art history is expected by the start date of the appointment;
2. Commitment to teaching Medieval art history as evidenced by the cover letter and three letters of recommendation;
3. Potential for an active research program as evidenced by graduate coursework, publications, and/or conference presentations in the field.
A complete electronic application will include:
1. a letter of application,
3. a list of three references, and
4. copies of a publication (if applicable) and/or a writing sample.
5. three letters of recommendation should be sent separately by mail or as a PDF email attachment to: Anne D. Hedeman [The University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street, Room 209, Lawrence, KS 66045]
RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships
Koç University invites applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend, will be given to approximately 10 Ph.D candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D to spend one academic year in Istanbul at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Successful candidates will be required to be resident in Istanbul during the 9-month academic year (September 15-June 15). Some senior fellowships may be granted on a semester basis (September 15-January 31 or February 1-June 15). A small number of Non-Residential fellowships is also available for those already resident in Istanbul and/or with families.
Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations offers housing, study, and computer facilities to its fellows. It is near the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects. Fellows will also be asked to give 2 lectures on their work during the course of the year. Fellows must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.
Application deadline: 15 December 2013
For more details on how to apply, please see here.
I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowship
Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Here they will carry out projects that represent advanced research in any aspect of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.
The “I Tatti – RCAC Joint Fellowship” will be awarded at one of two levels: one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation; or one senior fellowship, for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application. (For senior fellowships, PhD certificates must bear a date between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012, inclusive.) Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Italian Renaissance and Byzantine or Ottoman Studies. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship term. Each successful candidate must be approved by both RCAC and VIT. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with VIT or RCAC. Renewals, repeats, or deferments of this Fellowship are not granted.
The Fellowship period will be one academic year, which will be spent as one term at VIT and one term at RCAC. The dates of the Fall and Spring semesters differ at the two institutions (see below), and successful candidates can express a preference for spending the Fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. During both semesters, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.
Details relating to I Tatti:
• The dates of the Fall semester are July 1 – December 31 (Fellows required to begin work by September 1), and the dates of the Spring semester are February 1 – June 30.
• Fellows are expected to spend at least three days a week at the Villa and are required to live in Florence or the surrounding area, but are welcome to take occasional research trips to other cities.
• Fellows are offered a reserved carrel in the Biblioteca Berenson, or, when available, a study, lunch on weekdays (not extended to spouses), and various other privileges.
• The stipend is USD 4,000 per month for senior Fellows, and USD 3000 for junior Fellows, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, USD 1,500) towards relocation expenses. When possible, a one-bedroom apartment will be set aside for the Fellow’s use, rent free, but with charges for utilities. If an apartment is not available, USD 1000 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.
• The Fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members). The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.
• Scholars awarded this Fellowship can apply for other I Tatti fellowships only after a year has passed from the end of their sojourn.
Application deadline: 15 December 2013
Details relating to the RCAC can be found here.
BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management
The RCAC and the BIAA are offering a new joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.
Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 15, 2014 – June 15, 2015) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website.
The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.
Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.
For more details on how to apply, please see here.
RCAC Visiting Senior Fellowships
A limited number of short-term fellowships at RCAC for a period of either one or two months.
This fellowship will permit senior scholars with very busy schedules to spend up to two months at the RCAC, undertake projects involving the cultural resources of Istanbul while residing at the RCAC and participating in the intellectual community of RCAC fellows and Koç University. Successful candidates will be offered the following: Round-trip economy airfare to and from Istanbul; a net monthly stipend of up to USD 1600 for the period of their stay; free accommodation and free dinners 5 nights a week at the RCAC.
In return, the RCAC requests that all Visiting Senior Fellows give one presentation on their research on the main campus of Koç University. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.
Application deadline: 15 December 2013
For more details on how to apply, please see here.
Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management
These fellowships will be awarded at the senior or junior level. Depending on the applications received, one or two 4,5 month (fall or spring semester) senior fellowships (for those with a PhD or equivalent work experience) or one 9 month junior fellowship (for a PhD candidate or candidate with less work experience) will be awarded.
Kaplan fellowships will be used for the development of an archaeological management plan or plans with a conservation component for a site in Turkey.
Kaplan fellowships are restricted to Turkish nationals. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University, of which the RCAC is a part.
Like all RCAC fellows, Kaplan fellows will be given accommodation, travel costs, health insurance, research budget and evening meals five nights a week at the RCAC. Junior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 800. Senior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 1100-1600 depending on work experience.
Fellowship holders must be resident at the RCAC in Istanbul except for a period of up to two months spent on research, either on site, or elsewhere. At the RCAC they will be members of a wider community of scholars researching the past of Turkey.
Application deadline: 15 December 2013
For more details on how to apply, please see here.
British Institute at Ankara – Research Scholar 2014
Duration of Scholarship: 7 months (with possible extension of two months)
Start date: 6 January, 2014
Requirements for the applicants: A Masters degree; residence in the UK and affiliation with a UK academic institution
Scholarship includes: £800 monthly salary, a return flight (UK-Turkey)
Deadline for application: Friday 25 October
For more details, please see here.
Assistant Director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project
Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford
Grade 7: £29,541 – £32,267 p.a.
During of Appointment: 4 years
Contact Person : Mrs Brooke Martin-Garbutt
Vacancy ID : 109818
Contact Phone : 01865 288372
Closing Date : 09-Oct-2013
Contact Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, please see here.
Assistant Professor, Late Byzantine World
University of Virginia
Application deadline: 15 November 2013
Appointment start date : 25 August 2014
Contact: Edith W. Clowes, Chair, Late Byzantine World Search Committee, email@example.com
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Byzantine History
History Department, Columbia University
For details, please see here.
The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture.
For details, please see here.
The Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) international scholarships for postgraduate studies for the academic year 2013-14
Deadline for applications: 26th of July 2013
For details, see the announcement.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The British School at Athens and the British School at Rome jointly seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to their Adriatic Connections research programme. Adriatic Connections is funded by the British Academy and run by the two Schools in collaboration. The Fellowship, tenable for 18 months from 1 October 2013, is based at the BSA, but includes a three-month residency at the BSR. The Fellow will also be affiliated to a British University.
Adriatic Connections supports original research into the art and archaeology of the Adriatic (broadly conceived) from the seventh century AD until the Fall of Constantinople. The Fellow will develop an original research project with a well-defined publication schedule, and support the organization of an international conference (co-editing the proceedings).
Applicants are required to propose a research project within the overall scope of Adriatic Connections. There are no restrictions upon subject or chronological focus, but preference will be given to projects which complement and extend the range of research currently conducted by the BSA and BSR, and serve to link these institutions.
Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Professor Catherine Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Christopher Smith (email@example.com). Further information about the institutes, their research and key staff can be found at: http://www.bsa.ac.uk; http://www.bsr.ac.uk.
Applicants should submit by e-mail to the School Administrator of the British School at
Athens, Mrs Tania Gerousi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
a letter of application (with a statement of how the proposed research fits with
and/or extends the established work of the BSA and BSR);
CV (including the names of two referees);
a research proposal (1,500 words maximum) to include a publication schedule.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24th July 2013. Candidates must ensure that their
referees send by e-mail letters of reference (preferably as pdf attachments with original
signature) to email@example.com by this deadline. Shortlisted candidates may be
invited to submit published or unpublished work. Interviews will be held in late August 2013
(economy-class travel will be supported; air travel may only be fully compensated within Europe
– skype interviews may therefore be requested). The Fellow will take up their appointment by
October 1st 2013.
The stipend will be £25,000 per annum. The Fellow will normally be required to reside in the
BSA and BSR, where accommodation will be provided.
The Fellow must submit an annual report by the end of March 2014 to the Directors of the
BSA and BSR for consideration by their respective Councils. The appointment will be
probationary for the first sixth months, confirmation in post to be conditional upon approval of
the first annual report. The Fellow will acknowledge the BSA, BSR and Adriatic Connections in
all publications resulting from the Fellowship.
ADRIATIC CONNECTIONS – FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY AD TO THE FALL
The Adriatic, a major channel of east/west communication, has received little attention in recent
scholarship. This is partly because the eastern shores were long closed to western research,
partly because reappraisal of the nature and role of Greek colonial settlement has focused on
southern Italy, and partly because the complexity of the exercise and the wide geographical and
disciplinary collaborations required challenge the capacity of any single national research
institution. Recent changes in the political sphere have opened the key country, Albania, to
highly fruitful dialogue with western and Islamic specialists. New knowledge of the archaeology,
art history and naval activity along these shores in late antique and medieval times makes a
broader comparative perspective both possible and extremely desirable. In short, there is now an
unprecedented opportunity to mount an interdisciplinary study of the waterway between Italy
and the Balkans involving specialists in a wide range of fields, from archaeology and art history
to naval and economic history.
The collaborative challenge is best met by the two Schools already engaged in the region, notably through their sponsorship of British research in Albania and the wider Adriatic zone, and their links with those bodies, in Italy, Greece and the UK, whose archaeological and historical research sustains its further development. The Schools have therefore secured British Academy funding for three connected actions – the 18-month postdoctoral joint fellowship currently advertised (based primarily in Athens), a workshop on the Roman-Late Roman Adriatic (organized by Dr Ed Bispham [Oxford] in Rome), and a major international conference on Adriatic Connections – from the Seventh Century AD to the Fall of Constantinople to be organized by the Fellow in collaboration with senior colleagues in Rome early in 2015.
The conference will take a comparative view of key developments in successive historical periods. The following indicative (but highly selective) historical framework may guide the framing of applicants’ research projects. During the seventh-ninth centuries, the Adriatic forms a critical contact zone between Constantinople and Italy, with the issue of icon veneration at its core. In terms of trade, by the mid-eighth century Ravenna was gradually replaced by Chioggia and later Venice; the rise of Venice and its relations with Constantinople and other major Adriatic ports feature prominently. During the tenth-twelfth centuries, trade contacts changed with the development of ports and settlements on both coastlines, the arrival of Norman forces in southern Italy and an increase in Venetian military and mercantile naval forces. Venice also sought to establish control over several Albanian ports. The period of crusading from 1098 onwards involved new forms of shipping in the Adriatic, with larger transport fleets designed to convey forces to the East. After the successful foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, extended maritime routes brought more shipping to the Adriatic, with accompanying changes in taste, style and knowledge. The Venetian attack on Zara and determination to control other port cities, plus the triumphant sack of Constantinople, encouraged the Republic to build up its overseas empire after 1204. Finally, study of the thirteen-sixteenth centuries requires analysis of the Italian ports of the western shore and the growing importance of sites such as Butrint, Ragusa, Zara/Zadar and Parenzo on the eastern shore. Ottoman expansion in the Balkans and control of the Adriatic also forms a critical development. Related themes include artistic influences visible in architecture, mosaic and fresco; the economic influence of Italian trading groups and Venetian occupation of parts of the East Mediterranean; Italian rivalry with the Ottomans; Byzantine exiles in Venice; political rivalry between the reduced Byzantine empire, Ottoman power, local separatist forces and Hohenstaufen influence via Sicily under Frederick II; and the piracy and slavery which serviced the needs of Arab rulers on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.
THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS
The British School at Athens is an educational charity founded in 1886. It now forms part of the British Academy’s network of Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS) which sustains and supports British research overseas. The School exists to promote research of international excellence in all disciplines pertaining to Greek lands, from fine art to archaeometry, and in all periods to modern times. The School does this through:
a programme of research undertaken both alone and in collaboration with UK-based and other overseas institutions;
an academic programme of seminars, lectures, and conferences;
our internationally renowned library;
the provision of services for members, including applications for study and fieldwork permits; advice on the development of research programmes; access to accommodation and facilities in Athens and Knossos; provision of online services;
promoting the use of our archival, laboratory, and museum collections by the scholarly community worldwide;
the provision of funding (including studentships and visiting fellowships) for research in Greece, and to enable Greek researchers to visit the UK;
the provision of internships and training courses for undergraduates, postgraduates, and schoolteachers.
Details of current School projects and the Strategic Plan for Research 2011-2015 may be found at http://www.bsa.ac.uk.
Size and Scope
The School, which was founded in 1886, is an institute for advanced research and a registered UK charity (no. 208673). It maintains a hostel offering affordable accommodation to members, a world-class library, archive, laboratory for archaeological science, and offices in Athens; a smaller hostel, library and museum for study purposes in Knossos; and an office in London. It has five full-time academic staff, three research fellows, three full-time and two part-time administrative/secretarial staff, three full-time library/archival staff; and five full-time and two part-time domestic staff. The academic staff, the research fellows, the IT Officer, and the Archivist are all actively engaged in research, and all staff are encouraged to undertake professional development. In addition, the School is supported by research-active non-executive staff in the UK, notably the Chairman of Council (Professor Malcolm Schofield) and the honorary treasurer (Dr Carol Bell). It offers two full studentships and several smaller bursaries for scholars every year, and in various ways aids the research of around 2,000 scholars worldwide. Its average annual turnover is approximately 1.3m pounds.
The School has the following research staff, details of whose research interests and publications are available at http://www.bsa.ac.uk:
Full-time academic staff: Professor Catherine Morgan, Director; Dr Evangelia Kiriatzi, Director of the Fitch Laboratory; Mr Robert Pitt, Assistant Director; Dr Matthew Haysom, Knossos Curator; and Dr Noémi Muller, Scientific Research Officer (from 1/9/2013).
Full-time research fellows: Dr Areti Pentedeka, Williams Fellow in ceramic petrology; Dr Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, Leventis Fellow; and Dr Ozge Dilaver Kalkan, Balkan Futures Fellow (co-appointment with the British Institute at Ankara).
Research-active staff with other primary responsibilities: Dr Jéan-Sebastien Gros, IT officer; and Ms Amalia Kakissis, Archivist.
Infrastructure and Facilities
The School’s principal research infrastructure consists of its Library, its Museum, its Fitch Laboratory and its facilities at Knossos.
The Library in Athens contains over 70,000 monographs, 1,000 periodical titles and 2,000 maps, and has space for 50 readers. It is staffed by two full-time librarians (Mrs Penny Wilson-Zarganis and Ms Sandra Pepelasis) with the help of a student library assistant. Members have 24-hour access. While providing a broad research-level coverage of Greek history and archaeology of all periods, it specialises in the fields of Aegean prehistory, ancient art and epigraphy, and Byzantine and modern Greek studies; it also houses historical collections (such as George Finlay’s library) and a fine collection of Greek and Balkan journals. The library is particularly rich in the area of Byzantine and medieval material culture, extending into the principal contact cultures which shaped the Byzantine world: in this area it complements the primarily literary and historical holdings of the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies. The School’s collections are enhanced by those of the other foreign schools and institutes in Athens with whom we have reciprocal arrangements giving access to a unique collection of more than 450,000 titles on Hellenic Studies. We have particularly strong links with the neighbouring Blegen and Gennadius libraries of the American School, with whom we now share a common electronic library catalogue (AMBROSIA, American British Online Search in Athens) available via http://www.bsa.ac.uk.
The Archive contains records of the School’s field projects going back to 1886; material from the Byzantine Research Fund, ca. 1895-1936 (ca. 6,500 unique plans, drawings and photographs of Byzantine architecture – some of buildings now destroyed); the George Finlay papers, including journals from the Greek War of Independence; travel notebooks (Gell, Stuart); ethnographic records and a large collection of glass negatives. The archivist is responsible for access and conservation of the collection, and for projects to conserve, electronically catalogue and digitise images from selected collections.
The Marc and Ismene Fitch Laboratory for Science-based Archaeology, founded in 1974, was the first of its kind in Greece. It specialises principally in the analysis of inorganic materials (mainly pottery, as well as metals, wall paintings, and glass) and in geophysical prospection, specialisms which are complementary to the work of the neighbouring Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. It maintains facilities for petrological analysis of pottery (facilities for thin section preparation and 2 research polarising microscopes coupled with a digital photography system) and a WD-XRF instrument for chemical analysis. It houses comparative collections of over 10,000 archaeological samples and over 3,000 geological samples. For the needs of geophysical prospection it has a magnetometer and a resistivity meter. It also maintains a reference collection of animal bones and seeds with ample space for strewing archaeological material, and is able to offer annually a bursary on bioarchaeology and a senior visiting fellowship. It is staffed by its director, scientific research officer, part-time research and administrative assistant, the Williams Fellow, and project-related research assistants. The Fitch plays a full part in the School’s postgraduate teaching activities, currently staging an annual short course on ceramic petrology.
At Knossos, the BSA maintains a hostel, a small library (specialising in matters Cretan and prehistoric) and the Stratigraphical Museum (a storeroom and study centre) with a curator and a small part-time staff. The Stratigraphical Museum houses finds from excavation in Knossos and elsewhere in Crete from the time of Arthur Evans (1905) to the present, representing a vast
scholarly resource of international significance. Proximity to the School’s hostel allows scholars to study material intensively year round.
The School’s administrative and academic staff (principally the Administrator) makes use of the School’s wide-ranging connections to help individual scholars with permit applications. The research infrastructure is underpinned by the IT network, maintained by the IT Officer. His role includes both the integration of IT into research strategies and outcomes, and the development of web-based digital resources for researchers and the wider community.
Dissemination and Publication of Research
The BSA publishes the results of its own research in all fields. The School’s Annual (running since 1895 and now published by CUP) is devoted to publishing the work of the School, which comprises articles written by its officers and other members, the work of the Fitch, and preliminary reports on fieldwork. The School also compiles an annual account of archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Archaeology in Greece, which is published online (in collaboration with the École française d’Athènes) and in a print digest in collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies as part of Archaeological Reports. Final reports on major excavation or survey projects usually appear in the School’s Supplementary Volumes or Studies series, also used for publishing the School’s conferences. The School recognises its role in conserving and facilitating access to the archives (in all media) produced by major archaeological and non-archaeological projects. To this end we are active in cataloguing and digitizing our Archive, and in making it available via the School website.
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