AIEB Grants for junior scholars

AIEB Grants for junior scholars

The AIEB is pleased to announce that it is able to offer a limited number of grants for junior scholars to participate at the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, 22-27 August 2022 Venice/Padua, with a paper or poster presentation.

Amount: 500 EUR, payable to successful applicants via bank transfer (we regret that this is the ONLY method of transferring funds to those who are selected for an award).

Maximum number of grants: 50.

Eligibility: PhD Students in Byzantine Studies, and both non-affiliated and affiliated postdoctoral scholars in the field of Byzantine Studies. Applicants of all nationalities except permanent residents of Italy are eligible. Applicants should be under the age of 40 (born 1982 or later). Non-registered participants and those without a paper submitted by the appropriate deadlines (therefore not already included into the program) cannot receive a grant.

Please note: all deadlines having passed (see, no new proposals can be accepted for free communications, posters and thematic sessions of free communications, or for round tables. Proposals submitted by these deadlines have been accepted and included in the program.

Process: All applicants whose paper, communication, poster, round table or other presentation has been accepted should first write to and request a letter of confirmation of their participation. They should then submit to the selection committee at: a brief emailed request for support, together with the confirmation letter and other application documentation (see below). The subject line of the email should consist of the applicant name and the term byzgrant2022, for example: lefebvre byzgrant2022.

PhD students should include a signed letter of recommendation from their supervisor which also serves as a confirmation of their status; postdoctoral scholars should submit a signed recommendation letter from the director of their research program or from a senior scholar.

The letter of confirmation (1) should be accompanied by (2) their letter of recommendation, (3) a brief 1-page Curriculum Vitae and (4) a short abstract of their congress paper, communication or poster presentation (ca. 600 characters). All documents should be attached as pdf files to their brief email request for support. Please ensure that each file is clearly marked with your name.

Deadlines for applications: March 15th 2022. Successful grant recipients will be informed by April 5th 2022 (applicants who have not received notification by April 6th 2022 may assume that their application has not been successful). The deadline for registration and payment of the congress fee for successful applicants is April 30th 2022.


Deadline: March 15, 2022

W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Eligibility:  Greek nationals, including staff of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, doctoral candidates, and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities. For further information about ARIT: A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. The application includes a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), and two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. For more information about the application, visit:

Questions? Email:
The awards will be announced in late spring.

Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

About the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series on the Impact of Greek Culture seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous grant from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist. This series of lectures aim to examine the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.

Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar will be selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public “keystone” lectures, which will be delivered at Athens, Greece and the United States. These talks will be accompanied by publications, podcasts, and other appropriate media to maximize exposure and engagement.

Peter Frankopan’s Selection as Inaugural Speaker

Dr. Peter Frankopan has been selected as the inaugural speaker. His first lecture entitled “Greece: Beginnings” was delivered on October 7, 2021 in the American School’s auditorium Cotsen Hall and covered the period c.7000BC-end of the classical world. The second lecture “Greece: Legacies” will cover the period from c.630-c.1600 and will be delivered on March 16, 2022, Washington, D.C. (venue to be determined), while the third and final “Greece: Futures” will cover the period from 1600 to the present day and take place on May 10, 2022 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City.

Talks Summary

The story of Greece and the Greeks has been told for thousands of years by some of the most important and elegant voices in human history: poets, philosophers and scholars thought deeply about how and why a culture in the Aegean became so vibrant and successful. These voices all had one thing in common. They looked at their own world from the inside out; some, like Herodotus, took a great interest in other parts of the world. But for many, the non-Hellenic world was one of threats and dangers, of rivalry.

These lectures will tell a different story of Hellenic civilisation. They will look at the connections, that mean we should understand Greece and Greek culture within a much wider context, linked to Africa, to the Middle East and to Asia. They will explore how Greek ideas and thought were formed by influences, borrowings and competition from other cultures – and equally, how others borrowed from Greece, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. The talks will paint the history of Greece and its peoples on a canvas covering thousands of years, from the Neolithic to the classical world, from Byzantium to the 21st century. In doing so, it will consider the importance of the role of warfare, of inequality and gender, of climate change, pandemic disease, and of course arts and culture.

About Dr. Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan’s academic interests include the history of the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and China. His book The First Crusade: The Call from the East looks at the Crusades not from the perspective of the Latin West but of Constantinople and Byzantium. It was described as making “the most significant contribution to rethinking the origins and course of the First Crusade for a generation” (TLS). This followed on from Dr. Frankopan’s translation of The Alexiad (Penguin Classics, 2009) by Anna Komnene, perhaps the most famous of all Byzantine histories.

His book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was described as “magnificent” (Sunday Times) and “not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades” (Berliner Zeitung). A New York Times Best Seller, it has topped the non-fiction charts all around the world, including in the U.K., India, and China. It was also named Daily Telegraph’s History Book of the Year and one of Sunday Times’ books of the decade (2010–2019).

Dr. Frankopan’s most recent book, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, is a “masterly mapping out of a new world order” (Evening Standard). In 2019, it was awarded the Carical Prize for Social Sciences in Italy, when Dr. Frankopan also won Germany’s prestigious Calliope Prize.

Dr. Frankopan advises governments, inter-government agencies, and multi-lateral organizations about the past, present, and future, including UNIDO, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank. He writes regularly in the national and international press about history and its relevance to understanding the world around us.

In 2019, Dr. Frankopan was named one of the “World’s 50 Top Thinkers” by Prospect Magazine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been President of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs since 2020.

AISEES Fellowships and Travel Grants: 2022-2023

AISEES offers fellowships and travel grants designed to promote research by North American scholars in southeastern Europe and support scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to attend professional conferences of international importance. AISEES will award three fellowships of up to $3000.00 each to North American scholars and advanced graduate students to conduct research in one or more of the countries of southeastern Europe during the 2022-2023 academic year. AISEES will also award three grants of up to $2500.00 each to scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to present a paper at a recognized scholarly meeting or conference of international importance. A third grant offers 1800 euro to a U.S. student who will participate on one of the archaeology or preservation projects of the Balkan Heritage Foundation.

Information about the fellowship and grants program and application forms:

Graduate/Postdoctorate Fellowship
Applications Due | March 31, 2022

Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships

Travel Grant
Applications Due | March 15 and September 15 of each year

Travel Grants for SE European scholars living in SE Europe

AISEES Summer 2022 Scholarship with Balkan Heritage Foundation
Applications Due | April 15, 2022

AISEES 2022 Summer Scholarship with BHF

About The American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES)


Incorporated in 2016, AISEES is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting scholarly contacts and cultural exchanges between North America and southeastern Europe. AISEES was developed to promote greater knowledge of southeastern Europe and encourage research in all aspects of humanities and social sciences related to the countries in this region, including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

A partner of AISEES, the Balkan Heritage Foundation ( supports the protection, conservation, management and promotion of cultural and historical heritage of southeastern Europe as a precondition for sustainable development in the region. BHF organizes several archaeological field schools and educational programs in the Balkans for undergraduate and graduate students.

A partner of AISEES, the North of Byzantium Initiative ( is a group with links to Princeton University and the University of Michigan that supports the study of medieval art, architecture, and visual culture in eastern Europe. Through events, publications, and resources, the initiative addresses issues of visual eclecticism in art and architecture, patronage, the transfer of artistic ideas and styles, and charts how cross-cultural exchange operated in regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north, which developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic cultural spheres.

To learn more about AISEES, please contact us at

Bucharest Spring School – May 2022 CfA

Open Call

Local archaeologies and their interdisciplinary practices

A Spring School in the framework of the international research program

The Construction of Knowledge in Archaeology and Art History in Southeastern Europe

Getty Foundation and the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia

Host: New Europe College Institute for Advanced Study

Bucharest, 9-15 May 2022

The Jaroslav Folda Archive

The History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University would like to announce the existence of its Jaroslav Folda Archive ( The Folda Archive, housed in the department, is a collection of slides, photographs, books, and object files from the private library of Jaroslav Folda (Professor Emeritus, UNC, ChapelHill). These materials relate to the study of the medieval world, with a particular emphasis on the Latin Kingdom and its affiliated states. Archive images and books will eventually be searchable online. In the meantime, please contact Prof. Lisa Mahoney at for image and object file requests. The archive does not lend its materials, but they are available for in-person consultation to both DePaul faculty and students and to outside researchers. Desks will open for this purpose in July of 2022, provided COVID protocols allow for it.


Job: Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects

Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects
New York University: NYU – NY: Division of Libraries
Location: New York, NY
Open Date: Nov 17, 2021

The Library of Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks an Assistant Research Scholar (ARS) to help develop and support its growing portfolio of digital projects and services and to participate in the scholarly life of the ISAW community. A key component of the ISAW Library’s mission is to provide access to and support for new and innovative forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in ancient studies. The ARS will help the ISAW Library fulfill this charge by collaborating with a diverse group of academic professionals at ISAW and other schools and divisions of NYU on the development and support of some or all of the following types of projects and services: digital libraries; digital publications; open linked-data projects; digital mapping; archaeological databases; and the digital preservation of ancient studies data and scholarship. The ARS will have the opportunity to contribute to the design and support of digital humanities curricula and public programming at ISAW. Finally, in addition to publishing and presenting on ISAW digital projects and services in appropriate academic and industry venues, the Assistant or Associate Research Scholar will be encouraged to pursue an independent research agenda in any area of ancient studies, information science, digital humanities, or at the intersection of any of these fields.

The Assistant Research Scholar is a full-time continuing appointment, reporting to the Head of the ISAW Library.

Under the supervision of the Head of the ISAW Library, the Assistant Research Scholar will:

  • Participate in the planning, implementation, support, and ongoing development of ISAW digital projects and services
  • Write and document code for ISAW digital projects, databases, and web applications
  • Work closely with ISAW colleagues, staff, and faculty to help develop and provide high-quality instruction and research support for the ISAW community
  • Contribute to the design and supervision of internships and graduate student practica at ISAW related to digital projects, computational humanities, digital libraries, and digital publishing
  • Participate in the identification of, application to, and fulfillment of grant-funded projects related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing
  • Participate in the planning and organization of public programming related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing


  • Graduate degree in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission or an MLIS
  • Experience with metadata processing, batch-loading, and transformation tools, such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, or other similar tools
  • Familiarity with a programming language, such as Python, R, Java, and/or Ruby
  • Familiarity with collaborative open-source development using tools such as GitHub
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description, access, and open scholarly practices
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, project management, and instructional skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team of mixed professionals in an academic environment

Preferred not required:

  • A PhD in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission
  • Two or more years of experience with a digital humanities research or resource project
  • Familiarity with metadata in a digital library environment and/or traditional MARC-based systems
  • Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas and their applications, such as Linked Open Data (LOD), MODS, RDF, and XML
  • Experience with digital mapping and major tools (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, Leaflet)
  • Experience with digital imaging and on-line dissemination of imagery (e.g., IIIF)
  • Ability to work with a web framework (e.g., Flask, Django, Ruby on Rails) or a static website generator (e.g., Jekyll)
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the modern or ancient languages relevant to the areas of study at ISAW
  • Experience in archaeological field projects, museum curation, or other types of material culture projects

Application Instructions
We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your resume and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Splendor Far Away: Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople


January 25, 2022
19:00 (Turkey), 17:00 (CEST)

The Splendor Far Away
Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople
Emir Alışık, Istanbul University

’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture is an exhibition organized by Istanbul Research Institute for Pera Museum. It explores multiple and conflicting meanings of Byzantinism, and questions popular culture’s interaction with the Byzantine legacy by scrutinizing a selection of topoi representing Byzantium in popular culture. The exhibition coins four topoi – Sailing to Byzantium, Jewel of the World, Riotous Colors, and Cloak and Dagger – which crosscut artistic genres and mediums, such as literature, music, comics and graphic novels, illustrations, video games, movies, and fashion. The first two topoi largely define Byzantinisms that are built upon the attributes of Byzantium/ Constantinople – both the empire and the city – and its monuments. The latter group explains the inner workings and interrelations of the peoples of Byzantium.

This talk will discuss each topos with exemplary artworks to illustrate how the sections of the exhibition came to being.

Emir Alışık is the curator of the exhibition ’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture at the Pera Museum.

— Zoom admission code after registration to —

New Book – The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity

Yuliya Minets. The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity. Cambridge University Press, December 2021.

This is the story of the transformation of the ways in which the increasingly Christianized elites of the late antique Mediterranean experienced and conceptualized linguistic differences. The metaphor of Babel stands for the magnificent edifice of classical culture that was about to reach the sky, but remained self-sufficient and self-contained in its virtual monolingualism – the paradigm within which even Latin was occasionally considered just a dialect of Greek. The gradual erosion of this vision is the slow fall of Babel that took place in the hearts and minds of a good number of early Christian writers and intellectuals who represented various languages and literary traditions. This step-by-step process included the discovery and internalization of the existence of multiple other languages in the world, as well as subsequent attempts to incorporate their speakers meaningfully into the holistic and distinctly Christian picture of the universe.

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