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Recent Acquisitions – March 2016

cover of the book Byzantium and the Viking World, with a picture of a building against a blue sky in the upper fourth of the cover, a black background for the lower 3/4s with the title in pink and blue in the middle; in the lower left quadrant is a statue of the lion of Piraeus, taken by the Venetians in the late 17th century, which has runes carved into it. The names of the three editors are in the lower right quadrant.

Two books that relate Scandinavia and the Vikings to Byzantium and the Balkans were acquired in March 2016. The first is:

Byzantium and the Viking World, edited by Fedir Androshchuk, Jonathan Shepard, Monica White (Uppsala, 2016).

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Postgraduate Studentships in Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham

MA, MRes and PhD Studentships in Russian and Slavonic Studies
at the University of Nottingham for 2014-2015

Submitted to Early Slavic Listserv by Monica White (MSSI 2001)

The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies are pleased to announce a number of doctoral (PhD) studentships which will cover tuition fees at the University’s UK/EU level and a contribution towards maintenance for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The school is also able to offer a number of MA studentships (stipend plus fee waiver) and MA fee waivers. The deadline for completed applications is 12th May 2014 but to be eligible for consideration for one of these awards you must first have been accepted for a place on the course.

Members of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies can supervise research students in the following areas:

  • 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature and Culture
  • Russian Cinema
  • Russian and Slavonic Linguistics
  • Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Literatures and Cultural Studies
  • Slovene Literature and Culture
  • Medieval Russian and Byzantine History and Culture
  • Translation Studies

Further details about research in the Department can be found here:

For details of the application procedure for these awards and of other funding for which you may be eligible, please consult our funding webpage:

If you require any further information, please contact the School Postgraduate and Research Office on: t: +44 (0)115 846 8316/7 e:

CFP: Seminar on the Turkish Straits


Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul

“The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad” Seminar at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014

Deadline to submit abstract: May 15, 2014

The Turkish Straits between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are often described as a symbolic dividing line between Europe and Asia, but historically their function has been uniting and not separating. At the crossroads of land routes between the Balkans and Anatolia, and the sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, they have constituted a natural meeting place for peoples and cultures since ancient times. Two world empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman, were ruled from the straits and left their marks on the two main world religions of Christianity and Islam. Greeks, Slavs, Scandinavians, Italians, Turks and Englishmen have tried to gain control over the Straits and sometimes succeeded; but the prize has remained contested and been a recurrent source of dispute. As such, the straits have also been at the core of Eastern and Western political discourses at least since the accession of the Persian king Xerxes 2500 years ago, and their significance to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 has come to the foreground in recent years. To mark these historical convergences, and to initiate an interdisciplinary platform for future research about the history of the Straits, we invite junior (pre-doc and post-doc) scholars to present their own research and exchange perspectives on the topic during a one-week seminar with excursions at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014. We welcome submissions from different areas of research, such as the Ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, art history, archaeology and memory studies, studies in the religious, cultural and political relations, as well as the topography, landscape and environment history of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to no later than Friday, May 15, 2014, together with a CV and a few lines about their interest in the topic, from a subject specific as well as from an interdisciplinary point of view. For those who are accepted, the stay in Istanbul, the excursions and most meals will be arranged and paid for by the seminar. In addition to this, we may consider reimbursing the cost of travel to and from Istanbul for a strictly limited number of applicants (those who wish to be considered for such travel funding should specify it in their application and explain why other sources are not available).

Olof Heilo, Lund / Vienna

Tonje Haugland, Sørensen / Bergen

Monica White, Nottingham

Alexandros Tsakos, Bergen / Berlin

Source of announcement: M. White, Early Slavic Listserv

Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage 32 (December 2012)


The most recent issue of Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage, the biannual newsletter of the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), is now available. Individuals and institutions on the mailing list in the Western Hemisphere have reported receipt of CMH 32 in the mail this week. Colleagues further abroad should be receiving the newsletter in the next couple of weeks.

Note: If you would like to receive a copy of CMH, please send your mailing address to If you have missed receiving issues of the HRL/RCMSS newsletter, please send us your current address.

Image of the front page of issue 32 of the newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage

CMH vol. 32 (Dec. 2012)

Volume 32 (December 2012) includes an account by the HRL curator, Predrag Matejic, of his fall trip to Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as a summary of the research visit of Tatiana G. Popova (Severodvinsk, Russia), who spent several months at OSU this summer examining HRL resources on The Ladder of Divine Ascent of John Sinaites. Also featured is an article on the Scete Paterikon by William R. Veder.

Additional information about the 6th International Hilandar Conference (July 19-21, 2013) is also included in this issue of CMH, namely, that Mirjana Živojinović will present the keynote address at the conference.

The four-page article “MSSI Alumni Update: Where Are They Now?” provides a fitting segue to the forthcoming Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI), which is scheduled for summer 2013 (June 24-July 19). Selected participants from MSSI 1999 (Bojan Belić, Živojin Jakovljević, Georgi Parpulov, Stella Rock, and Vessela Valiavitcharska), MSSI 2001 (Natasha Ermolaev, Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, and Monica White), MSSI 2003 (Wojciech Beltkiewicz and Inés García de la Puente), and MSSI 2006 (Alexander Angelov and Yulia Mikhailova) describe what they are currently doing. NB: Lauren Ressue, MSSI 2008, is featured on page 8 of CMH 32 as this year’s RCMSS Graduate Associate. We welcome updates from any other past participants of the MSSI for future issues of CMH !

The contributors to the endowment funds that benefit the HRL/RCMSS are listed, as are the generous donors of books and materials (CMH 32: 11). And the perennial features, “Director’s Desk” and “News Notes,” describe the highlights of activities and events as well as visitors to the HRL/RCMSS since June 2012.

Abstracts to present at the Sixth International Hilandar Conference must be submitted by February 1, 2013.

Application deadline for the next MSSI is February 22, 2013.