Registration – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

Colloquium programme

‘Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean’

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

4th June 2016

Registration deadline: 30th May 2016

Attendance is free, but you must register by contacting Anna Kelley ack44[at]


Lecturer in the History of the Islamicate World, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in the History of the Islamicate World – 54863 

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 25th May 2016

Job Purpose

We are looking for a historian to help consolidate our expertise in the history of the Islamicate world. The chronological and geographic parameters of the position are broadly conceived, and can include any part of the Islamicate world, though we would be especially interested in applicants working on any aspect of Ottoman history or whose research could strengthen the profile of Birmingham’s Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. In all events, candidates’ research should be well situated within the context of global history, and should ideally complement our strengths in two or more of the following key research areas for the School: imperialism, transnationalism and diasporas; war, conflict and cooperation; history of religions, beliefs and ideas; everyday life and popular culture; environment; political cultures.

The appointment would be expected to consolidate and expand our UG teaching provision, expand PGT and PGR recruitment and work with one or more of our research centres to bolster History’s research strength. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to courses at undergraduate levels C, I and H (i.e. First, Second and Final years) in History and to contribute to our postgraduate programmes (where appropriate). As part of their undergraduate remit, the successful candidate will be expected to provide an Option and Special Subject on their broad subject of expertise, as well as contribute to core modules on modern history more generally. The successful candidate will also be asked in due course to undertake administrative duties within the Department, School or College. The post holder will be expected to participate in our plans for the REF and in helping to increase our postgraduate recruitment, ideally contributing to the further development of our existing MA programmes as befits their expertise (Master’s programmes in Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies; MA in Global History; MA in Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern Studies; MA in Contemporary History).

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (including clear promise of a strong submission for any future research audit).
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Elaine Fulton or Professor Corey Ross at the Department of History, School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Email:;

Expected start date is September 2016.

For more details or to apply, click here.

CBOMGS Seminar – Insularity, Empire and the ‘Spatial Turn’ Ottoman Cyprus and the Mediterranean World

Update (29th Feb. 2016): The recording of the talk is now on YouTube.

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Insularity, Empire and the ‘Spatial Turn’: Ottoman Cyprus and the Mediterranean World

Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Marie Curie Intra-European fellow at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas)

Peter Gelling Library (3rd floor Arts), University of Birmingham

4:00-6:00 PM 24th February 2016

The presentation examines the correlations between insular space and the development of economic, social and political structures in Ottoman Cyprus. Insularity here is not taken literally, but rather as the condition of being, and being perceived as, an island. In other words, insularity is not just about islands: it is about connections, links, networks, and contexts. The presentation further enquires into the production of space á la Henri Lefebvre, and explores the triad of conceived, perceived and lived space with reference to insularity.

Envisioning the Cypriot insularity entails an understanding of the climatic, geographical, and environmental conditions conducive to a polycultural, water-demanding, labour-intensive, cash crop-oriented economy. Cyprus was large and productive enough to have a sizeable surplus; contained enough as an economic space to be controlled by particular networks; and distant enough from Istanbul to escape serious imperial attention.

For more information about this lecture, please contact Marios Hadjianastasis M.Hadjianastasis[at]

Call for Papers – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

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Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean

The 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

4th June 2016

Submission deadline: 31st March 2016

Papers are invited for the 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. There are fashions in scholarship just as there are in costume or architecture, which means that certain topics are emphasised while others are marginalised. For example, 25 years ago a huge proportion of Byzantine art historical scholarship was devoted to illuminated manuscripts; today this is a much smaller field of study. This colloquium will focus on those ‘lost’ subjects, or subjects that never held the spotlight. We are interested in ‘peripheries’ of all sorts, including more traditional forms of marginalisation. The act of ‘marginalisation’ has been perpetuated and experienced in societies throughout the world: to construct the ‘other’, to classify as ‘fringe’ or outside the ‘mainstream’, to define and to diminish borders, populations, cultures, and ideas, both with or without intention.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes in any of the fields related to Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words no later than Thursday 31st of March to Anna Kelley ACK442[at] Applicants will be notified of selection within two weeks of this date.

Please note: limited bursaries to help with travel costs of speakers are available. Please contact the organiser for details.

Call for Papers – The 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

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Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion

The 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

30th May 2015

Submission deadline: 31st March 2015

Papers are cordially invited for the 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. ‘Fragmentation’ is as important a phenomenon as ‘continuity’ in politics, economics, and cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern times. Instead of foreclosing debate on such common heritage in the region, the theme ‘Fragmentation’ provides a dimension on how institutions and various political, social, and economic groups interacted in harmony or in conflict, because of or in spite of such commonality.

We welcome 20-minute papers on topics in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies that include, but are not limited by, the following:

Economic activities/institutions;

Literature and narrative;

Political institutions;

Historiographical scholarship;


Societal affiliation/mentality.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015 to The applicants will be notified of the selection results within two weeks of receipt of submissions.