Fifteen Shades of Goat: Exploring South Italian Varieties of Greek and their Revitalisation

Presented by Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger
(University of Birmingham)

The Whitting Room, Arts Building (R436), University of Birmingham
17:15, Wednesday 28 March

The language has a stunning richness in the lexis of the pastoral world, with, for instance, 9 different words for different types of fig (e.g. affàci, apochìdi, klostò, karapòzzulo), and more than 15 words to describe the colours of a goat (e.g. rusocèfalo, kasbopò, rusokàpulo, sparedda, mavropò), but still has no word for electric light, fridge, television, or radio. When these objects entered people’s everyday life, the speakers had already decided that the language was too old to be spoken by their children and therefore they did not upgrade Greko for the modern society. (M.O. Squillaci 2017: 16-17)
In Apulia and Calabria, the southernmost regions of the Italian peninsula, one can find speakers of unique varieties of Greek, the existence of which dates back to either millennia-old or ninth-century migrations. Due to their particular position in central Mediterranean, and their relative isolation from other Greek communities during the last millennium, these varieties of Greek (Griko in Salento and Greko in Calabria) are markedly different from the varieties spoken in Greece and Cyprus. In this informal presentation, I will summarise some particularities of Griko and Greko, the way in which the social background of their speakers shaped their language, and the wide range of attitudes towards it from the speakers and the surrounding, Romance-speaking population. I will also bring in plenty of anecdotes from my visits to Apulia and Calabria, my attempts to learn the language and contribute to its revitalisation, and some potential benefits of learning Griko for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek researchers.


Codex Zacynthius Project: Transcribing the oldest catena manuscript of the Greek New Testament
Presented by Gavriil- Ioannis Boutziopoulos (University of Birmingham)

The Whitting Room, Arts Building (R436), University of Birmingham
Wednesday 27 of February 2019, 5:15 pm

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Princeton University

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (1600644)

Princeton University

Application deadline: 7th November 2016

The Department of Classics at Princeton University announces a position in ancient Greek language and literature to begin in Fall 2017. We seek to hire an assistant professor or a recently promoted associate or full professor.

Interested candidates should apply with cover letter, CV, writing sample of not more than 30 pages, and the names of three referees. Applicants should ask their referees to write by November 7, 2016.

Review of applications will start November 7, 2016, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants who wish to be considered for interviews at the SCS meeting in Toronto should have all materials submitted by the above date.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Professor/Reader, Newcastle University

Professor/Reader in Greek (G724)

Newcastle University

Application deadline: 16th September 2016

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is seeking to appoint a Professor or Reader in Greek. You will be an individual of international reputation and standing with an excellent track record of internationally recognised publication. You will be joining a growing community of scholars in Classics and Ancient History committed to achieving excellence in research and teaching, as evidenced by our strong performance in REF2014 and our high NSS scores. You will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the research culture of the School by producing internationally excellent and world-leading publications, securing external research income, engaging in research activities which generate impact, and demonstrating leadership within your research field. You will also have the experience and qualities needed to deliver excellent teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and make a dynamic contribution to academic leadership within the School.

This appointment will build on the School’s already exceptional concentration of expertise in Greek language, literature, culture, history and archaeology from prehistory to the present. Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle University has a long and distinguished international reputation for its research and teaching. Greek and Latin have been taught here since 1874, and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology since 1910 and 1931 respectively.

The post is available immediately to commence on a mutually agreed date. Informal enquires to Professor Sam Turner and to Dr David Creese.

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Lecturer, Open University

Lecturer in Classical Studies (12518)

Open University

Application deadline: 25th August 2016

We are seeking to recruit a colleague to join our team of academics within the discipline of Classical Studies.

You will contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of Classical Studies, supporting teams responsible for the presentation, assessment and quality assurance of our modules and for the interdisciplinary modules to which we contribute.

You will have a PhD in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Archaeology or a related subject. You must have a profile of teaching excellence in the culture, literature and/or history of Classical Greece and will preferably be able to contribute to the teaching of Ancient Greek (and/or Latin) at beginner’s level. You will build on your proven successful teaching experience in higher education, and demonstrate an understanding of our approach of supported open, distance and online learning.

You will also be a researcher with the potential to produce high quality research outputs including work of an international standard.

The Faculty has a strong commitment to collective working in teaching and scholarship, and to the career development of new and existing staff.

Interviews will be held on 5 or 6 October 2016

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Lecturer, University of Queensland

Lecturer in Classics & Ancient History (499313)

University of Queensland

Application deadline: 11:55 PM 23rd Aug 2016 (E. Australia Standard Time)

The role

The appointee will be required to develop, coordinate and teach undergraduate and honours level courses in Classics and Ancient History, and supervise honours students. The appointee will be expected to undertake administrative and other activities associated with the School.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in an area within the broad field of Classics and Ancient History. Applicants must be able to teach Greek at all levels, and preferably Latin. You should also possess demonstrated teaching skills at undergraduate and Honours level, and a preparedness to use alternative modes of teaching, such as digital technologies and flexible learning options.

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Teaching Fellow, University College London

Teaching Fellow in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) (Ref:1567496)

University College London

Application deadline: 5th August 2016

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to lecture and tutor students to a high academic standard in ancient philosophy as well as Greek and Latin language and literature and to take on administrative duties as required by the Head of Department. The overall teaching load will be about 140 hours contact hours over two teaching terms of ten weeks each, i.e. about seven one-term modules. The person appointed will also be asked to act as personal tutor to some students and to engage with the examination process.

This 0.83 FTE Teaching Fellow appointment is available from 1 September 2016 until 31 August 2017.

Key Requirements

The appointee will have successfully completed a doctorate in a relevant area and be able to lecture and supervise students to high academic standards. S/he will be able to teach ancient philosophy as well as Greek and Latin language and literature. S/he will have excellent written and oral communication and inter-personal skills and display a high degree of professional judgement and integrity.

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