GEM Programme – Autumn term 2017



Fellowships, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Fellowships 2017-2018

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Application deadline: 30th September 2016

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe invites applications for

Research Fellowships for periods of 3 to 6 months during the academic year October 2017 – September 2018.

The KHK invites applications from scholars who are working on case studies of religious encounters with a focus on a particular geographical region, a particular period of time and a particular constellation of encounters between two or more religions. Each case study will map the occasions as well as the historical and social contexts of such encounters. Most importantly, the proposals will have to address the issues (e.g. doctrine, practice, cosmology, etc.) relevant to the respective contact situations.

Case studies concerning any period, religion or area within Eurasia are welcome. However, in the following you find a list of periods and areas that are of particular interest for us:


  • Religious contacts in the Late Antique Roman Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Late Antique Iran: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity;
  • Religious contacts in the Byzantine empire in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (particularly with regard to the Balkan region and the Christianisation of Eastern Europe);
  • Religious contacts in Island Mediterranean: Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes.


  • Religious contacts during the Early Middle Ages in Europe: The rise of early medieval Christian mission;
  • Religious contacts during rise of the Cathars and Bogomils: Cathar/Bogomil-Christian-Jewish;
  • Religious contacts in medieval Sicily;
  • Religious contacts between Latin West and Mongol Empire;
  • Religious contacts in early Islamic history (7th-9th century CE);
  • Religious contacts with/within medieval Islamic Empires;
  • Religious contacts during the Crusades and in the Latin East;
  • Religious contacts in the medieval Baltic;
  • Religious contacts in/within the Mongol Empire (including Nestorian and western Christians; indigenous Mongol religions as well as Islam and Buddhism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Medieval times and with regards to Islam (e.g. its contact with Buddhism, Nestorianism or Manichaeism);
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in the Middle Ages;
  • Religious contact in the Caucasus, especially Georgia;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the phase of “Indianisation”;
  • Religious contacts in medieval and Early Modern Iran.


  • Religious contacts in Italian city states;
  • Religious relations in the Ottoman Empire;
  • Religious contacts between the Ottoman Empire and the Latin West;
  • Religious contacts in the Baltic region in Early Modern times, specifically from the secularization of the State of the Teutonic Order 1525 to the third partition of Poland 1795;
  • Religious contacts in and of the Lutheran Swedish Empire (1617-1726) with special regard to the ‘Conventicle Edict’ of 1726;
  • Religious contact in the multi-religious Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795);
  • Religious contacts in Portuguese Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Dutch Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Island Southeast Asia in the phase of Islamization;
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in pre-Modern and/or Modern times (particularly with regards to Hinduism and/or Jainism and Islam; Sikhs);
  • Religious contact in Northern Central Asia (particularly in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Shamanism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Islam.


  • Religious contacts during the Napoleonic Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the colonial period;
  • Religious contacts in modern Israel;
  • Religious contact in the Russian federation in post-Soviet times.


  • time and space for research in a high-quality interdisciplinary environment;
  • up to EURO 5,800 per month fellowship as a grant or as a salary for fellows, as a substitute at their home institution;
  • an excellent infrastructure (location near Bochum Campus in Germany, libraries, inter-library loan etc.);
  • travel expenses related to research activities (subject to approval);
  • means for organizing conferences or workshops on religious contacts (subject to approval).


  • the publication of results from your case study in the form of one or more articles as a contribution to a newly developed KHK Online Companion to Eurasian Religions in Contact;
  • the willingness to make use, in your case study, of theoretical concepts developed at the KHK over the past years, including specific critical evaluations of of e.g. “purity”, “secret”, “tradition”, “media”, “the senses”, “the immanence/transcendence-distinction” and “dynamics/stability”;
  • your residence and continuous presence in Bochum during your fellowship;
  • your committed participation to the activities of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg.


  • Applicants must at least hold a Ph.D.


Find more information here.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, including a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research (approximately 3-5 pages). Application materials should be submitted by e-mail only as a single pdf-file. Please send your application before September 30, 2016 to

Fellowships, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

GEM – Istanbul Beneath My Wings

Film screening

İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında (Istanbul Beneath My Wings)

Introduced by Onur Usta

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 18th May 2016

Join us for a screening of the 1996 Turkish film ‘İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında’ (Istanbul Beneath My Wings) led by Onur (who will also be giving us a short intro to the film)! 5:15 in the Whitting Room (Arts 436) with snacks and drinks provided. Here is a little plot blurb:

‘The film takes place in the 17th century. Two brothers Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi and his brother Lagari Hasan Çelebi are researching bird flight. The new Sultan Murat IV resists the domination of his mother, the Valide Kösem Sultan and tries to enforce strict law and order in the empire. Meanwhile, a Venetian ship that has been captured by Algerian pirates is brought into Istanbul. One of those on the ship is a girl with a manuscript showing how to fly, the latter of which comes into Hezarfen’s possession. However, this manuscript can’t be deciphered by anyone.’

For the film’s trailer, click here.

GEM – Istanbul Beneath My Wings

Diogenes – Release of the 4th Issue

Issue 4 April 2016

Issue 4 (Whole)

Halil Deligöz: On the Quality of Economic Institutionalization in the Late Ottoman Period: The Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights

Sophie Rigby: To impress (upon) a people: ceramic tile decoration in the context of Orthodox Bulgaria

Deniz Sever: A Pilgrim’s Self-Identification: Sixth and Seventh Century Lead Pilgrim Flasks from the Holy Land

Elie de Rosen: Review – Heaven & Earth: cities and countryside in Byzantine Greece

Christina Hadjiafxenti: Review – The Byzantine documents of the Athonite monastery of Karakallou and selected Acts from the Ottoman period (1294-1835). Critical Edition and commentary of the Texts

Michael Strain: Review – Raconter Byzance: la littérature au XIIe siècle

Diogenes – Release of the 4th Issue

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]

Registration – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

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.

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

Lecture – From Mudros To Lausanne

From Mudros to Lausanne

British Policy in the Near East, Greece and Turkey, 1918-1923

Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (Oxford)

Arts lecture theatre 4, University of Birmingham

5:00-6:30 PM 3rd March 2016

This is a joint event between Modern and Contemporary History Seminar Series Spring 2016 and Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham.

Lecture – From Mudros To Lausanne