This is an intensive two-week course. Teaching will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars both in the classroom or as part of on-site visits in museums and archaeological sites. The language of instruction is English. Field trips will include a tour of Byzantine remains of Athens and on-site lectures at the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Benizelos Mansion and Kyriazopoulos Traditional Pottery Collection. Field trips and visits will take place at the Monasteries of Dafni, Hosios Loukas, Orchomenos and at the Byzantine town of Mystras. Students will benefit not only from visits to key sites and museums both in and outside Athens but also from unprecedented access to the BSA Archive’s ‘Byzantine Research Fund’ collection. This unique archive of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks was created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects, and records Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus.
The course is limited to 12 students. We welcome applications from final-year undergraduate and from postgraduate students in liberal arts, classics, history and archaeology, and from students with no prior background in Byzantine studies wishing to take this course as an intensive introduction to the subject. The course is also open to lifelong learners, and is open to all international and worldwide applicants.
The application includes a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their academic background and listing specific reasons for wishing to be included in the program. Selection criteria will include (but not be limited to) a demonstrated interest and need for the course and the candidates’ present and future research projects.
Lectures will be given by the course director Dr Rossana Valente (Newcastle University), Dr Vicky Manolopoulou (Durham University) Dr. Dora Konstantellou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Guest lecturer: Prof. Rebecca Sweetman (BSA Director).
Students will work on an assignment to be determined by specific research interests, field of study and requirements. A certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program will be provided.
This includes BSA one-month membership, housing, breakfast, meals as specified in the program, required travel within Greece, museum and site fees, one-year museum pass, one-month 24h access to the BSA library. International airfare to and from Greece, meals not included in the program, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
The BSA offers one full scholarship, which will be assigned on the basis of merit and need.
The next postgraduate course in Byzantine Archaeology and History will take place 22 July – 3 August 2023. Please see below for an indicative course programme.
Applications for the course will open in November 2023.