Fifth Annual Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop: "Settlement, Space, and Society in Rural Byzantium"


Location: Medieval Institute Main Reading Room (715 Hesburgh Library) and via Zoom (by registration) (View on

View of PolyphengiA View of Polyphengi, Nemea Valley, Northeast Peloponnese

Each year, our Byzantine Studies Program offers a workshop with the year's Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. This year's workshop, "Settlement, Space, and Society in Rural Byzantium," is with our 2021–22 fellow, Dr. Mark Pawlowski, and speakers Dr. Pamela Armstrong (Oxford), Professor Leonora Neville (U Wisconsin–Madison), and Professor Effie Athanassopoulos (U Nebraska–Lincoln).

For those on campus who will attend, please reserve your lunch by responding to the advertising emails. 

You can also register for Zoom if you cannot attend in person. 


10:00–11:00 AM

  • Mark Pawlowski, "Village and Villager: Housing and Space in Byzantium"
  • Leonora Neville, "Community, Taxation, and Religion in Eastern Roman Villages"

11:00–11:15 AM Coffee

11:15 AM–12:15 PM

  • Effie Athanassopoulos, "Medieval Landscape and Settlement in Southern Greece"
  • Pamela Armstrong, "A Rural Idyll? Everyday Life in a Byzantine Village"

12:15–1:00 PM Lunch

1:00–2:00 PM Speaker Roundtable and Q&A

About the Workshop

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame has established an annual nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world.

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. 

Towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects