Posted on Friday 14th March 2014
Two of our final-year doctoral researchers, Annika Asp-Talwar and George Makris, have been offered the much sought-after Junior Fellowships for 2014-15 at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington DC. It is an exceptional moment for CBOMGS as it is the first time two students in the same year have secured the Fellowships.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington DC, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It is a prime centre for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian and Garden studies, attracting exceptional scholars for short and long-term residential fellowships at different stages of their research. The Junior Fellowship is designed for the writing-up year of doctoral research, providing an opportunity for candidates to finalise their thesis with the extensive library resources of Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of their supervisor.
George is elated by the prospect of completing his thesis at Dumbarton Oaks. His studies will profit not only from the library resources but also from the exemplary collection of Byzantine seals held at Dumbarton Oaks. The circle of scholars will also provide critical comments and approaches that will improve his work. George’s PhD is the first detailed study of the monks and monastic foundations of the hinterland of the Byzantine capital, Thrace. He is the main organiser of the 15th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (forthcoming).
Annika is delighted to have been offered the fellowship. She works on the relationship between Trebizond and the Byzantine empire between the mid-thirteenth and the mid-fifteenth centuries, using mainly Greek textual sources. She is familiar with the facilities and unique research community at Dumbarton Oaks, for she spent the summer of 2012 there after being selected on a summer school in Byzantine Greek and Palaeography. Unfortunately she is unable to accept the offer for the coming academic year for family reasons.