Birmingham Byzantinist honoured

Posted on Tuesday 18th March 2014

Photo of Dr Ruth Macrides, Reader in Byzantine Studies, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

Dr Ruth Macrides, Reader in Byzantine Studies at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek, has been invited to join the committee of Senior Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, Washington, DC. Dumbarton Oaks is one of the preeminent research institutes and libraries in the field.

Dr Macrides will be one of just six Senior Fellows, and the only Fellow from outside the United States. Appointment to the committee is made by the Board of Trustees for Harvard University and is for a three-year term. The committee serves to advise the Director of Dumbarton Oaks on the programme. Senior Fellows review fellowship and project applications and vote on them. They also discuss topics for the annual Symposium which takes place in May.

Dr Macrides who was last at Dumbarton Oaks on a research fellowship in 2010 while working on the ceremony book, Pseudo Kodinos: The Constantinopolitan Court Offices and Ceremonies (2013), looks forward to working in what is possibly the best library for her subject in the world and to meeting with other scholars in the field of Byzantine studies. She thinks of and refers to this research institute as ‘paradise on earth’.

Earlier this month CBOMGS learned that two of our doctoral research students had been offered the prestigious Junior Fellowship awards by Dumbarton Oaks. Dr Macrides' appointment to the committee confirms the high regard with which Birmingham Byzantinists are held in the international academic community.

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