• The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

"Mary Jaharis Center Announces Grants for 2021–2022"

The Mary Jaharis Center is delighted to announce the results of the 2021–2022 grant cycle.

Alessandro Carabia, studying at the University of Birmingham, was awarded a Dissertation Grant for his dissertation, "Space, Population, and Economy in a Frontier Region: Liguria in the Context of the Western Byzantine Provinces AD 500-700," and Elizabeth Zanghi, studying at Sorbonne University, for her dissertation, "El Nazar Kilise: étude globale d’un site mésobyzantin en Cappadoce." Dr. Bilge Ar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, received a Project Grant to document the North Church and surrounding buildings at the St. Thecla (Meryemlik) Archaeological Site and analyze the processional routes connecting the North Church with the site's other churches and structures in order to reconstruct the religious usage of the site. Publication Grants were award to Julia Burdajewicz, faculty member at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, for Porphyreon in the Sidonian Hinterland: Late Antique Wall Paintings from the Basilica and Residential District (Polish Publications in Mediterranean Archaeology 7, Peeters Publishers) and to Jesse W. Torgerson, Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University, for The Chronographia of George the Synkellos and Theophanes: The Ends of Time in Ninth-Century Constantinople (Brill, Open Access). Congratulations to this year's winners!

..."The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to promoting and advancing knowledge about the rich heritage of the Byzantine Empire"

Approaching MJC Deadlines

Co-Funding Grants

These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies. Funding: Up to $5000 will be awarded in the 2022–2023 grant cycle. The value of individual awards will be based on the submitted budget and determined by the grant committee. Grants are unlikely to exceed $2000 and may be less than the amount sought.

Project Grants

Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects. Funding: Up to one grant of $5000 will be awarded in the 2022–2023 grant cycle


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to promoting and advancing knowledge about the rich heritage of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted for more than a thousand years and spanned three continents. The Center’s mission is to create academic and educational resources that engage the wider public, scholars, and the Orthodox Christian community. Its programs encourage awareness and appreciation of Byzantium and its legacy. Founded in 2010 through a generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Mary Jaharis Center is established at Hellenic College Holy Cross, an Orthodox Christian institution of higher education in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Center’s association with Hellenic College Holy Cross provides a singular opportunity to address Byzantine culture from the perspective of Orthodox scholarship, theology, and the arts.


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