SPBS Events

Seminar Series at UK Universities

These are seminars run by UK universities which are open to all, including the interested public. They are not organised by the Society.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)

Local Connections in the Literature of Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 March 2015)

1-2 July 2015, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

This conference, on the topic of ‘local connections’, will explore the place of literature in the shifting geography of late antiquity. The transfer of imperial power away from Rome and the founding of Constantinople in the early fourth century had a profound effect on the literary culture of the ancient Mediterranean. In the west, this is the era in which ‘Roman’ literature can be seen to become ‘Latin’ literature, as authors and readers spread out from the capital to form regional literary communities in other parts of Italy, Gaul, Spain, and Africa. Greek literature had been produced in these sorts of local contexts for a much longer period of time, but in the east as well, new centres of literary activity were emerging in late antiquity. Papers will therefore examine the ways in which local landscapes and communities are represented in late antique literary texts.

Other questions to address might include: how distinctive are the various regional literatures of the world of late antiquity, and what kinds of relationships existed between them? In what ways did later Latin and Greek authors shape the dialogue between local identities and international institutions, such as the Roman Empire or the Christian Church? What was the role of late antique texts in the formation of modern European literatures, and how have local considerations influenced their reception in other periods?

If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the steering committee by March 1, 2015: Scott McGill (smcgill(at), Joseph Pucci (Joseph_Pucci(at), and David Bright (dbright(at) Papers should be no longer than thirty minutes in length.

Thanks to the generosity of the Oxford Faculty of Classics and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, lunch, refreshments, and a closing banquet will be provided for conference speakers. Other meals, as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. Please send queriesabout conference particulars to Ian Fielding (ian.fielding(at) General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee.

Urbanity and Society in the Medieval World: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Urban Society and Life Across the Medieval Period c.600-1500

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 27 February 2015)

22-23 May 2015, King's Manor, University of York

Urban Studies is a sub-field with a long and distinguished history of its own. Those who investigate urban environments have, however, largely been seen as working independently from other aspects of historical study, as a consequence of the separate and distinctive role envisaged for towns and cities by feudal models of society. With the growth of less rigid models of understanding social and political relationships, it is time to rethink what urban centres meant to wider society. The ‘urban’ as an interdisciplinary topic can be brought together through discussion of all the different ways that urban life was understood, recorded and depicted as well as its physical remains. In addition to looking at the multi-faceted urban experience, this conference will examine the relationships between towns and other aspects of medieval society and culture. How might literature, art or archaeology uncover and explain perceptions of urban institutions such as, but not limited to, guilds, religious bodies or civic authorities? Are there regional differences in how the city or the town should be understood? Is there a difference between the two terms? Was this the same across Europe and the world?

Dowload the full CfP for details.

On the Edge

Postgraduate conference/Call for papers (closes 12 January 2015)

21 March 2015, University of Reading

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Graduate School for Medieval Studies [GCMS], the department is proud to announce a postgraduate and early career researcher conference on the subject of boundaries, borders and the very concept of liminality. ‘Edges’ have defined human experience throughout the ages, crafting and defining the world we inhabit. In the medieval period boundaries defined relationships both high and low through etiquette and manner; society through hierarchy and class; administration through land holdings and legal rights; and most obviously, physically through the demarcation of space in the landscape and society e.g. religious and secular, common and private and rural and urban.

Proposals for twenty minute papers are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline of January 12th 2015. For details, see the full CfP.

Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 January 2015)

29-31 May 2015, University of York

We invite abstracts up to 250 words to be submitted by the 15th of January 2015 which deal with the broad theme of ‘Place and Space’ in the medieval world as addressed in Art History, History, Literature, Archaeology, Museology, Theology, Philosophy and other related disciplines.

See the full Call for Papers for details.


Graduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 25 January)

17-18 April 2015, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students working in medieval studies. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to oxgradconf(at) by 25th January 2015.

For full details, including availability of travel bursaries, see the conference website.

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages: Crime, Punishment and Penance

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 13 February 2015)

7-9 May 2015, Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews

Entering into its seventh year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period. We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others.

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to genderandtransgression(at) by 13 February 2015. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career. Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Friday 8 May. Further details (and full Call for Papers) can be found at our website, as they become available. Please also follow us on Twitter @standgt and find us on Facebook!

Late Antique Hagiography as Literature

Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 15 January 2015)

20-21 May 2015, University of Edinburgh

This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars working on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities, as well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas of continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in the form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the significance of these works should not be ignored.

For details, see the full Call for Papers.

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 28 November 2014)

27-28 February 2015, University of Oxford

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society(at) by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

Download the poster for full details.

Diogenes Issue 3

Journal Call for Papers (closes 1 February 2015)

The editors welcome articles and reviews by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies. See the full call for papers for details.

Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion

Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 31 March 2015)

30 May 2015, University of Birmingham

20-minute papers on topics in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies are welcomed. Abstracts should be in English, no more than 250 words, and  submitted by the 31st March 2015 to Unfortunately, funding will not be available for participants but coffee breaks and lunch will be provided. Download the full Call for Papers for further details.

Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 18 October 2014)

13 July-15 July 2015, University of Lincoln

The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean. For further details about the conference and the full Call for Papers, see the conference website.

Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission and Influence


30 January 2015, University of Oxford

This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. It will also provide an opportunity for postgraduate and emerging scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology and religion, late antique and Byzantine studies, near eastern studies, and rabbinics to present their work on Syriac literature within Oxford’s vibrant late antique studies community. For full details, see the conference website.

2015 ICS Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”


8-9 June 2015, G22/26 Senate House, University of London

This two-day Colloquium will explore the elements which contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian Ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages in East and West, and the Renaissance to the modern world. It will discuss themes reflecting the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Programme and Speakers will be announced in due course. All welcome. For further information please contact George Vassiadis and Nil Pektas.

Leeds International Medieval Conference 2015


6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

The IMC is the largest medieval history conference in Europe and Byzantinists usually have a strong presence. For full details, see the IMC website.

Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood Before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives

Conference/Call for Papers (closing 1 November 2014)

24-26 April 2015, University of Oxford

The conference welcomes papers from classics, all periods of ancient, medieval and early modern history, oriental studies, sociology, social anthropology, literary studies. We also warmly invite papers from modernists that aim to compare pre-modern and modern ethnicity and nationhood. Priority will be given to papers that situate their particular studies within the broader conceptual debate on pre-modern and modern identity. Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Please see the conference webpage for full details.

‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

6-8 February 2015, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends. For programme and attendance details, please download the flyer.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)

2016 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

Call for Papers (closes 1 May 2015)

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

See the full CfP for details.

Ideology, Knowledge, and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean

International Graduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

4-6 June 2015, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming graduate student conference hosted by Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University. The conference will run from June 4 to June 6, 2015. The workshop intends to provide a forum for graduate students specializing in any discipline related to the study of the eastern Mediterranean from antiquity to early modernity to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

For full details, see the conference website.

2015 Graduate Conference on Byzantine Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 10 February 2015)

18 April 2015, Hellenic Holy Cross College, Brookline, MA, USA

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College will host the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies April 18, 2015. We welcome graduate students studying in any field related to Byzantine studies to the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus to engage in a lively exchange of ideas and to share and broaden their research interests in a collegial and intellectually rigorous environment.

For full details, see the conference website.

Ontology and History: A Challenging and Auspicious Dialogue for Philosophy and Theology

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

29-31 May 2015, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Delphi, Greece

This conference will attempt to explore the relationship between ontology and history in the context of both philosophical enquiry and Christian theology. Ontology is the study of being qua being, a field that is typically viewed as distinguishable from––if not also antithetical to––history. However, while the study of being (insofar as it exists) and history may seem unrelated, there is either an explicit or implicit interaction between the two in a number of philosophical traditions; when not explicitly articulated, this implicit interaction emerges as a philosophical problem. And while this is particularly true for various forms of philosophical idealism (e.g. German idealism) and the historicisation of idealism, it emerges as a core problem in the context of Christian theology and its eschatological promise. If the true state of being and beings resides in an eschatological future, not in the present or a distant past (as masterfully expounded by Maximus the Confessor), and if this true state of being and beings is yet to be witnessed, then temporality in general and history in particular become a vital part of ontology proper. This bears immense implications for the philosophical enquiry into ecclesial witness.

For full details and call for papers, see the conference website.

Town and Country in the Byzantine World: Social and Economic Perspectives

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 April 2015)

7-8 May 2015, American Research Center in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

For full details and cfp, see the conference poster.

Identities: Language and Literature

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 29 March 2015)

9-11 October 2015 Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece

The conference is open to contributions from diverse disciplines and invites scholars from various fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference aims both at promoting cooperation among colleagues from diverse fields of study and teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences at an international level and offering colleagues from other institutions an opportunity to find out more about the Department of Greek at Democritus University of Thrace and the region of Thrace in general.

For full details, see the conference website or download the full CFP.

Rulers, Kingship, and Legacies of Power

Graduate conference/Call for papers (closes 31 January 2015)

10 April 2015, Princeton University, NJ, USA

How did one rule in the late antique and medieval world? From Charlemagne’s re-imagination of the Frankish world through Innocent III’s expansion of papal power, rulers have altered the administrative composition, the cultural output, and the social ideas of their polities, while their legacies have motivated, influenced, and disappointed the generations that followed. Meanwhile, thinkers from Thomas Aquinas to Christine de Pizan have sought to define royal authority, to advise their kings, and to navigate the boundaries between divine and mortal rule.

We invite both proposals that examine medieval rulers and their legacies, and those that explore medieval ideas of rule. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines, time periods, geographies, source materials, and methodological approaches.

Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted by 31 January 2015. Some subsidies for speakers are available. For details, see the full call for papers.

Icons & Iconology

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

1-4 June 2015, University of Rijeka, Croatia & 11-13 June 2015, Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA, USA

This two-part conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways we can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology. It is also our objective to offer an insight into the development of iconographic studies and related disciplines, and to reflect upon their future development in the broader context of the humanities.

For further details, download the CfP or visit the website.

The Anatomy of Political Bodies

International conference/Call for Papers (closes 25 January 2015)

17-18 April 2015, University of Warsaw, Poland

The research group “Rex nunquam moritur: Comparative Approaches to Political Theologies from the Middle Ages to the Present” is pleased to announce a call for papers for this international two-day conference.

The objective of the conference is to examine political bodies past and present as a cultural phenomenon. What mechanisms lead to their emergence, their consolidation and, finally, their crises and decay? How have similar power mechanisms been adapted in different sociocultural, geographical and chronological contexts?

Prospective speakers are encouraged to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words, along with their short academic bio and contact details, to<wbr>m by no later than 25 January 2015. Authors whose papers are accepted will be asked to provide an extended abstract (ca. 1000 words) by 1 March 2015; a booklet containing all the abstracts will be made available online one month prior to the conference. Bursaries covering accommodation costs in Warsaw during the period of the conference will be provided.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the project website.

Download the full CfP here.

History Studies

Journal Call for Papers (closes 15 April 2015)

We are happy to call for papers for a special issue (June 2015) on the History and Civilization of the Byzantine or the Eastern Roman Empire. We welcome articles from a wide array of disciplines covering history, geography, and theology, archeology, and art history, law and architecture of the Byzantine. The special issue will primarily include articles focusing on the history and civilization of Byzantine in Anatolia but articles covering the history and civilization of the Byzantine Empire outside Anatolia will also be considered for publication either in the special issue or in the subsequent issues.

For full details, see the website.

A New Look: Sinai and Its Icons in Light of the Digitization of the Weitzmann Archive


17-18 April 2015, Princeton University, NJ, USA

The icons at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai will be the focus of a two-day conference, “A New Look: Sinai and Its Icons in Light of the Digitization of the Weitzmann Archive,” that is being organized by the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, and will take place at Princeton on April 17–18, 2015.

For full details, see the conference website.

Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Near East

Symposium/Call for Papers (closes 23 January 2015)

25 April 2015, Koç Universit, Istanbul, Turkey

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is pleased to announce “Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and Near East,” its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, on April 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

As archaeologists, historians, and cultural heritage scholars, we look to historical moments of catastrophe as signifiers of radical change, with periods of transition marking the complicated and intersecting evolution of cultural, political, religious and environmental influence over time. Such events shape current topographies, mould collective memories and in some cases inform regional and national identities. In these pivotal periods of instability, exigency, and crisis followed by aftermath and recovery, we can learn much about the dynamics of societies and the range of historical factors underpinning them.

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research as they relate to the topic of disaster and crisis, both natural and human-instigated.

Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, and museum studies may present research related to Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the earliest prehistory through Bronze and Iron Ages, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman periods and into the contemporary.

Subjects could include (but are not limited to): climate change, civilization collapse, war, drought/famine, natural disasters like earthquakes & volcano eruptions, fire, urban crises or transformations, political upheaval, civil unrest, disaster preparedness in heritage, etc., as well as periods of transition and recovery.

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including: masters students, PhD students at any stage and post-docs.

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 23rd, 2015 to arhasymposium(at)

For other questions contact arhasymposium(at) or visit

(Un)mapping the Mediterranean

Colloquium/Call for Papers (close 23 December 2014)

13-14 March 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, IL, USA

The Mediterranean has always been a space marked by fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluxes of people, goods and ideas. Mapping seems to be the preliminary condition for crossing to happen - allowing subjects to position themselves and to move within space. However, even the act of crossing can become a destabilizing moment through the breaking down of preconceived spatial and cultural coordinates. In this perspective, the Mediterranean allows the possibility to unsettle rather than to trace borders, thus opening up the space for new connections that transcend existing social, cultural, or political frameworks.

Please send a 200-250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper and include name, email address, academic affiliation, a short bio, and any AV requests to Jessica Sciubba and Corey Flack at Abstracts must be received no later than December 23, 2014. For further details, see the full call for papers.

Byzantine Culture in Translation

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies XVIIITH Biennial Conference

28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland, Australia

For full details, see the AABS conference webpage. Registration closes 15 November; please register your attendance now if you have not already done so.

Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library

Summer School

30 June - 29 July 2015, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece

See the school's website for full details. Applications must be received by 15 January 2015. There is a $25 application fee but full scholarships are available.

Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography

Workshop/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

16-18 September 2015, Ghent University, Belgium

The research group Late Antique historiography at Ghent University is organising a workshop on historiography and intercultural exchanges in Late Antiquity (300-800 AD), on 16-18 September 2015.
The workshop aims at engaging affirmed scholars as well as young researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion over cross-cultural contacts in Late Antiquity and their impact on the historiographical production in different languages, Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Georgian, Arabic.

500 word proposals for papers of 25 minutes are welcomed, to be submitted before 31 December 2014 to Panagiotis Manafis. Participants are asked to read the position paper posted on the website

Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean

International Conference

3-6 June 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus

For further information, see the conference website.

The door of the sanctuary: a place of transition

International Conference/Call for Papers

27-29 May 2015, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Members from faculties, independent researchers and graduate students (PhD) are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief biography and a list of publications to, with as an e?mail title ‘The Door of the Sanctuary’. Closing date: October 15th 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15th, 2014. Download the full call for papers.

Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

15-17 June 2015, Saint Louis University, Missouri (USA)

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2015) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art from Greek Collections


28 September 2014-15 February 2015, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

The exhibition will include 63 objects spanning the chronological range of the 4th-15th centuries. Further information is available at

Othello's Island: the annual conference on mediaeval and renaissance art, literature and cultural history

Call for Papers/Conference

20-22 March 2015, Severis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus

For full information, please see the conference website.

Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

Symposium/Call for Papers

20-22 March 2015, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

The symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014. The final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to ancient(at) with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout

Shifting Frontiers XI: The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare in Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers

26-29 March 2015, University of Iowa, IA, USA

Please see the conference webpage for full details. Note that the call for papers closes on 15 November 2014.

Material culture and diplomatic relations between the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamic East (11th-16th c.)

International conference

27-28 April 2015, University of Liege, Belgium

Call for papers (in English or French) closes on 30 June 2014 and may be downloaded here.