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Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)

Leeds International Medieval Conference 2015

Conference & Call for Papers

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

The CfP is now open. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2014; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2014.The IMC is the largest medieval history conference in Europe and Byzantinists usually have a strong presence. For full details, see the IMC website.

Renovatio in the East Roman & Byzantine World, 395-1453

Call for Papers (closes 20 September 2014)

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

Oxford University Byzantine Society warmly invite papers dealing with these issues across the full lifespan of the Eastern Roman Empire and its successor states, from all areas of Late Antique & Byzantine studies. See the full Call for Papers for details.

Out of the Margins: New Ideas on the Boundaries of Medieval Studies


19-20 September 2014, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

For further information, see the conference poster and website.

Alan Hall Memorial Event: Turkey Ancient and Modern - A Day of Exploration


11 October 2014, King's College London (Strand Campus)

The event will be preceded by a dinner at the British Academy on 10 October. For details on both parts of the event, download the poster.

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.

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

Conference/Call for Papers

6-7 November 2014, King's College London

This is a cross-period, interdisciplinary conference on the theme of Jerusalem and Memory, c. 1099 to the Present Day. The CFP closes on 1 July. Please see the conference website for further 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)

Byzantium and the West: Perception and Reality (12th-15th c.)


5-6 September 2014, University of Athens, Greece

In the period from the twelfth to the fifteenth century the interaction between Byzantium and the Latin West was intimately connected to practically all the major events and developments which shaped the medieval world in the High and Late Middle Ages. The aim of the conference is to explore not only the actual avenues of interaction between the two sides (trade, political and diplomatic contacts, ecclesiastical dialogue, intellectual exchange, armed conflict), but also the image each side had of the other and the way perceptions evolved over this long period in the context of their manifold contact. Download the programme for full details.

Chapters and Titles in Byzantine Literature


12 September 2014, Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium

This one-day colloquium will consider the way in which Byzantine texts label literature: how do they refer to earlier and contemporary literature, and how to they characterize themselves in terms of genre and format? For full programme and details on attending, see the colloquium website.

Epigrams on Art in Byzantium

Call for Papers (closes 15 September 2014)

Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 14–17 May 2015

Paper proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website which has full details of the call for papers. The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

BSANA sponsored session at 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies

Call for Papers (closes 15 Sepetember)

14–17 May 2015, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (USA)

Medieval Prilep, which in the Constantinopolitan literary circles had its apogee in George Akropolites' famous History as a background to his disastrous attempt to hold onto the Nicean stronghold in Central Balkans in the thirteenth century, deserves a serious study that will explore various aspects of its historical, social, economic, cultural and artistic achievements. Given the remarkable degree of preservation of the medieval fortress and more than a dozen churches and monasteries, the idea is to initiate a novel understanding of the urban fabric and sacred topography of this important Macedonian town during Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period.

This interdisciplinary panel will reassess and contextualize the Byzantine written sources on Prilep and the remains of its material and visual culture, following the history of the town during the early Slavic expansion, the Latin incursions, the Despotate of Epirus, the Bulgarian and the Nicean conquests and the Serbian rule until the end of the 14th century, including the early Ottoman period.

Participants are invited to investigate the sacred topography of Prilep, its architectural and artistic production, urban families and their patronage, local and regional politics, trade routes, marble production, cults of saints, and pilgrimage. The panel is open to other topics that would illuminate aspects of Prilep’s rich and varied urban history within the framework of Byzantine history and visual culture. The panel would ultimately contribute to the multidisciplinary research in the broader field of Byzantine studies and hopefully result in a publication to include comprehensive topics that would reveal Prilep as a testament to an amalgamation of different cultural and social identities.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form (available here: to Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic(at) by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

BSANA sponsored session at 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies

Call for Papers (closes 15 Sepetember)

14–17 May 2015, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (USA)

What is the right relationship of Byzantine studies as a discipline to the study of the Middle Ages? Is it a related, but parallel, field? A sub-discipline? Something else entirely? What is the best way for the relationship of Byzantine studies to medieval studies to be understood so that productive collaboration is maximized? What is the right scale for interaction – on an individual basis? Is a large conference like Kalamazoo big enough for Byzantium? This roundtable will involve a selection of scholars, including Byzantinists and non-Byzantinist medievalists, who will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented when the disciplines interact.

Byzantine studies makes for a somewhat awkward fit in settings generically intended for "medievalists". There are a number of factors that feed into this; first and foremost, perhaps, is a conception of the "Middle Ages" that privileges Latin and French subjects, particularly those that fall into the rather narrow window of time generally referred to as "high medieval". This means also that Byzantinists tend to face something of a language gap; while Byzantine studies requires a knowledge of Latin, Greek can be somewhat obscure for Western medievalists, and other languages that can factor into a discussion of Byzantine subjects - such as Syriac or Arabic - are even more so. This barrier of languages and sources can tend to isolate Byzantine subjects from Western medievalists. The result can be a ghettoization of Byzantine issues, placing them off to the side in medieval survey courses and textbooks. To the extent that the Byzantine world is talked about in those contexts, they are informed by biased Western sources such as Liutprand of Cremona, resulting in an Orientalizing overemphasis on the perceived differences between the "Byzantine east" and the "Latin west". The discourse emphasizes supposed cultural discontinuities - aesthetics, politics, art, religion, and so on - and discusses them as misunderstood, abstract distortions rather than as concrete realities. Byzantium, then, becomes something “byzantine” in the worst sense – an overly-complicated construct that is described variously as “mysterious”, “spiritual”, “mystical”,a gaudy red-headed stepchild of Western history cloaked in a cloud of incense rather than a fully-qualified subject of interest in its own right. This proposed roundtable, then, seeks to engage Byzantinists and Western medieval specialists together in a forward-looking discussion of how these fields may properly interact and collaborate.

We are looking for panel participants from a variety of disciplines and perspectives; please contact session organizer Richard Barrett (rrbarret(at) to express your interest.

Approaching Portraiture Across Medieval Art

Call for Papers (closes 15 September 2014)

Special Session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 14–17 May 2015

Figural representations of specific, contemporary people served numerous purposes in medieval societies, from commemorative and memorial functions to assertions of political power or social status, markers of ownership and use, and enactments of piety. Portraits, furthermore, proliferate across media, in stained glass, manuscript, and sculpture both monumental and miniature. This variety of historical, religious, and material contexts inflects the function of medieval portraits and their reception. While portraiture had long been considered an essentially modern genre, recent scholarship has worked to establish terms for considering portrait forms within the social, artistic, and theological contexts of the Middle Ages. In his book on royal representations in late medieval France, Stephen Perkinson situated the rise of veristic portraiture within the social and artistic concerns of the Valois court. Scholars such as Brigitte Bedos-Rezak and Alexa Sand, on the other hand, have approached the question of portraiture through medium-specific studies of personal seals and illuminated manuscripts, respectively. These studies emphasize the extent to which the creation and reception of a portrait depends upon its specific historical and material contexts. This panel seeks to explore the degree to which such focused studies can inform one another. In order to further investigation into medieval portraiture (or portraitures), this panel seeks to spotlight studies of portraiture across contexts and across media and to place them into dialog. This panel invites proposals for papers treating portraiture, loosely defined, from across medieval cultures and in any area of representation.

To propose a paper for this panel, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and the completed Participant Information Form (available online at to Maeve Doyle (mkdoyle(at) by Monday, September 15, 2014.

Le Onzième Centenaire D'Aght'amar: Politique, Art et Spiritualité au Royaume du Vaspourakan


22-23 September 2014, Paris

The conference is free and open to all to attend. Download full details and programme.

Days of Justinian I

International Symposium, including thematic strand "Samuel's State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage"

26-27 September 2014, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

For full details, see the Call for Papers.

In motion: Movements, crossings and transfers in Turkey

International workshop

26-27 September 2014, Ankara (Turkey)

‘In Motion’ opens a cross-disciplinary dialogue between Archaeology and Archaeology-related disciplines, History, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology to explore diverse itineraries across temporal, geographical and cultural borders in Turkey.

See the programme here.

Registration for listeners is limited and online registration is required.

2014 Byzantine Studies Conference


6-9 November 2014, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada)

Download the provisional full programme.

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

Impressioni Bizantine. Salonicco attraverso le immagini fotografiche e i disegni della British School at Athens (1888-1910)

Photographic exhibition

11 April - 28 September 2014, Museo Civico Medievale, Bologna, Italy

See the flyer for more details.

Shared Journeys: The Confluence of Pilgrimage Traditions

International Conference

26-28 September 2014, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA

For full details and Call for Abstracts (closing 1 August 2014), see the conference website.

Afro-Byzantine and Greco-African Conference

27 October-1 November 2014, University of Johannesburg.

For full details and Call for Papers, see this document.

The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad

Seminar Call for Papers

1-7 November 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish Straits between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are often described as a symbolic dividing line between Europe and Asia, but historically their function has been uniting and not separating. At the crossroads of land routes between the Balkans and Anatolia, and the sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, they have constituted a natural meeting place for peoples and cultures since ancient times. Two world empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman, were ruled from the straits and left their marks on the two main world religions of Christianity and Islam. Greeks, Slavs, Scandinavians, Italians, Turks and Englishmen have tried to gain control over the Straits and sometimes succeeded; but the prize has remained contested and been a recurrent source of dispute. As such, the straits have also been at the core of Eastern and Western political discourses at least since the accession of the Persian king Xerxes 2500 years ago, and their significance to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 has come to the foreground in recent years.

To mark these historical convergences, and to initiate an interdisciplinary platform for future research about the history of the Straits, we invite junior (pre-doc and post-doc) scholars to present their own research and exchange perspectives on the topic during a one-week seminar with excursions at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014. We welcome submissions from different areas of research, such as the Ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, art history, archaeology and memory studies, studies in the religious, cultural and political relations, as well as the topography, landscape and environment history of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to no later than Friday, May 15, 2014, together with a CV and a few lines about their interest in the topic, from a subject specific as well as from an interdisciplinary point of view. For those who are accepted, the stay in Istanbul, the excursions and most meals will be arranged and paid for by the seminar. In addition to this, we may consider reimbursing the cost of travel to and from Istanbul for a strictly limited number of applicants (those who wish to be considered for such travel funding should specify it in their application and explain why other sources are not available).

High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers

14-15 November 2014, Boston University, MA, USA

See the full Call for Papers for further details. Note that abstracts must be received by 15 August.

Byzantine Culture in Translation

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies XVIIITH Biennial Conference

28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland, Australia

(Call for Papers closes on 31 August)

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

Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology

5-16 January, 2015

In collaboration with the Vatican Library

In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.


Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography(at) by October 15, 2014.

Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade

Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2015 AIA Annual Meeting

8-11 January 2015, New Orleans

See the full Call for Papers.

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.