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)

Diogenes Journal

Call for Papers (Submission deadline: 1 February 2016)

Diogenes is now inviting doctoral researchers in the Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies to submit articles (3,000-7,000 words) and book reviews (700-1,000 words) for the next issue, to be published in April 2016. Diogenes is a peer-reviewed open-access journal dedicated to research related to any aspect of the three fields at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. We particularly welcome articles that focus on topics that have implications for more than one of the above three fields. For enquiries or more information, please contact us (diogenes(at) or visit our website (

Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Paleography

1-6 August 2016, Lincoln College, Oxford (applications by 15 February 2016)

The sixth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 1-6 August 2016. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, four library visits and five thematic lectures.

Costs: The school will charge student fees of 100 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. A minimum of four bursaries, covering fees and housing (but no board), will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants.

Daily schedule: 8:45-10:45 reading class, 11:00-13:00 library visit, 13:00-14:45 lunch break, 14:45-16:45 reading class, 17:00-18:00 lecture. A final written examination will be administered on Saturday, 6 August, 9:00-12:00.

Instructors: Christos Simelidis (D.Phil. Oxon.), Dimitris Skrekas (D.Phil. Oxon.), Georgi R. Parpulov (Ph.D. Chicago)

Lectors: Nigel G. Wilson FBA (Oxford), Prof. Marc Lauxtermann (Oxford), Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (London), Marjolijne Janssen (Cambridge)

Application: The final deadline for applying is 15 February 2016.

Applicants are requested to send to Dr Simelidis at csimelidis(at) their curriculum vitae, explain in detail their need for attending the summer school, and indicate whether they wish to be considered for a bursary. They should also arrange for one recommendation letter from an established academic to be e-mailed to csimelidis(at) before 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on 30 February 2016.

Note: The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Adequate knowledge of Greek is a must for all students.

Dialogue and Difference in the Middle Ages

Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies - 22nd annual postgraduate conference

25-26 February 2016 (call for papers closes 25 November 2015)

Dialogue and Difference is an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from all fields to explore the ways in which cultural, social, political, religious, scientific and intellectual exchange and interaction unfolded throughout the Middle Ages. Dialogues took place both across borderlines and within the heart of medieval societies, in monasteries, universities, courts and market places as well as on battlefields and high-roads. How did these dialogues shape the societies of the Middle Ages, and how did new ideas, people and cultures interact with old? Did difference lead to conflict, or to coexistence?

This conference aims to explore these issues across societies from medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond, and spanning from Late Antiquity to the 16th century.

Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to submit abstracts. For details, download the full Call for Papers.

Edinburgh Conference on Late Antiquity for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2016)

21-22 April 2016: University of Edinburgh

Since its creation as a distinct discipline, the field of late antique studies has undergone many transformations and reinterpretations. As this exciting and still evolving field establishes its own place in academia, we feel it is integral for those studying Late Antiquity at the postgraduate level to meet and work together in creating the future of our field. And what better place to do this than the University of Edinburgh, an established and thriving centre for Late Antiquity in the beautiful ‘Athens of the North’.

We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit abstracts for papers (or proposals for panels) on any aspect of Late Antiquity. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a 10 minute discussion period. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to edinburghlateantiquity(at) by February 15, 2016.

For full details, see the website.

Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World (c. 300-c. 1500)

The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 18th International Graduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 27 November 2015)

26-27 February 2016, University of Oxford

This conference aims to provide a platform to identify, discuss and debate the major trends and turning-points in the Late Antique and Byzantine world. Postgraduate scholars might choose to examine trends and turning-points on their own terms or to reflect critically on the limitations and blind-spots of our discipline, questioning the ways in which medieval Romans, their contemporaries and modern scholars have gone about constructing this past. We are calling for papers which explore all types of trends and turning-points in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies.

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, 27th November 2015. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and should be delivered in English or French.
For further details, download the full CfP.

Leeds International Medieval Congress 2016

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 August 2015)

4-7 July 2016, University of Leeds, Leeds

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which - for 2016 - is 'Food, Feast & Famine'. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

For full details, see the website.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (Outside UK)

12th International Congress of Cretan Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 November 2015)

21-26 September 2016, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

The Congress will be held in the city of Heraklion from the 21st to the 25th of September 2016, and its proceedings will be divided into three main sections which correspond to the three long periods of Cretan history: a) the Prehistoric and Ancient Greek period, b) the Byzantine and Medieval period, and c) the Modern period (up to the late 20th century).

The selected thematic axis for all three sections of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies shall be mobility. Those interested in participating in the Congress are thus invited to address the theme in reference to Crete and insularity in historical perspective.

Full details are available on the conference website.

Byzantine Studies Alive

Conference call for papers (closes 1 December 2015)

16-17 June 2016, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Proposals for papers on the following two themes welcomed:

1) Byzantium as a key player in the relationship between East and West, A.D. 330 -1453

Byzantium can be seen as a leading catalyst in the political, cultural, economic and religious exchange between East and West, to be detected in the relationship both between Byzantium and Latin Western Europe and Byzantium and the Islamic world.

2) The position of Byzantine heritage, 7th Century - present day

The definite end of the Byzantine Empire is marked by the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. Through its history, however, the dimension and identity of the Empire was not one identical continuum. In different phases of development (Arab conquests, iconoclasm, Crusaders period) Byzantine monuments and artefacts were appropriated or under threat, a phenomenon that continued after the Ottoman conquest.

Abstracts, no more than 400 words, can be submitted to d.slootjes(at)  and m.verhoeven(at)  before the 1st of December, 2015.

For more information and the full official call for papers with more information on the contents and a full description of our aims, feel free to email d.slootjes(at)

The Promise of the Vatican Library

International Conference

8-10 May 2016, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA

An international academic conference highlighting the holdings of the Vatican Library and opportunities for future research. Also featuring an exhibit of materials from the Vatican Library and a concert of sacred music. Generous support available for junior scholars. Transportation to the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be available. For details, download the poster or see the website.

Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac Summer School 2016

10 July-6 August 2016

Dumbarton Oaks and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library announce a new four-week intensive introduction to Syriac language and paleography, July 10 to August 6, 2016. The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will include a long weekend in Washington, DC, to visit Dumbarton Oaks and other institutions in the area to learn more about their resources for Byzantine and Eastern Christian studies. 

Approximately ten places will be available to doctoral students and recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac for their teaching and research. All costs apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul) will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, including the weekend in Washington, DC.  

Mornings will be devoted to Syriac language instruction by Prof. Scott Johnson of the University of Oklahoma, with afternoons devoted to the study of digitized Syriac manuscripts with Dr. Adam McCollum of the University of Vienna (formerly Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts at HMML). There will be opportunities to use HMML’s collections, as well as to enjoy the campus of 2700 acres, with woods, lakes, and notable architecture. Further information, including instructions for applicants, can be found here.

The Arts of Editing: Past, Present and Future

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 January 2016)

17-19 August 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

For eight years the Ars edendi programme at Stockholm University, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, has functioned as a hub of textual editing, organizing seminars and workshops, inviting lecturers and guest researchers, and developing a network of textual scholars.

We invite proposals for papers on crucial methodological decisions, the impact editorial choices have on the reception of texts, as well as broader reflections on the responsibility of the editor as both an interpreter of texts and a mediator between cultures. Presenters will be asked to respect a 20-minute limit on their papers.

For details, see the full call for papers.

Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes December 31 2015)

20-22 June 2016: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 20-22, 2016) 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 Fourth 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:

The Sofia Reading

26-27 November 2016, Sophia Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine

We invite you to participate in the VIII International scientific conference “The Sophia reading” dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of memory Kyivan Prince Volodymyr the Great and the Saints Boris and Gleb. The conference will highlight the issue of historical, architectural, source studies, cultural studies, art, archaeological, paleographic, monument protection, religious studies and other aspects of the study of the Christian art monuments.

For full details, dowload the invitation.

Postclassical Greek: the Intersections of Philology and Linguistics

Workshop/Call for papers (closes 1 October 2015)

15-17 February 2016, Johannes Gutenber Universitat, Mainz, Germany

This interdisciplinary workshop aims at bringing together scholars working on different aspects of post-classical Greek up to the Byzantine period. We strongly believe that only integration of the linguistic and philological knowledge can create a coherent model of the processes that underlay the language change of that period and provide answers as to why Greek of the Byzantine period is the way it is.

For full details, see the website.

Byzantines and the Bible

Call for Papers (closes 30 September 2015) for 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, 22-27 August 2016

Recent scholarship has turned its attention to the role of the Bible in the Byzantine world, notably with two recent Dumbarton Oaks Colloquia on the Old and New Testaments respectively, but much remains to be done in bridging the gap between mainstream Byzantine studies and the activities surrounding the reading, studying and copying of the principal sacred text in Christianity. Following a successful and stimulating paper session organized within the European Association of Biblical Studies meeting in Cordoba (July 2015), we would like to continue to open a dialogue between Byzantinists and biblical scholars by proposing a broader thematic session at the International Conference.

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 3600 characters incl. spaces; no footnotes) of your proposed presentation to: Papers will be max. 15 mins long. We plan to publish the papers in a collected volume after peer-review. A financial contribution towards your attendance at the conference may become available.

For further details, download the full CfP.

Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination (Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium)

23-25 June 2016, Koç University, Turkey

Byzantine representation of the cultures outside the Byzantine world had a particular geographical and ethnic aspect that contributed not only to the perception of the non-Byzantine, but also to the construction of the Byzantine self-image. 

Byzantine portrayal of these cultures beyond the borders of the Empire was informed by geographic and ethnic elements including climate, flora, language and a certain way of life, which in turn entered into a complex relationship with the history, religious traditions and political state of these cultures as perceived by Byzantines. Examination of the Byzantine encounter with the geographically and ethnically other -from the fairly familiar to the exotic, and from the internal other to the external one- provides clues on how Byzantines related to their own environment spatially and how they differentiated themselves from their neighbors.

For full details, see the conference website.

Violence and Politics: Ideologies, Identities, Representations

Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 30 September 2015)

15-16 January 2016, University of Athens, Greece

The Postgraduate Association of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is organizing a colloquium devoted to the memory of  Professor Nikos Birgalias, entitled “Violence and Politics: Ideologies, Identities, Representations” to be held in Athens, 15-16 January. The conference will be under the auspices of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens. 

For more information, download the full Call for Papers and Application Form.

Early Medieval Graphicacy in a Comparative Perspective

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 October 2015)

9-10 June 2016, University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo

Visual communication in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages is conventionally analysed using methods specific to either figural imagery (and visualcy of the past) or literary productions (and literacy). In contrast, our project focuses on non-figural graphic devices which are intermediaries between texts and pictures, and which appear during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The project operates with a working hypothesis that these graphic compositions attest to early graphicacy, which has been defined as a visual mode of communication of conceptual information and abstract ideas by means of non-figural graphic devices, which may comprise inscribed letters, words, or decorative symbols. For a recent discussion of early graphicacy, click here and for more information about the project, please visit our website.

For full details, download the call for papers.

Othello's Island 2016

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 4 January 2016)

17-20 March 2016, CVAR Nicosia, Cyprus

Othello’s Island is an annual conference, now in its fourth year, examining the history, culture, art and literature of the medieval and renaissance periods from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Located at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the conference attracts academics and researchers from all over the world in a co-operative and constructive environment that has rapidly developed the reputation as one of the friendliest academic conferences in town. It is also seen as encouraging a genuine interdisciplinary approach as there is no streaming of different subjects and at recent events this has led to some astonishing connections between different subject areas.

We welcome researchers into art, literature, cultural, political and social history, and other topics to submit proposals for papers, which should be delivered in English and be twenty minutes in length. As we are located in Cyprus many papers make connections with Cyprus, the Levant or the wider Mediterranean, but we are interested in all aspects of the medieval and renaissance world and so this is not a requirement.

For full details, see the website.