SPBS Events

Spring Symposium 25-27 April 2014

Cardiff Lecture 25 April 2014

Autumn Lecture TBA

London Lecture 9 June 2014

Special SPBS Art Handling Session 6 May 2014

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)

"Apocryphization": Theological Debates in Biblical Disguise


8 May 2014, King's College, London

Event is open to all and free to attend but booking is required. For full details, please see the website.

Language as Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean (330-2013)

15th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS) at the University of Birmingham.

24 May 2014, University of Birmingham

Full details and Call for Papers (closing 24 March) here.

Diogenes, the online journal of GEM (the Society for the Students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham) has issued a Call for Papers for the next issue, to be published in October 2014. The deadline for contributions is 1 August 2014.

The Byzantine Greek Summer School

27 July-24 August 2014, University of Birmingham

Full details of the courses and an application form may on the Summer School's webpage.

For all enquiries, please contact the Director of the Summer School, Dr Anthony Hirst.

(Please do NOT contact the University of Birmingham. The University very kindly hosts the Summer School but is not involved in the organization, except for dealing with finances and the visa requirements of non-EU applicants; but even visa enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Dr Hirst.)

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)

Cultural Transition in the Medieval Balkans: The ‘Re-Byzantinization’ of Greece, 8th-11th c.


10 April, New York, USA

For full details, see the poster.

Senses, Affect, and the Imagination in Late Antiquity


11-12 April 2014, Colgate University, NY, USA

For full programme, see the poster.

Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean


12-13 April 2014, The Ursuline School, Naxos Chora, Greece

Download the programme and other details here.

From Constantinople to Cappadocia


13 April 2014, Philadelphia, PA, USA

For full programme, see the poster.

Antioch on the Orontes, Early Explorations in the City of Mosaics


28 February-20 April 2014, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC), Istanbul, Turkey

For full details, see the RCAC website.

Le Corti Nell'Alto Medioevo (Courts of the Dark Ages)

International Conference

24-30 April, Spoleto, Italy

See the full programme and details of available scholarships for attendees.

The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers: A comparison of Byzantium, Islam, and Western Christendom in the High Middle Ages


26-27 April 2014, Princeton University, NJ, USA

Details of the program and further information can be downloaded here or found at

Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium


2-3 May 2014, Los Angeles, USA

For details of the event and how to obtain tickets, see the event's webpage.

Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art second annual Graduate Student Symposium

3 May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The Call for Papers closes on 6 March, full details are here.

H.J. Scheltema Symposium on Byzantine Law

International Symposium

23-24 June 2014, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Download the full programme, there is also a list of local accomodation available.

Cappadocia in Context: Immerse yourself in Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Cappadocia...

Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC

16 June - 04 July 2014

Full details, including for availability of funding can be found here.

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.

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).

Propose a session for the upcoming Byzantine Studies Congress in Vancouver this fall (November 6-9, 2014), and, with ICMA sponsorship, be able to pay travel expenses for your speakers, even if they come from abroad! Full details are available from the International Center of Medieval Art.

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.

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.