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)

Magic and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 25 May 2015)

21 July 2015, Cardiff University

An understanding of magic and the supernatural is crucial to the study of the medieval and early modern periods. Magic was a part ot everyday lite, ingrained into the cultural world view and popular imagination. It was also elusive, encompassing a plurality of meanings and terms that permeated every level of society and resulted in a wide range of practices, trom those based on folkloric beliefs to quasi-religious rituals. As a means of understanding and attempting to control the social, spiritual, and natural world, it could be both a comfort and a threat to established norms.

For full details, download the poster.

Continuous Page: Scrolls and Scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext

Call for project participants (closes 17 April 2015)

Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext. In between these two extremes too, we find a plethora of different artists and craftsmen turning and returning to the medium, from medieval medical treatises and Japanese emakimono to 19th-century wallpaper or Jack Kerouac’s continuously-typewritten draft of On The Road.

Participants are sought to take part in a collaborative investigation into the intriguing format of the scroll and the act of scrolling across different cultures and periods, considering both the timeless material object and its infinite conceptual space. Participants are sought from any field or discipline, and are likely to be academics (at all stages of their careers), museum professionals, or practicing artists.

For further details, download the full advert.

Experiencing Death in Byzantium

29 May 2015, Newcastle University

This single day conference will consider the extent to which we can approach the individual experiences surrounding death in Byzantium and the relevance they have for our knowledge of Byzantine self-understanding. How can we approach experiences that played tangible social roles and yet were so irreducible to literal language and meaning that they remained couched in the language of allegory? To what extent were shared experiences and understandings of death and dying orchestrated for individuals? Can remaining physical and textual evidence reveal such intended experiences to us? This conference seeks to access the personal and contingent experiences surrounding death and dying in Middle Byzantine mortuary practices.

For further information and to register, please visit:

Byzantine Greek Summer School 2015

26 July - 23 August 2015, University of Birmingham

The Byzantine Greek Summer School offers courses in medieval Greek language at three levels:

  • Level 1 Beginners (26 July - 9 August);
  • Level 2 Intermediate (9 - 23 August);
  • Level 3 Advanced Reading (9 - 23 August).

For full details, including details on fees and available funding, see the Summer School's webpage.

If applying for funding, applications must be received by 13 April or by 18 May for all other applications.

Journal of the Oxford University History Society

Call for Papers (closes 30 April 2015)

The Journal of the Oxford University History Society invites papers from graduate students in all subfields and periods of history for its 2015 issue. We are especially interested in articles, essays, and book reviews that consider the historical development of institutions and interactions between institutions, individuals, and social groups.
All submissions to the Journal are peer-reviewed, and the author’s identity is not provided to the referee. Please submit a cover page that includes the article title, author name and contact details (an email address is sufficient). The article itself should not include any identifying information. Please avoid self-identification within the article and the footnotes. Papers should be sent as Word documents (.doc or .docx) to JOUHSinfo(at)

Please consult the guidelines for contributors on the website before sending your submission.

History and Cultures Workshop: Seminar Series 2015

Call for Papers (closes 17 April 2015)

University of Birmingham

The Postgraduate History and Cultures Workshop at the University of Birmingham is inviting postgraduates and early career academics to submit papers for its seminar series in the 2015 academic year for the Summer Term.
The seminar series meets fortnightly during term-time and provides a lively, informal environment in which speakers can receive feedback on their work from students and members of staff at the university. Funds for transport are available.

For further details, download the Call for Papers or see the website.

London International Palaeography Summer School

Summer school

15-19 June 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Courses on Greek and Latin palaeography are available.

For further details, visit the school's website or download the poster.

Viva la differenza? Italian towns in the early middle ages, 500-1100, a conference to mark the retirement of Dr Tom Brown, 29th-30th May 2015


29-30 May 2015, University of Edinburgh

Dr Tom Brown, well-known for his scholarly work on early medieval Ravenna, will be retiring from the History subject area in the summer of 2015.

This conference marks Dr Brown’s wide contribution to the study of early medieval Europe, as well as his three decades of service as a Lecturer in History at Edinburgh.

For full details and booking, see the conference webpage.


Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 27 March 2015)

22 May 2015, Newcastle University

This interdisciplinary one-day conference seeks to bring together students from across the country to reflect on the continuous ‘disruption’ within historical disciplines.

How do we recognise and define these disruptions? Does the term ‘disruption’ have any genuine utility? How did people respond to disruption? How did they cope when disruptions affected their personal life? Can we look at disruptions on a macro and micro scale? How do we deal with disruptions to scholarly narratives when new theories, interpretations, and material are discovered?

We are seeking proposals for individual twenty-minute papers from historians, archaeologists, classicists, and ancient historians. We also invite poster submissions from postgraduate students. The posters do not necessarily need to be on the conference theme, but rather are a way to begin to present your work in the earlier stages of your research.

Please send abstracts of 300-500 words for papers, and 150-200 words for posters, along with a title to Amy Shields (amy.shields(at) by 27th March 2015.

For full details, download the Call for Papers.

'Environments' Postgraduate Conference 2015- 'Landscapes and the mind'

Postgraduate conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 March 2015)

19 June 2015, Goldsmiths, University of London

From antiquity to the digital age, many writers, artists and theoreticians have explored the connections between landscapes, society, and self. In the context of this conference, environments can represent places affected as a result of human activity or consciousness. Submissions might engage with texts dealing with a myriad of environments including cityscapes, human habitats, and wild and imagined spaces.

We warmly welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from all postgraduate students by the 31st March 2015 to be sent to environments2015(at) Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include details of your current level of study and home institution. For creative readings, please send a short example of your work.

For further details, download the full call for papers.

The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal?

Conference session at Leeds IMC

9 July 2015, University of Leeds

Three linked sessions on Late Byzantium, taking place at Leeds IMC (6-9 July 2015). For details, download the poster.

The Senses and Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 10 April 2015)

8-9 June 2015, University of Bristol

This conference will explore the complex relationship between the visual and the sensory in contemporary theory and ancient practice. It will investigate the ways that art, from icons to illuminated manuscripts, music to architecture, and poetry to theatre, acted as a space for thinking about sensory experience, and for representing sensory ideas and theories. It will bring together scholars from a range of fields, including Classics and Ancient History, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Musicology, Museum Studies and the History of Art, to explore these questions in the context of different historical periods and cultures, and in terms of politics, religion, philosophy, and society in the pre-Modern era.

For full CfP and conference details, see the website.

Parenthood and Childhood in the Middle Ages

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 12 April 2015)

8-9 October 2015, University of Edinburgh

In recent years, scholars from a range of disciplines have considered how concepts such as ‘family’ and ‘the home’ can be used to understand and explore the wider structures of medieval society. This two day interdisciplinary conference will bring together researchers from across the Humanities, in order to consider these approaches and to identify new avenues for the study of family life in the medieval world.

We invite prospective speakers to submit proposals of for no more no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers, along with their paper title and affiliation to: & phoebe.linton(at) by 12th April 2015. We encourage proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. A limited number of grants will be available to support the travel costs of accepted speakers.

For further details, download the full CfP.

From Heraclius to Urban II: Trends and Themes in Medieval Christian Holy War

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 27 February 2015)

1 May 2015, University of Cambridge

Christian Holy War has long exercised medieval historians. Research has traditionally focused upon the distinctiveness of Crusading (set apart from earlier Christian warfare) and the teleological development of previous centuries of holy war culminating in the Crusades. This symposium aims to restore earlier religious military conflicts to the discussion in their own right and address problems with defining Holy War.

Interested parties should send an abstract of 200-300 words for a thirty-minute paper to

For full information, see the conference website.

Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean


13 July-15 July 2015, University of Lincoln

The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean. For further details, including programme, see the conference website. Registration is now open.

The Apocalyptic Imagination

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 April 2015)

7-9 July, Gladstone's Library, Flintshire CH5 3DF

Since the formation of the New Testament canon, the Apocalypse has occupied a curious and often liminal place in literary and cultural history. The canonicity of the Book of Revelation has been disputed often and by some of Christianity’s most influential figures. Yet the Apocalypse has also been regarded as the ending that gives shape and purpose to biblical metanarrative and to history. It remains central to Christian eschatology, though its proper interpretation is contested vigorously. For much modern literary criticism – perhaps most notably Frank Kermode’s seminal study The Sense of an Ending (1967) – the Apocalypse has been read as a model for the end-directed orientation of secular as well as religious narrative. Yet for many critics this literary ‘sense of an ending’ can be little more than a consoling fiction; for others, it is an artificial closure imposed upon the endlessly open processes of reading and interpretation.

This conference brings together scholars across a range of literatures and critical perspectives in order to explore the place of and approaches to the apocalyptic tradition in contemporary criticism. Does the ‘sense of an ending’ remain an appropriate framework for our reading of apocalyptic texts? In what ways might modern criticism read and respond to the apocalyptic writings of earlier literary periods? What have notions of apocalypse come to mean for the secular – or post-secular – imagination, particularly in the contexts of genocide, nuclear threat, global terrorism and environmental catastrophe? The biblical Apocalypse concludes with a vision of a ‘new heaven and a new earth’. If our contemporary apocalypse has become the ‘end of history’, does it also retain its imaginative aspiration to ‘make all things new’?

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes focusing upon literatures of any period(s). We welcome interdisciplinary approaches from scholars working in fields including – but by no means limited to – politics, philosophy, theology, film studies, history and art. Possible topics might include:
· Literary responses to and/or rewritings of the Book of Revelation and other biblical apocalyptic texts
· Apocalypse and eschatology
· Relationships between apocalyptic literatures and political theory/theology
· Apocalyptic literatures and the ‘end of history’
· Apocalypse and literary theory
· Apocalypse and catastrophe (e.g. environmental, nuclear, humanitarian, etc.)
· Versions of apocalypse in Gothic, Science Fiction and Fantasy literatures
· Endings, interpretation and (re)reading

Proposals of approximately 250 words should be emailed to the conference organisers: Matthew Bradley (matthew.bradley(at) and Simon Marsden (s.j.marsden(at)

Darkness and Illumination: the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 17 April 2015)

15-17 July 2015, Durham University

This year’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association conference will focus upon aspects of knowledge, learning, and control over information in the medieval and early modern periods and in doing so broaden perspectives not just about how people perceived their world, but also how they interpreted the past and the idea of progress.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral students are welcome to apply for presentations. In addition to the panels, the conference will offer two keynote addresses (TBA). Tours of Durham Cathedral and Castle as well as a visit to Durham Museum and Heritage Centre are scheduled for any interested delegates.

For full details, download the poster or visit the conference website.

Connections, Networks, & Contexts

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 2 March 2015)

17 April 2015, Univeristy of Edinburgh

The Late Antique and Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is holding a one day conference on the theme of Connections, Networks, and Contexts within the time period of Late Antique to Medieval. While interdisciplinary approaches to academic research may have been less common just a few years ago, there has recently been an increased interest in working across disciplinary boundaries. For the last five years, the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh has worked under a similar ethos, organising seminars for postgraduate students to present their work and exchange ideas across academic disciplines.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers and A3 posters from any relevant department, including Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, and Islamic Studies among others. Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for papers, and 200 words for posters. See the full call for papers for details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)

Porphyra Issue. No. 23

Call for papers issue XXIII

Submissions by 15 May 2015

Topics can range from a variety of fields and disciplines, such as: history, theology, literature, archaeology, anthropology, art history, et alii. Articles will be accepted in English, Italian, French, Modern Greek, German and Spanish. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2015.

Please note that Porphyra is a peer-review journal. A proposal is no longer sufficient for a contribution. To be accepted, the article in full must comply with general scientific standards of research and publication and be formatted according to Porphyra editorial rules (found on the website). Each article should be accompanied by a set of keywords (at least 5, preferably 10) and a short abstract (250 words).

For details, see the full call for papers.

Istanbul: history, monuments, urban life

Summer school

20 June-2 August 2016, Bogaziçi University and Columbia University

For details, see the poster.

Liturgy and Aesthetics in Late Antiquity


April 10-11 2015, Syracuse University, NY, USA

For full details, download the flyer.

Messors: Byzantine Art Restoration and Site Preservation workshops

11-28 June 2015: Art Restoration Workshop Fresco & Canvas

24 July-4 August 2015: Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project

Puglia, Italy

Messors is a series of hands-on educational workshops regarding the preservation of cultural heritage and Byzantine sites in Puglia region, Italy. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to learn about the history of the region, learn about conservative methods and techniques, while contributing to the conservation of the rich art heritage of Southern Italy.

For full details, see the website.

The Sound of Sense: Orality/Aurality in Byzantine Texts and Contexts


16-17 May 2015, Princeton University, NJ, USA

Byzantium, a culture of the book, was also the society of the theatron, the refectory, the church and palace hall. If few read privately, many more heard texts read to them as an audience, such as sermons, panegyrics, saints’ lives, hymns, histories, and letters. This conference will seek a re-definition of medieval Greek literacy commensurate with the aural experience of Byzantine literature. Among the topics we will broach are the inscribed orality/aurality in diverse genres; the “pragmatic competence” of Byzantine authors; intersubjectivity and performance; oral poetics and the emergence of vernacular literature; and the sensory dimension of rhetoric.

For further information, download the poster or visit the website.

OTSA Conference 2015: Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 March 2015)

26-27 June 2015, Fordham University, Manhattan, NY, USA

The Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), in coordination with the Orthodox Christian
Studies Center of Fordham University, is seeking proposals for papers and posters for a June 26-27, 2015 conference to be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, NY.

For further details, download the full CfP.

2015 Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 April 2015)

22-25 October, New York City, NY, USA

The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by the current BSANA officers.

Proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies are welcomed.

For further details, download the CfP.

Sacred Song in the Late Antique and Byzantine East: Comparative Explorations


3-6 May 2015, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

For further details, see the poster.

Life is Short, Art Long: The Art of Healing in Byzantium


11 February-26 April 2015, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

This exhibition takes its name from the famous aphorism by Hippocrates and examines the art and practice of healing in Byzantium from Roman times to the late Byzantine period.

Curated by Dr. Brigitte Pitarakis, Life Is Short, Art Long examines faith, magic, and rational medicine as methods of healing. It traces the “art of healing” from the foundations laid by Apollo and Asklepios, healers of antiquity, and Hippocrates and Dioscorides, the founders of rational medicine and also examines the roles of the physician saints. Among the other topics covered and objects on display are icons, reliquaries, and amulets, marble carvings, medical equipment, plants and herbs, medical and botanical manuscripts, and the centers of healing and miracle in Istanbul.

The works offering insight into Istanbul’s Byzantine past have been loaned from the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, the library of the Holy Trinity Monastery of Halki (Heybeliada), the Foundation of the Yeniköy Greek Orthodox Church of Panayia and School, the Rezan Has Museum, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, Oxford University Herbaria, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Kastoria Byzantine Museum, and private collections.

A one-day symposium on 14 March 2015 accompanies the exhibition, see the full programme.

Istanbul Through the Ages

Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar by Koç University GSSSH & RCAC

29 June - 21 July 2015

Being the center of magnificent empires through time, ?stanbul is calling you to discover its rich cultural heritage by following the footmarks of saints, sultans and angels in this enriching summer seminar. Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations is excited to invite you to have a taste of Istanbul with its intellectual, in-depth program developed by world renowned Ottoman and Byzantine academicians.

For details, see the website.

Cappadocia in Context

Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC

11-26 June 2015 (applications by 15 April 2015)

Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia? Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.

The program will start up in Istanbul, ancient capital of Byzantium, with lectures and field trips lead by program faculty and Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities students. After first three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia. Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.

Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips. A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!

In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

For full details, see the website.

Holy Apostles


24-26 April 2015, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, USA

Space for this event is limited, and registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Please register online.

For more information, see the event website.

Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art from Greek Collections


28 September 2014-10 May 2015, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

Over 159,000 visitors - now extended from February until May. The exhibition will include 63 objects spanning the chronological range of the 4th-15th centuries. Further information is available at

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

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:

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.