SPBS Events

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)

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.)

Commemorating Augustus: A Bimillennial Re-evalutation


18-20 August 2014, University of Leeds

There are a number of papers that may be of particular interest to Byzantinists

A full programme, abstracts and details of how to register are available at: Registration closes on 1st August 2014, and a late fee will apply to bookings made after 17th July 2014.

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

Conference/Call for Papers

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

For further information, see the conference poster and website. Call for papers closes on 31 May.

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.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)

Summer Workshop in Byzantine Epigraphy

14-20 July 2014, British School in Athens (BSA)

Convened by Ida Toth, Oxford University and Andreas Rhoby, The Austrian Academy of Sciences. See the flyer for full details.

The Medieval Globe

Call for submissions

The Medieval Globe: Connectivity~Communication~Exchange is a new peer-reveiwed biannual academic journal to be launched in 2014, published in both print and digital formats. It is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and sponsored by CARMEN, the Worldwide Medieval Network. It is dedicated to exploring the modes of communication, materials of exchange, and myriad interconnections among regions, communities, and individuals in an era central to human history. For full details, see the journal's website.

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.

The Medieval Self-commentary: A Transnational Perspective


22-23 July, Fondation Hardt, Vandœvres, Genève, Switzerland

For full details and programme, please see the conference website.

The Material Culture of Magic

Call for Chapters

1 August 2014 for preliminary abstracts

Download the full announcement here. Contributions concerning Byzantium are particularly welcome.

Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts at  California Rare Book School

Summer School

4-8 August 2014, UCLA, USA

Inspired by the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections that will be on view at the Getty Villa Museum, April 9 - August 25, 2014, this course will explore the painted page in Byzantine manuscripts. The Byzantine Empire spanned many centuries (c. 600 - 1453 A.D.) and covered territory from Italy to Syria and from Turkey to North Africa, and yet, despite the wide diversity of people and locations Byzantine imagery appears largely consistent. This course will give a general overview of illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, as well as a survey of Byzantine art. We will study early Byzantine manuscripts and their relationship to Ancient art and Western Medieval art. We will continue through the middle Byzantine period and late Byzantine periods learning to identify the diversity in styles and types of illuminated texts. Attention will also be given to the codicology and technical aspects of medieval manuscripts, using primary manuscript material at UCLA. We will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition at the Getty Villa, as well as a private viewing of Byzantine manuscripts in the Getty Museum Manuscripts reading room. The course will also include a daylong studio workshop, with artist Sylvana Barrett, at the J. Paul Getty Museum Studios. Participants will work with handmade parchments, prepare traditional illuminator's paints from dry pigments and learn basic gilding techniques while creating a small illuminated image. The course will be taught by Dr. Justine Andrews.

There are three full-tuition scholarships earmarked for this course. The enrollment for all CalRBS courses is limited to 12 individuals. Applications for this course will be accepted until it is full; subsequent applications will go to a waiting list. Instructions for applying for both admission, scholarships, and application forms for both are on the CalRBS Website, The deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 15, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.