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)

The revival & decline of medieval Butrint: a metaphor for Byzantium’s later history

13 October 2015, Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus, KCL, London

A seminar with Nevila Molla (Albanian Institute of Archaeology, Tirana). For further information, see


Journal Call for Papers (closes 28 August)

Please find attached and below the Call for Paper for this years edition of the Newcastle's Postgraduate Forum E-Journal. The theme of our 12th Edition will be 'Disruptions', and we encourage any postgraduate students in history, classics, or archaeology to submit an abstract. 

The E-Journal provides postgraduate students with a unique opportunity to publish their research and disseminate their findings to a wider audience. We encourage both PGT as well as PGR students to submit their work for consideration. For previous editions of the E-Journal, please see

The deadline for abstracts of 250-300 words is 28th August. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For further details, download the full call for papers.

Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture sponsored session at Leeds IMC 2016

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2016 IMC is “Food, Feast & Famine.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015. Proposals should include:
-100-word session abstract
-Session moderator and academic affiliation
-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. 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.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac(at), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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)

EGSAMP Summerschool

3-5 September 2015, Castro Marina, Italy

Download the full programme.

FIRB CONFERENCE 2015: Moral Agency and its Constraints: Fate, Determinism and Free Will in the Middle Ages

31 August – 2 September 2015, Lecce, Italy

Download the full programme.

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.

Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time

Call for papers (closes 15 September 2015)

This panel examines the relationship between medieval artworks and their viewers’ conception and experience of the present. Scholars of medieval art have mostly concentrated on imagery depicting the past or the future, in particular, those that express anxiety about the end of time. A wide range of images, however, was particularly concerned with expressing ideas of the present and with depicting the relation between the visible human world and the invisible divine realm. This panel, therefore, emphasizes and explores the medieval viewers’ relationship to the present and their current place in the cosmological system. We invite proposals covering a wide range of media (portable objects, manuscripts, sculpture, wall decorations) from Late Antiquity through the late Middle Ages.

For full details, download the call for papers.

Pardon Our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art

Call for papers (closes 15 September 2015)

The Index of Christian Art will be sponsoring two sessions at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies on 12-15 May 2016. Download the full call for papers for full details.

Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography

16-18 September 2015, Ghent University, Belgium

All are welcome to attend this workshop. For details, download the programme.

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.

Lives, Roles and Actions of the Byzantine Empresses (4th-15th centuries)

International Workshop

11-12 September 2015, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The symposium will take place at the conference center of the Czech Academy of Sciences Villa Lanna (Prague 6, V Sadech 1). Guests are heartily welcomed. Due to limited space, the organizers request that guests register with the secretary of the symposium Dr. Martina ?echová at Please note that guests will be served on the first come first serve basis and no registrations will be accepted after September 7.

For further details, download the flyer.

Francis Dvorník – Scholar and His Work

International Symposium

10 September 2015, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The symposium will take place at the conference center of the Czech Academy of Sciences Vila Lanna (Prague 6, V Sadech 1). Guests are heartily welcomed. Due to limited space, the organizers request that guests register with the secretary of the symposium Dr. Martina Cechová at Please note that guests will be served on the first come first serve basis and no registrations will be accepted after September 7.

For further details, download the flyer.

Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages

Session to be held at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Michigan, 12-15 May 2016

Organizers: Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center, New York), Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington DC)

Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.

This session seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages.  Current scholarship on the topic in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.

In this session we would like to reimagine the wearable in similarly holistic terms. Bringing together varied forms and different media will help scholars better understand how the surfaces of medieval bodies not only presented social values and norms, but also operated within a designated spatial enviroment. In rethinking the wearable in the Middle Ages, this session has four major aims:

1.                  The session seeks papers that look past field- and medium-specific divisions to explore the relationship of textiles and jewelry in medieval dress practices in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions.

2.                  The session welcomes presentations that consider cosmetic elements often omitted from discussions of dress. These might include makeup, tattooing, amulets, prosthetics, and any other modifications to personal appearance.

3.                  The session seeks papers that situate dressed bodies in their spatial contexts, particularly topics addressing medieval notions of personal space and the relationship of bodies to their surroundings.

4.                  The session also seeks papers on issues of medium-specificity and materiality, as concerns that arise directly from questions regarding the wearable. Papers dealing with the centrality or marginality of image-making within the practice of the wearable, as well as the reception of the wearable as part of a sensory experience are also welcomed.


Paper proposals should consist of the following:

1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum)

2. Completed Participant Information Form available at:

3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number.

Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial. Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental

International study day

25 September 2015, INHA, Galerie Colbert, Paris

The first meeting of the research programme: IMAGO-EIK?N. Regards croisés sur l’image médiévale entre Orient et Occident. For details, download the flyer.

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.

Days of Justinian I: 'Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the Cultures'

International symposium/Call for Papers (closes 10 July 2015)

30-31 October 2015, Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand  “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”. For full details, download the call for papers or visit the website.

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.

Imbas 2015: Perspectives of the World in the Late Antique & Medieval Period

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 18 September 2015)

20-22 November 2015, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland

Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway. The conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and to discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary setting. The 2015 Imbas committee is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2015 conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Perspectives of the World in the Late Antique & Medieval Period’, and it will run from the 20th to 22nd November at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. The keynote speaker this year will be Prof. Michael Clarke, NUI Galway.

Imbas accepts papers from all disciplines, with a focus on any topic from Late Antiquity to the end of the medieval period. Interested postgraduates are invited to submit a title and abstract of 250 words, for a research paper of 20 minutes, to the Imbas committee at imbasnuig(at) by the 18th September, 2015.

For more information see our website or our CFP on the FMRSI website in the link below.

Sapiens Ubique Civis III

Graduate conference/call for papers (closes 7 June 2015)

26-29 August 2015, University of Szeged, Hungary

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International PhD Student Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis III – Szeged 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome. The language of the conference is English.

For full details, download the 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.

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.

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