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)

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.

Byzantium: Still Surprising in 2015?

Inaugural meeting of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network

3 November 2015, 17:00: TORCH Seminar Room, University of Oxford

The British Byzantine Postgraduate Network is a newly established research network aimed at better integrating the vibrant community of early-career scholars researching all aspects of the Byzantine world. The first meeting will involve several short and thought-provoking presentations, as well as a chance to discuss the network’s practical aims, inter-institutional collaboration, and possible future events.

The event will be followed by a wine reception. For additional information, please contact: matthew.kinloch(at) For the full programme, download the event poster.

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.

The Mosaic Decoration of Chapels in the Basilica of San Marco in Venice

16 November 2015, 17:30: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square London

Public lecture by Dr Stefania Gerevini, Assistant Director, British School in Rome. For further details, see the Warburg Institute's website.

Rethinking Innovation in Byzantium

Seventh Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides

16 October 2015, 19:00, The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

Lecture to be given by Professor Apostolos Spanos (University of Agder, Norway). For further details, see the Hellenic Institute's website.

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

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)

2015 Byzantine Studies Conference

22-25 October 2015, New York City, NY, USA

Registration will remain open until October 5. For further details, including registration and full program, see the conference website.

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.

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.

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.