SPBS Events

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)

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.

Leeds International Medieval Conference 2015

Conference & Call for Papers

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

The CfP is now open. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2014; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2014.The IMC is the largest medieval history conference in Europe and Byzantinists usually have a strong presence. For full details, see the IMC website.

The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal?

Call for Papers (closes 31 August 2014)

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

Papers on any aspect of late Byzantine history are invited for a proposed session at Leeds IMC in 2015. Contributions from new and established scholars are welcome. Please note that abstracts should be submitted by 31 August. See the flyer for full details.

Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at Leeds IMC 2015

Call for Sessions (closes 31 August 2014)

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

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 22nd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 6–9, 2015. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. See the webpage for full details.

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


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

For further information, see the conference poster and website.

Alan Hall Memorial Event: Turkey Ancient and Modern - A Day of Exploration


11 October 2014, King's College London (Strand Campus)

The event will be preceded by a dinner at the British Academy on 10 October. For details on both parts of the event, download the poster.

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.

‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

6-8 February 2015, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends. For programme and attendance details, please download the flyer.

Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)

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.

Byzantium and the West: Perception and Reality (12th-15th c.)


5-6 September 2014, University of Athens, Greece

In the period from the twelfth to the fifteenth century the interaction between Byzantium and the Latin West was intimately connected to practically all the major events and developments which shaped the medieval world in the High and Late Middle Ages. The aim of the conference is to explore not only the actual avenues of interaction between the two sides (trade, political and diplomatic contacts, ecclesiastical dialogue, intellectual exchange, armed conflict), but also the image each side had of the other and the way perceptions evolved over this long period in the context of their manifold contact. Download the programme for full details.

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.

Epigrams on Art in Byzantium

Call for Papers (closes 15 September 2014)

Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 14–17 May 2015

Paper proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website which has full details of the call for papers. The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. 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.

Approaching Portraiture Across Medieval Art

Call for Papers (closes 15 September 2014)

Special Session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 14–17 May 2015

Figural representations of specific, contemporary people served numerous purposes in medieval societies, from commemorative and memorial functions to assertions of political power or social status, markers of ownership and use, and enactments of piety. Portraits, furthermore, proliferate across media, in stained glass, manuscript, and sculpture both monumental and miniature. This variety of historical, religious, and material contexts inflects the function of medieval portraits and their reception. While portraiture had long been considered an essentially modern genre, recent scholarship has worked to establish terms for considering portrait forms within the social, artistic, and theological contexts of the Middle Ages. In his book on royal representations in late medieval France, Stephen Perkinson situated the rise of veristic portraiture within the social and artistic concerns of the Valois court. Scholars such as Brigitte Bedos-Rezak and Alexa Sand, on the other hand, have approached the question of portraiture through medium-specific studies of personal seals and illuminated manuscripts, respectively. These studies emphasize the extent to which the creation and reception of a portrait depends upon its specific historical and material contexts. This panel seeks to explore the degree to which such focused studies can inform one another. In order to further investigation into medieval portraiture (or portraitures), this panel seeks to spotlight studies of portraiture across contexts and across media and to place them into dialog. This panel invites proposals for papers treating portraiture, loosely defined, from across medieval cultures and in any area of representation.

To propose a paper for this panel, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and the completed Participant Information Form (available online at to Maeve Doyle (mkdoyle(at) by Monday, September 15, 2014.

Le Onzième Centenaire D'Aght'amar: Politique, Art et Spiritualité au Royaume du Vaspourakan


22-23 September 2014, Paris

The conference is free and open to all to attend. Download full details and programme.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.