Events

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)

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.


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

Colloquium

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.


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.


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)


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: http://smrs.slu.edu


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.


In motion: Movements, crossings and transfers in Turkey

International workshop

26-27 September 2014, Ankara (Turkey)

‘In Motion’ opens a cross-disciplinary dialogue between Archaeology and Archaeology-related disciplines, History, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology to explore diverse itineraries across temporal, geographical and cultural borders in Turkey.

See the programme here.

Registration for listeners is limited and online registration is required.


2014 Byzantine Studies Conference

Conference

6-9 November 2014, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada)

Download the final programme.


Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art from Greek Collections

Exhibition

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. Further information is available at www.artic.edu/exhibition/heaven-and-earth-art-byzantium-greek-collections.


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 nbneidolon@gmail.com 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.


Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology

5-16 January, 2015

In collaboration with the Vatican Library

In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.

Costs:

Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography(at)aarome.org by October 15, 2014.


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)sas.upenn.edu 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.