- SPBS Autumn Lecture 2015: 'Byzantium’s First Encounter with the Turks' by Dr James Howard-Johnston, 5 November 2015. (Note: an audio recording of the full lecture is available online.)
- SPBS Summer Lecture 2015 'The emperor and the cardinals: dialogue in twelfth century Constantinople' by Professor Dame Averil Cameron, 22 June 2015
- SPBS Spring Lecture 2015 'Hell is Other People: Sins, transgressions and their depiction on late medieval Crete and Cyprus' by Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, 17 March 2015
- SPBS Study Day at the British Museum, 31 October 2014
Professor Jonathan Harris
A lost church of Byzantine Constantinople: The Perivleptos
An illustrated lecture, supported by the SPBS and the Hellenic Centre
Monday 9 June 2014, 7.00pm
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., London W1U 5AS
Free entry for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to Hellenic Centre.
See the flyer for full details.
Special SPBS Art Handling Session
In conjunction with the British Museum
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
The British Museum, London
For further details of this event, download the flyer.
The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
The Emperor in the Byzantine World
Cardiff University, 25-27 April, 2014
In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man. The Symposium will consist of five main sessions, of three papers each, addressing the following themes: Dynasty; Imperial Literature; The Imperial Court; Imperial Duties; and The Material Emperor. In addition there will be a series of communications, as well as a public lecture on Byzantium and Wales.
Call for Communications
Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications (short ten-minute papers). Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to TougherSF(at)cardiff.ac.uk by 13 January 2014 at the latest.
Delegates are offered early registration at the following rates:
- Full: £85
- Members of the SPBS: £75
- Students/Unwaged: £40
- After 1 April, 2014, rates rise to £95, £85, and £45 respectively
- The fees for one-day participation are £40 (full fee), £35 (Members of the SPBS), and £25 (Students/Unwaged)
- After 1 April, 2014, the fees for one-day participation are £45, £40, and £25 respectively
The fees cover buffet lunches, refreshments, and a reception
There will a conference dinner on the Saturday night in Aberdare Hall, to be paid for separately
Booking and Paying
Please download and complete the registration form, then return as instructed on the form.
A wide range of accommodation is available in Cardiff. The closest hotels to the main conference venues (Cardiff University’s John Percival Building and Julian Hodge Building) are the Park Plaza (Greyfriar’s Road), the Thistle (Park Place) and the Hilton (Kingsway). A budget option is the Ibis Budget Hotel (Tyndall Street), though it is further away from the venues. There are many B&Bs on Cathedral Road, a walk across Bute Park from the conference locations. Further guidance for delegates will be provided.
Dr Shaun Tougher
Speaker & Topics
Dynasty: Imperial Families
Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Family, Dynasty, and the Construction of Legitimacy: The Roman Background
Mike Humphreys (University of Cambridge): The Heraclians: Family or Dynasty?
Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington): Symeon's Suggestive Evidence? Revisiting the Celibacy of Basil II
Imperial Literature: The Emperor as Subject and Author
John Vanderspoel (University of Calgary): Imperial Panegyric as Hortatory (?or Deliberative?) Oratory
Prerona Prasad (University of Oxford): Splendour, Vigour, and Legitimacy: The Prefaces of the De Cerimoniis and Byzantine Imperial Theocracy
Savvas Kyriakidis (University of Johannesburg): The Emperor in Historiography – The History of John Kantakouzenos
The Imperial Court: The Emperor’s Men
Meaghan McEvoy (Goethe University, Frankfurt): Dangerous Liaisons: Military and Civilian Advisors at the East Roman Court from Theodosius II to Leo I
Jonathan Shepard (Oxford): The Emperor's 'Significant Others'
Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway, University of London): Who was who at the Court of Constantine XI (1449-1453)
Imperial Duties: The Emperor as Ruler
Bernard Stolte (University of Groningen): 'Law is King of All Things?' The Emperor and the Law
Michael Grünbart (University of Münster): The Emperor and the Patriarch
Frank Trombley (Cardiff University): The Emperor as Military Administrator and War Leader
The Material Emperor: Imperial Images and Spaces
Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College): Imperial Image and Imperial Presence at Hagia Sophia
Eurydice Georganteli (University of Birmingham): The Omnipresent Emperor: Money and Authority in the Byzantine World
Lynn Jones (Florida State University): Taking it on the Road: The Palace on the Move
Mark Redknap (National Museum Cardiff): Byzantium and Wales
Public Lecture for the 47th Spring Symposium
Dr Mark Redknap
Wales and Byzantium: Antiquity, Connections and Collections
Friday 25 April 2014
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
For full details, see the flyer.
Joint Lecture with the Friends of the British School at Athens, London 2014
Dr Tony Eastmond
The Heavenly Court in Byzantium and the great ivory triptychs
Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 6pm
Room G22/26 Senate House, Malet Street, London
Download a flyer here.
Autumn Lecture, Birmingham 2013
Venice of the Greeks: The History of Hellenism in the City of St Mark
Thursday 3 October, 5pm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
For further information, download a flyer here.