Welcome

The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) was established in 1983, with the object of furthering study and knowledge of the history and culture, language and literature of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbours.

Its scope is wide, covering history, archaeology, art history, philology, theology and literary studies, and embraces all the language areas formerly within the Byzantine Empire – Syriac, Armenian, Arabic and Slavic, as well as Greek and Latin.

The Society’s world-wide membership is drawn from the interested public as well as practising academics: no professional qualifications are required. The executive of the SPBS also serves as the UK National Committee of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB).

Latest News

Conference: Mapping the Sacred in Byzantium: Construction, Experience, and Representation

Newcastle University, 20-21 September 2019 Registration deadline: 6 September 2019 The conference brings together scholars of Byzantium to explore novel ways to conceptualize and evaluate the production and representation of (sacred) space in the Byzantine world, aiming to contribute to the broader research on spatial paradigms and practices. It addresses spatial themes from the varying …

Conference: ‘Celebrations in the Eastern Mediterranean: Private and Public’

20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies, University of Birmingham, Arts Building, Arts LR1 and LR3, 1 June 2019 Registration is now open at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrations-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-private-and-public-tickets-60699884990 The full conference programme can be found at: https://gemuob.wordpress.com/category/annual-colloquium/

Call for Papers: ‘The Limits of Exactitude’

Prolepsis’ 4th International Conference, Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Bari, Italy, 19-20 December 2019 Deadline: 30 June 2019 Keynote speaker: Prof. Therese Fuhrer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Exactitude is the third of the Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino (Cambridge MA, 1988). According to Calvino ‘exactitude’ is a «well-defined and well-calculated plan …