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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).

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Call for Papers: Wounds Visible and Invisible in Late Medieval Christianity

Wounds Visible and Invisible in Late Medieval Christianity: Session at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 9-12 May 2019 Deadline: 15 September 2018 This session at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies examines the many valences of wounds in late medieval Christianity, focusing on themes surrounding wounds and wounding both visible …

Call for Papers: Patterns – Models – Drawings

Patterns – Models – Drawings”, International Conference: Art Readings 2019, Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, 5–6 April 2019 Deadline: 1 September 2018 The suggested theme focuses research efforts on issues of working methods and practices of artists rather than on questions of politics and ideology in art. We aspire to …

Call for Papers: Following the Holy Fathers: Patristic Sources in the Palamite Controversy

“Following the Holy Fathers: Patristic Sources in the Palamite Controversy”, 18th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 19-24 August 2019 Deadline: 31 August 2018 Opponents on both sides of the Palamite controversy (1338-1368) invoked the writings of the Church Fathers to support their theological claims and positions. Though scholars have long debated the patristic antecedents …