Online Resource: International Byzantinist Reading Group

A message from the organisers (note that, if you are too late for this session, the group will contiue to meet on subsequent Sundays):

Dear Colleagues,

In light of all the cancelled talks, conferences, etc. because of the current pandemic, we, Scott Kennedy and Ugo Mondini, have created the International Byzantinist Reading Group for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty as a digital space for discussion among scholars currently scattered around the world. We aim to build solidarity among academics interested in late antique and Byzantine culture as well as to lay the foundation for future exchanges and collaboration.

The Group is now in its fourth meeting. Meetings are held on Sundays at 8 pm (Rome time) via the video-conferencing platform Zoom. Based on the number of participants, we do two kinds of discussion groups during a meeting: (1) small group discussion and (2) large group discussion. Through Zoom, we can breakup meeting participants into groups of 5-6. For the first 30 minutes of the meeting, we break participants up into these small groups, so that everyone has the opportunity to speak and discuss the reading with their group. Then for the last 20-30 minutes of the meeting, we discuss the reading altogether. We use the raise your hand feature on Zoom to moderate discussion for the larger group.

For our next reading session (Sunday, 26th April 2020), we will be moving back to late antiquity with the following reading

A. Kaldellis, “How perilous was it to write political history in late antiquity?”, Studies in Late Antiquity 1 (2017) 38-64

You can find the paper on Kaldellis’ account:

If you are interested in participating in this week’s meeting or future meetings of the group, please email Ugo Mondini ( All participants will be sent an invitation to join the meeting on Sunday via email.

See you next Sunday
Scott Kennedy (
Ugo Mondini (

Statement regarding archaeological finds at Venizelos Metro Station, Thessaloniki

The Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies expresses its wholehearted support for the position adopted by the International Association of Byzantine Studies regarding the proposed relocation of the Byzantine finds in Thessloniki, opposing the removal of these finds and calling upon the relevant authorities to reconsider their recent decision.

Below are attached the statements of the AIEB’s Commission for Byzantine Archaeology and the appeal of the AIEB President, Professor John Haldon, to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

CBA-AIEB letter 21-4-20

Letter from the President

Update: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Postponement of the Submission Deadline of Free Communication, Poster & VR Session Proposals

During these extraordinary and challenging times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as the Organizing Committee of the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, ICBS 2021-Istanbul, we feel the need to postpone the submission deadline of Free Communication, Poster & VR Session proposals from April 15, 2020 to September 1, 2020. The submissions should be made online at

With a global and unified response and responsibility, we hope that these gloomy days will be over as soon as possible.

We wish you all healthy days,

Prof. Dr. Melek Delilbaşı
President of the Turkish National Committeeof Byzantine Studies