“On Being Conquered in Byzantium” Virtual Symposium

16-17 April 2021

The famous adage that history is written by the victors may have become a truism, but the voices of conquered people have never been fully silenced—rather, we may not have been interested in hearing them. All too often, historiography (by no means limited to Byzantine studies) has focused on great-man histories, impersonal studies of societies, or the “longue durée,” all modes that diminish the importance of subjective individual experiences of people who were not great or who were not men.

This symposium therefore aims to refocus the collective scholarly gaze of Byzantinists away from the victors in war and toward the vanquished; away from heroes and rulers and toward victims and casualties; away from the political, economic, historical, and social causes of war and toward the personal and subjective experience of it; away from the insistence of dominant voices and toward the recuperation of marginalized ones.

Bringing together twelve specialists in literature, history, art history, and contemporary cultural theory, this symposium seeks to better understand both how Byzantines themselves understood being conquered and, as importantly, what being conquered in Byzantium can mean for us now.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

Professor Cyril Mango

The Executive of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (the British National Committee) is grateful for the many kind letters of condolence that we have received since the sad death of Professor Cyril Mango. The loss is truly an international one, and there are few words that could do justice to such an intellectual giant. We will post a short obituary in the forthcoming Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies, and a full obituary in the next one.

Professor Dame Averil Cameron, President

Professor Leslie Brubaker, Chair

Professor Cyril Mango

It is with great sadness that the Society for the Promotion Byzantine Studies (UK) announces the death of our distinguished colleague Professor Cyril A. Mango. (14 April 1928 – 8 February 2021).

SPBS Spring Symposium: Nature and the Environment

The 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

27-29 March 2021

Due to the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 shutdown and related travel restrictions in the UK, we have decided to move Nature and the Environment: the 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies online.

The Symposium programme will go ahead as planned and will be hosted via the University of Birmingham’s webinar facilities. If you have already paid for your registration via the University of Birmingham website, we will be in touch shortly to arrange a full refund.

Registration for the online Symposium is now open.

In view of the shift to an online format, we have reduced the registration fees and have implemented a small cost to cover administrative expenses. Full details, including the updated programme, are available here.