Call for Papers: 2nd Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

The Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival is the only one of its kind as a way to learn about recently published books on any area of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (AD ca.300–ca.1500), including literature, history, archaeology, and material culture. The Festival is an online event, allowing attendees from all over the world to join in. It takes place every two years in order to promote a wider understanding and awareness of Byzantine scholarship in a spirit of collegiality. It is also intended to encourage future collaborations and networking among the various presenters and attendees.

The Second Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival (9-12 March 2023) includes volumes published in 2021 and 2022, and forthcoming books with an estimated publication date no later than June 2023. There is no restriction as regards the original language of the book, but all presentations will be in English.

If you are an author of a monograph (including editions, commentaries, and translations of primary sources), on Late Antique and Byzantine studies, please complete the form and send it in Word version to Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (petros.bouras-vallianatos@ed.ac.uk) by 1 December 2022. Please note that we do not accept edited volumes, volumes that include a collection of previously published articles (e.g. variorum), reprints, re-editions or new paperback editions. Each author can present up to one book.

Recordings of the 1st Festival’s talks are available on YouTube.

Zooming in on Byzantine cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεω

Hybrid lecture series: 15 October – 17 December 2022

The Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes d’Istanbul (IFEA) in collaboration with the Department of History, the Department of Archaeology and the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University, the Department of Art History at Hacettepe University, ANAMED-Koç University, and Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce a HYBRID lecture series in Fall 2022 with the title “Zooming in on Byzantine cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεων.”

This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and critical investigation of cities in Byzantium, drawing on the material, literary, epigraphic, archaeological, environmental, and geospatial evidence. We will examine Byzantine cities through a series of thematic sessions centered on the daily life of the city, its infrastructure, and built environment, as well as the relationship between the Byzantine heartland and its coastal and insular koine, urban cultural history, and symbolic spaces, and finally, Byzantine cities as seen and perceived by ‘the other.’

The series will start on 15 October with the session entitled Cities: Material Remnants as divided into two panels which will see the participation of Kerem Altug (IBB), Michael Jones (Koç University), Jorge Quiroga (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), and Natalia Poulou-Papadimitriou (University of Thessaloniki) and Koray Durak (Bogazici University), and Jim Crow (University of Newcastle) as respondents.

The series will continue with further workshops to be hosted by ANAMED-Koç University (26 November), Hacettepe University (8 December), and Bilkent University (17 December).

Each panel will host two scholars in conversation on the topic in question. After a brief presentation (20 minutes maximum) of the presenter’s main arguments and the historiographical and methodological issues at stake, a respondent will engage with the presenters in a 15-minute dialogue with the respondent. Finally, the three speakers will be all involved in the Q&A session (15-20 mins).

Zoom access: https://zoom.us/j/3899516358

View the full programme.