Owing to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s Spring Symposium was held exclusively online. Although this is far from our preference for future Symposia, a happy consequence is that the proceedigs were recorded for the first time. We are endeavouring to bring these recordings to a wider audience, once they have been appropriately edited and we have obtained permission from the speakers. Videos will be uploaded to our new YouTube channel.
Present highlights include Dr Dimitra Kotoula’s keynote (linked to this virtual exhibition, hosted by the British School at Athens) and the tributes of friends, students, and colleagues to the dearly-missed Dr Ruth Macrides, to whose memory the Symposium was dedicated.
A new page on this website also collects all of our recorded events together in one place: https://www.byzantium.ac.uk/recordings-of-events/.
25 May 2021, at 17:00 (UK)/18:00 (Austria) via Zoom
The SPBS is delighted to announce a new online joint Annual Lecture series in cooperation with the Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies.
The first lecture will be taking place on 25 May 2021 at 5pm UK time (6pm Austrian time) by Zoom.
Dr Nikolaos Zagklas (University of Vienna) will be speaking to the title:
The Power of Rhetoric in the Byzantine Classroom and Beyond: Fluid Relations and Intersections between Prose and Poetry
The Respondent will be Dr Foteini Spingou (University of Edinburgh)
All Welcome – please sign up at https://www.byzneo.univie.ac.at/veranstaltungen/first-oebg-spbs-lecture/
For full details, see the poster below:
OEBG-SPBS Lecture 2021
5pm (UK time) 29 April 2021
SPBS would like to invite all its members and supporters to come and visit the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection in Washington DC in the company of one of its curators, Dr Elizabeth Williams. Elizabeth will be introducing highlights from the collection under the title ‘Worldly Adornments: A Virtual Object Session with Textiles and Jewelry at Dumbarton Oaks’. There will be opportunities to ask questions during and after the talk. The event will be run through Zoom. If you would like to attend, please contact the SBPS Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood, by email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and he will supply further instructions for joining the first ever SPBS Virtual Visit.
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
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).
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.
The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies now has a very active Twitter account: https://twitter.com/spbsuk
If you are a regular Twitter user, please spread the news!
Please note that the recording of the SPBS Autumn Lecture, ‘String Theory: Order and disruption in Byzantine interlace” by Professor Henry Macguire, is now availble via our Links page.
NB: This lecture is open to all. It will be preceded by the Society’s Annual General Meeting at 16:30, held via Zoom and open to all members of the Society. If you also wish to attend the AGM, please email the Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood (email@example.com) and he will supply the necessary link.
UPDATE (12 October): Note that there are currently problems with the provided email address. Instead, please contact Dr Haarer at firstname.lastname@example.org.