SPBS Autumn Lecture 2020

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 (twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk) and he will supply the necessary link.

SPBS AGM & Autumn Lecture

29 October 2020

The Society’s Annual General Meeting, postponed from Sunday 29 March 2020, will be held on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 4.30pm via Zoom. The agenda remains the same as that advertised in the 2020 Bulletin (vol.46) at p.132. All wishing to attend are invited to contact the Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood, by email (twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk) and he will supply the necessary link.

The Society’s Autumn Lecture will also take place on Thursday 29 October at 5.15pm, again via Zoom. Professor Emeritus Henry Maguire (Johns Hopkins University) will be speaking to the title ‘String theory: order and disruption in Byzantine interlace’.

All welcome – again if you want to attend, please contact the Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood, by email (twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk) and he will supply the necessary link.

Seminar Series: Byzantium at Ankara

Starts 15 October. Also by Zoom.

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new Seminar Series scheduled for the Fall Semester 2020/21.

The series will open on Thursday 15 October 2020 (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time) with a talk by Dr. Philipp Niewöhner (Georg August Universität Göttingen) entitled “The grave of Saint Nicholas.”

The full roster of speakers (including Prof. Judith Herrin, Dr. Ioanna Christoforaki and Dr. Tolga B. Uyar among the others) can be found at https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program.


For registration and info please write to byzantiumatankara@hotmail.com.

People and Power in Byzantium Virtual Colloquium

Hosted by Dumbarton Oaks

5-6 November 2020, from 9:00am-1:00pm EST

Research on the social and economic history of Byzantium has tended to focus on the upper levels of society, where the evidence is abundant and relatively easily accessible. It has traditionally been dominated by attention to the large structures of church and state, represented through the key figures of patriarch and emperor, and how they implemented their economic and ideological interests. This has resulted in a top-down view of Byzantine society. In recent years, however, greater attention has been paid to the study of group formation, especially with a view to vertical mobility through patronage networks. This colloquium aims to foreground these recent advances in scholarship.

The colloquium brings together eight specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, whether social, economic, or religious. Of particular interest is the interplay between external pressures and internal motivation in the perception and representation of groups, on the one hand, and in the formation of groups and networks, on the other. This often involves searching out previously unknown or underappreciated sources, or subjecting better-known sources to new analytical questions.

By elucidating these phenomena in different periods of Byzantine history and in different geographical and social settings, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.

Free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/people-and-power-in-byzantium.

Webinar: Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion

Hosted by Dumbarton Oaks

30 October 2020, at 2:00pm EDT

For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity.

This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and non-academic contexts.

Free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/rethinking-byzantine-masculinities-gender-sexuality-emotions-devotion.

Lecture: ‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections

14 October 2020, 17:00 BST

Join Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Byzantine Worlds Seminar for the 5th Annual Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies Lecture at the University of Cambridge.

The open lecture-webinar on the topic of ‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections’ will be delivered by Alexander Kulik, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The talk will reassess the evidence on the connections of early East European Jewry with Byzantium. It will focus on new or newly interpreted data which can help to define the origins of pre-Ashkenazi communities in Rus’ and possibly also help to solve some puzzles relating to literary activity in Kyivan Rus’.

Free and open to the public. Register at:

Conference: Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)

4th Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Late Antique, Islamic And Byzantine Conference (Online)

19-21 November 2020

This conference will be held online by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-21, 2020. The conference focuses on disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) that shape historical memory and our understanding of the past, concentrating on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies.

The conference will include Prof. Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland) as the keynote speakers among many other prominent academics, researchers, postdoc, and graduate students.


See the attached PDF for full programme:
4th Edinburgh LAIBS Conference 2020

For any questions, please contact the conference committee: byzantine.pg@ed.ac.uk

Location of the International Congress of Byzantine Studies 2022

News from the AIEB:

The deadline for submission of votes from national committees to decide on the new location of the postponed Congress of 2021 (originally in Istanbul) has now passed, and the final results are as follows:

In favour of Cyprus (Nicosia and other locations): 14 votes

In favour of Italy (Venice and Padua): 22 votes

Abstention: 1 vote

The next international Congres of Byzantine Studies will take place in Venice and Padua in August 2022. The International Bureau will now begin liaising with our Turkish and our Italian colleagues to assist the process which, as you may all imagine, will require the establishment of a new Congress website as well as some revised deadlines and other arrangements. We will keep you all fully informed about the next steps.