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.

Conference: Self-Representation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

26-28 February 2021

Regisration is now open for the 23rd International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society, which will take place online (via Zoom). Further details can be found on the OUBS website, including a full programme.

We hope to allow more people than ever before to join our event, and therefore the OUBS will not be charging graduate students to participate in the conference. However, for other participants we are suggesting a donation, which will be used by the OUBS to support graduate students in the future.

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is a new initiative sponsored by Oxford Medieval Studies (TORCH) and Worcester College, Oxford. It is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The Seminar will take place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (GMT) via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register and for further information, please contact the organiser at Proposals by current graduate students for future sessions are very welcome.


25th January: Chloé Agar (St. Cross College, Oxford)
Analysing Visions Experienced by Saints and Supplicants in Coptic Sources: What, How, and Why?

1st February: Alberto Ravani (Exeter College, Oxford)
A Byzantine story of Allegory as told by John Tzetzes

8th February: Flavia Vanni (University of Birmingham)
Discussing Byzantine stucco decoration (850-1453): people and materials

15th February: Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)
Set in Stone: Commemoration in Graffiti in the Late Antique East c. 300-700 CE

22nd February: Stephanie Novasio (University of Birmingham)
The Byzantine life course (exact title TBC)

1st March: Ewan Short (Cardiff University)
How can we identify imperial women in Byzantine sources? Some methodological proposals

8th March: Paul Ulishney (Christ Church, Oxford)
Anti-Jewish Polemic in Anastasius of Sinai’s Hexaemeron

15th March: Giulia Maria Paoletti (Exeter College, Oxford)
Manasses or not Manasses? Paraenetic poetry in Late Byzantium

First Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

The Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival is the first 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. The aim is to hold it 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, especially in these strange times of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, it will also inspire similar events in other research fields in the future.

The 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival includes volumes published in 2019 and 2020, and forthcoming books with an estimated publication date no later than June 2021. It features monographs published in English, French, Georgian, German, Modern Greek, Italian, and Romanian.

The programme is now available online.

*FREE* WEBINAR VIA Blackboard Collaborate

Register online now at:

Call for Contributions: Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim literature

Abstract deadline: 1 February 2021

Chapter deadline: 31 December 2021

Topics devoted to historical science must, without a doubt, always take into account the realities of the present. In this sense, in the context of a global pandemic, a re-evaluation of the sources and a look through the respective lenses of the vast historical literature associated with the world’s three largest monotheistic religions are justified in order to answer the following questions: What did previous generations and individuals learn about illnesses? What did people of different religious or confessional backgrounds believe about diseases of the soul and the body? And what psychological and/or social effects did their convictions have in terms of remedies?

For full information, see the PDF linked below:

Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim literature