Call for Papers: Nomads and their Neighbors in the Middle Ages

Eighth International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe, Medieval Nomads (MeN), Sofia, Bulgaria, 20-23 November 2019

Deadline: 15 April 2019

In 1997, 2000 and 2002, the Department of Medieval History at the University of Szeged organized several conferences on the history of medieval nomads of the Eurasian steppe, the proceedings of which were subsequently published in Hungarian. In 2004, the Department of Medieval History and the Department of Archaeology at the same University, together with the Research Group on Hungarian Prehistory of the Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged decided to convene an International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe. The first conference of this kind was held in Szeged in 2004, the second in Jászberény in 2007, the third in Miskolc in 2009, the fourth in Cairo (Egypt) in 2011, the fifth in Moscow (Russia) in 2013, the sixth again in Szeged in 2016, and the seventh in Shanghai in 2018.

Now, as a continuation of this series, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Institute for Historical Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences have the pleasure to invite you to take part in the Eighth International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe, “Nomads and their Neighbors in the Middle Ages”, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in November 20–23, 2019.

Panels and individual papers which fall under the following main topics are encouraged:
• Sources and their creators
• The Nomads and their Sedentary Neighbors: Warfare, Diplomacy, Economy, Politics and Culture
• Nomads as marginal groups in the sedentary societies
• Religious history and conversion of the Eurasian Nomads
• Military history
• Social History
• The no man’s land: cross points between steppe and sown
• Representation of the Nomads in Material and Written Culture of their Sedentary Neighbors

Length of the papers
• Individual papers: the length should not exceed 15 minutes, and 10 minutes will be left for discussion.
• Pre-organized panels: should include 3 or 4 papers of the same length plus 30 minutes for discussion. The papers should be focused a single theme or research-question.

Official language of the conference: English

There is no registration fee. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of each participant.

• Individual applicants should send the attached form F1_Individual by April 15, 2019 to the address: Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
• Panel proposals should follow the attached form F2_Panel and be sent by April 15, 2019 to the same address: The proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) for the entire panel explaining its content, in addition to an individual abstract (250 words maximum) for each paper.

All application will go through a selection process by the Organizing Committee and applicants will be informed by June 15, 2019.

Conference: Late Byzantine Cities

Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey, 20-23 August 2019

Please note the new date above.

The late Byzantine world (1204-1461) was distinguished by the existence of multiple, competing, and interconnected cities in contrast to the centrality of Constantinople in previous periods. Late Byzantine cities in fact constituted centers, rather than marginal lands, as they are often portrayed in historical studies.

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Lecture: Climate, Disease, and the End of Rome?

Moore Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, 18:15-20:15, 6 March 2019

Climate, Disease, and the End of Rome? New findings and old debates in the environmental history of Late Antiquity by Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller from the Institute for Medieval Research/Division of Byzantine Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences (member of the “Climate Change and History Research Initiative” – CCHRI/Princeton)

Environmental change always played a significant role in the discussions on the causes for the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in modern scholarship. This has become even more true against the background of the debate on present-day climate change, as also reflected in the recent bestselling monograph of Kyle Harper (“The Fate of Rome. Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire”, Princeton 2017). The book, however, has found rather mixed reception within the community of environmental historians of Late Antiquity, which has emerged on the basis of a new cooperation between humanities and natural sciences during the last years.

The presentation will provide an overview of the state of the debate and the underlying methods and data across disciplines, covering the “Long Late Antiquity” from the crisis of the 3rd century CE to the 9th century CE within the Mediterranean and beyond. Besides climatic changes, epidemiological phenomena (such as the “Justinianic Plague”), “short-term catastrophic events” (such as earthquakes or floods) and the reactions of past societies to these challenges will be discussed.

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Job: PhD Fellowship in Byzantine Literature

Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium

Deadline: 10 March 2019

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek Department at KU Leuven is seeking a PhD candidate, to work on a research project investigating the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries. The successful candidate will prepare a dissertation, which will be a joint degree from KU Leuven (main institution) and the Universität zu Köln. The supervisors will be professors Reinhart Ceulemans and Claudia Sode.

The position opened now is a two-year full-time appointment at Leuven (starting date: 1 October 2019 at the latest). Additional funding will be solicited once the fellowship has started.

A full version of the job description can be found on The deadline is 10 March 2019.

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Call for Papers: Celebrations in the eastern Mediterranean: private and public

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, 1 June 2019

Deadline: 7 April 2019

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers in celebration of the 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham,UK.

Papers and posters are invited for the 20th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. From antiquity to the present peoples in the eastern Mediterranean have taken part in celebrations and ceremonies. These vary from large-scale public events to private and personal rituals. As we continue to take part in social rituals derived from these traditions and develop new ways to manifest them it is important to examine these celebrations in detail. The colloquium aims to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives on how people experience celebrations across the eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
– Feast days and holidays
– Processions
– Secular and religious ceremonies
– Gift Giving
– Secular and religious ceremonies
– Festivals
– Anniversaries, holidays, weddings
– Spaces and Objects
– Celebrations in texts and arts

Papers of approximately 20 minutes or posters (A3 format) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than the Sunday 7th April 2019 to A selection of papers will be published in the proceedings on the online journal Diogenes (

Further information can be found on the conference webpage:

Come and celebrate with us!

Call for Articles: Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies

Deadline: 15 May 2019

Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies now accepts submissions for volume 3 (2019). Please submit your manuscript by 15 May 2019.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system:

Please check carefully the Author submission guidelines, as well as our Ethics and Malpractice Statement. Authors are required to follow closely the citation format, and papers written by non-native English authors are required to have their manuscripts proofread by a native English speaker. The editors reserve the right to reject all manuscript that do not strictly adhere to above mentioned guidelines, even before the peer reviewed process.

Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies is an international peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research articles and book reviews in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, politics, literature, philology, art. High quality contributions – regardless of tradition, school of thought or disciplinary background – are welcome. The editorial board equally values disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies. Book reviews are also welcome.

Updated Call for Papers: Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium

20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, 19-21 July 2019

Deadline: 15 February 2019

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history. It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times. This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society. The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times. In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium? Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake? How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day? The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium. Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted. See full call for papers here.

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: by the due date of 15 February 2019.

Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson. Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the BSC

Deadline: 10 February 2019

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, October 17–20, 2019. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is February 10, 2019. Proposals should include:

•Proposed session title
•CV of session organizer
•300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
•Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
•Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2019. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 25, 2019. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

Call for Papers: New Research on Ancient Armenia

2nd Geneva Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 31 May–1 June 2019

Deadline: 18 February 2019

Given the great success of last year’s workshop, the Armenian Studies team (Unité d’arménien) at the MESLO Department, University of Geneva, is pleased to invite once again graduate students and early career researchers – those not yet holding a permanent position in Academia – to present their current research on any aspect of Ancient and Medieval Armenia to an audience of their peers. The workshop has been conceived as an international forum in which the newest generation of researchers in the field can engage in meaningful discussion on methodologies, problems and perspectives. Presentations detailing work in progress, research projects, and innovative approaches are welcome.

In the interest of drawing attention to comparatively less-known topics, preference may be given to subjects other than ‘Classical’ 5th-century language, literature, history and art. Papers dealing with topics and/or authors as late as Sayat Nova (d. 1795) will be considered for acceptance, as long as they show clear links with pre-modern issues and practices.

Abstracts and Deadlines:
Participants will have 20 minutes each to present their papers, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Applicants are invited to submit a title, short abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief academic biography (no more than 150 words) by 18 February 2019. Please send your documents as .pdf files here.

Working Languages:
French, English, and Armenian.

Travel Grants:
Limited grants are available to assist with travel and accommodation expenses: those who cannot obtain financial support from their home institution or other sources and would otherwise be unable to attend are invited to submit a short statement in support of their request along with their abstracts. Applications for grants of up to 300 CHF each will be considered (to be paid after the workshop). The organizers reserve the right to make decisions on the matter at their sole discretion. Prospective participants are invited to explore other sources of funding as well.

Further Information:
For any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Irene Tinti.

Scientific Committee:
Prof. Valentina Calzolari (University of Geneva)
Dr Irene Tinti (University of Geneva)
Dr Federico Alpi (Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna)
Ms Sara Scarpellini (University of Geneva)

Call for Papers: 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC 2019)

Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 17-20 October 2019

Deadline: 25 February 2019

The Forty-fifth annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, from Thursday evening, October 17, through Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019. For information on BSANA, please consult the BSANA website,

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies and on related topics relevant to the field. Conference attendance is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

The BSC is also the occasion of the annual business meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA). All conference attendees are warmly encouraged to attend and participate in the annual BSANA business lunch and meeting, which will be conducted on Saturday, October 19th.

For details, download the Call for Papers BSC 2019.