Professor John Haldon, President of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines, has written to the President of the Turkish Republic, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, regarding the present reconsideration of the status of Hagia Sophia. This letter is endorsed by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and is available in English and Turkish PDFs below.
The Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies expresses its wholehearted support for the position adopted by the International Association of Byzantine Studies regarding the proposed relocation of the Byzantine finds in Thessloniki, opposing the removal of these finds and calling upon the relevant authorities to reconsider their recent decision.
Below are attached the statements of the AIEB’s Commission for Byzantine Archaeology and the appeal of the AIEB President, Professor John Haldon, to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Please note that the website of the International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB) has recently become fully operational, in English, French and Greek.
Istanbul, Turkey, 23-28 August 2021
Deadline: 20 April 2020
Please note that that the official website of the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Istanbul 2021, has been inaugurated as of 15 April 2019 (https://www.byzcongress2021.org). You may find on the website all information pertaining to the Congress, including important dates; the lists of plenary, round table and thematic free communication sessions; as well as guidelines for online submission of plenary papers and round table, thematic free communication, free communication and poster/VR abstracts. Please note that the call for free communications and poster/VR presentations is now open and the deadline for uploading abstracts for proposals in these categories is 15 April 2020.