Call for Papers: 7th International Scientific Symposium “Days Of Justinian I”

Skopje, North Macedonia, 15-16 November 2019

Deadline: 10 August 2019

Special Thematic Strand for 2019: Identities
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Kaldellis
Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

Organised by Institute of National History, Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and University of Bologna, in partnership withFaculty of Theology St. Clement of Ohrid, Skopje, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and the City of Skopje

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to bring together scholars from around the world to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year’s special thematic strand Identities aims to incite scholarly debate about the differing perceptions of identity in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe. Aside from the discursive evidence in the contemporary sources, modern theoretical approaches will be addressed in exploring the complex concepts and notions of identity, covering the broad range of modes of identification. Various fundamental questions will be raised in defining how identities were formed in the Middle Ages and how they were expressed, maintained, negotiated or transformed. This will encompass the ways in which Byzantium and other pre-modern states and empires have shaped and configured the composite spectrum of political, ethnic, provincial, legal, religious or cultural identities.

The symposium will embrace broader geographical areas, chronological scope, and varieties of political, ideological, cultural, social or religious contexts in exploring the multiple layers of identity in the Eastern Roman Empire and in Medieval Western Europe.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

⊕ Romanness in the Middle Ages: Concepts and approaches
⊕ Being Byzantine or Roman: Interpreting the identity of Byzantium / Romania
⊕ Mapping ethic identities in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe
⊕ Imagining Identities in Middle Ages: Modern theoretical definitions
⊕ Strategies of identification
⊕ Concepts of the “Other” in the Middle Ages
⊕ Ethnicity, ethnogenesis and identity
⊕ Premodern ethnicity and national identity
⊕ Narrative, memory and identity
⊕ Language and linguistic identities
⊕ Art and identity
⊕ Material culture and identity
⊕ Roman law and legal identities
⊕ Gender and Identity
⊕ Heritage discourses and cultural identity
⊕ Religion, religious communities and identities
⊕ Heresy and Identity
⊕ Music and identity
⊕ Cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection

First Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 10 August, 2019.
Second Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 15 October, 2019.
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2019.
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2019
Deadline for submitting the complete paper for publication: 1 March, 2020.

Please send the application form to the following address:

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
Working languages: Macedonian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The excursion will be covered by the organizer.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
The papers submitted will be peer-reviewed before publication.

For further inquiries you can contact the Secretary of the Symposium, Prof. Dragan Gjalevski:

You can download the Call for papers at:
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Call for Papers: Women and Architecture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

2020 conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Seattle, USA

Deadline: 5 June 2019

In recent decades scholars including Emily Hemelrijk, Leslie Brubaker, and Therese Martin have examined the roles and agency of women as viewers and patrons of ancient and medieval monuments, but there remains an underlying assumption in the field of architectural history that ancient and medieval monuments were made by and for men. This assumption is so pervasive that when a monument has a female patron, it is either considered the work of a male relative or labeled an anomaly. The dedicatory inscription of the second-century nymphaeum at Olympia, for instance, records that Annia Regilla built it, yet scholars routinely attribute it to her husband, Herodes Atticus, erasing her legacy as patron. The architectural legacies of female rulers and imperial family members are often similarly treated. Additionally, female viewers of architecture are typically ignored in the analysis of buildings. For example, few publications on the twelfth-century Chartres Cathedral discuss the peasant mothers who asked the Virgin Mary for cures for themselves and their children at a sacred well in the crypt, a practice that likely continued local pagan healing rituals. Recognition of these female viewers provides insight into how medieval Church authorities harnessed persistent pre-Christian cultic activities while also framing them as the marginal concerns of women.

We invite papers that either address theoretical or methodological questions about how female agency or the category of gender can be productively embedded in the analysis of ancient and medieval architecture, or present case studies engaging with female patronage, production, and/or use of architectural monuments or urban landscapes. The session’s goal is to discuss the legacy of women in the construction and maintenance of architectural spaces, and to shift the conversation of agency and audience away from the presumption that ancient and medieval architecture is masculine in intent and reception.

Session Co-Chairs: Brenda Longfellow, University of Iowa, and Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound

For more information about the conference, other panels, and submission guidelines, see Abstracts are due: June 5, 2019.

Call for Papers: 10th Conference of Postgraduate students and PhD candidates

Faculty of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1-4 October 2019

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The 10th Conference of Postgraduate students and PhD candidates of the Faculty of Philology will be held in Athens on 1st – 4th October 2019, celebrating 20 years since the first one (1999-2019). The conference gives the opportunity to young scientists from Greece, Europe and all around the world to present their work and get in touch with their peers. But more importantly participants will come closer to the most recent developments in the research of their respected fields.

The main sections of the conference are the followings and abstracts will accepted only if they are compatible with these fields:

i. Byzantine Philology
ii. Classical Philology
iii. Folkloristics – Theory and Practice of Folk Culture
iv. Linguistics
v. Modern Greek Philology

1. In order to participate to the conference, you must be an active student of a Postgraduate or Doctoral program, of which you must provide a certification by the institution.
2. You must present unpublished work on one of the scientific fields mentioned before.
3. You must send the abstract at the following address not after July 1st, 2019 here.
4. At the ‘subject’ field of the mail you have to fill in the scientific field to which you want your abstract to be sent.
5. The abstract cannot be more than 250 words (bibliography not included) and must be sent in either docx/doc or pdf form.
6. You must also attach to the mail the certification of your academic status (Postgraduate Student or PhD candidate) as mentioned before, provided by your University.
7. The abstract must be sent in two copies, one of which must be anonymous, because in this way it will be sent to the appropriate committee.
8. Languages of the conference are Greek and English.
9. In group lectures the maximum number of participants is two.
10. Announcements concerning an overview of current bibliography will not be accepted.

Guidelines for Abstracts
1. Fond: Times New Roman, 12pt.
2. Lead: 1,5
3. Alignment: full justification
4. For the anonymous copy the title must be centered.
5. Whereas, the eponymous copy the followings must be included:
a. Name and Surname
b. University
c. Status (e.g. Postgraduate, PhD Candidate, fellowship etc)
d. E-mail
e. Telephone number

*Please, do have in mind that all abstracts will be reviewed by scientific committees that expertise in each of the five fields. Evidently, abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will be immediately rejected.


Deadline for the submission of abstracts: July 1st, 2019.
Announcements of admissions: July 22nd, 2019.
Conference proceedings will be published in due time after the committees have reviewed all submitted papers. For that, all papers must be sent to the e-mail of the conference until December 22nd, 2019.

Call for Papers: Nature(s), animals and landscapes: perception and use of the environment in Byzantium

The 12th edition of AEMB’s Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings, Paris, 11-12 October 2019

Deadline: 1 June 2019

The 12th edition of the Byzantine Postgraduate Meetings of the Association des étudiants du monde byzantin étude byzantine (AEMB) will be held in Paris on October 11 and 12, 2019. Master’s students from Paris and international PhD candidates are kindly invited to submit a proposal on the topic “Nature(s), animals and landscapes: perception and use of the environment in Byzantium”. For more details, please read the call for papers here. Proposals should be sent no later than June 1st. A limited number of travel grants are made available to participants who cannot benefit from funding from their home institutions. Candidates are required to indicate their wish when sending their abstracts.

Call for Papers: Byzantine Studies in Georgia

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia, 11-13 October 2019

Deadline: 20 May 2019

We are pleased to announce that based on the joint decision of the Georgian National Committee of Byzantine Studies, Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University, Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Faculty of Humanities of the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, the 5th International Scientific Conference “Byzantine Studies in Georgia” will be held on the 11-14th of October 2019 in Batumi. The main theme of the Conference is defined as follows: “The Black Sea and the Black Sea Region Countries – the Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations in the 4th –15th Centuries”.

The topics within the theme of Byzantine Studies are not limited. The sessions will be held at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University on the 11-13th of October 2019. The working languages will be Georgian, German, English, French and Russian. Participants of the conference will enjoy the opportunity to visit Batumi’s museums and exhibitions, such as Archeological and Art Museums, get introduced to the architectural monuments of the Antique, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods in Batumi and its vicinity (Petra-Tsikhisdziri and Gonio-Apsarosi Museum-Reserves). The excursion to Trabzon and Sumela Monastery Complex is scheduled on October 14th, 2019.

In order to ensure proper organization of the conference, including funding, we kindly ask you to send your abstract (preferably in English, max. 300 words, font- Sylfaen, size- 12), CV and filled application form by the 20th of May 2019 at

Detailed information about registration and other costs will be provided later upon acceptance of your abstract, CV and the filled application form.

For further details please contact:

Doctor of History Erekle Jordania
President of the Georgian National Committee of the AIEB, Associated Professor of the Department of History of Middle Ages of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University;

Doctor of Philology Neli Makharadze
Head of the Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University;

Professor Tina Dolidze
Director of the Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University;

Professor Marine Giorgadze
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University;

Call for Papers: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

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 ( 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.

Call for Papers: Women and Violence in the Late Medieval Mediterranean, ca. 1100-1500

Maison Français, Oxford

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between women and violence in the Middle Ages, with new works both on female criminality and on women as victims of violence. The contributions of gender theory and feminist criminology have renewed the approached used in this type of research. Nevertheless, many facets of the complex relationship between women and violence in medieval times still await to be explored in depth. This conference aims to understand how far the roots of modern assumptions concerning women and violence may be found in the late medieval Mediterranean, a context of intense cultural elaboration and exchange which many scholars have indicated as the cradle of modern judicial culture. While dialogue across the Mediterranean was constant in the late Middle Ages, occasions for comparative discussion remain rare for modern-day scholars, to the detriment of a deeper understanding of the complexity of many issues. Thus, we encourage specialists of different areas across the Mediterranean (Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world) to contribute to the discussion. What were the main differences and similarities? How did these change through time? What were the causes for change? Were coexisting assumptions linking femininity and violence conflicting or collaborating? The conference will take place over two days thanks to the generous contributions of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the Maison Française d’Oxford, and the Centre de recherche d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance.

For further information:

Call for Papers: Waste Not Want Not: Food And Thrift From Antiquity To The Present

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 12-13 September 2019

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Cambridge Body and Food Histories group is delighted to announce the call for papers for its second annual conference. This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between historians and policy makers. Using both past and present as critical lenses, the event will serve as a platform for the discussion of more sustainable food practice in the present and future.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute, Washington), and Dr Simon Werrett (UCL).

Please see the full details below or on our website.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline and at any stage in their career working on FOOD WASTE AND/OR FOOD SUSTAINABILITY practices in any period of history.

Abstracts of 300 words max. should be emailed to by the deadline 31st May 2019.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:
– Food preservation – methods and implements for preserving food; the temporalities of food itself (seasonality, the potential for decay)
– Management of food waste – methods and implements for disposing of or reusing food waste
– Spaces of food preservation and waste – the factory, workplace, home etc.
– Historical issues of food insecurity and food inequality – economic reasons for ‘thrift’ and their relationship to class/wealth
– Food waste as a moral/religious/political issue – the wider (cultural) frameworks within which food waste/’thrift’ has been understood
– Questions of memory and time – the role of food waste/’thrift’ in visions of the (utopian/ dystopian) future; tendencies to characterise particular periods as excessive or frugal; the impact of these visions on the present

This conference is designed to generate an interdisciplinary discussion between scholars from a wide variety of fields: archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with representatives from the third sector.

Any questions should be sent direct to

This conference is generously funded by The University of Cambridge AHRC DTP

Call for Papers: Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE

3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies

Deadline: 3 June 2019

Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.

This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on the 22 – 23 November 2019 and will tackle the notion of inertia and the implications accompanying it for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine history from 500-1500 CE.

We particularly encourage contributions on the following topics:
• Dynastic and Political Changes: Patterns of continuity across ruling classes, court-life and dynastic succession.
• A View from Below – Story of the Common Masses: The role of perceived ‘minority’ groups (religious, ethnic or cultural) that constituted the numerical majority of the population but are ignored or omitted in sources written for/by the dominant group.
• Patterns of Trade and Economic Infrastructure: ‘domestic or foreign’.
• Forms of Expression and Transmission: Listening through language, art and ideas.
• Frontiers (and beyond): Military, diplomatic or cultural interactions across linguistic and political delimitations.

We strongly encourage papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines (Archaeology, Art History, History, Theology etc.) which take advantage of interdisciplinary source-critical approaches.

Poster Presentations:
There will be a special poster session held during the conference of 1 hour, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, allowing for discussion with the authors. The posters will be left up for the duration of the conference so they can also be visited during the breaks and during the reception.

We strongly encourage submissions from undergraduate as well as graduate students. The poster size cannot exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height)

Deadline for abstracts is the 3rd of June and notification of acceptance will be confirmed by mid-June. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words, and a 100-word professional biography to Please indicate on your abstract if you are submitting for poster or paper. We kindly welcome submissions from individuals or groups. There will be a small registration fee of £15 and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.

The organising committee, P. Harrison, A. Nayfa, S. Nwokoro, L. Pecorini and A. Stockhammer.