Grant: Istanbul Research Institute Grants

Istanbul Research Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 11 May 2020

Istanbul Research Institute offers four types of grants for researchers working on projects related to its departments of Byzantine, Ottoman, Atatürk and Republican-Era studies, and its “Istanbul and Music” Research Program.

– 1 Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant (TRY40.000): In order to support work for preparing publications from PhD theses as well as for new research.

– 1 Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates (TRY30.000): In order to support field/archival research necessary for the PhD thesis or for writing the thesis itself.

– 5 Travel Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support travel necessary for field/archival work.

– 5 Conference Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support presentation or organizing a panel at a scholarly activity outside of Turkey.

All applications are due May 11, 2020.

For more information, past grantees, eligibility criteria, and application:

Seminar Series: Byzantium at Ankara

Hacettepe University and Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

We are happy to announce that the Spring Semester of the Byzantium at Ankara Seminar Series 2019-20 will open with a seminar by Prof. Sema Dogan (Hacettepe University) entitled A Pilgrimage Site In Lycia: Saint Nicholas Church And Monastery In Myra. Prof. Dogan’ seminar will be held at Bilkent University (A building -A-130) on Thursday 27 February at 14.30.

Byzantium at Ankara Seminar Series Spring 2019-20 will then continue with three further seminars by Alexander Beihammer (Notre Dame University) on 11 March 2020, Tolga Uyar (Nevsehir University) on 11 April, and Nathan Liedholm (Bilkent University) on 24 April.

The Series will then end with the I Byzantine May Fest @Ankara which will be held on 7-8 May at Hacettepe University and Bilkent University and will see the participation of scholars and grad students from both Turkish and International institutions. Confirmed participants include: Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğazici University), Cenk Güray (Hacettepe University), Alessandra Ricci (Koç University), Ivana Jevtic (Koç University), Sercan Yandim Aydin (Hacettepe University), Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University), Sacit Pekak (Hacettepe University), Stefano Boatto (University of Bergamo) and Athanasia Stavrou (Boğazici University).

Further information and updates can be found at

Summer School: Cappadocia in Context

Cappadocia, Turkey, 14–28 June 2020

Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), with the support of Cappadocia University, this 15-days intensive program is open to the participation of young researchers at the master’s and doctoral level and aims to provide conceptualization methods of the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine past in the historical and artistic context, accompanied by field studies, research and presentations..


Prof. Robert OUSTERHOUT (University of Pennsylvania)
Doç. Dr. Tolga UYAR (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş University)

For more information and applications:

NB: We have generous scholarship assistance for graduate students in all aspects of Byzantine Studies,, particularly those students in need.

Call for Papers: Byzantium – Bridge Between Worlds: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Istanbul, Turkey, 23-28 August 2021

Deadline: 15 April 2020

Due to its remarkably long duration, territorial expanse, geographical situation and complex cultural traditions, Byzantium acted as a temporal and spatial bridge connecting different periods, geographical areas, and cultures. Byzantium acted as a transition between ancient, medieval and early modern worlds around the Mediterranean basin, Eurasia and the Near East through reception, appropriation, and innovation. It connected different geographical and cultural spaces through political, economic, material, and cultural networks in many of which it constituted an important node. Centering on the key theme of “Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds,” the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies aims to explore this connecting and mediatory role of Byzantium. It also hopes to initiate proposals on bridging interdisciplinary gaps within Byzantine studies and strengthening dialogue with other with other relevant fields.

The Call for Free Communication, Poster and VR Sessions is now open.

The last submission date is 15 April 2020. Each abstract must be no longer than 300 words. Abstracts should be in the same language as that of the paper to be presented during the session. The working languages of the Congress are English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Turkish. The participants shall present papers of no longer than 15 minutes each.

Conveners and speakers can participate in no more than 2 sessions during the Congress (including round tables, poster/VR sessions, and thematic free communication/free communication sessions, but excluding plenary sessions).

To submit an abstract, see here.

The abstracts will be included in the program only after the registration payment. 3 April 2021 is the last date for registration payment. For registration please follow this link.

Seminar Series: Byzantium at Ankara

Ankara, Turkey, 2019-2020

The Byzantine Seminar Series “Byzantium at Ankara” is an event organized and hosted in collaboration by the Department of History at Bilkent University and the Department of History of Art at Hacettepe University which will be held over the entire 2019/2020 Academic Year as organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sercan Yandim and Asst. Prof. Dr. Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University).

The object of the series of talks is to implement the interest and knowledge of the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire by bringing together local and visiting scholars in order to cover different aspects of the history, archaeology, and art history of the Byzantine Empire. Further it aims to sensitize and stimulate young scholars, graduate students and academicians to help generating awareness about innovative interdisciplinary approaches to Byzantine studies.

Further info could be found at

Call for Papers: Motifs, Influences, and Narrative Strategies in the Epics of the Medieval East and West

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, 17–18 September 2020

Deadline: 30 March 2020

Organisers: Markéta Kulhánková (Masaryk University, Brno) and Ingela Nilsson (Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul/Uppsala University)

The impetus to organize this workshop is the research project A Narratological Commentary on Digenis Akritis (, currently ongoing at Masaryk University in Brno and funded by the Czech Science Foundation. The aim of the project is to prepare a book-length commentary discussing the treatment of narrative categories, narrative strategies, literary and oral techniques, motifs, parallels, and influences and also including a summary of historical and philological discussions concerning the poem.

Our ambition is to make this literary work accessible and understandable to a wider audience from different fields. Within the planned workshop, we aim to bring together scholars working on the Digenis poem and related Byzantine genres (in particular vernacular poetry and novels) with specialists in both western and eastern medieval epics. We would like to invite you to discuss the character of these narratives and common problems and challenges for literary historians dealing with medieval epics.

Topics for discussion include but are not restricted to:

• motivic parallels in epics across medieval Europe and the Near East
• the mixing of cultures in border epics
• medieval epics and other genres (influences, interaction)
• epical and other narrative strategies
• medieval epics and narratology
• orality and textuality

Please send an abstract (ca 250 words) for a 20-minute presentation to Markéta Kulhánková by 30 March 2020.

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.