Update: SPBS Spring Lecture postponed

The SPBS is sorry to announce that its Spring Lecture – ‘The fortifications of Byzantine and Crusader Cyprus’, by Dr James Petre – will be postponed indefinitely owing to ongoing measures against the spread of COVID-19. The lecture was due to take place on 31 March in Senate House, London. We intend to reschedule the event at a later date when public gatherings become more practicable. In the meantime, please stay well!

Summer School: Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School

University of Birmingham, 12 July-8 August 2020

Deadline: 29 May 2020

The Department of Classics and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce The Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School, which will take place from 12 July to 8 August 2020. This Summer School offers participants the opportunity to study either Classical or Byzantine/Medieval Greek at all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced).

The courses will take place on the beautiful Edgbaston Campus, and affordable accommodation is available within walking distance. The course is aimed at Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, and at teachers who wish to learn Ancient Greek or improve existing skills. As well as intensive tuition over up to four weeks, the summer school offers a range of workshops and evening lectures, and opportunities to work with the outstanding collections of ancient artefacts and coins housed in the Archaeology Museum, and at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020. For more details on the application process and the Summer School in general, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/departments/caha/events/2020/bomgs-summer-school.aspx. For further enquiries, please contact Dr Theofili Kampianaki at: T.Kampianaki@bham.ac.uk.

Spring Symposium Call for Communications

University of Birmingham, 28-30 March 2020

Deadline: 3 January 2020

Abstracts are invited for proposals to deliver communications at the 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, to be held in Birmingham 28-30 March 2020 on the topic of Nature and the Environment. Communications are 12 minutes long, followed by 3 minutes of questions.

Abstracts should be 250 words in length (maximum), and are due by Friday 3 January 2020. Please send to either D.K.Reynolds@bham.ac.uk or L.Brubaker@bham.ac.uk. Successful applicants will be notified mid-January, in order to allow sufficient time to secure visas, if relevant.

Further information about travel and accommodation may be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bomgs/events/2020/53rd-spring-symposium-of-byzantine-studies.aspx.

The Programme for the Symposium is also available to download (PDF).

Seminar Series: KCL CHS Late Antique & Byzantine Seminar Series

Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London, October 2019-March 2020

22 October 2019, 18:00 to 20:00
Dimitris Kountouras (Athens) – Music and poetry of the Troubadours at the Latin Kingdom of Thessalonica after 1204

12 November 2019, 18:00 to 20:00
Panayiotis Panayides (Oxford) – The life histories of statues in the public baths of Salamis, Cyprus

26 November 2019, 18:00 to 20:00
Corisande Fenwick (UCL) – Building God’s Empire: Archaeology, religion and the Byzantine conquest of Africa

21 January 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Elisabeth R. O’Connell (British Museum) – ‘For the great agape now practiced towards the poor who come to the holy monastery …’: (P.KRU 106): Care for the poor in Late Antique Egypt

11 February 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Dionysios Stathakopoulos (KCL) – How to get (and stay) rich in the late Byzantine world

3 March 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Marija Vukovojac (SPBS) – Stefan Nemanja, holy ruler or ruthless warrior?

17 March 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (Edinburgh) – Diagnosing and Treating Disease in Byzantine Hospitals

The 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

University of Birmingham, 28-30 March 2020

Nature and the environment underpinned Byzantine life but have been little studied. How the Byzantines responded to, interacted with and understood the landscape, however, enables crucial new insights into East Roman perceptions of the world. Modern interest in the environment and eco-history makes this theme pertinent and timely. Current research on climate change and how it affected the East Mediterranean creates new paradigms for our understanding of Byzantine interactions with the environment. The 53rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies draws together Byzantine literary and visual responses to nature and the environment as well as showcasing the most recent scientific research on historical climate change and environmental management in Byzantium.

This symposium was planned by Dr Ruth Macrides (University of Birmingham) and will be dedicated to her memory. The first two sessions of the symposium will consist of tributes to Ruth’s life and career by her former students and colleagues.

The Symposium will be followed, on Monday afternoon (30 March), by the second in what is planned as a regular series of professional development workshops targeted at Byzantine postgraduate students and sponsored by the SPBS. The workshop, Climate, environment and history, is intended to help early career academics in the humanities familiarize themselves with some of the key aspects of studying the way past human societies have interacted with their physical and climatic environments. Presenters will explain key methodological and interpretational issues and discuss how to avoid misunderstanding or misusing palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic research results.

Information about registration, accommodation and communications will be released in November 2019.