The Byzantine Presence between Black Sea and Baltic

Political, ecclesiastical, and cultural trends in late medieval northern East-Central Europe

Dates: 30–31 May 2024

Venue: National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Vilnius):

Organiser: The Lithuanian Institute of History (Vilnius)

Partners: National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania; Vilnius University Faculty of History; The Polish Institute in Vilnius

Format: Hybrid.

Conference language: English


Speakers include: Darius Baronas, Oleksandr Fylypchuk, Sebastian Kolditz, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Ekaterini Mitsiou, Aleksandr Osipian, Jonathan Shepard, Sergejus Temčinas, Constantin Zuckerman

This international conference aims to bridge a major gap in the study of relations between late medieval Byzantium and its neighbours in northern East-Central Europe (present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine). What was Byzantium’s political and cultural impact – or otherwise – on these territories? And what interests, interest-groups and beliefs were in play in the interactions between Byzantium’s leadership and principal elements and the subject populations, elites and overlords of the region?

The conference forms part of “Byzantium and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: the interface between the secular and the ecclesiastical spheres in the 14th–15th centuries”, a project funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (Contract No. S-MIP-22-15).

For further information and to register, please contact: Darius Baronas