22 NOVEMBER, 2021
Call for Free Communications: The 54th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond
18-20 March 2022, Corpus Christi College & All Souls College, Oxford
The 54th Annual Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies will be held in Oxford on the theme of Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond, 18-20 March 2022. The Symposium brings together Byzantine studies with a series of innovative approaches to the material nature and realities of religion – foregrounding the methodological, historical and archaeological problems of studying religion through visual and material culture. Taking a broad geographical and chronological view of the Byzantine world, the Symposium will range across Afro-Eurasia and from Antiquity to the period after the fall of Constantinople. Panels will be arranged around the themes of ‘Objects in motion’, ‘Religion in 3D’, ‘Religious landscapes’, ‘Things without context’, ‘Things and their context’ and ‘Spatial approaches to religion’.
In addition to the customary panel papers, an inaugural lecture, and a closing lecture for a wider public, we now invite Communications of 10 minutes in duration on current research in fields linked to the theme of the Symposium. Please send your abstract (of not more than 300 words) to Ine Jacobs ( by 10 December 2021.
Confirmed speakers include: Birgit Meyer, Anne Lester, Paroma Chatterjee, David Frankfurter, Myrto Veikou, Troels M. Kristensen, Beate Fricke, Béatrice Caseau, Anne-Marie Yasin, Francesca Dell’Acqua, Peter Frankopan.
The main sessions of the Symposium and the reception will be held at Corpus Christi College, with Free Communications and a dinner at All Souls College.
Fees and registration:
Full: £120
Members of the SPBS: £100
Students/Unwaged: £60
The fees for one-day registration are: Full: £60; Members of the SPBS: £50; Students/Unwaged: £30.
A booking form will soon be available online, on the symposium website, with further details of registration and payment.
Click here for further information on the Symposium.
Jaś Elsner, Ine Jacobs, Julia SmithS

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