Call for Papers: “Thresholds: Contexts of Rupture, Change and Adaptation”

Call for Papers: “Thresholds: Contexts of Rupture, Change and Adaptation”

University College Dublin, Ireland
Deadline: 15 February

This conference is open to doctoral students and early career researchers from a wide range of humanities disciplines including Byzantine history and art history.

We invite proposals for individual papers from the fields of literature, philosophy, history, classics, archaeology, art history and other humanities disciplines suitable for a 15-minute presentation, or 3-paper panel sessions. This is a hybrid online and in person conference. We welcome applications from anywhere in the world. Successful applicants who are unable to travel to Dublin for the conference will be invited to present online. There will be a live stream of all presentations available for all registered attendees.

For full details, see,602527,en.html and the attached call for papers

Summer School: Teaching (in) the Middle Ages: Arts – Rituals – Education

Summer School: Teaching (in) the Middle Ages: Arts – Rituals – Education

“NetMAR”, the Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals (, is organising an interdisciplinary summer school
on “Teaching (in) the Middle Ages: Arts – Rituals – Education” in July 2022, which will be dedicated to both the Byzantine and the Western Middle Ages.

Doctoral candidates and advanced Masters students are warmly invited to apply for a place. Participation is free of charge. To apply, please send a short cover letter and concise CV to by no later than May 15, 2022 or visit us on

For full details, see the attached PDF.

Spring Symposium

Update: Spring Symposium

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

We are writing with an update on the upcoming 2022 SPBS Spring Symposium on Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond.

After much consultation and deliberation, we have decided to postpone this year’s Spring Symposium to the Spring of 2023. Although we regret not being able to meet this year, continuing COVID19-related uncertainties and restrictions in the UK and beyond put the feasibility of meeting in person in doubt, and it has proved impossible to organise a viable hybrid format at this relatively short notice. We will post an announcement of the revised dates shortly.

Mindful that the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies meets in August 2022, the SPBS Executive Committee has agreed that there will be no symposium this year, and we are especially grateful to the organisers of the Spring Symposium scheduled for the year after Oxford (Kent, with Anne Alwis as Symposiarch) who have generously agreed to defer their meeting to 2024.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Oxford in the Spring of 2023.

Jaś Elsner, Ine Jacobs, Julia Smith

University of Edinburgh Byzantine Seminar Series

University of Edinburgh Byzantine Seminar Series

The Centre of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) invites you to attend the Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh.

The seminars take place at 17:15 and will be held via Zoom. You can register by following this link:

Monday 17 Jan
Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan (Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘Archaeological interpretation between hypothesis and evidence: some thoughts on new discoveries in the Late Antique and Byzantine city of Assos / Turkey’

Monday 31 Jan
Constantin Zuckermann (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘The fiscal context of the Byzantine Farmer’s Law’

Monday 14 Feb
Vasileios Marinis (Yale University) ‘The many lives of the martyr Euphemia’

Monday 28 Feb
Emilio Bonfiglio (Universität Tübingen) ‘Education in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Armenia: Agency and movements of scholars and books between Armenia and Byzantium’

Monday 14 Mar
Giulia Maria Paoletti (Austrian Academy of Sciences) tbc

Monday 28 Mar
Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘Viewing the history of Siwnik’ with Step’anos Orbelian, prince, bishop and historian (ca 1300)’

Fantastic Fountains and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Fountains and Where to Find Them: A Comparative Analysis on Fountains in Byzantium and the Islamicate World

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the second talk of the Fall 2021/22 Seminar Series.

On Thursday 16 December 2021 (h. 18.00 Istanbul time), Dr. Federica A. Broilo (University of Urbino “Carlo Bò”) will be delivering a paper entitled: Fantastic Fountains and Where to Find Them: A Comparative Analysis on Fountains in Byzantium and the Islamicate World.

For further info and registration, please send an email to

The talk will also be broadcast live on our Youtube channel ( where recordings of all the previous lectures can also be found.

Into The Labyrinth: a Journey into Stoudite ‘Cancel Culture’


Into The Labyrinth: a Journey into Stoudite ‘Cancel Culture’

29 November 2021, 17:00 GMT

A reminder that Rosemary Morris has kindly agreed to re-present the SPBS Autumn Lecture, Into The Labyrinth: a Journey into Stoudite ‘Cancel Culture’, on Monday, 29 November at 5 p.m. (1700) London time. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. We have done our best to ensure that neither the lecture nor the discussion that follows will be disrupted this time round!

Zoom details are below, and please do urge anyone else whom you think might be interested to join us as well! If there are any problems with access, please contact Dan Reynolds, at

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Online Workshop: Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire

7-8 December, via Zoom

Registrations are open for a two-day online workshop hosted by the University of Cambridge, which aims at a holistic understanding of sixth-century power struggles across the lines of “secular” and “ecclesiastical” politics. All attendees are welcome.

Please register for a Zoom link at Questions may be directed to the co-organisers, Matt Hassall ( and Silvio Roggo ( We look forward to seeing you there.


Tuesday 7 December (all times GMT)

10:00 Opening Remarks (Matt Hassall & Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)
10:20 Securing Legitimate Power: Roman Jurisprudence, God’s Justice, and the Res Publica (William Bunce, Oxford)
11:10 The Multiple Bases of Imperial Power in the Justinianic Dialogue On Political Science (René de Nicolay, Zürich)

13:00 A Slayer of Tyrants: Celebrating Victory at the Court of Justin II (Sihong Lin, Sheffield)
13:50 Navigating a Culture Clash at the Court of Justinian I (Matt Hassall, Cambridge)

15:00 Accession Oaths and the Dynamics of Power: The Parallel Cases of Anastasius and Athalaric (Michael Wuk, Lincoln)
15:50 Gregory of Tours and Imperial Power (Catherine-Rose Hailstone, York)
16:40 Imperial Power Negotiation in the Acts of Titus (Michael Scott Robertson, Twickenham)

Wednesday 8 December

11:00 The Miaphysite Persecution of the 570s and the Patriarchs of Constantinople (Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)
11:50 Roman Emperors and Christian Doctrine: Some Remarks Based on the Monothelete Controversy (Nadine Viermann, Durham)

13:40 Holy Civil Servants: Monks and Monasteries as Key Elements of the Roman Fiscal Infrastructure in Sixth-Century Egypt (Thomas Laver, Cambridge)
14:30 Scribing Late Antique Orthodoxy: The Cleric-Notary and his Functions in Fifth- and Sixth-Century Conciliar Disputation (Norman Underwood, New York)

15:40 For Power and Prestige: The Political Dimensions of Anikia Juliana’s Ecclesiastical Matronage in Sixth-Century Constantinople (Maureen McGuire, California, Santa Cruz)
16:30 Paul the Silentiary’s Description of the Hagia Sophia: Ekphrasis and Encomium as Means of Political Authority in Late Antiquity (Manolis Spanakis, Crete)
17:20 Closing Remarks (Matt Hassall & Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)


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