The 47th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, December 9-12

The next Byzantine Studies Conference will be held at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, from Thursday, December 9 through Sunday, December 12, 2021.

Registration, hotels, COVID precautions, and other conference information is available on the conference website.

Information on funding opportunities is now available for graduate and early career contingent scholars. See Travel Reimbursement and the Byzantinists of Color Conference Grant.

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Elizabeth S. Bolman, Chair, Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University (Chair)
  • Covesa Kelly Events, Cleveland, Ohio

Program Committee

  • Galina Tirnanic, Oakland University (Chair, Art History)
  • Christina Christoforatou, Associate Professor, Baruch College, CUNY (Literature)
  • Thomas Lecaque, Assistant Professor, Grand View University (History)
  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Associate Professor, Pacific Lutheran University (History and Historical Theology)
  • Nicole Paxton Sullo, Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Fellow, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (Art History)

Conference Information

Welcome to the 47th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference.  We are pleased to present the preliminary program. It will likely be adjusted as we near the conference date; the date and time of the plenary and Jaharis events will not change.

Download the conference brochure and poster, and check back for updated information!

The conference will be hybrid; we hope to see as many of you as possible in person, and welcome hybrid participation.

Masks are required and full vaccination will be expected.

Speakers who are 6′ distant from the audience will be allowed to take their masks off. Food and beverage stations will be arranged to ensure social distancing; the Saturday lunch will be plated, and seating designated to ensure social distancing.

All events will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center on the CWRU campus or in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Both are visible on this map.

Call For Session Chairs

Call for session chairs: If you would like to chair a session, send an email to Galina Tirnanic (, specifying which session(s) you would be interested in chairing. You can propose to chair an organized session if the chair is not specified.


Registration for Graduate Students and Early Career Contingent Scholars ONLY is now open. Early Career Contingent Scholars have earned their PhD within the last eight years and do not hold a permanent or tenure-track appointment. There is currently no system for email confirmation; those who require proof of registration will need to print or take a screenshot of their registration page.

Registration information for Regular, Supporting, Emeritus, and Independent Scholars is forthcoming. Stay tuned for the announcement!

Hotel Information

Special BSC rates are available at these two hotels:

Glidden House: directly between the CWRU campus and the Cleveland Museum of Art – 5 minute walk.

Courtyard Marriott, University Circle, Cleveland (reserve by 11/24/2021 for the discounted rate): 10-15 minute walk to both the CWRU campus and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Information for Presenters

Due to the decision to allow in-person and livestreamed presentations at this year’s BSC, some things have changed substantially in preliminary procedures.We have special requirements for speakers who will be using visuals of any kind. The tech needs are increased, and all presentations with visuals, whether presented in person or via Zoom, need to adhere to the following requirements:

  1. All presentations requiring any visual component on screen need to be in ppt AND in a widescreen format. To ascertain that your ppt is in widescreen mode: Select the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon. Select Slide Size near the far right end of the toolbar. Widescreen (16:9) ratio.
  2. The tech people will create single ppt slideshows for each session, including slideshows by remote presenters and slideshows by in-person presenters.
  3. If you have special characters that may not work when your slideshow is run by the tech’s Powerpoint, please make a screenshot or JPEG of the slide with the text and paste it into your ppt in place of the text.
  4. ALL POWERPOINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT EST ON DECEMBER 2. Submit them to Wendy Rohm ( ) and Marina Savchenkova ( ) and cc Betsy Bolman ( ).
  5. ALL VIDEO CONTENT MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT EST ON DECEMBER 2. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT REMOTE SPEAKERS PRE-RECORD THEIR PRESENTATIONS AND SEND THEM IN BY THE DEADLINE. Should you choose to do this, we would expect you to be live during the time that we play your recording, so that you can handle the Q&A.
  6. All remote questions during the conference will need to be submitted using the chat feature.

2022 Byzantine Studies Conference

The 2022 Byzantine Studies Conference will be hosted by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, date TBD.

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