Registration open for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Registration is now open for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, 22 to 27 August 2022.


Early Bird registration ends 15 December 2021.

The Congress has a Facebook page ( that you can follow to stay updated and an account on Instagram (

BSC 2021 in Cleveland: Preliminary Program, conference information, call for chairs

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. The program is also accessible on our website:
The conference will be hybrid; we hope to see as many of you as possible in person, and welcome hybrid participation. Details forthcoming.
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.
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.
Registration, including fees and fee scale, are forthcoming. Please check the CWRU conference website, which will be accessible via
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:
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 11/18/2021 for the discounted rate):
10-15 minute walk to both the CWRU campus and the Cleveland Museum of Art

Kassia & The New Istanbul Convent(tion) Digital Conferences

in cooperation with universities worldwide
Kassia (810-865): considered as the first female composer worldwide whose works have come down to us. Kassia: beautiful, intelligent, educated – and so emancipated that she dared to contradict Emperor Theophilos of Constantinople showing theological acumen during the “bride show” organized for him in 823. When in 843 Kassia was 33 she founded a monastery, which she presided over until her death in 865. 300 years before Hildegard von Bingen, she composed hymns that are still sung in Eastern Church today. Although biographical data are hardly available and only a part of her writings has survived, her personality is particularly evident in her non-liturgical poems. These poems suggest that Kassia was a highly educated and intellectually gifted woman. A person who writes a poem where every line starts with “I hate” cannot have been a shy person. She knew how to Express her thoughts to demonstrate her position. In a time and a society where women should be silent, Kassia was not silent. As a result, in her writings we have a unique female voice that has endured over ages.
From Turkey, Germany and Poland, a women’s museum, a theatre company, a composer with his orchestra, a women’s initiative, and the departments of graphics, animation and art history from two universities and many individuals have come together to celebrate Kassia’s 1211th birthday. We hear Kassia’s voice and carry it on into the present so that women’s voices get louder across the borders. As a hymnographer, Kassia is celebrated in general for her piety and profound expression of religious devotion. We believe that she deserves to be remembered in her entire personality: as a composer, poet, philosopher, campaigner, networker, activist, innovator, even as a feminist. In dialogue with Kassia we want to talk about our lives, our political and social interference for a self-determined life, and encourage and empower one another. Our project is an encounter through music, dance, stories, poems, illustrations, graphics, animations. This variety opens up space to express our dreams and life plans for a just society and makes feminist debate visible beyond the borders. Especially in a year when Turkey announced her withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and when a similar step is being discussed in Poland, such communication is imperative and important.
Finally the project planned includes several premieres: for the first time since her death Kassia’s birthday will be celebrated; the first opera in honour of Kassia is being composed; the first videos and graphics are being created that reinterpret her secular poems as artwork; professional actors will interpret her poems in (Byzantine) historical places, the performance will be made available as a documentary; and for the first time researchers on Kassia will come together for scholarly exchange.
14 October 19.00 (CEST)
Host: Havle & Pracownia Kuratorska & kainkollektiv
English/Turkish/Polish simultaneous translation provided
21 October 20.00 (CEST)
Host: kainkollektiv, Bochum
German/Turkish/Polish simultaneous translation provided
23 October 16.30 (CEST)
Host: İstanbul Women’s Museum
English/Turkish/Polish simultaneous translation provided
23 October 19.30 (CEST)
ACT LIKE YOU CARE – Talk with Sasha Waltz, Burak Özdemir, Yeşim Gürer Oymak
Host: kainkollektiv & friends, Bochum
English/Turkish/Polish simultaneous translation provided
24 October 14.00 (CEST)
Host: İstanbul Women’s Museum
English/Turkish/Polish simultaneous translation provided
Additional events to be announced in the coming months.

Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race Symposium, October 19-22, 2021

Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race® Symposium
The symposium is being held virtually from October 19-22, 2021 and will include panels, informal coffee talks, an editor roundtable, and 1-on-1 sessions with invited editors.

Enmity is a sustaining force for systemic racism, a fervent antipathy toward a category of people. Enmity exists at the nexus of individual and group identity and produces difference by desiring opposition and supremacy, imagining separation by force, and willing conflict. Enmity unfolds in different ways in different places, according to local logics of territory, population, language, or culture, even as these geographical divisions are subject to constant change.

This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rutgers University, focuses on how premodern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions. The notions of enmity and region provide a dual dynamic lens for tracing the racial repertoires that developed in response to increasingly hostile contention between premodern cultural and political forces. The symposium will invite scholars to take up this intersection between region and enmity, and to examine how belief in difference, or the emergence of polarizing structures and violent practices, configured race thinking and racial practices in ways that are both unique to different territories and that transcend them.

Register for the event:

Learn more about RaceB4Race:

24-25 septembre : XIIèmes Rencontres internationales des jeunes chercheurs en études byzantines

We have the pleasure of announcing with you that the 12th edition of the AEMB International Post-Graduate Conference will take place in Paris on the 24th and 25th of September. The theme of this year’s conference is “Time: Usage, Perception, and Interpretation in the Byzantine World”. There will be presentations given in both English and French. We hope to see you at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Room Fabri de Peiresc. If you are unable to be in Paris, you can attend via Zoom using the following links :
Lien zoom (Vendredi) :

Lien zoom (Samedi) :

Call for Papers – Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies 2022

The 21st Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from March 24th–26th, 2022. Vagantes is an interdisciplinary community of junior scholars that offers an excellent opportunity for sharing new research. Submissions on non-Eurocentric topics or medievalism are also encouraged! Conference activities will include an opening recital, banquet, and various workshops. A keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Elina Gertsman (CWRU). Abstracts of 300 words with paper title and a 1–2 page CV (including applicant’s preferred name and pronouns) in one PDF are due Monday, November 29th, 2021.

CfP: “Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature” – 5th “Parekbolai” Symposium (online)

5th “Parekbolai” Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology
December 10, 2021
“Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature”

The e-journal Parekbolai invites paper proposals on “Self-Portrait in Byzantine Literature” for a virtual symposium to be held on December 10, 2021.

This call is open to and aimed at scholars in all stages of their career. Ph.D. candidates and postgraduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

Presentations (preferably in Greek or English) should last 20 minutes and abstracts (max. one page) should be submitted to: Ioannis Vassis ( or Sofia Kotzabassi ( by October 30, 2021.

CFP – Byzantium Bizarre: Storytelling through sacred spaces (Kalamazoo 2022)

Online: May 9, – May 14, 2022

Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Special Session:


Invitation: Submission of Abstracts

Deadline: 15 September 2021

We cordially invite the submission of abstracts for our session “Byzantium Bizarre: Storytelling through sacred spaces” at the 2022 International Congress on Medieval Studies, taking place online from May 9-14, 2022.

Church architecture, sacred locations and legend can produce a bizarre interplay in the late antique and Byzantine Mediterranean. Particularly interesting are extraordinary churches that tell a story or have a legend, tradition, or mythology attached to them, revealing the human fascination toward the bizarre. In our panel, we look forward to discussing these sociocultural aspects of Byzantine churches, particularly those linking material to the sacred spaces, architecture, and archaeology.

The role of storytelling is manifest in creating or reframing tradition and mythology, for example the Church of St. Symeon Stylites, or the repurposing of natural formations (e.g., Constantinian- period caves in Jerusalem). The attitudes and understandings of the monuments, both contemporary and modern, inform the knowledge of what makes their setting and architecture important. Through an archaeological and architectural analysis, we can understand sociocultural aspects of such monuments and their meanings. Our panel will examine examples of this relationship between legend and monument and their influences on each other to create a holy place throughout the Byzantine empire. Following the themes of mythology, legend, and storytelling, we invite papers discussing archaeological and architectural materiality and art historical objects, but also historical perspectives and liturgical specialties.

Please submit the abstract for your paper (300 words abstract plus a short description of 50 words) by September 15, 2021, through the conference portal at

We, Dr. des. Catherine Keane ( and Dr. Katharina Palmberger (, the organizers of this panel, are happy to answer any of your questions.

BSC brochure and poster

The poster and brochure for the annual Byzantine Studies Conference in Cleveland (December 9-12) are now available on our website.

Call for participants: Studying East of Byzantium VIII: Material Culture

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to invite abstracts for the next Studying East of Byzantium workshop: Studying East of Byzantium VIII: Material Culture.

The three-part workshop intends to bring together doctoral students studying the Christian East to reflect on how to study the material world of the Christian East, to share methodologies, and to discuss their research with workshop respondents, Marica Cassis, University of Calgary, and Kate Franklin, Birkbeck, University of London. The workshop will meet on November 19, 2021, February 18, 2022, and June 6–7, 2022, on Zoom. The timing of the workshop meetings will be determined when the participant list is finalized.

We invite doctoral students working in any discipline of East Christian studies to discuss the role of material culture—monuments, archaeological sites, artifacts, images—in their research and to consider questions such as how the tools of the study of material culture can assist in understanding the realities of the Christian East? What is the difference between material culture and art-historical and archaeological approaches? How does attention to the non-verbal world harmonize with or challenge historical narratives based on textual study?

Participation is limited to 10 students. The full workshop description is available on the East of Byzantium website ( Those interested in attending should submit a C.V. and 200-word abstract through the East of Byzantium website no later than September 13, 2021.

For questions, please contact East of Byzantium organizers, Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art, Tufts University, and Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at

EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. It explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine Empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

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