United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS)
The United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS) is the United States affiliate of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB). As such, the chief functions of the U.S. National Committee are to encourage Byzantine studies in the United States and to represent the interests of scholars from the United States in the planning of the International Byzantine Congresses that occur every five years under the auspices of the AIEB.
The USNCBS represents the United States in the meetings of representatives of the various national committees that choose a theme for each International Byzantine Congress and suggest various topics for round tables and colloquia, as well as potential speakers and colloquia chairs.
The Committee was organized and incorporated in 1986 to host and administer the Seventeenth International Congress of Byzantine Studies meeting in Washington, D.C. Originally a closed membership organization where members were voted in by the Executive Committee on the basis of academic position and/or published scholarship, the nature of the membership roll was changed in 2006. At the business meeting of the Byzantine Studies Conference that year, the executive committee of the U.S. National Committee agreed to merge the USNCBS with the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) and become a standing committee of BSANA. Henceforth, the constituency of the USNCBS was deemed to be the whole community of Byzantine scholars in the United States included in the BSANA mailing list and in good standing in BSANA. Members of BSANA who are employed at institutions in Canada or are independent scholars residing in Canada are represented by the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists (CCB).
At the business meeting of BSANA during the Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University in October of 2016, the participants from the United States chose three officers to direct the USNCBS: Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) became President; Elizabeth S. Bolman (Case Western Reserve University) became Vice President; and Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College) became Secretary/Treasurer. They, along with Charles Barber (Princeton University), as an ex-officio member from the previous Committee, constitute the Executive Committee of the USNCBS. Initially elected to a five-year term, their term was extended by vote of BSANA’s US membership during the 2020 virtual BSC by one year to include the postponed International Congress of Byzantine Studies scheduled to meet in Venice and Padua, Italy, in August 2022.