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The Byzness, 7th February 2016

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The full programme and on-line booking form (early rates apply until 1 March!) are now available on the SPBS website here. Symposiarchs: Marc Lauxtermann and Ida Toth


Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium, February 11 and 12, 2016 (Bucharest, New Europe College, Str. Plantelor 21)

For the poster and programme see here and here.


 ‘Language & Community from the Armenian to Iranian Plateaux: Armenian, Kurdish and Iranian Identities before Modernity’ post-conference blog now available on the research network website here along with recordings of several of the talks under the media section .


The latest issue of the Canadian bulletin of Byzantine studies, Canadio-Byzantina can be found here.           


 Dördüncü Uluslararası Sevgi Gönül Bizans Araştırmaları Sempozyumu (Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium), 23-25 Haziran June 2016, Istanbul, Organized by the Vehbi Koç Foundation and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations,  23-25 June 2016 under the title “Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination”

The symposium will feature 9 sessions in which 25 papers will be presented by senior researchers. To download the preliminary programme, please click here. The symposium is open to the public and free. Please click here to register. Simultaneous English-Turkish translation will be provided. Please direct all questions and inquiries to:


 ‘Sicut dicit… A Methodological Workshop on the Editing of Commentaries on Authoritative Texts’, 9-10-11 March 2016 (The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven)

 Participation is free. Please register before 25 February by email to or Please find the program here.


 Dr. Oleksiy Tolochko, Director of the Centre for Kyivan Rus’ Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, ‘THE PRIMARY CHRONICLE AND THE ORIGIN OF THE KYIVAN RUS’ STATE’

FIRST ANNUAL PUBLIC LECTURE in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, Department of Slavonic Studies, Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 5.30 PM, Latimer Room, Clare College – Please see the poster here.

The twelfth-century Primary Chronicle relates the legendary beginnings of the medieval Rus’ state.  It tells of the invitation of Viking leaders to rule East Slavic settlements, of princely skirmishes for the throne of Kyiv, of Rus’ altercations with Byzantium and the Khazars, of the brutal slaying of a prince by a belligerent Slavic tribe, of the revenge of a princess for the murder of her husband, and of the coming of Christianity to Rus’.  It is the fundamental text for the study of Kyivan Rus’ history, a discipline that came into being on the basis of the explanation and interpretation of the narratives of this chronicle.  The Primary Chronicle still exercises its authority over the way the formation of the Kyivan state is presented in contemporary studies. In his lecture, Dr Oleksiy Tolochko from the Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences, will question the reliance of Kyivan Rus’ history on the Primary Chronicle, and consider if it is possible to move beyond the story penned by a medieval cleric? Dr Tolochko will explore how the first centuries of the emergence of Rus’ in Eastern Europe can be conceived on the basis of other, non-narrative sources.

Book Presentation, The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija: The Historical and Spiritual heartland of the Serbian People, Sunday 14th February, 6:00pm, St. Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality, 2 Canterbury Road, Oxford. OX2 6LU

For the poster see here.



 Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean, 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

 Papers are invited for the 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. There are fashions in scholarship just as there are in costume or architecture, which means that certain topics are emphasised while others are marginalised. For example, 25 years ago a huge proportion of Byzantine art historical scholarship was devoted to illuminated manuscripts; today this is a much smaller field of study. This colloquium will focus on those ‘lost’ subjects, or subjects that never held the spotlight. We are interested in ‘peripheries’ of all sorts, including more traditional forms of marginalisation. The act of ‘marginalisation’ has been perpetuated and experienced in societies throughout the world: to construct the ‘other’, to classify as ‘fringe’ or outside the ‘mainstream’, to define and to diminish borders, populations, cultures and ideas, both with or without intention.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes in any of the fields related to Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words no later than Thursday, 31st of March to Anna Kelley at Applicants will be notified of selection within two weeks of this date. Please note, limited bursaries to help with travel costs of speakers are available. Please email for details. For the poster see here.


 John Chrysostom and Severian of Gabala: Homilists, Exegetes and Theologians, (Leuven, 7-9 November 2016)

For the call for papers see here.




Niki Marangou Memorial Studentship for Postgraduate Research in Modern Greek Studies

 The Department of Classics at King’s College London is pleased to announce the award of one new studentship for postgraduate research in the department, tenable for up to three years, starting in January 2017. This award has been made possible thanks to Mr Constantis Candounas, in memory of the inspirational Cypriot poet, novelist, painter and bookshop-owner Niki Marangou, who died in 2013. The Studentship will be to the value of £5,000 per year, payable to the student in two instalments annually. The student’s progress will be reviewed twice a year, and the studentship will not be renewed if progress is judged unsatisfactory.

For details see here.


Association of British Turkish Academies Doctoral Researcher Awards 

ABTA announces 2016 Doctoral Researcher Awards to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among researchers pursuing doctoral degrees in the UK. For more information please visit the competition website. Please note that the application deadline is 15 March 2016 and this competition is open to all students regardless of their nationality. We encourage you to circulate this email to departmental emailing lists or to anyone who might be interested.


Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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