Sunday, April 12, 2009


Deadline for abstracts: Friday, April 20, 2009

The 35th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at Florida State University's Sarasota campus, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from Thursday evening, November 5, through Sunday lunch, November 8.

The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

We welcome proposals on all aspects of Byzantine studies; in addition, we particularly welcome abstracts on these topics: Byzantine Lay Religion; Political Theory; Military Religion; Texts related to Physical Objects; the Byzantine military; Byzantium and its Classical Heritage; Evil in Byzantium; Late Antiquity: Transformation or Decline?, Ammianus and Procopius; Byzantium and the Renaissance; Byzantium and the early Islamic caliphate; Memory in Byzantium; Archaeology and Our Knowledge of the Past; Art and Ritual; Recent Developments: Collecting and Exhibiting Byzantine Art; Use of Technology in Byzantine Studies; also sessions in honor of Prof. Angeliki Laiou: Late Antique and Byzantine women, The Crusades/The Fourth Crusade, Byzantine Market and Economy.

The meeting also will be the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) (; those whose papers are accepted must be members of BSANA: ($20 for faculty, $10 for students, retired, and independent scholars).

Two copies of abstracts of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the title and your contact information and formatted according to the instructions at, should be sent to BSANA Vice President Adam Schor at by April 20. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Byzantine Studies Conferences annual Abstracts of Papers.

Questions can be directed to Linda Jones Hall, Program Chair, St. Mary's College of Maryland, at,

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