Friday, January 23, 2009

2009 Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) CFP

Please find attached the Call for Papers for the 2009 Byzantine Studies
Conference (BSC) to be held November 5-8 at Florida State University's
Sarasota campus including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A
copy of the text of the Call for Papers is also copied below and posted
as a .pdf file on the BSANA website
( Please feel free to
forward this Call for Papers to interested colleagues and graduate students.

The Chair of the Local Arrangements committee for the 2009 BSC is Lynn
Jones, and the Chair of the Program Committee is Linda Jones Hall.
Proposals are due March 16 to Adam Schor, Vice President of BSANA.
Detailed instructions for the submission of paper proposals as well as
additional information regarding deadlines, requirements and contact
information are included in the document below.

Please note: in order to present a paper at the BSC you must be a member
in good standing of the BSANA (2009 dues: regular members: $20;
students, retirees and independent scholars: $10). If you have not yet
renewed your membership, please return your 2009 membership form, which
was sent via the BSANA Yahoo groups listserv in a previous email message
and is also available for download from the BSANA website:

We look forward to seeing you in Sarasota in November!

Ann Marie Yasin
BSANA Secretary, 2008-2009



*Deadline for RECEIPT: Monday, March 16, 2009*

* *

The Thirty-Fifth 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, 2009. 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. **

It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies
Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by the current BSANA

Sarah Bassett, President (Wayne State University)
Adam Schor, Vice President (Long Island University)
Ann Marie Yasin, Secretary (University of Southern California)
Anna Gonosov√°, Treasurer (University of California, Irvine)

For more information, please see our website:



We welcome proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies. To deliver your
paper at the BSC, you must be a member of BSANA in good standing: to
join or renew your membership in the BSANA, complete the membership form
posted on the BSANA website and send it along with your dues payment to
the current BSANA Treasurer (contact information listed on the
membership form):

You can verify your membership status at the BSANA website listed above.

Proposals consist of *a cover sheet *with your proposed title and your
contact information *and, on separate pages, two copies of an abstract
*of no more than 500 words, formatted and submitted according to the
detailed instructions below. The abstract is the basis for judging the
proposed paper for acceptance; if accepted, it will be published in the
Byzantine Studies Conference’s annual /Abstracts of Papers/.

All proposed papers must be substantially original and never have been
published or presented previously in a public forum. Each contributor
may deliver only one paper. The Program Committee may give preference to
those who did not present a paper at the last BSC.

We welcome proposals for entire sessions or panels, including abstracts,
suggested chairs, and commentators, although all abstracts must be
reviewed and accepted on their own merits. If you are submitting as part
of a proposed session, indicate this on your cover sheet. The program
chair will group individually submitted papers into sessions, with the
expectation that many sessions will be interdisciplinary.

The session topics in the final program will depend on the subjects
represented in the submissions. 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 (e.g.:Royal
Academy exhibition UK, Met reinstallation; DO reinstallation); Use of
Technology in Byzantine Studies.

Sessions in honor of Prof. Angeliki Laiou: Late Antique and Byzantine women,
The Crusades/The Fourth Crusade, Byzantine Market and Economy

All proposals will be reviewed by each member of the Program Committee:

Linda Jones Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Program Chair
Sarah Brooks, James Madison University
Elizabeth Fisher, George Washington University
Georgia Frank, Colgate University
Kostis Kourelis, Connecticut College
Leonora Neville, Catholic University
Thelma Thomas, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

*Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by May 1, 2009. *


*The Abstract*

The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length and should
indicate the paper’s original contribution in sufficient detail and with
some indication of the contributor’s conclusions so that the Program
Committee can assess its merits. Papers will be limited to *20 minutes*
in length. *F**ollow the instructions for preparing the abstract (below)
to facilitate its publication in the /Abstracts of Papers/. BSANA has
no staff, and failure to prepare your abstract carefully will make it
impossible to publish*.

*The Cover Sheet*

On a separate cover sheet include:

* name
* address
* your preferred academic affiliation (or the designation
“Independent Scholar” with city and state of residence); graduate
status, if applicable
* phone and fax numbers
* e-mail address that will be *active on May 1*
* the paper’s title
* indication of preferred session (if any)
* indication of any projection or other special facilities needed
* *statement of whether you would prefer to be notified of
acceptance or rejection by post rather than by e-mail*

Graduate students must indicate their status on this sheet in order to
be eligible for the Graduate Prize Competition and/or travel subsidy
(see below).

Method of Submission

Please submit your proposals by e-mail as described below. The deadline
for submission *in all cases *is *March 16, 2009*. **

*Submissions.* The three-part proposal (cover sheet plus 2 copies of
abstract) must be submitted as a *single e-mail attachment *in the form
of a MICROSOFT WORD document, with the abstract formatted according to
the instructions for preparing the abstract outlined below.

The e-mail should be sent to the BSANA Vice President: * *

* Adam Schor (*


*Greek Fonts. *To avoid any problems arising from the use of different
Greek fonts, if either the title or the body of your abstract includes
Greek, we ask that you submit, in addition to the email attachment, a
second copy on paper to the address given below so that the Greek can be
verified. [Many Greek fonts are available free online. One possibility
is SPIonic which is compatible with Times New Roman, can be be used to
download texts from the TLG using it, and is freeware.]

*Adam Schor, *BSANA VP**
History Department, Hoxie Hall
Long Island University, C. W. Post campus
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

*The submission of a proposal and its acceptance represent a commitment
from the contributor to read the paper in person at the BSC. Those who
cannot attend must withdraw their papers no later than June 1. Failure
to do so may adversely affect your future chances to present papers at
the BSC.*

* *

For further inquires contact the Program Chair: Linda Jones Hall
*(* *)*

Local Arrangements. Questions concerning local arrangements may be
directed to the chair of the Local Arrangements Committee: *Lynn
Jones (* *)*

*Instructions for Preparing the Abstract*

* *


* Maximum word count: 500 words

Use MICROSOFT WORD. If your abstract includes Greek characters, send a
paper copy of the abstract to the program chair to verify the Greek.
Other alphabets should be transliterated.

Printing: preferably on a laser printer.

Margins: one inch at the top and bottom, 0.75 inches at each side.

Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Line Spacing: Single spaced.

* *

*Title and Author*

* Title Line(s): Boldface. Centered at the top of the page.

Titles may not be longer than two lines.

Capitalize _only_ first letters of words.

Do not put your title in quotation marks; do not underline it.

* Skip one line (i.e., double space) below the title (= above the
author line).
* Author Line content: Your name, followed on the same line (in
parentheses) by your institution or (for independent scholars)
your city.

To avoid ambiguity, you may list city and country.

Please do not give titles or letters representing degrees, orders, etc.

Please list only a single, primary institutional affiliation in parentheses.

* Author Line Style & Format: Plain text (not boldface); a single
line centered below the blank line following the title line.
* Skip one line (i.e., double space) before the first line of the
body of the abstract.

* *

*Style Considerations*

* If your paper is a study based on a particular manuscript,
consider citing the MS in your abstract title as a help to
scholars when they search our abstracts for previous studies of MSS.
* Please follow the /Bulletin Codicologique/ convention for proper
citation of manuscripts (in abstract titles or in the body of your

* *

*Abstract Text*

* Abstract Text: Flush left (no right-hand margin justification).

Indent first lines of each paragraph five spaces.

Leave one empty line between paragraphs.

* No footnotes. If you need to include a citation, put it within
your text in parentheses.
* Please do NOT use the future tense (“This paper will
* Your abstract may be edited for grammar and stylistic consistency
(e.g., to remove the future tense).
* Italicize titles and words in foreign languages. Quotations and
titles in foreign alphabets other than Greek should be
* Avoid using tables or diagrams in the abstract. Photographs cannot
be reproduced.

*Sending the Abstract*

* Your submission should include *three items* in one Microsoft Word

1) A cover sheet with the information requested in the Call for Papers;

2) The abstract formatted as described above;

3) A *second copy of the abstract *with no Author Line** to ensure the
anonymous judging of abstracts.

* Submit all three items in a single e-mail attachment with page
breaks inserted between items. *E-mail this document to the
BSANA Vice President, Adam Schor (*
) *before March 16.


Related Documents for Graduate Students

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Graduate Student Prize Competition: *Graduate students whose abstracts
are accepted for the conference may compete for prizes granted to the
best graduate-student papers each year. First place will receive a
*$1500 *Tousimis Award and the BSANA Graduate Student Prize. *$750 *will
be awarded for second place and *$750* for third place. The Tousimis
annual award is given for the encouragement of scholarship through the
generosity of the Tousimis Research Corporation and Dr. Anastasios

*Please see the BSANA website for more information, including submission
instructions and judging criteria:*

*Please note: recipients of a first-place prize are not allowed to
compete again; however, individuals who have previously been awarded a
second- or third-place prize may compete for awards of higher rank. *

*Graduate Student Travel Subsidies for 2009*. Graduate students giving
papers at the Byzantine Studies Conference who do not reside in the area
of the conference are entitled to partial reimbursement of travel
expenses. The amount of the subsidy is limited to *$500*. Graduate
students who do not reside in the area of the conference but attend the
conference without giving a paper are eligible to receive a subsidy of
up to *$200*. Please see the website for information about the
application process: *

Graduate students delivering papers at the BSC receive complimentary
tickets to the Business Lunch and to the final reception.

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