The Annual School of Byzantine Studies – the 2022 edition

The Annual School of Byzantine Studies – the 2022 edition – Memory and Oblivion in Byzantium




Fifth Edition



September 15th-21th 2022

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilisation, in partnership with the „Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki, organizes on the 15th-21th of September 2022 the fifth online edition of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies, titled „Memory and Oblivion in Byzantium”. The scientific director of this event is prof. univ. dr. Athanasios Semoglou („Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki).

Confirmed invited guests: Prof. dr. Athanassios Semoglou („Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki), prof. dr. Alexander Alexakis (Ioannina University), prof. dr. Stratis Papaioannou (University of Crete), prof.  dr. Istvan Perczel (Central European University), dr. Mariana Bodnaruk (Al-Quds Bard College), dr. Anca Dan (CNRS, Paris), dr. Andra Jugănaru („Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki), dr. Anna Adashinkaia (Russian Academy of Sciences), dr. Andrei Prohin (National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, Chisinau).

Their contributions will be published in a collected volume.

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The topic of the fifth edition of the Annual Schoo, of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies is "Memory and Oblivion in Byzantium", which will naturally complement and enrich the aspects already outlined in the previous edition: the fundamental role of memory in creating and preserving political, religious, social, cultural identities, and various tools for instrumentalizing memory and oblivion: education, Church, the transmission of lost or found texts/topos/images in order to promote cultural ideas, political and religious in the Byzantine and Balkan space; the shifting of national, ethnic and religious identities, and the feeling of belonging to a certain type of society.

The aim of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies is to aid the development of young researchers – Romanian and foreign alike – by facilitating access to recently uncovered sources and new methodologies in the field. The School offers an unmitigated rapport with some of the great scholars in Byzantine studies of worldwide acclaim, in an attempt to foster a community of young specialists in the field, aiming to revitalize Byzantine Studies in Romania, capitalise upon the Roman-Byzantine cultural heritage found in the Dobruja region and strengthen professional and individual ties between Romanian professors and students on the one hand and foreign specialists on the other through the creation of international partnerships and mobilities.

This year too, due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the School’s activities will move online, to be held via Zoom. The School’s programme features lectures given by invited professors, workshops presenting the newest methodologies and sources available in the field, presentation sessions where PhD candidates and Masters students can showcase their original research, palaeography workshops and virtual tours.

The School’s activities will move online, to be held via Zoom, in English and Romanian, and is addressed to the students, MA and PhD students, and also to other categories of interested persons. They will receive participation diplomas.

For registration and other details please write an email to and until the 13th of September 2022.