“Byzantium – Bridge Between Worlds”

Due to its remarkably long duration, territorial expanse, geographical situation and complex cultural traditions, Byzantium acted as a temporal and spatial bridge connecting different periods, geographical areas, and cultures. Byzantium acted as a transition between ancient, medieval and early modern worlds around the Mediterranean basin, Eurasia and the Near East through reception, appropriation, and innovation. It connected different geographical and cultural spaces through political, economic, material, and cultural networks in many of which it constituted an important node. Centering on the key theme of “Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds,” the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies aims to explore this connecting and mediatory role of Byzantium. It also hopes to initiate proposals on bridging interdisciplinary gaps within Byzantine studies and strengthening dialogue with other relevant fields.

Thematic Free Communications

 (Selected from the RT proposals sent by National Committees)


 1. Embodied Mystagogy: Liturgy, Materiality and the Senses

     Convenor: Ken Parry

 2. The Byzantine Balkans: A Bridge to the West and North

      Convenor: Amelia Brown


 3. Byzantine poetry between fictionality and factuality

     Convenors: Krystina Kubina and Nikos Zagklas

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 4. Church Slavonic Literacy as Communication between East and West

     Convenor: Emilija Crvenkovska

 5. Macedonia and the Balkans – The Area of Interaction Between the Slavic World and  

     Byzantium (IX-XIV Century)

     Convenor: Vitomir Mitevski


 6. Les icônes dans les collections muséales d’Europe occidentale

     Convenor: Raphaëlle Ziadé

 7. Mediterranean Migrations in the 7th-9th Centuries: Near East/Africa/Italy

     Convenors: Filippo Ronconi and Marek Jankowiak

 8. La prosopographie au coeur des relations entre Byzance et ses voisins

     Convenors: Vivien Prigent and Vincent Puech

 9. Mobilités, fonctionnaires de l’état et hommes d’église dans l’Empire byzantin

     Convenors: Sophie Métivier and Luisa Andriollo

10. Le developpement des savoirs scientifiques et techniques à Byzance

      Convenors: Stavros Lazaris and Ines Pérez Martin

11. La Notitia Dignitatum: émission, diffusion, réception

      Convenors: Sylvain Janniard and Dominic Moreau

12. Faut-il, peut-on « decoloniser » l’histoire byzantine ?

      Convenors: Nicolas Drocourt and Annick Peters-Custot


13. Connecting the Euromediterranean Cultures Through Venice

      Convenors: Armin Bergmeier and Sabine Feist

Great Britain

14. The Notion of Time in Byzantium

      Convenor: Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu

15. The Epigraphies of Constantinople: Later Byzantium and the Early Ottoman Period

      Convenor: Ida Toth

16. Beauty of Cities and the Beauty of the Empire

      Convenor: Foteini Spingou


17. Eastern Macedonia from the Ancient World to Medieval Realities. Exploring Patterns

      and Particularities

      Convenor: Natalia Poulou


18. Center and Periphery. New Byzantine Studies in Israel (Palaestina Byzantina I)

      Convenor: Joseph Patrich

19. Center and Periphery. New Byzantine Studies in Israel (Palaestina Byzantina II)

      Convenor: Joseph Patrich


20. From Byzantium to the West (and vice versa): ‘instrumental’ translations between

      the Middle Ages and Humanism

      Convenors: Antonio Rollo and Niccolò Zorzi


21. Creating (Byzantine) Digital Communities

      Convenor: Staffan Wahlgren


22. Encounters with the Alien. Religious and Anti-Heretical Polemic in the Byzantine


      Convenor: Georgi Minczew

23. Broken bridge – War and Warfare during the Early and Middle Byzantine period

      Convenors: Kirił Marinow, Łukasz Różycki, and Marcin Böhm

24. State Administration in the Early Byzantine Period (AD 284–641). Between Greek,

      Roman and Christian models of government

      Convenors: Paweł Filipczak and Jacek Wiewiorowski


25. Theories of Prayer in Early and Middle Byzantium

      Convenors: Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Andrei Timotin


26. Recreation of Byzantine Sacred Spaces: Iconography and Hierotopy

      Convenor: Alexei Lidov

27. Turks and Other Asians in Byzantine Society and Culture

      Convenor: Rustam Shukurov 


28. Hagiographical Space as a Bridge between Byzantine and Contemporary Worlds

      Convenors: Myrto Veikou, Charis Messis, and Basema Hamarneh


29. Les icônes dans les collections muséales d’Europe occidentale

      (Same as TFC 6 above, listed under France)

30. “Living the Byzantine Dream”: foreigners and their status in the Eastern Roman


      Convenors: Claudia Sode, Olga Karaghiorgou, and Maria Campagnolo-Pothitou

31. Networks, Mobility and Transmission in the Visual Arts of the Medieval

      Mediterranean (13th-15th c.)

      Convenors: Michele Bacci and Ioanna Christoforaki


32. Anomalies in Byzantine Art and Architecture: New Methodological Perspectives

      Convenors: Jelena Bogdanović, Marina Mihaljević, and Ljubomir Milanović

33. St. John Chrysostom as Teacher for the Twenty-first Century

      Convenor: Margaret Schatkin

34. Byzantine Hymnography between Genres and Cultures I

      Convenors: Thomas Arentzen  and Kevin Kalish

35. Byzantine Hymnography between Genres and Cultures II

      Convenors: Ophir Münz-Manor and Jeffrey Wickes