School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Byzantine Studies seminars

Explore research around rich cultures in a seminal period of world history with the Byzantine Studies seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Time and location

The Byzantine Studies seminars take place throughout the year, and are open to all. Events usually start at 5:15pm, unless otherwise noted.

Semester 2 2019/20
Date Speaker Topic Venue

Monday 27 Jan

Olivier Delouis (Paris)

‘Preaching is a performing art (as demonstrated by Theodore the Stoudite, AD 759–826)’

7.18, David Hume Tower
Monday 17 Feb Dimitrios Skrekas (Oxford) ‘Neophytos, Bishop of Grevena: A less known author of the15th century’ CANCELLED 7.18, David Hume Tower

Monday 16 Mar

Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh)

‘“Whiter than crystal” – Ideals and realities of beauty in Byzantium’ CANCELLED 7.18, David Hume Tower
Monday 23 Mar Péter Bara (University of Szeged) 'Leo of Chalcedon: The network, paideia, and miracles of an Early Komnenian metropolitan' CANCELLED 7.18, David Hume Tower

Semester 1 2019/20 

Date Speaker Topic Notes
Wednesday 18 Sept Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger (Birmingham) ‘History (and the frontier) as literature in eleventh-century Byzantine historical accounts’ [PAIXUE Research Meeting] 2.00-4.00pm
Monday 30 Sept Marc Lauxtermann (Oxford) ‘“As though from India itself”: Storytelling in Byzantium’ Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Old Medical School

Mon 21 Oct

Ivan Drpić (Pennsylvania)

‘A therapy for the soul: On the devotional use of enkolpia’ 4.18 David Hume Tower
Wednesday 20 Nov Niels Gaul (Edinburgh) ‘Byzantium and Scotland’ (Inaugural Lecture for the A. G. Leventis Chair in Byzantine Studies) Screening Room, 50 George Square
Friday 22 Nov Averil Cameron (Oxford)   Part of the 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies  

Saturday 23 Nov

Jack Tannous (Princeton) Part of the 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies  

Wednesday 27 Nov


Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford) ‘From Homer to Digenis Akritis: epics on the Byzantine frontier’ [Classical Association of Scotland in association with PAIXUE]

6.00pm,  Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School


Thursday-Saturday, 12–14 Dec  

  'Classicising learning, performance, and power: Eurasian perspectives from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period' - Registration required  

Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Jim Crow, Niels Gaul, Foteini Spingou, Yannis Stouraitis

Find out what else is on

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.