2005 Byzantine Studies Conference

The thirty-first annual Byzantine Studies Conference will be held Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30, 2005

The University of Georgia, Athens

Documents and web pages for Byzantine Studies Conference 2005

[as available]

Call for Papers
Format for Submission of Abstracts
Annual Dues Notice/Renewal Form
Graduate Student Prize
Graduate Student Travel Stipend – New
Program Committee
Chair: Amy Papalexandrou, email: apapalex@yahoo.com
Local Arrangements Committee
Chair: Asen Kirin, email: aekirin@uga.edu
Final Conference Program
Local Arrangements Information
Online registration

last update: 10/05/2005

Annual Conference

2006 Byzantine Studies Conference at the University of Missouri, St. Louis

The thirty-second annual Byzantine Studies Conference will be held

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 30, 2006
The University of Missouri, St. Louis

The 2006 Conference website is http://www.byzconf.org/

There you can find information on the following (as available):

The call for papers

The provisional conference program

Local arrangements information

On-Line registration for the conference

Information for graduate students

Annual dues notice.

Previous Byzantine Studies Conferences

For information on earlier conferences see the the archives.

About the Byzantine Studies Conference

The Byzantine Studies Conference is an association for the presentation and discussion of papers embodying current research on all aspects of Byzantine history and culture. The Conference meets in a different city every year. At meetings, over 100 papers are usually presented and discussed in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. Although most of our members are American academics, we have an international membership and many non-academic members. Graduate students play a large role in the conference and are strongly encouraged to present papers and participate in discussions.

For a short history of the BSC, see Alice-Mary Talbot (Dumbarton Oaks): The Byzantine Studies Conference 1975-1999: Looking Back after the First 25 Years

2006 Byzantine Studies Conference

The thirty-second annual Byzantine Studies Conference will be held

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 12, 2006
The University of Missouri, St. Louis

The complete conference website is http://www.byzconf.org/

There you can find information on the following (as available):

The call for papers

The conference program

Local arrangements information

Online registration for the conference

Information for graduate students

Annual dues notice/Renewal Form.

Please note that the Annual Dues Notice will be mailed separately. All those who give papers must be members of the BSC.

The BSC Governing Board requests that ALL members send their dues to the treasurer by March 15, whether submitting an abstract or not.

The Tousimis Award

In addition to the BSC Graduate Student Prize, the Tousimis Award will be given for the best graduate student papers at the Conference. A $750.00 Tousimis Award will be given for the paper that also receives the BSC Graduate Student Prize, $500.00 for second place, and $250.00 to third place. The review panel that determines the BSC Graduate Student Prize will also rate the papers for the second and third place Tousimis Awards. This annual award is given through the generosity of the Tousimis Research Corporation and Dr. Anastasios Tousimis for the encouragement of scholarship. Please see here for further information.

The Twenty-first International Congress of Byzantine Studies

The Official web site of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies is byzantinecongress.org.uk

Announcements related to the International Congress are posted on our Congress Information Page as received.


The future growth of Byzantine Studies at North American universities is by no means certain. Every year we lose as many positions as we gain. To help members of the Byzantine Studies Conference to advocate for the retention of these positions and to promote growth in the field, I invite members of this conference to submit brief essays that reflect on the value of the field and that also define strategies for the development of Byzantine Studies here in the United States.

It is hoped that these essays will present a variety of views and opinions and will therefore reflect the open quality of our field. It is expected that this page can become a resource for our community, providing useful and pertinent models to help us all argue the case for the field to which we are devoted.

Please submit essays to the President of the Byzantine Studies Conference (Charles Barber: cbarber@nd.edu).

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Business Lunch Minutes

Thirty-First Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Business Lunch Minutes: Friday, 28 October 2005

Charles Barber, President of the BSC, called the meeting to order at 1:00.

On a motion duly made by C. Rapp and seconded by G. Peers, the agenda as presented was approved unanimously.

On a motion duly made by D. Olster and seconded by D. Krueger, the minutes for the Business Lunch meeting in 2004 (30.x) were approved unanimously.

The President expressed thanks on behalf of the membership to the Local Arrangements Committee, especially Asen Kirin, to the Program Committee and Chair, Amy Papalexandrou, to the anonymous donor of the graduate-student prize, to Dr. Anastasios Tousimis, to the BSC/DO Liaison Committee and to the Governing Board. Each expression of thanks was warmly greeted with applause.

President’s Report:
C. Barber reported on the difficulties experienced over maintaining charitable status in the state of Illinois.

He also reported on issues concerning the BSC website and on the agreement by R. Alison to become the site’s ‘webmaster’.

Treasurer’s Report: L. Jones tabled the budget for the previous year, and she drew particular attention to the large increase in sales of abstracts, due to the work of A. Gonosova. The balance in the bank is very healthy, she reported. The budget was duly approved.

Governing Board Elections: A vote was held for the four places from the five candidates on the slate. The following were elected to the Governing Board: Sarah Bassett, Anna Gonosova, Henry Maguire and Ralph Mathison.

Graduate Student Prizes for 2003: On behalf of the Program Committee, L. Jones presented the prizes. First prize was given to Gunder Varinlioglu, second to Young Kim, and third to Cristina Toma.

Report of BSC/DO Liaison Committee: The minutes of the meeting were presented by C. Barber to the membership, and on a motion duly made by D. Krueger, seconded by G. Peers, the minutes were accepted. The President recommended that the committee no longer be formed because of expense and because of the helpful participation of the Director of Byzantine Studies at the Business Luncheon. The Board reserved the right to form such a committee in the future if the need should arise.

Report from Dumbarton Oaks: Alice-Mary Talbot addressed the membership on the eventful year at Dumbarton Oaks. A report of activities was distributed to all members in attendance, and attention was particularly drawn to the new arrangements necessitated by the renovations. Visitors to the library must now give at least 24 hours notice, and the first visit to the new library must make time for an orientation session as well. Members were also informed that no guest accommodation would be available for the next two years. A new publications director has been hired, and JSTOR now has all volumes available for access, the members were told. C. Rapp asked about the Greek summer schools, and members were informed that for reasons of housing and classrooms, DO would not be hosting a summer school in 2006.

New Business:
The President asked that the membership vote on the following constitutional amendment, “The President of the BSC, in consultation with the Governing Board, may write letters on behalf of the membership of the organization in support of posts in the field of Byzantine Studies and to express concern over the fate of historical artifacts and monuments that pertain to Byzantine studies.” The membership cast ballots, the amendment received the necessary vote of three-quarters of the membership in attendance, and it duly passed.

The President also asked for direction from the membership on changing the BSC to a Byzantine Studies association. Discussion centered on overlap with the US National Committee, agreement of the Canadian national committee, incorporation, and composition of any committee formed. The President tabled a proposition, “The BSC shall consider revising its constitution to become a Byzantine Studies association with annual meeting, and the membership directs the President to form a committee in order to propose a revised constitution to the membership for discussion at the next meeting of the BSC.” D. Olster made a motion that this proposition be put to an oral vote, H. Evans seconded, and the motion carried without an opposing vote.

L. Striker asked that the BSC re-consider its position on the coin given as a graduate student-prize, but discussion was delayed for procedural reasons until the following meeting.

G. Majeska brought the recent foundation of the society for East Christian History and Culture, which had held its first meeting recently at Columbus. He encouraged anyone interested in joining or participating to go to the website.

The President read a letter from the Dean of Arts and Sciences from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, welcoming all to attend the 2006 conference 9-12.xi.06.

R. Allison brought fundraising efforts for fire-damaged Chilandar Monastery to the attention of the members.

Members also agreed to give a vote of thanks for all that Paul Halsall had done on behalf of the BSC, and the vote was followed by warm applause.

Date and Time of Next Governing Board Meeting – 6:30, 29.x.05, at the Conference Center.

Adjournment – On a motion duly made by D. Olster, seconded by L. Neville, the meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Glenn Peers, Secretary