Ever since the conquestof Constantinople by the Ottomans, Byzantium was constantly rediscovered and imagined.The invention of “Byzantinism” in Western European discourse in the eighteenth century,served to delimitate and separate “oriental”, “despotic” and “backward” Byzantium fromthe civilized Europe. This cultural bias in the Western academy and politicians led to themarginalization of Byzantine studies in the scholarly and political discourse in WesternEurope. Conversely Byzantium was and still being exploited in Balkans within the projectedSlav-Greek struggle for historical and cultural legacy. Byzantium’s multiple reincarnationsserved different purposes and produced many misconceptions. However, the RealByzantium was in constant contacts with different cultures and peoples in the wider regionof Europe, Caucasus and the Muslim world. Accordingly the aim of the Symposium is toinitiate scholarly debate to define Byzantium’s place in the cultural history and imagination,giving it the central role in the relationships between East and West, Christianity and Islam,Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval world.
А dressing broaderdiscussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of heritage, religion,ideology, identity, political and cultural memory, the Symposium will assess the corechallenges of the contemporary scholarly discourse on Byzantium and Medieval Europe andits appropriation in the European history and culture.