Conf/CfP -lll International Scientific Symposium “Days of Justinian I” - “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”, 30-31 October 2015, Skopje, Macedonia

Publish Date: May 29, 2015

Deadline: Jul 10, 2015

Event Dates: from Oct 30, 2015 12:00 to Oct 31, 2015 12:00

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinaryscholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions onvarious aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment andinterpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. TheSymposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range ofissues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration ofthe cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”.
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.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to thefollowing areas of discussion:
  • Byzantium in the European civilizational concept
  • Medieval Europe and Byzantium: divisions and interactions
  • Byzantium and the West: Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Byzantium and the East: Christianity and Islam
  • Appropriation of the legacies of Byzantium and Medieval Europe
  • Byzantium and the Medieval Europe in the modern political discourse
  • Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Politics, war, diplomacy
  • Projecting the Medieval past in Modern Europe
  • Interpreting the Empires: The myth of the Third Rome
  • Representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture
  • Imagining Byzantium in 19 th and 20th century Balkans
  • Byzantium in the Eastern Europe: historical and cultural paradigms
  • Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Bridging the East and West
  • Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
  • Cultural and historical legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue betweendifferent cultures in Europe
First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 July, 2015Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 25 September, 2015Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 July, 2015Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 30 September, 2015Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2016Please send the application form to theaddress:; Euro-Balkan UniversityBlvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of MacedoniaTel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes. Working languages: Macedonian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.For further inquires please contactthe Secretary of the SymposiumPetar Stevkovski: Please check the Euro-Balkan website: for news on the Symposium, theagenda, special events and the online application form.Follow us on Facebook: Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

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