CfP: III International Symposium "Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe", Skopje, 30-31 October 2015

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Euro-Balkan University and University of Bologna
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Skopje 30-31 October, 2015
Organised by
"EURO-BALKAN" UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Ravenna Campus-School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Italy

With the financial support of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Special Thematic Strand for 2015

The International scientific symposium "Days of Justinian I" is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.
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 conquest of 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 from the civilized Europe. This cultural bias in the Western academy and politicians led to the marginalization of Byzantine studies in the scholarly and political discourse in Western Europe. Conversely Byzantium was and still being exploited in Balkans within the projected Slav-Greek struggle for historical and cultural legacy. Byzantium's multiple reincarnations served different purposes and produced many misconceptions. However, the Real Byzantium was in constant contacts with different cultures and peoples in the wider region of Europe, Caucasus and the Muslim world. Accordingly the aim of the Symposium is to initiate 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. Аdressing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of heritage, religion, ideology, identity, political and cultural memory, the Symposium will assess the core challenges of the contemporary scholarly discourse on Byzantium and Medieval Europe and its appropriation in the European history and culture.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following 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
· Byzantine missions: Spreading the word in Europe
- Justinian and the European heritage
- 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 19th 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 between different cultures in Europe


First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 July, 2015
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 25 September, 2015
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 July, 2015
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 30 September, 2015
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2016
Please send the application form to the address:;

Euro-Balkan University
Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570
Presentation 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 contact the Secretary of the Symposium
Petar Stevkovski:

Please check the Euro-Balkan University website: for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

Organizing Committee:
Euro-Balkan University /
University of Bologna

Prof. Mitko B. Panov
Prof. Giuseppe Maino
Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija
Prof. Vesna Matijaševic - Pokupec
Dr. Aleksandar Daštevski
Dr. Vangel Nonevski
Dr. Damjan Donev
M.A. Dragana Broz
M.A. Petar Stevkovski
M.A. Igor Panev

International Scientific Committee:

Prof. Mitko B. Panov (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje / Institute of National History, Skopje)
Prof. Florin Curta(University of Florida)
Prof. Guiseppe Maino (ENEA and University of Bologna)
Prof. Carolyn S. Snively (Gettysburg College)
Prof. Donatella Maino (University of Bologna)
Acad. Vitomir Mitevski (Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje)
Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova (University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Andrew Roach (Glasgow University)
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje)
Prof. Maja Jakimovska - Tosic (Institute of Macedonian Literature, Skopje)
Prof. Viktor Lilcic (Cultural Heritage Protection Office / University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Aleksandar Spasenovski (Law Faculty, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Damjan Donev (Euro-Balkan University / Leiden University)
Prof. Dragi Gjorgjiev (Institute of National History, Skopje)