New Information Resource: Studia Ceranea

Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022).

“Studia Ceranea” is an international, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal published by Lodz University Press (Poland), devoted to various aspects of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe within the chronological limits of the 1st through the 18th century AD. We welcome research articles as well as book reviews in all areas of Late Ancient, Byzantine and Slavic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, politics, literature, philology and art. We accept manuscripts written in English. The high standard of the journal is ensured by its current presence in the Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index) and the Scopus database. All volumes and more information available at: Contact with the Editorial Board:

Byzantina Symmeikta

Bernard Mulholland, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014).

Byzantina Symmeikta is a peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal published by the Byzantine Section of the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation. From 1966 to 2005 (vols. 1–17) the journal was published under the title Symmeikta. 
Byzantina Symmeikta accepts for publication articles of original research in all fields of Byzantine studies (history, literature, archaeology and art) as well as book reviews. Accepted languages are English, French, German, Greek and Italian. A rigorous publication process ensures that the journal adheres to the highest standards of scholarship. 
Ιn its electronic version Byzantina Symmeikta is an open-access journal. All articles become available online as soon as a new volume is published on the journal’s platform. A print edition appears about one year after the electronic publication. All volumes from 2008 onwards (vols. 18–) are also available in print.
In the first 15 years of its online presence (2008–2022) 155 research articles and more than 200 book reviews and shorter bibliographical notes have appeared in the journal. 

Open-access databases of the National Hellenic Research Foundation

Bernard Mulholland, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) provides open access to 16 databases concerning Byzantine History and especially Byzantine Greece:

Based on the scrutiny of a large body of primary and secondary sources by members of the Section of Byzantine Research of the IHR/NHRF and associated scholars, the databases provide various search possibilities in certain types of texts (historiography and hagiography) and in specific topics (e.g. gastronomy, bookbinding, imported ceramics, raw materials, natural resources and agricultural products, domestic and wild fauna, Greek merchants), as well as a catalogue of the Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos, notes found in manuscripts of the same monastery, the diplomatic transcriptions of Greek post-Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monasteries of Mount Athos, a gazetteer of late Byzantine conflicts, a prosopographical index (for the Venetian colonies in Greece), a catalogue of western religious orders in Greece. Of special note is the “Kyrtou Plegmata” platform, which offers search possibilities in the trade and communication networks in and around Greece from Prehistory to the 19th c. 
The IHR/NHRF also provides open access to a number of e-books regarding Byzantine History:

Call for Papers: Armenian Society under Caliphal Rule (Online Workshop)

Bernard Mulholland, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).

The Emmy Noether Junior Research Group ‘Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period’ (SCORE) at the University of Hamburg welcomes proposals for participation in the online workshop ‘Armenian Society under Caliphal Rule’, 7–8 December 2023. This workshop will consider the social history of Armenia in the period between the first Muslim invasions and the establishment of the Bagratuni kingdom, i.e. seventh to ninth centuries AD/ first to third centuries AH. Contributions will be warmly welcomed on any aspect of social history and its intersection with economic, environmental, cultural and religious history. Perspectives that draw upon the written word, visual culture, the built environment or any combination of the above will all be equally welcomed. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to, such themes as social hierarchies, government, church structures, labour relations, urbanism and ruralism, taxation, civic architecture, etc.

The workshop is envisaged as a compact and focused event running on two consecutive afternoons (Central European Time) only, thereby facilitating the participation of scholars in multiple time zones. The dates of the workshop are fixed as Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December 2023. Papers will be pre-circulated (though they need by no means be polished) two weeks in advance, i.e. by Friday 24 November 2023. To limit video-call fatigue, there will be a total of no more than ten papers, five on each day. Each speaker will be given a 45-minute presentation slot followed by a 15-minute break: presentations will run for 20–25 minutes; questions will then be opened by a dedicated respondent for around five minutes, after which discussion will be opened to the floor for the remaining time. The language of the workshop will be English.

Confirmed participants include Stephanie Forrest (Cambridge), Tim Greenwood (St Andrews), Nik Matheou (Edinburgh), Leone Pecorini Goodall (Edinburgh/St Andrews), Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Vienna), and Aram Vardanyan (Yerevan). Around three months after the workshop, and pending the agreement of each presenter, revised papers will be submitted to a journal for consideration as a themed issue. Immediately following the workshop, it is possible that some presenters may be asked to shift the focus of their contribution slightly in order to maximize coverage across the full breadth of papers. If you would be interested in delivering a paper or acting as a dedicated respondent, please contact Alasdair Grant at by 31 May 2023. Audience registration will open in October, but expressions of interest are welcome any time. If you are enquiring about acting as a respondent, please indicate which topic areas you would be most interested in responding to.

If you are enquiring about delivering a paper, please send an abstract of around 250 words, accompanied by two or three sentences outlining the background to your interest in and study of the topic. You will be notified of the outcome of your proposal by 7 June, i.e. six months before the workshop. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer.

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae

Bernard Mulholland, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021).

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae (MMB) now offer a number of back volumes that are out of print or difficult to access as free pdfs on the newly revised web site. Following a decision by the editorial board, the necessary consents from legal heirs of the many contributors to the project are being collected and already now, a number of important studies and documents are available. In the case of facsimile editions, the offer concerns the meticulous manuscript descriptions and inventories (since images of the manuscripts themselves may be otherwise copyrighted, or can already now be studied on the increasing number of library websites offering digital facsimiles). In addition, a number of monographs and studies (MMB Subsidia), of transcriptions (MMB Transcripta), and the full edition of the OT lectionary (MMB Lectionaria) can be downloaded already now according to a Creative Commons non-commercial no-derivatives license.

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 7th Forum Medieval Art

Bernard Mulholland, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014).

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 7th Forum Medieval Art/Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, Jena, September 25–28, 2024. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

The theme for the 7th Forum Medieval Art is Light: Art, Metaphysics and Science in the Middle Ages.

The Mary Jaharis Center invites session proposals that fit within the Light theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 29, 2023.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $500 maximum for participants traveling from locations in Germany, up to $800 maximum for participants traveling from the EU, and up to $1400 maximum for participants traveling from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The Mary Jaharis Center regrets that it cannot reimburse participants who have last-minute cancellations and are unable to attend the conference.

For a complete description of the theme, further details, and submission instructions, please visit

Perceiving, interpreting, teaching Byzantine liturgical poetry. Nikephoros Kallistou Xanthopoulos’ treatises on hymns

Bernard Mulholland, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021).

Funded by FWF, ESPRIT programme, Project number ESP 269-G. The project, hosted by the Department of Byzantine Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is led by Maria-Lucia Goiana and mentored by Claudia Rapp. It aims to address Xanthopoulos’ three treatises on hymns—on the anabathmoi of the Oktoechos; on various types of hymns; on the Mariological troparion Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβίμ—as witnesses to aspects of education and scholarship in Byzantium, and thus to unlock for the first time in a comprehensive case-study the potential of such commentaries for a better understanding of Byzantine contexts of transmission of knowledge. Special emphasis will be placed on the manuscripts transmitting Xanthopoulos’ treatises as complex sociocultural objects, revealing information on how the texts circulated, were read and studied by generations of users. For further information, please contact Maria-Lucia Goiana ( and check the project’s website.

Call for Contributions: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies, seeks contributions for vols 5 (Dec. 2023) and 6 (Dec. 2024)

Bernard Mulholland, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014).

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 5 (2023) and 6 (2024) Call for Papers

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies invites contributions for its fifth and sixth volumes to be published in December 2023 and December 2024. YILLIK is a peer-reviewed, open access, international academic journal featuring cutting-edge research on Istanbul’s past and present, published by the Istanbul Research Institute in print and online (via DergiPark). YILLIK is indexed by SCOPUS and the MLA International Bibliography.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is accepting submissions of original research articles, opinion pieces and visual essays (Meclis), book and exhibition reviews in Turkish or English, by researchers working on any period of the city through the lens of history, history of art and architecture, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban studies, and other related disciplines in humanities or social sciences.

Articles submitted for publication in the journal are first evaluated by the Editorial Board. Articles deemed suitable by editors in terms of subject matter and quality will be sent to two anonymous reviewers elected in accordance with their expertise from the Advisory Board or from the larger field. Reports from the double-blind reviewers are combined with the comments of the editors and sent back to the author. Depending on their quality and relevance, articles may be accepted or rejected, or the author may be asked to revise the work.

The review process is mandatory for research articles, while book and exhibition reviews along with the Meclis pieces only require editorial evaluation. The editors of the YILLIK pledge to complete the submission process as quickly and constructively as possible. Our aim is to limit the duration of the evaluation process, from the submission to the journal to the forwarding of reviewer reports to the author, to six weeks.

The deadline for the submission for the fifth volume, to be published in December 2023, is June 20. Some of the accepted articles with revisions may be published in the sixth volume in December 2024.

Every year, one of the articles written by a student or recent PhD will be awarded the YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Early Career Article Prize. For details, click here.

Those who wish to submit a book or exhibition review are strongly recommended to ask for the opinion of the Editorial Board in order to avoid duplicate reviews.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies conforms to Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition. Before submitting your article, please refer to our submission & publishing style guide.

For the “YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies Publishing Ethics and Peer Review Statement” click here.

Peer-reviewed article submissions must be made through Dergipark.

For other submissions and questions:

The First Generations of the Conquest (Norman Worlds, 9th-12th Century) – 1. DepartingSymposium at the Maison Française d’Oxford, 22-23 September 2023

Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022).

This conference will address the notion of “first generations” in relation to the medieval Norman conquests in England, Wales, Ireland, southern Italy, Sicily, and the Crusader states. Focusing on the conquerors’ departure from their places of origin, the papers will explore the rhythms, modalities, reasons and objectives for leaving.

The conference aims at:

1/ Determining how relevant the notion of “first generations of the conquest” is. All these movements were phenomena that took place over several generations and featured different kind of protagonists – soldiers, mercenaries, pilgrims, merchants, clerics and monks.

2/ Considering the horizons of those who departed, while avoiding teleological and unilinear assumptions. These horizons require an analysis of diverse dynamics and “push and pull” factors: political motivations, economic grounds, social mechanisms, acculturation processes, social and political creativity.

3/ Exploring the documentation, approaches, and tools that help to answer these questions. Our documentation was often produced in the regions where the conquerors settled, and it focuses on their new status; it must be compared retroactively with sources from Normandy (and more broadly speaking from northern France) to enlighten the dynamics that led to the mobility of these people.

This symposium is part of the 2022-2026 research project Pax normanna (dir. Prof. Pierre Bauduin, University of Caen-Normandie, and Prof. Annick Peters-Custot, University of Nantes). Please send your paper proposal to and

Deadline: 10 May 2023 

Workshop (in person): Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts, 24th May, 2023, University of Ghent, Belgium

Workshop (in person): Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts, 24th May, 2023, University of Ghent, Belgium.  For further information and registration procedure, please click here. All welcome!

Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts

During the past few decades, scholars have initiated debates about the methodologies of editing Byzantine texts. Several questions that had not been asked before, especially in relation to the specificity of Byzantine texts and manuscripts, have finally come to the forefront.

The intellectual authorship of a Byzantine text and its physical materialization often overlap and interact with each other. Many manuscripts, if not literally autographs, stand very close to the original version of texts. Sometimes, there is not even one single original, but the different versions are the reflection of authorial drafts or later elaborations. Manuscripts are often nonuniform and unstable, and present a complex and multilayered hierarchy of texts. Also, the changing linguistic reality of the Middle Ages in tension with a strong school tradition of grammar produces texts that invite the interventions of editors.

This workshop gathers together a group of scholars willing to share their reflections and experiences with editing medieval Byzantine texts. The workshop will address these and other similar questions:

  • How should editors deal with punctuation and accentuation? Which are the meaningful practices in manuscripts? And how do these relate to the oral performance and visual layout of texts?
  • How should editors reproduce unconventional orthography, linguistic flexibility and the fluctuation of registers? Which role does “school grammar” play in this respect?
  • Which is the role of literary genres and textual types? How should editions mark intertextuality and parallels? And what about the case of metaphrasis and rewriting?
  • What is the best way to edit texts that depend on other texts, such as commentaries and marginal scholia? And how can editors synoptically display the layers of successive annotations and textual expansions?
  • Why and how should we edit unfinished and preliminary texts, especially when a more accomplished version is preserved? Similarly, how should we treat apographa, especially the late copies of pre-Byzantine texts?


Date: Wednesday 24 May 2023

Location: leslokaal 0.4 (Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent)

9-9.30: Introduction (Floris Bernard – Julián Bértola)

9.30-10.10: “The challenges of editing rhetorical texts” (Antonia Giannouli)

10.10-10.50: “The complexities of editing florilegia” (Alessandra Bucossi)

10.50-11.10: Coffee break

11.10-11.50: “Editing Andronikos Kallistos’ works: Problems, remarks, solutions” (Luigi Orlandi)

11.50-12.30: “Editing Aristotle’s Organon in 1495: The models for Aldus Manutius’s Editio princeps of the First Analytics” (José Maksimczuk)

12.30-14: Lunch break

14-14.40: “A liturgical poem on the passion of Christ (BHG 413m) and its editorial challenges” (Maria Tomadaki)


“Open traditions: Use and reuse of book epigrams” (Rachele Ricceri)

15.20-15.40: Coffee break

15.40-16.20: “Between Symeon the Logothete and Theophanes Continuatus: How to edit the intermediary versions (Logothete B)” (Staffan Wahlgren)

16.20-17: “Byzantine linguistic reality and the edition of texts” (Martin Hinterberger)

17-17.30: Wrap-up session


This event is open for anyone who is interested to attend.

To attend the conference, please register here.

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