2nd International Scientific Symposium – Days of Justinian I

Skopje 26-27 September, 2014

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 2014: “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage”

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 “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, and Heritage”. Namely, the year 2014 commemorates the millennium of the legendary conflict between Emperor Basil II and Tsar Samuel over the Balkans that ended with the tragic death of Samuel in October 1014, after the defeat at the battle of Belasica. The conflict itself is an illustrative example of how the legends and myths were created and constructed, both in Medieval and Modern times, incorporating many aspects of historical and cultural tradition and heritage. The specificity of this conflict is its enduring impact on the Medieval and Modern Balkans, consequently indicating the need to present a more thorough and broader picture in order to understand the contested interpretation and different perspectives and to offer a clearer picture of how the medieval past was used in modern history, politics and culture. The legendary conflict between Basil II and Samuel is a universal phenomenon, thus embracing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of religion, ideology, identity, heritage, political and cultural memory and myth-making reflected in the historical and cultural legacy.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of discussion:

  • Basil II versus Samuel: Real or imaginary conflict over the Balkans?
  • The Legend of Basil II and Samuel and the “Macedonian question”
  • Interpreting the legends in medieval and modern Europe
  • (De)Constructing the narratives and myths in medieval and modern Europe
  • Continuity and discontinuity in political ideology between medieval Bulgaria and Samuel’s state
  • Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: Defining the “others” in Europe
  • Popular religion, “native” churches, and medieval heresy
  • The Ohrid Archbishopric and religious tradition: medieval and modern perceptions of religion and ideology
  • The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture: medieval and modern concepts and approaches
  • Byzantine and the Middle Ages in European history and culture: Bridging the East and West
  • Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
  • Cultural legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue between different cultures in Europe

Paper Submission

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 July, 2014
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 September, 2014
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 5 July, 2014
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 5 September, 2014
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2015

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk; pstevkovski@gmail.com.

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, Italian 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: pstevkovski@gmail.com.

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: www.euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Days-of-Justinian-I/260759300767845.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

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