Byzantium in the Adriatic from the Sixth to Twelfth Centuries

Split, Croatia, 28-30 September 2018

Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies & Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split

The field of Byzantine Studies has recently gained impetus in Croatia from the establishment of the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies, which aspires to become a cross-disciplinary research hub for experts in manifold disciplines related to Byzantine Studies not only in Croatia but in the region as well. Following the auspicious first steps of bringing Byzantine Studies into the focus of Croatian academia and the research community, the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies now aims to attract internationally acclaimed researchers of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to a forum that will offer an opportunity to discuss a plethora of research topics and questions bearing on the presence of Byzantium in the Adriatic, and specifically to analyze the profile, genesis and transformation of the region in response to the Byzantine world system. The aim is to present and examine old as well as fresh ideas in an innovative way to provide a more complete and in-depth picture of the political, socio-economic, religious, legal, cultural aspects of Byzantine influence, both direct and indirect, detectable in the Adriatic, and particularly the eastern Adriatic coastal area, with a chronological span from the Age of Justinian I to the final disappearance of all vestiges of Byzantine authority and political sway in the region in the twelfth century.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in an international conference ‘Byzantium In The Adriatic From The Sixth To Twelfth Centuries’, organized by the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies in close cooperation with the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split. The conference will take place on September 28-30 in Split, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic at the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split.

The conference’s special thematic strands include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • defining ‘Byzantium’ and its influence in the Adriatic context
  • (dis)continuity of the Byzantine presence in the Adriatic region
  • Adriobyzantinism, Latin Byzantinism, Slavic Byzantinism
  • overlapping zones of influences: problems of centre, periphery and province
  • comparative studies: Ravenna, Pentapolis, Roman Duchy, Venice, Istria, Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia, Calabria, Benevento, Marche, etc.
  • Byzantium’s influence on the ethnogeneses in the Adriatic coastal area
  • transmission of texts
  • conversion, Christianization and the Church (the interference of jurisdictional and liturgical influences from Constantinople, Rome, Aquileia/Grado; the network of bishoprics; the Cyrillo-Methodian Mission)
  • Byzantine legal traditions
  • Byzantine traditions in diplomatics, language, anthroponymy, toponymy, hagiography
  • Byzantine traditions in social structures (urban elites, aristocracy, family and society)
  • manifestations of Byzantine authority: public institutions, administrative structures, circulation of Byzantine money, seals
  • Byzantine cultural circles in the Adriatic (Justinianic Age, Macedonian dynasty, etc.)
  • settlements, towns, urban history, spatial organization
  • material culture with Byzantine characteristics and provenance in the Adriatic (archaeology, cemeteries, jewellery, weapons, tools, costumes)
  • the so-called Byzantine limes marittimus in the Adriatic (forts, castra, defence systems)

The conference encourages a broad interdisciplinary approach open to specialists and researchers of various profiles: historians, archaeologists, art historians, liturgists, epigraphists, linguists, classical philologists, etc.

Paper Submission

Deadline for submitting the letter of intent for participation: 25 April 2018.
First deadline for submitting the abstracts of the papers: 25 June 2018.
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 20 minutes.
Working Language: English.

All participants are required to pay the participation fee in amount of 50€. The participation fee includes accommodation during the Conference and a gala dinner. A visit to the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic is free of charge for all participants.

To participate in the conference you should send a title and a short abstract in English to the following email address: The proposals will be considered and selected by the organizing committee.

Organisation Committee

Ivan Basić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split)
Hrvoje Gračanin (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
Marko Petrak (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb)
Trpimir Vedriš (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)

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