The International Association of Byzantine Studies will be holding its annual congress in Sofia, Bulgaria next year. The congress, which will take place from August 22-27, 2011, is one of the largest gatherings of Byzantine scholars in the world.
Seven plenary sessions have already been planned, and will feature speakers such as John Haldon (“State, Belief and Individual: a Byzantine Paradox”) and Silvia Ronchey (“Nostalgia and Post-Byzantine “Use” of Byzantium : How and Why we Remember Byzantium ?”). Thirty round tables are also being organized on a wide range of topics including Byzantium and Viking world, Constantinople and its Inhabitants, and The Contribution of Eurasian World in the Development of Byzantium. Congress organizers are also looking to include about 30 more sessions and invite scholars to submit abstracts of their papers.
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