Call for Papers

2nd INTERNATIONALSCIENTIFIC 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.mkpstevkovski@gmail.com

Application form download here

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 contactthe 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.

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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
Dr. Vangel Nonevski
Dr. Dance Galeva
Dr. Bosko Karadjov
Dr. DraganGjalevski
M.A.Dusica Dimitrovska - Gajdovska
M.A.PetarStevkovski
M.A.Dragana Broz
M.A. Igor Panev

 

International Scientific Committee:

Prof. Mitko B. Panov (Euro-Balkan University, 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) 
Prof. Dragi Gjorgjiev (Institute of National History, Skopje)

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