The “International Scientific Symposium ‘Days of Justinian I’: ‘Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth’”, to be held at Skopje, on 18-19 October, 2013, is organized by the Euro-Balkan University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.

The international scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scientific forum for presentation of the latest research and discussion of various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, which includes the treatment and interpretation of Byzantine and Medieval cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary European politics and history.

The theme of this year’s scientific symposium “Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth” is focused on analyzing the specifics, differences and similarities of the Balkan region from the perspective of the impact of Byzantine as a dominant political, cultural, religious and aesthetic model. The purpose of the scientific meeting is to explore the concept of the Byzantine Commonwealth and to define the place of Macedonia and the Balkans, treating the phenomenon of Byzantium as Universal Empire being in a continuous interaction and conflict with Western Christianity and Christian-Islamic Orient.

Papers are welcomed on various aspects that could include the following areas of discussion:

• Byzantine Commonwealth: historical reality or modern construct?

• The place of Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth;

• Byzantium as a cultural, aesthetic and religious model for political elites in the Balkans;

• Balkan countries in the Byzantine “hierarchy of states”;

• Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: the Byzantine civilization concept and definition of “others” in the Balkans;

• Byzantine mission in the Balkans: religion, politics, diplomacy;

• The Balkans between Byzantium, Western Europe and the Orient;

• Byzantium after Byzantium: treatment and influence of Byzantine concepts and practices on post-medieval successors in Macedonia and in the Balkans;

• The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture in the Balkans;

• Byzantine religious concept and modernity: tradition and influences;

• Byzantine cultural heritage: interpretation, restoration, protection;

• Archeological heritage and the research of the Byzantine history, society and economy.

Paper submission

Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: September 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: August 10, 2013

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: September 20, 2013

Deadline for submitting the full papers: January 31, 2014

For further information for news on the symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form:

Interested participants are kindly requested to send the application form to: [email protected]

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 15 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian 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 Programme Committee and the International Editorial Board. Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires: Ivana Kraјcinoviк ([email protected]).

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov