GEM Forum Summer Term 2014

All Sessions – 5.15pm Whitting Room (426 Arts Building)

Wednesday 7th May – Colloquium Workshop by George Makris.

Wednesday 14th May – Presentation: The Isolario Map – a depiction of reality? by Andrew Blackler. Chair: Georgia Tsatsani

Wednesday 28th May – PG Journal Workshop by Wei-Sheng Lin (Diogenes), Eleanor Simmance (BEJ) and Rebecca Jones (JHAC)

Wednesday 11th June – Presentation: Michael Attaleiates and Eyewitness Accounts of War in Byzantine Literature by Kyle Sinclair. Chair Wei-Sheng Lin.

GEM Forum Call for Papers for Autumn 2013

Call for participation and papers

GEM Forum

Following the success of the GEM Forum last year, we are pleased to call for a new session of GEM Forum papers.

The concept is the same as previously: in each Forum session, 1-2 postgraduate students give a talk about a topic of their research. Alternatively, the GEM Forum can be a film screening or a visit to the University’s facilities relevant to fields covered by the CBOMGS.

This will be an ideal place to try out ideas and get feedback on research, as well as being an excellent opportunity to expand your academic CV.

The Forum allows participants to

* practise giving papers (for example, in preparation for the CBOMGS Colloquium or for any other forthcoming conference)

* practise handling PowerPoint presentations

* to receive feedback on any works-in-progress

* improve your confidence at asking and being asked questions in public, yet in a friendly atmosphere

* to meet and socialise with other postgraduate students.


Wine and snacks will be served. All are welcome.

We want YOU


If you are interested in chairing a session of the GEM forum this would involve giving a short introduction about the speaker/s and their work then directing the Q&A session afterwards.



In order to plan a program, please send your abstracts by 1st September including:

-The proposed paper topic AND field of study (e.g. Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek Studies)

-An abstract of approximately 200 words.

-Dates of your availability –GEM has use of the Whitting Room from 5.15pm onwards Wednesday evenings all of next term

-Whether you would require any AV facilities


Yes, I am interested!

Both prospective chairpeople and speakers should contact the GEM Committee by 1st September 2013 on

Call for papers – GEM Online journal (forthcoming)


GEM – The student society of the Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies in Birmingham is proud to announce a call of papers for a new forthcoming online journal. Articles may concern any aspect of issues related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. Contributions on history, archeology, anthropology or other fields are welcomed as long as they represent at least one of the three areas of our Centre. The articles should not exceed the limit of 3000 words (excluding bibliography).

Book reviews

We welcome book reviews on any topic related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. The choice of book for reviewing is free, but the book must be a recent publication.
Both articles and book reviews must be submitted directly to the specific area referent(s):

Byzantine studies – Jeff Brubaker jbd230 [at]  or Annika Asp-Talwar asa184 [at]
Ottoman studies – Onur Usta oxu219 [at]
Modern Greek studies – Yannis Stamos ixs233 [at]

The deadline for contributions is 1st of March of the present year.
For further enquiries, please contact Carlo Virgilio cxv [at]


Download the call for papers for the GEM online journal

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