Our research covers the east Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Middle East across a wide range of disciplines, historical periods and divergent cultural traditions. We provide a stimulating and supportive research environment for postgraduate study.


The Centre’s world-class publications include the journal Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies and the series Birmingham Modern Greek Translations  and Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Monographs. Most recently the Centre hosted the 50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies on Global Byzantium. It was in Birmingham in 1967 that the first Byzantine Symposium was held by the late Professor Emeritus Anthony Bryer.

The Centre also recently hosted a workshop on Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity (May 2015), part of an AHRC research project, and an international conference on Imperial Legacies in Cross-Cultural Mediterranean Context (September 2011), co-organised with the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations, Koç University, Istanbul)

Our staff publish a wide range of books, chapters and journal papers.  For more information on these please see the individuals' staff page.

Doctoral students at the Centre pursue innovative research in a variety of topics in Byzantine studies, Ottoman studies, and Modern Greek studies.  In February 2017 a two-day workshop organised by a postgratuate at tehe Centre, toegether with a gratuate of the Courtauld, was held at Birmingham on Reconsidering the Concept of Decline in the Arts of the Palaiologan Era. Every year the current research students of the Centre organize the annual Postgraduate Research Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, where they have the opportunity to present their work and are trained in giving academic presentations. The most recent 18th Annual Colloquium was held in June 2017 on the topic of Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity.

Students have also initiated large collaborative reseach projects, such as the Syropoulos Project on the translation and study of the key Byzantine account of the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438-39). Graduate alumni and alumnae of the Centre hold prestigious academic and other professional positions throughout the world and have most recently launched the blog Friends of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

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