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2015 Byzantine Studies Conference

The 41st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference in New York City

The next Byzantine Studies Conference will be held in New York City from Thursday evening October 22 – Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Schedule and locations:

Thursday 6:00pm, Casa Italiana, Columbia University
Judith Herrin, Professor Emerita, King’s College, London, Ravenna Springboard of Europe

Friday, The Graduate Center, City University of NY
Sessions 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Book display

Friday evening, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6:30 pm

Gallery talks about the exhibitions Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200-400 and Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World by curators:
Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The MMA
Kathrin Colburn, Conservator, The MMA
Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College (guest curator)
Warren Woodfin, Assistant Professor of Art History, Queen’s College, CUNY (guest curator)

Saturday and Sunday, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
Book sales
The Business lunch for BSANA will be held on Saturday

Getting to NY

Air: You can fly to any one of three major airports – La Guardia, JFK International, and Newark International.  You may reach Manhattan, and the conference hotel, via subway (rail in the case of Newark), bus, taxi, or private, relatively inexpensive, shuttle services such as SuperShuttle.

Train: Amtrak trains come into Penn Station at 34th Street.
Metro North (comes to Grand Central) and NJ Transit (to Penn Station) also come into Manhattan from the tri-state area.

Car: If you drive, we suggest finding a garage for your car or you will regularly have to move it due to street cleaning rules and parking meters, unless you are staying in an outer borough (i.e. Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx or Staten Island).


Our conference hotel is the Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a 10 minute walk from Fordham’s campus and a couple of subway stops from both The Graduate Center and Columbia University. The Metropolitan Museum is a short bus ride across Central Park from the Beacon.  You must book your rooms by September 10 when the rooms will become fair game on the open market.  To book a room at the discounted rate call 212.787.1100 x2 between 8:00 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and mention The Byzantine Studies Conference when booking. The rate will be $363.22 for single/double occupancy room, which includes a 14.75% hotel tax and various city fees. 

While the hotel is reasonably priced for NY, it may not be in your budget.  We encourage you to shop around and to use especially Airbnb, which is generally considerably less expensive than a hotel. Nearly every subway line can be taken to the Graduate Center.  The other sites of the conference are easily accessible from the A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3 and 9 lines which will help if you select a hotel elsewhere.


We expect to post this at the end of summer.


Please reach out by email to Jenn Ball, Chair of Local Arrangements for BSC 2015:

Local Arrangements Committee

  • George Demacopoulos
  • Helen Evans
  • Warren Woodfin
  • Kostis Smyrlis
  • Holger Klein
  • Eric Ivison
  • Jenn Ball

Graduate student travel reimbursements for the 2014 Conference

Graduate students giving papers at the Byzantine Studies Conference who do not reside in the area of the conference are entitled to partial reimbursement of travel expenses.