Fourth Colloquia Ceranea International Conference
12-14 May 2022, Łódź


Call for proposals

Application form (individual submission)

Application form (panel submission)


We are delighted to invite you for the international scholarly conference Colloquia Ceranea IV, organised by The Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe “Ceraneum”, University of Lodz, Poland, May 12–14 2022.

We hope that, owing to the vaccination programmes being implemented across Europe, we will not be facing another wave of Covid-19 in the spring and, therefore, we intend to hold the fourth edition of the symposium in person. For those unable to attend the conference in Lodz there will be an opportunity for online participation. Should the pandemic situation deteriorate however, the event will be hosted online exclusively.

Colloquia Ceranea is targeted at scholars researching into the history and culture of the Mediterranean (the Greco-Roman world, the Byzantine Empire, the Slavic world, the Balkans), the Middle East, and the Caucasus over the period from Antiquity to the Early Modern Times. As is customary, we intend to focus on questions covering the main research fields of Ceraneum Centre, i.e. food and medicine from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, history and culture of Byzantium and the Slavic World in the Middle Ages.



Though the agenda of the symposium will be, as always, shaped ultimately by your proposals, we would like to inspire you with the following thematic areas for 2022:

History of medicine and food:
/ Food and medicaments as indicators of social status;
/ Ancient and Byzantine medical treatises as a source of information on everyday life;
/ Reception of Galen’s teachings in Byzantium and beyond the Greco-Roman world;
/ Ancient medical knowledge preserved in Byzantine medical treatises;
/ Food or medicament? – e.g. ancient and Byzantine dietetics, medical knowledge
preserved in culinary/agronomic literature.

Monasticism, new religious movements and heresies:
/ The Culture-forming role and social significance of the monastic movement;
/ Monasticism as a conduit for new ideas and a breeding ground for heresy;
/ Paths for spreading religious innovations: monastic instabilitas loci, trade routes,
/ The charismatic leader – saint or heresiarch?
/ Monasticism in the countries of the Byzantine world as a means of propagating
Byzantine culture, with particular emphasis on translations of ascetic, theological and
liturgical texts.


As always, we eagerly await papers discussing other research fields, such as:
/ material culture and everyday life,
/ historical and political geography,
/ peace and war studies,
/ society, mores and social norms,
/ education,
/ language,
/ art and visual culture,
/ cultural unity and diversity, continuity and innovations,
/ political culture and ideology,
/ historiography and perception of the past from Antiquity to the present day,
/ the state and its organization.


Plenary lectures will be delivered by:
/ Prof. Ewald Kislinger (University of Vienna)
/ Dr. Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (University of Edinburgh)
/ Dr. Dirk Krausmüller (University of Vienna)


You are encouraged to submit the proposals of a thematic group (or thematic groups) organised around one specific topic (i.e. thematic panels). Each panel should consist of a minimum of 3 speakers. Individual submissions are also welcome. Proposals of the panel topics (including the list of panel speakers) as well as individual submissions should be sent by February 28, 2022 to

While papers are preferred in English, other languages are also acceptable provided that the speaker prepares an English hand-out (or multimedia presentation) outlining the main points of the talk.
Papers, provided they meet the applicable requirements, will be published in article format in “Studia Ceranea”, a yearly journal indexed in Scopus, the Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, and a number of other databases.
In-person participants will be charged a 250 PLN (Polish zloty) conference fee which will cover organisational costs, including lunches, coffee breaks and editing “Studia Ceranea”.
For on-line participants the fee will be 100 PLN.

Please note: if your university is unable to cover the conference fee, there is the possibility for it to be reduced or even waived. Let us know when you apply.



Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak

Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska

Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka

Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

If you have any question, please contact us at