Third Colloquia Ceranea International Conference
15-17 April 2021, Łódź

We cordially invite you to participate in the international scholarly conference Colloquia Ceranea III, organised by The Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe “Ceraneum”, University of Łódź, Poland, 15–17 April 2021.





individual submission

panel submission


Proposals should be sent by January 31, 2021 to



Colloquia Ceranea III is targeted at scholars who study 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 usual, we wish to focus particularly on topics connected with:

  • food and medicine from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period,
  • the history of the Church and religious movements,
  • 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.

We encourage you to submit proposals of a thematic group (or thematic groups) organised around one specific topic (i.e. thematic panels). We expect each panel to consist of a minimum of 3 speakers. Individual submissions are also welcome.



Three plenary lectures will be delivered. Our keynote speakers are:

Serena Buzzi, University of Turin

Stephanie Roussou, University of Cyprus

Mariyana Tsibranska-Kostova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences



You may organise your own thematic panel or join one of the following:

Food and medicine in Byzantium. 

We would like to invite scholars conducting their research into food history and history of medicine to submit papers covering the following questions:

  • Byzantine ars coquinaria;
  • Food as an indicator of social status;
  • Interactions between Mediterranean diet and medicine;
  • Reception of ancient medicine in Byzantium;
  • Medicaments or beauty products? Cosmetics in medical treatises.

Since the session aims to investigate various aspects of culinary and medicinal traditions in the Mediterranean World from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, papers devoted to other than the suggested above thematic areas are also welcome.

To join the panel send your submission to or directly to Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka (


Infidels, heresies and heresiology in the Byzantine World. 

We invite you to raise in your paper one of the following questions:

– Bogomil unity and diversity – relations with Cathars, Paulicians and other eastern religions,

– social position of the heretics and people of other faiths (tolerance, isolation and persecution),

– polemical strategies of orthodox (catholic) writers (including Christian-Muslim, Christian-Jewish, Orthodox-Latin, Orthodox-Armenian relations),

– credibility and historiographical value of the sources (either catholic, orthodox or heretical).

The main focus of our thematic session is going to be put on the Bogomilism and its picture in the polemical sources. However, any topic related to the broad context of inter- and intrareligious coexistence and conflict will be welcomed.

To join the panel send your submission to or directly to Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski (



As it is impossible at present to predict the future developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe in the spring, we are considering two variants of the symposium:

  • A hybrid conference. If there are no contraindications, we will gladly host at our University those of you who decide to come to Łódź.
  • An online conference. Our experience last year proved that this form of meeting is a most effective way of creating a platform where people from various countries can present their research and discuss and exchange ideas without risking their health.



Papers should be presented in English. Other languages are acceptable too, provided that the speaker prepares an English handout (or multimedia presentation) outlining the main points of the talk.

Provided they meet the applicable requirements, the papers from the conference will be published in article format in the yearly Studia Ceranea, a journal indexed in Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, and a number of other databases.



Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak

Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska

Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka

Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

If you have any question, please contact us at