West Coast Byzantinists’ Seminar

The West Coast Byzantinists’ Seminar is a cross-campus initiative based out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of British Columbia (UBC), that seeks to foster dialogue and reflection on all manner of themes Byzantine. The Seminar is an open forum where peers–both young researchers and more established faculty–meet once a month to discuss their work and ideas and investigate questions that animate our field. Hosted by Sharon Gerstel (UCLA) and Dimitris Krallis (SFU) the Seminar is an interdisciplinary, informal forum where rigorous academic debate is made possible.

Following a workshop in Vamvakou, Laconia, in June 2022, students from the West Coast Byzantinists’ Seminar have embarked on collaborative projects in Geraki, Laconia, and Sparta.