History

The Institute for Byzantine Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) was founded in March 1948 by George Ostrogorsky (director 1948–1976), as a research institution of the SASA. Since its foundation, the scholarly activities at the Institute were based on team work of the associates, engaged in various scientific projects. Besides researchers with full time employment, the associates of the Institute were colleagues from other closely related institutions. Apart from George Ostrogorsky first associates of the Institute were Ivanka Nikolajević, Franjo Barišić, Lidija Tomić, Mila Rajković, Bariša Krekić, as well as employees Zdenko Marinković and Borislav Radojčić. The associates of the Institute, with full or part time engagement, were Jadran Ferluga, Božidar Ferjančić (director of the Institute 1976–1998), Sima Ćirković, Jovanka Kalić, Ninoslava Radošević, Ivan Djurić, Dušan Korać and Radivoj Radić. Younger associates of the Institute were Sanja Mešanović, Ida Toth, Nada Zečević and Srdjan Rajković.

The Institute for Byzantine Studies has made a significant contribution to the development of Byzantine studies in the world, especially in the field of research of Byzantine state institutions and ideology, Byzantine society of the late centuries (XIIth–XVth century), and, mainly, of Byzantine–Serbian relations.

During more than sixty years of its existence, the Institute has been closely related to the Department of Historical Sciences of the SASA and its members, having always been the organizational core of all scientific events concerning Byzantine studies. The institute has remained a unique research and scholarly organization of this profile in our country (Yugoslavia as well as Republic of Serbia)

The Institute has been managed by three directors so far: George Ostrogorsky (1948–1976), Božidar Ferjančić (1976–1998) and Ljubomir Maksimović (since 1998).

Scientific activities

Scientific activities of the Institute were of interdisciplinary character since the very beginning. Practically since its foundation the Institute has pursued four main research directions: a) The History of Byzantium and Byzantine-Southern Slavic Relations, b) Byzantine Sources for the History of the Peoples of Yugoslavia c) Byzantine Literature and the Medieval Greek Language, d) Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art. Two projects have also been launched within the same framework, in cooperation with similar institutions abroad, the initial results of which have already been published: The Greek Documents of the Hilandar Monastery (with The Institute for Byzantine Studies in Paris), Byzantine Inscriptions on Portraits from Macedonia (with The Institute for Byzantine Studies in Athens). From 2002 to 2005, so-called target projects were introduced and developed (including the already mentioned cooperation with foreign partners): Actes de Chilandar II; Donors’ Inscriptions on Frescoes from the XIIth to the XIIIth Century; The Internal Transformation of Byzantium from the Xth to the XIIth Century; Byzantine Sources for the History of the Peoples of Yugoslavia, vol. V. In the year 2006 a five-year cycle of combined projects was initiated: The Last Century of Byzantium and Serbia (project leader R. Radić), The Byzantine World Changes (Xth-XIIth Centuries) (project leader Lj. Maksimović), Wall Painting and Inscriptions of the XIVth and XVth Centuries (project leader G. Subotić). Scientific activities of the Institute are currently joined in the four-year project of an interdisciplinary character, Tradition, innovation and identity in the Byzantine world (project leader Lj. Maksimović), which has brought together researchers from Belgrade and abroad.

The Instititute was the chief organizer of several scholarly national and international events. In the year 1961, the 12th International Congress of Byzantine Studies was organized in Ohrid. On the 22nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Sofia (august 2011), the decision was made to entrust the organization of the next, 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, to Belgrade (2016). Belgrade was also host of the 2nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in 1927.

National conferences of Byzantine Studies have been taking place every five years, for the past two decades. The first was organized in Zadar in 1990 (Yugoslav conference of Byzantine Studies), the second was held in Studenica (1995), the third in Kruševac (2000) and the last two conferences were held in Belgrade (2005, 2010). These national conferences always bring together researchers of all generations dealing with Byzantine studies as well as other closely related scientific disciplines.

The Institute has participated, since the very beginning, in the organization of various scientific events, which were the result of bilateral cooperation. During the past few years, such events were related to the Bulgarian – Serbian (2008) and French – Serbian (2010) cooperation. It is also planned to hold several other scientific meetings, especially a joint conference with colleagues from Greece.

Publishing

The Institute is well known for its publishing activities. Since 1952 to the present day, 51 volumes of Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta - ZRVI (Recueil des travaux de l’institute d’études byzantines) have been published. This periodical is a world-renowned publication, often quoted in the most significant works in the field of Byzantine studies in the world. The 50th volume of ZRVI will be dedicated to academician Ljubomir Maksimović, director of the Institute.

The Institute has also published 43 separate monographs, among which are 5 volumes (out of 7) of Byzantine Sources for the History of the Peoples of Yugoslavia. Special edition No 44 is currently in preparation – ΠΕΡΙΒΟΛΟΣ (Festschrift), dedicated to academician Mirjana Živojinović.

Management of the Institute

Director: Ljubomir Maksimović, member of the SASA, professor emeritus (ljmaksim@f.bg.ac.rs)
Deputy Director: Bojana Krsmanović, Ph.D (bojana.krsmanovic@vi.sanu.ac.rs)
Secretary: Dragana Ilić (inst.byz@vi.sanu.ac.rs)

Scientific Council of the Institute for Byzantine Studies

President: Gojko Subotić, member of the SASA
Members:

  • Stanoje Bojanin, PhD, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Dejan Dželebdžić, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Jovanka Kalić, Member of the SASA
  • Predrag Komatina, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Desanka Kovačević-Kojić, Member of the SASA
  • Bojana Krsmanović, Ph.D, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Aleksandar Loma, Member of the SASA
  • Ljubomir Maksimović, Member of the SASA, Professor emeritus
  • Miodrag Marković, Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • Ljubomir Milanović Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Bojan Miljković, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Srdjan Pirivatrić, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Momčilo Spremić, Member of the SASA
  • Mirjana Živojinović, Member of the SASA

Administrative Board of the Institute for Byzantine Studies

President: Mirjana Živojinović, member of the SASA (Mirjana.Zivojinovic@sanu.ac.rs)
Members:

  • Stanoje Bojanin, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Dejan Dželebdžić, Ph.D, Research Associate at the Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Jovanka Kalić, Member of the SASA
  • Tatjana Subotin Golubović, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

Editorial Board of Zbornik radova Vizantološkog institute (Recueil des travaux de l’institute d’études Byzantines)

Editor in chief: Ljubomir Maksimović, member of the SASA
Secretary: Predrag Komatina, (predrag.komatina@vi.sanu.ac.rs)
Members:

  • Stanoje Bojanin (Institute for Byzantine Studies, SASA)
  • Jean–Claude Cheynet (Centre de recherche d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, Paris)
  • Evangelos Chrysos (Parliament of the Republic of Greece, Athens)
  • Dejan Dželebdžić (Institute for Byzantine Studies, Belgrade)
  • Vujadin Ivanišević (Archaeological Institute, Belgrade)
  • Jovanka Kalić (SASA, Belgrade)
  • Sergei Karpov (Московский Госсударствений Университет, Moscow)
  • Predrag Komatina (Institute for Byzantine Studies, SASA)
  • Bojana Krsmanović (Institute for Byzantine Studies, Belgrade)
  • Aleksandar Loma (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade/SASA, Belgrade)
  • Ljubomir Maksimović (SASA, Belgrade)
  • Miodrag Marković (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
  • Ljubomir Milanović (Institute for Byzantine Studies, SASA)
  • Bojan Miljković (Institute for Byzantine Studies, Belgrade)
  • Srdjan Pirivatrić (Institute for Byzantine Studies, Belgrade)
  • Claudia Rapp (Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Wien)
  • Peter Schreiner (Professor Emeritus, München)
  • Gojko Subotić (SASA, Belgrade)
  • Mirjana Živojinović (SASA, Belgrade)
International cooperation

The Institute has carried on an uninterrupted cooperation with the similar scientific institutions in the world. Some of the results of that cooperation have been published: The Greek Documents of the Hilandar Monastery (with The Institute for Byzantine Studies in Paris), Byzantine Inscriptions on Portraits from Macedonia (with The Institute for Byzantine Studies in Athens). From 2002 to 2005, so-called target projects were introduced and developed (including the already mentioned cooperation with foreign partners): Actes de Chilandar II; Donors’ Inscriptions on Frescoes from the XIIth to the XIIIth Century. Based on the bilateral agreement of Serbia and Greece on the cultural and scientific cooperation, the Institute for Byzantine Studies of the SASA and the Institute for Byzantine Research in Athens have carried out a joint project (2005–2006) on the Serbian-Byzantine relations prior to the Turkish conquest. The Institute has also participated, through some of its researchers, together with the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade (Department for Byzantine Studies) and University of Sorbonne–Paris IV in the project L’image de l’autre (2006–2008). The Institute has established a two-year long project with The Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology of The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences entitled The Balkans as a Global Crossroads: Encounter and Exchange.

The current project of the Institute Tradition, innovation and identity in the Byzantine world is also of an international character, engaging colleagues from Germany, Austria and Greece in the research work. The editorial board of ZRVI has also five very distinguished scholars in the field of Byzantine studies from countries with a long tradition of this discipline (Austria, Russia, Greece, France, and Germany). On the other hand, some of the associates of the Institute have been appointed as members of editorial boards of distinguished foreign periodicals and journals.

Since its foundation, the Institute for Byzantine Studies has hosted a number of foreign researchers and University professors, who gave lectures or participated at scientific meetings. During the past 50 years the associates of the Institute have been a part of the Yugoslav (today Serbian) Committee for Byzantine Studies. The president of the Committee, Ljubomir Maksimović, is currently vice–president of the Association international des études Byzantines (AIEB).