Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia


International Summer School


15 - 24 August 2013, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia


- First Call for Applications -

Professor JONATHAN SHEPARD, University of Cambridge, Great Britain
Professor FLORIN CURTA, University of Florida, United States


Director of the Summer School:

Professor Mitko B. Panov, Euro-Balkan University

The Summer School “Understanding Byzantium in the Balkans: Where the East met / parted from the West” will explore the fascinating phenomenon of Byzantium and its enduring impact on Medieval Balkans. The objective of the Summer School is to address the complex socio-economic, cultural and political processes that led to the transformation of the Roman world and emergence of Byzantium and the Balkans as gravitational zones between East and West. The leading international scholars in the field of Byzantine and medieval Balkan studies will present the latest insights in addressing the various questions concerning the re-evaluation of issues of group identity and ethnogenesis in the Balkans, the concept of making of the Slavs, the examination of Byzantium as Superpower and Soft Power and as an enduring appeal to external elite, along with development of the Balkans as highway and flashpoint between Latin West and Byzantine East. Through appliance of new approach in historical and archaeological research the Summer School will explore Byzantine and Balkan studies in the Western Europe and United States and put them in a dialogue with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. The main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking and to raise the understanding of Byzantium and the Balkans and their place in international history, grasping them not as a factor of East-West division but as a integrative component of the European cultural history.

The Summer School is integral part of Ohrid Summer University (OSU) which is an academic program for young faculty, PhD candidates, postgraduates, researchers and professionals, which offersi ntensive, problem oriented and research based courses from the domain of social sciences and humanities. OSU was foundedin 1998 and has functioned continuously since then, as one of the core programs of the Euro-Balkan University, involving a significant number of both junior and senior members of academic communities from various countries. To date Euro-Balkan University, trough OSU program, has organized more than 30 summer schools from various areas with over 900 participants, involving more than 100 prominent proffessors. During the 15 years-long period of its existence, OSU has engaged itself in adequate and effective training of the academic staff, demonstration of successful linkage of state-of-the-art scholarship and effective and innovative teaching, promotion of academic excellence and ability to facilitate creation and sustenance of active networks of academics, as well as collaborative advancement of learning in certain disciplines within the international context. Course participants have a chance to study in beautiful surroundings, make use of one of Europe’s best tourist attraction, meet and socialize with students from all over Europe and beyond, and discuss issues with the most eminent scholars in the field.


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“An intensive surface artifact and architectural survey of a Hellenistic to Roman Period settlement on the Middle Vardar – the hypothetical site of Argos on the Axios, an ancient Macedonian colony”

To be held 25 09-25 10 2013, Skopje-Gradsko, Republic of Macedonia

The specific goal of this field research project is the survey of the entire area of the ridge called Vidin Grad in the Middle Vardar Valley, not far away from the well renowned Hellenistic and Roman town of Stobi. This site is known thanks to the work of epigraphists and archaeologists in the middle decades of the past century. It’s been tentatively related to an ancient town known from the historical sources as Argos. Because of its name, size and location it has been suggested that this settlement, along with a few other centres in the Middle Vardar Valley were colonies established by the late Antigonids (the last dynasty that ruled ancient Macedonia) in the 3rd and the first half of the 2nd century BC. However, the body of archaeological evidence available so far doesn’t allow one to reject or accept this thesis. On the site Vidin Grad in particular, research has come to a standstill over the past few decades. Earlier research mostly consisted of study of epigraphic monuments and architectural sculpture, architectural survey and unsystematic gathering of surface artifacts. The importance of this site and the poor degree of research gave the main incentive to instigate a more systematic field research. In addition we point to the fact that the site is situated in the immediate catchment of a modern village and has been attacked both by agricultural activities and illicit digging.

 The fieldwork component of the project will comprise two stages: quantification of surface material by irregular field blocks and total collections of surface artifacts and architectural remains by regular grid. Because of the high degree of survey intensity the survey duration is estimated at two weeks, despite the relatively small size of the survey area of less than 10 hectares (100 000 sq meters). The study of the material collected by regular grid units and of the distribution of the architectural remains visible on the surface will reveal the exact size and positioning of the site, its chronology and horizontal stratigraphy, to chart various activity zones across the site area and in its immediate surroundings and to assess the degree of preservation of the archaeological remains and the ongoing post-depositional processes. Of no lesser importance is the study of pottery and other finds, especially in circumstances where very little is known or at least published on the issue of local pottery production.

 The students participating in the project will have the opportunity to get familiar and practically apply the following skills and techniques:

  1. The principles of the method of intensive and systematic surface artifact survey;
  2. The principles of the method of architectural survey;
  3. The use of GPS and Total Station in archaeological survey
  4. The use of GIS in survey archaeology
  5. The basics of finds processing and analysis

Further information will be posted in the following weeks.

Contacts:; tel: ++38970649554

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