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20th SYMPOSIUM "In Memory of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej"

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The Exhibition, After 15 Years

Niš and Christian Heritage

The Collection of Scientific Works
Collection XIX
Collection XVIII
Collection XVII
Collection XVI
Collection XV
Collection XIV
Collection XIII
Collection XII
Collection XI
Collection X
Collection IX
Collection VIII
Collection VII
Collection VI
Collection V
Collection IV
Collection III
Collection II
Collection I

The Cathedral of Niš

The Constantine's City - Ancient Christian Niš

Monastery and Churches of South and East Serbia

The Monastery of the Theotokos in the Sićevo Gorge

Monasteries and Churches of Niš

City of Niš

University of Niš

Ortodox Niš Eparchy

In the light of the weakening pandemic, the symposium will be held both in-person and online. In-person participants will present their papers live, but those who couldn't come will join an online conference with their web presentations.


~ Restoration of Byzantium in the Balkans  in 1018 ~

June 3rd (Sunday)

- 17,30 – Opening Ceremony – University Big Hall (Master of Ceremony Mrs. Ivana Jocic)

  • Introduction - dr Misa Rakocija
  • Blessing - Serbian Patriarch Irinej
  • Welcome speech – Mayor Darko Bulatovic
  • Address by University of Nis Rector prof. dr Dragan Antic
  • Symposium opening - dr Marko Popovic (Belgrade)
  • Promotion of the Proceedings No. 16 - dr Nebojsa Stankovic
  • Screening of popular science film "Dawn of Byzantium"
  • Music program: Sara Ristić – soprano, Valentina Stanojević- flute
  • Cocktail

Chairman: dr Darko Todorovic (Beograd)
1. 18,30-18,45 – dr  Miodrag Markovic (Beograd)
Church building in the Serbian countries of the XI century (after 1018)
2. 18,45-19,00 – dr Ariadna Voronova  (Moscow)
Rise of Byzantium in 1018 and the Russian architecture of the XI century
3. 19,00-19,15 – dr Misa Rakocija (Nis)
Renovation of Byzantium in Nis in 1018 and church building
4. 19,15-19,30 – dr Srdjan Pirivatric (Belgrade)
Modalities and domains of Byzantium reconstruction in the Balkans after 1018. A few observations
5. 19.30-19,45 - dr Paschalis Androudis, Errikos Maniotis (Thessaloniki)
Middle-Byzantine marble spolia in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Chilandar, Mt Athos
6.  19,45-20,00 - dr Marko Popovic (Belgrade)
Catholic temples of the medieval town of Novo Brdo
7.  20,00-20,15 – dr Andreas Pülz (Vienna)
The episcopal district of Side in Pamphylia

* 20,15- discussion
* Departure for dinner

June 4th  (Monday)

Chairman: dr Franc Curk (Niš)
1. 09,00 - 09,15 – dr Lidija Kovacheva (Skopje)
Plague through Antiquity and Byzantium and its perception in the Macedonian Folk Legends
2. 09,15 - 09,30 – Boriana Nanova (Sofia)
The Mystique of the Heart in the theology of St. Simeon the New Theologian(X-XI c.)
3. 09,30 - 09,45 – dr Irena Ljubomirovic,  МА Nenad Radulovic (Nis)
The first renewal of the Byzantine Empire during Justinian I
4. 09,45 - 10,00 – dr Milos Cvetkovic (Belgrade)
Principles of integration of non-Romaic ethnic groups into the thematic system in the Balkans
5. 10,00 - 10,15 – dr Jasmina Saranac Stamenkovic (Nis)
Пселово молбено писмо византијском цару за помоћ Анастасију ЛизичкомPsel's letter to the Byzantine emperor for help to Anastasius Lizzik
6. 10,15 - 10,30 – Žoržeta Viktorova Ilieva  (Sofia)
Кореспонденцията на архиепископ Лъв Охридски с Константинопол и Рим
7. 10,30 - 10,45 – dr Eirini Artemi (Athens - Patra)
The ontological and gnosiological terms for the person of Holy Virgin Mother according the writings of Epiphanius the Monk (1015AD)

10,45-11,00 – Break

Chairman: dr Eirini Artemi (Athens - Patra)
8. 11,00 - 11,15 – dr Darko Todorovic (Belgrade)
Theophylact of Ohrid, court panegyricist and church minister
9. 11,15 - 11,30 – MA Mimica Velova-Graorkovska (Skopje)
Artificially deformed  skulls from the Eastern necropolis at the site Skupi near Skopje
10. 11,30 - 11,45 – dr Franc Curk (Nis),
Iconostasis of the Church of St. Archangel in Nis
11. 11,45 - 12,00 – dr Ivan Vasilev, Angel Angelov (Sofia),
New data about the construction history and the date of the late medieval church of st. Petka in balsha, Bulgaria
12. 12,00 - 12,15 – dr Konstantinos T. Raptis (Thessaloniki)
The building history of Acheiropoietos basilica reconsidered
13. 12,15 - 12,30 – dr Svetla Petrova (Sofia)
Complex of Early Christian basilica and Medieval church in the village of Cherven Breg, municipality of Dupnitsa
14. 12,30 - 12,45 – dr Vania Popova (Sofia)
The mosaics of the Episcopal basilica in Marcianopolis

Chairman: dr Elizabeta Dimitrova (Skopje)
15. 12,45 - 13,00 – dr Vassil Tenekedjiev (Varna)
The Large Basilica in Marcianopolis: Attempting a Hypothetical Reconstruction of its Architecture and Liturgical Arrangement
16. 13,00 - 13,15 – dr Nebojsa Stankovic (Nis)
An unusual triangular church in the Svrljig surroundings (Monastery of St. Petka Rusalna): analysis of architecture, original form and date
17. 13,15 - 13,30 – dr Elizabeta Dimitrova, Orhideja Zorova (Skopje)
The Paralel Universes of Macedonian Cultural Multiverse
18. 13,30 - 13,45 – dr Robert Mihajlovski, Gordana Filipovska-Lazarovska, Slobodan Stojkoski (Melbourne)
Мedieval town of Bitola (Pelagonia) after 1018: the Yeni mosque’s new archaeological evidence

14,00 -16,00 – Lunch Break

Chairman: dr Miroslava Kostic (Belgrade)
19. 16,00 - 16,15 – Elisabeta Kodheli (Tirana),
Holy trinity church in Berat and its frontons feautures
20.  16,15 -16,30 – dr Jasmina S. Ciric (Belgrade)
On the Imitation (ΜΙΜΗΣΙΣ) of Antiquity: opus reticulatum  in the architecture of St. John the Theologian church at Kaneo in Ohrid

21. 16,30 -16,45 – Vladimir Božinović (Belgrade)
Heraldički simboli na parapetima eksonarteksa Hilandara
22. 16,45 - 17,00 – dr Ioannis Sisiou (Kastoria)
Ο Θεόδωρος Λημνιώτης και ο προστάτης του άγιος Γεώργιος

17,00-17,15 – break

Chairman: dr Ioannis Sisiou (Kastoria)
23. 17,15 -17,30 – dr Tatjana Starodubcev (Novi Sad)
Saint Lazar zograph or about one rarely painted defender of sacred paintings

24. 17,30 - 17,45 – dr Zoran Rakic (Belgrade)
Visual Images of St. Sava's Serbian in the 18th-century miniatures on Mount Athos

25. 17,45 -18,00 – dr Miroslava Kostic (Belgrade)
Serbian people on the soil of the Habsburg monarchy during the second half of the 18th century. History and tradition, the birth of a new type of national hero

  • Discussion, press conference and end of symposium working part
  • Dinner

June 5th  (Tuesday)

- 09,30 – Reception at Nis City Hall
- 10,00 - 14,00 - Cultural monument sightseeing 

  •  Departure

Institute Of
Byzantine Research

Institute of Archaeology
Belgrade - Serbia

Institute for Byzantine Studies
Serbian Academy of Sciences And Arts

Faculty of Philosophy
Belgrade - Serbia

Macedonian Academy
of Sciences And Arts

Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences


Centre for Byzantine