We regret to announce that it has been necessary to postpone the International Byron Conference in Thessaloniki scheduled for 29 June-5 July 2020 as part of measures related to COVID-19. We hope that it will be possible to run the conference in late June/early July 2021.The new dates will be announced in due course.

Welcome to the IBC2020

The 2020 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies will be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 29th June to 5th July. The 46th IBC will explore how war in all its meanings, symbolisms, and manifestations influenced Byron’s words and worlds, and shaped his poetic and political sensibility. Drawing on recent scholarship in Romantic studies, it will also explore Romantic authors’ preoccupations with war, and how these intersected with Byron’s.

We look forward to welcoming you in Thessaloniki, a city with a history of more than 2,300 years. The second largest city of Greece, Thessaloniki boasts numerous monuments dating to diverse historical periods, which coexist in a singular way and manifest the city’s multicultural and cosmopolitan nature.

For enquiries, please contact us at the IBC2020 email


The School of English

Initially founded as a University Institute of Foreign Languages in 1951, it acquired its present status as School of English in 1984. It is one of the eight schools which constitute the Faculty of Philosophy, founded in 1926 as one of the first four faculties of the University of Thessaloniki, known for its high academic standards.

The School of English consists of four departments:

  1. Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  2. English Literature and Culture
  3. American Literature and Culture
  4. Translation and Intercultural Studies

Website: www.enl.auth.gr

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Founded in 1926, AUTH is one of the oldest and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece. It was named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki. It is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans and its campus covers 430,000 m2 in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere.

Website: www.auth.gr

Note on the Programme

The academic sessions of the conference will end on the evening of Friday 3rd July. There will be an optional trip to Ioannina, Ali-Pasha’s capital visited by Byron in 1809, on Saturday 4th July with an overnight stay. Information on registration, accommodation, and the social programme of the conference will be posted later on the Conference Website.