The 46th International Byron Conference is going virtual

In light of the ongoing uncertainty about the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and gatherings, we have decided that the conference in 2021 will be a virtual event. The dates will stay the same (28th June – 4th July 2021). Please check the conference website for updates and news. The conference will coincide with the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence of 1821, a landmark event that will be celebrated throughout the country.

We very much hope that you will join us for this rescheduled event!

The organising committee

Welcome to the IBC2021

The 2021 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies will be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 28th June to 4th 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 IBC2021 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


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.


Note on the Programme

The academic sessions of the conference will end on the evening of Friday 2nd July. If circumstances permit, there will be an optional trip to loannina, Ali-Pasha’s capital visited by Byron in 1809, on Saturday 3rd July with an overnight stay. Information on registration, accommodation, and the social programme of the conference will be posted later on the Conference Website.