The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the School of History and Cultures, is the only Centre in the UK that brings all its subjects together within a single unit. The Centre’s full time staff cover between them a wide range of fields and expertise in respect of both the history and the languages of the East
Mediterranean region, including: late Roman and early, middle and late Byzantine history, Islamic history of the medieval and modern periods; Turkish and central Asian history from the early medieval to modern period; Balkan, particularly Greek, history up to the present day; international relations, particularly between the Great Powers and Balkan and Near Eastern States from the mid-nineteenth century; and modern Greek literature and culture. A common focus to the work of the Centre is provided by a fortnightly General Seminar, which attracts leading international scholars. The Centre also acts as host on a three year rotating basis to the International Symposium on Byzantine Studies, and regularly hosts the annual Study Weekend of the Standing Committee on Modern Greek Studies.
The Centre also edits the annual journal Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, the monograph series Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Monographs, and a series of English translations of Modern Greek writers.