The Seventh National Conference of Byzantine Studies was held in Belgrade from June 22 to 25, organized by the Serbian Committee for Byzantine Studies, the Byzantine Board of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Byzantine Institute. This event included a thematic part entitled “Serbian-Greek Empire of Nemanjić. Idea and Reality”, a general part, entitled “Byzantine topics” and a discussion forum “Challenges of modern Byzantology”, in which members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences also took part. In the general part, which included topics from the wider field of Byzantine studies and medieval studies, several statements concerned the Studenica Monastery.
On Wednesday, June 23, Archimandrite Dr. Tihon Rakićević had a presentation on the topic “The meaning and significance of the terms “icon” and “sacred doors” in the Studenica Typikon of Saint Sava”. On Thursday, June 24, prof. Dr. Miodrag Marković, a corresponding member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, spoke on the topic “One neglected information about the date of construction of the Church of the Mother of God in Studenica”, and Dr. Nevena Debljović-Ristić and Archimandrite Dr. Tihon Rakićević had a conference announcement entitled “Stone altar templon of the Church of Saints Joachim and Anne in Studenica – analysis of the original forms in relation to its meaning and function”. On Friday, June 25, the results of the latest research by a team of experts from the United States gathered around the Study Studenica project were discussed by prof. Dr. Jelena Bogdanović (Iowa State University) in the framework of the announcement “Possibilities of parametric and reverse architectural design for a better understanding of the Studenica’s church of the Mother of God”. The National Conference of Byzantine Scholars has been held every five years since 1990.