The International Student Byron Conference aims to center on Lord Byron’s involvement in Philhellenism and the Greek Revolution, to which he devoted his fortune and the last year of his life. Byron was the most famous of the several hundred Philhellenic volunteers who risked everything and in many cases gave their lives in the service of a foreign conflict.

This conference was originally planned to occur during the lead-in to the bicentennial commemorations of the Greek War of Independence. However, the conference is being postponed to May 2022 because of the increase in COVID-19 cases. This conference is planned to be conducted in-person; however, virtual or hybrid arrangements will be made should it be necessary.

The theme of this year is Byron, Shelley, Philhellenism, and Revolution. The year 2022 is the bicentennial of the death of Byron’s friend, brother poet, and fellow Philhellene Percy Bysshe Shelley. Along with presentations related directly to Byron’s involvement in the Greek Revolution and to the wider contexts of European and American Philhellenism and its contribution to the making of modern Greece, the academic committee would welcome proposals addressing Byron’s and Shelley’s political and personal affinities and differences, their influences on one another, and Shelley’s Philhellenic and revolutionary ideas, whether expressed in poetry or prose.

The International Student Byron Conference will be held from May 23rd to May 28th, 2022. To learn more about the conference, please visit the following website: The Messolonghi Byron Society – International Research Center for Lord Byron & Philhellenism.

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