The International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium is held in memory of late Sevgi Gönül (1938–2003), who helped further scientific research on the Byzantine period in Turkey and contributed greatly to the society-wide enhancement of the awareness of Byzantine cultural heritage. 

Planned to be held every three years by Vehbi Koç Foundation, the symposium aims at sharing the ongoing scientific research in Turkey and abroad on an international platform, at improving the consciousness of cultural heritage through publications, at supporting research in this field as well as supporting the young Byzantinists.

The Fifth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium is titled "Byzantine Anatolia: Space and Communities" and will be held in Istanbul between 24-26 June 2019.

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