Remembering Mark Whittow: Historian, Teacher and Friend

25 September, 2018

St Peter's, Corpus Christi and Oriel Colleges have joined together to organise a day-long conference on Saturday 3rd November 2018 that will celebrate the life and work of Dr Mark Whittow.

All those who knew Mark are invited to come to the event, which will take place across three different venues and will celebrate Mark’s academic work, teaching and friendship. If you wish to attend any/all of the events, please book your space online:

Event Overview

Venue: St Peter’s College

A series of talks from colleagues, students and friends of Mark. These talks will highlight the impact Mark had on those he taught and worked with and will demonstrate how his academic research, particularly in the area of Byzantine History, highlighted his status as world-leading academic.

11am - Opening Remarks: John Watts and Max Lau

 11:15am - Session One: Mark and Geography 

  • Mark and the West: Alice Taylor
  • Mark and the East (Byzantium and/or the Islamic World): Nicholas Evans
  • Mark and the World: Chris Wickham

Chair: Catherine Holmes

12:30pm - Lunch

1:15pm - Session Two: Mark and Methodology 

  • Mark, Sources and Memory: Conrad Leyser
  • Mark and the Landscape (‘Mark and the Mountain’): Hugh Jeffery and Wiktor Ostasz
  • Mark and the Sacred: Averil Cameron
  • Mark and Trade (‘the Material’): Andrew Small
  • Mark and the Scholarly Community: Vivien Prigent

Chair: Nik Matheou

2:45pm - Coffee

3:15pm - Session Three: Mark and Pedagogy 

  • Colleague: Prof Holger Nehring and Dr Nicholas Cole
  • Former DPhil student: Edward Zychowicz-Coghill
  • Current DPhil Student: Adele Curness
  • Former students: Arthur Downing and Lawrence Price

Chair: Rowena Archer

Depart St Peter’s at 4:30pm

Venue: Corpus Christi College

5pm - Wine Reception: Three short, more personal reminisces: Lord Justice Coulson (school friend), Richard Onslow (undergraduate friend), Flurry Wright and Francesca Griffin (Beagles and student societies).

Venue: Oriel College

7:15pm Dinner: Mark’s wife, Helen will preside and speak at this special dinner at Oriel, as will Mark’s tutor, supervisor and friend, James Howard-Johnston.

How to Book

If you wish to attend the event, please book online and indicate which part of the day you wish to attend. The booking form can be found here.

Mark Whittow Memorial Fund

In addition to this special event, a fund has been set-up in memory of Mark, aimed at supporting the work of Byzantinists and historians and those with interests in archaeology, landscape and the material world. Information on how to donate via each College can be found below:

St Peter’s College: 

To make a postal gift, please quote ‘Mark Whittow Fund ’and send along with a cheque made payable to ‘St Peter’s College, Oxford’ to St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DL

To pay by card, please call the development office on: +44 (0)1865 61498.

To make your gift online, please visit:

Corpus Christi College: 

To make a postal gift, please quote ‘Mark Whittow Fund ’and send with a cheque made payable to ‘Corpus Christi College, Oxford’ to Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Oxford OX1 4JF.” To donate online go to:

Oriel College:

To make a donation via Oriel College, please use either of the methods below:

Phone: +44 (0)1865 286541

Send a cheque to: FAO Development Office, Oriel Square, Oxford OX1 4EW referencing “Mark Whittow”.