Mobility, Microstructures and Personal Agency in Byzantium

The project, financed through the 2015 Wittgenstein-Prize of the Austrian National Research Foundation (FWF), will highlight the role of Byzantium as a global culture and analyze the internal flexibility of Byzantine society. It aims to contribute to a re-evaluation of a society and culture that has traditionally been depicted as stiff, rigid and encumbered by its own tradition. This will be achieved by the exploration of issues of mobility, microstructures and personal agency.

Duration: 01/12/2015 - 30/11/2020

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New announcements and events:

Events in Vienna:

11 December 2017 (17:00-18:30): Forum Moving Byzantium X – “Organized Lay Piety in Late Antiquity or: Rethinking the Beginnings of Communal Monasticism” by Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna / Austrian Academy of Sciences). Discussion moderator and respondent: Dr. Dionysios Stathakopoulos (King’s College London) - Invitation and Bibliography (English)

Postponed for March 2018: Forum Moving Byzantium IX – “The Division and Classification of the Byzantine Élite (11th and 12th centuries)” by Márton Rózsa (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), Invitation and Bibliography (English)

20-22 April 2018 Graduate and Early Career Workshop: ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’


International Events:

2-5 July 2018 "Moving Byzantium II" - Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds


Past Events


Most Recent Article Release: 

• „Claudia Rapp: Geschichte von unten“, Future - Das Zukunftsmagazin der Wiener Zeitung (15. Oktober 2016), Ausgabe 2, p. 31 (PDF)