Mobility, Microstructures and Personal Agency in Byzantium

The project, financed through the 2015 Wittgenstein-Award 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 - 30.11.2021

Flyer (2019)

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New announcements and events:

Events in Vienna:

10–11 September 2021, Graduate and Early Career Workshop: Armenia & Byzantium without Borders III – (Originally Planned 8-10 May 2020 but cancelled due to Corona Virus Further information & Call for papers (deadline 31st of October 2019), Programme, Abstracts

18-20 November 2021 Concluding Conference of “Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructures, and Personal Agency” Project (Originally Planned 18-20 November 2020 but cancelled due to Corona Virus)


International Events:

4-7 July 2022 - Call for Papers: “Moving Byzantium” Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 2022 -Download the Call for Papers

Past Events

To see our past events click here

New Announcements

MoByz Articles

Shukurov, R., “The Empire of Trebizond and the Golden Horde”, in: Kenan Inan (ed.), I. Uluslararası Karadeniz Tarihi Sempozyumu. Bildiriler Kitabı, Trabzon: T.C. Avrasya Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü, 2020, pp. 89–95. (Link)

Krausmüller, D., “Swimming against the Tide: How the Monks of Medikion Challenged Traditional Notions of Sainthood”, Scrinium 16, 1 (2020), pp. 375-389. doi: (Open Access)

MoByz Book Publication Announcement – Open Access – Press/Media Coverage

Preiser-Kapeller, J., Reinfandt, L., and Stouraitis, Y. (Eds.)Migration Histories of the Medieval Afroeurasian Transition Zone: Aspects of mobility between Africa, Asia and Europe, 300-1500 C.E. [Studies in Global Social History, 39; Studies in Global Migration History, 13]. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill 2020.

Open Access Link for the book – Klick here to download the free PDF  

Press/Media Coverage Links for the Migration Histories book