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:

16 December 2021, 17:00-18:30 CEST, MoByz Virtual lecture by Anestis Karasaridis (Masaryk University, Brno) on “Did Pandemics foster the Rise of Christianity? A comparative Modelling of the Antonine and Cyprianic Plagues in Rome and Achaea” Invitation-Poster

18-21 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). The hybrid Conference has a twofold structure:

  1. "Mobility in Focus: Byzantium". A Celebration at the Conclusion of the Moving Byzantium Project with a lecture by Prof. Mischa Meier, 18 November 2021, Sky Lounge, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 (Programme, Registration for the online participants­, Poster and Invitation) and

  2. An International Conference of the Wittgenstein-Award Project, Friday 19-Sunday 21 November, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Hollandstrasse 11-13, 1st floor (Programme, Registration for the online participants, Poster and Final Programme)



International Events:

1-4 July 2024 - Call for Papers: "Moving Byzantium" Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 2024 - Download the Call for Papers 

3-6 July 2023 - Call for Papers: "Moving Byzantium" Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 2023 - Download the Call for Papers / Download the Programme 2023

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

Past Events

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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 Announcements – Open Access – Press/Media Coverage


Rapp, C., Kinloch, M., Krausmüller, D., Mitsiou, E., Nesseris, I., Papavarnavas, Chr., Preiser-Kapeller, J., Rossetto, G., Shukurov, R., and Simeonov G. (Eds.), Mobility and Migration in Byzantium: A Sourcebook [Moving Byzantium 1]. Vienna: V&R unipress, Vienna University Press 2023.

Open Access Link – Klick here to download the free PDF 


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 





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