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:

16 December 2018, Sunday: 18:00-19:00 - Scholarly Conversation with Prof. Paul Magdalino (University of St Andrews) on “The Urban Environment and Development of Byzantine Constantinople” - Invitation

18 December 2018, 11:00-12:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVI on “Byzantine Studies and Environmental History: How to Develop a Meaningful Exchange between the two Disciplines?” by Ass. Prof. Adam Izdebski (Jagiellonian University, Krakow – Poland & Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany) - Invitation / Poster

21 January 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVII by Ass. Prof. Karin Krause (The University of Chicago Divinity School) - Title TBA

4 February 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVII by Ass. Prof. Francesca Dell'Acqua Boyvadaoğlu (University of Salerno) - Title TBA

1 April 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVIII by Mag. Giulia Rossetto (Austrian Academy of Sciences) - Title TBA

6-8 June 2019, Workshop co-organized with the Institute of Iranian Studies (OeAW): “Urban Agencies: A comparative workshop exploring personal and collective agency in Anatolian and Caucasian Cities (13th-14th centuries)” - For further information, please contact: Dr. Matthew Kinloch, Matthew.Kinloch(at)

International Events:

 1-4 July 2019 "Moving Byzantium III" - Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds Call for papers (deadline 3 September 2018)


Past Events