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:

21 January 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVII on “The Troubles with Likeness: Divine Responses to Man-Made Icons” by Ass. Prof. Karin Krause (The University of Chicago) - Invitation

4 February 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVIII on “The Virgin ‘wider than Heaven’. From Pseudo-Dionysius to the Theological Controversies which opposed Byzantium to Rome between the seventh–ninth centuries” by Ass. Prof. Francesca Dell'Acqua Boyvadaoğlu (University of Salerno) - Invitation

1 April 2019, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XIV 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