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:

17 May 2021, 17:00-18:30 CEST, MoByz Virtual Lecture by Dr. Lilia Campana (Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University) on “Byzantine Ship Design and Its Legacy in the West: Transmission and Application of Shipbuilding Knowledge in Venice and Beyond” Invitation-Poster

27–28 May 2021, Virtual International Workshop “Bridging the Gap: The Prosopography of a Fragmented World (13th cent. CE)” New Programme and Abstracts. Pre-registration is mandatory here.   (This event was originally planned on 19-21 March 2020 but cancelled due to Corona Virus: Old Poster / Programme / Abstracts 

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) 

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:

5-9 July 2021 "Moving Byzantium IV" - Sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds - Download the Programme 2021 (Originally Planned 6-9 July 2020 but cancelled due to Corona Virus Programme 2020  / Abstracts 2020)



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 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