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:

4 October 2018, 17:00-18:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XIV on “Creating and Communicating a Worldview: Diagrammatic and Theoretical Accounts of the Cosmos in Palaiologan Byzantium” by Dr. Divna Manolova (University of Katowice) - Invitation/Poster

23 November 2018, 11:00-12:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XV on “Moving Byzantine Historiography into Postmodernity” by Dr. Matthew Kinloch (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

18 December 2018, 11:00-12:30 Forum Moving Byzantium XVI by Prof. Adam Izdebski (Max Planck-Institute, Jena) - Title TBA

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

18 March 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) - 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


Most Recent Article Release: 

• „Claudia Rapp: Geschichte von unten“, Future - Das Zukunftsmagazin der Wiener Zeitung (15. Oktober 2016), Ausgabe 2, p. 31 (PDF)