Matthew Kinloch

Biography and/or project

Current Project

I am currently working on Collective (Narrative) Agency in late Byzantine (13th-14th century) documentary and historiographical texts, as part of the project Mobility, Microstructures and Personal Agency in Byzantium, in the Division for Byzantine Research (Abteilung Byzanzforschung) in the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften). 


  • Postdoc in Byzantine Social History (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2018-19)
  • DPhil in History (Oxford, 2014-18) - Thesis entitled: Rethinking Thirteenth-century Byzantine Historiography: A Postmodern, Narrativist, and Narratological Approach
    • Visiting Researcher in Greek Linguistics and Philology (Uppsala, 2016-17)
  • MRes in Byzantine Studies (Birmingham, 2013-14)
  • BA in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History (Durham, 2010-13)

Research Interests

  • Late Byzantine historiography
  • Postmodernism
  • Narratology
  • Narrativism
  • The textual construction of agency, group formation, and collective action  
  • Byzantine/medieval settlements and urbanism
  • Gender and queer historiography
  • Byzantine reception studies