Birka: The Original Swedish Viking Village

In the mid-700’s, a city was born on Björkö in Lake Mälaren named Birka, a location, which is commonly called Sweden’s first town. It is believed that it was the Swedish King who took the initiative to form the city as part of a desire to control the trade in northern Scandinavia, both politically and economically. Official Website of the World Heritage site.

Byzantine Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks

The program, since its establishment in 1940, has supported a continuous program of residential fellowships and academic events to enable historical, philological, art historical, archaeological, and theological research into the civilization of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth to the fifteenth century, together with its interactions with neighboring cultures.

Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Division of Byzantine Research is dedicated to the study of the medieval Greek culture of the Eastern Mediterranean as well as its ‘Nachleben’, in three strands: ‘Communities and Landscapes’, ‘Language, Script and Text’ and ‘Byzantium and Beyond: Cultural Heritage and Intercultural Context’. In German and English.

International Association of Byzantine Studies 

The International Association of Byzantine Studies (Association Internationale des Études Byzantines – AIEB) was established in 1948, shortly after World War II. Its foundation emerged from the Byzantine congresses taking place at that time.

Le Centre d’Etudes Byzantines Néo-Helléniques et Sud-Est Européennes

The Center for Byzantine Neo-Hellenic and South-East European Studies was founded in 1997. The aim of the Center is to promote research, the coordination of research and the reception of students and researchers on themes which relate to the cultures of the Greek-speaking space and of the Christian communities of south-eastern Europe. In French.

The Nordic Byzantine Network

The Nordic Byzantine Network (NBN) was the outcome of a three-week seminar at the Swedish institutes of Istanbul, Athens and Rome which inspired the participating scholars to establish the network of cooperation. In English and Swedish.

UK Research and Innovation: Dirhams for Slaves. Dirham hoards from Northern Europe, trade in Slavic slaves, and the emergence of Medieval Europe.

Perhaps as many as one million dirhams have been found in hoards across Northern Europe. They travelled thousands of kilometres from the mints of Iraq and Central Asia to lands around the Baltic and further on to England in the 9th and 10th centuries. The objective of this project is to explain and to evaluate the historical role of this unprecedented flow of silver.