The Danube as Borderland

The Iron Gates of the Danube River between Romania and Serbia (Creative Commons/

This project focuses on the significance of the Danube as frontier and as contact zone between Byzantium from Late Antiquity to the Early Ottoman period vis à vis the sphere of Orthodox Christianity on the one hand and Central and Eastern Europe or the Eurasian Steppes on the other. Processes of exchange as well as conflict are highlighted in their short- and long term dynamics from the multiple perspective of written sources and material culture as well as religious and environmental studies.

Cooperation partners

  • Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie / Mainz (D)
  • Mihai-D. Grigore, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte (Projekt: „Confessio et Imperium. Zum Verhältnis von Religion und Herrschaft im Donau-Karpaten-Raum“) / Mainz (D)


  • E. Mitsiou – M. Popović – J. Preiser-Kapeller – A. Simon (eds.), Emperor Sigismund and the Orthodox World (Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung 24). Vienna 2010, 158 p. (online)
  • Ch. Gastgeber – E. Mitsiou – I.-A. Pop – J. Preiser-Kapeller – M. Popović – A. Simon (eds.), Matthias Corvinus und seine Zeit. Europa am Übergang vom Mittelalter zur Neuzeit zwischen Wien und Konstantinopel (Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung 27). Vienna 2011, 270 p. (online)
  • F. Ardelean – Ch. Nicholson – J. Preiser-Kapeller (eds.), Between Worlds: The Age of the Jagiellonians (Eastern and Central European Studies 2). Vienna 2013, 227 p. (online)
  • J. Preiser-Kapeller, The Climate of the Khagan. Observations on palaeo-environmental Factors of the History of the Avars (6th-9th century AD), in: E. Kislinger et al. (eds.), Festschrift N. N.. Mainz 2018 (in press; online)