Complexities and Networks
The aim of this project is the adaptation and development of concepts and tools of network, complexity and environmental sciences for the analysis of Byzantium and the medieval Mediterranean and Near East. With the help of these instruments, socio-economic, religious, political and intellectual entanglements between individuals, communities, polities and localities are visualised. The dynamics of these phenomena in time and space are analysed in a qualitative and quantitative as well as comparative perspective, positioning Byzantium in a global context of pre-modern societies. This also includes the climate and environmental history of the medieval world. The project is equally located at a cutting point between humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences.
- Medical University of Vienna, Section for Science of Complex Systems / Vienna
- Princeton University, Climate Change and History Research Initiative / Princeton (USA)
- Masaryk University Brno, Department for the Study of Religions, GEHIR (A Generative Historiography of the Ancient Mediterranean) / Brno (Czech Republic)
- Seshat: Global History Databank, Universities of Connecticut and Oxford / Oxford (UK)
- Peter Turchin, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology / Connecticut (USA)
- Robert Gramsch-Stehfest, Universität Jena, Historisches Institut / Jena (Germany)
- Vinod Nautiyal, HNB Garhwal University, Department of History / Uttarakhand (India)
- Adam Izdebski, Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena (Germany)
- Oliver Reisner, Ilia State University, Department of Arts and Sciences / Tbilisi (Georgia)
- Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
- J. Preiser-Kapeller – F. Daim (eds.), Harbours and Maritime Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems (RGZM Tagungen). Mainz 2015, 141 S.
- J. Preiser-Kapeller, mit M. Düring, A. Jatowt und A. van den Bosch (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd HistoInformatics Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2016) (online)
- J. Preiser-Kapeller, A Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean? New results and theories on the interplay between climate and societies in Byzantium and the Near East, ca. 1000–1200 AD. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 65 (2015) 195–242 (online)
- J. Preiser-Kapeller, Calculating the Middle Ages? The Project “Complexities and Networks in the Medieval Mediterranean and the Near East”. Medieval Worlds Issue 2/2015: “Empires in Decay” 100–127 (online)
- J. Preiser-Kapeller, Jenseits von Rom und Karl dem Großen. Aspekte der globalen Verflechtung in der langen Spätantike, 300-800 n. Chr. Vienna 2018 (selected among the history books of the year 2018).
- J. Preiser-Kapeller (with P. Turchin, T. E. Currie et al.), Quantitative historical analyses uncover a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Early edition 19 December 2017