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PD Dr. Mihai-D. Grigore

Affiliated scholar
Room: 04-09, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39474


Personal Details:

Born in 1975; 1999: graduated at the University of Bucharest in the Department of Historical Theology and Byzantine History with a thesis on the Second Bulgarian Empire between the 12th and 13th centuries. 2007: PhD in church history from the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen and Nuremberg with a dissertation in historical anthropology on the topic of the sense of honour in medieval society based on a case study of the Pax Dei in the 10th and 11th centuries. 2007-2012: postdoctoral researcher at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies and in the platform "World Regions and Interactions: Area Studies, Transregionally" in Erfurt with a project on the prince of the Wallachia Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521). January-May 2012: Stanley S. Seeger Research Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Princeton University. From November 2012 until June 2022 member of the academic staff of the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz. Since 01.07.2022 scholarship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation.


Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie e.V., Fachgruppe Kirchengeschichte
AP-GC - Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns
Internationale Gesellschaft für Theologische Mediävistik
Deutscher Hochschulverband
Gesellschaft zum Studium des Christlichen Ostens

Research Interests:

Historical and political anthropology (rituals, symbolical communication, semantics) of the Middle Ages and pre-modern Europe
Byzantine and southeastern European intellectual history
Political philosophy before the Enlightenment


With Radu H. Dinu and Marc Zivojinovic: Herrschaft in Südosteuropa. Kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, V&R unipress, Göttingen 2012.

Selected Publications:

Herausgeber: Orthodoxy on the Move. Mobility, Networks, and Belonging from the 16th to 20th centuries, Special Issue, Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai. Theologia Orthodoxa 68/1 (2023), 245 p.; Open Access : https://doi.org/10.24193/subbto.2023.1
Neagoe Basarab – Princeps Christianus. The Semantics of Christianitas in Comparison with Erasmus, Luther, and Machiavelli (1513-1523), Oxford u.a.: Peter Lang 2021 (Studies in Eastern Orthodoxy 6), 445
Polyzentrische Ordnungsbildung. »Politischer Hesychasmus« am Beispiel der Walachei und der Moldau (14. bis 16. Jahrhundert), in: Erfurter Vorträge zur Kulturgeschichte des Orthodoxen Christentums 20 (2021), Einzelheft, 32 S. OPEN ACCESS https://bit.ly/46oq66r
Eastern Orthodoxy as confession: an essay on principles or Bringing the Synodikon of Orthodoxy into discussion of paradigms, in: Travaux et Memoires 25/1 (2021): Le monde byzantin du XIIIe au XVe siècle anciennes ou nouvelles formes d’impérialité, hg. v. Marie-Hélène Blanchet, Raúl Estangüi Gómez, 827-868
Commonwealth of the East. Space, Culture, and Transregional Orders by the Example of an Imported British Concept, in: Diana Hitzke (Hg.): Dominanz und Innovation. Epistemologische und künstlerische Konzepte Kleiner europäischer und nicht-westlicher Kulturen, Bielefeld: Transcript 2021, 75-94

Research projects:

Ways of the Monks - Ways of Power. The Danubian Principalities as Nodes in the Transimperial Space

The project examines the connection between mobility and rule or rule formation using the example of monastic mobility in "transimperial" Southeastern Europe from the 14th to the 17th century. "Transimperial" is understood here not only as passing through and across empires and their borders, but also in a diachronic sense with regard to the transition from the Byzantine to the Ottoman Empire.