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Krystina Kubina

“Late Byzantine Poetry: Mapping a Literary Landscape”

Krystina Kubina

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Byzantine Studies Summer Fellow

Poetry was a ubiquitous form of cultural expression in late Byzantium. Embedded in contemporary society but rooted in earlier traditions, poetry served as a means of identity-building and cultural cohesion when the Byzantine Empire as a political unit vanished. Poems were recited in court ceremonies, displayed in public on buildings, and used in private communication. Hence, studying poetry is particularly relevant to our understanding of Byzantine literary culture and its societal function as a whole. This project will explore the texts and agents of late Byzantine poetry and its role in society.

Krystina Kubina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Previously, she has been a research associate at the Universität Wien and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Her research focuses on Byzantine poetry, late Byzantine literature, and literary theory. She obtained her PhD from the Universität Wien with a thesis on Manuel Philes, which she is currently preparing for publication.