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Matthew Kinloch

“Gender and Marginality: Protagonists and Minor Characters in Byzantine Historiography”

Matthew Kinloch

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Byzantine Studies Fellow

Matthew Kinloch examines the characters presented in Byzantine historiographical narratives through the theoretical lens of gender, queer, and collective narratology. He aims first to explicate the subordination of certain types of character in Byzantine historiographical narratives and then to challenge the reproduction of that subordination in modern historiography. His focus at Dumbarton Oaks will be on characters that are gendered female and the intersection of gender with socioeconomic status.

Matthew Kinloch received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2018 with a thesis titled “Rethinking Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Historiography: A Postmodern, Narrativist, and Narratological Approach.” He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Abteilung für Byzanzforschung of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, where he has been working on the narration of personal and collective agency in Byzantine historiography. During this appointment, he has also lectured in Classical studies at Masaryk University, Brno. He holds an MRes in Byzantine studies from the University of Birmingham and a BA in ancient, medieval, and modern history from the University of Durham. He has also spent time as a Gästdoktorand in Greek linguistics and philology at Uppsala University.