Wei-sheng Lin



Title of thesis: Byzantium and the Mongol Empire: A Delicate Co-existence 
Supervisor: Dr Archie Dunn and Dr Ruth Macrides
Funding: College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarships


  • BA Diplomacy (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
  • MA Byzantine Studies (University of Birmingham)


My interest in Byzantine Studies began when I was an exchange student at the Department of History, Bilkent University, between 2007 and 2008. My travel experiences in Anatolia during that year had maintained my interest in Byzantine Studies after returning to Taiwan. I started my MA in Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2011.

Doctoral research

PhD title Byzantium and the Mongol Empire: A Delicate Co-existene
Supervisors Dr Ruth Macrides and Dr Archie Dunn
Course Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


I am interested in the impact of the Mongol expansion in the thirteenth century on Anatolian economy.

Although Anatolia had always been a unique geographical space where cultures, religions and political actors interacted in the medieval times, the thirteenth and subsequent centuries are one of the periods that drew much attention to its social and political transformation before the rise of the Ottomans. The thirteenth century was also a period of Byzantium without Byzantium, with no uncontested and overarching imperial authority for almost half a century. This change in political landscape had led to much evaluation of the impact of political realignments on overall economic developments. My research aims at examining the economic development of central and southern Anatolia before, during and after the Mongol domination to provide a clearer understanding of such an impact.

Other activities


Teaching Assistant for Byzantium and the Transformation of the Roman World (with Professor Leslie Brubaker)

Teaching Assistant for Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World (with Dr. Alexander Skinner)

Research Funding

2013 College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship University of Birmingham

Research Paper Given

26 May 2012
Paper given at the 13th postgraduate colloquium ‘Middle Earth’ organised by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, entitled ‘The Byzantines in the Iberian Peninsula c.554 – c.624 AD’, University of Birmingham

Membership of Organisations

Friend of the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham

General Editor of Diogenes, the online postgraduate journal at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham



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