Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Grant Schrama

Ph.D. Candidate
Byzantine History, Crusades, Diaspora and Post-Colonial Studies



Bachelor of Arts, Brock University, 2011
Master’s of Arts, Brock University, 2012


Under the supervision of Dr. Richard Greenfield, my doctorate dissertation will explore the cultural and social history of Greece and Constantinople from c. 1081 to 1381. I am interested mainly in the migration of Latin Europeans to the Eastern Mediterranean during this period, and their level of social segregation and/or integration into Byzantine society. As well, I’d like to apply diaspora and post-colonial theory to examine and explain the cultural history of these Latin migrants in their new homelands. Outside of Byzantine history, I also have an interest in Norse history and the Baltic Crusades.

Book Reviews

Ane L. Bysted, Carsten Selch Jensen, Kurt Villads Jensen and John H. Lind, Jerusalem in the North: Denmark and the Baltic Crusades, 1100-1522 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), in Hortulus 11.1 (2014): 63-67

Kurt Villads Jensen, Kirsi Salonen and Helle Vogt, eds., Cultural Encounters during the Crusades (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2013), in Speculum 89.4 (October, 2014): 1162-1163

Select Conference Presentations

“The New World Revised: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Constantinople and Greece, 1204-1330.” Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, June 15-17, 2015

“Home is where your heart is: Latin Diaspora and Identity in Constantinople and Greece, 1204-1300.” 48th Spring Byzantine Symposium, The Open University, Milton Keynes, March 28-30, 2015

“The Varangian Dilemma: Scandinavian Cultural Integration and Byzantine (In)Tolerance c. 840-1200.” The Practical and Impractical Past: 12th Annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Queen’s University, March 6-7, 2015

“Imperial Competition and Cultural Constructs: The Empires of Nicaea and Thessaloniki in the Late Byzantine World.” 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA, February 27-March 1, 2014

“Religion and the Medieval Slave Trade: Christian and Muslim Interactions in the Medieval Mediterranean.” Department of Classics Graduate Student Conference on Slavery: Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, February 8, 2014