Sebastian Kolditz was born in 1976 in Leipzig. From 1994 to 2002 he studied Medieval and Modern History as well as Physics at the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna (in 1998). He received a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2000, he earned his Master's degree and in 2002 a diploma in physics. In the context of his PhD project he travelled to Italy for several periods of research holding a scholarship at the German Historical Institute in Rome (2003) and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani (2002 and 2004). After a short collaboration on a DFG Project on rulers' sacrality in the Byzantine Middle Ages (2004) he became a scientific collaborator for the Chair of Medieval History at Leipzig University (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huschner) from 2005 to 2009 and received his PhD in 2009 with a thesis on the position of the Byzantine emperor at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438/1439). In 2010 he collaborated on a research project on the Rus' and the steppe people at GWZO Leipzig (Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa) before holding a postdoc position at the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Bochum between 2010 and 2013. Since 2013 he has worked as a collaborator for the Chair of Medieval History (Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert) at Heidelberg University. Since October 2019 to March 2020 he will be a Ludwig and Margarethe Quidde Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Rome pursuing a research project on The Sea and human maritime activities in the narrative sources of the early and high Middle Ages.
Main research interests
Maritime History of the (Early) Middle Ages; Mediterranean Studies; History of Byzantine-Western Relations from Late Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages; General and Ecumenical Councils in the Later Middle Ages (particularly Basel and Ferrara/Florence); Prosopography and Elite Relations between Byzantium and Italy in the Palaiologan Period; Concepts of Space and Event in Historical Studies.