Abbotsford campus, D3010
Phone: 604-504-7441 local 4375email Aleksandar
Aleksandar has been teaching pre-modern Mediterranean history at UFV since 2018.
Aleks' research focuses on the Eastern Roman Empire (395–1453) – also known as Byzantium – which thrived in the Medieval Mediterranean. In his monograph Michael Palaiologos and the Publics of the Byzantine Empire in Exile, c.1223–1259, Aleks explores the role individual and collective agency played in the formation of the public sphere in the thirteenth-century exilic Roman state in Asia Minor. Aleks' current research project examines the social, cultural, and economic connections between urban and rural settlements in the early thirteenth-century Epiros by looking at the engagement of the provincial populace from all walks of life with the imperial bureaucratic practices.
Aleks' research interests are reflected in his teaching style. An essential component of Aleks' teaching revolves around the notion that history develops in a nonlinear way. That is, his approach to teaching pre-modern history replaces the well-ingrained notion of the linear development of the Western civilization – where Ancient Greek democracy and Plato lead exclusively and directly to European Enlightenment and NATO – with the framework of constant exchange of knowledge in the wider Mediterranean and, in extension, the Eurasian world of which Europe is but a part.
Social and cultural history of the Mediterranean and Europe in the pre-modern times.