Mihai Dragnea

Associate researcher

USN School of Business
Department of Business, History and Social Sciences
Campus Vestfold ()
Mihai Dragnea is the president of the Balkan History Association and the editor-in-chief of Hiperboreea, the journal affiliated to the association. He is also a contributor to the International Medieval Bibliography and the International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance, published by Brepols. His interests and collaboration include cultural, social and political relations between Germans, Scandinavians and Wends during the High Middle Ages, Viking Age, early Slavic ethnicity and state formation, and identity and conflict in the Balkans. E-mail: mihaidragnea2018@gmail.com


Publishing studies, attending international conferences and giving occasional lectures.


Mihai's areas of research include the medieval Baltic, focusing on conversion, missionary strategy, missionary Christian identity, hagiography, canon law, forced conversion, crusading, Christian kingship, otherness, and the religious beliefs and ritual practices of the Wends.



Date of birth:  April 26, 1988

Nationality:  Romanian


2018: PhD in Medieval Studies (EQF level 8), “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History, Bucharest, Romanian Academy

2013: Interdisciplinary MA in Medieval studies (EQF level 7), Faculty of History; Faculty of Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures, University of Bucharest

2011: BA in History (EQF level 6), Faculty of History, University of Bucharest

Research experience:

Oct. 2019, Feb. 2020: Short-term postdoctoral scholarship at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The scholarship was supported by the EU funded project "Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies - ReIReS" (Scholarships for Transnational Access), grant agreement ID: 730895. Titles of the projects:  Linguistic Interactions Between Germans and Wends in the Second Half of the Tenth CenturyCrusade and Colonization in the Wendish Territory during the Twelfth Century

2018-2019: Short-term postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of History and Archeology (University of Tartu), funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute - 'Lucian Blaga' Fellowship, no.7177 / 29.05.2018. Title of the project:  How to Justify a Crusade. The Conquest of the Region East of the Elbe and New Crusade Rhetoric in the Twelfth Century

2015: Short-term research mobility for PhD at the Institute of Medieval Studies from the School of History, University of Leeds (UK)

2014-2015: Scholarship for Doctoral studies "MINERVA - Cooperare for elite career in doctoral and postdoctoral research", contract: POSDRU / 159 / 1.5 / S / 137832, "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History, Bucharest, Romanian Academy

Membership in academic and professional bodies:

Series Editor for "Christianity and Conversion in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region, c. 800-1600" (Peter Lang)

Editor at Trivent Publishing, Budapest

Member of the Editorial Board of the Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies, published by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies

Member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board (History), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK

Member of the Romanian Association of Slavic Studies


Selected publications


Christian Identity Formation Across the Elbe in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (Peter Lang: Bern & New York, 2021)

The Wendish Crusade, 1147: The Development of Crusading Ideology in the Twelfth Century (London: Routledge, 2019) 

Misiune și cruciadă în teritoriul venzilor (sec al XII-lea) ("Mission and Crusade in the Wendish Territory, 12th Century") (Bucharest: Etnologică, 2019)

Studies in edited volumes

"Mental Geographies and Cultural Identities in the Baltic Region in the Eleventh Century: the Anglo-Saxon Cotton World Map" in Istorie, Cultură și Cercetare ("History, Culture, Research)", Vol. III, eds. Dumitru-Cătălin Rogojanu, Gherghina Boda (Târgoviște: Cetatea de Scaun, 2019): 13-28.

„Otto din Bamberg: Reformă Monastică și Misiune Apostolică” (‘Otto of Bamberg: Monastic Reform and Apostolic Mission’) in Timp, societate și identitate culturală. „Miniaturi” istorice (“Time, Society and Cultural Identity. ‘Historical Miniatures’”), eds. Ileana Căzan, Bogdan Mateescu (Cluj-Napoca: Academia Română-Centrul de Studii Transilvane, 2015), 25-48.

"Podoabă și veșmânt în Țările Române, sec. XVII-XVIII" ("Ornament and Garment in the Romanian Principalities, 17th-18th Centuries") in Sociologia Luxului, ed. Marian Petcu ("The Sociology of Luxury") (Bucharest: Tritonic, 2015): 157-194.

Edited volumes

The Romance-Speaking Balkans Language and the Politics of Identity, eds. Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković, Mihai Dragnea, Thede Kahl, Blagovest Njagulov, Donald L. Dyer, and Angelo Costanzo (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

Scholarly journal articles

“Constructions of Christian Identity in the Northern Periphery: The Sawley World Map in Twelfth-Century England”, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2021) (accepted for publication).

“Crusade and Colonization in the Wendish Territories in the Early Twelfth Century: An Analysis of the So-called Magdeburg Letter of 1108”, Mediaevalia 42 (2021) (accepted for publication).

“The Cult of St. Olaf in the Latin and Greek Churches Between the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries”, Hiperboreea, 7/2 (2020): 145-167 (forthcoming).

“Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Between Germans and Wends in the Second Half of the Tenth Century”, Journal of the Institute of Latvian History, 2/110 (2019): 5 -33 .

"The Saxon expeditions against the Wends and the foundation of Magdeburg during Otto I's reign", The Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies, 11/2 (2019): 7-34.

"Divine Vengeance and Human Justice in the Wendish Crusade of 1147", Collegium Medievale, 29 (2016): 49-82.

"Imaginea cneaghinei Olga în Cronica lui Nestor " ("The Image of the Princess Olga of Kiev in Nestor's Chronicle "), Romanoslavica, 51/1 (2015): 45-54.