Maria Athanasopoulou is Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature and Literary Theory at the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She obtained her BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology from the University of Crete in 1989. She holds two MAs from King’s College, University of London (European Romanticism: 1990, Modern Greek Studies: 1991) and a PhD from the Department of Other Languages, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge (1999).
Gordana Blagojević is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), Belgrade, Serbia. She holds one PhD in Ethnology and Anthropology from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade and a second one in the Musicology from the Music Studies Department of the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a performer of Byzantine music (the Orthodox Church chanting), holding the diploma of the music School of Athens Archbishopric. Her main interests include multiculturalism, ethnic identity, ceremonial and religious practices, cultural contacts relations, ethnic minorities, anthropology of dance and anthropology of music.
Jelena Bogdanović is Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory at Iowa State University. She has studied both Architecture (University of Belgrade) and History of Art (Vanderbilt and Princeton University). She is currently on the editorial board of the journal for historic preservation Konzervatorske sveske, the Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies, and the journals for medieval studies De Medio Aevo and Balkanoslavica. Her specialties include Byzantine, Hellenic, Slavic (with a focus on Serbian and Russian), Western European, and Islamic (especially Umayyad and Ottoman) architectural history, canopies (ciboria), concepts of sacred space, human body, and memory, cross-cultural and religious themes of architecture in the Mediterranean.
George Τ. Calofonos is a Byzantine historian, educated in Birmingham (UK), specializing in Late Antique and Byzantine cultural history and, particularly, in the study of dreams. A Research Associate of the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, he has published on a variety of related subjects including dream theory, oneirocriticism, incubation, dreams in historiography and hagiography, magic. He has co-edited, along with Christine Angelidi, the collective Dreaming in Byzantium and Beyond (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).
Marios Chatziprokopiou is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Thessaly. He earned an MA in social anthropology (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris), and a PhD in performance studies (Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK). He has been a fellow at the Research Centre for the Humanities in Greece. He has taught courses of anthropology, theatre and performance (University of Patras, Panteion University, Aberystwyth University and Federal University of Bahia). His articles appear in international edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. His research interests focus on performances of migration and refugeeness, contemporary re-readings of ancient drama, performances of gender and sexuality, and ritual performances of lament.
Eleni Chrysafi, Archaeologist and Art Historian, has been working in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) since 2006. She holds a BA in History and Archaeology, an MA and PhD in Byzantine Archaeology from AUTH, as well as a BA in Italian Studies and an MA in Translation, Interpretation and Communication. From 2006 until 2013 she has served in the Centre for Byzantine Research, AUTH, where she specialized in Late Antique and Early Byzantine Floor Mosaics. Since 2014 she is a member of the Laboratory Teaching Staff of the School of Social Theology and Christian Culture, Faculty of Theology, AUTH, in the scientific field “Byzantine Archaeology, History of Art, of the Byzantine Civilization and Aesthetics”. Her research interests and teaching focus on Christian Iconography, Aesthetics of Byzantine Art, Byzantine Material Culture, as well as the cultural and artistic relations and interchanges between Byzantium and Italy. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Byzantine Textile Studies in AUTH.
Fr Maximos Constas is Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross with expertise in the theology of the Church Fathers since 2011. Before joining the Holy Cross, he was a monk at the Monastery of Simonopetra on Mount Athos, and prior to that he was an Associate Professor of Theology at Harvard University. Fr Maximos’ work focuses on the patristic and Byzantine theological tradition, the patristic interpretation of Scripture, the Philokalia and Orthodox spirituality, the study of Byzantine manuscripts, and the theological study of Byzantine art, icons, and iconography.
Galina Fingarova earned her PhD from the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna, where she served as Assistant Professor for Byzantine Art and Architecture from 2008 until 2014. She has been awarded with the Elise Richter fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund and she received the ATHENS Fellowships (Postdoc.) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for a research stay in Athens in 2020. Her research and teaching interests include Late Antique and Byzantine archaeology, architecture and iconography in their social context, Historical geography of the Balkan and of Asia Minor, Gender studies in Byzantium, Emotions in Antiquity and Byzantium as well as Digital Humanities.
Sarah Gador-Whyte is a Research Fellow on Biblical and Early Christian Studies at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry of Australian Catholic University. After studying classics and applied mathematics at the University of Melbourne, she completed a PhD on late-antique hymnographer, Romanos the Melodist. She continues to work on Romanos and Byzantine homiletics and hymnography with her areas of expertise including also late-antique cultural interactions, late-antique history and historiography, religious conflict and the history of emotions.
Niels Gaul is A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He presently co-directs a comparative Byzantinist-Sinologist project funded by the European Research Council, ‘PAIXUE: Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song xue’. His research focuses on the Middle and Late Byzantine Empire, often from a comparative vantage point, while his recent work has looked at classicising learning and the classical tradition in Byzantium, various types of social performances – be it in the form of rhetorical ‘theatre’, processions or (staged) miracles – and at the scholarly networks permeating late Byzantine society.
Ilias Giarenis is Associate Professor of Byzantine Education and Literacy, and Vice-Rector at Ionian University, Greece. He has published on the empire of Nicaea, Nikolaos Mesarites, Byzantine Education, Bessarion, the Holy Face in Middle-Byzantine Constantinople, and Receptions of Byzantium in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has co-edited volumes on Bessarion (2017), Scholars in Byzantium (2019), and Books and Learning in the Byzantine World (2021). He is the author of Establishment and Consolidation of the Empire of Nicaea. The Emperor Theodoros I Komnenos Laskaris (Athens, 2008 [2nd edition, Athens, 2010]) and Nikolaos Mesarites: A Byzantine Scholar Before and After 1204 (Turnhout, 2021).
Michael Grünbart studied at the universities of Vienna and Munich. He is Professor of Byzantine studies at the University of Münster. His research areas include epistolography, transmission of texts, cultural history and prognostication. He is both a member of the cluster of excellence ‘Religion and politics’ at Münster (project on deathscapes) and of the Collaborative Research Centre 1150 (project on the supernatural and its impact on imperial decision making). Recently he published Verflechtungen zwischen Byzanz und dem Orient (2019) and Epistularum Graecarum Initia (2020), a volume on advising and supporting rulers’ decisions is in the press. In 2019 he initiated The Byzantine Review.
Vassiliki Koutsobina is Assistant Professor of Historical Musicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her dissertation received the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship award from the University of Cincinnati (2008). She has presented her work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society, and the Renaissance Society of America. Her research focuses on secular renaissance repertories as well as on the musical interactions between Latin West and Greek East and has appeared in international journals, such as the Early Music and the Journal of the Alamire Foundation, in conference proceedings, and in collected volumes.
Stylianos Lampakis has been a Researcher at the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation since 1985, and a Research Director at the Section of Byzantine Research, IHR/NHRF, since 2007. His main research area is Byzantine and post-Byzantine Literature and civilization, as well as Byzantine heritage: influence, use (and abuse). He is the author of seven books (five of them in collaboration), more than fifty scientific articles in periodicals, acts of congresses, commemorative volumes and a considerable number of book reviews, entries in encyclopaedic prosopographical lexica and other works of reference. Lampakis is also a member of the Administrative Council of the Greek Society for Byzantine Studies (Ἐπετηρὶς Ἑταιρείας Bυζαντινῶν Σπουδῶν) and of the Greek Committee for Byzantine Studies.
Korinna Latelis is a classically trained musician, an academic researcher and a performer. She holds a PhD in History and Music Anthropology and she currently collaborates as a researcher with the Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory (EthnoLab), at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research focuses on the use of interactive site-specific public performance as a means of studying the correlation among public space, public life and public art, aiming at a deeper insight into contemporary society. In 2011 she founded AérEchO (from the Greek words “aér (air)” and “echo”), a platform that encourages the collaboration between performing arts and other creative disciplines, such as research and innovative technology.
Maria Leontsini works as a Researcher at the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. She has completed her master’s degree in the field of ‘Historical Geography of the Byzantine World’ at the University of Paris-I and obtained her PhD at the University of Athens, specializing in Byzantine History. She is a member of the Program ‘Every day and social life in Byzantium’, run by the Department of Byzantine Research. She currently works on aspects related to Byzantine institutions, geography and the environment, while also studying issues related to Byzantine daily life and material culture.
Przemyslaw Marciniak is Professor of Byzantine Literature, He held fellowships in Dumbarton Oaks, Princeton, Berlin, Paris and Uppsala. He has published on Byzantine performativity, humour and satire. His publications include papers in periodicals such as the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and the Dumbarton Oaks Papers (‘Reinventing Lucian in Byzantium’) and recently edited the volume Satire in the Middle Byzantine Period. The Golden Age of Laughter?.
Katherine Marsengill received her PhD from Princeton University with a specialty in Byzantine Art. She published the monograph: Portraits and Icons: Between Reality and Spirituality in Byzantine Art (Brepols, 2013) and has contributed many articles on subjects pertaining to icons in late antiquity, the imperial cult, early Christian sculpture, the perception of images of holy men, and the influence of icons on the perception of holy men. She has also participated in three exhibitions on Late Antique, Late Antique Egyptian and Byzantine Art as well as contributed numerous art historical and archaeological entries for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, for which she also served as the area editor in visual arts. She has taught at Princeton and Rutgers University, and currently teaches at Fordham University in New York.
Eugenia Mavrommati studied Medieval and Byzantine Archeology at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she obtained both Licence and Maitrise degrees, and she holds an MA in Folklore Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In addition, she holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies from Coventry University. She has won awards in writing and works professionally as a translator for scholarly books and articles. Since 2018 she has been working as an interpreter for the Asylum Service Office and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deployed at different camps across Greece.
Peter Meineck PhD is Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University, Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the University of Nottingham and the Founder of Aquila Theatre in New York. He has published widely on the ancient theatre, cognitive theory and health humanities. He has worked extensively in the theatre in New York and London and directed several notable arts and humanities public programs in the US. His most recent publications include The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory and Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre. His new English translation of Aristophanes’ Frogs will be published in September 2021 by Hackett.