Austrian Academy of Sciences
Andreas Külzer was born in Leverkusen, Germany. He completed Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, on a historical and archaeological level, at the University of Cologne. In 1993, he received his Ph.D. in Byzantine studies. Since 1997, he is employee at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and member of the long-term project Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB). Since 2015, he is project manager for the Asia Minor / Anatolia region. Furthermore, he is Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), board member of the Austrian Byzantine Society and member of the Austrian National Committee of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantine.
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva, Prof. D.Sc., PhD is a Professor at the Institute for Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the St. Clement Ohridski University of Sofia. Her research interests are focused on 1). History and theory of Ancient religion and culture; Ancient receptions in Medieval and Renaissance culture; Ancient text in Medieval Context; 2) History and theory of theater; 3) Cultural and historical heritage and tourism.
She completed History with major in Ancient and Medieval History with an MA degree at the History Department, St. Clement Ohridski University of Sofia. In 1992, she received her PhD in History and Theory of Ancient Culture and Religion; and in 2004 she received her D.Sc.
She taught as an Associate Professor of Ancient history and Thracology at Neofit Rilski South-West University, Blagoevgrad (the Chair of pre-industrial societies); at Tchernorizetz Hrabar Varna Free University; at Paisii Hilendarski Plovdiv University; since 1995 and currently– at St. Clement Ohridski Sofia University.
Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva is the author of many scholarly publications (Academia.edu: https://bas.academia.edu/VanyaLozanova) on the Ancient religion and culture Ancient receptions in Medieval culture, as well as eight monographs.
She is a member of the International Council of Indo-European and Thracian Study and of the editorial board of ORPHEUS. Journal of Indo-European and Thracian Studies; member of La
Fédération internationale des associations d' études classiques (FIEC); a Deputy Editor-in-chief of the scientific editions of Institute for Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology, Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences Thracia and Balkans.
Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham
Panagiotis Manafis is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (University of Birmingham, UK) His research interests include middle Byzantine literature, with a particular focus on the manuscript transmission of texts.
University of Thessaly
Prof. Efi Ragia studied History at the University of Athens and she acquired her Ph.D. in Byzantine History from the same University. She has worked at several universities in Greece, and is currently assistant professor of Byzantine History at the department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece).
She takes particular interest in the administration, economy, church and society of the Byzantine Empire.
University of Thessaly
Zoe Tsiami studied eastern roman cities during the Late Antique period at the University of Thessaly and now she is writing her doctoral thesis on early Christian catechesis and baptism in Asia Minor. She is collaborating with the Orthodox Academy of Crete, on the academic journal's publication "After Constantine", as well as with the public history network "Historistai". She has published papers and conducted workshops in Greece relevant to early Christian writings and history.
Sercan Yandım studied Business Administration at METU (Middle East Technical University), in Ankara and received a BS degree in Management. She continued with a master’s degree in Archaeology and History of Art at Bilkent University, with an MA degree. Dr. Yandim set forth her graduate studies in Germany, in Marburg an der Lahn at Philipps University and in 2005 she completed her PhD in Kunstgeschichte under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ingo Herklotz (Art History) and Prof. Dr. Guntram Koch (Christian Archaeology).
Since 2005 she is a faculty member at Hacettepe University, Department of History of Art, Ankara.
Her publications include topics from the Late Antique and Early Christian to the Byzantine periods.
Also she conducted research in archaeological museums in Turkey with an attempt to study and publish Christian art produced in the Ottoman period as well. An extended revised version of her PhD thesis was published in 2008. “Die Ikonen aus den Museen in Antalya und Tokat in der Türkei: Ikonographische, stilistische und kunstsoziologische Untersuchung”.(Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, 2008). Organized an International Art Historical Colloquium in 2010 and published its proceedings in, “Angels, Saints and Prophets in Christian and Islamic art, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010.
She was a participant in two archaeological surveys in and around Konya plain (2013-15). Her recent publications include Late Antique Anatolia and Its Ascetics: Sannabadae Monastery and Bishop Amphilochius of Iconium, in: Crossroads: Konya plain from Prehistory to the Byzantine period. Ed. by Çigdem Maner. (Ege Yayınları, İstanbul, 2019) 179-193; Marginalizing Traditional Religious Groups, Cults and Beliefs in the Early Patristic Period: Asceticism in Phrygia and Lykaonia, in Identity and the Other in Byzantium. Ed. by K. Durak and I. Jevtic. Papers from the fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. (GABAM, İstanbul, 2019) 189-205. "Postmortem Lives of Byzantine Images: Anatolian Icons, Style, and Iconography," in an edited volume of The Afterlife of the Byzantine Monuments in Post-Byzantine Times, ed. by Elena Boeck (in print)
University of Thessaly
Dr. Yannis Varalis was born in Volos, Greece. He graduated from the Department of History and Archeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and received his Ph.D. in Byzantine Archeology from the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is associate professor in Byzantine Archaeology at the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece. He participated in excavations of the French Archaeological School, the Archaeological Society at Athens, and the Archaeological Service, at Argos, the Pantanassa monastery near Philippias, and on the island of Naxos. He co-directed the excavation of the church at the Castle of Velika, Thessaly (2011-2017). He currently runs the excavation of the basilica of Sicyon (Kiato) since 2021. His studies and articles are focused on Early Christian architecture, Byzantine iconography, sculpture, and minor arts, as well as Post-byzantine painting. He is a member of the Christian Archaeological Society.
Luca Zavagno graduated from the University of Venice (2002); he obtained his Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation on the society, economics and politics of Byzantine cities in the early middle ages. He is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies in the Department of History at Bilkent University, where he is currently working on his third monograph entitled Is there any urban life after Late Antiquity? The Byzantine City from Heraclius to the Fourth Crusade (610-1204 (Palgrave- Pivot Series) and on the Routledge Companion to the Byzantine City (a volume co-edited with Nikolas Bakirtzis). Dr Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval and Byzantine Mediterranean, as well as two monographs: Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (British Archaeological Reports-International Series, 2009) and Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. An Island in Transition (Routledge, 2017). He co-authored (with Özlem Caykent) the edited volumes Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and People and Goods on the Move. Merchants, Networks and Communication Routes in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (IMK, 2016). He was also twice awarded the Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship (2011 and 2016) as well as the prestigious Stanley Seeger Fellowship of the Hellenic Studies Center at Princeton University (2012) and the Newton Mobility Grant (2018). He is also the co-organizer of the Byzantium in Ankara-Seminar Series ( www.byzantiumatankara.com), Associate Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar (http://www.mediterraneanseminar.org/), member of the Princeton University FLAME-Framing the early Medieval Coinage project (http://coinage.princeton.edu/) and former Visiting professor in Byzantine Art History at the
University of Venice.
Director of Orthodox Academy of Crete
Dr Konstantinos Zormpas was born in 1959, in Larisa. He received BA degrees in Political Sciences (Strasbourg 1981), Sociology (Catholic Institute and Sorbonne, Paris 1987) and Theology (Theological Institute of Saint Serge, Paris 1987). He completed MA studies in the Sociology of Christianity and in Pastoral Sociology. He attended postgraduate studies at the Theological School of Thessaloniki in the Department of Ethics and Sociology, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in 1996, with the mark of "excellent". From 1988 until 1999, he was a scientific associate of the Orthodox Academy of Crete. He has actively participated with proposals and interventions in the course of the European Union, through the various committees of the Council of European Churches, as well as the Council of Europe. He served on the permanent Greek delegation to the European Union in Brussels for educational and ecclesiastical affairs. Among his works are "The human value in social utopias", "Europe-Religion-Culture", "Politics and Religions", "Ecological Crisis and Education", etc. He is the Vice-President of the Bioethics Committee of the Polytechnic School of Chania and member of the Working Group of the European Conference of Churches for the New Technologies (Brussels). Now he is the General Director of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, where it took place the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (2016) and Archon Ieromnimon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.