Researcher Fellows

The institution of research fellows is perhaps the most important contribution of the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice. It is inextricably linked to its educational and scientific mission. It was the most basic of the Institute’s commitment, since the first year of its foundation in 1962, a commitment that shakes up precious historical memories of the Flanginian school. The scholarship covers only the researcher’s stay while the amount and duration are described in the call for applications.
The scholarship holders of the Institute must have Greek citizenship, have a qualification obtained from higher education institutions in the country or abroad – but in the latter case, recognized by the Official Interdisciplinary Organization for the Recognition of Qualifications of Study and Information (Δ.Ο.Α.Τ.Α.Π.). The selection takes place according to a specific procedure, described in the relevant scholarship announcement and provided for by the Institute’s Regulations.
This process basically consists in the presentation of a dossier that includes the research proposal and the relative documentation of the candidate and is completed in two phases: the proposal for the anonymous evaluation of the candidate by two external evaluators, recognized scientists in the scientific field concerning the scope of the proposal; and in the personal interview of the candidates selected in the previous phase, with the presence of all the members of the Supervisory Committee of the Institute. The application file is deposited at the headquarters of the Supervisory Committee, which transfers it to the Honorary Scientific Council, which evaluates each case separately on the proposal of the external evaluators. The final results are published on the Hellenic Institute website. The selected candidates sign a contract in accordance with the provisions of the Announcement.
Most of the selected fellows hold research programs at recognized national or foreign higher education institutions; are PhD or postdoctoral candidates in recognized research fields. The research topics are determined by the fellow, in collaboration with the higher education institution he collaborates with on an academic basis. The President of the Institute acts as a research consultant for the fellow and checks the consistency and seriousness of the execution of his obligations. Each scholarship holder reports the progress of his / her work to the President of the Institute at regular intervals. Scholarship holders are required to reside at the Institute’s headquarters, without prejudice to justified and short-term absences, always with prior authorization, in order to cover the needs of research in other archives and libraries in Italy.
The themes of research and scientific studies prepared by the fellow researchers are part of the whole range of Byzantine and post-Byzantine history, modern Greek and European history, art history, institutions. Particular emphasis is given to the history of the Greek regions under Venetian rule and to the more specific issues that arise from the coexistence of the Greek element with the Latin element, due to the wealth of evidence in the Venetian archives and libraries. The research and prototypical studies of the Institute’s fellows have enriched the literature to date with important works and historical notes, in particular on the relations of medieval Hellenism with the West and on the presence of the Greeks in Venice.

RESEARCHER FELLOWS ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022
Dimitrios Roumpekas

 

Studies

Dimitrios Roumpekas has a pHD on Ancient Greek Philology and Papyrology in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Classics and Papyrology from the University of Ioannina. His Ph.D thesis, entitled «The health system in Greco-Roman and Byzantine Egypt in the light of the papyri», is to be published soon. His scientific interests concern the edition, language and commentary of the literary and documentary papyri, ancient Greek and Byzantine medical literature and specific thematic such as disease and cure in Greco-Roman and Late Antiquity.

Current research activity

      During his research conducted in the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, he’s working on the veneration of miraculous holy fathers and healing saints in Byzantine Egypt in the light of the hagiological, papyrological, and epigraphic sources. He is on the forms that the cult of saints received in the Nile country, from the third to the eighth century: prayers, amulets, oracles, hymns and encomia, churches, monasteries, and charitable institutions devoted to healing saints or saints related to the care of the sick and poor, as well as holy icons, oblations, and celebrations, dedicated to therapeutic saints.

Conferences and scientific publications

Dimitrios Roumpekas, “The xenodocheion of Saint Ioustus at Oxyrhynchus”, Medioevo Greco 22 (2022). [forthcoming]

Dimitrios Roumpekas, “Ὠιὸν δίδυμον (P. Cair. Zen. IV 59602, IIIa, Philadelphia): Some remarks”, Analecta Papyrologica33 (2021). [forthcoming]

Angelos Zaloumis


Studies

Angelos Zaloumis is a joint PhD student in Byzantine Philology and Philosophy at the University of Patras, Greece and the École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL, France in the scientific field Religions and System Thoughts. The aim of his doctoral research is a critical edition of Demetrios Cydones’ (c. 1320/25 – 1397/98) Greek translation of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, IIaIIae and moreover, the study of its perception in the Late Byzantine world.

Current research

He is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies of Venice. Aim of his current research is to examine aspects of Byzantine Thomism and the reception of Cydones’ translation as well as the reception of Thomistic ethics in Late Byzantium, and in particular in Gennadios Scholarios’ thought and works.

Conferences and scientific publications

Zaloumis A., «Thomas Aquinas’ Summa contra Gentiles as the Source of the Moral Intellectualism in John VI Cantacuzenus’ Contra Mahometem Disputatio ΙΙ (Κατὰ τοῡ Μωάμεθ λόγος δεύτερος)», Tasting the Lotus’: Reception of and Reaction to the Transmission of Latin Works in Byzantium, (Online conference, 31.07 – 01.08.2021).

Zaloumis A., «Demetrios Kydones’ Greek Rendering of Aristotelian Ethical Terms in Thomas Aquinas’ Summatheologiae, IIaIIae», International Conference Translation Activity in Late Byzantium (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 11 – 13.06.2018).

Ζαλούμης Ά., «Το ιδεώδες της ελευθερίας της θρησκευτικής συνείδησης στο αυτοβιογραφικό έργο του Δημήτριου Κυδώνη (περ. 1325 – 1397/8)»,  Ημερίδα Ξεφυλλίζοντας το Βυζάντιο ΙΙ: Χειρόγραφα, Κείμενα, Ιδέες (University of Patras, 05.05.2014).

Zaloumis A., «Demetrios Kydones’ Greek Rendering of Aristotelian Ethical Terms in Thomas Aquinas’ Summatheologiae, IIaIIae», Translation Activity in Late Byzantium: An International Conference (11-13.06.2018). [forthcoming: Byzantinisches Archiv – Series Philosophica, vol. 4, Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter]

Marialena Alexiadi

 

Studies

Marialena Alexiadi is a graduate of Greek Philology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in classical studies. In 2018 she received her ΜΑ degree from the Department of Social Theology and Christian Culture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with grade “excellent”. In her dissertation she dealt with the policy of the Roman Empire towards Christians during the 3rd century.

She is a PhD candidate at the School of Education of the University of Crete. In her dissertation she is studying the Neon Leimonarion (Venice, 1819) from a historical-philological, theological and pedagogical point of view.

Current research activity

Marialena Alexiadi is a fellow researcher at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, for the year 2021-2022. He works mainly in the Library of St Marc of Venice. Specifically, he studies manuscripts of hymnological and hagiological content (martyrdoms, biographies, hymns, stories of miracles) comparing them with similar material from the Vatican Apostolic Library. Her purpose is to gather information about the worship and miracles of the Saints included in the Neon Leimonarion, to examine variations of their Lives in other manuscripts and to locate the sources of the book. Furthermore, she collects editions of the book she’s studying and the hagiology of the cult in the Venetian world in general.

Conferences and scientific publications

Alexiadis M., The policy of the Roman Empire towards Christians during the 3rd century, Thessaloniki 2020. [in Greek]

Alexiadis M., «The spread of Christianity in Cyprus during Roman rule on the island», in: A. Mastrapas, M. Stergioulis (eds.), Proceedings of the 45th Annual Cyprus Conference: History and Culture, (Seminar of the Panhellenic Union Friend Greek Cypriot Philologists (Athens, 8-10 November 2018), volume A΄, Athens 2022. [in Greek]

Panagiotis Makris


Studies

Panagiotis Makris is a PhD candidate in Byzantine History at the Department of History of the Ionian University. His doctoral research examines the perception of the body and the conception of illness, healing and death in the scholars of late Byzantium (1204-1453). His academic interests are particularly oriented to the social and cultural history of the Byzantine world.

Current research activity

Panagiotis Makris is a fellow researcher at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice. His research is entitled “A Byzantine scholar in the years of the plague: illness and death in the work of Dimitrios Kidonis (1324-1397)” and it is part of the conceptual history of 14th century Byzantium. His research aims to investigate the reception and semantics of the concepts “disease”, “cure” and “death” by the Byzantine scholar and official Dimitrios Kidonis (1324-1397) but at the same time, expands to a global approach of all ideologies and social perceptions related to them. The research is part of the wider scientific field of Byzantine Studies and in particular in the context of the study of mentalities during the Palaeologian Renaissance.

Conferences and scientific publications

Makris Panagiotis, «The Perception of the Plague of the Years 1348-1348 by the Society of Constantinople: A Psychosocial Approach to the Sources of the Time», Byzantinοs Domοs, 30(2022). [In Greek, forthcoming]

Argyrò Gkanali

 

Studies

Argyrò Gkanali is a PhD candidate in History at the Department of History and Archeology of the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her doctoral dissertation examines the wide range of Venice’s relations with the representatives of the Latin Church in Crete in the first half of the 17th century and specifically after the Interdetto (1606), which meant the culmination of the ongoing conflict between the two states during in the early modern period.

Current research activity

During the academic year 2021-2022, Argyrò Gkanali is a fellow researcher at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice. Her dissertation is entitled “Relations between the State and the Church in Venetian Crete after the Interdetto: the state supervision of ecclesiastical property”. It deals with the state supervision over the Orthodox and Latin ecclesiastical institutions under public law (ius patronato pubblico) but also the activity of the latter towards the state, such as the donations, informing about the movements of the Ottomans, that posed a risk to the Venetian interests – especially, of her possessions in Candia. She is basing on unpublished archival material found in the State Archive of Venice (Archivio di Stato di Venezia). Her research concerns the period 1620-1640.

Conferences and scientific publications

Gkanali Argyrò & Kapodistrias N., «The path to the Revolution: the Greek space through the correspondence of the Venetian officials of the East (late 18th century)», Two-day conference presenting the research programs of the University of Athens for the Revolution of 1821 (Athens, 1 December 2021). [in Greek]

Gkanali Argyrò, «Creta veneziana tra la Santa Sede e il Patriarcato ecumenico: l’invio di libri religiosi di Cirillo Loukaris», Seminar of young researchers at the Società Italiana per la Storia dell’Età Moderna / SISEM, (Bologna, 7-8 April 2022).