Principal Investigators

are each coordinating the work of one of the Three teams and will be active throughout the programme.

Ingela Nilsson

Professor of Greek and Byzantine Studies at Uppsala University
Director of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (2019-21)

is a specialist in Byzantine literature with a particular focus on issues of literary adaptation, often from a narratological perspective. Her most recent publications include the co-edited volumes Storytelling in Byzantium: Narratological Approaches to Byzantine Texts and Images (2018), Reading the Late Byzantine Romance: A Handbook (2019) and the monograph Writer and Occasion in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: The Authorial Voice of Constantien Manasses (2021). In 2018 Nilsson was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquity, and in 2019 she was awarded the Thureus award from The Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala. She is editor of the series Studia Byzantina Upsaliensia, associate editor of Brill’s Narratological Commentaries to Ancient Texts, and Byzantine Studies editor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.

🔎Storytelling and Narratology
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Christian Høgel

Poprofessor in Byzantine literature at the University of Southern Denmark
Co-director of the Centre for Medieval Literature (Odense/ York)
Visiting professor at Uppsala University

is a specialist in Byzantine hagiography, with a focus on in rewriting (metaphrasis), and in Arabic-Greek translations. He has supervised a number of PhD students and has extensive teaching experience. As co-director of the Centre for Medieval Literature (2012-22), he has organized several seminars, workshops, and summer schools. In this connection belongs also his broader research on medieval literature (see his “World literature is trans-imperial…”). Among other major publications are Symeon Metaphrastes: Rewriting and Canonization (2002); and “An early anonymous Greek translation of the Qur’ān: The fragments from Niketas Byzantios’ Refutatio and the anonymous Abjuratio” (2010). His linguistic knowledge includes Greek, Latin, Arabic, with some Georgian, Hebrew, and Slavonic.

🔎Translation & Rewriting
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Stratis Papaioannou

Professor of Byzantine Philology at the University of Crete

specializes on Byzantine literature. He has taught at the Catholic University of America (2000-2005) and at Brown University (2006-2018), and also teaches regularly Byzantine Greek summer schools at Dumbarton Oaks and the Gennadeios library. He has also worked as Nominated Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Oslo, 2002-2003) and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018. His publications include: a monograph on Michael Psellos (Cambridge and New York 2013—revised and updated version: Herakleio 2020); a critical edition and translation of six texts from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes (Cambridge Mass. 2017); a 2-vol. critical edition of Psellos’ letter collection (Berlin and New York 2019); and a multi-authored Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Literature (Oxford and New York 2021).

🔎Book, Writing & Performance Culture
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