Board of Directors

Dr Evanthia Polyviou, President 

Eva is an educator with significant experience in the secondary and higher education. She holds a PhD in Ancient History and Culture from the University of Sorbonne (Paris IV), a Master’s degree in Ancient History and Epigraphy (University of London, UCL) and a Bachelor in Classics (University of Cyprus). She has collaborated as a research fellow with the University of Padua in Italy and she has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus, Department of History and Archaeology. From 2005 onwards she has been teaching Modern Greek and Classics at the English School Nicosia and she has been conducting independent research, publishing regularly and delivering conference papers and public lectures. Her research interests lie mainly in the field of Jewish studies, notably, the political history of the Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman diaspora. She has also published extensively about the history of Roman and Medieval Cyprus. Over the last few years her interests and projects include also the teaching of subjects of her field in the secondary education with focus on the perspectives offered by the new technological tools and the contemporary tendency for interdisciplinary approaches in education. She is the co-editor (with Aspasia Skouroumouni-Stavrinou) of the volume, Classics in the Secondary Education, which was published in Greek by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Nicosia 2018).

Dr Maria Pavlou, Vice President 

Maria is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. She read Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received her PhD from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds an MA in Classics and an MSc in Digital Education. Before her current employment, she has worked as a Teaching Fellow/Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Bristol, the University of Cyprus, and the Open University of Cyprus. She has also been involved in a number of research projects at the University of Cyprus and the Open University of Cyprus. She has been awarded several scholarships: Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University), Μargo Tytus Summer Fellow (University of Cincinnati), National Scholarship Foundation of Greece (IKY), A. G. Leventis Foundation, Αrts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.), Fondation Hardt (Geneva), J. Costopoulos Foundation. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes and is the co-editor (with Prof. Vayos Liapis and Prof. Antonis Petrides) of Debating with the Eumenides (Cambridge Scholars 2018) and of the collective volume Framing the Dialogues: How to Read Openings and Closures in Plato, published by Brill in 2020 (co-edited with Prof. Antonis Tsakmakis and Dr Eleni Kaklamanou). She currently coordinates the Project AUGE (Αdvancing Utterly Green Environments), which is funded by Erasmus+.

Dr Chrysanthi Demetriou, Secretary

Chrysanthi is an educator with experience in secondary and higher education. She studied Classics in Cyprus and received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge (funded by Cambridge Trusts) and her PhD from the University of Leeds (funded by a Leeds University Research Scholarship). She  has been Adjunct Tutor and course co-ordinator of Latin at the Open University of Cyprus and she has taught Latin at the University of Cyprus and the University of Leeds. She has also taught Greek and Classical civilization at the English School, Nicosia. Her research and teaching interests primarily revolve around Roman comedy, ancient commentaries and scholia, the reception of classical (Latin) literature in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, as well as the position of Latin in education, from antiquity to the present (including online education). She has co-edited (with Prof. S. Papaioannou) the  volume, Plautus’ Erudite Comedy: New Insights into the Work of a doctus poeta (Cambridge Scholars, 2020) and she has published several articles and book chapters on these topics. She is a member of the international research network RELICS, based at the University of Ghent, and member and co-ordinator of the editorial board of the Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures, and she works as a teacher in Cyprus secondary education.

Dr Kostis Pavlou, Director

Kostis is a researcher, external associate of the Institute of Modern Texts and Manuscripts, which is based at the French Centre for Scientific Research (ENS-CNRS, Paris) and member of the research team “Multilinguisme, Traduction, Création” (ITEM/CNRS). He holds a PhD in Modern Greek Language and Literature from the University of Sorbonne (Paris IV) and postgraduate degrees in Modern Greek Studies (King’s College London) and in Semiotics (Université Dénis Diderot-Paris VII). He has worked as a Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Padua, Italy and he has taught Modern Greek Language and Literature at the Open University of Cyprus, the European University of Cyprus and the University of Padua. His research interests focus mainly on Modern Greek and comparative literature, the genetic approach (critique génétique) of the work of Dionysios Solomos, literary multilingualism, and Modern Greek and comparative metrics. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and volumes and he is the co-editor (with George Pilides) of the volume Autografi letterari romanzi e neogreci (SARGON, Padova 2015). He has been Director of the Centre for Literary and Cultural Studies since 2021.

Prof. Stephanos Efthymiades, Member

Stephanos is Professor of Byzantine literature at the Open University of Cyprus, Programme in Hellenic Culture. He holds a PhD  in Byzantine hagiology from the University of Oxford (U.K.) and BA degrees in Law (University of Athens) and in Greek Literature (University of Crete). He has published numerous studies on Byzantine hagiography, historiography and prosopography. He co-edited (with Alicia Simpson) the volume Niketas Choniates: a Historian and a Writer (La Pomme d’or, Geneva 2009). A volume of collected articles on Byzantine hagiography appeared in the Variorum Collected Studies series in 2011. He is the editor of the two-volume Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography (2011 and 2014). His most recent monograph is The Hagiography of Byzantine Cyprus (4th-13th c.), published in Greek by the Cyprus Research Centre (Nicosia 2021). He is currently working on the English version of this book (to be published with Cambridge University Press) and preparing a monograph on the political and social history of Hagia Sophia of Constantinople. 

Dr Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Member

Aspasia is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Scientific Project Officer at the Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals of the University of Cyprus, currently working on the MotherBreast and NetMAR Projects. She studied Classics at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (BA Hons. in Greek Philology, Distinction). She continued her studies at the University of London (UCL), where she obtained an MA in Classics (Distinction) and a PhD in Classics. During the above studies, she has received scholarships from the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, the Cyprus Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Foundation. She has taught various subjects related to the ancient Greek language, literature and civilization at universities of the UK (UCL, Kings College) and Cyprus (University of Cyprus, Open University of Cyprus). She has also acted as academic advisor for modern productions of ancient Greek drama (London Bloomsbury Theatre Productions). Her research interests focus on ancient Greek literature and particularly ancient Greek drama (with emphasis on issues of performance technique, stagecraft, space, gender, modern reception), ancient Greek religion and ritual, and on the culture of motherhood and breastfeeding from antiquity to early Byzantium. She has published relevant studies in international journals and collective volumes.

Ms Leonie Hadjithoma, Member

Leonie is a pianist and educator. She graduated from the European Conservatory, Nicosia and the State Music Academy ‘Pantcho Vladigerov’ in Sofia, Bulgaria holding a Bachelor and Master Degree in Piano Performance with distinction. She also received a Master Degree in Music Education from the European University, Cyprus. She is currently a PhD candidate in Music Education at the European University. During her studies, she participated in masterclasses of well-known artists and has been awarded with prizes in national and international piano and chamber music competitions such as the ‘Evangelia Tjiarri’ piano competition and ‘Nikola Stefanov’ competition for piano-flute duos. She has performed widely in Europe and the Middle East, taking part in recitals and festivals organised by the British Council, Cyprus Composer Society, Cyprus Opera Organization, Evangelia Tjiarri Foundation, Avantgarde Cultural Foundation, embassies and others and has collaborated with Symphony Orchestras as a soloist. She has recorded works for CYBC, Classic FM Bulgaria, National Radio of Bulgaria and the National Television of Korea. Her repertoire usually includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff as well as many contemporary composers. She teaches Music at the English School Nicosia and piano at the Nicosia Music Lyceum.