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Aggel Nicolaou-konnari

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Department of History and Archaeology
Cyprus University of Technology
Cyprus

Biography

Dr Angel Nicolaou-Konnari is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus in the field of study ‘Hellenism under Latin Rule’ (appointed in August 2009). Before her appointment, she taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of History and Archaeology and participated in many research programmes at the University of Cyprus. She received her PhD. in Medieval History in November 1999 from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, UK (supervisor: Prof. Peter W. Edbury). She received her Maitrise d’Anglais (October 1984), her Maitrise de Lettres Modernes (June 1982), her Licence de Lettres Modernes and her Licence d’Anglais (July 1981) from the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier III, France. She has published extensively on a variety of topics concerning Cypriot historiography, ethnicity and prejudice in medieval Cyprus and Latin Greece, and the Cypriots of the post-1570 diaspora. She is currently completing a book on two Cypriots of the late sixteenth-early seventeenth century, Pietro and Giorgio de Nores (a research programme of the Cyprus Research Centre), as well as a study of the social relations and cultural interaction and exchanges between Greeks and Franks in medieval Cyprus ('Culture Contact and Ethnic Identity: The Encounter of Greeks and Franks in Thirteenth-Century Cyprus'). She is also preparing with a number of contributors a collective volume on the history of the town of Famagusta. Moreover, she is one of the coordinators of the joint research programme of the University of Cyprus and the King’s College, London, 'Digitizing Medieval Cyprus' and director of two projects included in this programme, 'Prosopographical database of medieval Cyprus' and ‘‘Digital Library of Sources on Medieval Cyprus’’. She is external research associate of the Institute for Neohellenic Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation for the edition of the philosophical works by Pietro de Nores and a collaborator of the research programme ‘‘Ms Torino J.II. 9’’ of the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier III, France. She is also the appointed expert advisor of Cyprus as a State Party to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus UNESCO Committee.

Research Interest

Her research interests focus on the Latin-ruled Greek world (late twelfth-seventeenth centuries) and, particularly, the history of Cyprus under the domination of the Lusignan dynasty and the Republic of Venice (1191-1571). This mainly involves the various aspects of cultural interaction and exchanges between Greeks and Latins and related phenomena in the domains of social institutions, language, and religion as well as ethnicity, self-perception, and the perception of the Other. Her interests also include the important corpus of Cypriot historiographers (late twelfth-eighteenth century), the place of women in Latin Greece and particularly Cyprus, Cypriot prosopography in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times, and the perception of medieval Cyprus in European opera and in nineteenth-century French historiography.

Publications

  • Alterity and Identity in Lusignan Cyprus from ca. 1350 to ca. 1450: The Testimonies of Philippe de Mézières and Leontios Makhairas’, in Tassos Papacostas and Guillaume Saint-Guillain (eds.), Identity / Identities in Late Medieval Cyprus [Papers Given at the ICS Byzantine Colloquium (London, 13-14 June 2011)] (Nicosia: Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London and Cyprus Research Centre, 2014), pp. 37-66.

  • 'A New Manuscript of Leontios Makhairas's Chronicle of the Sweet Land of Cyprus: Edition of the Extracts in British Library, MS Harley 1825', Eπετηρίδα Kέντρου Eπιστημονικών Eρευνών (= Cyprus Research Centre Annual Review), 37 (2013-2014/published 2015), 145-185.

  • 'Leontios Makhairas's Greek Chronicle of the ''Sweet Land of Cyprus'': History of Manuscripts and Intellectual Links', in I. Afanasyev, J. Dresvina and E. Kooper (eds.), Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles [Oxford / Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium, The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies (Oxford, 5-7 July 2012)], The Medieval Chronicle, 10 (2015), 163-201.

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