People

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Lab Coordinator, Assistant Professor,  Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts +357 2500 2311, theopisti.stylianou@cut.ac.cy

Theopisti Stylianou LambertTheopisti Stylianou-Lambert is an assistant professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of its Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. Theopisti has published widely on museums and photography, is the co-author of The Political Museum (Routledge, 2016) and the editor of Photography and Museums: Displaying Death (co-editor, Routledge, 2017), Museums and Visitor Photography (MuseumsEtc, 2016), Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity (co-editor, I.B.Tauris, 2014), and Re-envisioning Cyprus (co-editor, University of Nicosia Press, 2010). She earned her PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (UK) and her MA in Visual Arts/ Museum Education from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). Theopisti is also the recipient of several scholarships and awards including a Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice (USA), a Fulbright Fellowship (USA) and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award (UK). For her creative work see: http://www.theopististylianoulambert.com

Christina Papadopoulou, PhD Candidate, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts

 28794Christina Papadopoulou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts and currently a member of the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. She holds a degree in Multimedia and Graphic Arts from the Technological University of Cyprus (2012) and a Greek – French MA in Art, Virtual Reality & Multi-User systems of Artistic Expression (2014). Her research interests include Museology and Photography, more specifically, the use of Photography by visitors in Museums. Her personal Interests include Fine and Contemporary Art, poetry, experimental photography/ videoing and scenography. Since 2014, she assists on the design and build of different sets for TV shows, musicals, advertising projects, museums and theatres.

Natasa Charalambous, PhD Candidate, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts

photoNatasa Charalambous is a PhD candidate in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts and currently a member of the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. She holds a degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Cyprus (2007) and an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of Newcastle (2009). Since 2007 she has worked and volunteered in various cultural organizations, both in Cyprus and abroad, and she has been extensively collaborating with the Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum for various projects. Her current research interests include National Museums and the visionary relationship of these institutions with the memory and identity affairs of visitors as individuals and as members of a society. She also studies the role these institutions could perform in conflicted societies.

Chrystalla Antoniou, External Research Associate

Chrystalla Antoniou was awarded her PhD in Museum Studies from the Cyprus University of Technology in 2016 [Doctoral thesis title: «Αειφορία, περιβάλλον και πολιτισμός στην εκπαίδευση μέσα από δράσεις σε μουσεία: Απόψεις εκπαιδευτικών, προκλήσεις και προοπτικές» (Sustainability, the environment and culture, through educational actions in museums)]. She holds a Master’s in “Outdoor Environmental Education and Outdoor Life” from the Department of Culture and Communication at the Linköping University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s in Educational Sciences from the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include outdoor education in authentic learning contexts, museum education, education for sustainability and cultural sustainability, environmental education, experiential learning and place-based education. As a museum educator, working in museums and galleries in Cyprus, she designs and implements programs for school groups, as well as she designs educational material for teachers and pupils.

 

Polina Nikolaou, External Research Associate, Art & Research Resident 2016

Polina_Nik_PhotoPolina Nikolaou was awarded her PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Exeter in July 2014. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘The diaspora of Cypriot antiquities and the British Museum, 1860-1900’, maps the movement of Cypriot antiquities from their excavation sites, to their circulation and, finally, to their display in the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For her doctoral research she received scholarships from the University of Exeter and A.G. Leventis Foundation. Previously, she completed a BA (Ptychion) in History at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2008) and then was awarded an MA in Landscape and Culture from the University of Nottingham (2010). Her current research interests focus on the conceptual and historical aspects of the relationship between knowledge, empire and antiquities; and on the history and theory of museums and collections.

Christos Panayiotou, PhD candidate, Department of Communication and Internet Studies, xristos.panayiotou@gmail.com

fotoChristos Panayiotou is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Internet Studies at the Cyprus University of Technology. He studied Multimedia and Graphic Design in the same University and has a master’s degree in Interactive Multimedia. His research interests include Cultural, Social Psychology and Communication and how they are connected to cultural artifacts such as art and design. More specifically he focuses on how Social Representations are objectified into cultural images that in turn work as the mirror onto which individuals acquire their self-image. His personal Interests include experimental photography and art.

Alexandra Bounia, External Research Associate, Associate Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece, abounia@ct.aegean.gr

Alexandra Bounia croppedAlexandra Bounia (PhD) is an associate professor of museology at the University of the Aegean, Greece, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication. She studied archaeology and history of art at the University of Athens and museum studies at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests are on the history, theory and management of collections and museums, the interpretation of material culture, and the use of audiovisual technologies as interpretive media. She has published in Greek and international journals and participates in research projects in Greece and abroad. She co-edited with Susan M. Pearce the book Collector’s Voice: Ancient Voices, which was published in 2001 by Ashgate Press. Her book Collectors and Collections in the Ancient World: The Nature of Classical Collecting was published in 2004 by the same publisher, while in 2009 her book “Behind the Scenes of the Museum”: Collections Management in Contemporary Museums was published in Greek by Patakis Publications.

Nicos Philippou, External Research Associate, University of Nicosia, philippou.n@unic.ac.cy

unnamedNicos Philippou is author of Coffee House Embellishments and co-editor of Re-envisioning Cyprus and Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity. His writings on photography and vernacular culture have been published in journals, art magazines and collective volumes. As a photographer he has participated in several exhibtions in Cyprus and abroad. He holds an MA in Communications and Technology from Brunel Univesristy, UK.  He is currently lecturing at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia and is working towards his PhD.

 

Elena Stylianou, External Research Associate, European University Cyprus, e.stylianou@euc.ac.cy

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Elena Stylianou is assistant professor in Art History and Theory at European University Cyprus and the founder and coordinator of its Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab. Her research interests include contemporary art from Cyprus, museums and curatorial studies, and photography. She previously held a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of London, Institute of Education, UK and earned her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY with specialization in Art Theory and Education. She also holds an EdM from the same school in Art Education with emphasis in Museum Studies. She has taught in well-known museums in New York, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Museum of the City of New York and she was the Saturday Academy Coordinator of the Museum of the City of New York in 2006-2007. She has lectured widely on a wide-range of topics, and has been involved in various curatorial projects at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation. Her academic work has been published widely in book chapters and academic journals.

Marina Christodoulou, External Research Associate, Independent Artist

marinachristodoulouMarina Yerali-Christodoulou was a research associate at the «Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab» of the Cyprus University of Technology. She has studied Book Arts (BA Hοns) at the London College of Communication and holds an MA in Book Arts with specific focus on artists’ books from the University of Arts in London. She has worked as a picture research assistant at the Archives and Permissions Department of Thames and Hudson Ltd, where she archived special and rare photographic collections. She has been closely involved with academic libraries in London and Cyprus where she continues to develop her research interests on the role of the book conceived as an art form and the current technological innovations of it as an e-book.

Chrystalleni Loizidou, External Research Associate, chrystalleniloizidou@gmail.com

photo chrystalleni_loizidou_-_imgChrystalleni Loizidou (PhD) initially came on board as Research
Associate with the VSMS Lab in 2010-2011, researching vernacular
tourist photography, memory, and photosharing. During that time she organised THATCamp Cyprus 2011 (The Humanities and Technology Camp) kicking off a long-standing interest in the Digital Humanities. Her background is in Philosophy and Art History (BA, University College London), communication design (MA Design Studies, Central Saint Martins), and Cultural Studies (PhD). Her doctoral thesis at the London Consortium (Birkbeck, University of London) focused on Cyprus, employing an art-historical method to approach questions of memory and governance. Her research and curatorial work has tended to reflect on the commons and their management.

Evanthia Tselika, External Research Associate, University of Nicosia, tselika.e@unic.ac.cy

evi teslikaEvanthia Tselika (PhD) is the Fine Art programme coordinator in the Department of Design and Multimedia at the University of Nicosia, and is involved in the development and execution of socially engaged art projects and gallery and museum education programmes. Her practice led research focuses on the role of conflict and dialogue in relation to socially engaged art practices within segregated urban contexts. Her PhD focused on conflict transformation and art for the case of Nicosia, Cyprus (Birkbeck, University of London). She has extended research and practical experience in curatorial and pedagogical art practices and has worked, exhibited and collaborated with galleries and museums in London, El Salvador, Cyprus, Greece, Mexico and Brazil.

Nicolaos Boukas, External Research Associate, European University Cyprus, N.Boukas@euc.ac.cy

Boukas NikolaosNikolaos Boukas holds a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Exeter, UK. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Coordinator of the BBA in Hotel, Tourism & Event Management at the European University Cyprus in Nicosia. He is also the Director of the Center for Sustainable Management of Tourism, Sport & Events (CESMATSE) of the European University Cyprus. His research interests are related to sustainable tourism development, cultural heritage tourism, youth tourism, tourist behaviour, destination planning and policy, niche tourism, and island tourism.

ART & RESEARCH RESIDENCIES

Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi, Art & Research Residents 2017

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Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi are artists and photographers with academic background in Law and Geography respectively. Since December 2015 they are co-authors of “Borderlands Project”, a longterm visual research on European border landscapes, that so far includes images realized in Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. For the Art & Research Residency Program 2017, they will realize a visual catalog of border devices, intended here as the set of physical elements, natural or manmade, official or informal, that are provided by the administrative institutions or perceived by the population as material signs of the presence of a frontier. The catalog will serve as a representation tool of the impact of the frontier on the visual definition and imagery of Cypriot landscape.

Maren Wickwire, Art & Research Resident 2017

marenwickwireBased in Germany and the US, Maren Wickwire is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and human right advocate. Her work is research oriented, involving fieldwork and longterm engagement with local communities using participatory approaches. In her work she is looking at the growing movement of people worldwide in the context of various forms of human migration and explores social and cultural phenomena tied into the complex spatial and personal experiences of individuals locally and virtually. She represents her findings in multilayered installations, using a wide range of media including, video, audio, photography and texts. Her exhibitions and large outdoor installations have been well received internationally and granted the National Endowment for the Arts award in 2015. Wickwire holds a diploma in Visual Communication Design from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany and is a graduate candidate of the MA program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie University Berlin.

Stephan Takkides, Art & Research Resident 2017

stephen-takkidesStephan Takkides is an artist who uses photography and video, working mostly with observational shots from human-made landscapes and the built environment. Following studies in New Media at Chelsea College in London, he completed an MFA at the Transart Institute, Plymouth University. For the past three years, he has lived in Bremen, Germany, where he has been working on a long-term photographic study on the effects of land reclamation and erosion on the North Sea coast. For the Art & Research Residency, he will make a new video work looking at the use of open space in the city in Limassol. He is particularly interested in undeveloped pockets of privately owned wasteland, which have become surrounded by buildings as the city has grown. His work will investigate how local people make use of this space and how it compares to officially designated public space.

Marios Constantinides, illustrator, Cyprus

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 10.58.36 AMMarios Constantinides conceives, creates and transforms images, shapes and spaces. He is fascinated by sequential imagery and the human capacity for assumptions. Has trained in Visual Arts (printing and book arts) (MA) at the University of Arts London and in Illustration (BA) at the University of Westminster. Has lived and worked in London, Berlin and Toulouse. He currently lives in Pyrga, Cyprus.

 

Polina Nikolaou, Art & Research Resident 2016

Polina_Nik_PhotoPolina Nikolaou was awarded her PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Exeter in July 2014. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘The diaspora of Cypriot antiquities and the British Museum, 1860-1900’, maps the movement of Cypriot antiquities from their excavation sites, to their circulation and, finally, to their display in the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For her doctoral research she received scholarships from the University of Exeter and A.G. Leventis Foundation. Previously, she completed a BA (Ptychion) in History at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2008) and then was awarded an MA in Landscape and Culture from the University of Nottingham (2010). Her current research interests focus on the conceptual and historical aspects of the relationship between knowledge, empire and antiquities; and on the history and theory of museums and collections.

Christos Mais, Art & Research Resident 2015

CROPPED-DSC_2758Christos Mais was born in Cyprus. After his studies in Economics in Thessaloniki he continued his education in Leiden, where he received an MA in Book & Digital Media Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. His research interests vary from Contemporary Social & Political History, to Oral History, Visual Sociology, Publishing History and the History of Communism and the Left. He is particularly interested in dissident and underground press during the Long Sixties, the interaction between print and visual culture with politics, and interdisciplinary approaches of the above issues.

Aivar Ruukel, Art & Research Resident/ Visiting Researcher Dec. 2013 – Apr. 2014

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Aivar Ruukel is a PhD Candidate at Estonian University of Life Sciences. He holds a Master’s in Natural Sciences (Nature Tourism) from Estonian University of Life Sciences. His Master’s dissertation topic was: Traveller’s Behavior on Internet Through Travel Cycle, a Case Study of Visitors to Estonian National Parks. In his PhD research Aivar explores the relationship between responsible behavior of tourists and their social media usage, specifically online photo-sharing.  His research interests include the sustainable development of tourism destinations, co-creation of tourism experience, and psychology of online sharing.

Alina Zubkovych, Art & Research Resident/ Visiting Researcher Dec. 2013

1 varAlina Zubkovych is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant at the School of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia. In her dissertation she tries to find out how the Yugoslavian period is represented at the ex-Yugoslavian museums. By using the discourse-analysis methods she visited and compared narrative representations of all national capital historical museums located at the territories of the former Yugoslavia.  Alina concentrates on the analysis of the collective memory, national identity, and representations at historical museums.  She has published already several articles about Ukrainian and Moldavian museums and has presented her results at different European conferences (such as ESA, August 2013) and workshops (such as: at CEU April 2013, Budapest; CASE, Vilnius 2012-2013 and other). Alina is also the Assistant editor of the sociological journal “Research in Social Change”.

Jasmina Kuka, Art & Research Resident/ Dec.2013

Beba KukaDr Jasmina Kuka has more than ten years of academic work on cultural researches and years of experience in coordination and monitoring and evaluation of development programs supported by international and European organizations. She gives lectures and trainings at the School of Political Sciences, Belgrade Open School and Center for Development of Cross-Sectoral Cooperation on topics related to cultural policy and sustainable development, cultural indicators and participatory processes. Her research focuses on cultural indicators and their role and usefulness in policy and decision making processes. At the moment she works as a Consultant for Development of Belgrade Open School Program for Culture.

Marina Markellou, Visiting Researcher/ June 2011

pictureDr. Marina Markellou is an Intellectual Property Attorney in Greece. After accomplishing a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property on September 2005 in Montpellier of France, she was offered a scholarship by the Greek State to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the field of Copyright law (University of Montpellier/University of Athens-high distinction). Her primary research interests concern intellectual property as well as data protection law and telecommunication law. Member of the Greek group of the International Literal and Artistic Association (ALAI), she often participates as a legal expert in many European programs (IDABC project on December 2008/Twinning Project on December 2007). She started working at Ionian University at 2010 as an adj. Lecturer in the field of “Law and Art” at the Department of Audio-Visual Arts. She is currently preparing a post-doctoral project in evaluating the practice of artistic appropriation from a legal and sociological point of view.

ALUMNI

Eftychia Christodoulou, Research Assistant

Photo on 2013-10-11 at 14.43 #2Eftychia Christodoulou was a research associate at the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts.  She holds a Master’s in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University and a Bachelor’s in Greek Literature (Classics) from the University of Athens.  Her Master’s dissertation topic was on museum education in Cyprus and her research interests include museum education, cultural mapping and public art.

 

Stavroulla Strati, Research Assistant, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, stav.6@hotmail.com

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Stavroulla Strati is Graphic and Multimedia Designer who graduated from the Cyprus University of Technology. She holds a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Arts and her thesis is titled ”The culture map of Limassol’. She is a member and volunteer of different non government organizations including AEGEE (European Student Forum). She is interested in volunteering, travelling around the world, interacting with different cultures and examining different societies.