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tracing the places of ancient Greece and the stories associated with them

The research team

Anna Foka is Scientific Leader of the Digital Humanities Initiative at the Institute for Archives, Museums and Libraries (ABM) Uppsala University, and Associate Professor in Information Technology and the Humanities at Humlab, Umeå University, Sweden. She has a background in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (MA 2006, PhD 2009, University of Liverpool) as well as Media and Performance Studies (NCU Athens, Greece). Anna’s research interests lie in the intersection of digital technology with historical disciplines. She has published on classics, ancient history and archaeology, gender and humour, classical reception, game studies, augmented and virtual reality for museums, digital visualizations and geography.

Anna Foka

Elton Barker

Elton Barker is a Reader in Classical Studies at The Open University. He has held research fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Freie Universität Berlin; the University of Leipzig), the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation (the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens), TOPOI (Berlin), Venice International University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Wolfson College, Cambridge. Elton’s research interests cross generic and disciplinary boundaries, ranging from poetic rivalry in ancient Greek epic to representations of debate in epic, historiography and tragedy. Since 2008, he has been at the forefront of efforts to develop digital tools and methods for rethinking spatial understanding of the ancient world. As PI of the Hestia project, Elton led an interdisciplinary team that experimented with digital mapping as part of a far-reaching analysis into the spatial organisation of Herodotus’s Histories. As a winner of a Google Digital Humanities grant, he helped to pioneer Named-Entity Recogition of historical texts in the Google Books corpus. He is currently Community Director of Pelagios (now into its seventh phase of funding), which is establishing the digital and human infrastructure to connect together heterogeneous online resources by virtue of their common references to historical places.
Kyriaki Konstantinidou is a Senior Research Assistant at Humlab, Umeå University, Sweden. She has studied Classics at Nottingham, UK (PhD 2009), Cambridge, UK (MPhil 2003) and Thessaloniki, Greece (BA 2000) and held positions at Freie Universität (Berlin), Boğaziçi University (Istanbul), The Hellenic Open University, and The Open University of Cyprus. Her research interests include ancient Greek language and literature, ancient Greek religion, human and divine justice, space and identity, verbal acts and emotions. She first came into contact with digital humanities tools and methods through her participation, as a research student, in data analysis for the project “the Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece” (University of Nottingham, UK) — which involved constructing a digital database of all references to oaths in archaic and classical Greece. She has also been initiated into digital pedagogy through her teaching experience for the Hellenic Open University and The Open University of Cyprus. Through the project digital periegesis, she is gradually merging into digital text-based analysis.

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