Assistant Professor and Director
of Doctoral Program in
Digital Cultural Heritage
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Nikolas Bakirtzis is Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Digital Cultural Heritage at The Cyprus Institute. He studied Archaeology and Social Anthropology the Aristotle University of Thessalonike in Greece and received his PhD in Art and Architectural History from Princeton University. His research and publications concentrate on the material culture, the historic landscapes and the architectural heritage of the Early Christian, Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean.
He has been awarded a Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and has been a Resident Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koc University in Istanbul (2005-2006) and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology (2006-2008). He was also Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Research Associate at the Center for World Heritage Sites of the University of Minnesota (2008-2009). In 2013 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and in the 2015 summer term he joined Columbia University’s Global Program in Istanbul as Visiting Faculty. In Spring 2016 he will be Getty Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
In 2009, Dr. Bakirtzis was awarded a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant by the European Commission and joined STARC to direct the research project TIEM - Tracing Identity in the Eastern Mediterranean; A Digital Survey of Late Medieval Monuments in the Eastern Mediterranean Islands. TIEM inspired research in numerous other projects primarily focusing on the art and architecture of Byzantine and Medieval Cyprus, the application of advanced digital technologies in art historical research as well as aspects of heritage preservation is contested historic cities. Amongst these activities is the collaborative initiative with the Department of Antiquities for the study and preparation of Management Plans for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cyprus, the development of an advanced imaging center for works of art, the use of virtual environments to study heritage in contested space and the interdisciplinary study of the heritage of byzantine monasticism on the island. He also directs Princeton's Seeger Center in Hellenic Studies “Mt. Menoikeion Seminar,” an interdisciplinary educational project in Northern Greece which studies the art, archaeology and anthropology of one of the foremost centers of Byzantine monasticism.
His publications include: "Conflict or Coexistence: Archaeological Realites and Hagiographic Narratives in Early Christian Cyprus" (2016, "with A. Papageorgiou), "Hybridity or Continuity? Byzantine Monastic Practice in Early Modern Cyprus (2016), “Ascetic Legacy and Topography at Hagios Sozomenos near Nicosia, Cyprus" (2016), “Architecture and the Monastic Experience” (2016), “Spatially-Organized Virtual Narratives of Contested Urban Space: Digital Methods of Mapping the Spatial Experience of Shared Heritage” (2016, with G. Artopoulos and S. Hermon), “Locating Virtual Environments of Contested Urban Space” (2014, with G. Artopoulos); “Architecture and the Monastic Experience” (2015), “Locating Byzantine Monasteries: Spatial Considerations and Strategies in the Rural Landscape” (2013), “The Fortifications of Byzantine Cities: Aesthetics, Ideology and Symbolisms” (2012, in Greek), “Thessaloniki and its Walls: Aspects of a Continuous Relationship” (2013), “Library Spaces in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monasteries” (2012), “Between the Mountain and the Lake; Tower, Folklore and Monastery at Agios Vasileios near Thessaloniki” (2011), Prodromos Monastery near Serres; Historical, Archaeological, Cultural Values and the distractive fire of December 13th 2010 (2011), “The Architecture of the Synodikon Room in the Hegoumeneion of Prodromos Monastery near Serres” (2011), “The Practice, Perception and Experience of Byzantine Fortification” (2010).
Medieval and Byzantine Art, Architecture and Archaeology; Heritage of the Built Environment; Heritage in Contested and Divided Cities; Art and Architecture of the Crusader and Renaissance periods in the Eastern Mediterranean; Urban and Rural Landscapes; Social Anthropology and Folklore.