Eurydice Georganteli

Lecturer on History of Art and Architecture (Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval)

Harvard Standing Commitee on Medieval Studies

Co-Director, The Dumbarton Oaks Coins and Seals Summer Program


Eurydice Georganteli studied archaeology and history of art at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (MA 1992; PhD 1998), and the Universities of Oxford (Visiting Fellow, Modern History, 1994-1997) and Cambridge (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1998-1999). Before joining the faculty in 2016 she was the Keeper of Coins at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Lecturer on Numismatics at the University of Birmingham, UK (2000-2016) where she oversaw the conservation, cataloguing and display of the Coins and Seals Collection. She headed the creation of the Barber Institute New Coin Gallery (2002), Study Room (2004) and Library (2005), and initiated the Birmingham University Graduate Program in Numismatics (2001).

A specialist in the arts, archaeology, numismatics, and digital heritage of South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Georganteli participated in excavations and field surveys in Northern Greece (1988-1993) and worked in the British Museum (1994), the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1998-1999) and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1997-1998). She was Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University (2012-2013); Principal Investigator for the University of Birmingham of the TAG CLOUD European project on Digital Humanities and Lifelong Engagement with Culture (2012-2015); and Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences (European Commission for Research and Innovation, Harvard University, 2013-2015; University of Birmingham, 2015-2016).

Georganteli’s exhibitions (2002-2012) featured regularly in the critical list of the Sunday Times and her book Encounters. Travel and Money in the Byzantine World, co-authored with Barrie Cook (London, 2006), was the recipient of the Royal Numismatic Society Lhotka Memorial Prize for best publication. She received an Arts and Humanities Research Grant (AHRC) for academic excellence (2007-2012); a Clore Fellowship in Cultural Management (Short Program, 2008); a British Academy Grant (2008-2009); and the 2011 Jan H Norbø Medal awarded by the Norwegian Numismatic Association for services to Numismatics. A prize-winning academic tutor (Harvard Bok Center Award for teaching excellence, 2012 and 2013) she has held research fellowships and visiting positions in academic institutions in Europe (Greece, 1998-1999; UK, 1994-97, 1998-1999, Northern Ireland, 2005-2007) and the United States (Dumbarton Oaks, 1998, 1999-2000; HAA, Harvard University, 2012-2015).

She has published on such topics as Byzantine numismatics, urban and rural economy, archaeology, portable antiquities collecting, digital cultural heritage and storytelling. She uses coins, archaeological evidence, written sources and the changing patterns in the geography of transport to trace economic and cultural exchange in late antique and medieval Europe and the Middle East.

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