Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant
Despina joined the Cyprus Institute in September 2014 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Byzantine Studies at the University of Cyprus (2012) and her Bachelor's Degree in History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece (2009). During her studies she participated in several excavations, ceramic documentations and museum work in Greece and Cyprus. Her main research field concerns Byzantine – Medieval Art in Cyprus. She is interested in pursuing research in the history of art (Byzantine/Medieval Art in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean) and local phenomena with trans-regional implications, while utilizing advanced technological applications to produce knowledge, accessible to the scientific society as well as to further generations in general. Her doctoral thesis concerns a monument of major importance for the Post-Byzantine art in Cyprus, the orthodox cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Nicosia. The iconographic program of the church dates from the 18th century and is the only complete program of this period on the island.