Faculty Bio Nikolas Bakirtzis

Nikolas Bakirtzis studied Architectural History, Social Anthropology and Archaeology at Princeton University (where he received his Ph.D.) and the Aristotle University of Thessalonike (where he received his M.A. and B.A.) in Greece. His research interests and publications concentrate on the material culture, the historic landscapes and the architectural heritage of the Early Christian and the Medieval Mediterranean with a particular interest in monasteries and cities as they present an ideal setting to probe complex layers of society and history. He was awarded a Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and has been a Senior Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koc University in Istanbul and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archaeology. During the 2008-2009 academic year he was Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Among his research activities, he directs the "Mt. Menoikeion Seminar," an interdisciplinary educational project in Northern Greece organized by Princeton University's Program in Hellenic Studies, which studies the art, archaeology and anthropology of one of the foremost centers of Byzantine monasticism.

Bakirtzis joined the Cyprus Institute's Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center to direct a project titled "Tracing Identity in the Eastern Mediterranean; A Digital Survey of Late Medieval Monuments in the Eastern Mediterranean Islands." His research is supported by a four-year Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission. The project's primary goal is the creation of a novel digital database which will allow the critical re-evaluation of material remains and historiographical evidence against a new set of inquiries that will address the formation of social and cultural identity in the Medieval Mediterranean world. The CWHS will contribute to the project as it develops its collaboration with the Cyprus Institute which will foster its research and educational activities in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Bakirtzis publications include: "Between the Mountain and the Lake; Tower, Folklore and Monastery at Agios Vasileios near Thessaloniki" (forthcoming), "The Kallos of Kavala's Castle" (forthcoming), "The Practice, Perception and Experience of Byzantine Fortification" (in press, Jan. 2010), "Library Spaces in Byzantine Monasteries" (in press, 2009), "The Hall of the Synodikon in the Hegoumeneion of Prodromos Monastery near Serres," (in press, 2009), The Monasteries of Timios Prodromos at Serres and of Panagia Eikosifoinissa (in Greek) (2009), "Annexes of Monastic Katholika; The Library as an Annex" (2008), "Creating a Sacred Landscape in Byzantium; Taming the Wilderness on Mt. Menoikeion" (2006), "The Visual Language of Byzantine Fortifications. The Case of Thessaloniki" (2005), "The Bey Hamam in Thessaloniki: A 'Paradise' of Catharsis for Citizens and Outsiders" (2004), An essay on Byzantine Fortification. Northern Greece 4th-15thc, co-authored with Philippos Oreopoulos (2001).