Fotini Kondyli email
Associate Professor | Byzantine Art and Archaeology | PhD University of Birmingham, 2009 Academia.edu
Fotini Kondyli (NEH Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology) is a Byzantine archaeologist who works on the Late Antique, Byzantine and Frankish periods. Her research interests include the construction of Byzantine spaces, communal identity, landscape and household archaeology and the archaeology of Byzantine non-elites. She also works on cultural, economic and political networks in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Byzantine period (13th- 15th c.). She is presently writing her first monograph on aspects of vulnerability and resilience of Late Byzantine rural societies, focusing on the spatial organization and socio-economic strategies of non-elite groups in response to economic and demographic crises. Her work brings together archaeology, archival research, spatial analysis, and the digital humanities.
As an active field archaeologist, Kondyli has worked in numerous archaeological sites in Greece, Albania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She is currently involved in three archaeological projects at Athens, Thebes and northern Attica. At Athens, she is working with legacy data from the Athenian Agora Excavations (http://www.agathe.gr/) to explore processes of city-making and the role of different social groups in the development of Athens in the Middle and Late Byzantine/Frankish periods. At Thebes, she is part of the Thebes Synergasia Excavation Project where she studies changes in the topography, spatial layout and urban experiences of the city from Late Antiquity to the Late Byzantine/ Frankish periods. She also participates in the Mazi Archaeological Project (http://www.maziplain.org/) where she is responsible for the study and publication of the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman material focusing on changes in settlement patterns, trade and communication networks and the making of sacred spaces.
Kondyli is also the director of the Inhabiting Byzantine Athens digital project. In collaboration with The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), she is employing computational methods to identify and systematically extract information from the Athenian Agora Excavations’ archives pertaining exclusively to the Byzantine and Frankish periods. Such methods will allow the project to inter-relate different types of information (artifacts, maps, notes) and integrate different media (text, images, 3D reconstructions, video etc.) that will in turn support a detailed study, visualization and interpretation of the excavation results. The project also deals with new solutions in dealing with legacy data that can be replicated and used by other archaeological projects that face similar challenges in making their archival collections more usable and accessible.
She offers courses on Late Antique and Byzantine art and material culture, on Household Archaeology and Byzantine Urbanism. She also takes students with her in the field and supervises undergraduate and graduate research on Late Antique and Byzantine archaeology.
She currently serves as President of the Charlottesville AIA.