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Ivan
Foletti

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is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Masaryk University in Brno and simultaneously a Maître-Assistant Ambizione FNS at the University of Lausanne. He finished his PhD studies at the latter university. In his doctoral thesis, he focused on the historiography of Byzantine art and on the artistic production of Milan, Rome and Constantinople in the early Christian Era. He studied artistic objects from these areas and period especially from a liturgical and ritual point of view.

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Herbert
L. Kessler

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is an external colleague and the scientific guardian of the Center. After his studies at the University of Chicago (BA in 1961) and Princeton University (MFA in 1963 and Ph.D. in 1965), Herbert L. Kessler taught at the University of Chicago and, from 1976, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also a visiting professor at Harvard University, Emory University and Williams College. He became the first “Richard Krautheimer Professor” at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (Max-Planck-Institut). Herbert L. Kessler is one of the voted members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Medieval Academy of America, of which he was the director from 2009 to 2010. He has published approximately 150 articles as well as reviews, and is the author and editor of 15 books.

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Alžběta
Filipová

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is a postgraduate student at Masaryk University in Brno in co-tutoring with the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, where, in 2011, she also received her MA degree, completing her thesis about the mosaics of Sant’Apollinare in Classe in Ravenna. Her research is currently focused on Early Medieval reliquaries from the Holy Land, and on the objects connected to the cult and distribution of the reliquaries throughout Lombardy in the Early Middle Ages.

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Zuzana
Frantová

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is a postgraduate student at Masaryk University in Brno and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her research is focused on the art of the Early Medieval Period in the Mediterranean, primarily on small-scale production artefacts, such as ivory and jewels, and their relationship to monumental production and liturgy. The topic of her dissertation is the urbanism, art, society and historiography of Ravenna, during the period when the city was the seat of Western Roman Empire (402-476).

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Elisabetta
Scirocco

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is an external colleague of the Center. She received her Ph.D. at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. From 2010 to 2015 she was first a member, and then the scientific assistant in Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf’s department at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). Since July 2015 she has worked as a scientific assistant to Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut). Her research focuses on Gothic sculpture and its relationship to liturgy, architecture and artistic production in the Late Middle Ages, especially in southern Italy.

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Francesco
Lovino

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Associate of the Center and editor of Convivium, is currently Postdoc Fellows at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, after gaining his PhD at the University of Padova in 2015. His research interests include the Byzantine historiography in the 1920s and 1930s in Central Europe, and the production of Greek manuscripts in the Byzantine provinces, especially in Southern Italy.

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Alessandro
Taddei

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is PhD in Late Antique Archaeology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (2004), and in Medieval Art History (University of Rome “Sapienza”, 2012). His interests range from the Early Byzantine wall mosaic decoration to the topography of the Late Antique cities. Through his recent studies and contributions, he mainly aimed to deal with topics concerning the architecture and art history of the Late Antique and Byzantine period across the territories south of the Danube, the Greek mainland, and Constantinople with its hinterland.

Karolina
Foletti

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studied History, Russian and Art History at the University of Lausanne and the History of Eastern Europe at Vienna University. She currently works for the journal Convivium. Among her interests are Russian historiography, pilgrimage art and history of the twentieth century.

Sandrina
Sliwinska

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is on practice for Convivium for six months. In September 2016 she accomplished her MA studies at the University of Lausanne in History of Art and French. Her thesis was about the church of Saint George in Kurbinovo (Macedonia).

Ivana
Molnárová

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graduated in the Department of Art History at Masaryk University in Brno in 2015 and is currently working for the Center for Early Medieval Studies as an executive assistant. She participates in the project “Migrating Art Historians”, arranges communication with the public and organizes events linked to the activities of the Center.

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