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The digital Periegesis

tracing the places of ancient Greece and the stories associated with them

The research team

Anna Foka is the Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Uppsala University, and Associate Professor in Digital Humanities at the Department for Archives, Museums and Libraries (ABM). Anna's research outputs to-date focus on digital cultural heritage, heritage data and information science more generally, its classification, representation and supporting methods, tools, and infrastructures. Anna's humanities' expertise lies in the history and culture of the ancient world as well as its international reception.

Anna Foka


Elton Barker

Elton Barker is a Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at The Open University. He has held research fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Freie Universität Berlin; the University of Leipzig), the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation (the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens), TOPOI (Berlin), Venice International University, and Wolfson College, Cambridge. His research crosses generic and disciplinary boundaries, ranging from poetic rivalry in ancient Greek epic to representations of debate in epic, historiography and tragedy. Since 2008, he has been at the forefront of efforts to develop digital tools and methods for rethinking spatial understanding of the ancient world. His Hestia project experimented with digital mapping as part of a far-reaching analysis into the spatial organisation of Herodotus’s Histories; with a Google Digital Humanities grant, he helped explore Named-Entity Recognition in historical texts. Emerging out of this pioneering Spatial Humanities research is Pelagios, which has established a method for linking historical resources online via common references to places, and developed Recogito, a free open-source tool that enables annotation of digital documents without coding expertise. In 2019, the Pelagios Network, a formal Association of equal and interdependent international Partners, was established. Elton coordinates the Visualisation Activity with Gethin Rees of The British Library and is the Network’s General Secretary.
O. Cenk Demiroglu is an associate professor at Umeå University Department of Geography and affiliated with the Arctic Research Centre (ARCUM) and Humlab. His research is mainly focused on the interrelationships of climate change and ski tourism. Besides, he has served as an expert to several destination development projects and teaches tourism and geographical information systems related courses at the basic and advanced levels. Since 2018, he has been appointed as the Co-chair of the Commission on Climate, Tourism and Recreation of the International Society of Biometeorology.

O. Cenk Demiroglu


Brady Kiesling

Brady Kiesling is a historian, archaeologist, writer, and former U.S. diplomat living in Athens. His current major project is ToposText, a free mobile application indexing ancient primary sources to geolocated ancient places. A particular interest is ancient religion and its political and social role in Greek society. He has taken part in excavations in Greece (Corinth, Nemea, Zagora, Methone), Turkey (Aphrodisias), Spain, and Armenia. His favorite occupation is cycling in search of obscure archaeological sites.
Kyriaki Konstantinidou is a Research Assistant in the project “Digital Periegesis”, Uppsala University, Sweden and teaches ancient Greek theatre for the Hellenic Open University. She has studied Classics at Nottingham, UK (PhD 2009), Cambridge, UK (MPhil 2003) and Thessaloniki, Greece (BA 2000), and held research positions at Umeå University (Sweden) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). From 2010-2016 she was an Onassis Foundation Fellow at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey). Using ancient Greek literary sources especially drama, her research interests focus on aspects of human and divine justice, space and identity, acts of violence, the emotions, and speech acts (e.g. oaths and curses). As a research student in the project “the Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece” (University of Nottingham, UK), she gained experience in applying digital tools and methods for data analysis. She has also used various digital applications for teaching at the Hellenic Open University and The Open University of Cyprus.

Kyriaki Konstantinidou


Linda Talatas

Linda Talatas is a researcher in Archaeology, Ancient History and Digital Humanities, as well as a cultural travel writer. She has a background in Classics (MA) and holds a double PhD in Archaeology from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Athens. Her research interests include animal studies, ancient Greek religion, gender, as well as the use of digital tools in the organization of spatial and social data. She is a dedicated excavator (Athenian Agora, Keros, Tinos-Xobourgo, Euromos) and an intrepid adventurer with a passion for ancient languages and theater. She is an associate researcher at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (UMR 7041 ArScAn), France, and an affiliated researcher at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Nasrin Mostofian is a computational linguist (MA, 2017, Uppsala University) and a linguist with a background in teaching Persian as a second language (MA, 2013, Shahid Beheshti University). She studied Ancient Greek language in Tehran (2013) and modern Greek language and culture in the University of Ioannina in Greece under the IKY programme (2014-2015). Since her graduation from Uppsala University in 2017, she has been involved in computational linguistic projects in Sweden and abroad. She is currently affiliated as an associate researcher in the research project "the Digital Periegesis" at Uppsala University. She is based in Uppsala, Sweden and spends her free time learning and teaching languages and running.

Nasrin Mostofian


Kajsa Palm

Kajsa Palm is a developer and interaction designer who works for Humlab at Umeå University. With a degree of Master of Science in Engineering in Interaction technology and Design (2013-2018), she has sketched, designed, and developed the symbology used in this project's maps.
David is a Computer Scientist and Software Engineer and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. David's research interests have been in delivering spatial information in real time, generating new knowledge from existing information. This lead to his involvement in the application of Semantic Web technologies and Linked Open Data into the digital humanities. David is one of the authors on the paper "Knowledge on-demand: a function of the future spatial knowledge infrastructure" which looks to evolve the concept of Spatial Data Infrastructures into a spatial knowledge infrastructure. He is currently working with his PhD students on mixed realities in virtual heritage as well as geospatial semantic annotation of 3D cultural heritage data. When not engaged in this kind of work, David likes to explore the physics of particle movement within in water leading to a forward generated velocity (also known as surfing). He also enjoys searching out great coffee throughout the world.

David McMeekin

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