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Dr Elena Draghici-Vasilescu

Researcher, CSRIPL/Kellogg College, University of Oxford/Member of Late Antique&Byzantine Studies at Oxford


BA (Bucharest), MA (Carleton, Ottawa), Dipl Anthropology (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Researcher, CSRIPL/Kellogg College, University of Oxford/Member of Late Antique&Byzantine Studies at Oxford
Also: Member of the British Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies; Member of the Romanian Cultural Society, University of Oxford; Member of the Oxford University Society for European Affairs; Member of the Editorial Board 'Studii de Slavistica', Alexandru Ioan-Cuza University, Iasi
Formerly: Tutor in Liturgy, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (2010); Researcher, Ashmolean Museum; Advisor to the Secretary of State for Religious Affairs, Bucharest (1997-1998; Teaching Assistant, Religion Department, Ottawa (1995-1997); Researcher, Institutul de Stiinte ale Educatiei, Bucharest
Areas: Byzantine and post-Byzantine iconography; ecclesiastic art; Liturgy; early Egyptian iconography; iconography of mediaeval manuscripts; Christian Orthodox sacred texts; comparison between traditional Christian and contemporary art. Another area of interest refers to modern Orthodox Christian Spirituality and the way in which the Orthodox Church faces societal issues today
Research: At the moment there are few projects in making: one refers to MS. Canon. Gr. 122 in the Bodleian Library, another one to artistic exchanges along Via Egnatia in the Middle Ages, and another one to the history of Mavrocordatus Library. My book 'Between Tradition and Modernity: Icons and Icon-painters in Romania', Foreword Andrew Louth, 2009, is concerned with issues common both to post-Byzantine art and Orthodox theology and liturgical art as they interconnect, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My teaching focuses on Byzantine and post-Byzantine iconography and Liturgy, ecclesiastic art, Orthodox Christian icons between tradition and post-modernity; early Egyptian iconography, and iconography of mediaeval manuscripts
Regions: Romania, Greece, Egypt, Georgia, Russia, UK, Serbia
Publications: include: Book - 'Between Tradition and Modernity: Icons and Icon-painters in Romania', Foreword Andrew Louth, 2009; Book - ‘What is Byzantium, What is the West? Iconography in Romania’, Trinitas Publishing House, Iasi, 2009; Co-author, with chapters in various books, as for example: 'The last wonderful thing: the icon of the Heavenly Ladder on Mount Sinai (cat. 323)' in Wonderful Things: Byzantium through its arts, ed. Elizabeth James, Ashgate, London, forthcoming 2011; 'The relationship between icon and text in Early Christianity', in Verba volant, Scripta manent: Produire, utiliser et conserver des textes dans le monde greco-romain/Production, Use, and Preservation of Texts in the Greco-Roman World, Proceeding of the international colloquium by the same title, 9-11 October, 2009, Bucharest, ed. Zoe Petre, University of Bucharest Press, coming out in 2010; 'The 1889 Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church: a Success or a Failure in the Development of Romanian Iconography?', in Honouring the Holy Icons in Orthodoxy, Trinity Publishing House, Iasi, 2008; 'The Capadocians and the Present Orthodox Church on the place of humanity in creation' in Din comorile teologiei parintilor capadocieni, Doxologia, Iasi, 2010; 'Inspiration and Innovation: Orthodox Art in the Romanian lands in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries', in the Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, eds. Fiona K. Haarer and Elizabeth Jeffreys (with Judith Gilliland), Ashgate, London, 2006. Also articles as follows: “New aspects regarding the Tetraevangelia written by the monk Gavril Uric in Neamţ Monastery in 1429, Bodleian Library MS. Canon. Graeci. 122”, in Romanoslavica, vol. 46, University of Bucharest, 2010; ”A Gaze from the Fourth Century”, Byzantinoslavica, vol. 65, 2007, pp. 83-90; ”The Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai and Romanians”, in Revue des Études Sud-Est Européennes/Journal of South-East European Studies, vol. 47, nos. 1-4 (2010), pp. 75-87; ”Treasures in St Catherine Monastery, on Mount Sinai”, Series Byzantina, vol. 6, 2009, pp. 65-74; ”Some modern techniques of icons and frescoe conservation and restoration”, European Journal of Science and Theology, 2008, pp. 39-48; 'The Icon after Postmodernism', in The Way, vol. 48/2 (April 2009), pp. 93-103; A longer version of my text: 'The Last Wonderful Thing: The Icon of the Heavenly Ladder on Mount Sinai', in Series Byzantina, vol. 7, 2010; 'A Face to Face Encounter: God-Humanity Relationship as Reflected in Icons', submitted to the Journal of Ecclesiastical History; Sister Joanna Reitlinger, a Woman Icon-painter of the Twentienth Century" [in English], Studii de Slavistica, 2009; ”Orthodox Christian Approach to the Bible”, in Transformation, Sage Publishers, vol 26/1 (January 2009); "Development of Byzantine Iconography" in Transformation, vol. 27/3 (July 2010), pp. 169-185, 2010; ”Sister Joanna Reitlinger, a rara avis among Orthodox painters”, trans. from English into Russian, Juliana Dresvina, in 'Pages, Theology, Culture, Education', vol. 8/3, 2003; the journal of St Andrew’s College, Moscow
Other: I usually sign my works as Elena Ene D-Vasilescu. Some of the texts are on line

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