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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: 2010 – present Tutor and University Examiner in Theology and Religion, CED, University of Oxford; 2016 -2017 Researcher on a Grant from Lorne Thyssen Research Fund, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Formerly: 2010 – 2013 Principal Investigator on a project about hagiography sponsored by the British Academy, Faculty of History, University of Oxford; 2009 – 2010 Tutor in Theology, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford; 2010 – present Member of the Common, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (joined as a Research Member when I obtained my British Academy grant); 2007 –2009 Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library, I worked on a Gospel manuscript and a few articles came out about it; 2000 – 2006 DPhil Researcher – I worked a few hours a week during my doctoral programme and before my viva voce examination for the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford; 1995–1997 Teaching Assistant, Religion Department, Ottawa and Carleton University, Canada; 1990 – 1993 Senior Research Fellow (tenure), Institute for Educational Studies, Bucharest; in parallel I lectured in the University of 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
Regions: Romania, Greece, Egypt, Georgia, Russia, UK, Serbia
Publications: The Nourishing Word: heavenly sustenance in literature and iconography. Early, Byzantine, and Medieval Christianity, Oxford University Press, forthcoming; Visions of God and ideas on deification in Patristics thought (co-ed. Mark Edwards); Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2016 Here is the link concerning it: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Studies-in-the-Early-Christian-World/book-series/SECW; A Journey along the Christian way (ed.), submitted; St. Anne, another heavenly spouse; submitted to University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press; ‘Gregory of Nyssa’ entry in Philip F. Esler (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Early Christian World, Routledge, forthcoming 2017 (first edition 2000); Between Tradition and Modernity: Icons and Iconographers in Romania, Foreword Andrew Louth, Saarbrűcken, 2009; Icoane şi Iconari în România: Cât Bizanţ, cât Occident? Iaşi, 2009
Other: I usually sign my works as Elena Ene D-Vasilescu. Some of the texts are on line