Phone: +46 90 786 80 04
I am currently an Associate Senior Lecturer at HUMlab, Umeå
University. For the next four years (2013-2017) I will be studying
and constructing multisensory conceptual digital prototypes of
ancient entertainment spaces (Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre,
Hippodrome). I am a proud member of the research group UGPS (Umeå Group
for Premodern Studies).
My broad research interests include cultural and social
history, history for different frames, constructions of socio-
cultural identity, gender studies, and the relationship
between historical culture(s) and contemporaneity. I have
published in the fields of gender and humour in Graeco-Roman
culture, and the reception of antiquity in popular culture.
I defended my PhD thesis in ancient comedy and the construction of
Greek identity (Liverpool 2010). I have a MA in Classics and
Ancient History (Liverpool 2006), and a 4-year MA degree in
Performance Studies in Premodernity (NCU Athens 2003). Prior to my
current position, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Umeå
Centre for Gender Studies at Umeå University (in collaboration with
the school of History) and I have held lecturing positions at both
Manchester and Liverpool University (UK). In my spare time I enjoy
compiling and listening to music, swimming, fencing, painting, and
Current Position and Title
Associate Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Culture:
HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden (Tenure Track)
Funded Research Projects
2013-2017: Digital Bread and Circuses, HUMlab, Umeå
Part of the project Screens as Material, at Umeå University
2013-2014: Digital Gender: Theory, Methodology and
Co-financed by HUMlab, Strong Research Environment of the Umeå
Centre for Gender Studies, and Riksbanken Jubileumsfond. External
funding applications co-authored with Mr. Viktor Arvidsson
2011-2013: Gender and Humour in Graeco-Roman Cultures and
Funded by the Strong Research Environment at Umeå
University. Funding application co-authored with Professor Jonas
Previously Held Positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Umeå Centre for Gender
Studies, (in collaboration with the Department of Historical,
Philosophical and Religious Studies-Project: Emotions in
Premodernity), Umeå University, Sweden.
Sessional Lecturer at the Department of Histories, Languages,
and Cultures, Manchester University, UK. (Teaching Appointment)
Honorary Research Fellow in Classics (School of Archaeology,
Classics and Egyptology) The University of Liverpool, UK.
Teaching Assistant at the Department of Archaelogy, Classics,
and Egyptology, The University of Liverpool, UK (Teaching
Conference/ Workshop Organisation:
March 2014: Digital Gender: Theory,
Methodology, and Practice, HUMlab, Gender Sudies and Informatics,
Umeå University, Sweden. Paper Presented: Digital Gladiatrixes:
Action chicks and Historical Culture in Computer Games.
December 2012: Workshop on Gender, Laughter and
Humour Across Cultures and Time, Department of History, Umeå
University, Sweden. (with Professor Jonas Lilliequist) Paper
presented: 'Mimes: Humour and Emotional Manipulation in Late
June 2009: co-organiser of Learning and Teaching
conference at the University of Liverpool: "What's New for Old
Languages" (in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Reinhard, The American
School in Athens). (see podcast here: http://www.slideshare.net/clleddev/anna-foka-eclassics-whats-new-for-old-languages)
Selected Conference Papers and Invited Talks:
November 2014: (forthcoming): "Digital
Prototyping and the Sensory Experience", (invited
talk) The Oxford Archive for Roman and Greek Performances,
Annual Seminar Series, Oxford University, UK.
March 2014: "Digital Gladiatrixes: Historical
Gender Construction for Gaming Purposes" Digital Gender HUMlab,
March 2014: " Digital Bread and Circuses: Sensory
Prototypes for Different Screens" Digital Humanities Australasia
2014, Perth, Western Australia
December 2013: "Arenas for Screens", Big Tent
Digital Humanities HUMlab Umeå University, Sweden.
November 2013: "Sensory Data and Digital
Prototypes for the Roman Amphitheatre: a case Study for Sound", The
Empire of The Senses: Methodologies in Sensory Archaeology, The
Open University, UK.
August 2013: "Humour and Popular Culture
Conference", Popular Culture, Sexuality and Church Censorship, The
University of Glasgow, UK.
October 2013: "Digital Bread and Circuses:
Prototypes for Different Screens" the University of Wollongong,
NSW, Australia (Invited talk) (see podcast here:
September 2013: "Byzantine drama and Christian
Censorship", Censorship Conference from Plato to Wikileaks":
Adelaide, the University of Adelaide. South Australia
June 2013: "The Girls of Spartacus as Half-Naked
and Empowered? The Impact of Gender Theory in Modern Sword and
Sandal Television Series", The Hawaii International Conference
in Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
October 2013: "Digital Bread and Circuses",
Invited talk, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
June 2012: "Cherchez la Femme: Greek Prostitutes,
Agency and Humour", iGala: International Conference in Gender
and Language: Sao Leopoldo, Brazil.
September 2011: "From Lais to Theodora:
Courtesans, Emotional Manipulation and Humour in Greek Literature",
Emotions: East and West Developed jointly by historians at Sabancı
University (İstanbul), Bilkent University (Ankara), University of
Washington (Seattle) and the Network for Cultural History of
Emotions in Pre-modernity (CHEP) at Umeå University,
June 2009: "What's New for Old Languages"
Learning and Teaching conference at the University of Liverpool: "
(in collaboration with Mr. Andrew Reinhard, The American School in
April 2009: "Animals, Women and Humour in Greek
Middle Comedy". The Annual Classical Association Conference in
Classics, The University of Glasgow.
July 2008: Conference in the Memory of
Christianne Sourvinou-Inwood, University of Reading: "Aristophanes'
Clouds: Staging Religious Debate".
March 2008: "Free as the Birds". Annual Classical
Association Conference 2008, University of Liverpool:
Public Lectures/ News
April 6 2014: "Fantasy Creatures in Byzantine
Iconoography". Mariakyrkan UGPS Talks for Umea Capital of
April 8 2014: "New Technological Approaches in
the Display and Communication of Cultural, Heritage', National
Museum Meeting Bildmuseet.
Recent grants received
- Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Initiation Grant in support of
Digital Gender Symposium (2014), 70000 kr
- Strong Research Environment (UCGS) in support of Digital Gender
(2014), 17500 kr
- Internal Research Fund (HUMlab) in support of Digital Gender
(2014), 25000 kr
- Research Fellowship at the Swedish Institute in Rome
- Strong Research environment (UCGS) in support of Workshop
in Gender and Laughter (2014), 20000 kr