Anna Foka

Anna FokaAssociate senior lecturer
Phone: +46 90 786 80 04


I am Associate Senior Lecturer at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. I defended my PhD thesis in ancient Greek comedy and the construction of Greek identity in extant texts and fragments (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, the University of Liverpool 2010). I hold an MA in Classics and Ancient History (Liverpool 2006). Prior to my current position, I held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) in collaboration with the Umeå Group for Premodern Studies  (Umeå University). I have previously held lecturing positions in several institutions in the UK (Manchester and Liverpool University).

My  broad research interests include cultural and social history, history for different frames, constructions and perceptions of socio- cultural identities, historical concepts of gender and sexuality, and the relationship between historical culture(s) and contemporaneity. I have published in the fields of gender and humour in Graeco-Roman culture, the reception of antiquity in popular culture, and digital history. I am interested in how technology affects knowledge production

For my current project, Digital Bread and Circuses (part of the larger project Multiple Screens as Material, 2013-2016) I am constructing conceptual digital prototypes of the Roman amphitheatre and Greek theatre. The proposed prototypes aim to challenge our understanding of the Roman amphitheatre (and consequentially other ancient entertainment sites such as the Greek theatre, Circuses and Hippodromes) and as (presently) epistemologically embedded in textual and ocularcentric traditions in research and popular culture representations. It is an in-depth investigation of the manners in which historical and cultural reproductions, are shaped by and correspond to the audiences' digital aesthetic expectations and own historical culture(s). Prototypes will target the sites' comprehensive materiality, multisensory sensibility, and aim to go beyond already shaped assumptions about entertainment in antiquity.

I am the co-founder (alongside Viktor Arvidsson) of the international research network Digital Gender that is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. I am also a member of the Digital Classicist community, actively involved in the Digital Classicist Wiki Sprint (2014- beyond) and undertaking several tasks including correcting web pages, suggesting new projects, adding pages to the Wiki, helping others with information and background, approaching project leaders to suggest adding or improving information.


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