Anna Foka

Anna FokaDocent, Första Forskningsassistent
Tel: +46 90 786 80 04


Anna is an Associate Professor in Information Technology and the Humanities at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. She defended her 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 2009). Anna holds an MA in Classics and Ancient History (Liverpool 2006). Prior to her current position, she 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). She had previously held lecturing positions in several institutions in the UK (Manchester and Liverpool University).

Anna's  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. She had published in the fields of gender and humour in Graeco-Roman culture, the reception of antiquity in popular culture, and digital history. She is interested in how technology affects knowledge production.

For her current project, Digital Bread and Circuses (part of the larger project Multiple Screens as Material, 2013-2016) she is constructing conceptual digital prototypes of the Roman amphitheatre and Greek theatre, inclusive of an interactive mapping database for visualizations of ancient-world environments. Her forthcoming project Digital Models  funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Royal Academy of Sweden, examines the digitisation of the archive of Carl Sahlin in collaboration with in the Swedish Museum of Science and Technology.

Anna is the co-founder (alongside Viktor Arvidsson) of the international research network Digital Gender that is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. She is 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. She is further a PI for the international network/group Work and Organization in the Digital Age, funded by the Putendorf Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Lund.


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