Anna Foka

Annaf SmallDocent, forskningssamordnare


Tel: +46 90 786 80 04






I am associate professor in Information Technology and the Humanities at Humlab, Umeå University, in Sweden. My latest project is funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation and investigates movement, transformation, and crisis through the prisms of digital technology and ancient history, using the second-century CE Description of Greece (Periegesis Hellados) of Pausanias. The project team will create a Geographic Information System (thereon GIS) a database and a digital map of Pausanias' representation of the Greek world. Unlike conventional maps, Periegesis' digital map aims to represent the text's multi-layered spatial configurations, in particular its intersections with different moments in the cultural history of this contested and ritualised landscape. Based on annotating the text of Pausanias, the map will enable the identification and visualization of all place entities and connected ritual activities and/or historical events. In this way, the digital map will form part of the investigative process, to enable the study of movement and trace the transformation of social infrastructures (temples, theatres, tombs etc.) in times of peace and conflict. 

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), and a 4-year BA degree in Theatre and Performance Studies (NCU Athens 2003). 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, interfaces, and platforms, constructions and perceptions of socio- cultural identities, historical concepts of gender and sexuality, and the relationship between historical culture(s) and contemporaneity. I am currently researching identity as a spatial, social, and ethnoracial assignment, and digital research infrastructures. I am mostly interested in the implications of adopting fast-pacing digital technology for knowledge production organizations, aka Digital Research Infrastructures (academia, schools, museums, archives, gaming, film etc).

I have published, taught and presented on classics and ancient history, gender and humour, classical reception, as well as digital history, visualizations, game studies, and digital research infrastructures for the humanities. I am currently exploring technological innovation within academia and creative/cultural heritage organisations and how it contributes to contemporary knowledge production - more precisely visualizations for the creative and the cultural heritage industry. 

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. 


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