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Vicky Manolopoulou joined the departments of History and Classics in January 2018 as a lecturer in Byzantine History. She studied at the University of Athens and Newcastle University.  Before arriving at King’s, she was a University Teacher at Newcastle University and an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University. She has participated in various archaeological projects including the Apalirou Environs Project and the Hagia Theodora Project. Her thesis on religious processions in Constantinople is currently being revised for publication as a monograph and she is developing her next research project, examining ritual experience in late antique and Byzantine villages.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Processions
  • Emotions and memory
  • Sacred landscapes and ritual experience
  • Mobility
  • Constantinople through time
  • Digital approaches to Byzantine space

Her research focuses on the way different processes of ritual experience shaped people’s perception of landscapes in Byzantium. She is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between memory, emotion and motion of the body within space.

Selected publications

  • 2019 Processing Constantinople: Art, Text and Archaeology (forthcoming: under contract with Routledge).
  • 2019 ‘Visualising and enacting emotions: the affective capacities of the lite’. In: Cairns, D., Pizonne, A., Gaul, N., Papadogiannakis, Y (eds) Emotions Through Time. From Antiquity to Byzantium (forthcoming: under contract with Cambridge University Press).
  • 2019 ‘Sensing Heaven on Earth: landscape, religious movement and sacred identity’, in C. Morris, and G. Papantoniou (eds.), Unlocking Sacred Landscapes. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Series. Uppsala: Aström Editions. (In press).
  • 2018 with Lekakis, S., Jackson, M. & Turner, S. ‘Microcosm to Landscape. The Church called Theokepasti at Apalirou and the Apalirou Environs Project’. In: Crow, J.; Hill, D., (ed.) Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: Insular Responses to Regional Change. The Norwegian Institute at Athens, 239- 256.
  • 2013 ‘Processing emotion: litanies in Byzantine Constantinople’, in C. Nesbitt and M. Jackson (eds.) Experiencing Byzantium. Farnham: Ashgate, 153-172


Dr Vicky Manolopoulou has experience in teaching a variety of subjects and disciplines spanning Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology, History and culture (including language teaching).

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Vicky Manolopoulou is an expert on ritual experience in Byzantium and has participated in various archaeological projects in the UK, Italy and Greece.   

She has been involved in various public engagement and impact activities including the documentary "The Hidden Landscape of Naxos".