OUBS Committee, 2017-18

President: Adele Curness  (St John’s College)

adeleI am a DPhil student researching the impact made upon Byzantine southern Italy by political and economic change in 9th and 10th century North Africa. Using literary and material evidence from Greek-speaking Christians on the Italian mainland compared and contrasted with examples from Muslim communities in Sicily, Tunisia, and Egypt, I assess whether Calabria, in touching distance of the Muslim world on the Empire’s westernmost frontier, was influenced more by the Constantinopolitan centre or by the Islamic powers of the Western Mediterranean.

Alongside my research I am a keen musician, and if there is a trashy TV show that exists I am guaranteed to have watched it.

Treasurer: Constanta Burlacu (Wolfson College)

20170921_121003Coming from a background in Modern Languages, currently I am completing an MPhil programme in Slavonic Studies. In particular my research concerns the 16th Century and the Cyrillic printing tradition in Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldova. I am interested in studying the circulation of printed and written material in the Slavic world and the cultural movements involved in it. Being the 16th Century a turning point in Western Europe, I want to understand what happened in the East.

And even though Philology is quite an interesting subject, once outside the library I like reading while drinking some good Italian coffee, drawing down some hints of a painting and listening to good music – and it’s nice when all this goes together!

Secretary: Sydney Taylor (Lincoln College)

Portrait of Sinop Archaeological Project Team MemberI am a second-year DPhil student in Classical Archaeology,  although this is my fourth year in Oxford.  During my MPhil in Classical Archaeology, I became interested in Late Antique and Early Byzantine material culture, particularly related to extra-ecclesiastical ritual, when looking at material evidence for the cult of angels.   My DPhil research focuses primarily on Roman-period and Late Antique funerary stelai from Anatolia.