OUBS Committee, 2016-17

President: Mirela Ivanova  (Balliol College)

10492530_10152523861689170_592632366318030629_nI am currently working toward a DPhil on cultures of writing in Early Medieval Bulgaria with Dr Jonathan Shepard and Dr Catherine Holmes. I am interested in the writing, listening and viewing of text, as well as its intellectual justifications and socio-political consequences. I completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Oxford, with a thesis on literacy and conversion in Early Medieval Bulgaria, and an MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies supervised by Dr Jonathan Shepard, Dr Mark Whittow and Dr Marek Jankowiak

Aside from work, I enjoy waiting for roughly a year to bindge watch all 13 hours of House of Cards and learning Stewart Lee routines off by heart.

Treasurer: Adele Curness (St John’s College)

adele.JPGI research the impact made upon Byzantine Calabria by political and economic change in 9th and 10th century North Africa. Using literary and material evidence from the Greek-speaking Christians of the Italian mainland compared and contrasted with examples from Muslim and Jewish communities in 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 Arab powers of the Western Mediterranean.

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


Secretary: Hugh Jeffery (Lincoln College)

My research interests lie primarily in Middle Byzantine material culture, particularly in western Asia Minor, and my doctoral thesis concerns the archaeology and history of the city of Aphrodisias during the period AD 600-1300. I’m also interested in vernacular or extra-ecclesiastical forms of Christian ritual and belief, and in Medieval responses to classical material culture. Always happy to discuss angels.

Outside of Byzantium I enjoy art, architecture and other material things.