Dr Maria Gerolemou
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Leventis)
My research centres on a) ancient Greek drama b) on Wunderkultur and c) on ancient science, especially on the intersection between ancient science and literature in the ancient world.
The results of my research:
On Drama: My first book, Bad Women, Mad Women: Gender und Wahnsinn in der Griechischen Tragödie (Classica Monacensia, 2011), investigates female deviant behavior in Greek tragedy and seeks to define the influence of social and ideological discourses on the presentation of normative female behavior.
On Wunderkultur: I have organized a conference on wonders and miracles in 2014, in Cyprus (with S. Constantinou). The proceedings of this conference have been published by De Gruyter (Recognizing Miracles in Antiquity and Beyond, 2018).
On Ancient Sciences: I have organized four conferences/workshops dealing with the technological traditions of the ancient Greco-Roman world as well as their reception. The first studied the notion of mirrors and mirroring from antiquity to the early modern period (2017, University of Vienna). The results of this workshop were presented in a volume entitled Mirrors and Mirroring from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (published in 2020 by Bloomsbury).
The second workshop (2017, University of Cyprus) studied the links between the human body both with simple types of technologies, i.e. with the form and/or function of basic or advanced tools and devices, as well as with techniques and processes embedded in machines.
In 2019, in collaboration with my colleagues from the University of Exeter (Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond / Centre for Medical History) and the University of Humboldt in Berlin (Classics Department, Centre of Gender Studies), we developed a project called Technosômata. In this project, which involves four workshops hosted in Exeter and Berlin, we set out to study the impact of body modification techniques (such as cosmetics, commotics, gymnastics, pharmaceutics), on the human body and the social and other ethical dilemmas that these promote, specifically as regards gender, sex, race and class. I organized the first workshop of the series called Technosomata: Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction and Technology in classical Antiquity.
In December 2019, I organized in Exeter the A. G. Leventis Conference on ‘technological animation’. The conference studied the living/moving artifact and the experience that it might offer, as the outcome of a technological procedure that exempts it from its association with illusion and artifice (http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/techanimation/).
I am currently working on a second monograph on the notion of automatic theatre in antiquity (provisionally entitled Automatic Theatre: Distinguishing Technology and Humanity)
Ancient Greek Drama
Ancient Sciences, Automata, Ancient Mechanics
External impact and engagement
Media-Interview: On automata in antiquity, CASSBristol, 13.05.2020 interviewed by Cheryl Morgan: https://www.salonfutura.net/2020/05/interview-maria-gerolemou/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=interview-maria-gerolemou
Founding member of the Incite Theatre (with Kara Reilly and Olga Kekis)/ https://incitetheatre.org. First production is a technologised adaption of Aristophanes Clouds- a radio drama (first episode in November 2020)
Phantastiko Theatre: Worked with Magdalena Zira, Crysanthi Demetriou and Maria Paulou as members of the dramaturgical team and translator of Euripides Iphigenia in Aulis (2017, http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/productions/production/14112)
Contribution to discipline
I grew up in the Levant (Cyprus). I have read classics in Athens (BA) and Munich (PhD).
I was a teaching fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus and at the Open University of Cyprus before coming to Exeter in 2018 as a Leventis Research Associate.