Art History and Numismatics
Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Georganteli pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies in the History of Art and Archaeology at the Aristotle University and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Prior to her current appointment she was the Keeper of Coins at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Lecturer on Numismatics at the University of Birmingham, UK (2000-2016) where she spearheaded the conservation, digitization, and display of the Coins and Seals Collection, and directed the Birmingham University Graduate Program in Numismatics (2001-2012). In 2012-2016 she led for the University of Birmingham two major European projects on Digital Humanities, Cultural Routes and Heritage. Georganteli participated in archaeological fieldwork in Macedonia and Thrace (1988-1993) and held curatorial positions in the British Museum (1994), the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1998-1999) and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1997-1998). Her exhibitions (2002-2012) featured regularly in the critical list of the Sunday Times and her book Encounters. Travel and Money in the Byzantine World, co-authored with Barrie Cook (London, 2006), was the recipient of the Royal Numismatic Society Lhotka Memorial Prize for best publication. She received a 5-year Arts and Humanities Research Grant (AHRC) for academic excellence (2007-2012); a Clore Fellowship in Cultural Management (2008); a British Academy Grant (2008-2009); and the prestigious Marie Curie Senior Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (European Commission for Research and Innovation, 2013-2016). In 2011 she was the recipient of the Jan H Norbø Medal (Norwegian Numismatic Association) for services to Numismatics. An award-winning academic (Harvard Bok Center Awards for teaching excellence: spring and fall 2013, fall 2016, spring and fall 2017, spring and fall 2018, spring and fall 2019) she has held research fellowships and visiting positions in Europe (Greece, 1998-1999; UK, 1994-97, 1998-1999, Northern Ireland, 2005-2007) and the United States (Dumbarton Oaks, 1998, 1999-2000; HAA, Harvard University, 2012-2015). She is Managing Editor of the Harvard Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC), Co Director of the Harvard Medieval Material Culture Series, and Board Member of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.
A specialist in the arts of South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, Georganteli has published and taught on such topics as late antique and medieval art and numismatics, archaeology, portable antiquities collecting, cultural heritage and storytelling. She uses archaeological evidence, written sources and the changing patterns in the geography of transport to trace economic and cultural exchange in late antique and medieval Europe and the Middle East