Project Team

Dr. Vladimir Ivanovici (PI)

Department of Christian History, Art and Archaeology, The University of Vienna

I studied ancient history at the University of Bucharest and at the Freie Universität Berlin. I have PhDs in ancient history (2011) and art history (2014), I was postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte Rom (2015-2017), and Summer fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (2019). Since 2015 I am lecturer at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera italiana.

My work explores the ways in which ancient and late antique societies staged encounters with the divine, with particular focus on living bodies as theophanic media.
Tel.: +43-1-4277-32612
Fax: +43-1-4277-832612

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uta Heil (Supervisor)

Department of Christian History, Art and Archaeology, The University of Vienna

Uta Heil specialises in Patristic text editing, translation, and interpretation. In the past years, she drew attention to various cultural mechanisms (i.e. rituals, practices, theological concepts) introduced by the Church Fathers in their effort to produce a new, Christian worldview. To this end, she set up international research teams with support from the German DFG, the Austrian FWF, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the Volkswagen Foundation.
Tel.: +43-1-4277-32602

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Matthew Pelowski (Collaborator)

Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology, The University of Vienna

Matthew Pelowski is Assistant Professor of Psychology of Cognitive- and Neuro-aesthetics, and coordinator of the Horizon 2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS project ARTIS (Art and Research on Transformations of Individuals and Society). He specializes in the investigation of responses to art, with a specific focus on ecologically valid, profound emotional or cognitive reactions.
Phone: +43-1-4277-47112

Prof. Massimo Limoncelli (Scientific Advisor)

Dipartimento Culture e società, Università degli Studi di Palermo

Massimo Limoncelli specialises in the virtual reconstruction of ancient, late antique, and Byzantine buildings. He produced a ground-breaking virtual restoration of ancient Hierapolis and authored several studies on the use of virtual technologies in the restoration and study of historical sites.

Prof. Em. Sible de Blaauw (Scientific advisor)

Professor Emeritus of Early Christian art and architecture at Radboud University in Nijmegen

After studying Medieval History at Groningen University, he obtained a PhD from the University of Leiden with a study on architecture and liturgy in the early Christian basilicas in Rome. After seven years as vice-director of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (1994-2001), he taught at Radboud University, Nijmegen. His research focuses on the interaction between architecture and liturgy, with particular focus on the monuments in Rome.