Jovana Andjelkovic

PhD Student, History

Supervisor: Dimitris Krallis



Research interests

  • Byzantine literature
  • History of reading
  • Social history of the 11th C


  • MA, Medieval History, University of Belgrade
  • BA, History, Univeristy of Belgrade


Jovana Anđelkovi is a PhD candidate at SFU under the supervision of Dimitris Krallis. She holds a BA and an MA in history, from the University of Belgrade, with a specific focus on Medieval, Byzantine history. Jovana’s PhD thesis is exploring practices of letter collecting in the later Roman Empire (from 9th to 11th century) with a specific focus on their engagement with the exilic literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Through one genre-based inquiry, this work aims to discuss post-iconoclastic political culture, free speech, and its relationship with the epistolary genre.

Her other research interests include educational practices in formal and informal settings as well as the communication of knowledge through documentary media – she has been engaged as a research assistant with the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, presented some of her pedagogically-based research at the 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, and was a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Social Sciences and Humanities program at Petnica Science Centre. She is currently working on a publication concerned with the reception of medieval history through Serbian national television.


Journal articles and book chapters

  • “Mauropous as Menander’s Student of Rhetoric – An Exile Progymnasma” in: Ivanova, M., & Jeffery, H. (Eds.). (2020). Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 149–169.
  • “The geography of grief: space discourse in John Mauropous’ letter collection.” Annual for Social History XXIII. pp. 32-54 (2016). (in Serbian)
  • Book translation: Donald Meyer, Patricia Vadasy. “Living with brother or sister with special needs.” Evoluta: Belgrade 2016
  • With Oparnica and Popović. “Analysis of applications for war reparations to Local People’s Committee of Rebelj 1945-1946.” Petničke Sveske 67 (2010). pp. 7-31. (in Serbian)

Book Reviews

  • RADIVOJ RADIĆ, Drugo lice Vizantije. Beograd: Evoluta 2014. pp. 326. in: “Making and Remaking of Byzantium.” Limes Plus, Belgrade (2016). 135-136.

Conference presentations

  • "Exploring Mid-Byzantine Generes - the Rhetoric of Dissidence," presented at the Political Animals: Explorations of the Political Across the Ages Island Sessions Seminar hosted by the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies on June 18, 2020.
  • "Voices of Dissidence in Mid-Byzantine Letter Collections,' presented at the 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference in Madison, Wisconsin from October 17th-20th, 2019.
  • 'Rebranding “Darkness” – Teaching and Advertising Medieval History in British Columbia,' presented at the 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Toronto, on March 20-23, 2019.
  • 'Writing with a Rhetorical “Credo” – The Use of Persuasion and Compulsion in a Discourse on Monomachos’ Reign,' presented at the 44rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at San Antonio, Texas, from October 5th-8th, 2018. 
  • 'Byzantium for the 21st century –interpretations of the Byzantine empire in popular culture,' a workshop on reception, to be held in Petnica Science Centre (VA, Serbia), on May 21, 2018.
  • 'Byzantium on celluloid - a survey of films on the Eastern Roman Empire' – a talk given in The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, on November 10th, 2017.
  • “The Nature of Mauropous’ Promotion – The Social Activity Displayed in a Letter Collection” – to be presented at the 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN. 5th-8th October 2017.
  • “Mauropous’ letter 64 as a reversed arrival speech.” 19th Oxford University Byzantine International Graduate Conference. February 2017.
  • “Epistolary Memoires – the case of storms in John Mauropous’ letter collection.” 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies. Belgrade. August 2016.
  • “Soviet writers on American soil: the case of Vladimir Nabokov” ISHA (International Students of History Association) Annual Conference in Pula, Croatia. April 2011.

Select awards

  • 2021, Hellenic Studies Graduate Fellowship Supplemental Awards
  • 2020, SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship
  • 2020, Katevatis Graduate Scholarship in Hellenic Studies
  • 2020, SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Community Outreach Scholarship
  • 2017, Graduate Fellowship - Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies
  • 2017, Katevatis Graduate Scholarship in Hellenic Studies
  • 2015/16, Graduate Studies Funded by the State Budget of the Republic of Serbia
  • 2014, The Classical Association of the United Kingdom, Byzantine Greek Summer School at the University of Birmingham.
  • 2008, Highschool of Philology bursary award for Petnica Science Center’s seminars


Summer 2022

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.