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Classics & Archaeology

Katerina Zacharia

 Katerina Zacharia Small  
Loyola Marymount University
Department of Classics and Archaeology
University Hall 3755
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Tel: (310) 338.5783
Fax: (310) 338.1947
E-mail: kzacharia@lmu.edu
 
For selected works, go to the following website:
 


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • June 2011-present: Professor in Classics, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California. 
  • June 2003–May 2011: Associate Professor in Classics, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.
  • June 2002–May 2003: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Classics, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.
  • January 1999–May 2002: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Classics and Modern Greek Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.
  • September 1997–June 1998: Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics, University College London, University of London.
  • September 1997–September 1998: Lecturer on Classical Drama for the M.A. in Text & Performance Studies at King’s College, University of London.
  • September 1996–August 1997: Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics, Royal Holloway & New Bedford College, University of London.

 


EDUCATION

University College London

  • 1998-2000: A.G. Leventis Foundation, Special Post-doctoral Research Fellowship
    Thesis:"Dionysian and Apolline Poetics at the Festivals of Dionysus"
  • 1997: Ph.D. in Classics
    Dissertation: "A Thematic Commentary on Euripides’ Ion with special attention to literary and religious aspects"
    Director: Professor Patricia E. Easterling (then, Regius Professor of Greek, Cambridge, Newnham College)
  • 1991–1992: Graduate Researcher
    Thesis: "Reception of Euripides from ancient scholiasts to scholars of the twentieth century"
    Director: Professor Patricia E. Easterling 
  • 1990: M.A. in Classics


Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and King’s College, University of London

  • 1998: M.A. in Text & Performance Studies (audit/instructor)


Kapodistrian University, Athens

  • Graduate Researcher, "Erotic vocabulary in the extant Sophoclean tragedies"
    B.A., majors in Philosophy and Psychology, minor in Pedagogy 

 


PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity
    Editor and contributor. Ashgate Variorum, Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum (2008)
    Reviewed in:
    • January 2-3, 2009, in Nea Vivliodromio, by Dimitris Papanikolaou, Department of Modern Greek Studies, University of Oxford (in Greek) 
    • March 3, 2009, in Sehepunkte, 9 (2009) Nr 3., by Constanze Güthenke, Department of Classics, Princeton University (in German)
    • April 27, 2009, in Journal of Folklore Research (An International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicology), by Maria Hnaraki, Director of Greek Studies, Drexel University (in English)
    • June 13, 2009, in Avgi Anagnoseis by Anda Dialla, Director of the Historical Archive of the University of Athens Avgi Review (in Greek)
    • March 16, 2010, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36: 4, 708-09, by Anastasia Christou, University of Sussex.
  • Audio recording of Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), Central California Unit (May 2010).
  • Converging Truths: Euripides' Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self Definition
    Single-authored monograph Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden: Brill 2003).
    Reviewed in:
    • Classical Review, vol 54, no. 2, 2004: 308-9.
    • International Journal of the Classical Tradition 13.1, 2006: 125-27
  • A Thematic Commentary on Euripides' Ion with special attention to literary and religious aspects, PhD dissertation, London 1996/97.

Forthcoming Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • [2014-15] “Nelly’s iconography” in “Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities”, edited by Professors Philip Carabott, Yannis Hamilakis & Eleni Papargyriou, published by Ashgate for the series of the Center of Hellenic Studies, King’s College London.
  • [2016] Chapter on Euripides’ Orestes for the Brill volume on Euripides


Peer-Reviewed Articles / Peer-Reviewed Invited Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “Postcards from Metaxas’ Greece: The Uses of Classical Antiquity in tourist photographs” in Dimitris Tziovas (ed.), Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture. Oxford University Press 2014: 186-208.
  • “Funerary Ritual, Aeschylus’ Eumenides and Sophocles’ Antigone,” Journal of Hellenic Religion vol. 3 (2010) 53-65.
  • “Hellenism” entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2010) 391
  • "Plurality of Discourses in Euripides' Ion: Euripides as thinker and dramatist" ‚Ä®Archaiologia & Technes, Athens, March 2003: 97-100 (published in Greek with English summary).
  • "Sophocles and the West: the Evidence of the Fragments"
    A. Sommerstein (ed.), Shards from Kolonos: Studies in Sophoclean Fragments.
    Levante Editori, Bari, Italy, 2003: 57-76.
    Reviewed in Classical Review, vol 54, no. 2, 2004: 301-3.
  • "The Rock of the Nightingale': Kinship Diplomacy and Sophocles' Tereus"
    F. Budelmann & P. Michelakis (eds), Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Greek Literature in honor of P.E. Easterling. Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, London, 2001: 91-112. Special supplementary volume of the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
  • "Reversed Heroism and Heroic Perversion in Euripides' Medea"
    T. Shasha & D. Stuttard (eds), Dionysus, vol. 6, 1996, York: 39-42.
  • "The Marriage of Tragedy and Comedy in Euripides' Ion"
    S. Jäkel & A. Timonen (eds), Laughter down the centuries, vol. II, Turku, 1995: 45-63.


Program Notes

  • Filmography entries for Michael Cacoyannis’ Electra and Iphigenia in Aulis, for the Electra Festival at the Stanford Summer Theatre 2009 (3pp.).
  • Program Notes/original research for the 2006 Michael Cacoyannis' cabaret version of Aristophanes' Lysistrata (25 pp.). Loyola Marymount University; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Boston College, Hellenic College, Boston.
  • Program Notes for the 1998 University College London production of Euripides' Orestes (4pp.).
  • Program Notes for the 1998 Thiasos production of Euripides' Hippolytus (3pp.).Triennial Classics Conference, Cambridge UK.

Research Project Funded and Completed

  • January 2009: Report on representations of black slavery and Greco-Roman involvement in the slave trade from Africa, commissioned by Prof. Wole Soyinka in collaboration with the du Bois Institute, Harvard University, on a grant by the Ford Foundation. This report is part of a larger project on the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade leading to a full mapping-out of the African diaspora since the Greco-Roman period.


Peer Evaluations and Book/Article reviews:

  • June 2014: Member of the Jury Committee for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. I was selected as the only academic, due to my expertise in Greek Cinema.
  • Oct. 2012-Feb. 2013: External examiner for promotion applications to Associate Professorship and tenure for three candidates in the department of Theater Studies, the University of Patras, Greece, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I was selected as the only US examiner given my expertise on reception of ancient drama in the contemporary period.
    March 2013: As National Endowment For the Humanities Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives Program Scholar with Aquila Productions (New York University), I hosted a two-hour stage reading of Homeric and Greek dramatic texts by professional actors from Los Angeles, provided analysis and held a Q &A session at the San Marino Library in Pasadena (3/14/13).
  • April 2013: Conducted a Peer-Evaluation for a course on Chinese Cinema and wrote a five-page evaluation for a junior colleague (4/24/13)
  • Manuscript referee for Food, Culture, and Society, An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 2012.
  • Member of Editorial Board for Text and Presentation 2005-2010; the Comparative Drama Conference Series and The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award.
  • Manuscript referee for Wiley-Blackwell 2008; Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Journal of Hellenic Studies 2006.
  • Book Review of Lee, K.H., Euripides' Ion. Translation and Commentary. Classical Review, vol. 49, no. 2, 1999: 353-54.
  • Book Review of Meagher, R.M., Euripides' Bakkhai. Translation and Commentary. Classical Review, vol. 47, no. 1, 1997: 196. 2007.

 


Honors, Fellowships, Grants and Awards

External Grants

  • Oct.-Nov. 2014: National Endowment For the Humanities YouStories Program Scholar with Aquila Productions (New York University).
  • April – March 2013: Presentations at three public events at the San Diego Public Library, as National Endowment For the Humanities Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives Program Scholar with Aquila Productions (New York University).
  • Jan.-Oct. 2012: European Union, National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic. I was commissioned as the Project Coordinator, Creative Advisor, and Education Director for the first year of the program “Ancient Drama: Influences and Modern Approaches” 2012-2014. The first year cost is $200,000. The total cost of the three-year project is 468,000 Euro. I collaborated with Prof. Rush Rehm (Stanford Summer Theater), and we put together with European Union funding and funding from Stanford University an extensive program of workshops, seminars and performances of an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, “The Wanderings of Odysseus”, at the Michael Cacoyannis Cultural Foundation in Athens (See below, “Other Professional Experience”).
  • June 2011: Scholarship for three-night full board/accommodation for participation in conference on Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture at the University of Birmingham, the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, and the Center for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.
  • April 2011: My published article “Reel” Hellenisms: Perceptions of Greece in Greek Cinema” in my edited volume on Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity (Ashgate 2008: 321-353) received official recognition as one of the best 70 citations on Greek Cinema to be included in Oxford Bibliographies On Line: Cinema and Media Studies.
  • Spring 2011: Foreign Research Fellowship, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, Greece. Project: “Postcards from Greece: The uses of antiquity in Tourist Brochures and popular Culture (1929-2009).”
  • Fall 2010: Research Fellowship, Initiative of Heritage Conservancy, Athens, Greece. Project: “Postcards from Greece: The uses of antiquity in Tourist Brochures and popular Culture (1929-2009).”
  • August 2008-January 2009: Research Grant for work on Prof. Wole Soyinka's project on the trans-Saharan slave-trade. The project is based at the du Bois Institute, Harvard University, and is funded by the Ford Foundation.
  • February 2002-May 2003:University of California, Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Research Associate for my work on Athenian identity in late fifth century BC and on Greek Ethnicity.
  • 1998-2000: A.G. Leventis Foundation, Special Post-doctoral Research Fellowship; research on "Dionysian and Apolline Poetics at the Festivals of Dionysus."
  • August 1998-Sept. 1999: Honorary Research Fellowship, University College London, Greek & Latin.
  • 1992-1995: A.G. Leventis Foundation, research grant for work on doctoral thesis.
  • 1992-1994: Hellenic Foundation, grant for extra research expenses of doctoral thesis.

 

Internal LMU Grants

  • August 2014: LMU, Center for Teaching Excellence, Core development grant for Explorations: Creative Experience course on “Greek Tragedy in Performance” with writing and oral flags.
  • June 2014: Grant for development of Departmental Assessment Plan.
  • May – August 2013: LMU Transformation of Upper Division Course in the Major Grant for capstone course on “Classical ‘Hellenism’, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity from Antiquity to the Present”, funded by the office of the Vice-President for Intercultural Affairs.
  • May – August 2013: LMU, Center for Teaching Excellence, Core development grant, “Ancient Greek World”. I developed a new first-year seminar course, currently teaching in fall 2013. The course is using the “Reacting to the Past” game methodology, where the whole class becomes an Athenian Assembly debating the Reconciliation Agreement between Athens and Sparta in 403 BC after 27 years of the Peloponnesian War.
  • Spring 2013: BCLA Interdisciplinary Team-taught grant, “Anne Carson: Classic Iconoclast”. We received a grant to develop with Sarah Maclay (English dept.) a team-taught interdisciplinary seminar course on Anne Carson’s work, with special emphasis on a group of works that both spring from and break from classical sources by means of both content and form. We will be teaching the course in spring 2014, and in spring 2016.
  • May – December 2012: Sabbatical leave for work on “Greek Tourist Imagination in the Interwar Period: The case of the 1939 Greek Pavilion at the New York World Fair”
  • May 2012 – August 2012: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on “Greek Tourist Imagination in the Interwar Period: The case of the 1939 Greek Pavilion at the New York World Fair.” Research on the Moreti private collection in Athens.
  • May 2012 – August 2012: Core course development grant, LMU Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Spring – Summer 2010: LMU Academic Technology Grant to integrate electronic resources in the re-development of my course on the “Ancient World on Film".‚Ä®
  • May 2010 – August 2010: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on “The uses of antiquity in Tourist Brochures and Popular Culture (1929-2009)".
  • April 2009 – October 2009: CAO’s special travel grant for book presentations at Stanford University; University of East London; Hellenic-American Union, Athens; Modern Greek Studies Association conference, Vancouver.
  • August – December 2009: Secured a special graduate internship for a recent CLCV Major (class 2009) from Sr. VP of Student Affairs.
  • March 2009: BCLA Dean’s grant to organize undergraduate student panel on Greek Tragedy at the 2009 Comparative Drama Conference.
  • May 2008 - August 2008: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on "Funerary Rituals, Aeschylus' Eumenides and Sophocles' Antigone."
  • November 2007: BCLA Research Grant for working with a professional copy-editor on my volume Hellenisms
  • May 2005 – August 2005: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on “A revisionist Bakhtinian reading of late-fifth century tragedy.”
  • May 2005: BCLA Dean’s stipend for developing Humanities program in 2004-05.
  • May 2003 – August 2003: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on Greek Ethnicity.
  • January 2002 – May 2002: BCLA Faculty College Fellowship to complete monograph on Converging Truths: Euripides’ Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition.
  • May 2001 – August 2001:BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on “Creating Modern Greek Identity: Perceptions of Greece in New Greek Cinema (1975-2000).”
  • May 2000 – August 2000: BCLA Summer Research Grant for work on “Sophocles and the West (Italy and Sicily): the evidence of the fragments.”
  • Spring 1999 – Spring 2011: Rains Research Assistant Grant, 120 hours per year. In summer 2008, I received an additional 120 hours for proof-reading Hellenisms.
  • Summers 1999 – 2012: annual BCLA Travel Grants to attend conferences in Europe.

 


Other Professional Experience

Conference Organizer, Presenter, MC

  • June 2014: Member of the Jury Committee, Presenter at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.
  • Jan-Oct. 2012: Coordinator and Education Director. With Prof. Rush Rehm (Stanford Summer Theater), “The Wanderings of Odysseus”, we staged a two-hour play adaptation of Homer's Odyssey with original music and gave four performances at the Michael Cacoyannis Cultural Foundation in Athens, Greece (August 31-September 16, 2012). The extensive program also included five three-hour workshops, and four three-hour seminars for theater professionals. The Program was the first year of the series “Ancient Drama: Influences and Modern Approaches” 2012-2014, and was approved and funded by the EU under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic.
  • June 2004-2009: Associate Director of the annual Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles CA. Tasks included: Vetting abstracts for presentation at conference; organizing panels on some aspect of classical drama/film; giving presentations on a comparative drama topic; chairing panels on Greek drama; organizing theatrical workshops; reviewing papers for the referred journal of the conference, Text & Presentation and The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award.
  • Spring 2008: Assistant Producer for Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s Samarkand performance at LMU.
  • October-November 2006: Presenter of Michael Cacoyannis' films and his cabaret version of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and moderator for the Q & A session with actors Maia Morgenstern and Vladimir Ivanov. Loyola Marymount University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Boston University and Hellenic College, Boston.
  • April 2006: Organizer and Presenter of Alexander Payne's films at a tribute gala in his honor, at the Lincoln Center, New York.
  • October/November 2005: Invited by the Director of the international Thessaloniki Film Festival to participate in panel discussions on Greek cinema; acted as consultant for planning seminars and workshops on Greek cinema in Athens and Thessaloniki in 2006.
  • June 2005: Presenter of Pantelis Voulgaris' films at the Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles, and moderator for the Q & A session with the director and his wife Ioanna Karystiani, the scriptwriter of the film Brides.
  • April 2003: Presenter of George Koras’ sculptures and retrospective at LMU; outreach lecture for Greek-American community.
  • January 2003-April 2003: Organizer and chairperson for a four-series documentary screenings at LMU on issues pertaining to Hellenic civilization.
  • March 2001-April 2001: Organizer and chairperson of two lectures as part of the fall series on "Greek Identity 1000 BC to 2000 AD."
  • October 2000-November 2000: Organizer and chairperson of 5-week lecture series on "Greek Identity 1000 BC to 2000 AD."

 

Documentary Interviews

  • December 2004: Jon Mefford (Executive Producer). Interviewed for the special DVD features for the feature film Electra starring Jennifer Garner. Discussion of four ancient Greek tragedies (Aeschylus' Choephoroi, Sophocles' Electra, Euripides' Electra and Orestes). Release Date: October 2005.
  • August 2001: Bram Roos (Executive Producer), FilmRoos Productions. Interviewed by the History Channel in Athens for a two-hour special documentary on the "Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Greece." Aired in August 2002.

 

UNIVERSITY/PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Faculty Senate (2008-11; 2011-12, 2013-14; 2014-17)
  • Faculty Senate Executive Board Member (2009-10)
  • General Editor, Faculty Senate Newsletter (2009-10)
  • Member, Humanities Committee for LMU Undergraduate Symposium (fall 2014)
  • Burns Teaching Award Committee (2007-08)
  • Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts, board member (2007-08)
  • Sabbatical Committee (2003-06)
  • Core Committee (2002-05)

COLLEGE SERVICE (BCLA)

  • Member, BCLA 4-unit committee (2013-14)
  • Chair of Classics & Archaeology (2007-2010; Fall 2014)
  • Humanities Director (2004-05)

DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS & ARCHAEOLOGY

  • Chair of Classics & Archaeology (2007-10; Fall 2014)
  • Composed Departmental Assessment plan (summer 2014)
  • Member, Search Committee for hiring new Archaeology Faculty (2013-14)
  • Composed 4-unit Report for the dept. of Classics & Archaeology (summer 2013)
  • Organizer, Classics & Archaeology Symposium (spring 2007-present)
  • General Editor, Bi-annual departmental newsletter (Jan. 2008-11)
  • Departmental Webpage Editor (fall 2006-10)
  • Chapter Advisor, Eta Sigma Phi (2000-05)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • June 2014: Member of the Jury Committee for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.
  • Oct. 2012-Feb. 2013: External examiner for promotion applications to Associate Professorship and tenure for three candidates in the department of Theater Studies, the University of Patras, Greece, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Jan.-Oct. 2012: Coordinator and Education Director. With Prof. Rush Rehm (Stanford Summer Theater), “The Wanderings of Odysseus”, at the Michael Cacoyannis Cultural Foundation in Athens (See above, “Other Professional Experience”)
  • June 2004-2009: Associate Director of the annual Comparative Drama Conference
  • (See above, “Other Professional Experience”)
  • Executive Board Member (three-year elected position, 1999-2001), Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, London
  • Member, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, London (1989-present)
  • Member, American Philological Association (1996-present)
  • Member, California Classical Association, South (1999-present)
  • Member, Modern Greek Studies Association (2006-present)
  • Member, Modern Languages Association (intermittently since 1999)

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Executive Board Member (elected, 2004-05), American Hellenic Council of California
  • Board Member, The Friends of Hellenic Studies at LMU (Jan. 1999-June 2003)
  • Member, Hellenic University Club, Los Angeles (Jan. 1999-present)
  • Current as of October 2014