5th Annual International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Studies
30-31 May & 1-2 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Tentative Program (Athens Local Time)
(Note 1: the program is organized along time slots and not according to common theme)
(Note 2: at the end of each time slot questions and discussions will follow)
(Note 3: some of the time slots won’t be available online – it depends upon demand)

Monday 30 May 2022


Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

  • Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER
  • Nicholas Pappas, Vice President of Academic Conferences and Meetings, ATINER & Professor of History, Sam Houston University, USA.


Time Slot 1a

Time Slot 1b

Coordinator: David Philip Wick, Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER & Retired Professor of History, Gordon College, USA.

  1. Steven Oberhelman, Professor of Classics, Holder of the George Sumey Jr Endowed Professorship of Liberal Arts, and Interim Dean, Texas A&M University, USA.
    Title: Divination and the Orthodox Church: The Codex 1275 in the National Library of Greece.
  2. Anne Murphy, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada.
    Title: Indian Narrative in a Larger Eighteenth-Century World.
  3. Scott Rubarth, Associate Professor, Rollins College, USA.
    Title: Seneca on Providence, Moral Decline, and Cosmogonical History.
  4. Sean Brennan, Professor, University of Scranton, USA.
    Title: William Warren Scranton and the United Nations.
Coordinator: Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.

  1. Ana Paula Figueiredo Pinto, Assistant Professor, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal.
    Title: Frontier between Life and Death: Dionysos.
  2. John Spiridakis, Professor, St. John’s University, USA.
    Title: Poetry as a Way of Knowing.
  3. Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Associate Professor, University of Alabama, USA.
    Title: Reading Penelope as Siren.
  4. Ralph Schuhmann, Emeritus Professor, Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
    Title:  ,,Demand’st thou, Pedant, too, a document?” – Past and Future of the Contract in the Light of Goethe’s “Faust”.


Time Slot 2a

Time Slot 2b

Coordinator: David Philip Wick, Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER & Retired Professor of History, Gordon College, USA.

  1. Chrysoula Gitsoulis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baruch College, USA. The Individual vs The State: A Study of Socrates and Antigone.
  2. Rory Becker, Associate Professor, Eastern Oregon University, USA.
    Title: Rethinking Rendezvous: Developing an Archaeological Signature for Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Sites from Historic Accounts, Population Estimates, and Remote Sensing.
  3. Eva Anagnostou, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia.
    Title: Seleucus I and the Anchor to his Success.
  4. Michal Moshe, Senior Teacher, Ariel University, Israel.
    Title: Reading Archaeology through Architectural Insight.
Coordinator: Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Associate Professor, University of Alabama, USA.

  1. Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, Associate Professor, McGill University, Canada.
    Title: “Different Seeking Same”: Playing with Aesthetic Distance in Disability Poetry.
  2. Giuseppe Natale, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.
    Title: Multiple Narrating Voices in Melville’s Moby-Dick.
  3. Alessio Ranno, PhD Student, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.
    Title: Corinthian Myth in Pindar’s Olympian 13: Tradition, Imagery, and Poetics (O. 13.47-92).


Time Slot 3a

Time Slot 3b

Coordinator: David Philip Wick, Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER & Retired Professor of History, Gordon College, USA.

  1. Gilles Massot, Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. De Prangey, Itier, Ducamp and Others: A Survey of the Early Photographic Gaze over Egyptian Antiquities.
  2. Hsiao-ting Lin, Research Fellow, Stanford University, USA. A History of Taiwan’s Secret Nuclear Program.
  3. Natsuko Miyokawa, PhD Candidate, Tokyo University, Japan. Japanese Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Lawmaker’s Diplomacy and Japan-Taiwan Channel 1982 – 1988.
Coordinator: Roy Domenico, Professor, The University of Scranton, USA.

  1. Justyna Rusak, Senior Lecturer, University of Occupational Safety Management in Katowice, Poland.
    Title: Alienation and Identity Crisis in the Apocalyptic World of Katherine Anne Porter.
  2. Kunle Oparinde, Research Associate, Durban University of Technology, South Africa.
    Title: A Rhetorical Analysis of Conspiracy Theories associated with COVID-19.
  3. Kathleen Ann O’Donnell, Independent Researcher, British School, Athens.
    Title: Brutal English Colonisation of the Seven Islands:  The Poems of Ossian by James Macpherson.



Coordinator: Kostas Spyropoulos

  1. Michael Steppat, Professor, University of Bayreuth, Germany.
    Title: The African Imprint in Shakespeare.
  2. Claudia Panisello Gossweiler, Professor, National Institute of Technical Education, Uruguay.
    Title: The Female Subject in Fortune Poetry of Ida Vitale.
  3. Simonetta Milli Konewko, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA.
    Title: A Mediterranean participation in the Work of Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta.
  4. Tennyson Samraj, Professor, Burman University, Canada.
    Title: Metaphysics: Intelligible Questions and the Explicable World of Intentionality.
  5. Elizabeth Dahab, Professor, California State University, Long Beach, USA.
    Title: War and Mental Illness in a 2005 Francophone Novel.

Greek Night

Tuesday 31 May 2022


08:00-09:30 Time Slot 5a1

Coordinator: Kostas Spyropoulos

Time Slot 5b

Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER

  1. Hiromasa Matsukura, PhD Student, Kyushu University, Japan.
    Title: Ottoman Diplomatic Policy toward the Habsburg Monarchy in the First Half of the 16th Century.
  2. Cristina-Mihaela Botîlcă, PhD Student, The University of Bucharest, Romania.
    Title: Death behind the Curtain. Contemporary Death-Acceptance Creative Nonfiction: Carla Valentine and Sue Black.
  3. Maria Rosaria D’Acierno Canonici, Associate Professor, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy.
    Title: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement.
  4. Magdalen Ki, Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
    Title: The Political Economy of Beauty and Mansfield Park.

Old and New-An Educational Urban Walk

The urban walk ticket is not included as part of your registration fee. It includes transportation costs and the cost to enter the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Acropolis Hill. The urban walk tour includes the broader area of Athens. Among other sites, it includes: Zappion, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Roman Agora and on Acropolis Hill: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. The program of the tour may be adjusted, if there is a need beyond our control. This is a private event organized by ATINER exclusively for the conference participants. Some participants have videotaped the event. Click here for an example.

09:30-11:00 Time Slot 5a2

  1. Natcha Mahapoonyanont, Lecturer, Thaksin University, Thailand.
    Title: Educational Equality: Key Factor for Sustainable Development.
  2. Ridha Mardiani, Lecturer, STKIP Pasundan, Indonesia.
    Title: Enhancing English Language Skills through a Collaborative Drama Project.
  3. Paola Partenza, Associate Professor, Gabriele d’Annunzio University, Italy.
    Title: Beyond the Human. Biopolitics and Science Fiction Novels.
  4. Ema Jelinkova, Assistant Professor, Palacky University, Czech Republic.
    Title: Adaptation as Palimpsest: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park in a 1999 Adaptation.


Coordinator: Coordinator: Steven Oberhelman, Professor of Classics, Holder of the George Sumey Jr Endowed Professorship of Liberal Arts, and Interim Dean, Texas A&M University, USA.

  1. David Philip Wick, Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER & Retired Professor of History, Gordon College, USA.
    Title: The Figurines and the Fear of Philip – A Glimpse or Two at the Key Crisis Moments When Greeks Invited Rome into the Aegean, and the Ancient Play between Urban Identity Politics and Pop Culture Art.
  2. Roy Domenico, Professor, The University of Scranton, USA.
    Title: Italy’s War at Home: The Fronte Interno, 1940-1945.
  3. Carlos Sánchez-Moreno Ellart, Professor, University of Valencia, Spain.
    Title: The Role of the Mother in the Graeco-Roman Egyptian Marriage Documents.
  4. Jason Hawke, Associate Professor, Roanoke College, USA.
    Title: “Pausanias (Not) at Sounion: A Mistake or Mistaken Identity?”
  5. William Batson, Associate Professor/Director, Prairie View A&M University, USA.
    Sheba Akhtar, Assistant Professor, Prairie View A&M University, USA.
    Title: Myth and Symbolism: Iconographic Analysis of a 2rd Century CE Roman Bath Monochromatic Mosaic at Isthmia, Greece.


Coordinator: David Philip Wick, Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER & Retired Professor of History, Gordon College, USA.

  1. Magdel Le Roux, Professor, University of South Africa, South Africa.
    Title: The Legend of Isis in Messene and the Ancient Near East.
  2. Kenneth Moore, Senior Lecturer, Teesside University, UK.
    Title: There Came a Privy Thief that Men Call Death”: A Tale of Two Plagues.
  3. Abdullah Alzahrani, General Manager of Archaeology, Heritage Commission, Saudi Arabia.
    Ajab Alotibi, Director of Archaeological Researches, Heritage Commission, Saudi Arabia.

    Title: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabia.
  4. Alice Ognier, PhD Candidate, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France.
    Title: The Sanctuaries of Athena on Acropoleis during the Archaic and Classical Period: The Topography at the Service of the Goddess.
  5. Marcus Papandrea, Prospective PhD Student, University of Bologna, Italy.
    Title: Survival of Byzantine Heritage in Gerace, Calabria.
  6. Syfur Rahman, Regional Director, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh.
    Title: Recent Archaeological Findings of ‘Early Medieval’ Human Occupation in the South Western Part of Bangladesh.



Coordinator: Kostas Spyropoulos

  1. Sujatha Napanda Cheeyanna, Assistant Professor, Karnataka State Open University, India.
    Title: Education of Women in Ancient India.
  2. Marco Comunetti, PhD Student, University of Genoa, Italy.
    Title: Ancient Scholarship and Textual Comparison: Homeric Citation in two Scholia from Euripides’ Corpus.
  3. Monika Szczot, Associate Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
    Title: Why Homer? The Role of Ancient Tradition in Polish Literature and Culture.
  4. Dimitra Makri, Fellow, Koç University, Turkey.
    Title: The Fragrances of Asia Minor.


Coordinator: Kostas Spyropoulos

  1. Khaled Alkodimi, Associate Professor, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia.
    Title: Man-Nature relationship in Bishop’s Poetry: An Eco-Critical Reading of the Selected Poems.
  2. Karine Bazeyan, Senior Researcher, Shirak Center for Armenological Studies, Armenia.
    Grigor Aghanyan, Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Armenia.
    Title: The Greek Population of the Province of Alexandrapol during the Turkish Invasions of 1918-1920 (According to Oral Memoirs).
  3. Miriam Gassner-Olechowski, Senior Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria.
    Title: The Treaty of St. Germain and the Treaty of Sevres: A Comparison.
  4. Nairita Ghosh, Researcher, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India.
    Title: Water Ripples, Narrative Follows: Examining the Waterbodies as Mentioned in the Daskumarcharitam.

Greek Home-Made Dinner (includes the traditional Greek household hospitality and quality)

Wednesday 1 June 2022
Educational Islands Cruise
Mycenae Visit

Thursday 2 June 2022
Delphi Tour