Emmanuel Moutafov

16 Apr 2018

Emmanuel Moutafov

Emmanuel Moutafov
Prof. PhD, Director of IAS since 1 October 2014
Ancient Art. Main areas of research: Byzantine studies, Greek epigraphy, palaeography, Christian iconography, cult of saints, treatises on painting, cryptograms, the art of Mt Athos, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Balkan cultural history, lexicography, etc.
 

1987 – National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures, Sofia, awarded a gold medal for exceptional academic performance;
1988–1989 – Faculty of History, University of Sofia;
1989–1996 – Archaeology and History of Arts, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece;
1996–1998 – Specialisation in Greek and Slavic palaeography at Prof. Ivan Dujčev Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies, Sofia;
1996–2000 – Part-time Asst, Prof. in Greek language and Culture, Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, University of Sofia;
2000 – Researcher at IAS, BAS;
2001 – PhD degree in early modern and modern general history awarded by the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology, BAS;
2009 – Assoc. Prof. in medieval and National Revival arts, IAS, BAS;
2013 – Scientific Secretary, IAS, BAS;
2014, until now – Director of IAS, BAS.
2019 – Professor in medieval and National Revival arts, IAS, BAS
2003 (March–May) – Visiting Research Fellow at the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, NJ;
2011 (October–December) A. Mellon Foundation fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin (WiKo);
2012 (January–March) A. Mellon Foundation fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem;
2012 (June–July) –Getty Foundation Fellow at the American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul branch, in the frames of the research program “Visions of Byzantium” with an independent project on the Chora monastery.
Joined IAS in December 1999.
 
Publications:
Moutafov, E. (2013) Станици от хаджийския дневник: някои наблюдения върху християнското православно изкуство в Йерусалим (Pages of the Pilgrim’s Diary: Some Observations on the Christian Orthodox Art in Jerusalem). In: Art Studies Quarterly, vol. 4, Sofia, 2013, 3-14 (with a summary in English).
E. Moutafov (2013) Typology and Semantics of Cryptograms and Acrolexa in the Orthodox East in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Period. In: Initial, vol. 1, Belgrade, 2013, 49-73 (with a summary in Serbian).
Moutafov, E. (2013): Cross and Cryptograms on Molos Watermill (BU0076). Landscape and Interaction: The Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus, Eds. by M. Given, A. B. Knapp, J. Noller, L. Sollars and V. Kassianidou, vol. 1, Glasgow, 2013, 219-222.
Moutafov, E. Rhoby, A. (2012): New Ideas about the Deciphering of the Cryptic Inscription in the Narthex of the Panagia Asinou (Phorbiotissa) Church (Cyprus). In: Medioevo Greco 12, Torino, 89-95.
Moutafov, E. (2010): Криптограми и билингвизъм в Палеологовото изкуство (Cryptograms and Bilingualism in Paleologian Art). In: Patrimonium 3, Skopje, 2010, 251-261 (with a summary in English).
Moutafov, E. (2010): ΕΙΚΟΝΟΠΑΘΕΙΑ или Кои са античните мъдреци, изобразени в стенописите на Бачковската трапезация и църквата „Рождество Христово” в Арбанаси? (ΕΙΚΟΝΟΠΑΘΕΙΑ (Iconopathy) or Who are the Ancient Philosophers represented in the frescoes of the Refectory of Bachkovo monastery and of the Nativity Church in Arbanassi?). In: Art Studies Quarterly, vol. 2, Sofia, 2010, 15-19 (with a summary in English).
Moutafov, E., Gergova, I., Koujoumdzhiev, A., Popova, E., Genova, E., Gonis, D. (2008): Гръцки зографи в България след 1453 г. – Έλληνες αγιογράυοι στη Βοσλγαρία μετά το 1453 (Greek Icon-Painters in Bulgaria after 1453 ISBN 978-954-8594-12-7), Sofia, 2008, 297 pp., 350 ill. (bilingual edition of the Institute for Art Studies in Bulgarian and Modern Greek with a summary in English).
Moutafov, E. (2006): The Post-Byzantine hermeneai in the 18th century and their dissemination in the Balkans during the 19th century. In: Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, vol. 30, No 1, Birmingham, 2006, 69-80.
Moutafov, E. (2001): Европеизация на хартия. Съчинения за живописта на гръцки език от първата половина на XVIII в. (“Europeanisation on Paper”. Treatises on Painting in Greek during the First Half of the 18th century (ISBN 954-90849-2-2), Sofia, АBА Publishing House, 279 pp. (main text in Bulgarian with sources in Greek and an extensive English summary).
Moutafov, E. (1999): Περί του Μανουήλ Πανσέληνου και του τέλους της αληθινής τέχνης In: Ο Μανουήλ Πανσέληνος και η εποχή του, Αθήνα, 1999, 55-61 (with a summary in English).
 
Projects:
Greek Icon-painters in Bulgaria after 1453 (2000–2008), funded by Onassis Foundation, project leader;
The Age of King Samuel as Treated by Bulgarian Artists (2014), funded by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, project leader;
An Index and Repertorium of the Church Mural Painting in Bulgaria of the First Half of the Nineteenth Century” (2014–2016), funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF), project leader.
 
Prof Emmanuel Moutafov was awarded a gold medal for exceptional academic performance by the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures, Sofia, where he was a Young Koukouzelis choir singer and a reader of Old-Bulgarian sermons, for the purpose he took lessons in scenic speech with Kiril Popov at NATFA; translated three contemporary Greek novels into Bulgarian; presently, he is mostly dealing with research in Byzantine and Greek post-Byzantine art, treatises on painting, Balkan cultural history, palaeography, epigraphy, lexicography and translations of medieval theological and art texts. He published his first research work at the age of 18 to then trace the relations between the Italian Renaissance art and the medieval tradition on the Balkan Peninsula, studied the influence of the monastic culture and particularly, the Athonite one for the development on the art processes in the Ottoman period. He began his teaching career as a teacher at a secondary school; conducted courses of lectures on Greek language, theory of translation, Byzantine at and culture at the University of Sofia; delivered lectures in Princeton, New Jersey; Ikonen-Museum, Recklinghausen; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Koç University, Istanbul; Central European University, Budapest; he has over fifty publications in major Bulgarian and Greek, Russian, Macedonian, English, Irish, Italian, Serbian, Austrian, Romanian, Moldovan, etc., journals; member of the General Assembly of BAS since 2010 and of the IAS management since 2013; participated in the 22nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Sofia, 2011, as a moderator; invited to attend the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, 2016, as a roundtable participant.
 
Courses of lectures at universities and academies:
The civilisation of Greece, Practical Training in Greek Language, Byzantine Art, Post-Byzantine Archaeology
 
Academic adviser to doctoral student Diana Koseva-Toteva, 2015
Veselina Yonchevaq 2017;
Tereza Bacheva, 2020.