Director

Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, Director (from 1 September 2015)

Magister (1999) in classical archaeology from the University of Copenhagen. Ph.D. (2008) in classical archaeology from Cambridge University. Kristina Winther-Jacobsen is on leave from her position as lecturer in classical archaeology at the Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen, where she was deputy-director of the Saxo-Institute in 2012-15. She has also held research positions at the University of Aarhus and the National Museum, Copenhagen.

Kristina Winther-Jacobsen is a landscape archaeologist and ceramologist. Her main interest is the ways that humans have settled the landscape and exploited its resources through time. For her Ph.D. From Pots to People: A ceramic approach to the archaeological interpretation of ploughsoil assemblages in Late Roman Cyprus published in 2010, Kristina developed a quantitative intensive survey methodology. This methodology has been integrated in projects in Cyprus, Crimea and Turkey, and since 2015 in Greece in the Peloponnese. Currently she directs the survey of The Ancient Sikyon Project, a multidisciplinary, Danish-Greek research project financed by the Carlsberg Foundation, directed by Silke Müth-Frederiksen, National Museum and Konstantinos Kissas, Ephorate of Antiquities of Corinth

Assistant Director and Carlsberg Fellow

Kaspar Thormod, Assistant Director and Carlsberg Fellow (From 1 October 2019)

MA in the Dutch Golden Age (University College London / Courtauld Institute of Art, 2009); cand.mag. in Comparative Literature (University of Copenhagen, 2010); and PhD in History and Civilization (European University Institute, 2018). Kaspar Thormod’s interdisciplinary research combines insights from Cultural Studies and art-writing. He is particularly interested in how contemporary artists reinterpret our cultural heritage and explore layered, non-linear notions of history. Whereas previously his work was centred on Italy – particularly in ’Artistic Reconfigurations of Rome: An Alternative Guide to the Eternal City, 1989–2014’ (Brill Rodopi, 2019) and ’Rom falder’ (C&K Forlag, 2012) – Kaspar Thormod’s present research examines how notions of Greek antiquity are transformed in the work of contemporary artists.

Communications and Cultural Liaison

Antonia Pilarinos (From 1 September 2019)

Bachelor in History of Art (2004) from University of Ioannina. Antonia Pilarinos is an independent curator with a focus on New Media and Video Art. She has been the Artistic Director and Director of Academic Presentations of Athens Digital Arts Festival, Co-founder and curator of QW3RTY Curatorial Team, Member of TINA PRIZE Board of Curators and has collaborated with contemporary art galleries and collections in Athens.

Carlsberg Fellow

Christos Tsakas, Carlsberg Fellow (From 1 July 2019)

Christos Tsakas is a historian and a Carlsberg Fellow at the Danish Institute at Athens. His main fields of interest are European integration, authoritarian studies and business history. Christos holds a PhD from the University of Crete, and before moving to Athens, he held postdoctoral positions in Berlin, Florence and Princeton. Ηe is currently member of the Advisory Board for the collaborative project ‘Online Compendium der deutsch–griechischen Verflechtungen’ (Free University Berlin/University of Athens). As an external researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH in Rethymno, Christos initiated an archives and oral history project, documenting postwar Greek industrialization. His articles have appeared in Business History, European Review of History and Historica, and he is completing a book on German–Greek relations in the context of European integration.

Carlsberg Fellow

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos, Carlsberg Fellow (From 1 February 2020)

BA in Archaeology from the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at University of Thessaly (Volos, 2005); MA in Maritime Archaeology at University of Southampton (Southampton, 2008) as a scholar of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

From 2005, he has been a senior staff archaeologist and acting assistant director of the Zea Harbour Project in Piraeus (Danish Institute at Athens) and since 2012 he has been a digital archivist for the Agora Excavations in Athens (ASCSA). Since 2013, he is the assistant director of Lechaion Harbour Project, collaboration between the Department of Underwater Antiquities, The Danish Institute at Athens and the University of Copenhagen, directed by Dr. B. Loven and Dr. D. Kourkoumelis. Over the years he has also worked in several maritime and land projects in Greece and abroad.

His main research interests focus on ancient harbours in the Eastern Mediterranean, the interactions between landscapes and seascapes, and harbour construction/architecture. Panagiotis Athanasopoulos is currently working on an interdisciplinary volume of publications related to the results of the Danish-Greek excavations in Lechaion, Corinth focusing on the use of timber in harbour building.

Former members of staff

Dr Søren Dietz, former director of the Calydon excavations, Director 1992-1997
Associate Professor Mogens Pelt, University of Copenhagen, Senior research fellow 1993-96
Dr Sanne Houby-Nielsen, curator, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Senior research fellow 1994-95
Emeritus Lecturer Signe Isager, Director 1997-2001
Professor Inge Nielsen, Universität Hamburg, Senior research fellow (the Carlsberg Foundation) 1998-2000
Dr Peter Vejleskov, teacher and translator, University of Copenhagen, Senior research fellow (The Carlsberg Foundation) 2000-2002
Dr Jørgen Mejer, † Lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Director 2001-2003
Dr Jonas Eiring, former senior research fellow (Calydon investigations), Assistant Director 2002-2004
Panagiota Goula, Cultural Attaché, Danish Embassy in Athens, (Eleni Nakou Foundation), Director of Cultural Affairs 2004-2005
Jesper Tae Jensen (doctoral candidate), Assistant Director 2004-2007
Professor Erik Hallager, Director 2004-2010
M.A. Sine Riisager, Assistant Director 2008-2012
Associate Professor Søren Handberg, University of Oslo, Assistant Director 2012-2015
Mag.art., PhD Rune Frederiksen, Director 2010 – 2015
Phd Birgit Olsen, Assistant Director 2016-2019.
Nicolai von Eggers Mariegaard, Carlsberg Fellow 2017-2020.