Dr Avra Xepapadakou
Department of Languages and Literature
Dr Avra Xepapadakou is a researcher of performing arts, currently affiliated to the University of Nicosia as acting project coordinator of the MA programme “Greek Civilization”. She has worked as a faculty member at the University of Crete (2009-2016), and as an affiliated lecturer at several other academic institutions in Greece and abroad.
She is the author of the books: Pavlos Carrer (Athens: Fagotto Books, 2013) on the Zakynthian opera composer, and “Interspersed with musical entertainment”. Music in Greek Salons of the Nineteenth Century (Athens: Hellenic Music Centre, 2017), coauthored with Alexandros Charkiolakis. She has widely published and has given numerous lectures and presentations on topics related to her research interests.
She has worked intensively on cultural documentation and participated in a number of research projects. From 2012 she has worked on the processing of the archive of the Italian theatre director Romeo Castellucci and his team, the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, and from 2016 she is documentation consultant and curator of the above mentioned archive. Currently she is collaborating with Greek theatre director and visual artist, Dimitris Papaioannou, as curator of his archive.
She has conducted research as a grantee visiting scholar at California State University–Sacramento (2015). In 2016 she was awarded a research grant and research visitorship as part of the Balzan Prize in Musicology Towards a global history of music. Within this framework, she has curated the session “Greece: A cultural crossroads between East and West” at the University of Oxford (2016), and has conducted research at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Universität Zürich (2017).