The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation has been awarded a contract to carry out postdoctoral research on “Aspects of multiconfessionalism and human geography in early modern Cyprus from the Venetians to the Ottomans (CyChrist).”
The project secured funding following a call for tenders in the «Didaktor» (Post-Doctoral Researchers) programme, part of the “RESTART 2016-2020” programmes of the Research Promotion Foundation.
With this success, the Cultural Foundation leads the way in research excellence as a recognized research institute in its own right.
The project is led by Dr Ioanna Hadjicostis, director of the Cultural Foundation, assisted by the young research assistant Dr Chrysovalanti Kyriacou. It will delve into uncharted territory: the coexistence of various Christian confessions in Cyprus between 1560 and 1670 (multi-confessionalism).
It will moreover investigate perceptions about this multi-confessionalism in early literature (human geography) by exploring the characteristics of Christian coexistence in Cyprus and the effect on shaping views in Cyprus and Western Europe about Cypriot identity and human geography.
Applying innovative transdisciplinary methods, “CyChrist” will be the first initiative investigating the various primary sources in the Collections of the Cultural Foundation – unpublished and unexplored material including maps, manuscripts, incunabula, pamphlets and etchings.
The project’s actions include the publishing in digital format of the first English translation of an important manuscript codex (B-030) from the Foundation’s Collections. The publication will be freely accessible to the public.
Lasting three years, the project is part of the “2014-2020 Competitiveness and Sustainable Development” Operations Programme, co-funded by EU Structural Funds.