Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Kostis Kourelis

Associate Professor of Art History

Franklin & Marshall College

Department of Art and Art History
Department of International Studies


Ph.D. Art and Archaeology of the Mediterreanean World, University of Pennsylvania

M.Arch. School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Philosophy, Design of the Environment, University of Pennsylvania

Licentiate in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Principal Publications

“North Dakota Man Camp Project: The Archaeology of Home in Bakken Oil Fields,” with William R. Caraher, Bret Weber and Richard Rothaus, Historical Archaeology 52 ( 2017) 

(“The Lidoriki Project - Low Altitude Aerial Photography, GIS, and Traditional Survey in Rural Greece,” with Todd Brenningmeyer and Miltiadis Katsaros, CAA 2015: Let the Revoluton Going. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, ed. Stefano Campana, Roberto Scopigno, Gabriella Carpentiero, and Marianna Cirillo (Oxford: Archeopress, 2016), vol. 2, pp. 979-988. 

“Closing the Window on Cavafy: Foregrounding the Background in the Photographic Portraits,” Journal of Greek Media and Culture 1, no. 2 (2015), pp. 227-252. Special issue, Pop Cavafy: Readings of C.P. Cavafy in Popular Culture, ed. Eleni Papargyriou and Demetris Papanikolaou. 

Punk Archaeology, with William R. Caraher, and Andrew Reinhardt (Grand Forks: The Digital Press of the University of North Dakota, 2014) 

 “Old Glass in New Light: The Stained Glass Windows of the Lancaster Theological Seminary,” with Monica Giacomucci, The Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society 116, no. 1 (2014-2015), pp. 2-35.

“Byzantine Houses and Modern Fictions: Domesticating Mystras in 1930s Greece,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 65 & 66 (2011–2012), pp. 297-331.

“The Immigrant Liturgy: Greek Orthodox Worship and Architecture in America,” with Vasileios Marinis, in Liturgy in Migration: Cultural Contexts from the Upper Room to Cyberspace, ed. Teresa Berger (Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, 2012), pp. 155-175.

Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke (Lancaster: Phillips Museum, 2012), exhibition catalog.

“Splitting Architectural Time: Gómez + González Holmesburg Prison Project,” in Doing Time/Depth of Surface: Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González (Philadelphia: Philagrafika, 2011), essay in exhibition catalog.

The Abandoned Countryside: (Re)Settlement in the Archaeological Narrative of Post-Classical Greece, special issue, The International Journal of Historical Archaeology 14:2 (June 2010), with William R. Caraher.

“From Greek Revival to Greek America: Archaeology and Transformation in Saint George Orthodox Cathedral of Philadelphia,” New Griffon 10 (2008), pp. 28-36.

“The Archaeology of Xenitia: Greek-American Material Culture, 1873-1924,” in Archaeology and History in Roman, Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece: Studies on Method and Meaning in Honor of Timothy E. Gregory, ed. Linda J. Hall, William R. Caraher, and R. Scott Moore (Aldershot, 2008), pp. 411-453.

“Byzantium and the Avant-Garde: Excavations at Corinth, 1920s-1930s,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 391-442.

“Urban Legend: Architecture in Lord of the Rings,” with Steven Woodward, in From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, ed. Murray Pomerance and Ernest Mathijs (Amsterdam, 2006), pp. 189-214.

“The Rural House in the Medieval Peloponnese: An Archaeological Reassessment of Byzantine Domestic Architecture,” in Archaeology in Architecture: Studies in Honor of Cecil L. Striker, ed. Judson J. Emerick and Deborah Deliyannis (Mainz, 2005), pp. 119-129.

“Early Travelers in the Peloponnese and the Invention of Medieval Architectural History,” in The Architecture of Tourism: Perceptions, Performance and Space, ed. D. Medina Lasansky and Brian McLaren (Oxford, 2004), pp. 37-52

Houses of the Morea: Vernacular Architecture of the Northwest Peloponnesos (1205-1955), with Frederick A. Cooper, Helen B. Foster, Mary Coulton, and Joseph D. Alchermes (Athens, 2002).


“The Membrology of Home: Notes from the Archaeological Underground,” keynote speaker and respondent, “Home: Departure and Destination,” Bryn Mawr College, Ninth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium, Oct. 4, 2013

“The Lidoriki Project: A Historical Topography,” with Miltiadis Katsaros and Todd Brenningmeyer, Sixth Annual Congress, Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin, Athens, Greece, Oct. 25, 2013.

“Ruskin’s Greek Shadow: The British School in Athens and the Byzantine House,” “Byzantine Influences on the Arts & Crafts Movement,” Byzantium and British Heritage Conference 2013, King’s College, London, U.K., Sept. 6, 2013.

“Labo(u)r, Settlement, and Resources Extraction: Man Camps of the Bakken Oil Patch in Historical and GlobaL Perspective,” with William R. Caraher, Bret Weber, Richard Rothaus, Aaron Barth and John Holmgren, Midwest Association for Canadian Studies Conference, Grand Forks, N.D., Oct. 5-6, 2012.

"Byzantine Urbanism in the Peloponnesos: Revising Old Narratives from the Field,” New Discoveries in the Archaeology of the Byzantine City, Queens College, N.Y.,2010

 “Byzantine Archaeology as Critical Practice,” Byzantine Archaeology in North America: Conversations in Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., 2010

“The Sacred Grip: Landscape, Art and Architecture in Mount Menoikeion (19th-20th Centuries),” with Nikolas Bakirtzis and Matthew Milliner, 21st Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, 2009

“Deflating Mystras: Grounding House and Settlement,” Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2009

“Beyond the Text: Archaeological Narratives from the Peloponnesian Countryside,” Between Crusaders and Byzantines: The Medieval Morea (13th – 15th Centuries), Princeton University, 2007

“The Discovery of Byzantine Corinth,” New Discoveries from Old Excavations, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, 2007

“Byzantium and Modernity,” George H. Forsyth, Jr. Memorial Lecture Tour,, Archaeological Institute of America, Athens, Ga., Asheville, N.C., Springfield, Oh., Cleveland, Oh., Philadelphia, Penn., Ann Arbor, Mich., 2007-2008

“Medieval Art in a Productive Context,” Stanford University, 2005

“Sacred Topography and the Byzantine Village,” 31st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Athens, Ga., 2005

“Reading the Landscape: History vs. Science,” Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2005

“Fabrics and Rubble Walls: The Archaeology of Danielis’ Gifts,” 30th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Baltimore, 2004

“The Archaeology of Byzantine Greece and Sicily,” Archaeological Institute of America, University of North Carolina Asheville, 2004

“From East to West – From High to Low: The Archaeology of the Frankish Peloponnese,” Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2004

“Beyond Palaeochora: Locating the Byzantine Period on Aegina,” 105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco, January 6, 2004

“The Byzantine House: Evidence from Rural Greece,” 104th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, January 5, 2003


Student Collaborations

"Georg von Peshcke: Art into Archaeology," Hackman Fellowship, Bonnie Halloran, 2010

Department of Art and Art History
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA


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Areas of Specialization

Architectural historian and archaeologist of the medieval Mediterranean. Specialties in urbanism, historic preservation, landscape archaeology, and architectural theory. Trained as an architect with strong interests in contemporary architectural discourse.

Courses Taught

Intro to Western Architecture I: Prehistoric to Baroque

Intro to Western Architecture II: Enlightenment to Postomodernism

Islamic Art and Architecture

Lancaster: The Architecture of Faith

Medieval Art and Architecture

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