Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Complete Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic Sahidic Old Testament
Friedländer Weg 11
37085 Göttingen

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Current position: Senior Academic Researcher


  • 1998: MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, King’s College, London
  • 1997: BA in English and History, Goldsmiths College, University of London


  • 2006: PhD in Byzantine Studies, King’s College, London, supervisor Prof. Judith Herrin


  • 2011 – Jan. 2017: Polonsky Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
  • 2009 – 2011: Research Associate in Papyrology, Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions: The Greek Paradigm, director Prof. Angelos Chaniotis, Classics Department, University of Oxford
  • 2006 – 2008: Visiting Associate Curator, Institute for Christian Oriental Research, Catholic University of America position, university/institution
  • 2006 – 2008: Teaching Fellow at the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America


Fellowships, Awards and Honors (Selected)

  • 2010 – 2011: Research Associate Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Further Scientific Activities (Selected)

  • 2015: C. Kotsifou (organizer, training workshop): Digital Humanities, GIS and Travel Data from Late Antique Egypt, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 23–27 February
  • 2014: C. Kotsifou and S. Rubenson (organizers, workshop): Education and Literary Activity in Early Palestinian Monasticism: the Archaeological and the Manuscript Evidence, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 22–23 October
  • 2013: C. Kotsifou and E. Iricinschi (organizers, conference): Coping with Change: Adapting Religions and Adopting Transformations in the Late Antique Eastern Mediterranean, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 3–5 June
  • 2006 – 2012: Unit supervisor, field archaeologist and epigraphist, at the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project, Monastery of Saint John the Little, Wadi ’n Natrun, Egypt


1. 2018 ‘Deir al Suryani,’ in: Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity,’ ed. O. Nicholson, Oxford, 470–471.

2. 2018 ‘Dendera,’ in: Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity,’ ed. O. Nicholson, Oxford, 473.

3. 2018 ‘Libraries, monastic, East,’ in: Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity,’ ed. O. Nicholson, Oxford, 909.

4. 2016 ‘Prayers and petitions for justice: Despair and the “crossing of boundaries” between religion and law’, Tyche 31

5. 2014 ‘Monks as mediators in Late Antique Egypt’, in: Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest, ed. J. Keenan, J. Manning, and U. Yiftach-Firanko, Cambridge University Press, 530–540.

6. 2012 ‘Bookbinding and manuscript illumination in Late Antique and early Medieval monastic circles in Egypt’, in: Manuscripts, Scribes and Context, ed. J. P. Monferrer-Sala and S. Torallas Tovar, Peeters Publishers, 213–244.

7. 2012 ‘Sealing practices in the monasteries of Late Antique and early Medieval Egypt’, in: Seals and Sealing Practices in the Near East. Developments in Administration and Magic from Prehistory to the Islamic Period, ed. I. Regulski, K. Duistermaat, and P. Verkinderen, Peeters Publishers, 149–161.

8. 2010 ‘Sacred Spaces’ in: Coptic Art Revealed: Supreme Council of Antiquities Exhibition, ed. N. Tomoun, Cairo, 106–127.

9. 2009 ‘Papyrological perspectives on orphans in the world of Late Ancient Christianity’, in: Children in Late Ancient Christianity, ed. C. Horn and R. R. Phenix, Mohr Siebeck, 339–373.

10. 2007 ‘Books and book production in the monastic communities of Byzantine Egypt,’ in: The Early Christian Book, ed. William Klingshirn and Linda Safran, The Catholic University of America Press, 48–66.