My name is Gavriil-Ioannis Boutziopoulos and I am a 2nd year PhD candidate in Byzantine Studies in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. My doctoral research focuses on “the Byzantine Elite’s Titles in the 11th – 13th centuries and the rise of the provincial aristocracy” and it is supervised by Dr Archibald Dunn.
I studied History at the Department of History and Ethnology (School of Classics and Humanities) of Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, where as an undergraduate student I focused my academic interests on the medieval civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean. During my studies I worked as an intern in the General State Archives and in museums where I had my first research experience.
After my graduation in 2017 I moved to the UK to start my MA in Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham. During this course, I focused on the history of the administrative system and the court culture of the Byzantine Empire through manuscripts and sigillographic data mainly from the 10th to 13th centuries. In my Master Thesis I examined the urban administration of the Byzantine City of Cherson in Crimea.
Since the beginning of 2018 I have been working at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE), in research projects as a Greek manuscripts’ transcriber.
Apart from my studies I am also interested in the education of the Greek speaking populations who live in the UK. I have been involved in Greek schools in West Midlands as a teacher and I have also participated as a co-author in a recent publication about the preparation of non-native Greek speakers for the GCSE exams in Modern Greek language, which has been approved by the Cypriot Ministry of Education.