Dr Marios Hadjianastasis

Dr Marios Hadjianastasis

Academic Practice Advisor, Centre for Learning and Academic Development and Learning Spaces

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I am a historian of the Ottoman Empire, the early modern Mediterranean and global history and an academic practice advisor at the Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) at the University of Birmingham. I specialise in interactive lecturing, technology-enhanced learning and constructive alignment. I also focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the humanities, and in particular historical studies. I am the module lead for Foundation of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PCAP module 1) and the optional module Learning in the Digital Age. I also contribute to the Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme (ILTHE).

In the past I have led the Educational Enhancement Network at Birmingham, and I also work within the newly-established Teaching Academy at Birmingham.


  • 2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Birmingham)
  • 2004: PhD in Ottoman History, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham)
  • 1997: BA in Turkish Studies (University of Cyprus)


My doctoral research at Birmingham focused on aspects of social and economic history of Ottoman Cyprus in the seventeenth century. I have since engaged in research and teaching on topics ranging from the early modern Ottoman Empire, Venice, trade, travel, military history, early modern identity and nationalist historiography.

In the past I worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Crete and the University of Birmingham. I also worked as a learning skills specialist and a learning technology consultant in the College of Arts and Law. I have been involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning since 2009. My engagement with the PGCert programme at Birmingham has fuelled my interest in pedagogy in HE, and since 2011 I have been working as an academic practice advisor in CLAD. My particular interests are interactivity in lectures, alternative modes of delivery, constructive alignment and learning technology.

See my personal website for further information.


My current historical research focuses on topics of Mediterranean navigation and military history. I am also researching early modern Mediterranean identity, and especially aspects of fluidity and fixity within the boundaries and liminal spaces of empires.

I am also combining my historical expertise with my interest in pedagogy, and will be looking into the application (and applicability) of learning outcomes models in the teaching of humanities subjects and especially history.

Other activities

I am a keen photographer and film maker, and I maintain a historical photography website.


  • 2014 [forthcoming] - Frontiers of the Ottoman Imagination: Studies in Honour of Rhoads Murphey, Leiden: Brill
  • 2014 [forthcoming] – ‘Between the Porte and the Lion: identity, politics and opportunism in seventeenth century Cyprus’ in Marios Hadjianastasis [ed.], Studies in Ottoman history [edited volume], Leiden: Brill.
  • 2014 [forthcoming] - ‘Corsair tactics and lofty ideals: the 1607 Tuscan raid on Cyprus’ in Michael Walsh (ed.), Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2014 – (Book review) Marc Aymes, A Provincial History of the Ottoman Empire: Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century, SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, (Oxon: Routledge, 2013); in Journal of Levantine Studies
  • 2012 – (Book review) Antonis Anastasopoulos, Elias Kolovos and Costas Lappas (eds), Μνήμη Πηνελόπης Στάθη: Μελέτες Ιστορίας και Φιλολογίας. Heraclion: Crete University Publications, 2010. Pp. xxiv, 503; published in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 36 No. 2 (2012) 1–2
  • 2011 - ‘Crossing the line in the sand: regional officials, monopolisation of state power and ‘rebellion’. The case of Mehmed Ağa Boyacıoğlu in Cyprus, 1685-1690′, Turkish Historical Review, Volume 2, Number 2, 2011 , pp. 155-176(22)
  • 2010 – ‘Landholding and Landscape in Ottoman Cyprus’ with Michael Given, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 34/1, pp. 38-60.
  • 2009 – ‘Consolidation of the Cypro-Ottoman Elite, 1650–1750’ in Michael, Kappler and Gavriel (eds.), Ottoman Cyprus – New Perspectives, Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, pp. 63-88 [download here (PDF -  335KB)]
  • 2006 – (Book Review) Aikaterini Aristeidou, Anekdota Eggrafa tis Kypriakis Istorias apo to Kratiko Archeio tis Venetias, Vol. 4, Nicosia: Cyprus Research Centre, 2003; published in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 30 (1)


Subject area: technology-enhanced learning, teaching and learning