Research Affiliates

His Grace Ignatie Muresanul

His Grace Ignatie Muresanul

His Grace Ignatie Muresanul is a Research Associate of IOCS. He is a Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Church and has responsibilities for the Romanian congregations in the British Isles. His Grace holds a PhD from the University of Bucharest on the theme of ‘St Gregory Palamas and the Doctrine on Uncreated Energies’. He is also currently pursuing a doctorate with the University „Ethniko Kapodistriako” of Athens, working on a thesis on ‘The Contribution of Contemporary Romanian Theologians to Inter-Christian dialogue’.


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Dr Clemena Antonova

Dr Clemena Antonova is a Research Associate of IOCS. After defending her DPhil at Oxford University, Clemena held a number of research fellowships: at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Institute for the Human Sciences in Vienna, and the Morphomata International Centre at the University of Cologne. Her book, Space, Time, and Presence in the Icon: Seeing the World with the Eyes of God (Ashgate, UK, 2010) was meant as a contribution to the field of “theology through the arts.” Her articles have been published in established journals, such as Sobornost, Slavonica, Leonardo, Cithara, etc. Clemena’s research deals with aspects of Eastern Orthodox theology and Russian religious philosophy with a focus on the Russian thinker Pavel Florensky (1883-1937) and his critique of the icon.


Dr Alexandra Antohin

Dr Alexandra Antohin

Dr Alexandra Antohin is a Research Associate of the Institute. She has recently completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London. For her doctoral studies on the patterns of community organizing around the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, she conducted 16 months of research in Dessie (an urban centre 400 km north of the capital). Topics that were explored included the centrality of the covenant as a prevailing principle in narrative, ritual, material and social spheres; the culture of commemoration, such as popular observance of feast and fast; and the role of lay associations in mobilizing diocese projects and church expansion. Alexandra has been dedicated to cross-comparative studies of Orthodox Christian societies, which has included previous research on the scaling up of the Russian Orthodox Church in the context of post-soviet Magadan (Russian Far East). Broader research interests concentrate on urban studies, pluralism and multiculturalism, religion and the state, domains of ritual and performance, scholarship on cultural innovation and creativity, and the anthropology of religion. For more information, see http://antohin.sellassie.net


Dr Christine Mangala Frost

Dr Christine Mangala Frost

Dr Christine Mangala Frost, B.A.Hons. (Delhi), MA (Osmania), PhD (Cantab), is a Research Associate, guest lecturer and Distance Learning Tutor for the IOCS. A member and former Director of the IOCS, she has served on the organizing committee of The Way, as contributor and editor of the box-set of videos and DVDs of this internationally adopted programme for teaching the Orthodox faith. A convert from Hinduism, her writings, lectures and broadcasts explore inter-faith issues. Currently, she is preparing a book entitled: The Beauty of Holiness: Hinduism from an Orthodox Christian perspective. As Christine Mangala, she has published two novels, The Firewalkers (shortlisted for theThe Deo-Gloria Award and the Commonwealth First Book prize) and Transcendental Pastimes; the novels explore what religious beliefs mean in human terms. Her third novel, Looking for a Kingdom, is to be released soon.


Dr Philip Gorski

Dr Philip Gorski

Dr Philip Gorski is a Research Associate of the Institute. He has taught at the Universities of London (Goldsmiths’) Loughborough and Nottingham Trent. His Doctorate (The University of Nottingham) was entitled ‘Holy Foolishness, Russian Literature and Christianity’. Dr Gorski has published in the areas of Russian Literature, English Literature and Orthodox Christianity. He is currently researching into Richard Rolle, the English medieval mystics and the eastern Orthodox tradition. He is a member of the Orthodox Parish of St Aidan and St Chad, Russian Tradition, Nottingham, Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is also an Associate of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Community of the Servants of the Will of God) Crawley Down, Sussex.


Revd Dr Christopher Knight

Revd Dr Christopher Knight

Revd Dr Christopher Knight is a Research Associate of the Institute. Fr.Christopher is the parish priest of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration, Great Walsingham, Norfolk, and works as the Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion. His main theological interest is in the relationship between theology and the sciences, on which he has written numerous papers and two books in the Fortress Press’s “Theology and the Sciences” series: “Wrestling With the Divine: Religion, Science, and Revelation” (2001) and “The God of Nature: Incarnation and Contemporary Science” (2007, also available in a Romanian translation published by Curtea Veche in 2009). These books were aimed mainly at a Western Christian audience, but he is at present working on a book for a predominantly Orthodox audience: “Science and the Orthodox Christian: A Guide for the Perplexed”, based in part on his chapter, “Natural Theology and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition” in the recently-published “Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology”


Professor James Pettifer

Professor James Pettifer is a Research Associate of IOCS. He is a member of the Oxford University History Faculty and St Cross College. Professor Pettifer is an associate of the Historisches Seminar Osteuropaische Geschichte in Zurich University, Switzerland. He was educated at Kings School Worcester, Hertford College Oxford and the Free University of West Berlin. He has been a senior member of St Antony’s College Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies, Thessalonica and was an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Greek and Byzantine Studies, Birmingham University, UK. Professor Pettifer is a well-known author of internationally recognised works on the region, such as ‘The New Macedonian Question’, ‘The Turkish Labyrinth’, ‘Blue Guide to Albania and Kosovo’, ‘Kosovo Express’, ‘Blue Guide Bulgaria’, and (with Miranda Vickers), ‘Albania-from Anarchy to a Balkan Identity’. He has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Turkey and the Balkan nations. His works have been translated into Italian, Macedonian, Greek, Albanian, Serbian, Norwegian, Montenegrin, German and other languages.


Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff

Dr. Theokritoff is a Research Associate of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies and Chair of the UK branch of Friends of IOCS. She studied at Somerville and Wolfson Colleges, Oxford, and earned a doctorate in liturgical theology under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. She has often lectured for the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies and also served as visiting Orthodox Tutor at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, Switzerland. She is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology and author of Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology (SVS Press).


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Revd Nikolaos Vernezos

Father Nikolaos is a Research Associate of IOCS. He is a priest of the Diocese of Chalkis (Church of Greece) and holds a BA from the Faculty of Social Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has been in Cambridge since 2006 working on his MPhil and PhD at the Faculty of Divinity under the supervision of Professor Eamon Duffy. Father Nikolaos’ MPhil Thesis is on ‘The Lives of the Saints in Late Medieval England’; his PhD is on ‘The Cult of the Saints in Late Medieval England’.
Father Nikolaos is currently doing research on the Sociology of the Contemporary Practice of Pilgrimage with reference to the Pilgrimage to St. John the Russian from Prokopion – Asia Minor (now Urgup – Turkey) to the New Prokopion, Euboea Island – Greece.
His research interests include Hagiology, the Veneration of the Saints in Christianity, Lives of the Saints, Pilgrimage in Eastern and Western Christianity.