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Jessica Varsallona

“Palaiologan Architecture in Constantinople”

Jessica Varsallona

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, Byzantine Studies Summer Fellow

Varsallona’s research reconstructs the structures and the narratives behind the reshaping of the Byzantine capital under the Palaiologan emperors. Analysis of the buildings is not limited to their material features or documentary evidence, but also their relation to the rest of the city, imperial ideologies, and the social and economic contexts that shaped them. Her project fills a gap in Byzantine studies on Palaiologan architecture in Constantinople, which have focused on the material evidence or on written sources separately and have showed a lack of interest in the global urban evolution of the city and its historical context. 

Jessica Varsallona is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her doctoral research, funded by BRIHC (Birmingham Research Institute for History and Culture), is titled “Palaiologan Architecture in Constantinople: The History of the Buildings, Stratigraphic Analysis, and Infrared Thermography (IRT).” She has previously completed her BA, MA, and specialization school diploma at the Univesità degli Studi di Milano.