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Supporting advanced research on Byzantine art and culture

via emerging technologies


The Karoussos Residency Programme at the Karoussos Center supports researchers in developing new approaches to Byzantine art and culture with cutting-edge scholarships that contribute to the understanding and preservation of cultural heritage through emerging technologies. Scholars have the opportunity to spend considerable time in one of the world's leading archives during their stay, where they will join an international community of scholars and researchers. Scholars reside at the Karousos Center in the Peloponnese region, a fully restored 18th-century Maniot residence that houses the Karousos Archives, which through virtual, hybrid, and augmented reality environments creates a pioneering path to cultural heritage on a global scale.





The Membership Residency is a one-of-a-kind programme that allows scholars to enjoy the benefits of the Karousos Club both during and after their residency.

They join the club as all-inclusive members after the subscription for their residency.


English and Greek


1–2 weeks in June, September, or October each year

Number of scholars in residence during a session

4 (+2)

Selection process

By the Karoussos Archives Academic Board


Karoussos Archives supports research and creativity which can lead to advanced projects in the Byzantine realm of art and culture. Scholars seek to reimagine the creative route of Byzantine iconography by applying novel approaches via emerging technologies.

Our approach to creativity and culture has been profoundly altered by digital technologies. They offer new perspectives on how we access and preserve cultural assets, enriching creative capital and strengthening our ability to communicate and interact with our cultural identities.

The use of technology in cultural heritage produced a number of databases, visualisation tools, 3D immersive environments, multi-sensory interactions, and other simulations, which serve as platforms for aggregating digitised cultural resources and facilitating their use and display in innovative products and services.

Yet, emerging technologies have not yet identified and deployed those elements that could convey the essence of heritage, particularly in cultural heritage with monumental features, such as Byzantine art.  This is due to the absence of an environment capable of synchronizing the physical and virtual frameworks and enabling integrated knowledge.

One of the major issues with Byzantine monumental art as a cultural asset is its spiritual service. Any form of access to the cultural asset (analog or digital) must include as a key structural element the production of those processes that reveal the value of this service. The dialectic between the old (context) and the new (hyper-context) must be clear and distinct in the case of the digital environment, where the cultural asset is to be reintroduced into a new framework. As a result, the production of the processes by which the cultural element declares its service should generate a completely new framework.

By examining the multidimensional aspects of these culturally expressive forms, scholars seek to reroute the creative development of Byzantine monumental art toward a flourishing contemporary continuity, introducing novel ways of building cultural analysis of Byzantine art.​


Report requirements

Residents must work on the online platform to submit a report of their daily outcomes in any format they prefer (short text, lists, sketches, etc.).

Residents must submit their final report to the Karoussos Archives in the form of an Academic paper no later than 30 days after their residency ends.

Please keep in mind that Karoussos Archives has the ability to publish the paper in hard copy or online.

Offered by the host: 

The program ensures the validity of knowledge by providing a 100-year experience in Byzantine Monumental Art:

  • With its unique Byzantine cultural repository, the Karoussos Archive offers leading cultural content for analysis and processing that can fully support research and ensure its integrity when introduced into new environments (digital or other).

  • The original worksheets from frescoes executed in Byzantine churches, photographs, and slides from the study and work process, remain deliberately unpublished so that they can be used as a first-class resource for cultural heritage research.

  • On-site studies of the frescoes and their prototype digital adaptations with parallel guidance and consulting.

  • Academic sessions held on-site

  • Online coaching after the residency for the completion of the final report.

Accommodation Information

The residency is held at the Karoussos Center in Verga, Messinian Mani, Peloponnese. The Maniot house, which dates from the late 1800s, became a property of the Karoussos family in 1974. This place was the artistic shelter of the late painter Iannis Karoussos. The house has recently been used as a museum as well as a location for research, lectures, roundtable discussions, and other cultural events.


Karoussos Center is located on a Mountain Taygetus hill at Verga village and offers a view of the entire Messinian Bay and the Ionian Sea. Verga village is a historic place in the Maniot area. There is a distance of about 3km from the city of Kalamata. The residence's location may necessitate the rental of a car. These costs are not covered by the Center.


The program is entirely free. To stay at the Center, however, the resident must have a Karoussos Membership card. As a result, if your application is approved, you must pay a membership annual reduced fee of 300€ (for a week's residency) or 500€ (for two weeks' residency). The annual membership has no joining fee and includes all membership benefits for one year.  Breakfast and light snacks are available at the residence. There is also the possibility of providing low-cost lunch and/or dinner.

Residents will be held liable for any damage or loss that occurs on the premises of the Karoussos Center.


Application Procedures:

The programme is generally intended for interdisciplinary scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates should be at the postgraduate level (Masters, Ph.D., Post-Doc) in the following areas, though not limited to these: Humanities, Digital Humanities, Theology, and Arts. 

The application must include:

  • · Cover letter

  • · Detailed CV

  • · Field research report (1,500 words) (including expected results and  contribution to the overall research)

  • · Copy of valid passport

The above documents should be sent electronically to   

One can apply for up to two weeks during the months of June, September, and October. It is possible to apply for other times of the year; this can be discussed with the host based on availability.

The necessary documents can be written in either English or Greek. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Submission Deadline:

15 April (for June residency)

15 July ( for September or October residencies)


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