Associate Professor Konstantinos Giakoumis
POLIS University (Tirana)
Konstantinos (Kosta) Giakoumis is Associate Professor of Art History and Civilizations and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Research and Innovation at POLIS University, Tirana, Albania. He is a Ph.D. holder from the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Studies, the University of Birmingham and he specializes in social, cultural, economic and political history of the Balkans from the middle Byzantine period to the late Ottoman period, with an emphasis on the West Balkans. His interest in the communist period of Albania was initiated in the frame of comparative studies looking at continuities and diversities of institutions and continued in the use of education for the constructional of a national-socialist identity. As a lead researcher of a project titled "Contestation, Conflict, Normative Frames and their Reflections in Cultural Heritage in the Balkans," he is currently engaged in a project looking at religious dissidence in Albania and in another studying how faithful make choices regarding what religious heritage to rescue and what to let go in times of harsh repression and crisis.