Zoi Kokka is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research focuses on the construction of East and the Eastern Other in medieval Greek romance, and the way this image fits into the European tradition. Zoi holds a bachelor’s degree in Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, and a master’s in Comparative Literature, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her master’s thesis is a comparative approach of religious Alterity in the medieval Greek romance Florios and Platziaflora and the French Floire et Blancheflor. As a Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Student, she will visit the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and conduct there the part of her dissertation concerning the late byzantine romances, the image of East as an exotic Utopia, and the western influence on this image. Her interests lie in the field of Cultural Studies and the way contemporary theoretical tools and interdisciplinary approaches can be applied to byzantine texts; she is also interested in the diffusion of academic knowledge in the public sphere and the intertwining of academic research with social issues.
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