Eugenia Gorogianni

Eugenia Gorogianni
  • University of Akron
  • Associate Professor; Associate Chair
  • Residential Fellow (2011-2012)
  • “Women’s Dress and Socio-Cultural Identity in Late Bronze Age Aegean”

Eugenia Gorogianni is Associate Professor of Instruction and Associate Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Akron. She specializes in Aegean archaeology, the archaeology of cultural contact, gender archaeology, as well as the intellectual history Greek Archaeology and her research focuses on issues of acculturation processes, cultural contact, gender, and redefinitions of identity, assessed through the lens of material culture of the Aegean islands during the Middle and Late Bronze Age. She has participated in numerous archaeological projects in both Greece and Albania, co-directing Middle Bronze Age Aegean Trade and Exchange Networks Reappraised and the Ayia Irini-Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

Professor Gorogianni is co-editor of the volume Beyond Thalassocracies: Understanding Processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean (2016) and is currently preparing two co-authored monographs, Ayia Irini: Northern Sector: Stratigraphy and Architecture and Ayia Irini: Textile Tools and Textile Production. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty articles and scholarly writings, including "Aegean Fusion Cuisine: Ayia Irini, Kea as Cultural 'Middle Ground'" (2017), "Something Borrowed, Something New: Possible Archaeological Evidence for Foreign Brides as Catalysts for Acculturation at Ayia Irini, Kea?" (2015), "Goddess, Lost Ancestors, and Dolls: A Cultural Biography of the Ayia Irini Terracotta Statues" (2011), and "Potsherds from the Edge: Defining the Limits of Minoanized Areas of the Aegean" (2008).

Her awards include the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Fellowship, the Isabel and Mary Neff Scholarship, the Louise Taft Semple Fellowship, and the Marion Rawson Fellowship. Her fieldwork projects have been funded by the Institute of Aegean Prehistory, the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


  • Beyond Thalassocracies: Understanding processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean

    Oxbow, 2016

    Eugenia Gorogianni

    Gorogianni Beyond Crop

    Beyond Thalassocracies aims to evaluate and rethink the manner in which archaeologists approach, understand, and analyse the various processes associated with culture change connected to interregional contact, using as a test case the world of the Aegean during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1600–1100 BC). The 14 chapters compare and contrast various aspects of the phenomena of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation, both of which share the basic underlying defining feature of material culture change in communities around the Aegean. This change was driven by trends manifesting themselves in the dominant palatial communities of each period of the Bronze Age. Over the past decade, our understanding of how these processes developed and functioned has changed considerably. Whereas current discussions on Minoanisation have already been informed by more recent theoretical trends, especially in material culture studies and post‐colonial theory, the process of Mycenaeanisation is still very much conceptualised along traditional lines of explanation. Since these phenomena occurred in chronological sequence, it makes sense that any reappraisal of their nature and significance should target those regions of the Aegean basin that were affected by both processes, highlighting their similarities and differences. Thus, in the present volume we focus on the southern and eastern Aegean, in particular the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and the north-eastern Aegean islands.

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