Dr George Manginis joins New College of the Humanities to teach Art and Architecture of Byzantium from September 2014

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Dr George Manginis will teach Art History.

Contextual courses at NCH allow our students to expand their academic horizons by studying a range of subjects and the Art History course will be an excellent opportunity for students.

Dr George Manginis will join the College as Senior Lecturer in Art History from Michaelmas 2014. He will teach a module on the Art and Architecture of Byzantium as part of the Art History contextual course which will be available to students at New College of the Humanities (NCH) from September 2013.

The contextual courses form a core part of the curriculum for NCH students – allowing them to complete a broader liberal arts diploma in addition to their core degree. In terms of modules, this amounts to almost a second degree. The Art and Architecture of Byzantium module aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the architecture and other material culture of the Byzantine Empire, adopting a roughly chronological sequence.

Since 2001, George has taught Theory of Art History and Archaeology, Early Islamic and Ottoman Architecture and Chinese Ceramics and is currently a SOAS Senior Teaching Fellow in Early Islamic Art and Architecture. His research interests also encompass Byzantine Architecture and Archaeology and Cultures of the Greek Diaspora. His publication record reflects these broad interests.

Originally from Greece, George received his BA in Archaeology at the University of Athens. After moving to London, he completed his MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). This summer term, he will join Princeton University on a Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship.

George has curated ancient and contemporary art exhibitions and has worked as a consultant for the Benaki Museum, Athens, on their Chinese Collection, and for the Greek Cathedral of Saint Sophia, London, on their Treasury and Library.

As part of his research, George has excavated at several archaeological sites in Greece, Cyprus, France and Egypt. He is currently Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in London and Member of the Historians of Islamic Art Association.

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College said: “I am very pleased to announce Dr Manginis’ appointment to the College. Contextual courses at NCH allow our students to expand their academic horizons by studying a range of subjects and the Art History course will be an excellent opportunity for students to develop their ability to think critically. The literature and art of the Byzantine Empire shaped the world and I think students at NCH will benefit hugely from a greater understanding of this complex and fascinating culture.”

For further information, please contact: Rohini Bajekal at Hanover Communications T: 0207 400 7398
E: nchum(at)hanovercomms(dot)com

Notes to Editors
New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject or Politics as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. The next application deadline is Wednesday 8 May 2013. Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.


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