I am associate professor  in Information Technology and the Humanities at HUMlab, Umeå University, in Sweden.

I defended my PhD thesis in ancient Greek comedy and the construction of Greek identity in extant texts and fragments (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, the University of Liverpool 2010). I hold an MA in Classics and Ancient History (Liverpool 2006), and a 4-year BA degree in Theatre and Performance Studies (NCU Athens 2003). Prior to my current position, I  held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) in collaboration with the Umeå Group for Premodern Studies (Umeå University). I have previously held lecturing positions in several institutions in the UK (Manchester and Liverpool University). 

My  broad research interests include cultural and social history, history for different frames, interfaces, and platforms, constructions and perceptions of socio- cultural identities, historical concepts of gender and sexuality, and the relationship between historical culture(s) and contemporaneity. I have published on classics and ancient history, gender and humour, classical reception, as well as digital history,  visualizations, game studies, and digital research infrastructures for the humanities. I am currently exploring technological innovation within academia and creative/cultural heritage organisations and how it contributes to contemporary knowledge production. 

I am the co-founder (alongside Viktor Arvidsson) of the international research network Digital Gender that is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. I am also a member of the Digital Classicist community

Prior to my  academic career I worked as an editor for the largest independent American publisher for Greek and Latin textbooks (Bolchazy- Carducci Publishers), and wrote game reviews for PS magazine. 


Contact Information:

Dr Anna Foka
Associate Senior Lecturer
HUMlab Umeå University SE-901 87
Umeå, Sweden