Dr. Elena Stylianou

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department : Department of Arts
Position : Associate Professor, Art History

Dr. Elena Stylianou Mailing Address


22029908 22029908

Email: E.Stylianou@euc.ac.cy E.Stylianou@euc.ac.cy


Elena Stylianou is Assistant Professor in Art History and Theory at European University Cyprus and the founder and coordinator of its Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab. Her research interests include contemporary art from Cyprus, museums and curatorial studies, and photography. She previously held a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of London, Institute of Education, UK and earned her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY with specialization in Art Theory and Education. She also holds an EdM from the same school in Art Education with emphasis in Museum Studies. She has taught in well-known museums in New York, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Museum of the City of New York and she was the Saturday Academy Coordinator of the Museum of the City of New York in 2006-2007. She has lectured widely on a wide-range of topics, and has been involved in various curatorial projects at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation, Cyprus such as Other Indications (2013-2014), Treasure Island (2014), and Glyn Hughes 1931-2014 (2016-2017). She has also exhibited her work both locally and internationally (Düsseldorf, Germany and New York) at group exhibitions. She is recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship (USA), an Art Table Museum Fellowship in the Curatorial Department of the Museum of Arts & Design, NY (USA), and a Spencer Fellowship, Research Training Grant (USA). Her academic work has been published widely in book chapters and academic journals. She is currently working on an edited book volume with title Displaying Death Museums and Photography (co-edited) to be published by Routledge later this year.


  • 2004-2007, EdD Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY
  • 2002-2004, EdM Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY
  • 1997-2001, BEd (Hons.) University of Cyprus, Cyprus


  • Stylianou, E. & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (Eds) (Forthcoming 2016) Museums and Photography: Displaying Death. Routledge. 
  • Stylianou, E. (Forthcoming, 2016). ‘Review: “After the Agreement: Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland”’, Visual Studies.
  • Stylianou, E. (Forthcoming, 2016) “Locality: (Re)defining our Understanding of European Modernity” in P. Meecham (ed.) A Companion to Modern Art. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Stylianou, E. (2014) “Editorial: Photography, artists and museums”, Photographies, 7 (2), 117-130.
  • Stylianou, E. (2014) “Artists’ Photographic Reflections: Imag(in)ing the Art Museum through Fictional Narratives”, Photographies, 7 (2), 181-200.
  • Stylianou, E. (2014) “The Archive as a Space for Negotiating Identities: Defying Cypriotness in the work of Haris Epaminonda and Christodoulos Panayiotou”, in L. Wells, T. Stylianou-Lambert & N. Philippou (eds.) Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity (pp.240-263). London, UK: I.B.Tauris.
  • Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Stylianou, E. (2013) “Martin Parr: a traveller-critic and a professional post-tourist in a Small World”, in T. Rakić & J.A Lester (eds.) Travel, Tourism and Art (pp.161-173). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
  • Stylianou, E. (2013) “Broadening Museum Pedagogy: An art intervention at the Archaeological Museum of Cyprus by Angelos Makrides and Phanos Kyriacou,” in J. Baldacchino & R. Vella (eds.) Mediterranean Art and Education: Navigating Local, Regional, and Global Imaginaries through the Lens of the Arts and Learning (pp. 7-28). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Stylianou, E. (2013) ‘Review: “Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production”’, Visual Studies,  28 (2), 196-197.
  • Meecham, P. & Stylianou, E. (2012) “Interactive Technologies in the Art Museum”, Design for Living, 5(1-2), 94-146. Available online here.
  • Stylianou, E. (2012) ‘Review: “Parallel Texts: Interviews and Interventions about Art” by Victor Burgin’, Visual Studies, 27 (2), 218-219.
  • Stylianou, E. (2010) “Re-visiting the Virtual in Byzantine Iconography: A Case of Immersion, Embodiment and Power”, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5(4), 233-242.
  • Jewitt, C., Meecham, P. and Stylianou, E. (2010) The museum, the Exhibition, and the Visitor: Interactive digital communication. London, UK: Institute of Education, University of London [Research Report]
  • Stylianou, E. (Ed.) (2010), “Special Issue: Virtual Reality”, Interactive Discourse: International Online Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Available here.
  • Werner, J. & Stylianou, E. (2008) “The Re-emergence of Beauty in Contemporary Technology”, Analecta Husserliana, 97: 215-224.


  • Stylianou, E. (2013, June) ‘Curatorial Practices Reframed: Politics and Pedagogy in Curating Contemporary Art in Areas of Contestation’ presented at the conference Museum Futures in an Age of Austerity, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK.
  • Stylianou, E. (2012, December) ‘Imag(in)ing the Art Museum: Photographic reflections on the experience with art’ presented at the 2nd International Conference of Photography and Theory, "Photography and Museums: Displayed and Displaying", Thalassa Museums, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
  • Stylianou, E. & Petrides, M. (2011, October) ‘Negotiating Images of War in Contemporary Landscape Photography: The Case of Simon Norfolk’ presented at the conference Arts and Social Justice: The Media Connection, University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Symeou, L. & Stylianou, E. (2011, September) ‘Looking Closer: A Semiotic Analysis of Greek-Cypriot Teachers’ Representations of the ‘Typical’ Parent’ presented at ECER, Berlin, Germany.
  • Stylianou, E. (2011, June) ‘(Re)-Formations of post 9/11 America in the Gallery Space: The relation between text and image in Baghdad 5, March 2007’ presented at the American image/text conference, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • Stylianou, E. (2010, November) ‘Re-inventing Appropriation: Framing the Found Photograph in the work of Haris Epaminoda’, presented at the 1st International Conference of Photography and Theory, "Cyprus Photography in Context: Time, Place, Identity", Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Stylianou, E. (2010, July) ‘Re-visiting the Virtual in Byzantine Iconography: A Case of Imagination, Embodiment and Power’, virtual presentation at the 5th International Conference on the Arts in Society, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Stylianou, E. & Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2010, July) ‘A Third Space: Reconsidering Issues of Neutrality and Accessibility in the Virtual Art Museum’, presented at the EVA Conference International, Electronic Information, the Visual Arts and Beyond, London, UK.
  • Stylianou, E. (2010, February) ‘Of Contemporary Nomads and their America: William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas’ presented at the College Art Association (CAA) 98th Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Meecham, P. & Stylianou, E. (2008, November) ‘Distance and Proximity: Representations of Cultural Narratives after the Digitization of the Diorama’ presented at Digital Media and Its Application in Cultural Heritage: The Fourth International Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region, Amman, Jordan.
  • Stylianou, E. (2008, July) ‘Terror and the Power of Iconography: From Jesus Christ to Kanye West,’ paper presented at the Eight International Conference, Word and Image: Efficacy, Paris, France.
  • Stylianou, E. (2008, May) ‘The “Ugly” Artefact: Narratives of Deformation and the Abject,’ paper presented at ATINER International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.
  • Stylianou, E. (2008, April) ‘On Inner Immensity: The pedagogical potential of the gallery space,’ paper presented at the Association of Art Historians (AAH) Conference, Session: Location: the Museum, the Academy and the Studio, Tate Britain, London, UK.
  • Stylianou, E. (2007, November) ‘Re-[dis]place(ment): Making “Identity” in Contemporary Art’, paper presented at International Conference Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Chaired Session (2006) ‘Inventing Identity’, Graduate Research Conference, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • Stylianou, E., & Zipris, EY. (2006, May)  ‘When the Sacred Becomes the Grotesque in Works of Art’, paper presented at SWIG: Scottish Word and Image Group, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.
  • Stylianou, E. (2006, April) ‘Virtual Museums: Access or Limitation; A case of social violence and an examination of the virtu(e)al [virtue+virtual] grounds of interaction with art’, paper presented at Thread-n-Youth: Cultural Studies Takes on Violence and Education, Session: Moving Beyond Display: Addressing Violence in Museum Education, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • Stylianou, E. (2005, February) ‘What is Space: Reflections on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Project in Central Park, NY The Gates’ paper presented at Conversations Across Cultures: Enterprising Art and Artistic Practice, Enterprising Art, Columbia University, New York, USA.
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