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Mia Gaia joined the Cyprus Institute in September 2017. She accomplished her studies in Italy, at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a Bsc in Medieval Archaeology (2003), an MA in Medieval History-Paleography and Epigraphy (2006), and a Ph.D. in European Social History from the Middle Ages to the Present Times (2011).
Currently, she has a joined Post Doc Fellowship at STARC- The Cyprus Institute and NCSA-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to study Medieval graffiti in the eastern Mediterranean.
Her main interest is the written culture and models exchanges, mainly through sea and land routes in Eastern Mediterranean.
Her researches focus on Medieval and Modern graffiti and their diffusion in different contexts such as pilgrimages’ sites and routes, Medieval and Modern cities and architectures (masons’ marks).
She is currently working on Cyprus graffiti, with a special focus in mapping and tracing the phenomenon in the island emphasizing the ‘shared shrines’ (attended by both, Christian and Muslims) and the presence of different communities within the island.
Furthermore, she is investigating pilgrimages’ and economic routes connecting Italy with Holy Land, passing through Cyprus. Within this project she focused on Venice, investigating the Saint Marks’ graffiti, and Bari, with the church of Saint Nikolas and the shrines of Monte Sant’Angelo.