Dr. Anna-Maria Sichani (Anna-Maria Chikhani | Άννα-Μαρία Σιχάνη) is a Modern Greek literary and cultural historian and a Digital Humanist. Anna-Maria is currently a Research Fellow in Media History and Historical Data Modelling, at the Department of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex and Sussex Humanities Lab, working on the AHRC-funded ‘Connected Histories of the BBC’ project. She is also a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Previously, she has been collaborating as an Early Career Investigator (ECI) with the COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History” (CA16204). Anna-Maria held also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as an Early Stage Researcher affiliated with the Digital Scholarly Editing Initial Training Network (DiXiT) (EU-FP7), based at Huygens ING and a PhD Research Fellowship at King’s Digital Lab. She is currently serving at the Editorial Board of The review journal for digital editions and resources, at The Programming Historian, and at the Executive Committee of the European Association of Digital Humanities.
Her PhD research (2018, University of Ioannina (Greece)), at the intersection of Literary and Cultural History and Media studies, focused on how changes on textual mediality and communication technologies informed while radicalised editorial practices and literary activities in the Modern Greek literary field during the Sixties. She studied Modern Greek Philology (BA & MPhil) at the University of Athens and Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), then followed by a MA in Digital Humanities at Univerity College London, Dept. Information Studies, with a dissertation on literary drafts and computational technologies.
Her research interests include literary and cultural history, digital scholarly editing and publishing of textual assets, cultural and social aspects of transitional media(l) changes, scholarly communication, research infrastructures and digital pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Journal of Modern Greek Media and Culture, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, The Book’s Journal. She has been collaborating with the crowdsourcing project Transcribe Bentham (UCL), the Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB-KANTL, Ghent), the digital resources of the Center of Greek Language and she was also involved within the DARIAH-GR/DYAS project. She ‘ve given presentations, ran workshops, and coordinated events in Athens, London, Cologne, Rome and the Hague. Otherwise, she is spending her time devoted to books, aerobic, long-distance running, finding the best coffee bean variety and currently exploring the floating towns of Europe.