The Advisory Panel

The project has got to a stage where we need to have the advice of scholars familiar with the manuscripts in the library. To this end we have invited an international group of scholars and librarians to join the panel, which, so far as possible, will conduct its discussions on an internet forum. There are many things such a panel can help us with, but prime amongst them is the setting of priorities both for conservation and digitising. We wish to use our funding sensibly and in the ways which will best serve the not only the monastery but also the wider academic community. There will be books which the panel may feel can be safely put on one side for the moment and others that are of current value and interest. When we embark on the conservation of individual manuscripts, we will want to be able to take advice from those scholars most directly involved in the type of material to which they belong. Dr David Cooper and Father Justin will need to know in what order the manuscripts should best be digitised and how they can be presented to the scholarly community so that the most effective use can be made of them. Such a panel can also be of immense use in offering advice on cataloguing and acquiring bibliographical references to individual manuscripts.

To start the process, the Saint Catherine Foundation funded an inaugural meeting on September 9th 2005 at Bridgewater House attended by 21 of the 33 members of the panel and nine members of the project team. The meeting was chaired by Dr David McKitterick of Trinity College Library, Cambridge. After presentations in the morning by Father Justin, Prof. Nicholas Pickwoad, Dr Athanasios Velios and Dr David Cooper, in which the work of the project was explained, the afternoon was devoted to a discussion of the needs of the library and their possible solutions, and suggestions were made as to how the panel might best conduct its business in the future. As the panel members become familiar with the use of the new forum, we look forward to its becoming a source of informed advice as the project continues with its work.

The names of the advisory panel members are given below:

Professor Zaza Alexidze
Director of the K. Kekilidze Institute of Manuscripts, Tbilisi, Georgia
Professor John Barron
Honorary Fellow, St Peter's College, Oxford University, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, Professor of Greek Language and Literature, King's College London, St Catherine Foundation board member
Dr Sebastian Brock
Formerly Reader in Syriac Studies at the Oriental Institute, Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, St Catherine Foundation board member
Professor Averil Cameron
Warden of Keble College, Oxford, Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History, University of Oxford
Professor Evangelos Chrysos
Director of the Institute for Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
Professor Bernard Coulie
Rector Magnificus of the Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve, Belgium
Professor Elizabeth Jeffreys
Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Archimandrite Demetrios Digbassanis
Former librarian of the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai
Dr Consuelo W. Dutschke
Curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York
Dr Helen Evans
Curator, The Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Professor Christian Hannick
Professor für Slavische Philogie at the Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany.
Father Justin
Librarian of the Monastery of Saint Catherine, Sinai
Dr Demetrios Kalomoirakis
Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments, chairman of the Mount Sinai Foundation, Athens.
Prof Petros Koufopoulos
Architect N. T. U. A., Professor of Architecture, University of Patras, Conservation Consultant, St Catherine Foundation board member, Mount Sinai Foundation board member
Professor John Lowden
Director of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts, Courtauld Institute, London
Professor Jean-Pierre Mahé
Member of L'Institut de France (Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres) and Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne. Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur
Prof Konstantinos Manafis
School of Philosophy, Faculty of Philology, Department of Byzantine Philology and Laography, Panepistimiopolis, University of Athens
Professor Cyril Mango
Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of Oxford (retired), St Catherine Foundation board member
Dr Scot McKendrick
Curator of Manuscripts, British Library, London
Dr David McKitterick (chairman)
Fellow Librarian, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Dr Yiannis Meimaris
The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity
Professor Charles Méla
Professor of the Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva
Professor Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
University of Athens, Director Emeritus of the National Library of Greece
Mr Vasilios Peltikoglou
Head of Conservation, Restoration and Microfilming Emeritus of the National Library of Greece
Rev. Mother Philothei of Sinai
Editor of the forthcoming catalogue of the Syriac New Finds
Father Samir K. Samir
Director of CEDRA (Centre for Documentation & Research on Arab Christianity), Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon
Professor Ihor Sevcenko
Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History and Literature, Harvard University
Dr Irfan Shahîd
Georgetown University, Department of Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics
Archimandrite Symeon Papadopoulos
Former librarian of the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai
Professor Ioannes Tarnanidis
Dean of the School of Theology, Aristoteleion University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Professor Robert Thomson
Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford (retired)
Professor Agamemnon Tselikas
Director of the Centre for History and Palaeography, MIET, (The Cultural Foundation of the Greek National Bank)
Professor Theo van Lint
Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, Fellow of Pembroke College