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Anastasia Nikolopoulou University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Anastasia Nikolopoulou is currently the Dean of the School of Humanities and an associate professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus, where she teaches courses in theatre and cultural studies. She received her Ph.D from Cornell University. She co-edited (with Michael Hays), Melodrama: The Cultural Emergence of a Genre (St Martin’s Press, 1996, 1999) and (with Savas Patsalides) Melodrama: Ideological and Aesthetic Transformations (University Studio Press, in Greek, 2001). In addition to her ongoing research on 19th century theatre and culture, she has a growing interest in matters related to education and issues of peace, particularly in the ideas of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Daisaku Ikeda—whose work she has reviewed in the Greek-Cypriot Press. She is the recipient of two UNESCO Participation Program Awards (2007 and 2009) that enabled her to organize interconnected conferences on education for sustainable development in Cyprus.