Salvatore Liccardo is a Post-DOC Researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). In 2014, S. Liccardo successfully applied for a DOC-team scholarship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His first independent research project, ‘Ethnonyms by Comparison’, was both multidisciplinary and multicultural, focusing on the meanings and uses of ethnonyms in Medieval Western Europe and the Islamic World. In 2015, he was a visiting Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University. Within the SFB project ‘Visions of Community’, he has developed an intimate understanding of ethnicity and religious identity in late and post-Roman Europe. In 2019, S. Liccardo was lecturer at the University of Vienna and thought a class entitled ‘Geographical Knowledge and Imagination in Medieval Eurasia’. After both attending and organising numerous international conferences in Europe and North America, in 2019 he has earned the title of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr.phil.) with honours under the supervision of Prof. Walter Pohl and Prof. Danuta Shanzer. In autumn 2019, he was fellow of the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome. In the light of the ‘spatial turn’ in social sciences and humanities, S. Liccardo is particularly interested in the adaptation of classical geography in the early Middle Ages and the development of Christian spatial imaginations. S. Liccardo has authored numerous Peer-Reviewed articles on late antique and early medieval ethnicity and geography. A native Italian speaker, S. Liccardo is fluent in English, German, and Russian. His research aims at providing a positive way of reciprocal influence in terms of innovative research themes and methodologies between different scholarly traditions.
Alfonso Mammato is a post-classical archaeologist and numismatist. In 2011 he obtained his BA at the University of Salerno, in Medieval Archeology. In 2014 he graduated with honours at the University of Bologna (Campus of Ravenna) discussing a thesis on ancient and medieval Numismatics entitled “The coins from the excavation of the Classe aqueduct”. In 2017 he obtained a further degree, again with honours, at the School of Specialisation in Archaeological Heritage (biennial), of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa / University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. His thesis was entitled “The numismatic finds from the excavations of the castle of Montella: aspects of monetary circulation”. He is currently a doctoral student in history and philosophical-social sciences at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, under the supervision of Prof. Alessandra Molinari. The title of his research is “Campania between Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages: the study of money from an economic history perspective (5th-7th centuries)”. Since 2009 he has participated in numerous excavation campaigns and archaeological investigations in Italy and abroad, including the ERC project, Sicily in transition (AD 600-1200) led by the University of York, Rome Tor Vergata and Salento, under the supervision of Prof. Martin Carver and Prof. Alessandra Molinari. Since 2017, A. Mammato has been a speaker at various national and international conferences, as well as organiser of a national conference for PhD candidates and early career researchers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His high-quality publications and dissemination activities demonstrate his research proficiency and expertise in the use of different source material and methodologies.