Natalia Smelova

Doctoral Research Fellow - Fagseksjonen
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Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Theology (Student)

Academic interests

My research interests include Syriac literature, Graeco-Syriac translations, liturgy of Syriac-speaking denominations, Manuscript Studies and Digital Humanities.

I study Byzantine liturgy and hymnology in connection with Oriental Christian traditions, primarily Syriac. My main focus are medieval liturgical manuscripts as a witness of development and transformation of the daily worship in Syriac-speaking Christian communities in the Middle East, between approximately the 9th and the 11th centuries.

I am a member of the FT working group Eastern Christian Daily Office.


From March 2016 to February 2020 I worked as Research Associate at the University of Manchester taking part in the project "The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Galen's On Simple Drugs and the Recovery of Lost Texts through Sophisticated Imaging Techniques".

From 2001 until 2016 I held a position of Researcher at the Insitute of Oriental Manuscripts in St Petersburg working in the areas of Syriac and Manuscript Studies. I had short-term research fellowships at the French School in Rome, the Warburg Institute (London), Laboratoire des études sémitiques anciennes (CNRS - Collège de France), and the John Rylands Research Institute (Manchester).

I have a postgraduate degree of Candidate in History (Syriac Studies) from the Russian Academy of Sciences, MA in Library and Information Studies from the University College London (UCL), and Bachelor’s in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from St Petersburg State University.

Tags: Church History, Reception of the Bible, Byzantine Studies, Eastern Christian Studies, Hymnology, Liturgical Studies


  • Dickens, Mark & Smelova, Natalia (2021). A Rediscovered Syriac Amulet from Turfan in the Collection of the Hermitage Museum. Written Monuments of the Orient. ISSN 2410-0145. 7(2), p. 107–147. doi: 10.17816/wmo65952. Full text in Research Archive

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