C.A. Tsakiridou, Ph.D.

School of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy


  • B.A.: American College of Greece, Athens
  • M.A. (History), M.A. (Philosophy): Temple University
  • Ph.D.: Georgetown University

Specialized Interests

aesthetics, social and political philosophy (nationalism, modernity, radical ideologies)

Most Recent and Forthcoming Publications




Book Chapters under contract

“The Theophanic Image: Theology and Art in the Orthodox Icon,” in T&T Clark Companion to Theology and the Arts, edited by Stephen M. Garrett and Imogen Adkins (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark) (forthcoming 2024).

“The Presence of the Icon in the Liturgy,” in Orthodox Handbook of Orthodox Theology, edited by Andrew Louth, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2024).

Published Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Icons and Photographs: An Ontological and Aesthetic Comparison,” Analogia: The Pemptousia Journal for Theological Studies, Special Issue on Orthodox Iconography Part I, Vol. 14 (2021): 63-80.  https://analogiajournal.com

“The Aesthetic Significance of Myrrh Streaming Icons,” Zhivopis: Journal of the Academy of the Serbian Orthodox Church for Fine Arts and Conservation, Vol. 9 (2020): 11-23.

Other Publications/Interviews

“Icon Painting as Participation, Part I” Interview with Iconographer Fr. Silouan Justiniano, The Orthodox Arts Journal, March 25, 2023.  https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/icon-painting-as-participation-interview-with-cornelia-tsakiridou-pt-i/

“Icon Painting as Participation, Part II” Interview with Iconographer Fr. Silouan Justiniano, The Orthodox Arts Journal, April 1, 2023.  https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/icon-painting-as-participation-interview-with-cornelia-tsakiridou-part-ii/


“Neptic Spaces and the Chants of Cappadocian Lepers,” presented at the Symposium on “The Shape of the Sacred: Eastern Christianity and Architectural Modernity,” Fordham University-Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Fordham University, New York, NY, May 30-June 1, 2023.

“The Neptic Icon and Orthodox Tradition,” Prince’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts, London, UK, March 14, 2023 (invited). https://princes-foundation.org/school-of-traditional-arts/open-programme. https://princes-foundation.org/school-of-traditional-arts/open-programme

“Seminar on Icons, Iconography, and Tradition,” Webinar (for graduate students and iconographers), Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London, UK, June 20, 2022.
“Modalities of Contemplation in the Orthodox Icon,” paper delivered at the Contemplative Traditions in the History of the Church: A Symposium in Honour of Rev. Andrew Louth, Sigtuna, Sweden, December 15-19, 2019.

Selective Publications


  • Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity: Orthodox Theology and the Aesthetics of the Christian Image (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2013).
  • Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, Spiritual Counsels Volume I, translated by C.A. Tsakiridou and M. Spanos (Sourote: Holy Monastery Evangelist John the Theologian, 2011).
  • Reviewing Orpheus: Essays on the Cinema and Art of Jean CocteauBucknell Review (Lewisburg: Associated University Presses, 1997) (editor and contributor of the Introduction and one chapter).

Articles, Chapters

  • “Spiritual Expressionism: Léon Bloy, the Maritains, and the Mystery of Israel,” in John J. Conley, SJ ed., Redeeming Philosophy: From Metaphysics to Aesthetics (Washington DC: American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2014), pp. 203-225.
  • “Aesthetic Nepsis, Enargeia and Theophany: Looking for the Christian Image,” Orthodox Arts Journal, April 30, 2014.
  • “Perceptions of Islam: Pope Benedict XVI and Jacques Maritain,” in Peter Koritansky ed., Human Nature, Contemplation and the Political Order: Essays Inspired by Jacques Maritain’s Scholasticism and Politics (Washington DC: Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2013), pp. 123-148.
  • “Art’s Self-Disclosure: Hegelian Insights into Cinematic and Modernist Space,” Evental Aesthetics, 2, no. 1 (2013): 44-72.
  • “Theophany and Humanity in St. Symeon the New Theologian and in Abū Hamid Al-Ghāzāli,” International Journal of Orthodox Theology, 2:3 (2011), pp. 167-187.
  • “When Art Fails Humanity: Jacques Maritain on Jean Cocteau, Modernism and the Crisis of European Civilization,” in Gavin Colvert ed., The Renewal of Civilization: Essays in Honor of Jacques Maritain (Washington: American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2010, pp. 152-173.
  • “Redeeming Modernism: Jacques Maritain and the Catholic Vocation,” in John P. Hittinger ed., The Vocation of the Catholic Philosopher: From Maritain to John Paul II (Washington D.C.: American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2010), pp. 94-109.
  • “The Connatural Eye: Photography without Representation,” Philosophical InquiryInternational Quarterly Vol. XXIX, No 3-4, (Summer-Fall 2007): 41-57.
  • “Empire of Sin: Militant Theology and Ideology in Early American Missions to the Ottoman Near East,” New Perspectives on Turkey, 33, (Fall 2005): 5-41.
  • Vera Icona: Reflections on the Mystical Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain and the Byzantine Icon,” in Truth Matters: Essays in Honor of Jacques Maritain, John G. Trapani Jr. ed. (Washington D.C: American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2004), pp. 224-246.
  • “Her Voiceless Voice: Reviewing Sappho’s Poetics,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (UK), Vol. 8, #3, (Dec. 2003): 95-107.
  • “Nationalist Dilemmas: Halide Edib on Greeks, Greece and the West,” New Perspectives on Turkey, 27 (2002): 1-34.
  • “Ideology, Prejudice and Ethnic Conflict in George Horton’s The Blight of Asia: A Radical Narrative Reconsidered,” The Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 25:1, (2001): 21-38.
  • “Philosophy Abandons Woman: Gender, Orality and Some Literate Presocratics, in Is Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy? E. Bianchi ed. (Chicago: Northwestern University Press), 1999, pp. 234-263.
  • “Classical Cocteau,” in Reviewing Orpheus: Essays on the Cinema and Art of Jean CocteauBucknell Review, Cornelia A. Tsakiridou ed., (Lewisburg: Bucknell Review/Associated University Presses, 1997), pp. 78-102.
  • “Roland Barthes Explores Photography ‘as a wound’,” in Neil Badmington ed., Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory Volume III, London: Routledge, 2009 [reprinted from Paragraph, 18.3 (1995): 273–85].