The interdisciplinary research team consists of Ellen Harlizius-Klück (Principal Investigator, philosopher, artist, mathematician), Alex McLean (Postdoc, programmer for the Arts, Sheffield) and Giovani Fanfani (Postdoc, Classical philologist, Copenhagen).

Team Members

Portrait Ellen Harlizius-Klück

Ellen Harlizius-Klück

Principal Investigator, philosopher, artist, mathematician

The algorithms, the logic and mathematics of textile production has always been a source of fascination for me. Generous funding in recent years made it possible to investigate this subject for ancient weaving. In the PENELOPE project I will be able to put these former projects and cooperations on a new level together with colleagues from the United Kingdom, Sweden/Italy and France/Italy.

Giovanni Fanfani

Postdoc, Classical philologist, Copenhagen

In the frame of the PENELOPE project I will have the opportunity to locate the relation between ancient weaving and Greek poetry-making within the broader context of interdisciplinary research into the logical and technological patterns that weaving generates, and I will be able to trace the relevance of the weaving paradigm in post-Classical Greek literature and philosophy.

Alex McLean

Postdoc, programmer for the Arts, Sheffield

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with interests surrounding computer programming as a cultural activity, particularly in music performance.

Student Assistants

Viktoria Lubomski


I am currently studying Fine Arts & Multimedia – an interdisciplinarty bachelor’s degree program between art, media and information technology – at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 

Former Team Member

February 2017 – June 2019

Flavia Carraro

Postdoc, anthropologist, ethnologist, Copenhagen

My research work lies in anthropology of technology and science, cultural technology, linguistic anthropology and anthropology of knowledge, and the principal objects of my investigation are writing and weaving.