Giovanni Gomiero is a FWO-PhD fellow fundamental research (CULT4ASP - Theology and Religion Sciences) at the History Department at Ghent University. He studied History and Historical Sciences in Padua, where he earned his B.A. (2019) and M.A. degrees (2021). During his M.A., he trained in Syriac studies and History of Christianity, in particular in the History of the East Syrian Church in Late Antiquity. With the supervision of Prof. Vittorio Berti, he wrote his M.A. thesis on the East Syrian Historiography (english title: Thomas of Marga and the 'Book of Superiors'. Historiography, hagiography and historical research in Eastern monasticism of the 9th century).
From January to July 2022 he worked as an intern-researcher at the IRHT -CNRS in Paris, under the supervision of Prof. André Binggeli and Dr. Flavia Ruani, inside the project E-KTOBE (a new online catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts). Then he worked from August 2022 to November 2022 as Digital Humanities Fellow at the Beth Mardutho Syriac Institute of the University of Princeton (US), under the supervision of Prof. George A. Kiraz,
Currently, he is working on a project, funded by FWO, on the East Syrian Historiography and in particular on the author Thomas of Marga (9th century): Thomas of Marga and the Book of Superiors: texts, formation and socio-cultural context of an East-Syrian bishop in the mid-ninth century. He worked under the supervision of Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen and Prof. Vittorio Berti (UNIPD), together with Dr. Flavia Ruani (IRHT-CNRS, UGENT) and Prof. Michael Philip Forness (KU Leuven). His research addresses the East Syrian Church, its monasticism and its monastic Historiography and Hagiography (6th-10th century), from the point of view of Thomas of Marga, author of the Book of Superiors, the masterpiece of this literature, written around 850.