Discipline of Media and Communication, University of Sydney

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Agata Mrva-Montoya is a lecturer in publishing. Her PhD focused on ‘cultural faunas’ of ancient Cyprus, which reflect the changing perception of various animal species in the context of larger historical shifts in the Cypriot society. She remains interested in the relationship between symbolism, attitude to and treatment of animals in ancient and modern Cyprus. She was commissioning editor of the Animal Publics series at Sydney University Press in 2013–2021.


‘Cycles of anthropocenic interdependencies on the island of Cyprus’, in HARN Editorial Collective (Eds). Animals in the Anthropocene: critical perspectives on non-human futures (pp33–62). Sydney: Sydney University Press 2015.‘Learning from dead animals: horse sacrifice in ancient Salamis and the Hellenisation of Cyprus’, in Jay Johnston & Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds). Dead animals (pp169–88). Sydney: Sydney University Press 2013. ‘Animals in Cypriot art’, in Craig Barker, Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus (pp. 50–51). Sydney: Nicholson Museum 2012.