Clemena Antonova is an art historian with a background in literature and cultural studies. Her D.Phil. (Ph.D.) at Oxford University, supervized by the well-known art historian Emeritus Prof. Martin Kemp and the philosopher Emeritus Prof. Paul Crowther, was published as »Space, Time, and Presence in the Icon: Seeing the World with the Eyes of God« (Ashgate, U.K., 2010). Her second book, »Visual Thought in Russian Religious Philosophy: Pavel Floresky's Theory of the Icon,« appeared 2019 with Routledge in their series »Focus on Religion.« She has published in established, peer-reviewed journals, such as »Leonardo,« »Sobornost,« »Cithara,« »Slavonica,« etc.
At present, Clemena is the Research Director of the »Russia in Global Dialogue« programme at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM), where she worked previously for the project of Charles Taylor, one of the most influential philosophers nowadays. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Edinburgh, the Royal Academy in Belgium, IMERA at the University of Aix-Marseille, etc. She has taught at several universities in Bulgaria, Morocco, and Britain.