Application deadline for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the School of Classics

The School welcomes enquiries about applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Anyone interested in applying should contact the Director of Research (Dr Emma Buckley, eb221@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Head of School (Professor Jason König, jpk3@st-andrews.ac.uk) as soon as possible with an outline of the proposed research project.

Please submit draft full applications by Friday 8 September.

Hallvard Indgjerd wins Fitch Bursary Award

HallvardHallvard Indgjerd has been awarded the Fitch Bursary Award for 2017-18 from the British School at Athens. Hallvard is working on a study of Late Roman and Byzantine pottery from Naxos and the Lesser Cyclades in Greece, and the award will help fund his petrographic analysis at the Fitch Laboratory in Athens. By looking at thin-sections of ceramic samples through a polarising microscope, we can gain knowledge about clay composition, provenance, production technology, and intended use of the pottery.

Congratulations Hallvard!

‘Hamartia’: a triumphant collaboration with the Byre Youth Theatre.

SONY DSCLast night, the Byre Youth Theatre’s Adult Collaborative Performance Group put on a wonderful performance of Hamartia, an original short play inspired by the themes and conventions of classical Greek Tragedy. The play was performed at the Barron Theatre in St Andrews before an invited audience. A group of four young actors from the local community devised the piece themselves, under the direction of BYT’s Stephen Jones. The piece was developed through discussions, talks and workshops on Greek drama and ritual led by Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson from the School of Classics. The performance was part of a project funded by the University of St Andrews’ Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund. For more information, blog posts, footage and stills on this element of our ‘Greek Drama in the Community’ initiative, keep checking our webpage.

Commenting on the production, Jon Hesk said: ‘Huge congratulations to the performers, Alice Linton, Cameron Melville, Gillian Campbell and Mirte Timmermans – you did a superb job! It has been a pleasure working with Stephen Jones and the group and we hope to continue collaborating with the Byre Youth Theatre in the future on other projects. We have learned a lot from each other. Thanks also to Lillias Chisholm for prop, costume, make-up and set design, BYT manager Ashley Foster and Lottie Haswell-West, the student manager of the Barron Theatre.’

Four new appointments in the School of Classics

We are excited to announce the appointment of four new members of staff, all of whom will be joining the School from next academic year.

Michael Carroll has been appointed as Lecturer in Greek Literature. Michael completed his PhD in Cambridge in 2014. He works broadly on classical Greek literature, especially on Aeschylus and Pindar, and has a particular interest in cognitive approaches to ancient culture.

Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis has been appointed as Lecturer in Classics. Alexia works broadly on the Greek literature and material culture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, with a particular interest in ancient religion. She also works on classical reception in the Ottoman empire in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Truly Beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the Cult of Asklepios (OUP, 2010).

Rebecca Usherwood will be joining the School for two years as Lecturer in Ancient History. Rebecca completed her PhD in Nottingham in 2015. Her work focuses on the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire, especially late antiquity, with a particular interest in the history of political disgrace in the reigns of Constantine and his sons.

Dawn Hollis will join the School from July 2017 for three years as Leverhulme postdoctoral research fellow on the project ‘Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’. Dawn has recently completed a PhD in the School of History in St Andrews entitled ‘Re-thinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’.

Premio Cultori di Roma for Christopher Smith

Christopher SmithCongratulations to Christopher Smith on the award of the 2017 Premio Cultori di Roma. The prize is awarded by the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani, representatives of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the Comune di Roma, the Unione Accademica Nazionale and the Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma.  It has been given only to three British scholars since the inauguration in 1955, Sir Ronald Syme and Sir Fergus Millar, both Camden Chairs of Roman History at Oxford, and J. B. Ward-Perkins, BSR Director from 1945 to 1974.  Christopher was presented with the prize on the Capitol on Rome’s 2770th birthday, 21 April.

Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture

cl_bk_240_jpk3-scientific-expertiseCongratulations to Jason König and Greg Woolf on the publication of their edited volume Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture (CUP, 2017). This is the third in a trilogy of volumes arising from a Leverhulme Research Project on ‘Science and Empire in the Roman World’. The other two—Ancient Libraries and Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance—were published by CUP in 2013.

Four new posts in the School of Classics

The School of Classics invites applications for the following job vacancies:

  1. Permanent Lectureship in Greek Literature (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC166/lecturer-in-greek-literature-ac2036ml/
    Closing date: 10 March
  2. Permanent Lectureship in any area of Classics (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC228/lecturer-in-classics-ac2035sb/
    Closing date: 10 March
  3. Two-year Temporary Lectureship in Ancient History (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC243/temporary-lecturer-in-ancient-history-ac1869rxml/
    Closing date: 24 March
  4. Three-year Leverhulme Research Project Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship (from 1 July 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC158/research-fellow-ar1879mr/
    Closing date: 24 March
    About the project: Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception

Candidates applying for more than one of the posts are required to make a separate application for each.