Dr Ralph Anderson (Classics)
Dr Richard Bates (Geoscience) – Reconstruction of palaeo-landscapes, geophysical survey, modelling, palaeo-environmental analysis. UK and UK continental shelf, East africa, Middle East, Arctic.
Chloe Bray (Classics) – My thesis is on marginal landscapes in Greek literature, and so far I’ve been looking at the characterisation of certain spaces as edges in Homeric epic and the conceptual use of the sea in Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris and Aeschylus’ Persians. The aim of the thesis is to reconstruct the unspoken cultural understanding of landscape, so I’m excited for the opportunity to find out more about socio-political and economic elements of landscape.
Dr Andrea Brock (Classics) – My work integrates the literary record on early Rome with new archaeological evidence, in order to produce an environmental and topographical reconstruction of Rome’s river valley. As director of the Forum Boarium Project, I have conducted a coring survey of the city’s original river harbour and harbour sanctuary. Among other findings, my research is revealing new insights on the effects of environmental stress—in particular frequent flooding and rapid sedimentation in the river valley—on Rome’s urbanization process.
Dr Karen Brown (Art History) – My current research interest is in the role of museums and cultural landscapes and related policies. I am the co-ordinator of a new Horizon2020 project EU-LAC-MUSEUMS on eco- and community museums in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean (2016-2020)
Dr John Clark (History)
Dr Jon Coulston – My prime interest in ‘landscapes’ is in conflict landscape archaeology. I have published on the archaeological record for Roman and later conflicts, both structural (mainly sieges, e.g. Dura-Europos, c. AD 253) and artefactual (both sieges and open conflicts). I campaign tirelessly, but hopelessly, against the use of ‘battlefield’ as a term precisely because it is too ‘tabletop’ and excludes the broader implications of conflict over wider spaces. This comes up against the narrow definition and conservation of ‘battlefields’ by heritage agencies, and against the dramatised public interest in idealised historical warfare. However, Roman conflicts (e.g. Kalkriese, AD 9; Harzhorn, AD 230s), and later theatres of war (e.g. Vienna, 1683), encompass great swathes of landscape, just as was demonstrated by the typesite for this area of research, Little Big Horn (1876). Nevertheless, this aspect of landscape archaeology does hold immense potential for public engagement and impact, combining survey and recording methodologies which are diachronically applicable.
Dr Lucy Fife Donaldson (Film Studies) – The materiality and design of space in film and television, especially the affect of the fictional world as constructed through details of production and sound design.
Doug Forsyth (Classics) – My PhD is Area Studies in Crete and the Cyclades following the Late Bronze Age dislocation: 1200-480 B.C. A portion of the project is looking at settlement sites in Crete and several of the Cycladic islands to get an understanding of why people decided to settle where they did, and then, as they decided to move settlement sites diachronically, what aspects of their interface with the landscape changed. What factors did the new locations address that the previous ones did not? A quantifiable paradigm is being developed to compare degrees of accessibility between sites for comparative analysis.
Dr Linda Goddard (Art History) – My research focuses on artists’ writings and the relations between images and texts. This includes travel writings by artists. I am especially interested in how nineteenth-century French Orientalist painters reflected, in such writings, upon the different capacities of the visual and the verbal to document their travel experiences, including reactions to the landscape.
Jamie Hinrichs (Environmental History) – My PhD research looks at walkers’ perspectives on rural landscape in Britain, c.1850 – 1950. Using essays, newspaper articles, and ramble logs from the period, I am evaluating walking as a culturally significant activity that shaped the perception of natural terrains such as mountains and the countryside. Within this assessment, I am particularly interested in how walking influenced the preservation of rural landscapes.
Dr Dawn Hollis (Classics) – I completed my PhD, ‘Rethinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’ in the School of History at St Andrews before moving into the School of Classics as postdoctoral researcher on Professor Jason König’s project on Mountains in Ancient Literature and Culture and their Postclassical Reception. I am interested both in past experiences of landscape and in the development of historiographical conceptions – or misconceptions – of these experiences.
Hallvard Indgjerd (Classics) – With a starting point in pottery from archaeological field survey, I study habitation patterns, and local and interregional contact networks on the Greek islands of Naxos and the Lesser Cyclades in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods. In my PhD project I aim at including data from a wide range of landscape types on southern Naxos, and am involved in survey projects covering the coastal band (on- and off-shore), agricultural land, outfields and mountainous areas, as well as known settlements and fortifications.
Alley Marie Jordan (PhD student, Classics, University of Edinburgh) – My PhD thesis explores classical reception in eighteenth-century European gardens. My interdisciplinary project speaks to the larger understanding of how Enlightenment visitors experienced designed landscapes and the classical world within them. More specifically, my thesis explores how Thomas Jefferson’s exposure to Theocriteo-Virgilian pastoralism affected his experiences within European gardens, namely: England, France and Italy. Jefferson’s travels through the Renaissance villas of Italy, the baroque chateaux of France and the 18th-century gardens of England reveal the embrace of pastoral poetry within gardens.
Kate Keohane (Art History)
Professor Jason König (Classics) – the cultural and literary history of mountains in the ancient world and its 19th-century reception; Strabo, Pausanias and ancient geography
Cassice Last (Dept of Film Studies) – My PhD working title is ‘Survival in the 21st Century: the formation, function and diffusion of the contemporary American Survival film.‘ My research investigates the rise and influence of the Survival film in 21st century America. I examine the genre’s place and function within the current social, political and media environment with a keen focus upon the filmic manifestation of the American landscape and the American body.
Dr Sian Lewis (Classics)
Dr Julian Luxford (Art History)
Dr Carlos Machado (Classics) – The city of Rome, cities in Late Antiquity and religious landscapes/topography
Dr Nikoletta Manioti (Classics) – Geography and the representation of space; Latin epic; Greek and Roman myth; Roman women; Roman family. I focus on Latin epic bird’s eye views, whether it is a god perched on a cloud, a heroine leaning from a city wall, or a hero standing on a hill. How does the poet describe what they see? How much do contemporary concerns about geography and space, travel and mapmaking, influence his depiction? And what do these scenes tell us about the poem, its poet, and its readers?
Dr Alan Miller (Computer Science)
Dr Alistair Rider (Art History) – My research focuses on art from the 1960s and 1970s, which was an era when many artists abandoned the conventional format of the pictorial landscape in favour of alternative ways of engaging with topographical subjects. Experimental artists sometimes turned to new media such as video, or they undertook performative actions which they documented in photographs, or, more commonly, they made physical, pseudo-architectonic marks in actual sites. This became known as ‘earth art’ or ‘land art’, and it gave rise to a fascination in the art world in the properties of ‘place’, ‘threshold’ and ‘location’. These are topics that I have addressed in several of my articles. Increasingly my focus has turned to how these landscape-related subjects connect to ecological models of thinking, which were becoming increasingly popular from the 1970s onwards.
Professor Christopher Smith (Classics) – Archaeology of archaic and Republican Italy. Projects include the completion of the publication of the Tiber Valley Project, a major landscape archaeology initiative, and collaboration with British, Italian and Dutch scholars on a combined database of field survey evidence from the Tiber Valley, Suburbium of Rome and Pontine Region.
Dr Catherine Spencer (Art History)
Professor Jane Stabler (English) – Byron; 18th-19th-century travel literature.
Dr Bernhard Struck (History) – Modern European History, comparative and transnational history, border regions, perceptions of space and mental mapping, history of cartography, spatial history. Member of the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History.
Professor Rebecca Sweetman (Classics) – Archaeology of Roman & Late Antique Crete, Late Antique Peloponnese (especially Sparta), archaeology of Late Antique religion and Roman provinces.
Jackie Whalen (Classics) – I am reconstructing the sacred landscape of Sparta during the 7th to 4th centuries BCE to evaluate whether Sparta was a uniquely austere society.
Dr Ulrike Weiss (Art History) – The history of hunting, and how hunting practices were shaped by landscape and in turn shaped the landscape.