Annual Postgraduate Conference – 19th May 2021

We are excited to invite you to our 19th Annual Postgraduate Conference, on the 19th May 2021.

This virtual conference aims to encourage discussion around ‘adaptation’, both in terms of historical study and practise in the time of the pandemic, and of adaptation (or lack thereof) to political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural change across societies and time periods. Papers will be presented in cross-disciplinary thematic panels, and we will be hearing from postgraduate students from across the globe as well as a little closer to home in Newcastle!

We are delighted to be joined by Yale University’s Professor Feisal Mohamed as our keynote speaker, with his paper entitled Land and Sea: The Seventeenth-Century Adaptation of the English Political Imaginary

Everyone welcome – see the link below to register!

Conference schedule (all times are BST)

8:45-9:00 – Welcome


Panel – Material Culture

Chaired by Eleanor Harrison

09:00- 9:20 – Liz Shaw (Newcastle University), ‘Adapting Roman motifs in regional brooch design.’

09:20 – 09:40 – Goran Durdevic (Capital Normal University), ‘Magic, illusion and adaption: reflection and mirrors in Qin – Han and Roman empires.’

09:40 – 10:00 – David Johnson (Newcastle University), ‘Adapting the British Home in the Empire.’

10:00 – 10:20 Q&A

Panel – Adaptation of Historical Practice and Media

Chaired by Rob Granger

10:30 – 10:50 – John Pearson (Newcastle University), ‘Camera, Lights, Action! A Personal Approach to using Existing Film and Video as an Ethnoarchaeological Source.’

10:50 – 11:10 – Hannah James Louwerse (Newcastle University), ‘Staying flexible: how to build an oral history archive.’

11:10 – 11:30 – Kieran Shackleton (University of Glasgow), ‘Adapting the Holocaust Memory Centre: Rethinking Memory Seventy-Six Years Later.’

11:30 – 11:50 – Rebecca Whiting (University of Glasgow), ‘Re-thinking rights to archives.’

11:50 – 12:10 – Q&A

Panel – Ideology & Belief

Chaired by Leanne Smith

13:10 – 13:30 – Olivia Kinsman (University of Bristol), ‘SEKHMET: An Ancient Goddess for Modern Times.’

13:30 – 13:50 – Daniel Sutton (St John’s College Oxford), ‘When Words Won’t Adapt: Language and Authority in Tacitus’ Annals.’

13:50 – 14:10 – Samantha Dobbie (University of Glasgow), ‘Adapting to Revolution: Women in Revolutionary Paris, October 1789.’

14:10 – 14:30 – Katharine McCrossan (University of Glasgow), ‘Co-operation, Competition, and Consumerism: The Scottish Co-operative Movement in the 1950s.’

14:30 – 14:50 Q&A

Panel – Mobility & Identity

Chaired by Rob Granger

14:50 – 15:10 – Giulio Leghissa (University of Toronto), ‘SB XIV 11979 and Women Mobility between North Africa and Egypt.’

15:10 – 15:30 – Neil McClelland (University of Glasgow), ‘Natives’ and Foreigners’ Mutual Adaptation in Late-Medieval Florence.’

15:30 – 15:50 – Anais Delcol (University of Glasgow), ‘Adaptation to a new culture as a way of reinventing female identity.’

15:50 – 16:10 – Daniel Riddell (Northumbria University), ‘Scandinavian and German Merchant Migrants to Newcastle in the 19th Century: British Businessmen?.’

16:10 – 16:30 Q&A

16:40 – 17:40 – Keynote speaker – Feisal Mohamed (Yale University), ‘Land and Sea: The Seventeenth-Century Adaptation of the English Political Imaginary’

17:40 – 18:00 -Prize giving & closing speeches


Panel – Landscapes and Their Challenges

Chaired by Jerome Ruddick

10:30 – 10:50 – Laura Stops (University of Exeter), ‘Politics, Passages and Peripheries: The adaptation of the Porta Esquilina for a new imperial age.’

10:50 – 11:10 – Katerina Gottardo (Durham University), ‘Adaptation to the environmental context: the substructures of caveae in Roman theatres in the northern-central Italy.’

11:10 – 11:30 – Huilin Yang (University of Glasgow), ‘Exploring the role of olive cultivation in the Mediterranean ecosystem using archaeological evidence and the Annales framework.’

11:30 – 11:50 – Mark Mather (University of Queensland), ‘Roman Supply Lines – How the Gallic Landscape Necessitated Adaptation.’

11:50 – 12:10 – Q&A

Panel – Religion & Society

Chaired by Harriet Palin

13:10 – 13:30 – Arnau Lario-Devesa (University of Barcelona), ‘Re-editing the past, or how to fabricate continuity: The case-study of the roman sanctuary of Can Modolell (Cabrera de Mar, Barcelona) and the neighbourhood of Saint John.’

13:30 – 13:50 – Öznur Özdemir (Sakarya University), ‘Muslims’ Fiscal Adaptation After the First Islamic Conquests.’

13:50 – 14:10 – Hina Khalid (Newcastle University), ‘How Abbasid women thrived and possessed agency even under a challenging period and rule that held customs and practices of misogyny.’

14:10 – 14:30 – Q&A

Panel -Reinterpreting & Reusing the Past

Chaired by Katherine Waugh

14:50 – 15:10 – Jessica Habib (University of Glasgow), ‘Debating the Colonial Identity of the Ottoman Empire: Caliphate and Colonizer?’

15:10 – 15:30 – Shelby Judge (University of Glasgow), ‘Madeline Miller’s Circe as the archetype of contemporary feminist adaptations of Greek myth’

15:30 – 15:50 – Elly Polignano (Newcastle University), Marc.Arg. AP 5.63: multiple levels of adaptation

15:50 – 16:10 – Berklee Baum (University of Oxford), ‘The Adaptability of Memorialization and Memory.’

16:10 – 16:30 Q&A


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