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Newsletter 20 – 26 November

Dear all,

Due to the fact that there was no PGF Seminar last week, we are pleased to announce that we have not one, not three, but two(!) seminars for you to enjoy this Wednesday! We hope to see you there, or at one of the other seminars being given this week!

Best wishes,

The PGF Committee

PGF SEMINARS:

Date/Time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 13:00. Venue: Room 1.03, Armstrong Building.

BACKWATER ECONOMIES? A FOODWAY FRAMEWORK FOR EXAMINING WETLAND WORLDVIEWS IN THE PREHISTORIC PAST‘ BY PHD CANDIDATE FLOOR HUISMAN (DURHAM UNIVERSITY)

One of the major problems we face when trying to study past worldviews is the way in which our own, modern western worldview influences our research, from the questions we ask, to our final interpretations. Within the sub-discipline of wetland archaeology, for instance, we often ask why past communities chose to live in such marginal landscapes. We assume that wetlands were ‘special’ in some way, either as ‘ritual’ or ‘sacred’ places, or as resource rich environments. We assume a particular worldview amongst the wetland communities living there, one focussed on ‘the wild’, which sets them apart from contemporary, ‘domestic’ ‘dryland’ communities. Yet rather than assuming the presence of such opposing worldviews, we should assess to what extent the landscape or environment in which people lived truly affected their worldview and the formation of particular community identities. This paper will explore how we may be able to do this by considering prehistoric communities’ (inter)relation with the environment through a study of past foodways and environmental change. It will present the preliminary results of my PhD research which examines the use of domestic and wild plant and animals in relation to a changing environment in and around the later prehistoric East Anglian Fens (c. 4000 BC-40 AD). It asks if and when a wetland worldview and accompanying identities came into being as the East Anglian Fens changed from a dryland basin into Britain’s largest wetland. Thus, this paper explores a new approach to understanding past worldviews, by integrating archaeological with environmental data. It is hoped this will allow us to move beyond our modern worldviews and gain a better understanding of past worldviews and the way these shaped communities.

AND

A CONTROVERSIAL TRIBUNICIAN STATUTE: THE PLEBISCITUM CLAUDIANUM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND PUNIC WAR (218 BC)’ BY PHD CANDIDATE ROBERTO CIUCCIOVE (NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY)

The Plebiscitum Claudianum was controversial tribunician bill, which dealt with very significant economic matters especially related to sea-trade, involving also, at its very core, the political relations between the senatorial elite and the emerging equestrian order. The year 218 BC represented a crucial moment in the history of Rome and the whole Mediterranean world. We are at the very beginning of the Second Punic War, a conflict that will reshape the politicalmilitary order for many decades to come. In the same year a lex Claudia was proposed and passed. As usual, there will be refreshments in the form of tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

HISTORY SEMINAR: ‘THE SACRED AND THE SATIATED: HISTORY, ARCHAEOLOGY, AND THE LIMINAL SPACE OF BLACK RESISTANCE’ BY PEGGY BRUNACHE (UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE)

Date/Time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 16:00. Venue: Room 1.05, Armstrong Building.

Traditional scholarship of the Black diaspora has predominantly focused on the examination of primary and secondary historical documents. Moreover, the historiography of slavery of the French Antilles, for example, has been weaker than other regions, especially when compared to British and American counterparts. More recent historical studies have shifted to critically engage larger questions as to how enslaved and free black communities actively participated in strategies to either escape or circumvent gendered and racialized systems of oppression. Since the late 1980s, historical archaeology has risen to the challenge to provide a unique contribution to further our understanding of past lifeways of the Black Atlantic via engendered methodological frameworks for studying artefact patterning and examining the nature of material culture. This presentation hopes to progress critical dialogue on Black agency and choices by engaging place, material culture, and space, through an alternative understanding of conceptual sites of conflict and resistance. I will consider two geographically disparate 19th century archaeological sites, one in the French Caribbean and the other in North America, associated with the slave economy to consider new transformative theories on Black resistance as liminal space for identity formation and societal transformation. This production of knowledge serves as an exploration for re-historicising the past through an intersectionality of structurally hierarchical categories of difference in the archaeological study of enslaved Africans and their descendants. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/seminars/item/thesacredandthesatiated.html

CLASSICS AND ANCIENT HISTORY RESEARCH SEMINAR: ‘PHILOLOGICAL NETWORKS: EDITING THE CLASSICAL TEXT IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CAMBRIDGE’ BY DR KATHERINE EAST (NEWCASTLE)

Date/Time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 17:00. Venue: Room 2.50, Armstrong Building. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/seminars/item/philologicalnetworks.html

ARCHAEOLOGY SEMINAR: ‘TEXTILES AND TRADE IN THE ATLANTIC IN THE 18TH CENTURY’ BY PROFESSOR GIORGIO RIELLO (WARWICK)

Date/Time: Thursday 23 November 2017, 16:00. Venue: Room 2.16, Armstrong Building. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/seminars/item/textilesandtradeintheatlanticinthe18thcentury.html

EVENT: ‘MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN AT FIFTY’ BY DR KERRY TAYLOR (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, THE CITADEL, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA)

Date/Time: Tuesday 21 November 2017, 18:00. Venue: Room G.33, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre.

A specialist in twentieth-century US, labour, African American and oral history, Dr Kerry Taylor came to the Citadel after serving as the Associate Director of the Southern Oral History Program in Chapel Hill. He co-edited volume 4 and volume 5 of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (University of California Press, 2000 and 2005) and American Labor and the Cold War (Rutgers University Press, 2004). In addition to directing The Citadel Oral History Program, Taylor has been extensively involved in grassroots organising in Charleston and across the South, particularly in the “Fight for 15” movement to organise fast food workers for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union recognition. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/events/item/martinlutherkingjrandthepoorpeoplescampaignatfifty.html

EXHIBITION: ‘PATHS ACROSS WATER: LOST STORIES OF TYNESIDE AND THE CARIBBEAN

Until 26 November. Venue: Old Low Light in North Shields

Come for the history, the poetry table, the oral stories, a video artwork reacting to shifts in the wind outside, a story-telling booth that will create both an oral archive and a digitally mixed soundscape exploring people’s responses to the sea and to the paths of migration connecting the North East with not only the Caribbean but also the rest of the world. And so much more.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION: ‘FRONTIER FASHION: GLASS BANGLES OF THE ROMAN NORTH

Until 3 January 2018. Venue: Great North Museum

A mini exhibition Frontier Fashion: Glass Bangles of the Roman North that focuses on Newcastle University archaeologist Dr Tatiana Ivleva’s research on Roman glass bangles in Britain. Tatiana is particularly interested in the popularity of glass bangles in Northern Britain, on both sides of Hadrian’s Wall. A small number of fascinating artefacts are on show in the display which is taking place in the new temporary exhibition space, formerly the Mithraeum. Further details can be found here.

CALL FOR PAPERS – MOVEMENT: THE 14TH ANNUAL PGF CONFERENCE

Call for Papers

14th Annual Postgraduate Forum Conference

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Newcastle University

19th May 2017

‘Movement’

 

This interdisciplinary one-day conference seeks to bring together Postgraduate students studying histories relating to the theme of Movement. How do we study the past, not as a static, but as dynamic and changing? How does the movement from one context to another change how we interpret evidence? What are the effects of movement on societies, material, and intellectual cultures? How has the idea of movement, or a movement, been used for political, social, or artistic purposes? We welcome any papers exploring the movement of people, objects and ideas.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers from all postgraduate historians, classicists, ancient historians, and archaeologists. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Migration and population movements
  • Journeys and travel
  • Trade and connections
  • Social movements
  • Cultural, Literary or Philosophical movements
  • Scientific movements
  • Physical movement such as gesture or dance

 

We also invite poster submissions from postgraduate students. In order to offer the opportunity to present work in the earlier stages of research, poster submissions are not necessarily required to fit with the theme of the conference.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to nshspgf@newcastle.ac.uk by 10th April 2017. If you have any ideas, questions or enquiries, please feel free to get in touch.

Follow us at @NewcastlePGF

https://www.societies.ncl.ac.uk/pgfnewcastle/

PONS AELIUS 13: Call for Papers

The 13th Edition of PONS AELIUS: Newcastle History, Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate E-Journal is now accepting submissions for papers.

Following a successful conference in May, the theme of this issue is:

Individuals and Communities

Humans are often considered ‘social animals’, existing only within larger groups, though still maintaining a unique identity. 

Communities and individuals often construct carefully curated identities, which can be mutual or distinct. What role can we, as historians, classicists and archaeologists, play in reviving and bringing back the individual from a historical period, ancient or more modern? How important is the individual experience in society? How are communities organised?

For more information, see the full CfP.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words, sent to this year’s journal editor, Chris Mowat (c.j.mowat@ncl.ac.uk) by the 15th August. The paper should be around 4000 words, and, if selected, will have a deadline of 26th September.

13th Annual Postgraduate Forum Conference

‘Individuals and Communities’

20th May 2016

Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

9.00 – 9.15 Tea and Coffee
Panel 1

Chair: Lauren Emslie

9.15 – 9:45  George Scratcherd (University of Oxford)

The four horsemen of the AME Church: ‘Great Men’ and the challenges of black church historiography.

9.45 – 10.15 James Mullen (Newcastle University)

God, King, and the Land: The relationship between Neo-Assyrian Kings, their subjects and the God Aššur.

10.15 – 10.45 David Astbury (Newcastle University)

Can path creation theory restore the agency of individuals and communities in the past?

10.45 – 11.15 Tom Whitfield (Newcastle University)

“Wilkes and Liberty”—Punch bowls and the later-eighteenth-century Wilkite agitations.

11.15 – 11.30 Tea and Coffee
Panel 2

Chair: Amy Shields

11.30 – 12.00 Mareike Ahlers (Newcastle University)

All for One and One for All—Identifying heterarchial structures in Early Neolithic barrow building communities.

12.00 – 12.30 Henry Clarke (University of Leeds)

Negotiating individual identities within the community in Central Spain, 2nd century BC – 2nd century AD.

12.30 – 1.00 Kate Caraway (University of Liverpool)

Group size and community cohesion in Archaic Greece: Towards a methodology.

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch and poster session
Panel 3

Chair: Lucy Cummings

2.00 – 2.30 John Bowman (Newcastle University)

Derwentcote Forge Cottages: A steel making community in the Derwent Valley 1841-1891.

2.30 – 3.00 Lawrence Mills (University of Glasgow)

Building the Old College

3.00 – 3.30 Alberto Cafaro (University of Pisa)

Praefecti fabrum and Roman politics.

3.30 – 4.00 Andrew Marriott (Newcastle University)

Entrenched Views. Accessing the people of the First World War through Material Culture

4.00 – 4.30 Tea and Coffee
4.30 – 5.30 Keynote: Dr Valentina Arena (UCL)

‘The Individual and the Community in Republican Political Thought’

5.45 Reception and prize giving (Student Common Room, Armstrong Building)

 

 

 

PGF Conference Programme

It’s that time of year again: the sun is out, the birds are singing… and the PGF Conference is  soon!

The theme for this year’s conference, if you didn’t know it yet, is Individuals and Communities. We have a great day lined up for you, some interesting papers from across the disciplines and across the country (and beyond!), so come along to the Research Beehive on campus on 20th May. There will also be posters on postgraduate research.

You can find the programme here.

UPDATE: The research beehive can be found at number 25 on the campus map.

You can follow us @NewcastlePGF for information and live tweeting. Use the hashtag #PGFConference to join the discussion.

Newsletter, week 12.04.16

Sorry the newsletter is late this week (IT fault…).  If you would like to promote an event, please get in touch
(m.ahlers1@ncl.ac.uk).

Research Seminars

Archaeology:
Tuesday 12th April, 6-8 pm, Armstrong Building, Room 1.06
Stephanie Moat (Newcastle University): ‘New Perspectives on Provincial Religious Statuary: A Case Study from Roman Britain and North Africa’

Classics and Ancient History:
Wednesday 13th April, 5-7 pm, Armstrong Building, Room 2.50
Eric Csapo (Sydney): ‘Choregic dedications and what they tell us about comic performance in the fourth century BC’

 

Further School Events

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell Exhibition
30th January 2016 – 3rd May 2016, Great North Museum

Newcastle University Public Lectures

14th April, 5:30-6:45pm, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Sian Reynolds (Professor of French, University of Sterling): ‘Children of the revolutionaries’

Live Music

14th April, 1:10-2pm, Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle
Sarah Beth Briggs (piano):
Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 199, Nos. 1-4
Hayden: Sonata in C, Hob XVI/50
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau (from first book of Images)
Chopin: F Minor Fantasy, Op. 49
Free admission

14th April, 4:30-5:30pm, Spaces 4 and 5, Culture Lab, King’s Walk
Student Performances including Alex Guthrie (piano), Nishant Verma (drums), Mark Johnson (drums), Joe Harmsworth (guitar), Grace Alexander (keys)
Free admission, limited capacity

Just a minute with… Emma Nicholson

emmaDr. Emma Nicholson finished her PhD on Philip V of Macedon in Polybios’ Histories at Newcastle in December 2015 and is currently teaching in the department. her research interests include Hellenistic history, historiography, epigraphy, leadership, cultural politics, cultural values and interstate relations. Traveller, artist, lover of movies, good food, good beer, and books. find her on Twitter.

 

  1. How did you come to be interested in your current area of research?

I’ve been interested in the ancient world since childhood, but came to love Macedonian and Hellenistic history during my BA and my MA. Philip V and Polybios emerged as top for the PhD.

  1. What advice would you have for current UG or early stage PG students?

Start early, work hard, work consistently, but always leave time for yourself!

  1. What book are you currently reading?

Too many!

  1. If you were a biscuit, what sort would you be?

Something chocolatey.

  1. What has been the highlight of your week?

Having an old friend over for the weekend. Lots of food, fun, geek and games!

  1. What is the most important life skill you learnt whilst being a PGR student?

Finding a decent work-life balance and not feeling guilty about taking time off. We worry so much about our work and achievements that we forget to take care of the very instruments (our brains) which get us there!

  1. Do you have favourite hidden gems of Newcastle?

Gorgeous little Café 1901 in Jesmond.

  1. What has been the most significant/memorable moment of your academic career so far?

A four-month research trip to Erlangen, Germany!

  1. What do you enjoy the most about being part of the history, classics and archaeology department at Newcastle?

People are supportive, connected and get involved.

  1. What would your perfect day away from work be?

Either reading/playing games at home all day, or hiking up a mountain somewhere.

  1. What is your favourite movie quote?

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” (Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring). Ok, it’s originally a book quote, but all the same.

  1. What’s next for Emma?

New adventures!

 

Thanks , Emma! We are all behind you all the way, wherever those new adventures may lead you.

Newsletter, week 22.02.16

Once again, the newsletter.  If you would like to promote an event, please get in touch
(m.ahlers1@ncl.ac.uk).

Research Seminars

Archaeology:
Monday 22nd February, 5-7 pm, Armstrong Building, Room 2.28
Dr Eugene Costello (NUI Galway)’ Booley houses and herders: an historical archaeology of transhumance in the west of Ireland’

History:
Wednesday 24th February, 5-7 pm, Armstrong Building, Room 1.04
Aditya Sarkar (University of Warwick): ‘Arrears Due: Wage-Payment and the Labour Question in Late-Colonial Bombay’

MedLAB:
Thursday 25th February, 5-6.30 pm, Armstrong Building, Room 2.16
Philip Garrett (Newcastle University): Title TBC

Further School Events

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell Exhibition
30th January 2016 – 3rd May 2016, Great North Museum

Newcastle University Public Lectures

Tuesday 23rd February, 5:30-6:45pm, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Helen Berry, Professor of British History, Newcastle University: Gertrude Bell and the ‘Woman Question’
Free admission

Thursday 25th February, 5:30-6:45pm, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Clive Morton OBE, Professor of Corporate Governance and Business Development, Middlesex University Business School: Tackling uncertainty in organisations –the future: opportunity or threat?

Live Music

Thursday 25th February, 4:30-5:30pm, Spaces 4 and 5, Culture Lab, King’s Walk
Student Performances
Including Desmond Lau (clarinet), Masoud Hardan (guitar), Joe Reeve (saxophone), Abigail Brierley (trumpet), Liam Mulpetre (guitar)
Free admission, limited capacity

 

Just a minute with… Chris Mowat

ChrisChris Mowat is a second year Classics and Ancient History PhD student, and our current IT and Social Media person. His research is on gender construction and divination in the Roman world. He is also organising AMPAH 2016. He is on twitter @chrismologos

Though currently away on research in Germany, we still managed to get him to answer a few questions…

 

  1. If you could time-travel back to any moment in the past where and when would it be?

Gosh, there are so many options… and I would probably just waste it on going to see the original production of a Shakespeare…

  1. What book are you currently reading?

Romanitas by Sophia McDougall. Alternate history modern-day Roman Empire, or, as my best friend described it, “Latin Steampunk”.

  1. What did you want to be as a child?

So many things, including a best-selling novelist and a window cleaner! True story!

  1. Can you describe your research in three words?

Roman Sex and Magic.

Okay – that is not exactly accurate, but close enough, and it is great to say!

  1. What are your three most overused/cliché words or phrases?

“Hi Hungry, I’m Chris!”

“True story.”

“On a scale of 1 to [word]…”

  1. What’s the worst Classics-related joke that you’re heard and/or are guilty of telling?

I have a Classics hoodie that says “my life is in ruins”. Works for archaeologists, too!

  1. Have you got any hidden talents?

Yes.

But if I told you, they wouldn’t be hidden!

  1. If given complete freedom to start over, what profession would you like to do and why?

Professional panda hugger. It is a real job, which people are paid real money to do.

  1. What is your favourite movie quote?

“How am I not myself?” (from I Huckabees).

 

Thanks, Chris! See you in March, when you are back from Germany!

Individuals and Communities: the 13th Annual PGF conference

20th May, 2016

Humans are often considered ‘social animals’, existing only within larger groups, though still maintaining a unique identity. This interdisciplinary one-day conference seeks reflect on the shifting relationship between individuals and communities across history. Defining the relationship between the individual and a (or several) social group(s) is difficult task. A community and an individual often construct carefully curated identities, which are either mutual or distinct. Humans have constantly created communities, approaches to the study of which are wide-ranging and indeed interdisciplinary. Equally, throughout our history individuals have emerged and their eminency has endured the test of time. Prominent and conspicuous these great individuals stand as role-models and exempla. Yet others, individuals who are not famous (either in their own, or our time) often prove to be just as important. What role can we, as historians and archaeologists, play in reviving and bringing back the individual from a historical period, ancient or more modern? Can we restore their agency? How important is the individual experience in society? How are communities organised?
 
We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate historians, classicists, ancient historians, and archaeologists. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
 
·        Individuals in communities
·        Individuals outside communities
·        Outsiders and exile
·        Individuals in history
·        Agency
·        ‘Great-Man’ theory
·        Public and private religion
·        Organisation(s) and landscape
·        Social roles
·        International relations
·        Social communication
·        Family
·        Gender and sexuality
·        Creating society
·        Class and race
 
We also invite poster submissions from postgraduate students. In order to offer the opportunity to present work which is in the earlier stages of research, poster submissions are not necessarily required to fit with the theme of the conference.
 
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to l.emslie@ncl.ac.uk by Friday 1st April 2016. If you have any ideas, questions or enquiries, please feel free to get in touch.