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Archaeologies of Knowledge

The sense of knowledge as having a genealogy and a history has become commonplace with the rise of intellectual history as a key preoccupation, and within this the history of disciplines, the compartmentalisation of knowledge, and the phenomenon of the repeated call for interdisciplinarity as a counterpoint to the isolation of disciplines, are all important.

This research theme specifically aims to look at the historicisation of disciplines, and the often contested, and challengeable, roots of our current states of knowledge. The theme is intended to bring together many of the more specialised technical areas of interest at the BSR, from epigraphy to archival research to the detailed study of material culture, but also to underline the integration of these themes and techniques in broader historical and cultural trends, such as the history of collecting. As we increasingly develop digital humanities as a core strength, we will reflect on its position as generating new knowledge and creating new bridges across academic disciplines.

Award-Holders since 2008

From Renaissance to Grand Tour

David Chidgey (Melbourne): An Italian teacher of English language and culture in sixteenth-century England and Italy
William Eisler (Musée monetaire cantonal, Lausanne): The medals of Martin Folkes: art, Newtonian science and Masonic sociability in the age of the Grand Tour
Luciana Gallo: A new chapter in the history of the Elgin drawings: the missing Italian collection
Robert Hearn (Genoa/Nottingham): ‘The genteelest thing to’: British travellers and Italian hunting, 1700–1900
Giorgio Lizzul (King’s College London): Justifying state borrowing in the economic languages of late medieval and Renaissance Italy: the legitimation of the Monte della Fede in a comparative context
Simon Macdonald (Cambridge): British communities in late eighteenth-century Italy
John Robertson (Oxford): Sacred history and enlightenment history: Rome and Naples 1650–1750
Ana Maria Suarez Huerta: Travels across Europe in the eighteenth century: the unique case of Spain
Nicholas Temple (Lincoln/Huddersfield): Sir William Chambers’ Grand Tour: reconciling orientalism and classicism
Felix Waldmann (Cambridge): Antonio Genovesi, the ‘scuola genovesiana’, and moral philosophy in the kingdom of Naples
Jonathan Yarker (Cambridge): Thomas Jenkins and the business of the Grand Tour in eighteenth-century Rome

Literature, Historiography, epigraphy, palaeography

Jaspreet Boparai (Cambridge): Politian’s Hellenism: reading, writing, teaching and studying Greek at the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Florentine studio, 1469-94
Michelle Borg (Sydney): Pliny the Younger and senatorial opposition to Domitian
Maureen Carroll (Sheffield): Mater Matuta and related goddesses: guaranteeing maternal fertility and infant survival in Italic and Roman Italy
Carrie Churnside (Birmingham): The seventeenth-century sacred cantata in the papal states
Hannah Cornwell (Oxford): Pax and the language of imperialism
Michele George (McMaster): Images of Roman slavery
Miriam Gillett (Macquarie): Inventing the Etruscans: Graeco-Roman constructions of the Etruscan peoples
Allison Goudie (Oxford): Canova and caricature: strategies for viewing portraiture in the Napoleonic era
Christopher Haddad (Macquarie): Finding Rome’s official voice: the genesis of official Roman epigraphy
Stephen Heyworth (Oxford): A commentary on Ovid, Fasti 3
Matthew Hoskin (Edinburgh): Early gatherings: a reassessment of the texts and selections of papal letters found in the earliest canonical collections
Luke Houghton (Glasgow): Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue: a cultural history
Daniel Irwin (Sydney): Livy and Polybius: intertextuality and authority
Jack Lennon (Nottingham/UCL): Dirt and pollution in Roman professions
Ann Liebeck (Oxford): Anna de Amicis, Antonia Bernasconi, Lucrezia Agujari and Caterina Gabrielli, their influence on changing vocal technique in works for soprano by Mozart, through the operas of Jommelli, Traetta and the Neapolitan School
Oren Margolis (Oesterreichisches Nationalbibliothek): The hyper-literate: humanists and diplomats in Renaissance Europe
Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow): Roman drama in fragments: Atellane comedy and the sententiae attributed to Publilius
Richard Pollard (Cambridge): 1. An edition and commentary for the seventh-century papal letters; 2. A study and edition of ninth-century Nonantola’s manuscript annotations
David Rundle (Oxford):The English hand in Rome: barbarous Britons and the Renaissance arts of the humanist book, 1400–1520
Anita Sganzerla (Courtauld): Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and the ‘Republic of Letters’ in Seventeenth-century Rome
Byron Waldron (Sydney): Collegiality, dynasty and the Tetrarchy
Simon Williams (Liverpool): The writing and reception of history in the tenth century: an investigation of Liudprand of Cremona’s Antapodosis
Kate Willman (Warwick): The new Italian epic: history, journalism and the 21st-century ‘novel’

Archaeological Science

Laura Banducci (Michigan): Foodways and cultural identity in Republican Italy: the coastal cities of Paestum and Populonia
Zoe Cormack (Durham/Open): Collecting on the White Nile: Italians in South Sudan (1840–83)
Emlyn Dodd (Macquarie): Roman viticulture and the provinces: an archaeological study on wine production and the socio-cultural connectivity it stimulates
Jane Draycott (Nottingham): The gardens of Hygieia: the role of the Roman hortus in domestic medical practice
Victoria Leitch (Oxford): Roman North African cookwares in the Mediterranean: production, diffusion and typological reference
Angela Trentacoste (Sheffield): Beyond sacrifice: re-evaluating the ritual use and deposition of animals in Etruscan and early Roman Italy
Robyn Veal (Sydney): Forest exploitation and sustainability in central Italy and provincial Britain in the Roman Imperial period

Selected Publications since 2008

Ian CAMPBELL (Rome Scholar 1980–1) (with Robert W. Gaston), ‘Pirro Ligorio and two columna caelata drawings at Windsor Castle’, Papers of the British School at Rome 78 (2010): 265–88.
Ian CAMPBELL (Rome Scholar 1980–1), ‘The ‘Minerva Medica’ and the Schola Medicorum: Pirro Ligorio and Roman toponymy’, Papers of the British School at Rome 79 (2011): 299–328.
Maureen CARROLL (Balsdon Fellow 2007-8), ‘Exploring the sanctuary of Venus and its sacred grove: politics, cult and identity in Roman Pompeii’, Papers of the British School at Rome 78 (2010): 63-106.
Jane DRAYCOTT (Rome Fellow 2011–12), Approaches to Healing in Roman Egypt (British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 2012).
Catherine FLETCHER (Rome Fellow 2009-10), Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador (Bodley Head, 2012).
Alison COOLEY (Rome Award 1996–7), The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Jaye MCKENZIE-CLARK (Macquarie Gale Rome Scholar 2007-8), Vesuvian Sigillata at Pompeii (Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 20) (British School at Rome, 2012).
Susan RUSSELL (Assistant Director, 2003-2010), ‘Girolamo Mercuriale’s De Arte Gymnastica and Papal health at the Villa Pamphilj, Rome’, in A. Arcangeli & V. Nutton (eds), Girolamo Mercuriale. Medicina e cultura nell’Europa del Cinquecento. Atti del Convegno ‘Girolamo Mercuriale e lo spazio scientifico e culturale del Cinquecento’ (Forlì, 8-11 novembre 2006) (Bibliothèque d’Histoire des Sciences 10; Leo S. Olschki): 163-77.
Susan RUSSELL (Assistant Director, 2003-2010), ‘Salvator Rosa and Herman van Swanevelt’ in S. Ebert-Schifferer, C. Volpi and H. Langdon (eds), Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) e il suo tempo, 1615-1673.

Forthcoming events in this theme