In May 2016 I began my Early Career Research Fellowship at Open University. Brave New Classics (BNC) examines the unlikely but electric convergence of British receptions of Soviet Marxism and classics, and their combined influence on British culture from 1917 to the Hungarian Revolution and Suez Crisis.
CLASSICS AND CLASS IN BRITAIN (1789-1939)
I was the Research Associate on the major AHRC-funded research project into working-class receptions of ancient Greek and Roman culture, led by Prof. Edith Hall and hosted by King’s College London (Jan 2013-Dec 2015). Our website can be visited here, and our jointly edited volume, Greek and Roman Classics and the British Struggle for Social Reform (Bloomsbury, 2015), is currently available in all good legal deposit libraries. Additionally, we have a joint authored book in preparation with the working title: A People’s History of Classics.
CLASSICS AND COMMUNISM
Elżbieta Olechowska (Warsaw) and David Movrin (Ljubjiana) invited me to bring a C&C panel called Ancient Theatre and Communists Beyond Soviet Europe to their international conference (Jan. 2015) Ancient Theatre and Communism. Read a short report here, and see our presentation here. Panelists include: Prof. Edith Hall, Dr. Justine McConnell and Dr. Rosa Andujar.
I am an Early Career Research Associate of Oxford University’s Archive of the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama. In summer 2012 I conducted 2 month’s research for the major Leverhulme-funded project ‘Performing Ancient Epic’ project, led by Fiona Macintosh and Justine McConnell. I investigated European theatrical engagements with Ancient Epic in the Romantic Era.
A COCKNEY CATULLUS
PhD research (The Open University and University of Oxford, 2008-11): I held the fully-funded and full time Michael Comber Studentship for Classical Reception. The research I conducted over the 3 years was into the reception of Catullus in Romantic-era Britain. The book is now published by Oxford University Press as A Cockney Catullus (2015/6).
I am a consultant on Northwestern University’s Classicizing Chicago Project. My digital outreach methodology for the C&C project is the model for their exciting new ATLAS strand (in development).