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Greek and Roman Cities

The Greco-Roman world was one of cities, many of which still shape the landscape of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East today. Yet the ancient city was not only a distinct architectural form, but also the centre of ancient people’s lives. Greek and Roman cities were arenas for politics and displays of power and status, venues for culture and entertainment and the backdrop for daily life, worship and death. Ancient ideas and politics, such as monarchy or democracy, developed in and for cities. Studying the ancient city, through its art, architecture and literature that survives today, means understanding the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman world and its heritage to modernity.

The Departments of Archaeology and History at the University of Sheffield are holding a free study afternoon for GCSE Students from local schools and colleges.  You will be introduced to ancient Greek and Roman cities and given a taste of what studying History or Archaeology at University is all about. You will have the opportunity to investigate two themes from the table below in small seminar groups, taught by final-year History and Archaeology students, with Dr Julia Hillner, Dr Jane Rempel and Prof Maureen Carroll offering concluding comments.

Seminar Topics may include:

  • Women in the city
  • Houses and households
  • Sacred spaces
  • Politics in the city
  • City and countryside
  • Cities and Slavery
  • End of the ancient city

For more information or to book places please contact:

Linda Billam, Schools’ Outreach Support Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield, email: l.billam@sheffield.ac.uk

University of Sheffield academics elected Fellows of the British Academy

In an unprecedented honour for The University of Sheffield, two academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been elected Fellows of the British Academy – the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences.

We’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Michael Braddick, Professor of History, and Professor Glynis Jones, Department of Archaeology.

Mike has recently completed a term of office as Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Author of a number of highly acclaimed histories, he has published widely on aspects of state formation and forms of political resistance in early modern England. He is also a champion of the value of the Arts and Humanities within education, and his articles on this subject have been published by the national media.

Glynis has been a member of staff at The University of Sheffield for almost thirty years. She is the Director of the MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and is a world expert on the origins of agriculture.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor, said, “I am truly delighted that two of our colleagues have been honoured by Fellowship of the British Academy. It is vital that universities not only address the scientific and technical challenges of the modern age, but also that we ask profound questions about society and how we live. The humanities and social sciences bring vital insight of history and archaeology and an understanding of human life and cultures. Without this perspective, we are deeply impoverished as people and our technical solutions run the risk of misunderstanding the very people they are meant to serve.”

Additional information:

University press release

Mike Braddick’s staff profile

Glynis Jones’ staff profile

Arts and Humanities talks in student residences

Several of the Faculty’s academic staff have been involved with the Residence Life project this month.

Adam Piette and Fabienne Collignon, School of English, gave a talk entitled, “Car Crash to Robot Trash: Sex, Death, Technology”. The lecture considered J. G. Ballard’s novel Crash about people with Symphorophilia or car crash sexual fetishism, and then talked about the weird 1989 Japanese cyberpunk movie, Testuo: The Iron Man, directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.

Kevin Kuykendall, Department of Archaeology, considered, “Becoming Human: The Fossil Record of Human Evolution”. His lecture surveyed the known fossil record for human evolution and discussed what we currently understand about the timescale and pattern of our species’ evolutionary history. Evidence from the archaeology and primate behaviour was presented along with current interpretations about the key events along the evolutionary pathway to becoming human. Sheffield Debating hosted an “Evolution vs. Creationism” debate after the talk.

Andrew Heath, Department of History, and Pete David (The Payroll Union) gave a talk about, “Faith and Fear in Philadelphia: Exploring History through Music, Film, and Art”. It considered: how can we tell stories about the past? This simple question inspired Pete David of the Americana band, and Dr. Andrew Heath, a lecturer in American History, to join together in a project that explores writing history through words, film, and song. More about the project: http://www.shef.ac.uk/news/nr/payroll-union-faith-fear-philadelphia-1.320965

Staff from the School of English and Student Support and Guidance discussed Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English. As part of this year’s Booker Prize Initiative, 4,000 copies of Pigeon English were delivered to students in the University residences. Panelists in the talk discussed their view of the book, as well as its themes and the situations in which its protagonist finds himself. 

The Living-Learning lecture series of talks are delivered by experts from across the University, which offer thought-provoking topics in new and accessible ways. The talks take place in the student village and refreshments are available.

Additional Information

More information about Residence Life:  www.residencelife.co.uk.

More information about Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative: http://www.shef.ac.uk/english/booker

SCEMS: Early Modern Vernacularization: A Multi-Disciplinary Discussion

An exciting workshop brought to you by the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies:

Early Modern Vernacularization:
A Multi-Disciplinary Discussion

The basic questions behind this workshop are what do different disciplines take ‘the vernacular’ and ‘vernacularization’ to mean and why or how do these concepts have particular purchase for the period 1500 – 1800?


Susan Fitzmaurice (Historical Pragmatics, Sheffield)

Adrian Greene (Architectural History, Durham)

Matthew Johnson (Archaeology, Northwestern)

Anthony Milton (Political History, Sheffield)

Cathy Shrank (Literature, Sheffield)

Phil Withington (Social History, Sheffield)

Please email g.schwartzleeper@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like to attend.