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Ms Emily Hanscam

(email at e.r.hanscam@durham.ac.uk)

Education

MA in Social Archaeology with Distinction, University of Southampton, 2014

BA in Anthropology and History, Whitman College, 2012

Research Topic

Archaeological Possibilities for Envisioning a Postnational Romania

Abstract

How is the past used to construct the nation-state of Romania? Can we use this same past to construct a postnational narrative for Romania, a region which acted as a corridorspace for migration in antiquity? This thesis begins with a critique of Romanian nationalism and its ongoing relationship with archaeological research in Romania, aiming to understand the role of the past in sustaining the boundaries drawn around Romanian national territory. It then provides a series of building blocks for a postnational Romania, using a deep time narrative that has focus rather than borders, values diversity, and emphasises multivocality.

Conference Highlights

Guest Editor for the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, 2017-2018. Journal founded in 2017 to replace the TRAC Proceedings Series. 

Beyond the Trench: A Workshop in Archaeological Pedagogy - 8th Dec, 2017 with funding from Dept. of Archaeology's Research Dialogues initiative, https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/postgraduate/research_dialogues/beyondthetrench/

TRAC Workshop on the Iron Age and Roman Heritages, with Richard Hingley and Chiara Bonacchi, 28-31 March, 2017.

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, 28-31 March 2017: Member of the local organizing committee for TRAC 2017, presented Durham bid at TRAC 2016. Local representative on the TRAC standing committee 2016-2017.

Lead session organizer for 'Political Agendas and Sponsorship in Archaeology,' Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Bradford, 14-16 December, 2015. 

Seminars

2017: 'Beyond the frontier: Excavating the Romans in Romania,' Archaeology Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, 9 Nov. 

2017: 'Beyond the Frontier: Excavating the Romans in Romania,' Roman Discussion Forum, Oxford University, 24 May.

2016: 'Conceptualizing Space in Eastern Europe,' Excavations at Halmyris Lecture Series, Murighiol, 2 August.

2016: 'Theory, Politics, and Romans: Marxist thought in Eastern European Archaeology,' Durham University Postgraduate Research Seminar Series, 29 April.

2016: 'Social Impact of Archaeology,' Student Archaeological Workshop, Durham University, 28 April.

2015: 'The Social Context of Archaeology in Romania,' Durham University Postgraduate Research Seminar Series, 8 May.

2015: 'Politics and Archaeology,' Student Archaeological Workshop, Durham University, 23 February. 

Fieldwork

Project Coordinator and Site Manager for Excavations at Halmyris, Romania.

www.halmyris.org

Publications

Edited book

  • Zahariade, M., Avram, A., Hanscam, E.R., Rogers, G. & Durant, N. (2015). Lexicon of the Greek and Roman Cities and Place Names in Antiquity: Caesarodunum-Cannabiaca. Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert.

Journal Article

  • Hanscam, E.R. (2017). Frontiers of Romania: Nationalism and the Ideological Space of the Roman Limes. Ex Novo Journal of Archaeology 2: 63-83.

Book review

  • Hanscam, E.R. (2017). Review of Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Mouseion 14(1): 161-164.

Conference Paper

  • Hanscam, E.R. (2017), Division on the Danube, the deep history of boundaries in Romania, The 27th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Durham.
  • Karavas, J. & Hanscam, E.R. (2017), Excavations at Halmyris: beyond the frontier, The 27th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Durham.
  • Hanscam, E.R. & Hingley, R. (2017), National Space and the 'Age of Migrations': Finding Rome's Barbarians in Modern Romania, 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Maastricht, The European Association of Archaeologists.
  • Hanscam, E.R. (2016), Archaeological border studies: the impact of the Roman Frontier on the present immigration crisis, European Association of Archaeologists. Vilnius.
  • Hanscam, E.R. (2016), Divorcing theory from Politics: Marxist thought in Eastern European Roman Archaeology, Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Rome.
  • Hanscam, E.R. (2016), From the ground up: Experiencing Romania through excavations at Halmyris in the Danube Delta, 22nd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Vilnius.
  • Hanscam, E.R. (2015), Excavations at Halmyris: the socialization of young archaeologists in Romania, Theoretical Archaeology Group USA. New York.
  • Hanscam, E.R. (2015), The Social Context of Archaeology in Romania: teaching field methodology alongside an Orthodox holy site, 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Glasgow, University of Glasgow.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Hanscam, E.R. (2017). What we're finding as we excavate Halmyris, a frontier fort of the Roman Empire. The Conversation (25 July).

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