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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.

Publications

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, Guest Editor, 2017-18.

Hanscam, E., 2017. "What we're finding as we excavate Halmyris, a frontier fort of the Roman Empire." The Conversation. 25 July, 2017. https://theconversation.com/what-were-finding-as-we-excavate-halmyris-a-frontier-fort-of-the-roman-empire-73577 

Hanscam, E., 2017. Review of Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods by Victor Cojocaru, Altay Coskun, and Madalina Dana. Mouseion, 14(1), pp.161–164.

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

Grants

2016: Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Grant

2016: Roman Archaeological Conference (RAC) bursary

2016: The Roman Society and Barbican Society TRAC bursary

2015 – 2017: St. Cuthbert's Society Postgraduate Research Award

2015 – 2017: St. Cuthbert's Society Henry Tudor Fund (Student Development Award)

2008 – 2012: Alexander J. Anderson Scholarship for Academic Merit

Conference contributions

2017: 'National Space and the 'Age of Migrations': Finding Rome's Barbarians in Modern Romania,' European Association of Archaeologists 

2017: TRAC workshop on the Iron Age and Roman Heritages, with Richard Hingley and Chiara Bonacchi.

2017: 'Division on the Danube, the deep history of boundaries in Romania,' Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), 28-31 March, Durham.

2017: 'Excavations at Halmyris: beyond the frontier' Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), 28-31 March, Durham.

2016: 'Archaeological border studies: the impact of the Roman Frontier on the present immigration crisis,' European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), 31st August- 3rd Sept, Vilnius.

2016: 'From the ground up: Experiencing Romania through excavations at Halmyris in the Danube Delta,' European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), 31st August- 3rd Sept, Vilnius.

2016: 'Divorcing theory from Politics: Marxist thought in Eastern European Roman Archaeology,' Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), 16-19 March, Rome.

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

2015: 'The Social Context of Archaeology in Romania: teaching field methodology alongside an Orthodox holy site,' European Association of Archaeologists, 2-5 September, University of Glasgow.

2015: 'Excavations at Halmyris: the socialization of young archaeologists in Romania,' Theoretical Archaeology Group USA, 22-23 MayNew York University.

Conference organization

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/

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 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. 

Seminars

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. 

Public Outreach

2017: 'Archaeological border studies: the impact of the Roman Frontier on the 21st century,’ 28 February, Durham Amateur Archaeology Group.

2016: 'Archaeological Ethnography: the social context of excavation in Romania,' 9 February, Durham Amateur Archaeology Group.

2015: 'Archaeology in Romania: Nationalism and the Roman Past,' 17 February, Durham Amateur Archaeology Group.

Fieldwork

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

www.halmyris.org

Is supervised by