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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:

For the Administrator (maternity cover)


T: 0191 334 6574

For the Administrative Assistant


T: 0191 334 42974


Associate Director (World Heritage): Professor Robin Coningham - view profile

Associate Director: Professor Barbara Ravelhofer - view profile

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details

Hingley, Richard (2014). Romanization. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Smith, Claire (Editor-in-chief) Springer. 6373-6380.

Author(s) from Durham


This entry addresses the changing meanings of the term “Romanization” since the late nineteenth century. For much of the time between the initial introduction of this concept and the 1960s, the process of Romanization appears to have been viewed in an uncritical light by archaeologists and ancient historians. Romanization was often considered to operate as a relatively simple process through which indigenous societies across Italy and the Western Roman Empire became integrated into a civilized community. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the ancient historians Theodor Mommsen (1817–1903) and Francis Haverfield (1860–1919) defined this concept. In many of the works that resulted from the tradition established by these two authors, Romanization was identified as a fairly simple process of social evolution, which derived its logic from the assumption that social change occurred in all societies from a primitive form to a civilized way of liv ...

Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: