Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies
The Durham Centre for Roman Culture aims to foster and sustain new research, developing and integrating traditional classical and archaeological scholarship, and combining these with new ideas drawn from a broader academic spectrum (including both the social and natural sciences). Such approaches deploy a wide range of material evidence for the study of the social and economic development of societies under Roman dominion.
Originally founded by Professor Martin Millett in 1996 as the Centre for Provincial Roman Archaeology, its remit has been broadened to include the Mediterranean world. We have a wide and active membership within and beyond the University and maintain a seminar programme, together with a conference every few years.
Members of the Centre are actively involved in research, fieldwork and publication. New initiatives are developing, including work that creates a cross-disciplinary approach to Roman heritage and culture and work that explores the relationship of the imperial core to the societies of its frontiers. The history of classical scholarship represents an additional significant area of recent research and publication.
The Centre's principal objectives are:
• to establish a lively and stimulating research environment dedicated to interdisciplinary work and the development of a broad range of new approaches
• to further the development of individual research with the regular interchange of ideas through informal research seminars and conferences
• to actively encourage new Research Fellows and PhD students to come to Durham
• to create a series of 'round-table' meetings and conferences at which researchers from different countries can review and discuss work on particular themes.
The result of these meetings is disseminated through the publication of a series of seminar volumes which aim to develop the research agenda in each sphere. Recent examples include a conference on Roman Working Lives and Urban Living (2001), Roman Finds Conference in Context and Theory (July 2002) the Fourteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (April 2004), Cities and Gods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (July 2007) and a cross-disciplinary conference on Life of the Frontier (March 2012).