Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies

Project Events

Recent events

Workshop on Tales of Frontier and Cultural Engagement

24 May 2013, Durham University

Project Impact

March to June 2013, Dr Ahmed Shams El Din has been working with the Tales of the Frontier Team to address the impact of the project on communities and public policy. This post has been funded through the AHRC's Cultural Engagement Fund.

Hexham Local History Society

14 May 2013. Richard Hingley spoke on Hadrian's Wall: a life to the Hexham Local History Society.

Society for American Archaeology

4 April 2013, Richard Hingley spoke about Hadrian's Wall as a cultural frontier at the Society for American Archaeology in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Entangling Colonial Narratives

10 January 2013, Richard Hingley spoke on Post-Colonial Roman Archaeology and the Roman Frontiers in a session on Entangling Colonial Narratives at the Society of Historical Archaeology Conference in Leicester.

Durham Book Festival

26 October 2012, Richard Hingley spoke on Hadrian's Wall: a life at the Durham Book Festival.

Archived events

Durham Book Festival: Writing in the Academy

Prof Richard Hingley talks about his new book Hadrian's Wall: A Life as part of the Durham Book Festival.

26th October 2012, 12:30 to 13:30, Institute of Advanced Study Seminar Room, Cosins Hall, Palace Green
 
Professor Maggie O'Neill, Professor Richard Hingley & Professor Andrea Noble

An Archaeology of 'Race'. Exploring the Northern Frontier in Roman Britain

Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology, Durham - 11th Sept 2010 - 9th January 2011

This exhibition explores issues of multiculturalism on the northern frontier of the Roman empire during the Roman period. Born in AD 146 in Leptis Magna, one of the great colonized cities of Roman Africa, Lucius Septimius Severus ruled Britain from his capital at York. Both during and after his reign, units of soldiers from across the roman world lived on what we now call 'Hadrian's Wall'. This exhibition explores the everyday life, citizenship and culture of the men and women on the Wall. The exhibition has previously visited Segedunum Roman fort (Wallsend), Tullie House Museum (Carlise) and Queen's Campus (Stockton).

Downloadable resources

XXIst International Limes (Roman Frontiers) Congress

The Tales of the Frontier team have convened a session at the XXIst International Limes (Roman Frontiers) Congress at Newcastle upon Tyne in August 2009.

The session considered Studying Roman Frontiers in a Globalized World

This session aimed to explore how and why we study Roman frontiers. Specifically, it considered the relationship between scholarly work and contemporary society. Historiographical studies demonstrate how archaeologists’ interpretive frameworks are often shaped by contemporary social and political environment (for example, the defensive frontier / Maginot Line). What then does it mean to study Roman frontiers in today’s globalized world? One of the defining characteristics of the contemporary globe is the process of de-territorialization – the integrity of nation states is eroded by the free movement of people, goods, and ideas. In such a world, the relevance of the frontier appears to have declined; perhaps the Roman frontier is of little relevance in a globalized world?

In fact, frontiers have not disappeared at all. Both iconic frontiers (e.g. Berlin Wall) and banal frontiers (internal EU customs) may have vanished; the new frontier may be in cyberspace. But other physical frontiers persist (the US-Mexico border) and other new frontiers have been defined (Israel-Palestine security fence). This session started from the belief that the study of ancient frontiers is of no less relevance today than 100 years ago. Further, bordering and globalization theories provide new conceptual tools for the interpretation of these frontiers and the exploration of their relevance.

Papers in this session were invited to set the study of Roman frontiers in a broad historical context and to explore the interpretation of Roman frontiers today. It brought together academics from a diverse range of subjects, including archaeologists, geographers, historians who are working on the European, Eastern and African frontiers of the Empire, as well as scholars working on other historical and contemporary frontiers. The outcome was to underline how current studies have responded to the new global order and to explore how they might develop in the future.

Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference - 'Geography, Knowledge and Society' 2009

Richard Hingley and Divya Tolia-Kelly will both be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference -'Geography, Knowledge and Society' 2009. The Session, Narrating Landscape and Environment will consider narrative as a way of shaping and arranging understandings of landscape and environment.

Richard will speak about Narrating the Roman Wall through chorography

Divya will speak on Narrating the postcolonial landscape: the archaeologies of race at Hadrian's Wall

The conference will take place in Manchester in 26th-28th August 2009

Read the abstracts here:

Tales of the Frontier Advisory Group Meeting July 2009

 

The project advisory group visited Durham on 2nd and 3rd July 2009 for the final project meeting. The group enjoyed a sunny day on the Wall with a visit to Housesteads and Chesters before the meeting, and rounded off the trip with the Archeaology of 'race' exhibition launch party at Segedunum Wallsend.

 

Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Divya Tolia-Kelly was invited to speak along with Ash Amin and Derek Gregory, at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change in the Research Unit: Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark. The paper is entitled 'The Landscape of 'stranger', 'migrant' and 'other' in Roman Britain' - This took place on May 29th 2009.

 

Roman Archaeology Seminars

 

Richard Hingley and Claire Nesbitt presented Tales from the Wall a paper for the Roman Archaeology Seminars School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University. Tuesday 17th March 2009 5.30 pm, Armstrong Teaching Room 1

 

Archaeology Festival 2009

 

Richard Hingley spoke at the Archaeology Festival 2009 held in Cardiff 7th-8th February 2009. Richard gave a paper entitled: Tales of the Frontier: The reception of Hadrian's Wall

 

Department of Geography Seminar, University of Leicester

Divya Tolia-Kelly: An archaeology of Race at Hadrian's Wall 4th December 2008 University of Leicester, Department of Geography Seminar.

Upper Derwent History and Archaeology Society

Claire Nesbitt A Wall for all Times: Post-Roman Romance and Imperial Inspiration in the History of Hadrian's Wall a paper for the Upper Derwent History and Archaeology Society Tuesday 11th November 2008 7.30pm

Empires and the Political conference, University of Durham, North Carolina, USA

Richard Hingley The Roman Limes and British imperial frontier policy Empires and the Political conference, University of Durham, North Carolina, USA, 31st October - 1st November 2009 

The Nijmegen Centre for Border Research

Divya Tolia-Kelly Archaeologies of Race and Landscape: Excavating the Material Geographies of Hadrian's Wall International Seminar - “NORFACE – B/ordering Europe: The Frontier ” The Nijmegen Centre for Border Research

Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference 2008

August 27th-29th 2008

The Tales of the Frontier Team convened a session at the RGS annual conference entitled Matters of Interdisciplinarity: Archaeology meets Geography. A summary of the session is available at the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Website. There were also contributions from members of the project team at the Diaspora Landscapes session. Outlines of both sessions can be downloaded in MS Word format below.

University of Campinas, Brazil

Richard Hingley - Tales of the Frontier University of Campinas, Brazil on 12th August 2008

Reviving Classical Knowledge while writing about Globalization

A conference paper by Richard Hingley for the Classical Empires in Contemporary Culture conference to be held at Gordon House, University College London on 23rd May 2009

Senhouse Museum

Richard Hingley - Tales about the Frontier 16 February 2008, Senhouse Museum, Maryport

Department of Archaeology, University of Liverpool

Richard Hingley - Tales of the Frontier Department of Archaeology, University of Liverpool, 30 January 2008

TAG07 conference (York)

Claire Nesbitt - Travel and materiality: a case study of Hadrian's Wall, TAG07 conference (York), 14-16 December 2007

Department of Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series & the Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies

Richard Hingley - Creating Traditions in the Study of Romanization, Department of Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series & the Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies, 5 December 2007

Durham Archaeology 50th Anniversary Conference

Richard Hingley – Tales from the Wall: Contextualising Hadrian's Wall, Durham Archaeology 50th Anniversary Conference (University of Durham), 30 June 2007

Borders Workshop: an interdisciplinary perspective

Divya Tolia-Kelly & Rob Witcher – Spatialities of Hadrian’s Wall: Archaeology Meets Geography, Borders Workshop: an interdisciplinary perspective (al Qasimi Building, University of Durham), 19 February 2007

Imperial Frontier Walls: their economic, political and landscape context

Richard Hingley - Images of Hadrian’s Wall
Imperial Frontier Walls: their economic, political and landscape context (Dept of Archaeology, University of Durham)
10th February 2007

 

“It is not easy to survey these important ruins without a sigh: a place once of the greatest activity, but now a solitary desert; instead of the human voice, is heard nothing but the winds”

William Hutton. The History of the Roman Wall (1813)