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Conference: Lucan’s Landscapes and Lies, 24-26 July 2024

We are pleased to announce the upcoming schedule (see below) for the Lucan’s Landscapes and Lies conference at Durham University, 24th-26th July 2024. The conference is generously supported by the Durham University Researcher Development Grant.
Lucan's Landscape and Lies. 24th-26th July 2024, Department of Classics & Ancient History. Organisers: James Oakley & Liam Preston. With thanks to the generous support of the university's Researcher Development Grant.

Transformative Humanities framework launched

Durham University's Transformative Humanities launched yesterday and gathered more than 130 researchers, colleagues, students, and partners from across the region and beyond to celebrate this new interdisciplinary framework.
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Landmark Syriac Studies conference brings international research excellence to UK

A landmark conference about Syriac Studies brought more than 70 researchers from 20 countries to Durham last month. The event was a hub for academic collaboration and knowledge sharing. It was also a formative experience for early-career scholars. Here, the organisers reflect on the key highlights of the conference and why there has recently been a major revival of academic interest in Syriac Studies.
A group photo taken at the Syriac Studies in the UK conference

Two Durham researchers elected to Academia Europaea

We’re celebrating the news that two of our leading academics have been elected members of Academia Europaea in recognition of their subject-leading achievements.
Professors Arlene Holmes-Henderson and Harriet Bulkeley

Durham Classics IAS Fellow directs National Theatre Play in Cyprus

Dr Magdalena Zira, IAS Fellow at Collingwood College, directs Euripides’ Phoenician Women in theatres ancient and modern throughout Cyprus this July. Durham Classics Professors Edith Hall and Arlene Holmes-Henderson, co-directors of the Advocating Classics Education project, have provided advice on public engagement and educational enrichment opportunities.
A detail from an abstract poster promoting the Cyprus Theatre Organisation's production of The Phoenician Women, directed by Magdalena Zira.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

We are ranked 6th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024. 
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International Women's Day 2024: #EverydaySexism in Classics & Archaeology

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day – a day to honour women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements, and highlight the work that still needs to be done to accelerate gender equality. 
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New Durham Prize in Classical Reception 2024 Announced

The Durham University Department of Classics & Ancient History, together with the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, invites submissions for its first annual international prize for a doctoral thesis in Classical Reception Studies, broadly defined.
Renaissance artwork of a roman reception

Durham research has a lasting global impact

We have launched a new Global Research Brochure where we shine a light on some of our incredible researchers who are making a difference in the world.
A globe with lines showing connections between different parts of the world.

Two Thousand Years More Interesting

Arlene Holmes Henderson, Professor of Classics Education and Public Policy has recently been interviewed for the ‘Let’s Make This More Interesting’ podcast series, hosted by Adam Morgan.
Arlene Holmes Henderson outside 10 Downing Street

PhD Studentships in Classics & Ancient History at Durham University

The Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham invites applications from UK and international applicants for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.
Three PhD students, two men and a woman, sit at a table with an open laptop and books and papers spread around. In the foreground on the right, a student looks at a printed article with highlighting, while in the background the other two are reading a book

Royal honour for pioneering Classicist

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, our Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, who has been made an MBE by King Charles III for Services to Education.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson pictured along with the outside of the Classics building in Durham City