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Alex Mullen

Assistant Professor in Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

  • Principal Investigator of 5-year ERC project, The Latinization of the North-Western Roman Provinces (LatinNow)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford 2011-2015
  • Affiliated lecturer, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge 2010-2011
  • Lumley Research Fellow, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge 2008-2011
  • Undergraduate and Post-graduate, Jesus College, University of Cambridge 2001-2008

Expertise Summary

Teaching Summary

I shall be on leave from Spring semester 2017 until 2023 (although I shall continue to teach the Becoming Roman in the West module during Spring 2017). I would be very happy to hear from anyone… read more

Research Summary

Major project:

My 5-year ERC-funded research project, The Latinization of the North-Western Roman Provinces: Sociolinguistics, Epigraphy and Archaeology (LatinNow), began in March 2017. The project website is under construction, in the meantime the following pages will provide some basic information: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/classics/research/projects/latinnow/intro.aspx

Other current research:

I am currently finishing a book on code-switching in Roman literature with Olivia Elder (University of Cambridge): The language of letters: bilingual Roman epistolography from Cicero to Fronto (for Cambridge Classical Studies). The database used in this volume will be available here.

I am preparing the following book on Gaulish with Coline Ruiz Darasse (CNRS, Paris): Gaulish. Language, Writing, Epigraphy (Zaragoza: University of Zaragoza Press) (commissioned for the AELAW series on ancient languages, funded by the EU-COST network, to be published by April 2018).

A wide-ranging article is in progress which draws on work completed under the Canterbury Hinterland Project: Wallace, L. and Mullen, A. 'Social Interactions in the Iron-Age and Roman hinterland of Canterbury'.

Selected Publications

  • MULLEN, A., 2015. ‘In both our languages’: Greek-Latin code-switching in Roman literature Language and literature. 24.3, 213–232
  • MULLEN, A., 2016. Sociolinguistics. In: MILLETT, M., MOORE, A. and REVELL, L., eds., The Oxford handbook to Roman Britain Oxford University Press. 573-598
  • MULLEN, A, 2013. Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: multilingualism and multiple identities in the Iron Age and Roman periods Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press.
  • MULLEN, A and JAMES, P, eds., 2012. Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman worlds Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

I shall be on leave from Spring semester 2017 until 2023 (although I shall continue to teach the Becoming Roman in the West module during Spring 2017). I would be very happy to hear from anyone interested in graduate research during this period, especially on themes related to my ERC project, Roman Britain and Gaul. I have supervised graduates on bilingualism in Roman society, the Roman oath and the Roman army as a speech community.

Recent teaching includes: Becoming Roman in the West; Ancient Art; Fall of the Roman Republic; Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Latin; Dissertation supervision; Telling Stories in Greek and Roman Culture (MA); Researching the Ancient World (MA).

I was awarded an Oxford Teaching Award in 2014.

I was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority in 2017 via the Nottingham Recognition Scheme.

Future Research

Longer term research plans:

I shall complete the extensive monograph Mullen, A. Entangled worlds: Britain and Gaul in the Iron Age and Roman periods (in preparation for Cambridge University Press).

My ultimate aim is to write a Sociolinguistic history of the Roman world.

  • ALEX MULLEN and COLINE RUIZ DARASSE, 2018. Cultural and linguistic contact in southern Gaul. In: A. GARCIA SINNER and J. VELAZA, eds., Palaeohispanic Languages and Epigraphies Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • MULLEN, A., 2016. Sociolinguistics. In: MILLETT, M., MOORE, A. and REVELL, L., eds., The Oxford handbook to Roman Britain Oxford University Press. 573-598
  • LACEY WALLACE, ALEX MULLEN, PAUL JOHNSON and LIEVEN VERDONCK, 2016. Archaeological Investigations of Bourne Park, Bishopsbourne, 2011-2014 Archaeologia Cantiana. 137, 251-279
  • MULLEN, A., 2015. ‘In both our languages’: Greek-Latin code-switching in Roman literature Language and literature. 24.3, 213–232
  • MULLEN, A., 2015. Bilingualism and Multilingualism in the Roman World. In: CLAYMAN, D., ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Classics Oxford University Press.
  • PAVLENKO, A. and MULLEN, A., 2015. Why diachronicity matters in the study of linguistic landscapes Linguistic Landscapes. 1, 114–132
  • WALLACE, L., JOHNSON, P., STRUTT, K. and MULLEN, A., 2014. Archaeological investigations of a major building, probably Roman, and related landscape features at Bourne Park, Bishopsbourne, 2011–2012 Archaeologia Cantiana. 134, 187–204
  • MULLEN, A, 2013. Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: multilingualism and multiple identities in the Iron Age and Roman periods Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press.
  • MULLEN, A., 2013. The language of the potteries: communication in the production and trade of Gallo-Roman. In: FULFORD, M. and DURHAM, E., eds., Seeing red: new economic and social perspectives on terra sigillata 97–110
  • MULLEN, A., 2013. New thoughts on British Latin: a curse tablet from Red Hill, Ratcliffe-on-Soar (Nottinghamshire) ZPE. 187, 266–272
  • MULLEN, A., 2013. The bilingualism of material culture? Thoughts from a linguistic perspective HEROM. 2, 21–43
  • MULLEN, A., 2013. New thoughts on British Latin: a curse tablet from Red Hill, Ratcliffe-on-Soar (Nottinghamshire): ZPE ZPE. 187, 266–272
  • MULLEN, A and JAMES, P, eds., 2012. Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman worlds Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • MULLEN, A., 2012. Introduction. Multiple languages, multiple identities. In: MULLEN, A. and JAMES, P., eds., Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman worlds Cambridge University Press. 1–35
  • MULLEN, A., 2012. Celtic languages. In: BAGNALL, R., BRODERSEN, K., CHAMPION, C., ERSKINE, A. and HUEBNER, S., eds., Encyclopedia of ancient history
  • MULLEN, A., 2011. Reflets du multiculturalisme: la création et le développement du gallo-grec. In: RUIZ DARASSE, C. and LUJÁN, E. R., eds., Contacts linguistiques dans l'Occident méditerranéen antique 227–239
  • MULLEN, A., 2011. Latin and other languages: societal and individual bilingualism. In: CLACKSON, J., ed., A companion to the Latin language 527–548
  • MULLEN, A., 2010. Review of Biville, F., Decourt, J.-C. and Rougemont, G. (eds) 2008 Bilinguismr gréco-latin et épigraphie (Lyon) JHS. 130, 292–293
  • MULLEN, A., 2008. Rethinking “Hellenization” in South-eastern Gaul: the Gallo-Greek epigraphic record. In: HÄUSSLER, R., ed., Romanisation et épigraphie. Études interdisciplinaires sur l’acculturation et l’identité dans l’Empire romain 249–266
  • MULLEN, A. and RUSSELL, P., 2007. http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/personalnames/
  • MULLEN, A., 2007. Evidence for written Celtic from Roman Britain: a linguistic analysis of Studia Celtica. 31–45
  • MULLEN, A., 2007. Linguistic evidence for Romanization: continuity and change in Romano-British onomastics Britannia. 35–61
  • WALLACE, L., MULLEN, A., JOHNSON, P. and VERDONCK, L., Archaeological investigations of Bourne Park, Bishopsbourne, Kent 2011–2014 Archaeologia Cantiana. (In Press.)
  • MULLEN, A., Review of Adams, J. N. 2007 JRS. 98, 223–224

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