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Teaching Summary

Within the department my teaching experience encompasses a broad range of subjects, including, at undergraduate level, Beginner's Latin, Interpreting Ancient Literature, Greek and Roman Myth,… read more

Research Summary

My research examines the use and representation of perfume and the perfumed female body in ancient Rome. Combining elements of the history of the senses, the history of the body, and gender and… read more

Within the department my teaching experience encompasses a broad range of subjects, including, at undergraduate level, Beginner's Latin, Interpreting Ancient Literature, Greek and Roman Myth, Classics and TV, and the Christian Empire. I have also taught on the MA module 'Telling Stories'.

I am also Museum Outreach and Learning Facilitator for the University's Museum of Archaeology. In this role I organise and lead learning sessions for a variety of outreach contexts, most notably for primary school students, making use of the museum's travelling exhibitions on Prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Viking Britain.

I have also collaborated with the Nottingham Contemporary on a public seminar as part of their series 'A Darkened Room: on Feminism, Rituals, Death, and the Occult', http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/study-sessions-darkened-room-2

Current Research

My research examines the use and representation of perfume and the perfumed female body in ancient Rome. Combining elements of the history of the senses, the history of the body, and gender and sexuality, my thesis looks at the ways in which ancient writers constructed an olfactory image of the female body, and the ways in which olfactory codes were set up which associated foul fragrance with 'bad' women and sweet fragrance with 'good'. My research also considers how the addition of artificial scent complicates this code, and the ways in which perfuming the body brings into play considerations of excess, exoticism, eroticism, and, when applied to male bodies, effeminacy. Going further, my thesis will demonstrate the essential multisensoriality of perfume and the perfumed body.

Department of Classics and Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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