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Dr Caroline Goodson joins Faculty

last modified Jul 14, 2017 02:13 PM
Dr Caroline Goodson has been appointed to join the Faculty as Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History.

Dr Caroline GoodsonDr Caroline Goodson has been appointed to join the Faculty as Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History.  Trained at Columbia University, Dr Goodson has been teaching at Birkbeck College, London.  Her work explores the formation of early medieval societies in the post-Roman world, especially Italy and North Africa, and concentrates on the nature of power in these places, looking at how different groups positioned themselves as successors of the Romans' past glories or innovators in a new world order. She is particularly interested how religious beliefs related to day-to-day experiences (and how these have been transmitted to us through the material and textual records) and how cities facilitated new forms of social interaction and political authority. Her work spans the disciplines of history, archaeology and art history. Dr Goodson works as a field archaeologist and, in addition to excavation, uses standing buildings archaeology, archaeological archives, and material culture studies in her research.  She has also published extensively on medieval documentary and historical texts, such as chronicles, hagiography, and more recently charters and diplomata. 

Dr Goodson takes up her post on 1 October 2017, but she will devote her first year, using a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, to work on her project, ‘Urban Gardening in Early Medieval Italy’.  For further information about this project, see:

https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/awards-made/awards-focus/urban-gardening-early-medieval-italy-cultivating-city.