New doctoral inaugural lectures to showcase outstanding university researchers

Posted by pt91 at Feb 28, 2012 11:59 AM |
Outstanding PhD graduates showcase cutting-edge research in University of Leicester public lectures on 29 February

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 February 2012

The University of Leicester has announced its upcoming Doctoral Inaugural Lectures for 2011/2012, which celebrate and showcase doctoral graduates who are both outstanding academically and able to present their work in a way that is accessible and engaging. The speakers will talk about their doctoral research, with subjects including: the changing face of hunting in the East Midlands from the seventeenth to nineteenth century; and overcoming the difficulties in researching children in archaeological records.

The second set of the University’s Doctoral Inaugural Lectures, on 29th February, will be delivered by Dr Mandy de Belin and Dr Katherine Huntley, winners of this year's College of Arts, Humanities and Law PhD Prize.

Dr de Belin will be discussing how hunting has changed in her lecture ‘The Hunting Transition: Deer, Foxes, Horses and the Landscape’. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries the principal prey of the sport of hunting changed from deer to fox and the methods of pursuit were revolutionised. The usual explanation has aligned this transition with change in the landscape – disappearing woodland and increased enclosure led to decline of the deer population, and attention turned to the fox out of necessity. Dr de Belin’s lecture will question this account.

Dr de Belin completed her MA and PhD studies in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester, where she focused on the connection of the East Midlands with the history of hunting. Her interest in the subject originated in a passion for the landscape and for horses. She does not herself hunt, but values the insight that her experience has given her.

Dr Katherine Huntley will be examining the ‘Archaeology of Roman Children’. The lives of children in the ancient world are particularly difficult to study. They left no written records and did not have their own designated spaces within houses; while toys and games turn up in the occasional grave, they are absent from most archaeological sites. In her lecture, Dr Huntley will explore the ways archaeologists can analyse the evidence that is available to understand various aspects of children’s lives in the Roman world.

Dr Huntley is assistant professor of ancient history at Boise State University. She completed her MA and PhD at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. Her research uses archaeological evidence to understand the everyday lives of different social groups that are historically “silent”, particularly children. One of the most significant outcomes in her research has been to identify the locations of children’s activities in the Roman period at Pompeii and Herculaneum through the study of graffiti.

The lectures all take place at 5:30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Bennett Building, University of Leicester.

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