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Reuse practices in Roman period and late antique cities.

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University

Reuse practices in Roman period and late antique cities. Current perspectives and new approaches.


The reuse of architecture and sculpture for the construction of new buildings was an integral part of the process of transformation of cities in the Roman world and particularly in late antiquity. Besides being a way of optimising the use of existing resources, a reused architectural or sculptural element could acquire different meanings or functions (for example, aesthetical or ideological) depending on the way in which it was was embedded into a wall. Therefore, the study of reuse practices bears a great potential to answer a varied array of research questions – from the organization of a workforce to how the past was perceived and reinterpreted in Late Antiquity.

This one-day research-led course will provide the participants with an introduction to a diverse range of methodologies and approaches to the study of reuse practices in the Roman world. The course will focus in particular on the reuse of architecture and sculpture, but it will also touch upon the reuse of ceramic material – especially amphorae – to shed light on the evolution of the Roman economy. The course will consist of four keynote lectures that will explore how the topic can be tackled from different perspectives and with different tools. The PhD students will actively contribute to the course by presenting their own research. In so doing, the course aims to provide the participants with a forum to discuss their work with peers and specialists and to receive feedback.


The course will offer research-led teaching on case studies, methods and techniques for the study of reuse practices in the Roman world. It will focus on two main objectives:

  • To explore the importance and potential of reuse practices for the study of cities in the ancient world.
  • To explore and discuss traditional and innovative approaches to the study of reuse practices.


The aim is to encourage students from archaeology and related disciplines from the humanities to consider and discuss the potential of applying a wide range of approaches to their own research.


Reuse of architecture and sculpture for the constructions of new buildings; reuse and recycling of ceramic material; reuse of public space.

Target group:

PhD students




The course will offer four lectures (Module 1) and will be followed by presentations given by the registered participants (Module 2) on their own case studies. The language of the course is English.

Case studies and requirements for admission:

Each participant is required to register via and to submit the following documents by 4th May, 2021:

  • A case study of 3-4 pages (including bibliography), which deals with the topic of the course. The cases can relate to an own project, previous experience, or a case inspired by academic literature. These will be precirculated among the participants of the course by May 10th, 2021. In addition, they be reviewed by the course organising team and discussed in Module 2.
  • A max 2-page CV;
  • A max 1-page cover-letter, motivating the reasons for participation.


Student presentations:

The participants will be required to present their case study in Module 2. The presentation will last approximately 10-15 mins (depending on the number of participants) and will be followed by a 10-15 mins Q&A session in which the students will receive feedback by the lecturers and their peers. 




Professor Rubina Raja (Centre for Urban Network Evolutions/Classical Studies, Aarhus University) –

Assistant Professor Emanuele Intagliata (Centre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University) –

Associate Professor Tom Brughmans (Centre for Urban Network Evolutions/Classical Studies, Aarhus University) –

Dr Simon Barker (Universität Heidelberg) –

Date and time:

19th May 202 – 9am–16.15pm 


The course will be held online on Zoom.

Application deadline:

Please apply via this link no later than 4th May 2021.


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