Amsterdam University Press

Book Launch: Roman Infrastructure in Early Medieval Britain

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 - 17:00

Fafinski book launch invite

Early Medieval Britain was more Roman than we think. The Roman Empire left vast infrastructural resources on the island which lay buried not only in dirt and soil, but also in texts, laws, chronicles, charters, even churches and landscapes.

Join us in this story of adaptation and transformation as we launch Mateusz Fafinski's new book Roman Infrastructure in Early Medieval Britain: The Adaptations of the Past in Text and Stone and uncover how the Roman infrastructural past shaped the later societies of Britain.

Professor Susan Oosthuizen (University of Cambridge) and Dr James M. Harland (University of Tübingen) will join Mateusz Fafinski (University of Lausanne) to discuss how infrastructures, material and symbolic, can exert an influence long after their creators have gone.

Speaker biographies

Mateusz Fafinski is a historian and digital humanist. He researches medieval manuscripts, infrastructures, and urban spaces. He is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Lausanne and teaches medieval history at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Professor Susan Oosthuizen is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology in the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on adaptation, evolution and innovation in the emergence of early medieval and medieval society through a focus on rights of common and the development of rural landscapes. She has published widely. Her most recent book is The Emergence of the English (Arc-Humanities Press, 2017).

Dr. James M. Harland works on the history and archaeology of the late Roman Empire and its early medieval successor states. After receiving his PhD in History from the University of York, he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen, where he is currently still based. His own monograph, Ethnic identity and the archaeology of the aduentus Saxonum, will be published with Amsterdam University Press later this year.

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This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 12 May at 17:00-18:30 (CEST) / 16:00-17:30 (BST). Register for this event here:

Registration required. Attendees who sign-up for the event will receive details about a discount for the book.

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