UWTSD Academic Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship on Ancient Textiles


The School of Classics and the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, are proud to announce that Dr Magdalena Ohrman, Senior Lecturer in Classics, has been awarded a 2 year Marie Curie Sklodowska fellowship at the Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellowships are amongst the most prestigious European Awards and part of the Horizon 2020 programme. Dr Ohrman’s project is uniquely innovative and interdisciplinary, bringing together experimental archaeology, textile technology and Latin linguistics.

Dr Ohrman will be seconded to the Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen, one of the most important research centres for textile research in Europe. As part of the project, she will be guiding researchers in Copenhagen in the creation of a post-graduate distance-learning module on ancient textiles for UWTSD students.

This interdisciplinary research project explores and re-interprets the representations of textile work and textile artefacts in Latin literature. Detailed literary analysis taking into account matters of metrics, rhetoric (sound figures) and structure (content patterns) will show that Latin authors display greater technical understanding of textile work than previously assumed, and suggest that their tacit knowledge of textiles/textile production has influenced the artistic development of descriptions of textile crafts.

By indexing and analysing all references to textile work in Latin sources, the project addresses the discipline-wide problem of multi-purpose terminology. Interdisciplinarity is fundamental to the project. Observation and recordings of reconstruction of ancient textile work (experimental archaeology), will be the basis for the investigation of semblances of textile work in metre, sound-play and structure in Latin texts. This will provide a thematic literary interpretation, highlighting neglected connections between structure, sound-play and meaning. The project results will complement epigraphically- and archaeologically-based knowledge of the role played by textiles and textile production in Roman life, their ideological connotations, and trials investigation of ancient soundscapes through the use of literary sources. The project relates to four disciplines: philology, sound studies, ancient history, and archaeology.

Note to Editor

Dr Magdalena Ohrman is a Senior Lecturer in Classics, and has worked extensively on Latin philology. Dr Ohrman has published widely on Latin authors, including her monograph Varying Virtue: Mythological Paradigms of Wifely Virtues in Roman Elegy (Lund 2008).

Image: Dr Magdalena Ohrman during the first audio recording of textile technology related to the project. This and future experiments will be conducted in the Centre for Historical-Archaelogical Research and Communication (Lejre, Denmark).

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk