Ancient World Research Cluster (AWRC)

Among the Oxford colleges, Wolfson has no match in expertise of the Ancient World. 

Thirteen Governing Body Fellows, several dozen emeritus, supernumerary, and research fellows, and more than 35 students work on a diverse range of topics covering most of the ancient world from Gibraltar to Japan and from the beginnings of civilization to the middle ages.

What is the Ancient World Research Cluster?

The AWRC is a Cluster created with the fundamental aim to support College members working on Ancient World topics at all stages of their careers and to promote interdisciplinary working and working across age groups and experience. The Cluster's areas of expertise cross a wide range of disciplines, geography, and periods from pre-history to around 1000 AD, and include Syriac studies, Assyriology, Indo-Iranian Philology, Sanskrit, linguistics, archaeological science, Classical Greek and Roman art and archaeology, to name just a few. 

Activities

We fulfill our aims through grants, sponsorship of reseach events, and organisation of a variety of activities intended for both our members and the wider University and public, and through sponsoring projects which foster collaborations with other academic institutions, both within the University and around the world.

The Cluster runs a variety of events and offers funding opportunities throughout the year, generously supported by a gift from Baron Lorne Thyssen:

  • two lunch meetings each term for all members of the Cluster, both fellows and students. These are followed by an after lunch talk delivered by, usually, a member of the Cluster and open to all.
  • a termly "In Conversation" event. The aim of this series, inaugurated in 2018, is to showcase the work of some of our many distinguished members and to reach out to the wider University and local community.
  • grants for members of the cluster supporting workshops, field work, short-term projects, etc through the Lorne Thyssen Fund for Ancient World Topics. Click here for further details.
  • the Lorne Thyssen Scholarship: a fully-funded graduate scholarship for a DPhil in an area of Ancient World Studies. Cllck here for further details.
  • the Tim and Kathy Clayden Prize: annual award for postgraduate students working on the Ancient Near East and enrolled in MPhil/DPhil at Oxford. Click here for futher details.
  • alongside the regular programme, there are special events each term, in connection with major research projects hosted by the college, special exhibitions, anniversaries, or visits of distinguished guests to Oxford. See the Ancient World Cluster Calendar for upcoming events.

Who we are

The current director of the Cluster is Prof Janet DeLaine alongside Dr Diana Rodríguez Pérez, and Dr Sarah Graham.

The members of the Steering Group are Prof Martin Goodman, Prof Jim Benson, Prof Jacob Dahl, Prof Rick Schulting, Prof Yuhan Vevaina, Dr Elizabeth Tucker, Dr Peter Barber, and Dr Paul Roberts.

Our membership numbers around 100 at any one time, and currently represents every group in College, ie. Honorary, Emeritus, Governing Body, Research and Junior Research Fellows, Graduate Students, Members of the Common Room, and interested alumni.

Members can access Cluster funding and participate in Cluster-only activities. A good number of events are open to all and are advertised through a dedicated mailing list. To join the list, please email Dr Diana Rodrí­guez Pérez

Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the financial support of Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza, Chris Levett, the Leon Levy Foundation and Thames and Hudson, and the strategic help from Philip Kay.

Contact Details

The Ancient World Research Cluster
Room 313 Academic Wing
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford OX2 6UD
01865248154

ancient.world@wolfson.ox.ac.uk

News
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

Aamer Sarfraz portrait photo
7 August 2020
Aamer Sarfraz appointed to the House of Lords

Wolfson congratulates Aamer Sarfraz on his appointment by The Queen as a member of the House of Lords.

George Smith portrait photo
5 August 2020
Professor George Smith Honoured by Royal Society

Congratulations to Professor George Smith, FRS, who has been awarded the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize 2020

Balcony view from the Harbour lawn
8 July 2020
Refurbishment of the balcony

This project has been given the go-ahead as part of the Estates Strategy to improve our College buildings and environment.

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
12 - 12
Sep Sep
Degree Day
Saturday 12 September - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:30, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information. 

Lectures and Seminars
05 - 05
Nov Nov
Margaret Oliphant and Oxford
Thursday 5 November - 1:30pm

Merryn Williams is a poet and critic. Her latest works are The Fragile Bridge: New and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press) and Mansfield Park Revisited (Plas Gwyn Books). At present she is collecting poems about the pandemic and the lockdown. Merryn is a long-standing member of Wolfson's Common Room.

Parties and Dinners
14 - 14
Nov Nov
Degree Day
Saturday 14 November - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:30, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information.