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Dr Jessica Hughes

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • jessica.hughes

Professional biography

I have been working at The Open University since October 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 I held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University in the Department of Archaeology, where I worked on a Leverhulme project called Changing Beliefs of the Human Body. I did my PhD and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with Dr Peter Stewart (2001-2005), and studied for my BA in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1998-2001).

Research interests

Material Religion

My latest book is about Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (CUP 2017), and I run The Votives Project website with my OU colleague Emma-Jayne Graham. I'm fascinated by the relationship between ancient and modern religions, and my newest book project will investigate the interaction of 'pagan' and Catholic traditions in the southern Italian region of Campania. I'm currently doing fieldwork at the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii, looking at the evolving relationships between this important Catholic pilgrimage site and the ancient Roman excavations.

Reception Studies & Memory Studies

Like many of my OU colleagues I have a keen interest in Classical Reception Studies, and I have written about different aspects of the reception of classical art. I am editor of our Open Access e-journal Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studiesand I am also an associate editor of the Classical Receptions Journal. From 2010-2013 I was part of the Memoria Romana project directed by Prof. Karl Galinsky, which looked at memory in ancient Rome. One of my ongoing projects explores the role of souvenirs in mediating knowledge about (and memories of) ancient sites.

Teaching interests

I am Module Team Chair of Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330), Deputy Chair of The Arts Past and Present (AA100), and Qualification Lead for Classical Studies. I also wrote part of the interdisciplinary Arts module Voices, Texts and Material Culture (A105).

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Material Cultures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

'Souvenirs of the Self': Personal Belongings as Votive Offerings in Ancient Religion (2017-06-01)
Hughes, Jessica
Religion in the Roman Empire, 3(2) (pp. 181-201)
The myth of return: restoration as reception in eighteenth-century Rome (2011)
Hughes, Jessica
Classical Receptions Journal, 3(1) (pp. 1-28)
Personifications and the Ancient Viewer: The Case of the Hadrianeum 'Nations' (2009)
Hughes, Jessica
Art History, 32(1) (pp. 1-20)
Fragmentation as metaphor in the Classical healing sanctuary (2008)
Hughes, Jessica
Social History of Medicine, 21(2) (pp. 217-236)
Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (2017-03)
Hughes, Jessica
Cambridge Classical Studies
ISBN : 9781107157835 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Fractured Narratives: Writing the Biography of a Votive Offering (2016-01-01)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Weinryb, Ittai ed. Ex Voto: Votive Giving Across Cultures. Bard Graduate Center - Cultural Histories of the Material World (pp. 23-48)
ISBN : 9781941792056 | Publisher : University of Chicago Press | Published : Chicago
'No retreat, even when broken': classical architecture in the Presepe Napoletano (2015-03-12)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds. Remembering Parthenope: Receptions of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present. Classical Presences (pp. 284-309)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Introduction: Entering the siren's city (2015-03-12)
Buongiovanni, Claudio and Hughes, Jessica
In: Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds. Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present. Classical Presences (pp. 1-18)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Memory and the Roman viewer: looking at the Arch of Constantine (2014-04-30)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Galinsky, Karl ed. Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory. Supplements to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (10) (pp. 103-116)
ISBN : 978-0-472-11943-1 | Publisher : University of Michigan Press | Published : Ann Arbor, MI
Dissecting the classical hybrid (2010)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Rebay-Salisbury, K.; Sorensen, M. L. S. and Hughes, J. eds. Body Parts and Bodies Whole. Changing Relations and Meanings (pp. 101-110)
ISBN : 9781842174029 | Publisher : Oxbow | Published : Oxford, UK
Sensual Religion: Religion and the Five Senses (2018-10-01)
Harvey, Graham and Hughes, Jessica eds.
Religion and the Senses
ISBN : 9781781794142 | Publisher : Equinox (forthcoming) | Published : Sheffield
Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present (2015-03)
Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds.
Classical Presences
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Body Parts and Bodies Whole. Changing Relations and Meanings (2010)
Rebay-Salisbury, Katharina; Sorensen, Marie Louise Stig and Hughes, Jessica eds.
ISBN : 978-1-84217-402-9 | Publisher : Oxbow | Published : Oxford

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