Who are we?

Kleos is run by an interdisciplinary editorial team of  volunteer master students, PhDs and graduates of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Each main field – classics, ancient history and archaeology – is represented by multiple editors.

My name is James Dodd, and I recently gained my doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before this, I worked in commercial archaeology and did my BA in Classical Studies and MA in Archaeology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. My PhD research focuses on the rural economy and society in Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval period in Western Europe, with a focus on the northwestern provinces of the Roman Empire. I also have wide-ranging interests across Late Antiquity and in the field of mapping, archiving and data infrastructure. Currently I am a field archaeologist working in the United Kingdom. I’ve participated in many archaeological investigations, primarily in the UK but more recently also in Portugal. I provide the north-west European specialism for Kleos.

Hi, I am Sara! I am currently a PhD student at the UvA (AHM). Before this, I received a bachelor and a master’s degree in Archaeology and History of Arts at the University of Cagliari (Italy) and an RMa in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Leiden. My PhD research focuses on the Phoenician and Punic mortuary practices and their reassessment as socially constructed sensory experiences, with a focus on the colonies on the island of Sardinia (Italy) between the 6th and 3rd c. BC. I have participated in many archaeological campaigns primarily in Italy (at the sites of Tharros, Othoca, Cagliari, and S’Urachi) and also Greece (Halos). I am excited to join the multidisciplinary editorial board of Kleos. I am eager to gain experience in editing academic articles and to help new researchers to put their work out there.

Olá! Hi! My name is Sílvia, and I’m currently a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). I have a degree in Archaeology from University of Porto (Portugal) and a master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Minho, Braga (Portugal). I’ve been working in preventive archaeology since 2019, I’ve collaborated in several archaeological projects in Portugal and in Spain and also participated in the KNIR internship Digital Field Survey Archaeology in Portugal. My main interest in archaeological research focuses on how Landscape Archaeology, and especially noninvasive methodologies, (survey, GIS, remote sensing) can provide a wide range of information and formulate questions about human behavior in any given time period. I’m very happy to be a part of this editorial team and eager to help young researchers!

Hi, I am Aldo, currently doing an RMA in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Before I came to the Netherlands, I did my BA in Archaeology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. I have worked as the coordinator of the Site Museum Julio C. Tello of Paracas, I have done commercial archaeology on urban areas of the Peruvian coast and on the Amazonian Basin, I have been part of several research projects in the Andes and also co-directed one on the Nazca Highlands about warfare during the Late Intermediate Period of the Central Andes (1000-1470 CE). My main interests right now are about materiality and the political aspects of it, with a focus on the Andean region. I am looking forward to being a part of the multidisciplinary group of Kleos and helping fellow young researchers publish their work!

Hello, I am Daphne and I am currently following the research master in archaeology at Leiden University. I am mainly interested in the archaeological study of violence and conflict; for my RMA thesis, I am studying the development of warfare in north-west European prehistory. I have also followed the bachelor programme in archaeology at Leiden University, together with the archaeological honours programme, which both covered a variety of regions and periods. My internships comprised excavations in Jordan, Sweden and the Netherlands, a study of flint tools and the creation of archaeological reconstruction drawings. Because I enjoy writing and conducting research in its broadest sense, I followed a minor in journalism at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. I have a keen interest in the diverse topics others are researching. As a Kleos editor, I am looking forward to helping fellow starting researchers publish their findings!

Aurora Hamm (archaeology)

Hi, I am Aurora. I am a Research Master’s student in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology at UvA. My previous academic background consists of a BA in History and Political Science at the University of Bonn and a BA in Art History at the University of Vienna. My main interest lies in the use of material culture in modern politics. This includes (colonial) restitution, reconstruction of built heritage or the use of memory and identity by political actors. I am excited to join the Kleos editorial board to sharpen my writing, research and editing skills and look forward to the work we will do together.

Hi, my name is Arjen! I have just finished my RMA in Ancient Studies at Utrecht University and MSc in War and Psychiatry at King’s College London. I am a Roman historian at heart, and I am particularly interested in socio-psychological approaches to the ancient world. In my research I focus on individual and collective responses to war, borrowing theoretical and conceptual frameworks from present military psychiatry. I thoroughly enjoy the writing and editing process, and I am therefore looking forward to joining the Kleos editorial team and help and stimulate young researchers publish their ideas!

Reinier Langerak (ancient History)

My name is Reinier Langerak. In 2020 I finished the RMA Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies at the University of Utrecht after previously having completed the BA History there. My historical interests lie primarily with the manner in which Roman emperors tried to legitimize their reigns and, specifically , how some Roman historiographers attempted to undermine these efforts. Especially the way the historiographical denial of the legitimacy of  emperors became over time bound to certain formulae and tropes fascinates me. For my Master thesis I examined how the Severan empresses were used in Roman historiography as archetypal rhetorical devices to criticize their imperial male kin. Constants in my research are the depiction of women and the East in the Roman imagination. I am excited to join the Kleos team and to come into contact with fresh and inspiring research!

Stefan Dingemans (ancient History)

Hello, my name is Stefan Dingemans. I am a Research MA student in the Ancient Track at the University of Utrecht. This is also where I did my bachelor Geschiedenis. During my studies I have specialized in ancient culture and archaeology through minors I took. Numismatics and Jewish history also bear my interest, those came to me via courses in Rome and through my thesis research (BA + MA). My main focus, however, is the way other peoples – such as the Jews – came in contact with the Romans or each other within the framework of the Roman Empire in the 1st four centuries of the common era. I am looking forward to work together with exciting peers and interesting new research to make Kleos even better.

My name is Hanna Hoogenraad. I am currently a PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before this, I did a bachelor in Classics at the VU and a research master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations at ACASA. After my studies, I taught Greek and Latin at secondary schools for several years. My PhD research focuses on how Syriac Christians used Romans 9–11 as the basis for their perspective of Israel and why it differed from that of many western Christians. As a member of the editorial team of Kleos, I hope to learn more about the (interdisciplinary) research in our field and also gain experience in editing and publishing academic articles.

Hi everyone, I am Bas Wagenaar. I currently work as a teacher in Greek and Latin at a secondary school in Hoorn. I am also the secretary of Ex Oriente Lux Amsterdam, through which I organise lectures in the field of Greek, Latin and Mesopotamian classics. I have completed both my Bachelor and Master in Classics at the VU/UvA, specialisation Greek and Latin. During my study, I have also followed many courses in Mesopotamian (mostly cuneiform) languages and cultures. It is my goal to bring the study of classics in a broader sense to a broader public. To show more people than just the scientific world that Classics does not only deal with Greek and Latin, in the past, but also for example with Mesopotamia, in the world of today. In my role as a teacher I am developing material to accomplish this goal, and through being an editor I hope to address even more people, while in the process I also hope to become more experienced in the field of editing and publishing articles.

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