Dr Julia Hillner (Principal Investigator)
Julia is interested in anything to do with late Roman law: from the political, social and philosophical contexts of its production and codification at the imperial centre, to legal practices ‘on the ground’ and how they helped individuals to shape their relationships and environment. Within this project she will research how late Roman legal developments, in particular those regulating religious behaviour, were influenced by and responded to activities and networks generated through banishment. Julia has written widely on the relationship between exile and imprisonment in late antiquity and her book Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity is due to be published with Cambridge University Press in spring 2015. Julia is also the Director of the Medieval and Ancient Research Centre at the University of Sheffield (MARCUS).
Dr Jakob Engberg (Co-Investigator)
Jakob is Associate Professor of Church History at Aarhus University and specialises in Ancient Christianity. He was educated in history and classics. His research focuses on conversion, the spread of Christian communities and on conflict between Christians and authorities. He has published one monograph, four edited volumes and several articles on these topics. Within this project, he explores how exile influenced the establishment, dissemination and growth of different Christian communities and sites of pilgrimage. Jakob is director of the MA-program Religious Roots of Europe, which is offered in collaboration with five Nordic universities, and he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity at Aarhus University.
Prof Jörg Ulrich (Co-Investigator)
Jörg is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Church History at the University of Halle and also adjungeret professor at the University of Aarhus. He is interested in the history of theology from the second to the fifth centuries. His particular interest in the project is the following question: in which way and to what extent can clerical exile serve as an explanation for the migration of theological thought in late antiquity? Jörg has published about the migration of the Nicene creed from the East to the West and also about early Christian historiography and its intentions.
Dr Dirk Rohmann (Research Associate)
Dirk is interested in ancient history, primarily in Late Antiquity and the Early Roman Empire. He has a long standing interest in the history of early Christianity and prosopography and has published widely on various aspects of the ancient world. Within the project he is primarily responsible for researching the prosopographical data of banished clerics in Late Antiquity and designing the website.
Harry Mawdsley (Research Student)
Harry studied at the University of Sheffield for his BA in History and MA in the Classical and Ancient World. He is particularly interested in the history and archaeology of the late antique and early medieval periods. Within the project he will be researching the western successor states (5th – 6th centuries), producing a PhD thesis that compares the legal institution of exile and its role in religious conflict.
Matthew Groves (Digital Humanities Developer)
Lewis Dagnall (Project Internship)
Dominik F. Kocbuch (Project Internship)