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Ellen Adams - approved 4-10-23

Dr Ellen Adams

Reader in Classical Archaeology and Liberal Arts

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Biography

 I received my PhD on Minoan Crete from the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, in 2004, having participated in archaeological fieldwork in Britain, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Before arriving at King’s in 2007, I held a Leverhulme Studentship based at the British School at Athens, and an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship based at Trinity College Dublin. This research has culminated in a monograph with CUP (2017), and I now co-organize the ICS Mycenaean Seminars.

I am currently researching how Classics may engage with disability studies (edited volume, 2021). My work focuses on the experience of Deaf and blind or partially sighted people in museums, using audio description, touch tours and British Sign Language. This includes ‘Access All Senses’ events that explore their potential impact on the mainstream experience (e.g. in the Courtauld Gallery and the British Museum). I established the Museum Access Network for Sensory Impairments (London) in 2018 (www.mansil.uk).

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Minoan (Neopalatial) Crete
  • Classics and disability studies
  • Museums’ access programmes and art appreciation (audio description, touch tours, and British Sign Language tours)
  • www.mansil.uk (Museum Access Network for Sensory Impairments, London)

Dr Ellen Adams is keen to supervise in any of the above. For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications

  • 2021 Ellen Adams (ed.). Disability Studies and the Classical Body: The Forgotten Other, Routledge (270 pp).
  • 2020 Ellen Adams. ‘Deafness: sensory impairment as communication disability, past and present.’ In Christian Laes (ed.), A Cultural History of Disability in Antiquity. Bloomsbury: 85-100.
  • 2018 Ellen Adams. ‘The psychology of prostheses: substitution strategies and notions of normality.’ In Jane Draycott (ed.), Prostheses in Antiquity. Routledge: 180-208.
  • 2017a Ellen Adams. Cultural Identity in Minoan Crete: Social Dynamics in the Neopalatial Period, Cambridge University Press (350 pp).
  • 2017b Ellen Adams. ‘Fragmentation and the Body’s Boundaries: reassessing the Body in Parts’. In Jane Draycott and Emma-Jayne Graham (eds), Bodies of Evidence: Ancient Anatomical Votives Past, Present and Future. Routledge: 193-213.

Teaching

I teach a range of topics in Greek archaeology and museums to undergraduates, from an introductory module covering the entire sweep of Greek art and archaeology, to more specialized modules on classical collections in London’s museums, Greek religion, and Minoans and Mycenaeans (also including Level 7 for MA students). Since joining the Department of Liberal Arts in 2021, I have also taught on interdisciplinary modules, including developing a module for the new MA in Global Cultures.

Expertise and public engagement

I have appeared twice on Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg, discussing the ‘Minoan civilization’ and the ‘Trojan War’. I have also appeared on Radio 3’s ‘Night Waves’ discussing the decipherment of Linear B.

I work with museums’ access staff, particularly through my Museum Access Network for Sensory Impairments, London (MANSIL: www.mansil.uk).

I curate events in museums that introduce audio description and British Sign Language to the general public (www.mansil.uk/museum-pop-ups). 

    Research

    42564057_presentation-wide
    The Centre for the Humanities and Health

    A multidisciplinary forum interfacing the humanities, health, science & society.

    Screenshot 2022-09-02 at 09.04.25
    Anosmia in Culture and History: Smell Losses/Smell Lessons

    A King’s Together-funded multidisciplinary project bringing together researchers from within King’s and beyond to create a unique dialogue around smell loss.

    Project status: Starting

    News

    Competition launched for blind and partially sighted creative writers

    King’s has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to host a creative writing competition around sensing museum artworks and...

    KCL RNIB Competition_2023_12_13

    King's project to promote the use of British Sign Language

    Dr Ellen Adams has partnered with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to showcase four stories about Holyrood Park and to explore how public bodies can...

    Four scenic images of Holyrood Park with the following text on a banner: LANGUAGE AND LANDSCAPE IN HOLYROOD PARK – Discover the stories of Holyrood Park through British Sign Language (BSL), and explore the richness of this visual language.

    Events

    05DecSign language

    Language and Landscape in Holyrood Park: British Sign Language (online)

    Explore four stories about Edinburgh's Holyrood Park in British Sign Language (BSL), and learn more about this visual-spatial language.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    16NovStrand 0066

    Undergraduate Taster Day: Classics - 16 November 2022

    Learn more about studying Classics at Kings and get a taste of what teaching is like.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      42564057_presentation-wide
      The Centre for the Humanities and Health

      A multidisciplinary forum interfacing the humanities, health, science & society.

      Screenshot 2022-09-02 at 09.04.25
      Anosmia in Culture and History: Smell Losses/Smell Lessons

      A King’s Together-funded multidisciplinary project bringing together researchers from within King’s and beyond to create a unique dialogue around smell loss.

      Project status: Starting

      News

      Competition launched for blind and partially sighted creative writers

      King’s has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to host a creative writing competition around sensing museum artworks and...

      KCL RNIB Competition_2023_12_13

      King's project to promote the use of British Sign Language

      Dr Ellen Adams has partnered with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to showcase four stories about Holyrood Park and to explore how public bodies can...

      Four scenic images of Holyrood Park with the following text on a banner: LANGUAGE AND LANDSCAPE IN HOLYROOD PARK – Discover the stories of Holyrood Park through British Sign Language (BSL), and explore the richness of this visual language.

      Events

      05DecSign language

      Language and Landscape in Holyrood Park: British Sign Language (online)

      Explore four stories about Edinburgh's Holyrood Park in British Sign Language (BSL), and learn more about this visual-spatial language.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      16NovStrand 0066

      Undergraduate Taster Day: Classics - 16 November 2022

      Learn more about studying Classics at Kings and get a taste of what teaching is like.

      Please note: this event has passed.