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Biography

I received my PhD on Minoan Crete from Cambridge in 2004.  I have been involved in 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 also research how Classics may engage with disability studies.  My focus is on the experience of Deaf and blind or partially sighted people in museums.  This includes events curated in museums that explore the impact of audio description and British Sign Language tours, supported by the Wellcome Trust and King’s London Challenge Fund.  I established the Museum Access Network for Sensory Impairments (London) in 2018 (www.mansil.uk). 

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Minoan (Neopalatial) Crete
  • The ancient world in modern London (history of museums)
  • 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

Teaching

I teach a range of topics in Greek archaeology and the history of 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.  I also teach dedicated MA modules, including one on exhibiting classical collections.

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). 

Selected Publications

2018       ‘The psychology of prostheses: substitution strategies and notions of normality.’ In J. Draycott (ed.), Prostheses in Antiquity. Routledge: 180-208.

2017a     Cultural Identity in Minoan Crete: Social Dynamics in the Neopalatial Period, Cambridge University Press (350 pp).

2017b    ‘Fragmentation and the Body’s Boundaries: reassessing the Body in Parts’. In J. Draycott and E.-J. Graham (eds), Bodies of Evidence: Ancient Anatomical Votives Past, Present and Future. Routledge: 193-213.

2013a    ‘Shaping, collecting and displaying medicine and architecture: a comparison of the Hunterian and Soane museums.’  Journal of the History of Collections 25: 59-75

2013b    ‘Representing, objectifying, and framing the body at Late Bronze Age Knossos.’ Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 56:1-25.