CV

 

Education

Ph.D.                         History, University of York.                             2017

Passed defence with minor corrections November 2017. Supervised by Professor Guy Halsall. Examined by Dr. James Gerrard (Newcastle, external) and Dr. Lucy Sackville (York, internal).

Thesis: Daniel James Michael Harland, Deconstructing Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: A Critical Enquiry into the Study of Ethnicity in Lowland Britain in Late Antiquity (c. 367-600)

MA                             Medieval Studies, University of York.            2013

Distinction

Thesis: The Saxons in the Roman Imaginary: Changing Perspectives in the Late Antique West. Winner of the Garmondsway Memorial Dissertation Prize.

BA (Hons.)             English, University of Leicester.                        2012

First Class Honours

Maiden Erlegh School                                                                         2002-9

 

Academic Appointments

Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, “Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity”                                                          2019

Northumbria University, Associate Lecturer in History                2018

Books

Interrogating the ‘Germanic’: a category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, ed. James M. Harland, Matthias Friedrich and Nik Gunn. Reallexicon der Germanischen Altertumskunde (De Gruyter, In Preparation).

Articles

‘A Habitus Barbarus in Sub-Roman Britain?’, in J. M. Harland, M. Friedrich and N. Gunn (eds.), Interrogating the ‘Germanic’: a category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (De Gruyter, In Preparation).

‘Imagining the Saxons in Late Antique Gaul,’ in M. Hardt, M. Augstein and B. Ludowici (eds.), Sächsische Leute und Länder: The Naming and Localising of Group Identities in the first Millenium AD. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 7 (Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Forthcoming 2018).

‘Rethinking Ethnicity and “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon England,’ Medieval Worlds 5 (2017), 113-142.

Public Scholarship

‘ “Race” in The Trenches: Anglo-Saxons, ethnicity, and the misuse of the medieval past,’ The Public Medievalist: Race and Racism in Middle Ages. 02/17/2017 http://www.publicmedievalist.com/race-in-the-trenches/

Conference Reports

With Veronika Egetenmeyr, ‘Report: The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’: Construction and Perception of ‘Otherness’ in Late Antiquity. International Workshop: Kiel, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, 23 – 25 November 2016,’ Bolletino di Studi Latini 47.1 (2017), 324-329.

Teaching and Pastoral

Undergraduate

Northumbria University

The Later Roman Empire 284-645

University of York

Narrators and Historical Memory in the Middles Ages

The End of the Roman World: The Transformations of the Year 600

From Rome to the Renaissance

Making Histories

Other Pastoral

College Welfare Tutor. Vanbrugh College, University of York. 2012-13.

Teaching Feedback

Metrics from anonymous student feedback:

90% of my students agree that I made the subject interesting.

99% agree that I am enthusiastic about my teaching.

90% agree that feedback on their work has been prompt and 95% agree that it was fair and that it helped them to clarify things they did not understand.

95% agree that my seminars were well organised.

99% described themselves as satisfied with the contribution of the tutor to the module.

Selected comments from anonymous student feedback:

‘James has been brilliant in engaging us all and challenging us all on a higher level.’; ‘Given that the head of the module took ill, that the module was still taught so well is a testament to James Harland and his boundless enthusiasm’; ‘James provided a fun and enthusiastic discussion group, he proved that he cared about the students’ welfare and went out of his way to ensure that he could offer help. As others will doubtless say, he is an utter credit to the department.’; ‘James is an absolutely wonderful seminar leader, enthusiastic, fun, makes the module really fun to attend.’; ‘This has been an engaging and exciting module… James has been an incredible tutor… his enthusiasm is a joy to work with.’; ‘James was a fantastic seminar tutor making them very enjoyable. I felt comfortable asking for any help.’; ‘James Harland was an excellent, enthusiastic tutor providing all my needs and making the topic challenging and intellectually stimulating.’

Awards and Funding Grants

Block Grant Partnership Doctoral Research Award. £13,590/annum maintenance grant plus tuition fee waiver. Arts and Humanities Research Council. 2013-16.

Conference Organization Grant. £500. Royal Historical Society. For the organization of ‘Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity in the Early Middle Ages’. 2016

Conference Organization Grant. £400. Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures.  For the organization of ‘Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity in the Early Middle Ages’. 2016.

Conference Organization Grant. £380. Department of Art History, University of York.  For the organization of ‘Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity in the Early Middle Ages’. 2016.

Conference Organization Grant. £200. Department of History, University of York.  For the organization of ‘Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity in the Early Middle Ages’. 2016.

Postgraduate Collaborative Partnership Grant. £600. Humanities Research Centre, University of York.  For the organization of ‘Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity in the Early Middle Ages’. 2016

Dissertation Prize. £100. Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York – prize for the highest scoring dissertation by a student studying the MA in Medieval Studies. 2013.

Professional Activities

The Reproduction of Medieval Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood, III. July 5th 2017. Leeds International Medieval Congress. Panel Chair.

Interrogating the “Germanic”: a category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. May 13th-15th, 2016. Organiser, Chair and Participant.

Professional Associations

Member of the Royal Historical Society

Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology

Member of the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures

Invited Lectures and Conference Papers

Lectures

The Archaeology of the Aduentus Saxonum:Rethinking Ethnicity in Britain during the so-called “Migration Age”,’ School Research Seminar, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, October

‘Deconstructing Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: An Introduction,’ Medievalism Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, May 2018.

‘The End of Roman Rule and the Adventus Saxonum: rethinking ethnicity in post-Roman Britain,’ Mittelalter-Kolloquium, University of Tübingen, January 2018.

‘The End of Roman Rule and the Adventus Saxonum: rethinking ethnicity in post-Roman Britain’, Roman Archaeology Research Seminar, University of Newcastle, February 2017.

Conference Papers

2018    ‘Militarisation in Unexpected Places? Rethinking ethnicity and the post-Roman transition at the early Anglo-Saxon cremation cemetery of Spong Hill, Norfolk,’ Early Medieval Militarisation: An Archaeological Perspective, Freiburg, November

2018    ‘Memories of Migration? So-called “Anglo-Saxon” Burial Costume of the Fifth Century,’ Leeds International Medieval Congress, July

2017    With Katherine Fliegel (Manchester), ‘Britain and the Transformation of the Roman World: Rethinking Rupture, Ideology, and Time,’Theoretical Archaeology Group, Cardiff, December

‘The End of Roman Rule and the Anglo-Saxon migrations, revisited’, Die Umgestaltung der römischen Welt–Neue Perspektiven, bekannte Probleme/The Transformation of the Roman World Reconsidered, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, October 2017.

‘Problematizing “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon Archaeology,’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2017.

‘Problematizing “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon Archaeology,’ “Self and “Other”: The Construction and Perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity, Kiel, November 2016.

‘A Habitus Barbarus in Sub-Roman Britain?: towards a differential ontology of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology,’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016.

‘A Habitus Barbarus in Sub-Roman Britain?: towards a differential ontology of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology,’ Interrogating the Germanic: a category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, York, May 2016.

‘The Saxons in the Roman Imaginary: Changing Perspectives in Late Antique Gaul,’ 66th Internationales Sachsensymposion, Leipzig, September 2015.

‘The Ethnic Problem in Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: towards a Derridean deconstruction,’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2015

‘The Ethnic Problem in Anglo-Saxon Archaeology,’ 2nd York-Lund PhD Conference, York, May.

‘The Saxons in the Roman Imaginary: Changing Perspectives in the Late Antique West,’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2014.

‘The Transition from Roman to Anglian York in its Wider Context: an accurate model?,’ Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium,  Aberdeen, November 2013

Languages

German

Latin

Old English