Skip to content

Toggle service links

Dr Jessica Hughes

Jessica Hughes

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • jessica.hughes

Professional biography

I have been working at The Open University since October 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 I held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University in the Department of Archaeology, where I worked on a Leverhulme project called Changing Beliefs of the Human Body. I did my PhD and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with Dr Peter Stewart (2001-2005), and studied for my BA in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1998-2001).

Research interests

My research combines material and approaches from Classical Studies, Religious Studies and Art History. My latest book is about Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (CUP 2017), and I run The Votives Project website with my OU colleague Emma-Jayne Graham. I'm currently writing a history of the Catholic Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii, focusing on the themes of classical reception, cultural memory and material religion. I am editor of our Open Access e-journal Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies, and European Book Reviews Editor for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Beliefs. I also produce a podcast called Classics Confidential.

Read more about my research on my personal website Campania Sacra.

Teaching interests

I am Qualification Lead for Classical Studies, and Module Team Chair of our third level Classical Studies module Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330). I'm also a member of the following interdisciplinary module teams: The Arts Past and Present (AA100) and Discovering the Arts and Humanities (A111 - in production).

 

Publications

'Souvenirs of the Self': Personal Belongings as Votive Offerings in Ancient Religion (2017-06-01)
Hughes, Jessica
Religion in the Roman Empire, 3(2) (pp. 181-201)
Studying Votives Across Cultures (2017)
Hughes, Jessica
Material Religion, 13(1) (pp. 104-106)
The votives project (2015-03)
Hughes, Jessica and Graham, Emma-Jayne
Material Religion, 11(1) (pp. 129-131)
The myth of return: restoration as reception in eighteenth-century Rome (2011)
Hughes, Jessica
Classical Receptions Journal, 3(1) (pp. 1-28)
Personifications and the Ancient Viewer: The Case of the Hadrianeum 'Nations' (2009)
Hughes, Jessica
Art History, 32(1) (pp. 1-20)
Fragmentation as metaphor in the Classical healing sanctuary (2008)
Hughes, Jessica
Social History of Medicine, 21(2) (pp. 217-236)
Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (2017-03)
Hughes, Jessica
Cambridge Classical Studies
ISBN : 9781107157835 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Fractured Narratives: Writing the Biography of a Votive Offering (2016-01-01)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Weinryb, Ittai ed. Ex Voto: Votive Giving Across Cultures. Bard Graduate Center - Cultural Histories of the Material World (pp. 23-48)
ISBN : 9781941792056 | Publisher : University of Chicago Press | Published : Chicago
'No retreat, even when broken': classical architecture in the Presepe Napoletano (2015-03-12)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds. Remembering Parthenope: Receptions of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present. Classical Presences (pp. 284-309)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Introduction: Entering the siren's city (2015-03-12)
Buongiovanni, Claudio and Hughes, Jessica
In: Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds. Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present. Classical Presences (pp. 1-18)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Memory and the Roman viewer: looking at the Arch of Constantine (2014-04-30)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Galinsky, Karl ed. Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory. Supplements to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (10) (pp. 103-116)
ISBN : 978-0-472-11943-1 | Publisher : University of Michigan Press | Published : Ann Arbor, MI
Dissecting the classical hybrid (2010)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Rebay-Salisbury, K.; Sorensen, M. L. S. and Hughes, J. eds. Body Parts and Bodies Whole. Changing Relations and Meanings (pp. 101-110)
ISBN : 9781842174029 | Publisher : Oxbow | Published : Oxford, UK
Sensual Religion: Religion and the Five Senses (2018-10-01)
Harvey, Graham and Hughes, Jessica eds.
Religion and the Senses
ISBN : 9781781794142 | Publisher : Equinox (forthcoming) | Published : Sheffield
Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present (2015-03)
Hughes, Jessica and Buongiovanni, Claudio eds.
Classical Presences
ISBN : 978-0-19-967393-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Body Parts and Bodies Whole. Changing Relations and Meanings (2010)
Rebay-Salisbury, Katharina; Sorensen, Marie Louise Stig and Hughes, Jessica eds.
ISBN : 978-1-84217-402-9 | Publisher : Oxbow | Published : Oxford