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Dr Jessica Hughes

Profile summary

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 publications include Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (CUP 2017) and Sensual Religion: Religion and the Five Senses (co-edited with Professor Graham Harvey, Equinox 2018). 

Most of my recent research has focused on the changing religious landscape of the southern Italian region of Campania, and especially the area around Vesuvius. You can read more about this on my personal website Campania Sacra.

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 run The Votives Project website with Dr Emma-Jayne Graham. I am also Director of the new Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion: visit our website at www.openmaterialreligion.org.

In 2019-20, I am a contributing editor of The Jugaad Project: Material Religion in Context.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who would like to work in any of the above areas.

Teaching interests

I am Module Team Chair of our third level Classical Studies module Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330). I'm also Deputy Chair of our new Level 1 interdisciplinary module Discovering the Arts and Humanities (A111).

 

Impact and engagement

Together with Elton Barker, I produce the podcast Classics Confidential.

Publications

A Sense of Disruption (2020)
Hughes, Jessica
Material Religion ((Early Access))


The five senses in Hell (2020)
Lymberopoulou, Angeliki
Material religion, 16(3) (pp. 364-367)


The texture of the gift: religious touching in the Greco-Roman world (2018-08)
Hughes, Jessica
Body and Religion, 2(1) (pp. 88-112)


'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 (2017-03-29)
Hughes, Jessica
Cambridge Classical Studies
ISBN : 9781107157835 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge


Tiny and Fragmented Votive Offerings from Classical Antiquity (2019-01-03)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Martin, S. Rebecca and Langin-Hooper, Stephanie M. eds. The Tiny and the Fragmented : Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World (pp. 48-71)
ISBN : 9780190614812 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford


Phallic Fertility in Pompeii (2018)
Hughes, Jessica
In: Hopwood, Nick; Flemming, Rebecca and Kassell, Lauren eds. Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day
Publisher : CUP | Published : Cambridge


Exhibit 40 - The Room of the Ribbons (2018)
Hughes, Jessica and Flemming, Rebecca
In: Hopwood, Nick; Flemming, Rebecca and Kassell, Lauren eds. Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day (pp. 672-672)
ISBN : 9781107705647 | 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 (2018-09-04)
Harvey, Graham and Hughes, Jessica eds.
Religion and the Senses
ISBN : 9781781794142 | Publisher : Equinox | Published : Sheffield


Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present (2015-03-12)
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