I am Head of History of Childhood at ManMet's interdiscplinary Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. In this role I develop teaching, research, conferences and events in line with the Centre's youth-participatory framework.
My specialisims are: Roman History; ancient children and demography; Graeco-Roman Egypt.
Current project: I'm co-Investigator on an AHRC-funded project 'Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Understanding Society and Culture'.
Our classes are typically very interactive. As ancient historians we have access to a vast range of texts, artefacts and literature that span 3,000 years across the globe, so source-work is always varied. I'll encourage you to take up learning Latin and/or classical Greek, largely through source-based learning. My advanced undergraduate classes focus on student-led and public projects, supported by guided independent reading and research and resources in #digitalclassics
PhD Ancient History (University of Manchester), 2007
MA Ancient World Studies (University of Manchester), 2001
BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Archaeology (University of Manchester), 2000
I came to ManMet in 2015, and have previously taught and held research positions at:
Newcastle University, Lecturer in Ancient History, 2014/15
Birkbeck, University of London, Lecturer in Roman History, 2011-14
Universitet i Oslo, Visiting Professor in Roman History, May 2013
University of Liverpool, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, 2009-11
University of Edinburgh, Teaching Fellow in Ancient Greek History, 2008/9
University of Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer in Roman History, 2007/8
University of Manchester, Teaching Assistant, 2003-07
I am Chair of the Manchester and District Classical Association. We host regular public talks, trips and events in conjunction with ManMet and University of Manchester dept. of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, and local schools and interested public.
I am also:
Ancient History and Classics are truly interdisciplinary subjects. They allow us to explore a particularly diverse range of human behaviours, cultures, literature and thought across thousands of years in the Mediterranean, Africa and the Near East. They help us to shape our view of the world around us -- how people relate to one another's religions, ethnicities, genders, sexualities and cultures. They will encourage you to think about how modern politicans and historians use the past for political and ideological gain, how langauges develop, and how philosophical and political thought has shaped many viewpoints and cultures in the world today.
2019/20 I am on research leave and this year am teaching only:
I have co-supervised a number of PhDs in Graeco-Roman history. Current PhD supervisions/co-supervisions:
I would be delighted to offer supervision on:
External Validation of new programmes: University of Lincoln; University of Roehampton.
External Examiner for Classics and Classical Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London.
AHRC project (06/17-06/19): Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture with Dr E Swift, Dr J Stoner (Canterbury Kent) & Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
Growing Up in an Ancient Metropolis: Children in Roman Oxyrhynchos with Dr V Vuolanto, Tampere
Reconstruction of children's lives and concerns from papyri from Oxyrhynchos. Monograph in progress.
Between Words and Walls. Textual and Material Approaches to Ancient Housing with Dr J Baird, Birkbeck, University of London
Edited volume on relationships between ancient housing as it was expressed in words and how it materialised physically. Building on our recent conference reviewed here. Volume currently under review.
Children's Cultures in the Past and Present, with various
A network bringing together specialists on children across a range of academic disciplines: History, Classics, Archaeology, Social Sciences, English Literature, and Education. We have held two international colloaquia at MCYS and are planning future events.
AJ. Pudsey, V. Vuolanto (2018). Child and the City in Antiquity. Growing Up in Graeco-Roman Oxyrhynchos (under review/in preparation).
AJ. Pudsey (2018). Birth, Death and Taxes. Population, Society and Family in Roman Egypt (under review/in preparation).
J. Baird, A. Pudsey (2017). Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing (under review). AJ. Pudsey.
C. Holleran, A. Pudsey (2011). Demography and the Graeco-Roman World New Insights and Approaches. Cambridge University Press.
AJ. Pudsey (2017). Children’s cultures in Graeco-Roman Egypt. L. Grig. In: Popular Culture in the Ancient World. Cambridge University Press, pp.208-234.
AJ. Pudsey, J. Baird Introduction: Between Words and Walls. J. Baird, A. Pudsey. In: Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing.
AJ. Pudsey House as community: structures in housing and kinship in Tebtynis. J. Baird, A. Pudsey. In: Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing.
AJ. Pudsey (2016). Disability and infirmitas in the ancient world: demographic and biological facts in the longue durée. C. Laes. In: Disability in Antiquity. Routledge, pp.22-34.
AJ. Pudsey, V. Vuolanto (2016). Being a Niece or Nephew in an Ancient City. Children’s Social Environment in Roman Oxyrhynchos. C. Laes, V. Vuolanto. In: Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World. pp.79-96.
AJ. Pudsey (2015). Children and families in late Roman Egypt: family and everyday life in monastic contexts. C. Laes, K. Mustakallio, V. Vuolanto. In: Children and Family in Late Antiquity. Life, Death and Interaction. Peeters, pp.215-234.
AJ. Pudsey (2013). Children in Roman Egypt. TG. Parkin, J. Evans Grubbs. In: Handbook of Children and Education in the Classical World. Oxford University Press, pp.484-509.
AJ. Pudsey (2012). Death and the family: widows and divorcées in Roman Egypt. L. Larsson Lovén, M. Harlow. In: Families in the Imperial and Late Antique Roman Worlds. Continuum, pp.157-180.
AJ. Pudsey, C. Holleran (2011). Introduction: Studies in Ancient Historical Demography. C. Holleran, A. Pudsey. In: Demography and the Graeco-Roman World. New Insights and Approaches. Cambridge University Press, pp.1-13.
AJ. Pudsey (2011). Nuptiality and the demographic life cycle of families in Roman Egypt. C. Holleran, A. Pudsey. In: Demography and the Graeco-Roman World. New Insights and Approaches.. Cambridge University Press, pp.60-98.
2019 & forthcoming
Panel Organiser and speaker, 15th Congress of Fédération international des associations d’études classiques /Classical Association Conference: ‘Seen and Not Heard. Children’s Experience in Roman Egypt’
University of Manchester, British Egyptology Congress 4 conference: 'Musical Instruments and their use in Roman and Late Roman Egypt' (with Ellen Swift and Jo Stoner)
Reading University, MOISA International conference: ‘Reconstructing musical instruments from Roman and Late Roman Egypt in the Petrie Collection’ (& Creese, D., Swift, E., Stoner, J.)
British School at Rome, Maternitas: Fertility, Pregnancy, and Maternal Health in the Classical World: 'Experiences of mothers and infants in Roman Egypt: The papyrological evidence'
London, IHR and Raphael Samuel Centre, Seminar Series in the History of Sexuality: 'Wet-nurses, sexual restrictions and wage labour in Roman Egypt'
Gothenburg, Keynote Lecture at Arachne Gender Conference: 'How to Become an Adult in Roman Egypt' (with Ville Vuolanto)
Universitet i Oslo: ‘Children’s Cultures in Egypt’
Sheffield, Classical Association: 'Child in the Ancient City'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Barcelona, 28th International Congress of Papyrology: 'Gymnasium and Identity: Youth and Adolescence in Oxyrhynchos'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Turku 'The VII Conference on Childhood Studies. Childhood in Everyday Life: 'Agency and the Children in the Past: the Case of Roman Egypt'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Helsinki, European Association of Urban Historians Congress: 'Childhood spaces in Roman Oxyrhynchos'
Manchester Classical Association Meeting 'Growing Up in Roman Egypt'
University of Basel: ‘The Cultural Economics of Breast-Feeding in Roman Egypt’
(with Ville Vuolanto) University of Tampere, Finland: ‘On the road: children’s travel around Oxyrhynchos’ On the Road: Travels, Pilgrimages and Social Interaction. Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VI
Newcastle University: ‘ “…and all the troubles of nursing, to which their station condemns them”: mothers, wet-nurses and the economics of breastfeeding in Roman Egypt’
Universitet i Oslo : ‘Children’s experience and environment: the case of aunts and uncles in Oxyrhynchos’
London, Institute of Classical Studies: ‘Population, Society and Family in Roman Egypt’
Birkbeck, London Between Words & Walls conf.: ‘Social and housing structures in 2nd c. rural Egypt’
(with Ville Vuolanto) Manchester: ‘Children in Roman Oxyrhynchos: everyday life in a metropolis’
Gothenburg, Arachne Gender Studies con.: ‘A truth universally acknowledged? Elite marital and social status in Roman Egypt’
Rome (Institutum Romanum Findlandiae) Roman Family VI con.: ‘Egyptian monastic children’
Birkbeck, London: ‘Dealing with death in Roman Egypt’
Manchester, Colloquium on Childhood in Antiquity: ‘Children and families in Roman Egypt’
Cardiff, Classical Association Annual Meeting: ‘Family life cycles in Graeco-Roman Egypt’
Gothenburg, Oikos - Familia: Family in the Ancient Greco-Roman World: ‘Death and the family: widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt’
New York, Institute for Study of the Ancient World: ‘Household life-cycles in Roman Egypt’
History UK and Liverpool, John Moores University, Engagement for All in the History Classroom: 'Between the Sheets: Teaching Ancient Sexuality with LGBTQIA+ students' sesssion
Women's Classical Committee, UK ECR event, Tools for a Classics Career, Leeds University: 'Academic Career Planning and Advising' session
(2016) 'Trauma and Changing Circumstances in Youth' Network Colloquium, MCYS, ManMet University
(2016) 'Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe. Children's Peer Cultures, Past and Present' Network Colloquium, MCYS, ManMet University
(2013) Institute of Classical Studies and School of Advanced Studies Ancient History Seminar Series (with Prof R Alston), Senate House London
(2013) Between Words and Walls: Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing conference (with Dr J Baird) Birkbeck, University of London
(2012/13) Rome in Bloomsbury Public Lecture Series, Birkbeck, University of London
(2005) Manchester, Pre-modern Populations and Economies: the Case of Greece and Rome conference (with Dr C Holleran)
Historical Methods journal
National Research Foundation of South Africa
AHRC co-Investigator on £380,000 project with Canterbury, Kent, 2017-2019 (Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture)
I am Chair of Ancient History for the Classical Association Teaching Board. The work of the Teaching Board supports U.K. teachers of Classics & Ancient History G.C.S.E.s and A Levels, providing INSET days, materials and networking opportunity between teachers and academics.
I am also Chair of the Manchester and District Branch of the Classical Association, hosting papers and events for mixed audiences in the region.
Contributor to Sounds of Roman Egypt: an exhibition of musical instrument replicas from Roman Egypt, for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Jan-June 2019: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/sounds-roman-egypt
BBC Radio 4 'When Greeks Flew Kites' programme podcast interview, 2018
BBC World Service, 'Newsday' programme interview, 2015
AHRC co-Investigator on £380,000 project with Canterbury, Kent, 2017-2019
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2009-11
AHRC Studentship, 2003-6
AHRC Studentship, 2001/2
The Wellcome Trust
The National Research Foundation, South Africa
May 2014 Visiting Professor, Institut for filosofi, ide-og kunsthistorie og klassiske språk, Universitet i Oslo