Dr Francesca Fulminante – Junior Teaching Fellow
Dr Fulminante wrote her dissertation at the University of Cambridge between 2004 and 2008 on ”The ager Romanus antiquus from the Bronze Age to the Republican Period. From Landscape Approach to Multi-dimensional Archaeology”. Her current research focuses on ”Studying Early Italian States with Network Analysis“ (Untersuchung von europäischer und mediterraner Identitätsbildung im sozialen und politischen Sinne im 1.Jahrtausend v. Chr.). How the Italian archaeologist is planning to integrate her research into the activities at the GCSC and why she has chosen to join the GCSC in the Summer Semester 2009, she explains to us as follows:
Dr Fulminante’s Research
“My research to date has focused on the development of urban societies and the definition of the city-state model during the 1st Millennium BC in Central Italy within the wider setting of the Mediterranean region.
My MA dissertation (published in 2003 by L’ ‘Erma’ di Bretschneider in Rome) combined French socio-anthropological perspectives with Anglo-Saxon theoretical models to analyse Early Iron Age burials of Latium vetus and demonstrate the early presence and development of social stratification in that region. My PhD research at Cambridge University defined the economic and political Landscape of Early Rome and Latium vetus, by studying settlement patterns in the region at three different scales of analysis: the city (Rome), its territory and the region.
The application of locational models (Rank Size Rule, Spatial Efficiency Model, Central Place Theory and Voronoi Diagram) demonstrated a continuous trend in the settlement pattern towards centralization and hierarchical distribution from the Middle Bronze Age (17th-14th centuries BC) onwards. In particular a dramatic change can be observed by the beginning of the Early Iron Age (9th century BC), well before the Greek colonization in Southern Italy (middle of the 8th century BC). Thus, my work emphasised local and autochthonous developments towards urbanisation and state formation in Central Italy, which was certainly accelerated but not triggered by external influences.”
Why Dr Fulminante has chosen to join the GCSC
“The GCSC will provide me with a unique opportunity to further my research, by working in an interdisciplinary environment and using non-archaeological tools and approaches to re-examine key concepts of cultural development in very early Rome. At the GCSC I am planning to explore the formation of ethnic and political identities in Central Italy during the 1st millennium BC by investigating the potential of Social Network Analysis in the study of culture and space. Therefore I will be particularly interested in the current debate at GCSC on the themes of culture and memory and culture and identity and I am looking forward to take part in the GCSC-Fellow-Workshop on ‘travelling concepts’ and the study of culture.”
Presently known dates of Dr Fulminante’s teaching activities:
Dr Fulminante will hold the workshop ”Discussing Ethnicity, Identity and State Formation using the Case-Study of the Latin Landscape” on 17 June 2009. Further information and online application forms can be found on our homepage.