Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse
I studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 2007, MSt 2008) and I hold a PhD (2013) from Leiden University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Leiden, the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR), and the University of Pennsylvania, I joined the Classics department of the University of Groningen in 2015. I am a member of De Jonge Akademie of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018) and of the Young Academy Groningen (2016).
In 2015, I was awarded a research grant (NWO-Veni) for the project Landscapes of War in Roman Literature.
My research also the relationship between literature and material culture in the Roman world. I have just finished a monograph based on my dissertation (Building in Words: The Process of Construction in Latin Literature), which will be published by Oxford University Press. I also have an ongoing Classical Reception project with my colleague Han Lamers (Leuven/Oslo), which deals with the role of the Latin language in Fascist Italy (read more about it here).
I teach a range of courses in the Groningen BA and MA programmes. In the academic year 2020-21, I am teaching an interdisciplinary course on Landscape and Memory in the Ancient World and one of War Remembrance in Ancient Rome, a Latin language course for beginners and a research seminar on Propertius. I also serve as the first-year mentor. I regularly involve students in my research, for example in the Fascist Latin digitization project and a project on the use of Latin in contemporary political discourse. In April 2018, I was elected Lecturer of the Year of the University of Groningen.