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 four-year research grant (NWO-Veni) for the project Landscapes of War in Roman Literature.
My research also explores other areas of the relationship between literature and material culture in the Roman world. I am currently finishing 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). Our edition and study of a Fascist Latin text composed in 1932 (Aurelio Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini) was published by Bloomsbury in August 2016.
I teach a range of courses in the Groningen BA and MA programmes. In the academic year 2018-19, I am teaching an interdisciplinary course on Landscape and Memory in the Ancient World and serve as the first-year mentor. I am also collaborating with students on the Fascist Latin digitization project and a project on classical antiquity in the city of Groningen. In April 2018, I was elected Lecturer of the Year of the University of Groningen.