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Professor Onno van Nijf

For the duration of his Visiting Fellowship Professor Onno van Nijf will be hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London.

Professor Onno van NijfDuring his time in the UK, Professor Van Nijf will prepare a monograph on Greek athletics in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These were the heydays of a highly complex festival culture that took the form of athletic (and theatrical or musical) contests. Professor Van Nijf will study this phenomenon based on a comprehensive investigation of the source material, using social network theory and other recent (digital) approaches to ancient history. He will also work on an on-line database of athletes, performers and festivals. He will further develop the database with a view to integrating it with other initiatives in the field of digital humanities. 


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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


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