28th January 2015, 9:14am
Medieval scholar joins Lincoln to lead studies in History and Heritage
Professor Paul Stephenson A prominent medieval scholar and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society has been appointed to lead the School of History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Specialising in the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the Middle Ages - generally called Byzantium history - Professor Paul Stephenson joins Lincoln from Radboud University, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.

Professor Stephenson previously held the post of Professor of Medieval History at Durham University, and the Rowe chair in Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin and Dumbarton Oaks (administered by the Trustees for Harvard University) in the USA. In 2012, he was also appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of California.

Professor Stephenson has held research fellowships from the British Academy, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and the Onassis Foundation in Greece. In spring 2015, he will embark on a lecture tour of several US universities, sponsored by the Onassis Foundation, disseminating research findings from his next book - The Serpent Column.

The Serpent Column is a hollow stump of twisted bronze which is located between two obelisks in central Istanbul, as part of an ancient sacrificial tripod. Professor Stephenson’s research tracks its rich and varied history, through two eventful millennia.

Having held chairs in three countries, Professor Stephenson returns to the UK to take up the post of Head of the School of History & Heritage at Lincoln.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Stephenson said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to this exciting position at Lincoln; a university that is establishing a formidable reputation in so many areas, including in History and Heritage.

“I am impressed by how the University is both embedded in the city and region but international in outlook. The School of History & Heritage is home to some amazing scholars and increasing numbers of excellent students from home and abroad. It is already among the best places for my own field, medieval and Mediterranean history, and I hope I shall consolidate that strength.”

Professor Matthew Cragoe, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, added: “I am delighted that Paul is joining us. He is not only an international scholar of considerable distinction, but also has a tremendous vision for the School. Lincoln has an extremely strong and growing reputation for research and scholarship in History, and Paul is exactly the right person to help us build on these strong foundations.”

Professor Stephenson is widely published and is the author and editor of several books, including Byzantium's Balkan Frontier (2000), The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-slayer (2003), and Fountains and Water Culture in Byzantium (edited with Brooke Shilling and forthcoming in 2015), all with Cambridge University Press.
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