Visual Bodies: Exploring the Representation of Prehistoric Identities

Course summary

Visual Bodies: Exploring the Representation of Prehistoric Identities


The body has recently been the focus of re-attention in archaeology, particularly with reference to the construction of identities, personhood, ways of approaching a construction of self and the role of the body in phenomenological interpretations of material culture and landscape.  The intention of this day school is to develop our understanding of the visual representation of the human body, explore how visuality can portray a construction (or re-construction) of identities, and consider how these identities impact on ideas of self and society. Central issues include hybridity, nature, environment, social context, consumption and symbolism. These may depict the human body as (in)complete, fragmentary, literal, representational, metaphorical and as essence. As such, an engagement with these visual media presents an interplay between image and viewer through which we can perceive ourselves, others, how others see us and perhaps the world around them.  


Programme details



9.30am            Registration


9.45am            Welcome

                        Visual Bodies: Exploring the Representation of Prehistoric Identities



                       ”Who sat on this throne?” Bodies and identities in the Bronze Age Aegean

                         DR ANNA SIMANDIRAKI-GRIMSHAW


11.00am           Coffee / tea


11.30am            The Living Dead: representing the deceased in ancient Egypt 

                          DR AIDAN DODSON


12.45pm           Lunch


2.00pm           Corporeal Coalescence: on the interplay of the human form and the environmental world in Later Prehistoric Europe                           

                        FAY STEVENS


3.15pm             Tea / coffee


3.45pm            Rock Art and the Construction of the Body in Africa

                        DR TANIA TRIBE


5.00pm           Course disperses





Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House on Friday and / or Saturday night.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Alumni 10% Discount: £0.00
Friends of RH 10% Discount: £0.00
Summer school 10% discount: £0.00
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £66.50
Baguette: £4.70
Hot Lunch: £13.50


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Ms Fay Stevens

Course Tutor

Fay Stevens is an experienced lecturer in archaeology at Oxford OUDCE, OUSSA and other UK and International Universities. She is currently completing a PhD in archaeology and specialises in material culture studies, theoretical and landscape archaeology. Adjunct Professor, University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway.

Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

Course Tutor

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw is an Aegean Bronze Age archaeologist. She lectures in Archaeology at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, among other institutions. She is also affiliated with Durham University and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Dr Aidan Dodson


Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, School of Arts, University of Bristol

Dr Tania Tribe


Senior Lecturer in Art History at SOAS, University of London

Dr Alison MacDonald

Director of Studies

Dr Alison MacDonald is a Lecturer in Archaeology at OUDCE.

She received her BA in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History from Sheffield University (1989) and her doctorate from Oxford University (2003). Her research interests include Roman landscapes and Roman material culture and identity, and her fieldwork is in central Italy where she has worked on a number of landscape archaeology projects.