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David van Oeveren MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Historiography & Theory of History, History & Philosophy of Science and Technology, Memory Studies, Ancient History

Cohort/Start PhD: 2021-2022

Utrecht University

The limes, the boundary of the Roman Empire, played a crucial role in the bordering, ordering, and othering of various European imagined communities in the nineteenth century. In my research I will investigate the evolving imagination of the Roman borderlands in this long 1815-1945 period and chart the impact of political developments (e.g. secession of Belgium), cultural ideals, religious politics, and the colonial experience. My PhD is part of a broader project on the history of the limes.