A German classicist professor with an interest in inscriptions, oracles, miracle texts and interpreting the classical world for children will hold the inaugural Margaret Braine Fellowship in Classics and Ancient History at The University of Western Australia.
The Fellowship is named in honour of the late Margaret Braine, a former student of Classics and Ancient History, who left UWA a substantial bequest to support study in this area.
Professor Kai Brodersen, from the University of Erfurt, was chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 50 candidates, with the short list including applicants from Australia, France, Germany, Holland, the UK and the USA.
Professor Brodersen read Ancient History, Classics and Theology in Erlangen, Oxford, and Munich, where he gained his D.Phil. in 1986 and his D.Phil.Habil. nine years later. He held the Chair in Ancient History at the University of Mannheim in Germany from 1996/97, and since 2008, he has been Professor of Classics ("Ancient Culture") and President at the University of Erfurt.
He has also held Visiting Fellowships at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, St. Andrews, and Royal Holloway, University of London, and in 2007/08, he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences.
Professor Brodersen's research has focused so far on Greek and Roman historiography and geography, inscriptions, oracles and miracle texts, economic history and the reception of classics (including Asterix). He has also published a book on the classical world for children.
Professor Brodersen will pursue field studies in Romania in the second half of this year and will be at UWA for the whole of first semester, 2015. While at UWA, he will collaborate with colleagues in Classics and Ancient History, deliver the inaugural Margaret Braine Memorial public lecture, take up some teaching and finish a book on Roman Romania.