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Dr Corisande Fenwick
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  • Associate Professor
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Corisande received her BA in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art from the UCL Institute of Archaeology. She then moved to California, where she gained an MA in Classics and a PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2013. Before returning to UCL in 2015, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester. She has been awarded research grants and fellowships from various bodies, including the European Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Social Science Research Council and is a Fellow of the Society for Antiquaries. 

Her recent publications include the monograph Early Islamic North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2020) and the co-edited Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (OUP, 2020) and Aghlabids and their Neighbours: Art and Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa (Brill, 2017)

Research Summary

 Dr Corisande Fenwick is Associate Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology. She is also Director of the Society for Libyan Studies, a British International Research Institute sponsored by the British Academy. Her current research focuses on empire and everyday life in the late antique and Islamic world, particularly North Africa. She is primarily interested in the formation of early medieval states and empires and above all how people experienced the complex regime changes that characterised the Mediterranean 500-1000CE and what it was like to live under Byzantine and Muslim rule

Corisande is currently PI of the ERC-funded project EVERYDAY ISLAM- Becoming Muslim: Cultural Change, Everyday Life and State Formation in early Islamic North Africa (600-1000), Co-PI of the AHRC-DFG funded project ISLAMAFR: Conquest, Ecology and Economy in Islamic North Africa (with Moheddine Chaouali and Philipp von Rummel), Co-PI of the Society for Libyan Studies flagship project ‘Bulla Regia: Mobility, Identity and Community in Christian North Africa (with Moheddine Chaouali), Co-Director of the INSAP-UCL Medieval Volubilis Project (with Elizabeth Fentress and Hassan Limane) and Co-I of the AHRC funded OASCIV: The Making of Oasis Civilisation in the Moroccan Sahara (with David Mattingly, Youssef Bokbot and Martin Sterry). Prior to this, she was Co-PI of the British Council funded capacity-building project Training in Action for members of the Tunisian and Libyan antiquities services.

She co-ordinates the Islamic Archaeology Network and organises an annual Islamic Archaeology Day with SOAS which has become the main event for Islamic archaeologists in the UK and beyond. She also edits the Brepols book series Studies in the Archaeology of the Islamic World and welcomes proposals for books, archaeological monographs or edited volumes.

Teaching Summary

Corisande is currently on research leave, however, she normally teaches the following modules:

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0064 Selected topics in the archaeology of the Later Roman Empire

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0083 The Early Islamic World

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0167 The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0178 Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology

Course Co-ordinator (with Alice Stevenson): ARCL0199 Heritage Ethics & Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean

2014 – 2015 Leverhulme Early Career Fellow School of Archaeology and Ancient History University of Leicester, United Kingdom
2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World Brown University, United States
Academic Background
2017   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2013   Doctor of Philosophy Stanford University
2011   Master of Arts Stanford University
2006   Bachelor of Arts University College London
  SFHEA Senior Fellow of the Higher Education A Higher Education Academy
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