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Shelley Hales has two main areas of research interest that cross the disciplines of Classics, Art History and Archaeology. The first is the role of art in expressing and forging identities in the Roman world. Her first book explored domestic art and architecture and she is now researching the prominence of Aphrodite and Dionysos in Roman domestic and commemorative art. Last year Shelley collaborated on a conference, ‘Crossing Cultures: Identities in the Material World’ with Tamar Hodos (Archaeology and Anthropology). They are currently working on an edited volume exploring themes arising from the conference.
Shelley’s other interest is in the reception of Roman material culture since the eighteenth century. She is currently working on the impact of the Pompeii since its rediscovery in 1748 and, with Joanna Paul and colleagues from Exeter Univeristy, will be hosting a major conference ‘Ruins & Reconstructions: Pompeii in the Popular Imagination’ in July 2007.
Shelley is currently supervising PhD dissertations on the Roman villa in Italy, the Classical Revival in nineteenth century Italian painting, the display of antiquity in British museums and the relationship between Baroque art and the Classical ideal. She is interested in supervising projects on any aspect of Roman art and its reception or on topics which use material culture to explore issues of identity or imperialism in the Roman empire.
Shelley teaches units in art and architectural history (and its reception) and Roman imperial cultural topics. She is also joint course director of the BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, with Dr Tamar Hodos (Archaeology & Anthropology).