Dr Chris Mowat
B.A., M.A. (Manchester), Ph.D. (Newcastle)
Teaching Associate in Ancient History
Roman Republican History; Roman Religion; Gender and Sexuality.
+44 (0)114 22 22598 | Jessop West 1.11
Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Tuesdays 14:00-16:00
Chris Mowat is a Teaching Associate in Ancient History. They have just completed their Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle on the relationship between gendered identities and divination practice in the late Roman Republic. They are particularly interested in the history of gender and sexuality, in both the ancient world as well as the modern, and in religious identities in the ancient world.
Chris’ research focuses on the intersection between gender and religious identities in the Roman Republic. Their Ph.D. research used the theoretical starting point of performativity in order to understand how gender and divinatory identities each influenced the construction of the other in the late Roman Republic.
They are also interested in the ways in which we can talk about (modern) categories of gender and sexual identities in the past, and the language we use to talk about non-normative identities. They are currently developing a research project on non-binary gender identities in the Roman world.
'An intersex manifesto: Naming the non-binary constructions of the ancient world', (under review).
'A study in spontaneity: Some notes on the divinatory handbook P.Ryl. 28', Religion in the Roman Empire 2.3 (2016), pp. 415-440.
Chris considers outreach and knowledge sharing beyond the campus to be an important aspect of their academic research. Until recently, they were the Public Day Coordinator of the LGBT History Project NE, and they keep links with the organisation.