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    Victoria Leonard is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities at Coventry University. She is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London. She joined the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, as a Research Associate in 2017, and became a Research Fellow in 2020.

    Before her appointment at the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher as part of the European Research Council funded project ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’, at Royal Holloway, University London and the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-ÖAW), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften). Her role within the project involved compiling data on clerical connections and using adapted digital tools to examine and visualize evolving clerical networks in the late ancient and early medieval western Mediterranean.

    Victoria’s research focuses on the late antique and early medieval western Mediterranean, with a special interest in: social network analysis, data collection and digital humanities; ancient and early medieval historiography; ancient religion, particularly early Christianity; and gender, sexuality, violence, and theories of the body in antiquity.

    Victoria has published articles in the journals Vigiliae Christianae, Studies in Late Antiquity, and Gender & History. Her monograph, In Defiance of History: Orosius and the Unimproved Past, was published by Routledge in January 2022. With Laurence Totelin and Mark Bradley, Victoria has edited the volume Bodily Fluids in Antiquity for Routledge (2021). She has written for The Guardian, the Church Times, and The Times Higher Education, and she has contributed to BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, published by Oxford University Press.

    Victoria is a founding member, former co-chair, and steering committee member of the Women’s Classical Committee (UK). She organises #WCCWiki which seeks to improve the representation of classicists (broadly conceived) who identify as women or non-binary on Wikipedia. #WCCWiki was awarded Wikimedia UK's Partnership of the Year prize in 2022.

    With Elena Giusti, Victoria is co-Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments (CUCD) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. With Daniel Anderson, Victoria organises the Gendered Violence in Antiquity and Beyond Reading Group which meets monthly and explores modern theoretical and historical aspects of gendered violence from antiquity onwards. Victoria is a founding member of the International Orosian Network.

    Victoria is interested in supervising PhD projects in late antiquity, early Christianity, gender-based violence in antiquity, late antique historiography, Orosius and the Historiae adversus paganos, and gender, women, and theories of the body in antiquity. Victoria is happy to collaborate with external stakeholders and in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the UK.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    External positions

    Honorary Research Associate, Royal Holloway, University of London

    1 Nov 2020 → …

    Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London