James Hua

My research interests currently lie in the phenomenon of population displacements in the Classical and early Hellenistic Greek world, in particular re-evaluating them through the lens of social memory. Although scholars have studied these displacements in exile literature and through their logistics and causes, less attention has been devoted to how these displaced people moulded their identities after their displacements. Instead, by studying the carefully remoulded narratives and memories that these people crafted for themselves, I aim to evaluate how these people reconstructed their civic identities and developed them into a discourse that offered them a unique degree of ‘tangible' political power in their negotiations. To do so, I am analysing the uses of social memory in evidence more associated with these marginalised peoples (the ’subaltern’), especially epigraphy, polis histories, archaeology, and oratory. I am also interested in Greek Epigraphy (particularly around Western Asia Minor), Greek historiography, social memory more cross-culturally, and refugee crises today.  I am also working on the archaeology and history of Mt Olympus and the cities on its slopes.  I am also interested in Greek Epigraphy (particularly around Western Asia Minor), Greek historiography, social memory more cross-culturally, and refugee crises today. I am also working on the archaeology and history of Mt Olympus and the cities on its slopes.

Additionally, I volunteer in the Ashmolean’s Heberden coin room, study Ugaritic and modern Greek, and blog on Classics more broadly today. I completed my BA in Classics at Durham, with a dissertation on the uses of social memory in Thucydides’ narrative in the Chalcidice (4.80-5.11) with Prof. Polly Low as supervisor.