Kay Boers

Kay Boers

Kay Boers

Utrecht University
Drift 6
3512 BSS Utrecht
The Netherlands
K.Boers@uu.nl

Websites
Universiteit Utrecht


Current Position (Utrecht University)

AIO Promovendus (Doctoral Researcher, 1 March 2018 – now) and staff member, Department of Ancient History and Classical Civilization (Department of History and Art History, Humanities Faculty), project funding: fully funded by the Humanities Faculty, Utrecht University, and indirectly via: NWO VICI project: Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Utrecht University)

Research Project: CIVIS. Citizens, Authority and the Rhetoric of Wellbeing in 7th Century Hispania
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Peter Schrijver (1st promotor), Prof. dr. Leonard Rutgers (2nd promotor) & Dr. Janneke Raaijmakers (co-promotor, † 2 May 2021).

Previous Positions (Academic)

— 2017
Research Assistant, Prof. Leonard Rutgers, Utrecht University

— 2015-2017
Lecturer, History Department: Ancient Studies (Utrecht University)

— 2012-2013
Teaching Assistant, History Department: Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (Utrecht University)

Education (Academic)

— 2016
Research Master Ancient Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Utrecht University, tracks Medieval Studies & Ancient Studies (2016), Judicium: Cum Laude

RMA Thesis: Between a House of Prayer and a Den of Robbers: Violence in Church Space and the Politics of Christian Victimhood in the Fourth Century CE Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Leonard Rutgers (Utrecht University) & Prof. Dr. Marco Mostert.
Grade: 9.5
Link

— 2012
BA History at Utrecht University (2012), Judicium: Cum Laude

BA Thesis: Soldiers and Sacred Space: Letter Writing and Atrocity in the Later Roman Empire 300-420 AD.
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Meens (Utrecht University)
Grade: 9.5
Link

Honours and Prizes (Academic)

— 2017
International Institute for Social History in cooperation with De Volkskrant, Thesis Award for best thesis in Social History (shortlisted) Link

— 2016
National Research School in Classical Studies (OIKOS) Thesis Award 2016, category: Ancient History and Archaeology (win) Link

Thesis Awards Humanities Utrecht University, category: Best Thesis in Research Master’s Programmes (win)Link

— 2016
Research Master Ancient Medieval and Renaissance Studies, tracks: Medieval Studies, and Ancient Studies, Judicium: Cum Laude

— 2012
BA History at Utrecht University, Fulltime, Judicium: Cum Laude

Teaching Experience (Academic)

— 2019
Lecturer (teaching obligation: AIO promovendus), Utrecht University, Ancient History
(GE1V14004, BA, level 1, two groups)

— 2016-2017
Lecturer, Utrecht University, Ancient History (GE1V14004, BA, level 1, three groups) & Classical Mythology (GE2V14012, BA, level 2, two groups)

— 2015-2016
Lecturer, Utrecht University, Ancient History (GE1V14004, BA, level 1, two groups) & Medieval History (GE1V14002, BA, level 1, one group)

— 2012-2013
Teaching Assistant, Utrecht University, Medieval History (BA, level 1, one group)

Other Positions and Activities (Academic)

— 2019-2020
Steering Committee: The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network

— 2018-2019
Steering Committee, TASK: Team Academic Skills (PhD curriculum), Humanities Faculty, Utrecht University

— 2018-2019
Humanities PhD Council, Utrecht University

— 2018
Speaker at Humanities PhD Introduction, Utrecht University

— 2018
Speaker at RMA course Research Design “PhD and All That”, Utrecht University

— 2017
Research Assistant, 17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology, organized by Prof. Dr. Leonard Rutgers, Utrecht University

— 2016,2017
Trainer for the UHSK Exam training: BA Ancient History, Utrecht University

— 2015,2016
Participating as speaker at Introduction RMA Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Utrecht University

Academic Output

Papers and Presentations (Academic)

— 4-6 November 2021
“CIVIS: Bürger, Macht und die Rhetorik des Wohlbefindens im Hispanien des 7. Jahrhunderts”, at Toletum XII (RomanIslam Centre, Warburg House, Universität Hamburg)

— 8 July 2021
“Erasing Violence: Controlling Memory and Removing Bodies in Fourth Century Church Controversy”, at IMC Leeds 2021, session: Erasure in Late Antiquity, III: Erasing the dead (University of Leeds)

— 1 July 2021
“Civitas, Citizen Well-Being and the Articulation of Legitimate Authority in Seventh Century Spain”, at IMC Leeds 2019, session: Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages” II. Real-and-Imaginary Spaces (University of Leeds), (invited speaker)

— 26 June 2019
“Peregrinus: Strangers and Religious Displacement in the Postclassical and Early Medieval West 400-800 CE”, respondent: Prof. dr. Irene van Renswoude (UVA, KNAW), at PhD Colloquium Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek course: Foundations of own Research (Leiden University)

— 13 June 2019
“Displaced from the Patria: Christian Alterity and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity”, UCMS Colloquium (Utrecht University), (invited speaker)

— 21 January 2019
“The Transformation of City and Church in the Epistola Encyclica of Athanasius”, UCMS & University of Tübingen Graduate Conference: Better together? Images and realities of community in the Middle Ages (Utrecht University / University of Tübingen), (invited speaker)

— 14 January 2019
“Violence in Church Space and the Politics of Victimhood in the Fourth Century CE”, The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network: ‘Ideal spaces’ workshop, (Kings College, London), (open CfP)

— 25 October 2018
“Stranger Things” Re-Mapping Displacement in De Civitate Dei, Masterclass Citizenship Discourses an interdisciplinary and diachronic perspective, (Utrecht University), (invited speaker)

— 6 December 2017
“Violence in-and-against Church Space: A Historical Comparison”, Uitreiking Volkskrant IISG Scriptieprijs 2017 (SPUI 25, Amsterdam), (invited speaker)

— 19 May 2017
“Between a House of Prayer and a Den of Robbers”, OIKOS Day (Utrecht University), (invited speaker)

Organized Conferences, Workshops & Lecture Series (Academic)

— 6 April 2021-present
‘New Discoveries Seminar’, Organized by the Ancient History and Classical Civilization Group at Utrecht University (digital: Microsoft Teams), Lecture Series

— 12-13 November 2020
‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network & TCD Classics, Trinity College Dublin (digital: Zoom), International Workshop (pre-circulated papers), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University), Becca Grose (University of Reading), Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (TCD), Guy Walker (TCD)

— 6 July 2020
‘Violating Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’, Conference Strand (3 sessions) at IMC Leeds 2020 (University of Leeds), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University) & Dr. Rob Meens (Utrecht University). Cancelled due to COVID-19, rescheduled to IMC 2022.

— 8 July 2020
‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network, Conference Strand (4 sessions) at IMC Leeds 2020 (University of Leeds), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University), Becca Grose (University of Reading), Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (TCD), Guy Walker (TCD). Cancelled due to COVID-19, rescheduled to IMC 2021.

— 25 November 2019
‘The Citizen in Late Antiquity’, The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network & NWO VICI Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages, International Conference, Utrecht University, Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University) & Thomas Langley (Peterhouse, Cambridge University)

Organized Lectures and Keynotes

— 12 November 2020
Prof. Irene van Renswoude (University of Amsterdam, KNAW Huygens ING), ‘Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in Late Antique and Early Medieval Manuscripts’, 2nd keynote lecture for the PG&EC LAN ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’ International Workshop, Trinity College Dublin (digital: Zoom), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University), Becca Grose (University of Reading), Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (TCD),
Guy Walker (TCD). Rescheduled to 25 February 2021

— 12 November 2020
Prof. Mark Humphries (Swansea University), ‘Erasure and Spectacle in Late Antiquity’, keynote lecture for the PG&EC LAN ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’ International Workshop, Trinity College Dublin (digital: Zoom), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University), Becca Grose (University of Reading), Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (TCD), Guy Walker (TCD)

— 26 November 2019
Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Constantine & Crispus between modern myths and ancient monuments’, Utrecht University, Afdeling: Ancient and Classical Studies, Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University) & Dr. Saskia Stevens (Utrecht University)

— 25 November 2019
Prof. Engin Isin (Queen Mary University, London), ‘Doing Good Deeds: Graeco-Roman (euergetism) and Ottoman (waqf) Benefaction as Acts of Citizenship’, keynote lecture for ‘The Citizen in Late Antiquity’ conference (Utrecht) with response by Prof. Els Rose (Utrecht University), Organizers: Kay Boers (Utrecht University) & Thomas Langley (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

Publications

— forthcoming
Kay Boers, Becca Grose, Rebecca Usherwood & Guy Walker (eds.), Erasure in Late Antiquity. Series: Sylloge – Library of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, TRIVENT: Budapest (publication date: TBA)

– Kay Boers, ‚Liudprand of Cremona on the Magyars – “Not quite straight fly the arrows from empty bows”‘, Medieval Warfare II.4 (2012).

– Kay Boers, Merel de Bruin-Van de Beek, Dr. Robert Flierman, Prof. Els Rose & Dr. Megan Welton, ‘De stad verworpen en verworven’. Madoc. Tijdschrift voor de Middeleeuwen 18.33 (2019), pp. 82-92.