UrbNet Residential Scholar (Autumn 2017): Rubina Raja

Rubina Raja is professor of Classical Archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark. Since February 2015, she has been centre director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) – the largest single contribution from a Danish research body to humanities research in decades. She received her DPhil degree in 2005 from University of Oxford, UK, and currently holds a guest professorship at the Max-Weber Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien at Universität Erfurt, Germany. 

Rubina Raja’s research revolves around urban development and religious identities in the eastern Roman provinces and the Levant. Among other things, she studies the largest corpus of Roman funerary portraits outside Rome, found in Palmyra, Syria, and directs an extensive excavation project in Jerash, Jordan, together with Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), focusing on the so far unexplored North-West quarter of the ancient city Gerasa. Her work has received widespread, international acclaim and has earned her a number of distinctions for outstanding research, most recently the prestigious EliteForsk Award by the Danish Research Council / the Ministry for Research and Education and the Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters. 

Recent publications

Barfod, G., Larsen, J.M., Lichtenberger, A. & Raja, R. (2015). Revealing text in a complexly rolled silver scroll from Jerash with computed tomography and advanced imaging software. Nature Scientific Reports 5, 17765.

Lichtenberger, A. & Raja, R. (2016). Jerash in the Middle Islamic period: Connecting texts and archaeology through new evidence from the Northwest Quarter. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 132, 63-81.

Raja, R. (2016). Representations of priests in Palmyra: Methodological considerations on the meaning of the representation of priesthood in the funerary sculpture from Roman-period Palmyra. Religion in the Roman Empire 2:1, 125-146.

Lecture series

Rubina Raja will give a lecture series consisting of 5 lecture (more info to follow)

  • 2 October 13:15-14:15 
  • 9 October 13:15-14:15 
  • 23 October 13:15-14:15
  • 6 November 13:15-14:15 
  • 20 November 13:15-14:15