I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns. My doctoral thesis is a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study. More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.


PhD History, University of York, supervised by Prof. Guy Halsall Thesis Title: Deconstructing Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: a critical enquiry into the study of ethnicity in lowland Britain in late antiquity MA Medieval Studies, University of York (distinction) Thesis title: The Saxons in the Roman Imaginary: changing perspectives in the late antique west (awarded the Garmondsway Memorial Dissertation Prize) BA (Hons.) English, University of Leicester (first class honours) Before academic study, I was educated at a state comprehensive school in Reading, Berkshire.

Other Publications

Articles Harland, J. M., ‘Rethinking Ethnicity and “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon England,’ Medieval Worlds 5 (2017), 44-69. Public Scholarship Harland, J. M., ‘“Race” in The Trenches: Anglo-Saxons, ethnicity, and the misuse of the medieval past,’ The Public Medievalist. Special series: Race and Racism in Middle Ages, 02/17/2017. Conference Reports Egetenmeyr, V. and Harland, J. M. ‘Report: The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’: Construction and Perception of ‘Otherness’ in Late Antiquity. International Workshop: Kiel, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, 23 – 25 November 2016,’ Bolletino di Studi Latini 47.1 (2017), 324-329.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

‘The End of Roman Rule and the Anglo-Saxon migrations, revisited,’ Die Umgestaltung der römischen Welt–Neue Perspektiven, bekannte Probleme  (The Transformation of the Roman World Reconsidered), Alfried-Krupp-Kolleg, Greifswald, 27 October 2017. With Katherine Fliegel, ‘Britain and the Transformation of the Roman World: Rethinking Rupture, Ideology, and Time,’ Session: Periodization, Time and Fault Lines: the Fifth Century AD. Theoretical Archaeology Group. 18-20 December 2017. ‘The End of Roman Rule and the Adventus Saxonum: Rethinking Ethnicity in post-Roman Britain,’ Mittelalter-Kolloquium, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 8 January 2018  

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