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 was 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
Harland, J.M. Ethnic Identity and the Archaeology of the aduentus Saxonum
(Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021)
Friedrich M. and J.M. Harland (eds.), Interrogating the “Germanic”: A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexicon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 123 (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2020) Articles
Harland, J.M. and M. Friedrich, ‘Introduction: The “Germanic” and its Discontents,’ in Interrogating the “Germanic”: A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
, ed. M. Friedrich and J.M. Harland. Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexicon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 12 (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2020)
Harland, J.M., ‘A Habitus Barbarus
in sub-Roman Britain?,’ in Interrogating the “Germanic”: A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
, ed. M. Friedrich and J.M. Harland. Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexicon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 123 (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2020)
Harland, J.M, ‘Imagining the Saxons in Late Antique Gaul,
‘ in Sächsische Leute und Länder: Benennung und Lokalisierung von Gruppenidentitäten im ersten Jahrtausend
, ed. M. Augstein and M. Hardt. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 10 (Braunschweig: Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, 2019), 45–56.
Harland, J. M., ‘Memories of migration? The “Anglo-Saxon” burial costume of the fifth century AD,’ Antiquity
93, no. 370 (2019), 954–969.
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.