Classicist and ICOG member Dr Bettina Reitz-Joosse joins The Young Academy, a platform within the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) of top young researchers. Every year the Academy selects ten new members from researchers who obtained their PhD less than ten years ago. Membership is for five years. The official installation of the new members will take place on Monday 26 March.
Bettina Reitz-Joosse (1984) investigates how the Romans saw the world around them. She studies Latin texts on ancient buildings and monuments and the landscape. Reitz-Joosse hit world headlines when she and a colleague revealed that the Italian fascists under Mussolini had hidden a Latin message for the future under an obelisk in Rome. Recently, she won the Annual Science Communication Prize 2017 for the communication campaign surrounding the publication of her research into the Codex Fori Mussolini.
Reitz-Joosse calls herself a classicist ‘in heart and soul’ and is convinced that antiquity also plays a significant role in society today. With her international background (born in Germany, studied in Oxford, PhD in Leiden, postdocs in Rome and Philadelphia and now researcher in Groningen) she wants to help place Dutch academic policy in a broader perspective. More about Bettina Reitz-Joosse in this research minute film.
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