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Phd project: “Hellenic Universalism as Post-Imperial Practice”

The research project “Hellenic Universalism as Post-Imperial Practice” is concerned with establishing the appropriation of Greek cultural artefacts as crucial in the formation of identity in imperial and post-imperial Britain. By examining literary and media representations of the Parthenon Sculptures both in the nineteenth and the twenty-first century, this project attempts to place the ongoing discussion regarding a possible repatriation of the sculptures in a post-imperial context. The concept a “universal” collection in modern museums will of particular interest as a form of post-imperial practice.