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Name: Gary Frazer Fisher

PhD: Classics

Thesis Title: The Depiction of the Ancient World in American Theatre from European settlement to the Civil War

Research Interests

I am currently engaged in an inter-disciplinary project co-supervised by the departments of Classics and American & Canadian Studies that examines the depiction of the ancient world in early American theatre (1730 - 1870). I examine how Americans used the ancient world as a medium through which to explore contemporary issues such as republican identity, imperial expansion, and the morality of slavery.

Influenced by the presence of the great Stephen Hodkinson at Nottingham, I have also maintained an active interest in the historiography of ancient Sparta and spent a great portion of my Masters degree plunging headlong into 'le mirage Spartiate'.

I am a great believer in the importance of disseminating research outside the four walls of the academy. As such presently sit on the committee of the Nottingham branch of the Classical Association, co-founded as served as Lead Review Editor on the Nottingham-based open-source Midlands Historical Review journal, have volunteered with the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, and make regular efforts to publish short articles in local newspapers and University blogs.

Teaching Interests

I maintain a broad portfolio of teaching interests to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of my work. Within the department of Classics and Archaeology I have previously taught Latin, for which I received the University of Nottingham's award for the 'Best Postgraduate that teaches', and currently teach on the Classics and Popular Culture module convened by Dr. Lynn Fotheringham.

Outside the department of Classics and Archaeology I also presently teach on the University of Nottingham's Arts and Humanities Foundation Year's 'Important Thinkers Through History' module. I am responsible for designing and leading lectures and seminars on key philosophers and thinkers of the Enlightenment, such as John Locke and Thomas Paine.

Besides the Arts and Humanities Foundation Year, I also maintain a role as a teaching affiliate on the University of Nottingham's new Liberal Arts programme. I was involved in the inception and founding of the programme and now take a broadly pastoral role, assisting in the personal and pedagogical development of the students.

Personal Biography

Born and schooled in Birmingham, I undertook the grand odyssey from the West Midlands to the East Midlands in 2012 to begin my studies at the University of Nottingham. Perhaps encouraged by my readings of D.H. Lawrence, I have since developed a true fondness for the landscape and culture of the East Midlands and consider the region and people incredibly dear to me.

My time at Nottingham has occasionally been interrupted with intermittent professional and research visits abroad, including a few summers working as a surveyor for the much-maligned HS2 as well as a four month research fellowship at the Library of Congress' Kluge Centre in Washington D.C.

I am presently engaged in the third year of my PhD and am aiming to submit by the summer 2019. After this I hope to continue working within higher education and settle down to building a home and family with my wife Lois, whom I met in a Latin class at the University of Nottingham.

Supervisors and Institution(s):

Mark Bradley, Department of Classics, University of Nottingham

Matthew Pethers, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

                         Gary F Fisher

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