Stephan Mols appointed to special chair in History of Nijmegen, with particular focus on Roman Period and Roman Limes

Date of news: 16 September 2021

Stephan Mols has been appointed to the special chair in the History of Nijmegen, with particular emphasis on the Roman Period and the Roman Limes, at the Faculty of Arts of Radboud University. The appointment comes into effect on 1 September 2021. The special chair was made possible by the City of Nijmegen.

As part of the chair, Mols will focus on the stone monuments of Roman Nijmegen, including the column erected for Emperor Tiberius. Mols: “We will be conducting research with the members of my research group into the infrastructure in and around Roman Nijmegen. Together with colleagues from Radboud University and the Municipality of Nijmegen, I now want to work on the publication of earlier excavations, with a focus on the unpublished parts of Ulpia Noviomagus in Nijmegen West, excavated in the 1990s. One of the chair’s goals is to make Roman Nijmegen visible and to make use of the knowledge obtained from the excavations. Together with students from various study programmes and Nijmegen institutions, think tanks will be set up to develop appropriate visualisations and activities.”

The chair is important to the municipality in view of the link between the city and the university and the branding of Nijmegen as the oldest city. Alderman Noël Vergunst: “With the chair’s focus on Roman Nijmegen and the Limes, we hope to promote even more awareness and enthusiasm for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Roman Limes.” The chair is for a period of three years and is a follow-up to the History of Nijmegen chair, which was held by Dolly Verhoeven for 11 years.

About Stephan Mols

Stephan Mols (1962) studied Greek and Latin Language and Culture at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1988, cum laude) and obtained his PhD at the same university in 1994 (cum laude) with the thesis ‘Houten meubels in Herculaneum. Vorm, techniek en functie’. After his PhD, he became Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. From 1994 to 2000, he was seconded to the Dutch Institute in Rome as a fellow and researcher. After that, he returned to Radboud University as an Assistant Professor, where he became an Associate Professor in 2012, responsible for Provincial Roman Archaeology.

Since 2019, he has also been Director of Education of the Department of History, Art History and Antiquity at Radboud University. In 2017, he received the Oikos Public Prize. He is a member and co-founder of the Romeinennetwerk Gelderland, member of the sub-editorial board of Het Verhaal van Gelderland, member of the steering committee Archeohotspot Nijmegen and chairs the Overleg Samenwerking Archeologie on behalf of Radboud University, which also includes the Municipality of Nijmegen, Museum Het Valkhof and the Province of Gelderland. The archaeology and public relations agenda of the Municipality of Nijmegen is partly determined by this committee.

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