Lund University confers an honorary doctorate on CSAI Professor Penelope Davies in recognition of her long and extensive research work, as well as her many years of collaboration with researchers at the faculty, especially at the Department of Archeology and Ancient History.
From the press release, "Davies fully succeeds in combining archaeological and historical source material, which is in line with Swedish antiquity. Her research revolves primarily around public monuments and their propagandistic functions, issues that are of great relevance even today. With a background in classical archeology and ancient history, Davies has become an internationally recognized authority on subjects related to communicative, political, and ideological aspects of Roman art and architecture. Davies visited Lund University for the first time in January 2015, and was appointed guest professor in 2020 in Hedda Andersson's name at the university. As a result, she spent the spring semester of 2020 at the Department of Archeology and Ancient History. As a visiting professor, Davies provided students with a unique opportunity to delve into Roman architecture and its political implications. During the semester, she also taught the basic course in art history and visual studies, and she already serves as an ambassador for antiquities, faculty and the university.
'Professor Davies is a highly respected researcher and an authority in her field. Appointing her an honorary doctor is both a way for the faculty to formally establish our relationship, and to show our appreciation for long and significant research work,' says Professor Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Lund University.’"