Staff Profile: Professor Karla Pollmann


Professor Karla PollmannKarla_Pollmann

Job Title:

Head of School

Academic Career:

I studied Greek, Latin, Theology and Education at the Universities of Tübingen, Munich, Cambridge (UK), and Bochum, where I also did my PhD on early Christian poetry (1990). I have taught at universities in Europe, the US, Canada, and South Africa, and have held academic positions at the universities of Bielefeld, Konstanz, St Andrews (Scotland), and the University of Kent (Canterbury). I have been a Visiting Scholar at the universities of Vienna, Colorado/Bolder, Green College (UBC, Vancouver), and Tübingen. I was a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Netherlands institute for Advanced Study (once as an individual member and once as leader of a theme group), and have received research funding from the Thyssen Foundation, the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the British Academy, the St Andrews Russell Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Research Council. I am interested in working with disciplines beyond Classics and Theology, and have led interdisciplinary research groups.

I greatly enjoy working with critically thinking PhD students in the fields of Classical Literature and culture, Religious Studies (especially Early Christianity, and the interaction of pagan and early Christian thought), as well as reception aspects of the ancient world through the ages. I am keen to explore innovative ways of interdisciplinary teaching on the graduate level, and for this purpose founded and directed (2014-16) at Kent the Centre for Early Christian Studies and Its Reception. I serve as panel member of various research councils, advise regularly on major research enterprises internationally, and am co-editor of various classical and early Christian monograph series and journals. I joined the University of Reading in 2016.

Awards and Honours:
  • Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at UCL (1993-5)
  • Member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (1999)
  • Charter Fellow Wolfson College, Oxford (1999/2000)
  • PI of a Leverhulme Major Research grant on the historical reception of Augustine of Hippo (2003-11)
  • Member of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2003-4 and 2008-9)
  • Cecil and Ida Green Visiting Professor in Residence, UBC, Vancouver (2006)
  • Sir Ron Cooke International Scholarship, awarded by the Higher Education Academy (2012-13)
  • Co-ordinator, together with Prof. Gabriele Cornelli, of a two-year partnership between the University of Kent and the Archai UNESCO Chair for Ancient Philosophy (Universidade de Brasília), entitled "Encounters: Ancient Thought from a Global Perspective", financed by the Brazilian Government (CAPES; 2015-16)
  • Co-I of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on "The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilisation (2016-19), see (2016-19)
External Appointments:

In 2008 I was made Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Århus (Denmark), and in 2011 Professor Extraordinary in Classics at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Since 2003 I have been a member of the Peer review College of the AHRC. In 2012/13 I was an international expert member in a committee evaluating all Dutch universities in Classics (organised by QANU). Since 2014 I am an international expert on the panel CULT2 of the FWO.

My external editorial responsibilities include Co-editor (1997-) of the Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum/Journal of Ancient Christianity (De Gruyter, Berlin); Co-editor (2010-) of the Monograph Series for Classics Hypomnemata (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen); Co-editor (2012-), previously Advisory Board (2004-2012), of the international and interdisciplinary journal and monograph series Millennium (De Gruyter, Berlin); Co-editor (2012-) of the Classics monograph series Texte und Kommentare (De Gruyter, Berlin); Co-editor of the Brill Encyclopaedia of Early Christianity (2012-); Editorial Board (2013-) of Brill's Late Ancient Literature. A Mnemosyne Supplement, and Co-editor (2014-) of the interdisciplinary monograph series Studies in Church History (Brill, Leiden).


Pollmann, K. (2014) Augustine's legacy: success or failure? In: Meconi, D. V. and Stump, E. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Augustine. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press, pp. 331-348. ISBN 9781107680739

Pollmann, K. (2014) Christianity and authority in Late Antiquity: the transformation of the concept of Auctoritas. In: Harrison, C., Humfress, C. and Sandwell, I. (eds.) Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark. Oxford University Press, pp. 156-174. ISBN 9780199656035

Pollmann, K. (2013) Augustinus, Christliche Bildung. 2nd edition. Stuttgart, pp288.

Pollmann, K. (2013) Augustinus, in P. v. Möllendorff. In: Möllendorff, P. v., Simonis, A. and Simonis, L. (eds.) Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Der Neue Pauly. Supplemente, 08. Metzler, J B, pp. 140-150.

Pollmann, K. and Harich-Schwarzbauer, H., eds. (2013) Der Fall Roms Und Seine Wiederauferstehungen in Antike Und Mittelalter. Millennium-Studien (Millennium Studies). Walter De Gruyter Inc, pp324. ISBN 9783110286984

Pollmann, K. (2013) Entre del la ciencia y la salvacion. La interpretacion Genesis en San Augustin. Fundación Federico Fliedner, Madrid, pp208.

Pollmann, K. (2013) Establishing Authority in Christian Poetry of Latin Late Antiquity. Hermes - Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie, 141 (3). pp. 309-330. ISSN 0018-0777

Pollmann, K., ed. (2013) The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199299164

Pollmann, K. (2012) "And Without Thorn the Rose"? Augustine's Interpretations of Genesis 3:18 and the Intellectual Tradition. In: MacDonald, N., Elliott, M. W. and Macaskill, G. (eds.) Genesis and Christian Theology. William B Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, pp. 216-227. ISBN 9780802867254

Pollmann, K. (2012) Tradition and Innovation. The Transformation of Classical Literary Genres in Christian Late Antiquity. In: Ulrich, J., Jacobsen, A.-C. and Brakke, D. (eds.) Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation : Discursive Fights Over Religious Traditions in Antiquity. Early Christianity in the context of antiquity. Frankfurt am Main, pp. 103-120. ISBN 9783631635384

Pollmann, K. (2011) Unending Sway: The Ideology of Empire in Early Christian Latin Thought. In: Vessey, M., Betcher, S., Daum, R. and Maier, H. O. (eds.) The Calling of the Nations: Exegesis, Ethnography, and Empire in a Biblical-Historic Present. Green College Thematic Lecture Series. University of Toronto Press, pp. 176-199. ISBN 9780802092410

Pollmann, K. (2011) Virtue, Vice and History in Ammianus Marcellinus' Obituaries on the Emperor's Julian and Valentinian I. In: Suchla, B. R. and Wlosok, A. (eds.) Von Homer bis Landino : Beiträge zur Antike und Spätantike sowie zu deren Rezeptions- und Wirkungsgeschichte ; Festgabe für Antonie Wlosok zum 80. Geburtstag. Berlin, pp. 355-384. ISBN 9783868058147

Pollmann, K. (2010) Alium sub meo Nomine: Augustine between his Own Self-fashioning and his Later Reception. Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, 14 (1). pp. 409-424. ISSN 0949-9751

Pollmann, K. (2010) Epikur als Typos Christi? Lukrez und die christlichen Folgen. In: Zimmerl-Panagl, V. and Weber, D. (eds.) Text und Bild : Tagungsbeiträge. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, pp. 41-55.

Pollmann, K. (2010) Five Contributions to Latin Philology AD. In: Brandes, W., Demandt, A., Leppin, H., Krasser, H. and Möllendorff, v. P. (eds.) Millennium : Yearbook on the Culture and History of the First Millennium C.E. Walter de Gruyter, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9783110223040 doi: 10.1515/9783110223057.1

Pollmann, K. (2010) Human Sin and Natural Environment Augustine's Two Positions on Genesis 3:18. Augustinian Studies, 41 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 0094-5323 doi: 10.5840/augstudies20104115

Pollmann, K. (2010) Non est masculus et femina - Gal 3,28 in Kommentarauslegungen des 4./5. und des 20. Jahrhunderts: Ein nicht eingelöstes Vermächtnis? In: Förster, G., Grote, A. E.J. and Müller, C. (eds.) Spiritus et Littera. Beiträge zur Augustinus-Forschung, Festschrift C.P. Mayer. Cassiciacum. Forschungen über Augustinus und den Augustinerorden, 39 (6). Würzburg, pp. 681-695. ISBN 9783161505812

Pollmann, K. and Bergjan, S. P., eds. (2010) Patristic Tradition and Intellectual Paradigms in the 17th Century. Mohr, Tübingen. ISBN 9783161505812

Pollmann, K. (2010) PhilologiaPerennis: Ever-green and Ever-pruning. Frons. Blad voor Leidse Classici, 30 (3). pp. 90-98.

Pollmann, K. (2010) "The same scene, and the same things acted". Augustine as Intellectual Paradigm in Alexander Ross (1590-1654). In: Bergjan, S.-P. and Pollmann, K. (eds.) Patristic Tradition and Intellectual Paradigms in the 17th Century. Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation Studies in the late Middle Ages, Humanism and the Reformation. Tübingen (Mohr Siebeck), pp. 35-55. ISBN 9783161505812.

Pollmann, K. (2009) Exegesis without End?! Forms and Functions of Exegesis. In: Rousseau, P. (ed.) A Companion to Late Antiquity. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 258-269. ISBN 9781405119801

Pollmann, K. (2009) In ecclesia praesens - Zur Augustinrezeption im 5. und 6. Jahrhundert. In: Dittrich, C., Fischer, N. and Naab, E. (eds.) Augustinus, ein Lehrer des Abendlandes Einführung und Dokumente. Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9783447059237

Wischmeyer, O., Luther, S. and Pollmann, K., eds. (2009) Lexikon der Bibelhermeneutik: Begriffe - Methoden - Theorien - Konzepte. de Gruyter, pp695. ISBN 9783110192773

Pollmann, K. (2009) Normativity, Ideology and Reception in Pagan and Christian Antiquity: Some Observations. In: Jacobsen, A.-C. (ed.) Discursive Fight Over Religious Texts in Antiquity. Aarhus University Press, pp. 51-59. ISBN 9788779344273

Pollmann, K. (2009) Nullus quippe credit aliquid, nisi prius cogitaverit esse credendum: Augustine as Apologist. In: Jacobsen, A.C., Ulrich, J. and Kahlos, M. (eds.) Critique and Apologetics: Jews, Christians and Pagans in Antiquity. Peter Lang, pp. 301-327. ISBN 9783631580110

Pollmann, K. (2009) Populus surgit melior? Dekadenz und Fortschritt im pseudo-hilarianischen Doppelgedicht Metrum in Genesin-Carmen de Evangelio. In: Harich-Schwarzbauer, H. and Schierl, P. (eds.) Lateinische Poesie der Spätantike. Schwabe Verlag Basel, pp. 179-195. ISBN 9783796524110

Pollmann, K. (2009) Populus surgit melior? Dekadenz und Fortschritt im pseudo-hilarianischen Doppelgedicht Metrum in Genesin-Carmen de Evangelio. In: Harich-Schwarzbauer, H. and Schierl, P. (eds.) Lateinische Poesie der Spätantike: Internationale Tagung in Castelen bei Augst. Schwabe Verlag, Basel, pp. 179-195. ISBN 9783796524110

Pollmann, K. (2009) Von der Aporie zum Code. Aspekte der Rezeption von Augustins De genesi ad litteram bis auf Remigius von Auxerre († 908). In: Fischer, N. (ed.) Augustinus - Spuren und Spiegelungen seines Denkens: Von Descartes bis in die Gegenwart. Meiner (Stuttgart), pp. 19-36. ISBN 9783787319237

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