Felicia ska praktisera på Svenska Institutet i Athen
What is your background? Where do you come from?
I was raised in Västerås, and went to school at Rudbeckianska gymnnasiet. This is the oldest secondary school in Sweden, and so it seems suitable that I now study at the oldest university. I took the social studies programme with a focus on culture and journalism, and I have always loved writing.
Why did you choose our master programme?
I began taking a programme in Classical studies. The first courses were fine, but they were followed by an intensive course in Latin, which actually made me quit the programme. There was nothing wrong with the teaching or the teacher - just too much information and learning in a very intensive course. The course administrator in Archaeology told me that I could put together my own BA programme, and so I did. I took Classical archaeology and history as a major and Archaeology as a minor. I am mostly interested in Classical archaeology, and even though it was fun to try field archaeology, I chose the master programme focusing on Classical archaeology. I actually applied to the master programme at ALM (Archives, Library and Museums) first, but my gut feeling told me to try to make a go of what I really wanted to do and was interested in, and it still feels a perfect fit.
Impressions and experience you would like to share?
Being able to attend the higher research seminars is fantastic. You sit next to your incredibly competent teachers and take notes, just like them. You really feel a part of the research community.
Will you do an internship – as what, where, and how did you find it?
I leave for Athens next Sunday for an internship at the Swedish Institute! One of the teachers at the very first courses I took was Hans Lejdegård (now vice director at the Institute), and I simply wrote to him and asked. I will be there for five weeks and mainly do administrative duties (library, answer the phone, and help out at seminars), but also write a paper for Hellenika. I am so excited!
Do you already know the subject of your thesis?
Oh yes, I know what I want to write about - phalluses depicted on Athenian pottery. This does not deal with real penises on men but loose phalluses in different forms, e.g. phallus birds The investigation will be tied to sexuality and gender, among other things. The material on phalluses is rather extensive, and so it was necessary to delimit my subject. At the same time, this creates good opportunities to continue working with the material e.g. as a postgraduate project.
Would you recommend the programme to others?
Absolutely! If you are interested in Classical archaeology, this is the right programme for you! The Classical archaeology courses in the BA programme merely touched on the surface - just as you got interested, the course was finished. Here on the master level, you can enter more deeply into the subject. For instance, we studied rituals, and we went through step by step in how they really occured. The teachers are so incredibly knowledgeable and structured. There are not that many of us in the programme focusing on Classical archaeology, and it would be great with more students.
Your favourite course in the programme?
It might very well be Blood, meat, wine and incense, the course I mentioned above, but I actually think that the thesis course will be my absolute favourite. The thesis course teaches you how to be a researcher - you select your subject and get the help to structure the entire process. It suits me to focus on a material and really delve deep; the whole process is fun and I love the moments when you get an Aha! experience.
The field courses both in Uppsala, on Poros and the summer course on Gotland were fun to have participated in, and I could definitely see myself excavating again, but I do think that the writing part of the research process is more enjoyable.
How do you see your future?
I will see what happens. That which you enjoy doing you usually do well, and I could always study e.g. archive and museum science if necessary job-wise. If I could dream, I would like to do research, perhaps continue with my phallus project.