Work in Progress

Monograph in preparation:

The Western Indian Ocean in Late Antiquity

Summary: This monograph examines the relationship between political and economic structures around the shores of the western Indian Ocean, c. AD 200-800 and the impact of these on experiences of individual mobility. This is achieved through survey chapters of regional developments alongside case study explorations of individual texts and material corpora. These are juxtaposed to provide a new understanding of varied evidence types and their combination. They also serve to reframe dominant narratives of premodern globality and challenge modern uses of earlier phases of global and imperial history in support of neoliberal economic policy. 

For submission to Cambridge University Press, Maritime History series, 2022/23

Publications in press (review complete and awaiting proofs or published copy):

R. Darley (in press, 2020) ‘Byzantine coins and peninsular India’s Late Antiquity’, Journal of Ancient Civilizations 33 (10,000 words. Awaiting proofs and pagination.)

Publications under review or being revised:

R. Darley ‘The value of the past: heritage between local, global and national’ in C. Johnston (ed.) Something for my native town. London: London University Press (8000 words, awaiting press review, expected publication date 2020/21).

R. Darley, ‘Seen from across the sea: India in the Byzantine worldview’, in L. Brubaker, R. Darley and D. Reynolds (eds) Global Byzantium: proceedings of the 50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. London: Routledge. (8000 words, comments returned by editorial team, awaiting press review, expected publication date 2021).

R. Darley and D. Reynolds, ‘Global Byzantium: conclusions’, in L. Brubaker, R. Darley and D. Reynolds (eds) Global Byzantium: proceedings of the 50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. London: Routledge. (8000 words, awaiting press review, expected publication date 2021).

R. Darley, ‘Who ate all the pepper? Mid-level consumption in the Mediterranean and new perspectives on the economic transformations of Late Antiquity’, in L. Brubaker, A. Kelley and Flavia Vanni (eds) Peasants and Poverty in Byzantium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (8000 words, with editors).

Publications currently in development:

For submission 2020:

R. Darley, ‘The world is a manuscript: journeys through the times and places of a ninth-century compendium of knowledge’, for submission to the Journal of World History.

  • An examination of the movement of a set of unique texts about ancient Greek and Roman understandings of Asia and Africa from their collection in a ninth-century Byzantine manuscript to their digitisation in the twenty-first century by the University of Heidelberg. This chapter explores how access to information and changes in learning intersected with particular moments in the development of the modern world.

R. Darley and L. Zavagno, ‘Human pasts, collective ownership and the challenges of a globalising curriculum’, in M. Okyere Asante (ed.), Classics and Global Humanities: proceedings of the inaugural conference of the Classical Association of Ghana.

  • An exploration, based on a shared experience of organising early career writing workshops in History and Archaeology, of the challenges and opportunities for globalising networks of academic support and creating narratives of the past that engage diverse audiences.

R. Darley, ‘A third way? Currency production in India from Antiquity to the Middle Ages in a global context’ in Wang Liyan (ed.) Coinage and Empire – the Influence and Changes of Coins in the International Perspectives: proceedings of international symposium, Beijing, November 2019

  • A survey of current scholarship on Indian punch-marked coinage and a discussion of the possible benefits of a comparative approach to this coin type.

R. Darley, ‘Rome and the Kushan World – Indian Ocean Trade from a Kushan Perspective’ in J. Cribb and R. Bracey (eds) Defining the Kushan World, London: Routledge.

  • A synthesis of current scholarship on the role of Indian Ocean trade in the Kushan economy and a re-evaluation of Indian Ocean trade networks as viewed from a Kushan perspective.

R. Darley, ‘The Akki Alur and Gumada hoards compared: imitation and circulation of Roman and Byzantine gold coins in south India’, Numismatic Digest.

  • A comparison of different strategies of imitation in two Roman/Byzantine coin hoards found in south India.

For submission 2021:

R. Darley and R. Tomber, ‘Comparing ceramic and numismatic evidence to shed new light on Indo-Roman trade’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

  • Currently in progress. Anticipated for submission by 2021.

F. Audy, R. Darley, Y. Lin, ‘Beyond imperial frontiers: the meaning and value of Byzantine coins outside their economic context’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers.

  • A complex collaborative article constituting the first thorough comparison of Byzantine coins found in China, Scandinavia and India. Expected submission 2021.

R. Darley, ‘The role of scholarly notices and journal articles in the western European imagining of ‘the Orient’, c. 1550-1890’, to be submitted to Past & Present.

  • This is an article examines the development of ‘Oriental studies’ (broadly construed) in Europe and the USA, beginning with early editions of classical European texts about the east and concluding with a survey of who contributed to Oriental Studies journals up to 1890, examining changing demographics within the field of study. Anticipated for submission in 2021.