Dr. George Bevan
Department of Geography and Planning
On leave July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
Links: Balkan Heritage Field School
George Bevan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Classics, Geological Science and Engineering, and Art History/Art Conservation. His undergraduate teaching is focused primarily on the history of Geography in the pre-modern period, and Digital Photogrammetry. A dual UK and Canadian citizen, he completed a BA.Hons in Classics at the University of British Columbia, and his MA and PhD in Classics at the University of Toronto, where he defended a dissertation on the troubled career of Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople from 428 to 431 CE. After teaching Greek, Latin, and Ancient History at the University of Toronto from 2005 to 2007, he moved to Queen’s University where he was first appointed to the Classics Department, before joining Geography and Planning as an Associate Professor in 2016. He has undertaken archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Jordan, Bulgaria and Macedonia, and currently collaborates with Balkan Heritage Fieldschool (http://www.bhfieldschool.org/) to deliver high-quality training in archaeology, heritage documentation and geomatics to Queen’s students.
George’s research interests are broad and cover several fields. He has undertaken graduate (sole and co-)supervisions in Ancient History, Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Art Conservation, and Geography. His primary area of research at present is the application of Digital Photogrammetry to problems as diverse as the interpretation of historic air photos, landslide mechanisms, discontinuity mapping of rock-faces for Engineering Geology and Mining, industrial metrology, the documentation of archaeological excavations (both terrestrial and underwater), ancient inscriptions, and mapping using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. He also has ongoing research into the ecclesiastical and secular politics surrounding the Second Council of Ephesus (448 CE), the so-called “Latrocinium”, and the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE). George is also involved in the application of reflected infrared and ultraviolet photography to problems in Art Conservation, Art History and Archaeology, such as recording the underdrawings of paintings and enhancing illegible text on Greco-Roman papyri and ostraka from Egypt.