Kay Boers is employed as a doctoral researcher (PhD Candidate) and University lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History by the Department of History and Art History in the Faculty of Humanities. He is a staff member of the vakgroep Ancient History and Classical Civilisation as well as the vakgroep Medieval History. He is also a board member of the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies and affliated with the Toletum Red para la investigación sobre la Península Ibérica en la Antigüedad. He works on various aspects of Late Antique and Early Medieval culture, in particular: citizenship, spatiality, rhetoric and erasure, and also regularly engages in more in-depth explorations of Hispano-Visigothic literary culture, and Late Roman representations of victimhood.


His PhD-project, financed by the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch Research Council (NWO), investigates how Christians in seventh century Hispania made use of civic vocabulary to structure heuristic and rhetorical argument, and in particular, explores how Hispano-Visigothic authors and editors used this idiom to think about the relation between subject wellbeing and the exercise of royal and episcopal authority


Dissertation: CIVIS. Citizens, Authority and the Rhetoric of Wellbeing in Seventh Century Hispania 
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Leonard Rutgers (UU), Prof. dr. Peter Schrijver (UU) & Dr. Janneke Raaijmakers (UU, † 2021)