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Marie Louise Bech Nosch

Marie Louise Bech Nosch


Marie-Louise Bech NOSCH

 born Bech Gregersen,1970 in Viborg,Denmark.


 Academic employment

2005-2015                  Director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, University ofCopenhagen.

Since August 2009    Research professor, SAXO Institute,UniversityofCopenhagen.

2003-2005                  Carlsberg Research Fellowship,UniversityofCopenhagen

2001 – 2002               Werkvertrag, Mycenaean Commission,AustrianAcademy of Science.



2000                     PhD thesis submitted to the University of Salzburg, Austria, in June 2000: The Organisation of Work in the Mycenaean Textile Industry.

1996-2000           Phd studies, Institut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte und Institute für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Salzburg, Austria.

1996                      Cand. mag. from theUniversityofCopenhageninhistory and classical philology.

1996                      Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA), Université Nancy II, France

1995                      Maitrise d’historie, Université Nancy II, France

1992 – 1994         Studies (Erasmus) in Greekhistory, Mycenaean philology and archaeology at the University Frederico II ofNaples,Italy.

1990 – 1992         Diplôme d’Enseignement Universitaire General (DEUG), inhistory geography, archaeology and Mycenaean philology at Université Nancy II, France.


Research projects

2011-2013            Co-investigator, Programmes international de coopération scientifique TexOrMed: Textiles de l'Orient à la Méditerranée du IIIe au Ier millénaire avant J.-C. / Textiles from Orient to the Mediterranean from the Third to the First millennia BC, in collaboration with Cécile Michel CNRS.

2010-2015            Research manager, Textile Economies in the Mediterranean Area (TEMA), with ca 25 collaborators.

2010-2012            Principal Investigator, Fashioning the Early Modern. Creativity and Innovation 1500-1800. Humanities in the European Research Area.

2005-2010           Research manager, Tools and Textiles, Texts and Contexts research program, in collaboration withEva Andersson, CTR and app. 30 partners.

2008-2010           Research manager, Terminology of Textiles in the 3rd and 2nd mill BCE research program, in collaboration withCécile Michel, CNRS Paris.

2007-2013            Coordinator for Denmark, CTR, of the research and exhibition project DressID. Clothing and Identities in the Roman World, under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in coordination with the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency.

2006-2008           Medieval broadcloth. In collaboration with K. Vestergård.

2003-2005           Mycenaean palace economy, in the light of the Near Eastern palace economies.

2001-2002           TheKnossosOd Series



1991 and 1992: Soleto, Salento,Italywith Université Libre de Bruxelles, dir. Pof Thierry van Compernolle.

1995:Delos. Ecole française d’Athènes, prof. Alexandre Farnoux.

1997: Excavations inThebes,Beotia,Greece, with the Ephorie of Beotia/Thebes Archaeological Museum.



2002 (spring)                Mykenische Philologie, in Institut für klassische Philologie, Universität Ludwig-Maximilian, Munich.

2002 (autumn)             Greek History, Department of Greco-Roman studies, University of Odense, Denmark

Since 2002                    Invited lecturer at MA and BA level in the universities of Copenhagen, Konstanz, Lyon, École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

2011 (Spring)                Coordinator and teacher, collaborative master course European textile production in Antiquity

2012 (Spring)                Coordinator and teacher, collaborative master course Mediterranean fashion and textiles in Antiquity, with M. Harlow



1997                  Travel grant, Press and Information Office, Nicosia, Cyprus.

2001                 Michael Ventris Memorial Award.

2008                 Honorary award for research in the Humanities, Einar Hansens Fond

2008                 Award, outstanding interdisciplinary research, Dansk Magisterforening

2009                 Award Elite Research 2009, Ministry of Research and Technology

2010                 Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques,La République Française, Ministère de l’éducation nationale.


Membership of scientific committees

Elected member of CIETA (Centre International d’Étude des Textiles Anciens) since 2005

Appointed representative for the Scandinavian countries since 2006 in CIPEM (Comité International Permanent d’Études Mycéniennes)

Elected president since 2010 in CIPEM (Comité International Permanent d’Études Mycéniennes)

Member of scientific committee of the international scientific journal Praehistorica Mediterranea (Catania)

Member of scientific committee of the international scientific journal Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee (Rome)

Member of editorial committee of the international scientific journal Textile History

Member, Vice-chairman, wissenschaftliche Beirat, Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, Archäologischen Landesmuseum in Schleswig (Schleswig, Germany) since 2009

Member, Vice-chairman, Danish Council for Research Policy/ Danmarks Forskningspolitiske Råd, appointed by the Minister, 2011-2013 



External evaluator for research proposals inGreece. Higher Education, Research and Innovation (2011-)

European Science Foundation, evaluator (2010-)

International expert for the Romanian Research Assessment Exercise (RRAE) (2011-)

Reviewer for Agence national de recherche in France (2010- ANR, LABEX)


 Languages: Danish, English, German, French, Italian.


 Chief editor of: Ancient Textiles Series (Oxbow Books, Oxford)


 Hosting, organising and publishing international conferences and workshops

Ancient Textiles. Production, Crafts and Society. International conference held at Lund and Copenhagen (80 scholars), March 2003; Published in Nosch & Gillis eds. Ancient Textiles 2007.                   

1st Tools and Textiles – Texts and Contexts workshop, organised by CTR, hosted at the Danish Institute at Athens (50 scholars), January 2006

2nd Tools and Textiles – Texts and Contexts workshop, CTR and Lejre Experimental Centre, Denmark (28 scholars), June 2006

Medieval Broadcloth – Production, trade, consumption and use. International seminar at CTR, University of Copenhagen (50 scholars) August 2006. Published: Vestergård & Nosch eds. The Medieval Broadcloth: Changing Trends in Fashions, Manufacturing, and Consumption, Ancient Textiles Series 6, 2009.

2nd General Meeting DressID. Clothing and Identity in the Roman World. CTR and Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (30 scholars), May 2008

 International conference on Military and Textile, CTR, University of Copenhagen co-organised by the Royal Danish Defence College/ CTR and NATO Science (35 participants) May 2008. Published: Honeyman, Galster & Nosch eds., Textile History and the Military. Textile History. Supplement volume 1 (2010).

Textile Terminologies from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. ESF Exploratory Workshop in March 2008 at CTR, arranged in collaboration with C. Michel, CNRS, with 30 participants. Published: Michel & Nosch, Textile Terminologies from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, Ancient Textiles Series 8 (2010)

KOSMOS. Jewellery, Adornment and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age. 13th Aegaeum conference held in University of Copenhagen, 19-23 April 2010. 106 papers (because of the Icelandic volcanic eruption, I arranged for the papers to be broadcasted on the internet). Published: Nosch & Laffineur, KOSMOS, volumes I-II (2011).


 Research administrative tasks and qualifications

2006                   Member, Research Council, Faculty of the Humanities, University ofCopenhagen

Since 2007         Member, Research Council, SAXO Institute, Faculty of the Humanities,UniversityofCopenhagen

2005-2006              Research Management Course,CopenhagenBusinessSchool

2006                                Research Management Course Lyst til Ledelse,University ofCopenhagen

2007-2008        Research Management Course, The Danish National Research Foundation

Since 2005         International evaluations for national and international agencies


Knowledge of languages

Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, German, French & Italian.



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