Heroes and Leaders

Rebecca Langlands

This interdisciplinary Project is supported by the University of Exeter HASS Strategy and brings together scholars from a range of disciplines in Humanities (including Classics, Philosophy, Theology, History and Modern Languages) and the Social Sciences (including Psychology and Management) to investigate the practices and systems of exemplarity and role modelling in a variety of cultures from antiquity to the present day.

This project aims to develop a productive interdisciplinary discourse around this subject and to ask how the insights derived from the study of past cultures can be applied to the solution of challenges in contemporary society, such as those pertaining to the underrepresentation of lower status social groups in occupational and other settings.