Klazina Staat obtained a PhD in literature and linguistics from Ghent University (2019). She studied Classics (MA 2013) at VU University Amsterdam and Art History (BA 2014) at the University of Amsterdam. She also received a teaching degree in Classics from VU University (2014) and taught Latin and Greek in secondary education in the Netherlands.
Her research interests are the literature and art from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Latin and Greek literature, hagiography, ancient fiction, travel literature, narratology, ancient and modern literary theory, iconographic analysis, and manuscript studies.
In 2019 - 2022, she is a FWO junior postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University. In her research project, 'Tours on Paper. Literary Explorations of the Travel Guide Book (Itinerarium) in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages', she will analyse a corpus of Latin and Greek travel writings of pilgrims to Rome, the Holy Land, and Constantinople. She aims to demonstrate that the writings did not just have a practical function as guide books for "real" journeys, but also served a literary-spiritual goal, allowing the audience to go on an imaginative "armchair pilgrimage" through reading. The research project will investigate the strategies employed to organise knowledge and inspire the audience's re-experience of the described journeys. The research project will combine the analysis of the narrative with that of the manuscript. The research project is funded by the Flemish Research Foundation FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen).
In the spring of 2019, she spent ten weeks as a guest researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), where she prepared her research project on late antique and early medieval travel guides (itineraria) in Latin and Greek, supported by a KNIR stipend for early career researchers.
In her PhD project (2014-2018), 'In Good Faith. Belief and Credibility in Late Antique Latin Hagiographical Narratives about Chaste Couples', she focused on the narrative and rhetorical strategies employed in hagiographical texts to invoke and thematise belief. The project was part of the research project 'Novel Saints: Studies in Ancient Fiction in Hagiography' at Ghent University, which was supervised by prof. dr. Koen De Temmerman and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).