Conference: Epigraphy on Ceramics – Call for Papers
Ghent University, in cooperation with the Université libre de Bruxelles, plans to organise on the 17th and 18th December 2015 a conference on the specific problems of Epigraphy on Ceramics. The aim of this conference is to prepare a synthetic volume on this topic of research. The contributions should provide a first basis for a collective analysis of this particular type of inscriptions. The acts of the conference will thereafter be structured as a single and detailed companion to Epigraphy on Ceramics.
In all periods from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity, throughout the Mediterranean Basin, ceramics were frequently used as a material support for inscriptions. Precise genres of texts used to be written on ceramics, painted or engraved either before or after firing, as for example economic or more widely speaking administrative data, religious dedications, marks of property. These so-called minor genres are well documented, but, partly because the corresponding texts are short and often difficult to read, the inscriptions of ceramics have not been as thoroughly studied in past research as other epigraphic genres, especially monumental inscriptions.
At least five kinds of approaches should be followed in the analysis of inscriptions on ceramics. First of all, the texts whose content can be broadly classified as administrative provide important data for the history of ancient economies. Furthermore, as many of these texts were written on the behalf or within the frame of ancient armies, they are also a major source for military history with all its components, from the study of Rangordnung to the analysis of the movements and strategies of ancient states. A third approach takes into account the inscriptions found in sanctuaries, mainly religious dedications, as a source for the history of religion. Two other genres, marks of property and gift dedications, allows for significant conclusions on the social structures and relationships in various societies. Last of all, independently from the epigraphic genre of the texts, inscriptions on ceramics are also an important source for the linguistic and sociolinguistic study of ancient societies.
The conference and the subsequent volume should include synthetic reports on the main aspects of these topics of research in the geographical and chronological frame of the Mediterranean Basin in antiquity. Keynote speakers will read general introductions to each of these five issues. Scholars who should be interested in any of these five paths of research are kindly invited to submit an abstract for a synthetic talk, taking into account either a wide geographical area or a particularly relevant period or a significant transversal feature shared by all or by many of the inscriptions in question. As the conference is organised as a preliminary step to the publication of a collective synthesis, the participants should send a first version of their paper to the organisers before the conference itself; this preliminary text should circulate among the participants, in order to develop further discussion, before the participants provide a definitive version of the chapter they have undertaken to write.
Gent, the 6th November 2014
Wim Broekaert (UGent), Alain Delattre (ULB), and Emmanuel Dupraz (ULB)
Submitting of the abstracts: 31th January 2015
Selection of the abstracts: 31th March 2015
Submission of a preliminary text (to be circulated): 30th November 2015
Conference: 17th and 18th December 2015
Definitive version of the papers: before the 31th January 2016
Israel in Egypt/Egypt in Israel:
An investigation of the land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period.
(January to June 2016)
Visiting Fellowships available either one term (minimum 8 weeks) or two terms (6 months), so Jan-March, or April-June, or Jan-June, in accordance with Oxford term times. See info below and contact the organizers whose addresses are listed at the end of the advert.
This Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies ‘Israel in Egypt’ project addresses a number of questions about identity and belonging among Egyptian Jews over the course of one and a half millennia.
Dr Alison Salvesen (OCHJS and University of Oxford)
Prof. Sarah Pearce (University of Southampton)
Dr Miriam Frenkel (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Dr Dorothy Peters (Trinity Western University, Canada)
First UBA Byzantine Colloquium
« BYZANTINAI AKOAI: Reading and Writing in Byzantium »
20th-21st August 2015, Buenos Aires
The aim of this international colloquium is to explore the ways of reading and writing in the Byzantine Empire. Special attention will be paid to the material production and circulation of texts, the emergence of a specifically Byzantine readership, the role of education and rhetoric in the constitution of such a readership, and the reception of classical genres. We particularly encourage presentations that underscore the perspective of the reading public.
For more information, please consult the flyer (in Spanish) or contact the organizing committee. Abstracts and presentations in English or other languages are warmly welcomed; however, the default language of the colloquium will be Spanish.
CRASIS Annual Meeting and Master Class, Feb. 5-6 2015, Groningen
The identification, analysis, and commemoration of crises in the ancient world
Keynote and Master: Prof. Monika Trümper (FU Berlin)
CRASIS, the interdisciplinary research institute for the study of the ancient world at the University of Groningen, is organizing its fourth Annual Meeting and Master Class. CRASIS brings together researchers from Classics, Religious Studies, Ancient History, Late Antiquity Studies, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, and Legal History, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and Near Eastern civilizations and their mutual interaction. The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Master Class is a two-day event, set up as a meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level, Post-Docs, and senior staff to promote discussion and exchange of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.
We cordially invite PhD and Research Master Students, Post-Doctoral Researchers, as well as Senior Researchers to submit a proposal for the CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/ReMa Master Class (5-6 February 2015).
The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Master Class will be: CRISIS! The identification, analysis, and commemoration of crises in the ancient world. Crises – natural and manmade – are an ever present phenomenon in modern society. Our media report daily about crises on local, regional, and global levels, focusing on dramatic events and their immediate effects in terms of casualties, material damage, and monetary losses. While long-term perspectives on consequences of and responses to crises receive far less attention in the modern world, some, such as the 9/11 attacks, quickly become part of a vividly cultivated collective memory. Reconstructing crises in the past requires a differentiated, dynamic interdisciplinary scholarly approach that involves new data and refined methods.
This Annual Meeting focuses on coping with crises and the memory of crises in the ancient world. What is known about the definition, nature, perception, and commemoration of crises in the ancient world? Using a broad understanding of the concept, from warfare, civil war, religious and political persecutions, to natural disaster, crop failure, economic downfall, and state collapse, this meeting brings together literary, material, as well as environmental and documentary sources. Three key issues are central to the debate: 1. the correlation of different (textual, archaeological, natural) sources, which may follow one narrative, or tell several and contradictory stories; 2. the commemoration and memory of crises in past societies, and the ways and strategies of coping with crises; and 3. the place and interpretation of ancient crises in modern scholarship.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Identification: How can crisis be identified?
- Analysis: How can crisis be studied; which evidence is available; which theories and methods can be used?
- Response: How did ancient societies react to crises (institutionally, culturally, politically, religiously)?
- Memory: How was crisis, and the way it was overcome, represented in the sources? Was crisis consciously commemorated in texts, monuments, artworks, or the landscape? Or is crisis only indirectly reflected in ancient sources (e.g., ruined buildings in the midst of cities; dietary stress visible in bones; changes in settlement and burial patterns)?
- Assessment: How are crises, responses, and consequences portrayed and assessed in modern scholarship, in terms of concept and terminology (decline, collapse, downfall, renaissance, renewal, renovation, resilience, resistance)?
Keynote Speaker and Master
This year’s Keynote Speaker and Master is Monika Trümper, professor of Classical Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin. Her broad-based expertise is evident in her publications on topics that range from architecture, urbanism, and settlement archaeology to Graeco-Roman bathing culture and slave markets. She currently conducts fieldwork at Morgantina (Sicily) and investigates narratives of crises following the Roman conquest of this settlement.
Deadline for Abstracts
PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal (500 words) for the Master Class (February 5th) explaining how their own research relates to the theme. We invite Post-Docs and senior scholars to submit a title and short abstract (250 words) for a lecture on the second day (February 6th). Proposals should be submitted no later than 10 November 2014 with Tamara Dijkstra, via firstname.lastname@example.org. When possible, CRASIS will contribute to travel and accommodation costs.
Information for PhD/ReMa Students
Research Master students are expected to submit a paper of 3000-4000 words and PhD students a paper of 5000-6000 words. These papers will circulate among the participants and are to be submitted before 5 January 2015. During the Master Class participants will present their paper, followed by a response and discussion under the expert guidance of Professor Monika Trümper. The Master Class is an OIKOS and ARCHON activity and students will earn 3 ECTS by active participation.
On behalf of CRASIS,
Tamara Dijkstra, Lidewijde de Jong, Onno van Nijf, Mladen Popovic.