Im Schatten der Alten?

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Im Schatten der Alten?

Ideal und Lebenswirklichkeit im römischen Griechenland

Appel à contributions
Date limite : 10 février 2013


The colloquium „Im Schatten der Alten? Ideal und Lebenswirklichkeit im römischen Griechenland“ will be held at the University of Heidelberg, 8th-10th November 2013 hosted by PhD-students of the Institute of Classical Archaeology.

‘Consider that you are sent to that noble province, Achaia, the real (veram) and genuine (meram) Greece', Plinius the Younger advised the newly appointed imperial legate to the provincia Achaia, Maximus. This ideal image of Greece, formulated from a Roman perspective, has influenced modern research to a considerable extent. Klaus Fittschen has recently attributed the limited interest of earlier Greek Ancient Studies in the social reality of this period to profound reservations toward Roman Imperial dominion that was perceived as a foreign rule [in: S. Vlizos (Hrsg.), Η Αθήνα κατά τη ρωμαϊκή εποχή, πρόσφατες ανακαλύψεις νέες έρευνες (Αθήνα 2008) 325].
In this regard, Athens as the imagined symbol of a profound classicism represents the most important subject of research. With the emergence of postcolonial studies in the 1990s that for the first time focused on the specific circumstances in the individual provinces, local socio-cultural phenomena have taken on a new significance.

The aim of the colloquium is to develop a broad overview of the culture-historical processes of the provincial way of life in Roman Greece from the 2nd century BC to the 3rd century AD based on evidence from various disciplines. The focus will be on the convergence or divergence of cultural flows that can be identified and analysed in the continuum of local and regional traditions as receptions of Roman elements (“Romanization”) at the same time as a return to older Greek forms (“Re-hellenization”).
To what extent do older research traditions in architecture, pottery or sculpture still determine research? In what areas were new forms integrated? To what extent can these processes inform about the self-conception of the human agents within the socio-political framework of the imperium Romanum? Is it possible in this respect to discern similar developments in the contemporary practice of naming? Is it furthermore possible to establish specific spatial and/or social contexts for the use of Greek and Latin? Are old cults still present in this social reality? In what way and to what extent do new cults, especially the Imperial cult, leave their mark on public and private space?

We welcome applications by master/graduate students, PhD-students and young researchers of the various classical disciplines. Please send your application with a short description of your academic background (maximum 1 page) as well as an abstract of your planned paper (maximum 2 pages) in English or German until 10th February 2013 to:

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As matters stand, travel and accomodations costs will not be covered. We are trying to acquire financial support for the conference.

Lieu de la manifestation : Heidelberg, Institute of Classical Archaeology
Organisation : Lydia Gaitanou & Johannes Fouquet
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