• ROMARCH: AIA meeting 2018, call for papers, Dura-Europus colloquium

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    Proposed “Colloquium Session” for AIA Annual Meeting

    Boston, January 4-7, 2018

    Archaeology from a distance: Dura-Europos in the new millennium

    Organizers/discussants:

    Dr. Jen Baird, Birkbeck College, University of London and Dr. Lisa Brody, Yale University Art Gallery

    We invite proposals for papers (15-20 minutes each) presenting research on the site of Dura-Europos and its multicultural heritage. Identified almost a century ago, Dura on the Syrian Euphrates is one of the most extensively excavated urban sites of the Arsacid and Roman Near East. While the site has been heavily looted during the current conflict in Syria, there is tremendous potential for new research and analysis of the site and its archaeology, including that which builds on the archives and objects from Dura held in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery.

    This session aims to bring together international scholars working on Dura-Europos and we invite papers that investigate the site and address questions including:

    What is the status of Dura in the 21st century? How might Dura inform our understanding of the Roman Empire and its interaction with eastern cultures? How can the Dura archives and collection at Yale facilitate reinterpretation of existing theories and assumptions regarding culture in the Roman East? What are the potentials and pitfalls of working with ‘legacy’ data, especially when the site is no longer accessible to Western scholars?

    In order to participate, please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) to Jen Baird (j.baird@bbk.ac.uk) and Lisa Brody (lisa.brody@yale.edu) by February 24, 2017.  The abstracts are reviewed anonymously so attach a PDF or WORD document without your name and affiliation to your e-mail message.

     

  • ROMARCH: Call for Papers: APA session on the Historia Augusta

    Pasts, Presents, and Futures of the Historia Augusta

    Call for papers

    A panel proposed for the 2014 APA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL

    Co-Organizers: Mary T. Boatwright (Duke University) and Kathryn Langenfeld (Duke University)

    As interest in the later Roman Principate and early Dominate grows and results in ever more historical, literary, cultural, and art historical studies, scholars increasingly turn to the Historia Augusta.  Although notorious for its puzzles and self-contradictions, this is our most extensive historical source reporting information about the second and third centuries CE. Furthermore, its purported Diocletianic/Constantinian date, and the authoritative (though not universally accepted) claim that this collection of imperial biographies was actually written at the end of the fourth century CE, encourages use of the Historia Augusta by those examining the later Roman empire and late antique Rome.  But the complexity of this source means it cannot simply be mined for data convenient for any particular argument, albeit presented with caveats.  More importantly, our deepening understanding of the rich culture and history of the second through fourth centuries CE enables new and beneficial inquiry into all aspects of the Historia Augusta.

    We solicit papers examining historiographical and historical issues in the HA. Continue reading