The Center acknowledges with gratitude continued financial support from The Arete Foundation and from the Fellows of the Center.

 


CROSSING BOUNDARIES: ANCIENT HISTORY EXPLORES ITS FUTURE 

Columbia University, April 20th/21st, 2012

NOTE CHANGES OF LOCATION: On April 20th the conference will meet in 501 Schermerhorn Hall, and on April 21st in Wood Auditorium (enter via Avery Hall).

 

Speakers and Discussants

Friday, April 20th

9:15-9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks: William Harris (Columbia)

1. COMPARATIVE HISTORY; ANCIENT HISTORY IN ITS GLOBAL CONTEXT.

Chair: Susan Alcock (Brown).

9:30-10:00: Kostas Vlassopoulos (University of Nottingham): 'What Kind of Comparative Histories for Ancient Historians?'

10:00-10:30: Michael Puett (Harvard): ‘Exploring Ancient History from a Comparative Perspective’.

10:30-11:00: Discussion.

11:00-11:20: Break for refreshments.

11:20-11:50: Marc van de Mieroop (Columbia): ‘The Near East, Ancient History, and the Discipline of World History'.

11:50-12:20: Wilfried Nippel (Humboldt-Universität Berlin): ‘Democracy: Pitfalls of Comparisons between Epochs’.  

12:20-12:50: Discussion.

12:50-2:00: Lunch break.

2. SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE HISTORIAN.

Chair: Robin Osborne (Cambridge).

2:00-2:30: Bennett Simon (Harvard): ‘Modern Psychological Methods of Interpreting Ancient History: Barbarians at the Gates or Fruitful Intermarriage?’

2:30-3:00: Chiara Thumiger (Humboldt-Universität Berlin): 'Mind and Body in the Ancient Patient: History and the Limits of Individual Psychology'.

3:00-3:30: Garrett Fagan (Penn State): 'Ancient Crowds and Modern Psychologists'.

3:30-4:10: Discussion.

4:10-4:30 Break for refreshments.

4:30-6:00: General discussion: Mary Beard (Cambridge), Caroline Bynum (Institute for Advanced Study), Emma Dench (Harvard), Harriet Flower (Princeton), Henrik Mouritsen (King's College London), Carlos Noreña (Berkeley), John North (University College London), Josh Ober (Stanford), Peter Turchin (Connecticut), and whoever else wishes to take part.

6:00-7:00: Reception.

Saturday, April 21st

3. ART HISTORY AND HISTORY.

Chair: Wilfried Nippel.

10:00-10:30 a.m.: Jas Elsner (Oxford): 'Visual Culture and Ancient History'.

10:30-11:00: Robin Osborne: 'How does Greek and Roman Art relate to Greek and Roman Life?'

11:00-11:30: Discussion.

11:30-11:50: Break for refreshments,

11:50-12:20: Milette Gaifman (Yale). 'History of Art and the History of Greek Religion'.

12;20-12:50: Discussion.

12:50-2:00: Lunch break.

4. POLITICAL HISTORY, POLITICAL CULTURE, POLITICAL SCIENCE.

Chair: Walter Scheidel (Stanford).

2:00-2:30: Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck College, London), ‘Roman Political History after the Cultural Turn’.

2:30-3:00: Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp (Köln): Political Culture(s) - Career of a Concept'.

3:00-3:30: John Ma (Oxford): 'Ideologies and Institutions in the Age of the New Social History'.

3:30-4:10: Discussion.

4:10-4:30: Break for refreshments.

4:30-6:00: General discussion: Mary Beard (Cambridge), Caroline Bynum (Institute for Advanced Study), Emma Dench (Harvard), Harriet Flower (Princeton), Henrik Mouritsen (King's College London), Carlos Noreña (Berkeley), John North (University College London), Josh Ober (Stanford), Peter Turchin (Connecticut), and whoever else wishes to take part.

WHAT THE CENTER DOES

The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University seeks to link together all the faculty, students and numerous departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and adjoining areas. It is simultaneously a mechanism for coordinating courses, an information source, and a means of organizing conferences and other scholarly encounters.

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