CONF: Integration and Diversity in the Culture and Religions …

Integration and Diversity in the Culture and Religions of Late Antiquity
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 21-24, 2009

organized by
Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville, and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg

We are pleased to announce the first workshop of the International Network for the Study of Late Antiquity: “Centralization and Particularism in Late Antiquity,” which will take place at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 21-24, 2009. The conference is open to the public: prior registration is not necessary, and there is no conference fee. Guests who need assistance in booking a hotel room are encouraged to write directly to Michael Kulikowski: mkulikow@ AT

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference and present their dissertation topics in the form of a poster will receive financial support for their travel expenses and for room and board. Interested students should send a CV and a one-page summary of their dissertation to Michael Kulikowski or Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner: AT

The principal goal of the Network is the creation of a forum for academic exchange between Anglo-American and German scholars in all areas of Late Antique studies. Further information on the Network and its goals can be found at The Network is open to everyone; if you wish to join or contact us, please write to Michael Kulikowski or Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 21 May

2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration and refreshments, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

4:30 p.m.          Welcomes (Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Susan Martin; Michael Kulikowski)

4:40 p.m.          Introduction to the Network: History and Goals (Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner)

5:00 p.m.          “Master Narratives of Late Antiquity: Centralisation, Particularism and the Historiography of the Later Roman Empire” (Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville)

6.00 p.m. Coffee Break

6.30 p.m.         Plenary Lecture: “Lists and Catalogues: A Late Roman Art Form” (John Matthews, Yale)

8.00 p.m.         Reception, McClung Museum Rotunda

Friday, 22 May

Section A1:      Divergent Elites: Imperial, Senatorial, Regional and Local (Chair: Michael Kulikowski)

9:00 a.m.          Fabian Goldbeck, Basel: Current Concepts for the Study of Elites

9:45 a.m.          John Weisweiler, Cambridge (UK): All the Emperor’s Men – Senators and Emperors in Fourth-Century Rome

10.30 Coffee Break

10:50 a.m.        Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg: Reintegrating the Local Elites: The Emergence of the Notables

11:30 a.m.        John Dillon, Heidelberg: The Inflation of Rank and Privilege in the Later Roman Empire, its Causes and Consequences

12:15 a.m.        Clifford Ando, Chicago: Domesticating Change in Post-Antonine Law.

13:00 p.m.        Lunch Buffet, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Section A2:      Change and Heterogeneity in the Representation of Elites (Chair: Danuta Shanzer, Urbana-Champaign)

2:00 p.m.          Christian Witschel, Heidelberg: Changing Spaces and Media of Elite Representation in Late Antiquity

2:45 p.m.          Julia Hillner, Sheffield: Domestic Space between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

3:30 p.m.          Michelle Salzman, Riverside: Symmachus and the Mysterious Case of the Number Seven

4:15 p.m.          Coffee Break


Section A3:      Elite Identities: Barbarian and Roman (Chair: Christian Witschel, Heidelberg)

4:45 p.m.          Philipp von Rummel, DAI Rome: Barbarians as Roman Elite: the Problem of Perspective

5:30 p.m.          Roland Steinacher, Vienna: Military Elites, Romans or Barbarians?

6:15 p.m.          Sebastian Gairhos, Augsburg: Raetia as Case Study for Changes and New Elite Identities

8:00 p.m.          Reception, Calhoun’s By The River


Saturday, 23 May

Section A4:      Paideia: the End of Shared Graeco-Latin Culture? (Chair: Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Gießen/Brown)

9:00 a.m.          Edward Watts, Bloomington: Oral Traditions and Ethical Teaching among the Last Platonists

9:45 p.m.          Susanna Elm, Berkeley: Translating Roman Greekness for the Greek Romans

10:30 a.m.        Coffee Break


Section B

Section B1: The Making of Orthodoxy (Chair: Hartmut Leppin, Frankfurt)

11:00 a.m.        Winrich Löhr, Heidelberg: Defining Orthodoxy in the 4th Century: Constantius II and ‘Homoian’ Christianity?

11:15 a.m.        Ralph Mathisen, Urbana-Champaign: Making Orthodoxies in the West: The Creed of Rimini and the Legitimation of Arianism

12:00 p.m.        Christina Shepardson, Knoxville: Locating Orthodoxy: Syrian Judaizers and Narratives of Imperial Christianity

12:45 p.m.        Lunch Buffet, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Section B2:      Competing Authorites: Church and State, Bishops and Monks (Chair: Noel Lenski, Boulder)

2:00 p.m.          Kai Trampedach, Heidelberg: Forms of Interaction between Emperors, Bishops and Monks in Constantinople in the Fifth Century

2:45 p.m.          Steffen Diefenbach, Augsburg: Leadership, Charismatic Authority and Public Office: Bishops in Late Antique Gaul

3:30 p.m.          Rudolf Haensch, Munich: Ruling Holy Countries: an Easy Task? The Governors of the Three Palestines in Late Antiquity

4:15 p.m. Coffee Break


Section B3:      Christianization and the Integration of the Hinterland (Chair: Gunnar Brands, Halle)

4:45 p.m.          Judith Végh, Heidelberg: The Christianization of Spain: A Case apart?

5:30 p.m.          Roland Prien, Heidelberg: The Case of Early Christianity in the Northwestern Provinces: Archaeological Evidence versus Written Sources

6:15 p.m.          Richard E. Payne, Cambridge (UK): Hagiography and the Christianization of Local Elites in the Provinces of Late Antique Iran

Sunday, 24 May

9:00 a.m.          Summary, Overview, Questions Raised, Discussion (Christian Witschel)

10:30 a.m.        Prospect: LA Network Meeting 2010

12:00 a.m.        Conference Concludes


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