CFP: ‘Mediterranean Identities: Formation and Transformation’, final CFP

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Final Call for Papers: deadline 30th July 2009

International Conference

Mediterranean Identities: Formation and Transformation

University of Leicester, Friday 26 – Sunday 28th March 2010

Recent studies of the Mediterranean have been dominated by the construction, reinforcement, representation and renegotiation of identities. As a departure point, this conference will address theoretical approaches to the formation and transformation of these identities throughout time and space. In particular, the use of comparative methods in the history of communal identities in the Mediterranean will highlight not only the course of their development but also will explain the extraordinary longevity of influential identities such as Greek and Jewish.

Questions to be addressed will include, but are certainly not limited to: 1) How are identities formed? 2) How are they represented? 3) How do communities and societies organize and express themselves spatially? How does their identity relate to that of surrounding spaces and surrounding communities? How permeable are the boundaries? 4) How is power distilled from heterogeneity? 5) To what extent is the formation of identities governed by economic considerations? 6) How do wars, revolutions and migrations affect collective identities? 7) How do identities develop and evolve over time? 8) To what extent can we identify a ‘Mediterranean identity’? 9) Can we recognize patterns of identity that cut across different Mediterranean communities and cultures? 10) How far did the elite centres of Greece and Rome inform the ways peripheral communities and later societies deployed and understood their populations, geography and environment? 11) How should we approach the archaeology of identity?

This conference is part of a larger project that aims to assess the value of ‘identity’ as a tool of intellectual enquiry in the disciplines of archaeology, classics, history, literature and art history. It sets out to explore identities in the full range of spheres – social, political, cultural, religious and economic – and their value as a tool of historiographical enquiry into ancient and modern societies in the Mediterranean world. Furthermore, it seeks to depart from the ‘traditional’ social constructionist interpretations, which focus only on the impact of culture. The challenge that remains is to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the relationship between society, religion, culture, economics and ethnicity in the formation of identities in the Mediterranean.

Diverse methodologies are encouraged, although proposals should indicate strong theoretical content and considerations that will appeal to a wide range of disciplines. Papers should be of twenty minutes’ length. Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be submitted by 30 July, 2009. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed conference volume.

Speakers already confirmed:

Clifford Ando (Chicago)

Hartwin Brandt (Bamberg)

Bill Cavanagh (Nottingham)

John K. Davies (Liverpool)

Lin Foxhall (Leicester)

Hans Joachim Gehrke (German Archaeological School)

Jonathan M. Hall (Chicago)

Anthea Harris (Birmingham)

Kerstin Hoffman (Researcher, TOPOI)

Anthony Kaldellis (Ohio State University)

Constantina Katsari (Leicester)

Naoise Mac Sweeney (Cambridge)

David Mattingly (Leicester)

Robin Osborne (Cambridge)

Nicholas Purcell (Oxford)

Jim Roy (Nottingham)

Katerina Zacharia (Loyola Marymount University)


Leicester: Dr Constantina Katsari ck82

Nottingham: Dr Mark Bradley Mark.Bradley AT

TOPOI Dr. Kerstin Hofmann kh AT

Official Email: MICHA AT

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