CONF: Oikos Familia Gothenburg Nov 09

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Below is a the programme for OIKOS FAMILIA The Family in Antiquity: Framing the discipline in the 21st Century.

For more information and registration forms please contact: arachne AT

You can also contact us directly: Mary Harlow m.e.harlow AT Ray Laurence r.laurence AT Lena Larsson Loven lena.larsson AT


14.00 Registration opens
15.00 Opening of the conference and Welcome

Opening keynote lecture Mark Golden (Winnipeg): The future of the Ancient Greek Family

15.45 – 16.15: Coffee

Session I: The construction of kinship: Methods and Texts

Saskia Hin Building States, Building Families:
Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg: Classical oikos as site for intersectionality
Ann-Cathrin Harders: Beyond domus and oikos: kinship studies
Emily Varto: The Classical Prototypes of Kinship

Session II: Marriage and Children – a family’s hope for the future or a disappointment

Keynote address: Christian Laes: Disabled children in Gregory of Tours

Maria Constantinou: The Dissolution of Marriage: evidence from marriage contracts and divorce documents in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Jayne Draycott: Healthcare at home in Roman Egypt
Rebecca Gowland & Rebecca Redfern: Childhood Health at the core and periphery of Roman world


Session III: Visualising the Ancient Family

Amalia Avramidou: Depictions of women and children pre-classical Corinth
Sandra Karlsson: Family images in Hellenistic funerary art
Jason Manders: Mors Immatura. Portraits of Children on Roman Funerary monuments
Margherita Carucci: Visualising daughters in the Roman Family
Jeannine Uzzi Ethnicity and Sexuality: the non-Roman family and the Roman gaze

Session VI: Religion and the Family

William Bubelis: Not the Oikos: Priesthoods and Succession in Classical Athens
Nicholas Kalospyros: Towards the Allegory of the Oikos: The family and cognates in Philo Judaeus
Katariina Mustakallio:The Sacred Couple in the Roman Context
Outi Sihvonen Vestal Virgins – Members of Two Different Families?
K.B. Neutal: Importance of Familia to Paul and his audience

Session V Commemoration of Family Members in the Roman West

Key note address: Maureen Carroll:“No part in earthly things”. The death, burial and commemoration of newborns and infants in Roman Italy

Linnéa Johansson:The Cult of the Genius as a Way of Commemoration
Francesco Trifilò: Vixit Annis: Regional Patterns and Commemoration
Sabine Armani Nieces and Nephews in Inscriptions from the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

12.00 -13.30 LUNCH

Session VI The Greek Family

Florence Gherchanoc :Birth festivals in classical Athens
Elke Hartmann: The Concept of the Kyreia in Classical Athens
Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma: Woman as the Pillar of the Family in Greek Funerary Epigrams
Sara Saba: Family and City Policy
Brenda Griffiths-Williams: Continuity and Conflict in Athenian Inheritance disputes

Session VII Female roles in the Roman family

Marja-Leena Hänninen: Gender, age and status in the Roman wedding
Karen Hersch: Not on the guest list: changing conceptions of the Roman family nuptial riutal
Dimitrios Mantzilas: Laudationes Mulierum as a source for the Roman Family
Pamela Johnston: Family Advisory Councils in the Roman Republic
Hanne Sigismund Nielsen: Who invented the univira?

Session VIII Greek and Roman childhood and adolescence

Mark Golden: Other People’s Children
Evrydiki Tasopoulou When Animals Show the Way: parenting and the emotional development of children in Classical Greece
Judit Pásztókai-Szeöke: Mother shrinks and child grows
Janette McWilliam : Aesthetics of Violence and Representations of Roman Children
Claude-Emanuell Challet Centlivres: Youth in Pliny the Younger: Traditional Gender Roles and Beyond

17.15 Keynote lecture Natalie Kampen (New York): Pompeian Painting and Domestic Emotions

18.00 Wine reception

SATURDAY 7th November

Session IX Roman and Early Medieval Family: across the generations

Liz Gloyn: Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House: The Family as a Philosophical Ideal in Seneca
Ville Vuolanto: Grandmothers and familial power in late antiquity
Emma Southon: Fatherhood in Late Antique Gaul
Photis Vasilou: The Brother-father and sister-mother: biological and constructed relationships in the works of Gregory of Nyssa
Eve Davies: The Life Course and the Family in the Byzantine Empire
Chris Callow: The family from late antiquity to early medieval west 300-600

Session X Agency, economics and domesticity

Justin Walsh: Artefact assemblages and human agency in ancient house
Lindsay Penner: Female workers in aristocratic Roman Columbaria
Lovisa Brännstedt: Familia urbana of Livilla Drusilla
John Starks: Actresses and the Roman family
Anna Sparreboom: Wet-Nursing in the Roman Empire
April Pudsey: Widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt

Session XI Dynastic, powerful Hellenistic and Roman families

Omar Coloru Family dynamics in Seleucid dynasty
Agneta Fulinska: Family Ties in Dynastic Propaganda of the Ptolemies
Jesper Carlsen: The Ahenobarbi and Calvini in Late Republican and Augustan Rome
David Salvo: The use of betrothals, marriages, divorces in the making on an imperial dynasty: the case of the Julio- Claudian dynasty
Gwyneath McIntyre: The creation of a dynasty: Adoption and deification in the Antonine family
Shaun Tougher: Imperial blood: Family relationships in the dynasty of Constantine the Great

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

Session XII Etruscan and Pre-Roman Family

Key note addres: Marjatta Neilsen: Etruscan familes – the deand and the living
Jenny Högström Berntson: Women, Children and Votives in Magna Graecia
Elisa Perego: Iron Age and early Roman Veneto
Rafael Scopacasa: Familial Segregation and Communal Drinking in Ancient Appenine Italy

Session XIII Families in Greek literature and drama

Tom Garvey: The House of Nestor
James O’Maley: Homosphrosyne in the Odyssey
Aspasia Skouroumoni: Inside and Out: The Dynamics of Domestic Space in Euripides’ Andromache
Dimitira Kokkini: Euripides Heracles Mainomeons: Domesticating the litmate hero

Session XIV Family members and politics in ancient texts

Sophia Panaretou: Who was Brauro?
Bryan Natali: Infelix Dido, nun te facta impía tangunt? Putting Dido in her political Context
Ida Östenberg: Killing Fathers: The title Pater Patriae and the deaths of Cicero and Caesar
Nani Moro: Violence and Maltreatment in the Roman Family: The Case of Tiberius Claudius

16.30. – 17.00 Concluding summary: Framing the discipline in the 21st century.

18.30 Concluding Dinner

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