CFP: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society Conference

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Call for Papers: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society Conference

April 18-20, 2013, University of Helsinki, Finland

Abstract deadline: December 15, 2012

E-mail: romanhouse2013 AT

Ancient Roman houses were designed to suit both the private life of
its occupants and the demands of public life. As a result, the
division between public and private spaces inside the domus was a
complicated topic even for the Romans themselves. Previous scholarship
has tended to treat the domus in terms of a rigid division between
public and private, with the same division acting as a gender marker
for (male) political activities and (female) domestic activities
respectively. This strict division within the household now seems
outdated. The aim of this conference, then, is to take a fresh look at
notions of public and private within the domus by exploring the public
and private spheres of the Roman house from the first century BCE to
the third century CE. The "Public and Private in the Roman House and
Society" is an ongoing project organizing its second major event,
building on the success of a workshop at NYU this October. Keynote
speakers include Filippo Coarelli, Margareta Steinby and Paul Zanker.

We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship
between public and private in Roman society from a variety of
perspectives ā€“ historical, archaeological, philological, architectural
and anthropological ā€“ in order to further the understanding of the
domus as a place for social, cultural, political and administrative
Potential themes include but are not limited to:
– The house and the city: Political and administrative spaces
– The Roman house as legal, political, religious, social and cultural arena
– Newest theories and methods in the study of privacy/public in the Roman House
– Public and private in material culture and artefact studies
– The provincial house: Local and Roman building traditions and usages
– Changes and Continuities of the Roman house in Late Antiquity
– Gender in the house

The conference is organized by the project Public and Private in the
Roman House (http://, which seeks to contribute to
the ongoing debate on privacy in the ancient world as well as the
issues of how the limits between public and private spaces were drawn.
In an attempt to gain new perspectives on these questions, the project
seeks to utilize comparative anthropological theories concerning the
conceptualization of the public/private interface.

Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Juhana
Heikonen at romanhouse2013 AT Please include your name,
academic affiliation and address in your email.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 15, 2012

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