CFP: Networks in the Roman Near East (ASOR Panel)

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Call for papers: New member-organized session at the ASOR 2013 annual meeting, november 20-23

Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East

Most of the Near East was under Roman rule for almost seven centuries,
representing the longest period of political stability in the history
of the region. Since the 1990s there has been an explosion of
scholarly interest in the field, with studies moving emphasis from the
metropolitan to regional and local points of view, but arguably most
contributions have continued to cast representatives of imperial rule
as protagonists or antagonists in narratives of domination,
resistance, integration and fragmentation. In this session we aim to
move the focus of attention to the everyday ties of trade, religion
and day-to-day regional politics connecting people and places in the
Roman Near East. How did networks develop? What where the institutions
underpinning interaction and fostering integration on local, regional
and imperial levels? What impact did formal and informal rules have on
economic, social and political activities within these networks? How
did networks react to stress on imperial level, such as invasions,
economic crisis or civil war? We especially welcome papers situating
empirical data within theoretical frameworks such as Social Network
Analysis or New Institutional Economy, in order to facilitate
comparison between groups, over time and between different parts of
the Roman Near East.

Details can be found here:

Please contact <eivind.seland AT> for any queries.

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