On the Margins of Antiquity
Classical Association of the Canadian West 2013 Conference
22-24 March 2013 University of Alberta Edmonton
Call For Papers
Keynote Speaker: Naman Ahuja, J. Nehru University, New Delhi
Over the past two decades much work has been done on interactions between centre and periphery in the ancient world, and there have been quite fundamental changes in our understanding of related social and cultural shifts. The old dualistic model of a civilized centre that extended its benefactions to less civilized peripheries is being replaced by more complex models emphasizing dynamic interactions between the central cultures - Greek, Roman - and local ones. While much has thus changed in our understanding of centre-periphery dynamics, there are nevertheless many respects in which longstanding notions and frameworks continue to assert themselves. This reflects the exceptionally long, rich and complex scholarly traditions that have shaped our field.
Recognizing and critically evaluating the influence of these traditions is an integral - indeed, essential - part of a healthy discourse within Classics, and the historiography of Classical studies has also evolved significantly in recent decades, although the tendency has been towards descriptive rather than analytical Forschungsgeschichte. Given the vast scope of Classics and the wide array of its research traditions, that is understandable, but nonetheless problematic.
The aim of this conference is to foster further reflection on our discipline’s current structures - on our taxonomies, our methodologies, or our research priorities, for example - with a particular focus on issues of centre and periphery in the ancient world. We do not, however, seek papers about these issues in the abstract - the outside view, so to say. We hope instead to provoke thought and debate from the inside, by gathering papers on topics traditionally relegated to the ‘margins’ of Classical studies.