Appel à communication : Cultural Memory and Religion in the Ancient City

The University of Birmingham would like to invite papers from postgraduate
students and early career researchers for Day One of a colloquium, taking
place from the 5th to the 6th of July 2010 on:

Cultural Memory and Religion in the Ancient City

The possibilities offered by Cultural Memory as a methodological tool for
reading and understanding modes of behaviour in antiquity have been
steadily gaining currency in recent years. The aim of this
interdisciplinary colloquium is to bring together scholars and research
students working on the texts and material culture of the ancient world in
order to exchange ideas and approaches relating to using Cultural Memory
to analyse religion in various ancient urban contexts.

The colloquium will be arranged over two days; papers given on the first
day will explore new research by postgraduates and early careerists
currently working on Cultural Memory in ancient societies. On the second
day we will turn our gaze on Rome as a case study for lieux de mémoire
with papers given by invited scholars.

We warmly welcome papers from postgraduate or early career researchers on
any aspect of the theme of cultural memory and religion in the ancient
city. We encourage abstracts relating to any area of the ancient
Mediterranean from the third millennium BC to Late Antiquity. Potential
topics for papers could include but are not limited to:

• Religious traditions and the role of memory in their conception
and performance
• Architectural conceptions
• Geographical places of memory
• Memory and myth
• Religious commemoration of historical events

It is hoped that a combination of speakers from a variety of disciplines
and at different stages in their work and careers will generate some
fascinating and stimulating discussion that will be of use both to
individual research projects and to those who are interested in taking
more collaborative approaches. Our keynote speaker is Professor Karl
Galinsky (who is leading the Memoria Romana project at Ruhr University,
Bochum), and provisionally agreed invited speakers include Thomas
Kuhlmann, David Larmour, Maureen Carroll and Alain Gowing. It is
anticipated that selected papers will be published as part of a series of
Birmingham volumes on Cultural Memory.

Please send abstracts of c.300 words to Phoebe Roy ( and
Juliette Harrisson ( by Friday, 8th January 2010.

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