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Call for papers - International Student Conference in Antiquity and Byzantine Studies, Poznan 2009

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Call for papers


PROGRAMME __________________________________________________________

List of the speakers at the Conference __________________________________________________________

International Student Conference in Antique and Byzantine Studies
Feast, Play and Celebration in the Ancient World
Poznan, Poland, 7-9 May 2009


Over the past four years, our graduate student conference – organised jointly by a number of universities in Poland – has explored the various facets of the ancient world, touching on such diverse subjects as history, philosophy, art and theology. To celebrate our fifth year, we hope to make the conference a truly international event by inviting graduate students from across Europe to present their research. Additionally, we have invited a number of noted guest lecturers from the UK, France and Germany to complement our keynote speakers from within Poland.

Like our previous conferences – which were held in Warsaw, Torun, Katowice and Wroclaw – the fifth conference, which will be held in Poznan, aims to create a constructive environment in which young scholars may share their research, exchange ideas and build lasting academic relationships.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Feast, Play and Celebration in the Ancient World’. Papers which explore the themes of fun, playfulness, entertainment, agon, feasting and celebration within the world of Antiquity, Later Antiquity and Byzantium are welcome. Suggested topics of interest may include:

– Fun and its various aspects in the life of the ancient men and women
– The role of fun in ancient communities
Ludus as the source of culture
– Feast as expression of religious life of ancient societies
– Functions of religious, national, community and family celebrations
– Fun – feast – authority interference
Ludus and feast in the perspective of various disciplines in contemporary humanities

This list, however is by no means complete and we welcome proposals on any areas which may be demonstrated to fall within the general theme of the conference.

The temporal scope of the conference extends from the earliest civilisations to as late as the 12th century AD; as to the geographical scope, the conference welcomes papers dealing with the Near East, the Mediterranean world of Antiquity, the Byzantine empire and the early medieval west. We welcome paper proposals both in English and in Polish. We will ensure life traslation between both languages throughout the conference.

The Conference is organised by:
Student Society for Classics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Warsaw University Society for Classical and Late Antique Studies, Warsaw, Poland
Oxford Byzantine Society, University of Oxford, UK
Student Society for Ancient Philosophy, Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
Student Society for Classics, Iagiellonian University, Cracow
Student Society for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
Society for the Promotion of Historical Research, Warsaw – patronage
Traditio Europae Foundation, Torun - patronage