Monday, January 26, 2009

Upcoming conferences in Late Antiquity 2009

Shifting Frontiers VIII, Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, April 2-5, 2009

"Beneath the familiar political and religious narrative of Late Antiquity lies a cultural history both more complicated and more fascinating. Late Antiquity was a time of intense cultural negociation in which new religious communities and new populations sifted through existing modes of cultural expression, adopting many elements for themselves and turning others aside. This conference seeks to understand how cultural transformation occured amidst the political and religious disruption that can seem characteristic of Late Antiquity". Program

Female vita religiosa between Late Antiquity and High Middle Ages : Structures, Norms and Developments 
2nd International Conference of the Research Centre for Comparative History of Medieval Religious Orders (FOVOG), 
Eichstätt (Germany), March 19th - 21th 2009

"This workshop will focus on the forms of female religious life between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. Significant themes like the relations between spiritual ideas and norms, between forms of organisation and the application of rules, economic foundations and social relations as well as aspects relating to charismatic leadership and the ability to master reform efforts will be investigated in a diachronic approach, based on the study of significant phenomena and examples. The aim is a comparative analysis which will allow a better understanding of the complexities and the differentiations between institutionalised forms of female religious life as well as the cultural achievements of the female religious and their - in relation to the male religious occasionally ambivalent - status". For more...

Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity Conference, 
St Andrews University (Scotland, U.K.), Saturday 16 May 2009 

"The School of Classics at St. Andrews University and the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at Liverpool University are pleased to announce a one-day conference on "Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity" to be held at St. Andrews on Saturday 16 May 2009. The conference will explore various aspects of Pliny's reception, reputation and influence in the third, fourth and fifth centuries, particularly, also not exclusively, in oratory and letter-writing. Confirmed speakers are Prof. Bruce Gibson (Liverpool), Prof. Roy Gibson (Manchester), Prof. John Henderson (Cambridge), Dr. Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh), and Dr. Roger Rees (St. Andrews)". 
For more, contact Bruce Gibson ( or Roger Rees (