Sunday, March 22, 2009

CPF : Oikos - Familia : The Family in the Ancient Greco-Roman world, Universities of Gothenburg & Birmingham, 5 - 7.11.2009

The fifth ARACHNE conference is organised collaboratively by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The conference will take place at the University of Gothenburg 5-7 November 2009. The conference aims to bridge some of the gaps in the study of the family in antiquity : from Archaic Greece to the later Roman world. 

The conference will focus on : 
- Family structures and relationships 500 BCE to 500 CE (betrothal, marriage, divorce, parents and children, step-families, dynastic families, grandparents, gender roles within the family, family economy etc)
- New directions in the study of the family in antiquity 

Sessions will run on thematic and chronological lines and we welcome papers from all disciplines : classics, ancient and early medieval history, archaeology, art history. 

An abstract of a maximum of 300 words should be submitted preferably by email attachment to the conference address or to : Arachne, University of Gothenburg, Department of Historical Studies, Box 200, SE 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. 

The deadline for abstracts is 15 June 2009. Papers should be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes and decisions of acceptance will be made in July. 

The official language of the conference is English. 

Registration fee is 70 euros for non-speakers, 60 euros for speakers, and 30 euros for students. The fee includes coffee Thursday-Saturday and dinner on Saturday night. 

Organizing Committee : 
University of Birmingham : Mary Harlow, Ray Laurence
University of Gothenburg : Lena Larsson Lovén, Agneta Strömberg

Source. Photo above : Gold Glass Medallion of Mother and Son, Early 300s CE, found in Hadrian's Villa, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (author : mharrsch on flickr).