Monday, March 23, 2009

LA - Network Workshop Knoxville, 21 - 24 May, 2009

"Integration and Diversity in the Culture and Religions of Late Antiquity", organized by Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville, and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg

Once a year the network puts on a working conference of several days duration in which a topic from the overall theme is discussed with members of the network and guests. The next meeting will take place from the 21st to the 25th of May 2009 in Knoxville, U.S.A. 

The conference is open to the public ; prior registration is not necessary. There is no conference fee. Guests who need assistance in booking a hotel room are encouraged to write directly to Michael Kulikowski :

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference and present their dissertation topics in the form of a poster will receive financial support for their travel expenses and for room and board. Interested students should send a CV and a one-page summary of their dissertation to Michael Kulikowski (see above) or Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner :

All programmes to take place in McClung Museum Auditorium except where noted. 

Wednesday, 20 May / Thursday, 21 May, 2009

Participants arrive McGhee Tyson airport, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, 21 May, 2009

2.00 -  Registration and refreshments, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m. Welcomes (Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Susan Martin  ; Michael Kulikowski)
4.40 p.m. Introduction to the Network : History and Goals (Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner)
5.00 p.m. Master Narratives of Late Antiquity : Centralisation, Particularism and the Historiography of the Later Roman Empire (Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville)
6.00 p.m. Coffee Break light or light refreshment before plenary
6.30 p.m. Plenary Lecture : Lists and Catalogues : A Late Roman Art Form (John Matthews, Yale)
8.00 p.m. Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, McClung Museum Rotunda

Friday, 22 May, 2009 (note 9 a.m. sessions in alternative venue tbc)

Section A1 : Divergent Elites : Imperial, Senatorial, Regional and Local (Chair : Michael Kulikowski)
9.00 a.m. Fabian Goldbeck, Basel : Current Concepts for the Study of Elites 
9.45 a.m. John Weisweiler, Oxford : All the Emperor's Men - Senators and Emperors in Fourth-Century Rome
10.30 a.m. Coffee Break 
(sessions resume at McClung Museum)
10.50 a.m. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg : Reintegrating the Local Elites : The Emergence of the Notables 
11.30 a.m. John Dillon, Heidelberg : The Inflation of Rank and Privilege in the Later Roman, its Causes and Consequences 
13.00 p.m. Buffet Lunch, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Section A2 : Change and Heterogeneity in the Representation of Elites (Chair : Danuta Shanzer, Urbana-Champaign)
2.00 p.m. Christian Witschel, Heidelberg : Changing Spaces and Media of Elite Representation in Late Antiquity
2.45 p.m. N.N.
3.30 p.m. Michelle Salzman, Riverside : Symmachus and the Mysterious Case of the Number Seven
4.15 p.m. Coffee Break

Section A3 : Elite Identities : Barbarian and Roman (Chair : Christian Witschel, Heidelberg)
4.45 p.m. Philipp von Rummel, DAI Rome : Barbarians as Roman Elite : the Problem of Perspective
5.30 p.m. Roland Steinacher, Vienna : Military elites, Romans or barbarians ? 
6.15 p.m. Sebastian Gairhos, Augsburg : Raetia as Case Study for Changes and New Elite Identities
8.00 p.m. Reception for participants and campus Classicist and medievalist community, Calhoun's By The River

Saturday, 23 May, 2009

Section A4 : Paideia : the End of Shared Graeco-Latin Culture ? (Chair : Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Giessen/Brown)
9.00 a.m. Edward Watts, Bloomington : Oral Traditions and Ethical Teaching among the Last Platonists
9.45 a.m. Susanna Elm, Berkeley : Translating Roman Greekness for the Greek Romans
10.30 a.m. Coffee Break

Section B1 : The Making of Orthodoxy (Chair : Hartmut Leppin, Frankfurt)
11.00 a.m. Winrich Löhr, Heidelberg : Defining Orthodoxy in the 4th Century : Constantius II and 'Homoian' Christianity ? 
11.15 a.m. Ralph Mathisen, Urbana-Champaign : Making Orthodoxies in the West : The Creed of Rimini and the Legitimation of Arianism
12.00 p.m. Christina Shepardson, Knoxville : Locating Orthodoxy : Syrian Judaizers and Narratives of Imperial Christianity
12.45 p.m. Buffet Lunch, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Section B2 : Competing Authorites : Church and State, Bishops and Monks (Chair : Noel Lenski, Boulder)
2.00 p.m. Kai Trampedach, Heidelberg : Forms of Interaction between Emperors, Bishops and Monks in Constantinople in the Fifth Century
2.45 p.m. Steffen Diefenbach, Augsburg : Leadership, Charismatic Authority and Public Office : Bishops in Late Antique Gaul
3.30 p.m. Rudolf Haensch, Munich : Ruling Holy Countries : an Easy Task ? The Governors of the Three Palestines in Late Antiquity
4.15 p.m. Coffee Break 

Section B3 : Christianization and the Integration of the Hinterland (Chair : Gunnar Brands, Halle)
4.45 p.m. Judith Végh, Heidelberg : The Christianization of Spain : A Case apart ? 
5.30 p.m. Roland Prien, Heidelberg : The Case of Early Christianity in the Northwestern Provinces : Archaeological Evidence versus Written Sources
6.15 p.m. N.N. 

Sunday, 24 May, 2009

Section B3 : Christianization and the Integration of the Hinterland (Chair : Gunnar Brands, Halle)
9.00 a.m. Summary, Overview, Questions Raised (Christian Witschel)
9.15 a.m. Discussion
10.30 a.m. Prospect : LA Network Meeting 2010 ; Final Publication
11.00 a.m. Conference Concludes
12.00 p.m. Departures begin.