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CRASIS Annual Meeting & Masterclass 2013: Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

Wanneer:ma 21-01-2013 09:15 - 18:30
Waar:Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Courtroom

Keynote speaker & Master: Martin D. Goodman (Oxford University)

21-22 January 2013

The Annual Meeting consists of a conference day that is concluded with the 2013 CRASIS Annual Lecture  (Monday 21 Jan) and a Masterclass for advanced MA and PhD students (Tues 22 Jan). All are warmly invited to attend any of these events.

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Masterclass is:

Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

Although many of us are trained to look at the ancient world from one cultural (or academic) perspective, we are all aware that the ancient world was both culturally diverse and interconnected. This meeting takes as its starting point the impact of encounters between cultures, groups and individuals. It seeks to understand how we should define “cultural encounters” and explore what kind of models we should use to approach these encounters.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of recent theoretical positions including hybridity, métissage, cultural transfer, frontier studies, postcolonialism, entangled or shared histories, intertextuality, multilingualism or rational choice theory? How does our understanding of the ancient world change if we consider the role of cultural encounters in shaping historical development, literary and artistic traditions as well as religious and political systems? How can we trace and value the movements of commodities, texts, religious, or cultural practices, political institutions and ideas over the ancient world? What happened when these were transmitted between very different cultural spaces, and how did the encounters affect the parties involved? What were the mechanisms of these cultural encounters, and what kinds of persons or social forces were responsible?

Poster design: Marleen Termeer
Poster design: Marleen Termeer

2013 CRASIS Annual Lecture

Professor Martin D. Goodman (Oxford University):

Jews in the Antonine Age

The Annual Lecture takes place on January 21, 17.00-18.30 in the Courtroom / Zittingzaal of the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen. Attendance is free. Join us for drinks afterwards!

The Annual Meeting takes places at the same location. Please find the programme below.  

If you like to attend the Annual Meeting or the Masterclass, please register before January 7 with Birgit van der Lans ( There is a small fee of 5 euro (per day), or 15 euro if you wish to join us for lunch.

Programme Annual Meeting 21st January


Coffee and tea




Miguel John Versluys (University of Leiden): From Cultures to Cultural Debates: Understanding Connectivity in Antiquity


Michael Sommer (Oldenburg University): Ancient Colonisations: A Testing Ground for Postcolonial Theory?




Stefano Caneva and Stéphanie Paul (University of Liège): Ruler Cults as the Interface to Study Religious Encounters in the Ptolemaic Empire: the Case of Arsinoe II Philadelphos

11.30 George H. van Kooten and Birgit van der Lans, (University of Groningen):Forging Constructive Ties: Cultural Encounters between Greeks, Jews, Christians and Romans in the Early Roman Empire



Jan-Willem Drijvers (University of Groningen): Ammianus Marcellinus' Image of the 'Barbarian' Sassanian Persians


Anna Angelini (University of Geneva): Biblical Translations as a Means of Intercultural Communication: a Focus on the Animal Imagery




Sara Wijma (University of Groningen), Remembering the Persian Wars: 'Memory' as a Methodological Tool to Investigate the Role of Cultural Encounters in Shaping Cultural Identities

16.00 Mladen Popovic (University of Groningen): Cultural Encounters between Rome and Judaea: Qumran and Flavius Josephus
16.30 Break
17.00 CRASIS Annual Lecture 2013: Professor Martin D. Goodman (Oxford University), Jews in the Antonine Age
18.30 Drinks