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Now open! Call for Papers CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass 2014: Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World

26 September 2013

We invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, and senior researchers to take part in the third CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/MA Masterclass on 13 and 14 February 2013. The theme of this year's meeting is:

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World - Production, Circulation, and Validation

Keynote speaker & Master: Professor Marietta Horster (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Showing what you know, who you know, and innovating upon prior knowledge are key strategies to sustain yourself in society today. The internet radically changed the speed at which knowledge is transmitted. We now have unprecedented access to information across the globe, and it is even difficult to control what others know about our private lives. The global crisis contributed to an emphasis on the economic value of certain types of knowledge. Amidst all these changes, there is concern for the loss of traditional forms of knowledge. But what do we know about what the ancients knew, and how they came to know it?

This Annual Meeting focuses on cultural knowledge: the packages of knowledge (skills, competences, and information) that are needed to operate competently within in a particular community (group, cult, school, city, ethnos, empire ...). We adopt a broad understanding of ancient cultural knowledge that includes social, legal, technical, religious, and philosophical forms of knowing. Ancient historians examine the transmission of knowledge across networks; archaeologists study the development and tradition of technical skills in material production, and technological transfer; religious knowledge is analysed from cognitive perspectives, while there is also a new emphasis on the role of the body and the senses in experiencing and generating knowledge. We aim to bring these angles and approaches together and develop new ones that help us understand the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge in the ancient world.

Possible topics include:

- Who: Priests, diplomats, literary authors, traders, officials etc. operated as agents of knowledge production, mediation, and authorisation. How was access to knowledge gained, controlled, contested, and concealed?

- Where: What was the role of workshops, gymnasia, sanctuaries, assemblies, funerary areas, festivals, courts etc. as settings of production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?

- How: How did particular media and artefacts (coins, inscriptions, statues, laws, oracles, letters, landscapes) contribute to and change the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?              


Keynote and Master

This year's Keynote Speaker and Master is Professor Marietta Horster. She holds the Chair of Ancient History at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Her broad-based expertise is evident from publications on imperial building inscriptions in the Roman West, land possession, civic priests and cult personnel at Greek sanctuaries, and the transmission of cultural knowledge through poetry.


We invite senior researchers to submit a title and short abstract for a twenty-minute presentation on the first day of the Annual Meeting. PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal (500 words) for the Masterclass on the second day explaining their research in relation to this year's theme. Proposals for both days should be submitted no later than 1 November 2013 with Birgit van der Lans:

MA/PhD Students

Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays before 13 January 2014 so that the papers can circulate among the participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each presentation discussion follows under the expert guidance of Professor Horster.


PhD and ReMa students can earn 2 ECTS for presence at the Annual Meeting and participation in the Masterclass.

Reading Group

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Masterclass. The meetings will be guided by several CRASIS fellows from their own area of expertise and take place on the following dates:

20 November, 4-6 pm: Onno van Nijf

4 December, 3-5 pm: Sofia Voutsaki

18 December, 4-6 pm: Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

If you wish to attend, please get in touch with Birgit van der Lans.

Last modified:21 March 2016 11.38 a.m.

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