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Political Refugees in the Ancient Greek World - 15-16/06/2017, Aix-en-Provence (France)

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Many contributions, in fact, have been devoted to the topics of the exile (phygé) and the civil war (stasis) in ancient Greece, aspects that seem to have been endemic in the Greek cities (Lécrivain 1919; Seibert 1979; Gehrke 1985; Loraux 1997; Kalimtzis 2000; Siewert 2002; Wolpert 2002; Forsdyke 2005; Gray 2015), but far less attention has been paid to the very subject of refugees, so that many aspects still remain to be investigated (in this perspective, however, Garland’s book on Greek migrants, Wandering Greeks. The Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great, Princeton 2014, is a remarkable exception).

As the concept of “refugee” is a relatively recent idea, elaborated as a consequence of the dramatic experience of the Second World War, when millions of persons were displaced in Europe by reason of the war, each investigation about refugees in antiquity cannot ignore comparison with the modern notion of refugee. Nevertheless, some reconsiderations on the specific features of Greek politics and society are called for in relation to the ancient concept of refugee (phygas), and this will be the subject of the conference.

The research areas in which we are chiefly interested concern the protagonists and the contexts of the migration process, that is those who left their native land, those who received them, and the city-states involved as a starting point and final destination of migrants. In this perspective, we want to question the ancient sources about both the relations between ancient Greek refugees (phygades) and the social, political and military contexts in which this phenomenon arose and the reception process of the host countries, especially starting from specific cases. Proposals on comparative analyses between ancient and modern refugees, from a political and social viewpoint, will be equally welcome.Many contributions, in fact, have been devoted to the topics of the exile (phygé) and the civil war (stasis) in ancient Greece, aspects that seem to have been endemic in the Greek cities (Lécrivain 1919; Seibert 1979; Gehrke 1985; Loraux 1997; Kalimtzis 2000; Siewert 2002; Wolpert 2002; Forsdyke 2005; Gray 2015), but far less attention has been paid to the very subject of refugees, so that many aspects still remain to be investigated (in this perspective, however, Garland’s book on Greek migrants, Wandering Greeks. The Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great, Princeton 2014, is a remarkable exception).As the concept of “refugee” is a relatively recent idea, elaborated as a consequence of the dramatic experience of the Second World War, when millions of persons were displaced in Europe by reason of the war, each investigation about refugees in antiquity cannot ignore comparison with the modern notion of refugee. Nevertheless, some reconsiderations on the specific features of Greek politics and society are called for in relation to the ancient concept of refugee (phygas), and this will be the subject of the conference.The research areas in which we are chiefly interested concern the protagonists and the contexts of the migration process, that is those who left their native land, those who received them, and the city-states involved as a starting point and final destination of migrants. In this perspective, we want to question the ancient sources about both the relations between ancient Greek refugees (phygades) and the social, political and military contexts in which this phenomenon arose and the reception process of the host countries, especially starting from specific cases. Proposals on comparative analyses between ancient and modern refugees, from a political and social viewpoint, will be equally welcome.

 

 

 

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 15-16/06/2017

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, Université Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence, France)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Laura Loddo


INFO: lauraloddo82@gmail.com


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