Keeping it in the Family? Exploring familial tension and rupture in the ancient & early-medieval
Family studies has attracted attention from a broad range of disciplines and we want to build on this by inviting scholars with an interest in the ancient and early-medieval Mediterranean to join us and explore ways of approaching and interpreting tensions inside and on the edges of the family.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Department of Classics, University of Reading (Reading, England)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Rebecca Grose ; Doukissa Kamini; Rebecca Rusk (PhD students at the University of Reading)
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Attendees who do not wish to apply for a travel bursary can register by email on a first-come-first served basis until 22/04/2019 listing their name and affiliation.
Day 1 (Wednesday 24th April)
11.00-12.30: First session
Taboos within the Family Structure (chair: Andreas Gavrielatos)
Olive, Peter (Royal Holloway University of London): Re-centring debate about the Danaïds’ plea in Aeschylus’ Supplices.
Watson, Joe (Durham University): Inscribing Incest: Byblis’ Love Letter to Caunus and Ovid’s Fear of Taboo in Metamorphoses 9.
Kirsch, Stephanie (University of Bonn): Taboo to topic? – Small scale violence against children and disciplina in the Roman family from the 2nd century BCE till 2nd century CE.
12.30-13.20: Lunch break
13.20-15.10: First keynote speech & response
Kate Cooper (RHUL): When Fathers Fail: Gender, cultural change and family dynamics in late antiquity Response: Christa Gray (Reading)
(including 14.20-14.40 coffee & cake pause)
15.20-16.50: Second session Interfamilial Conflict, Succession and Inheritance (chair: Rebecca Rusk)
Paprocki, Maciej (Universität München): Apollo, Kronos’ avenger? Divine intergenerational conflicts in light of ‘Kronos’ curse’.
Martorana, Simona (Durham University): Telemachus, Penelope’s puer: (de-) legitimation, precarious masculinity and familial liminality in Ovid’s Heroides 1.
Shields, Katharine (University College of London): “Do not kill anyone of [your] family, it is not good.” Succession, inheritance, and legal language in the Proclamation of Telipinu.
16.50-17.15: Coffee Break
17.15-19.05: Second keynote speech & response
Edith Hall (KCL): Are house slaves family? Seeking Illumination from Artemidorus' Interpretation of Dreams
Response: Emma Aston (Reading)
(including 18.15-18.35 wine & nibbles pause)
19.05-20.00 Continued wine reception and poster session.
Day 2 (Thursday 25th April)
09.00-10.30: Third session
Family on the Edge: Perceptions and Pressure of Family Image (chair: tbd.)
Kostecka, Katarzyna (University of Warsaw): Dealing with family failure – unsuccessful kin in theEpinician Odes of Pindar.
Sandon, Tatjana (University of Edinburgh): Concubina mea amantissima. The role of concubinae in Roman family and society in light of the epigraphic evidence.
Morassi, Davide (University of Oxford): Tough love: fatherhood as a metaphor for political and military leadership.
10.30-11.00: Coffee Break
11.00-12.30: Fourth session
Wives and Mothers: Expectations and Challenges (chair: tbd.)
Golay, Charlotte (University of Lausanne): Reproductive expectations: Fear and tension around the production of children within the Hellenistic couple.
Thoma, Marianna (University of Athens): Women and intergenerational conflict in Greco-Roman family: “If she spends another month with me like this, I will throw myself into the sea.” 1 (P.Petaus 29,8-10).
Patzelt, Maik (University of Sheffield): The aftermath of familial rupture: constructing and contesting the widow’s identity in late antiquity.
12.30-13.30: Lunch Break
13.30-15.00: Fifth session (chair: tbd.) (Re-)Constructing Families
Clarke, Anactoria (King’s College London): Mantic lineage: Constructing hereditary transmission of prophetic skills.
De Luca, Gaia (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Università Orientale, Naples): Conflicting citizenship within the family: a Rhodian example. 15.00-16.30: Roundtable Chair: Barbara Goff (Reading)