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Imperium to Regnum: Italy in Late Antiquity - 10-11-12/01/2019, Gent (Belgium)



"The Roman Society Research Center of Ghent University ( ), with generous support by the Flemish Research Foundation ('F.W.O.') and the Faculty of Arts, is proud to announce the complete programme of the following international conference.


During the first quarter of the first millennium CE, Italy was still the heart of the Roman Empire; the only political superstructure ever managing to encompass the entire Mediterranean world and its European hinterland. Yet during the second quarter of this same millennium, Italy underwent dramatic evolutions from demotion to a regular province (c. 285-395), to a new imperial hub kept afloat by cannibalizing other provinces’ resources (c. 395-475), to an autonomous kingdom governed by barbarian leaders as part of an Eastern Roman ‘Commonwealth’ (c. 475-535). The transition from Imperium to Regnumwill be crucial in this conference to understand the major political, social, economic, religious and cultural changes impacting what was once the most important region of the Roman world. 


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 10-11-12/01/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Gent (Gent, Belgium)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Jeroen Wijnendaele; Prof. Lieve Van Hoof


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14:00 - Welcome and Registration
14:45 – Introduction (Lieve Van Hoof & Jeroen Wijnendaele – Ghent University)
15:00 – Third Century Crisis & Tetrarchy (Umberto Roberto - Università Europea di Roma) 
15:30 –  The Administrative Division of Italy and its impact on Fourth Century Political History (Noel Lenski – Yale University)
16:30 – Coffee Break

17:00 – Keynote I: Regional Aristocracies in Late Roman Italy (Daniëlle Slootjes – Radbout University Nijmegen)

18:15 -  Reception


9:30 – The Child Emperors (Mark Humphries – Swansea University) 
10:00 – The Shadow Emperors & Odoacer (Jeroen Wijnendaele – Ghent University)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 – Armed Forces (Philip Rance – Freie Universität Berlin)
12:15 – Postgraduate Poster Presentations
12:45 Lunch
13:45 – Labor forces and the Countryside (Sarah Bühler – University of Tübingen) 
14:15 - Cities and Urban Life (Neil Christie – Leicester)
14:45 Coffee Break
15:15 – Religious Minorities (Jessica Van ‘t Westeinde – University of Bern & Tübingen)
15:45 - Gendered Violence (Ulriika Vihervalli – Cardiff University) 
16:45 Convenience Break

17:00 - Keynote II: Orientals and Italy – A Transnational Approach (Giusto Traina - Université Sorbonne)

19:30 Conference Dinner


9:30 - Keynote III – Bishops and Episcopal Power (Bronwen Neil – Macquarie University)

10:45 - Coffee Break 
11:15 - Italia in Late Antique Poetry (Michael Hanaghan – Australian Catholic University)
11:45 - Late Roman Italy as an Intellectual Environment (Peter Van Nuffelen – Ghent University)
12:45 – Lunch Break
14:00 - Roundtable Discussion 


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