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The Spatial Turn in Roman Studies: Auckland - 22-23-24/01/2020, Auckland (New Zealand)


The goal of our programme of events is a double one: first, to gain an overview of the directions research has taken, identify underlying themes and trends, and describe successful spatial methodology as a guideline for future work; second, to move beyond what has been done and explore the full potential of spatial approaches, especially by bringing together work that has taken the same body of spatial theory in different directions. The most pressing divide we see is between work on historical and archaeological space on the one hand, and imagined and literary space on the other: they represent two well-developed bodies of scholarship in Roman studies, both often drawing on the same set of 20th-century spatial theory, but not often in conversation with each other. We seek to address the questions: could more be done to bring them together and pool their insights, or does the problem lie in the way the underlying spatial theories fail to bring together real and imagined space?

FECHA/DATE/DATA : 22-23-24/01/2020 (Auckland); 10-11-12/06/2020 (Durham)

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Amy Russell (Durham University); Maxine Lewis (The University of Auckland)



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The Auckland conference will include research papers, seminars with pre-circulated readings from major thinkers in spatial theory, and keynote addresses from Ray Laurence, Nandini Pandey, and Diana Spencer.

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