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CALL. 15.03.2020: People in Motion in the Ancient Greek World - Madrid (Spain)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Chiara Maria Mauro (Junior Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, Complutense University of Madrid), Diego Chapinal-Heras (RCC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of the Classics, Harvard University) y Miriam A. Valdés Guía (Professor, Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, Complutense University of Madrid)

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Although people in Antiquity have traditionally been thought of as deeply rooted into their homelands and reluctant to changes, recent studies have successfully shown as it the ancient world experienced a high level of human mobility. In the Greek world, the state-led institutional migrations known as “colonizations” are probably the most obvious example of such displacements; however, they were not the only one. Beyond them, there was a broad spectrum of people in motion, acting either individually or as part of a community. Traders, refugees, pilgrims, scientists, travellers, warriors and exiles are just some of the actors possibly involved in these movements.

In the spirit of debating and discussing the topic of mobility in the Greek World and dealing with it from a multidisciplinary perspective, we are proud to announce the International Conference titled “People in Motion in the Ancient Greek World”. Submissions from a wide range of disciplines regarding the ancient world are welcome, especially – but not exclusively - those falling into the following research topics:

  • Travels and movements in Greek written sources;

  • Repercussions of mobility: creation, exchanges, production and consumption habits;

  • Individual and collective human mobility phenomena;

  • Paths and routes;

  • Travelers’ social status;

  • Political discourses that could either encourage or discourage the transfer of people;

  • Travelers and pilgrims (including the movement of objects with their human counterparts);

  • People in motion’s representation in art;

  • Modern methods of understanding and displaying mobility in the Greek world.

Keynote Speaker: Troels M. Kristensen - Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

Proposals should include a 500-word abstract (in English, French, Italian or Spanish) along with a few words about the applicant – their research interests, university affiliation and / or status, etc. They should be sent to no later than March 15th, 2020. Papers should last 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion.

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