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Research - Education: Call for Papers
Gold Mycenaean seal ring. 2nd half of the 15th century BC. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Institution of Sponsorship

From Ancient to Modern Times

National Archaeological Museum at Athens, Numismatic Museum at Athens, Norwegian Institute at Athens, and the Museum of Byzantine Culture at Thessaloniki are pleased to announce the call for papers for the conference “The Institution of Sponsorship—From Ancient to Modern Times.” The conference will take place within the framework of the current exhibition at the Sofia Museum entitled “Leaving a Mark on History: Treasures from Greek Museums.”

Sponsorship was first institutionalized in the late 6th century BC but it truly reached its peak during the Golden Age of Pericles, when it included many different aspects of social action. From antiquity to the present day sponsorship has undergone many and varied transformations, which have altered its goals and definition. For example, charity, patronage, benefaction, and donation are forms of sponsorship with different content. Modern sponsorship, particularly in the context of economic recession, is one of the most important institutions responsible for the proper functioning of cultural bodies and culture-related activities.

Objectives of the conference are: (a) to shed light on the social institutions of sponsorship and its development through time; (b) to link the sponsorship with important historical events and personalities; (c) to identify the problems facing this institution today; (d) to highlight the necessity of this institution and explore it various facets; and (e) to propose a new framework for the institution in both private and public context.

The Organizing Committee invites contributions that deal in general with the theory of sponsorship and its establishment as an institution as well as related issues, such as the expectations of both sponsor and sponsored for socioeconomic or other benefits.

The conference will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece at the auditorium of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, between February 7 and 9, 2014. The meetings include two days of presentation of papers and roundtables and a day reserved for an optional visit to the Archaeological Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, the location of the “Leaving a Mark on History” exhibition. The organizers intend for the conference to coincide with the beginning of Greece European Union presidency. The cost of accommodation for the speakers will be covered by the conference organizers. The conference proceedings will be issued by the Norwegian Institute at Athens and will include both presented papers and roundtable discussions.

The languages of the conference are English and Greek. The presentations are not to exceed 20 minutes of speaking time. Those interested in presenting papers should send the title and a short abstract (not more than 200 words) electronically to the conference Organizing Committee at contact.sponsorshipconference@gmail.com by December 31, 2013. The integral text of the first circular letter in either English or Greek as well as the attached application form can be downloaded from the menu to the left.

1stCircularSponsorship

Scientific Committee

Professor Panos Dimas, Director of the Norwegian Institute at Athens

Dr. George Kakavas, Director of the Numismatic Museum and Acting Director of the National Archaeological Museum (chairman of the committee)

Dr. A. Tsilipakou, Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture

Organizing Committee

Giorka Nikolaou, historian-numismatist in the Numismatic Museum

Eleni Spyraki, Ministry of Culture Sports

Dr. Fanis Mavridis, archaeologist at the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Dr. Zarko Tankosic, Norwegian Institute at Athens

Dr. Christina Avronidaki, archaeologist in the National Archaeological Museum

Evangelia Tsota, archaeologist in the Numismatic Museum

Editorial Committee

Dr. Alexandra Christopoulou, archaeologist in the National Archaeological Museum

Professor Panos Dimas, Director of the Norwegian Institute at Athens

Stella Dreni, archaeologist

Dr. George Kakavas, Director of the Numismatic Museum and Acting Director of the National Archaeological Museum

Dr. Fanis Mavridis, archaeologist at the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Dr. Zarko Tankosic, Norwegian Institute at Athens

Secretarial Support

Nikos Sougles, Numismatic Museum

Popi Spyrou, National Archaeological Museum

Zarko Tankosic, Norwegian Institute at Athens

Fanis Mavridis, Ministry of Culture and Sports