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11 November 2016 Start
12 November 2016 End
USA Columbia University in the City of New York, Italian Academy, 5th floor, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, NY

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Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World

November 11-12, 2016

“Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World” is a graduate student conference organized by the Columbia University.

The conference features papers from graduate students working across disciplines related to the ancient world which will explore the issues of refuge and refugees. From representations of refugees and the notions of “refuge” to their physical traces in the archaeological record, the conference will discuss how ancient societies experienced and conceptualized the flight and plight of displaced peoples.

In light of the recent upsurge in work on ancient Mediterranean migration and exile, as well as current events, new questions arise: What heuristic value does the term “refugee” have for our understanding of the ancient equivalent? How do we define refuge and refugees? Where do we look for the voices of refugees among the ancient evidence? What and where are the sites of “refuge” attested across the ancient Mediterranean world?

Papers come from a variety of disciplinary fields pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean world and surrounding regions, including Egypt, the Near East and the expanses of the Roman Empire, and falling within the period spanning from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.


Friday, November 11

9:00-9:15am  Introductory Remarks by Evan Jewell

9:15-11:15am  Tracing Refugees – Moderator: Alice Sharpless



11:15-11:30am  Coffee Break

11:30am-1:00pm  Reflections on Exile – Moderator: Christopher Jones

1:00-2:00pm  Lunch

2:00-3:30pm  Refuge in the Hellenistic World – Moderator: Elizabeth Heintges

3:30-3:45pm  Break

3:45-4:45pm  Spatial (In)stability in Late Antiquity – Moderator: Joseph Woldman

4:45-5:00pm  Break

5:00-6:00pm  Keynote Address: Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) – “Refugee Agency: the Potency of Re-Invention”

Saturday, November 12

10:00-11:30am  Narratives of Flight – Moderator: Jeremy Simmons

11:30-11:45am  Coffee Break

11:45am-12:45pm  Suppliants in the Ancient World – Moderator: Karin Christiaens

12:45-2:30pm  Lunch

2:30-3:30pm  Refuge in Greek Drama – Moderator: Carina de Klerk

3:30-3:45pm  Break

3:45-4:45pm  Keynote Address: Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago) – “The Metic in and out of Theory”

4:45-6:15pm  Round Table Discussion – Moderator: Maria Dimitropoulos