4 April 2024 Start
5 April 2024 End
UK University of Liverpool, Liverpool

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Experimental and Experiential Approaches to Identity Formation in the Ancient World

April 4-5, 2024

The conference Experimental and Experiential Approaches to Identity Formation in the Ancient World will be hosted at the University of Liverpool on the 4th and 5th of April 2024.


Thursday 4 April – Wallbank Lecture Theatre (12 Abercrombie Square)

10.00 – 10.30 Registration

10.30 – 12.30 Panel 1: Controlling the Body

Mediating Power through Dress: The God’s Wife of Amun and State Discourse in Saite Egypt

John Rogers, Swansea University

Biometrics, Identity, and Identification in Graeco-Roman Egypt

Ella Karev, Turin Humanities Programme

Ritual Healing as Social Activity in Ancient Egypt: Perception, Practice, and Objectivity?

Clara Martinez-Moreno, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Materiality of Human Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East: the Body, Blood, and Bronze

Olivia Arkley, University of Liverpool

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Panel 2: Experiencing Space

Jewish Diaspora Synagogues as Public Spaces? Examining Cultural Milieu in the Synagogue of Dura Europos

Luis Maia-de-Freitas, Swansea University

Dionysus and the Delians. The Phallephoria as a Collective Space of Experience

Veronika Kolomaznik, IGS Graz/Erfurt

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 – 16.30 Panel 3: Experiencing the sensory world

A Second Touch: The Phenomenological Body in the Second Sophistic

Victoria Hodges, Rutgers University

Trophonius: Sensory Restriction for Resonant Identities

George Allen, University of Liverpool

The Difference of Experience: Sensory Architecture and Religious Community in Palmyra

Amy Miranda, Independent Researcher

Architectural Control of the Senses: The Case of Temple Smellscapes

Catherine Bishop, University of Liverpool

Friday 5 April – Wallbank Lecture Theatre (12 Abercrombie Square)

10.00 – 11.00 Panel 4: Identity and the Tomb 1

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Herakles and the Cattle of Geryon on the Tatarlı Tomb Eloise Jones, University of Liverpool

It’s a real grave situation: a conceptual framework to examine tomb reuse in the Old through early Middle Kingdoms.

Reuben Hutchinson-Wong, University of Birmingham

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30: Panel 5: Identity and the Tomb 2

Reconstructing Hybridity: ‘Third Space’ Identities explored through the Hawara Mummy Portraits Louise O’Brien, University of Liverpool

Memory and meaning in the sarcophagi of Roman Palmyra

Kate Honeker, University of Nottingham

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.30: Panel 6: Construction and Corrosion of Politics

The Phokaians in Iron Age Catalonia: Decolonising Migrant and Indigenous Identities

George Downs, University of Liverpool

Gestural expression of identity(ies) in ancient Egypt and the Aegean

Christos Kekes, University of Crete

History Didactics as an Approach to Identity in Ancient Greece

Thomas Husøy-Ciaccia, Norwegian Church Cardiff Bay

The materiality of the self: mental organs in Archaic Greece and in the Ancient Near East

Elena Limongelli, University of Oxford

15.30 – >16.30 Coffee and closing roundtable

This has been organised as a collaboration between PhD students at Swansea University and the University of Liverpool.

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