12 February 2016 Start
12 February 2016 End
The Netherlands Courtroom, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

e-mail.: [email protected]

Hellenism: Interaction, Translation and Culture Transfer

Friday, February 12th 2016

The first lustrum edition of the will take place on February 12th 2016. The theme of this year’s Meeting is: “Hellenism: Interaction, Translation and Culture Transfer”.

The conference hosts eight international speakers and is dedicated to the exploration of the complex cultural concepts involved in our current understanding of Hellenism. The ancient Mediterranean, in some ways like the modern world, became a fairly small place after Alexander’s conquests and into the Roman period. In contrast to previous scholarly analyses, highlighting tensions between indigenous and globalizing cultures, we propose a more nuanced and complex set of interactions.

The aim of this conference is to assess the critical questions which arise from this nuanced picture of Hellenism, focusing in particular on the aspects of translation, material culture, identity, literature and theory. We hope to offer a broad spectrum of contributions spanning various disciplines of the rich field of Antiquity studies.

This year, we are glad to welcome Dr. Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University, PA) as our Keynote speaker, who will give the following lecture: “Greek Paideia and the Jewish Community of Alexandria in the Letter of Aristeas”

You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting on February 12th. The programme for the conference can be found on our website and it is possible to register through this link (registration open until February 4th).

On the day before the conference, we host a Master Class for Research Master and PhD students, which is also presided by Dr. Wright as Master. This event is not open to the public, but you can take a look at the programme of this day.


Students of the OIKOS, ARCHON and NOSTER research schools can earn 1 ECTS by attending the Annual Meeting and writing a short report on it (1000-1500 words). In the report, all lectures should be reflected upon in relation to the theme of the conference. The full Call for Papers, which contains a detailed topical statement, is available on our website.

If you wish to earn ECTS in this way, you can include this information in the registration form. The report can be handed in through [email protected], after which we will inform the research school.

Practical information

The Annual Meeting takes place in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen). All lectures are held in the Courtroom, a monumental room that directly adjoins the main hall of the building.

Please let us know that you are coming by filling in the registration form before the end of February 4th. The attendance fee includes coffee, tea and refreshments throughout the day, as well as lunch and the wine reception. If you wish to attend the conference (buffet) dinner afterwards, we ask an extra contribution. Attending only the keynote lecture is free of charge, but please do register for this beforehand.