Conference: Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World


November 11-12, 2016. Columbia University in the City of New York.
Italian Academy, 5th floor, 1161 Amsterdam Ave

This 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, we hope to 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.

For the full conference program, please follow this link.

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Epistemology After Sextus Empiricus

This is a book project* accompanied by two conferences at Columbia University and UC Berkeley, edited and organized by Justin Vlasits (UC Berkeley) and Katja Maria Vogt (Columbia University). For a web page with the full program for both conferences as well as further information please follow this link.

Epistemology after Sextus

Epistemology after Sextus

Time: October 28/29 2016

Place: Philosophy Hall 716, Columbia University

Organizer: Justin Vlasits and Katja Maria Vogt

Speakers: Don Garrett NYU, Kathryn Tabb Columbia, MGF Martin University College London/Berkeley, Kathrin Glüer-Pagin University of Stockholm, John Morrison Barnard/Columbia, Susanna Schellenberg Rutgers New Brunswick, Peter Pagin University of Stockholm, Richard Bett Johns Hopkins, Jessica Berry Georgia State, Marko Malink NYU, Justin Vlasits Berkeley, Katja Vogt Columbia, Sergio Tenenbaum University of Toronto, Duncan Pritchard University of Edinburgh

Commentators-at large: Lorenzo Corti Université de Lorraine, Melissa Fusco Columbia, Christiana Olfert Tufts, Simon Shogry Princeton, Justin Vlasits Berkeley, Lara Buchak Berkeley, Nick Gooding Berkeley, Ian McCready-Flora University of Virginia, Katy Meadows Stanford, Barry Stroud Berkeley

Co-sponsored by: Columbia University Philosophy Department, Columbia University Classical Studies Program, Columbia University Heyman Center, Lodge Fund, UC Berkeley Philosophy Department, UC Berkeley Rhetoric Department, UC Berkeley Townsend Center, UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly

* Epistemology After Sextus Empiricus covers themes from Sextus Empiricus that have greatly shaped the history of epistemology. Relevant topics include the nature of investigation, perception and illusion, perceptual relativism, ignorance, belief-formation, induction, infinite regress, assertion, disagreement and conflicting appearances.

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Classical Dialogues: Irad Malkin on Networks, Colonization, and Regional Hybridity

As part of its Classical Dialogues series, the Classical Studies Graduate Program CLST at Columbia University is pleased to welcome Irad Malkin from Tel Aviv University. On Friday, October 28, 2016, 11am–1pm, Professor Malkin will discuss his ideas about Mediterranean networks, Greek colonization, and regional hybridity. Location: Schermerhorn Hall 930, Columbia University. Please see Professor Malkin’s abstract here:

The term “hybridity” as employed in post-colonial studies has become increasingly popular among archaeologists and students of “contact zones.” How useful is it for understanding Greek colonization? Did Greeks actually found colonies or were they a mish-mash of migrants, intermingling with local women (the assumption is that mostly men came) and “native” society in general? Hybridity fits the latter model much better, although the model of the “mixed bags” of colonists has yet to be convincingly demonstrated, especially when it is flatly contradicted by most of the ancient sources. Moreover, “hybridity” implies that colonial regions, all the way from the Ukraine to Spain, would have become very different from each other, in contradiction to the network-oriented “Small Greek World” phenomenon (cf. I. Malkin, A Small Greek World 2011). Moreover I hope to show that Greek women must have arrived in significant numbers during the first generations and that “hybridity” gets into direct conflict with the notion of equality among colonists, exclusive of non-participants of the apoikia (“colony”).

In its Classical Dialogues series, the interdepartmental Classical Studies Graduate Progam CLST at Columbia University invites authors of recent work in ancient studies that is exemplary for the kind of study that CLST aims to foster. All faculty and students at Columbia and beyond are cordially invited. CLST students are required to read carefully at least one chapter or article in advance and prepare questions and comments for discussion.

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