Ancient and Modern Imperialisms

Friday & Saturday, 16 and 17 March 2007

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, North Block, Room 336, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU 
Friday, 16 March 2007
Introduction, 1.45 p.m.
Phiroze Vasunia
University of Reading
Session I, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Chair, Tom Harrison
‘Julius Caesar and America’s imperial presidency’
Maria Wyke
UCL, University of London
‘From Colonus to Colony: Oedipus and Antigone in Postcolonial Drama’
Barbara Goff
University of Reading
‘Imperial poets read Horace: Pushkin-Mickiewicz-Kipling’
Jerzy Axer
University of Warsaw
Coffee & Tea: 3.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.
Session II, 3.45 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.
Chair, Barbara Goff
‘Comparing Empires—Challenging Historiographies’
Peter Bang
University of Copenhagen
‘Classical authority and the British Caribbean in the nineteenth century’
Margaret Williamson
Dartmouth College
‘The reproduction of imperial forms of power and authority in South Asia’
David Ludden
University of Pennsylvania/New York University
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Session III, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Chair, Margaret Williamson
‘The model of the Roman province in the administration of Sicily under Spanish rule’
Giovanni Salmeri
University of Pisa
‘Signs of empire: obelisks at/from Alexandria’
Grant Parker
Stanford University
Coffee & Tea: 11 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.
Session IV, 11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
Chair, Phiroze Vasunia
‘The Model Empire: Inventing Ancient Carthage and the Phoenicians in the Age of Maritime Imperialism, 1600-1800’
Caroline Winterer
Stanford University
‘Ancient and modern colonies in the late 18th-century: a debate on American independence and its contexts’
Giovanna Ceserani
Stanford University
‘Republics, Empires and Revolutionary American Historical Consciousness’
Eran Shalev
Haifa University
Lunch for speakers: 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Session V, 2.30 to 3.30 p.m.
Chair, Grant Parker
‘Contextualising social change: Romanisation or Globalization?’
Richard Hingley
University of Durham
‘Roman imperialism and modern thinking’
Philip Freeman
University of Liverpool
Coffee & Tea: 3.30 to 3.45 p.m.
Session VI, 3.45 to 5.15 p.m.
Chair, Caroline Winterer
‘Education as a means of integrating peripheral populations into the imperial system’
Aksin Somel
Sabanci University
‘Sultan as imperator: the Ottoman rulers in the eyes of their non-Muslim subjects’
Dariusz Kołodziejczyk
University of Warsaw
‘Keeping the Dynasty, Changing the Empire: The Neo-Ottoman Empire of the Tanzimat’
Hakan Erdem
Sabanci University
Session VII, 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Chair, Philip Freeman
‘Decline, fall or what? When and how empires cease to be empires’
Adam Ziolkowski
University of Warsaw
‘Closing Remarks’
Thomas Harrison
University of Liverpool

Sponsored by the University of Liverpool, the University of Reading, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Convenors: Philip Freeman (Liverpool), Barbara Goff (Reading), Thomas Harrison (Liverpool), Phiroze Vasunia (Reading), and Margaret Williamson (Dartmouth)
For more information, please contact Phiroze Vasunia at p.vasunia AT