Call for Papers


A Graduate Colloquium at Yale University

Aelius Aristides praised it; Bar Kokhba fought it; Lucian railed against it before working for it. Roman power elicited various and divergent reactions from provincials, ranging from open revolt to enthusiastic acceptance, from resigned hostility to the imperial tax collector to active appropriation of Roman cultural traits.

The graduate students of the Classics, History and History of Art Departments of Yale University invite papers for their upcoming graduate student colloquium, "Provincials and Empire", to be held in New Haven, Connecticut, on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2008. Graduate Students are invited to submit abstracts for papers that consider aspects of provincial attitudes and responses to Roman power, from the Late Republic through Late Antiquity. We encourage diverse disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, literature, numismatics, papyrology and religious studies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

- Provincials' attitudes towards emperors and imperial ideology.
- Provincials' appropriation and re-interpretation of Roman culture.
- Religious responses to Roman power.
- Local art and imperial themes.
- Provincials' relations with imperial governors and soldiers.
- Provincial loyalty in times of civil wars or invasions.
- Rebels, revolts, traitors.

Clifford Ando, Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago, author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire (2000) and the forthcoming The Matter of the Gods, will deliver the keynote address.

Anonymous abstracts, of no more than one page in length, should be received by Friday, January 18, 2008. Please indicate your name, institution, degree, specialization, abstract title and any audio-visual equipment you may require on a separate document. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please direct all abstracts and enquiries to conference organizers FĂ©lix Racine, Tristan Taylor and Katherine Lochbrunner Weiss at prov.conference AT Money will be available to assist participants with their travel expenses.