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The Irresistible Sea | Merchants, Marauders, and Migrants

On April 22, 2017 The Graduate Students in the Ancient Greek & Roman Studies M.A. Program will host the fourth-annual Graduate Student Symposium, The Irresistible Sea: Merchants, Marauders, and Migrants.

The details of this event can be appreciated below:

Hosted By: The Ancient Greek and Roman Studies M.A. Program
Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G03

Abstract Due Date: Sunday, January 23rd, 2017
Paper Due Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Professor Kate Birney


More About the Symposium

For millennia, the sea has lured the inhabitants of the Mediterranean to its wine-dark waves. The sea’s imposing swells and fickle winds early on acted as a barrier by preventing exchange and separating peoples and cultures. Though the sea continually evoked fear, man eventually traversed the Mediterranean’s waters with ever-improving technology, turning an obstacle into an avenue for the transference of goods, peoples, and ideas. With these emerging networks came both prosperity and destruction, with many turning to the sea to survive. The Mediterranean Sea shaped the fortunes of individuals and empires alike, a power which it has never lost.

The students of Brandeis University’s Ancient Greek and Roman Studies program invite paper proposals for their 2017 Graduate Student Conference “The Irresistible Sea: Merchants, Marauders, and Migrants” to take place on April 22, 2017. We seek papers that explore the Mediterranean’s ability to cause and facilitate movement, change (physical or metaphorical), and interaction among those ancient peoples living on or near its shores.

We welcome submissions from graduate students from all levels and disciplines including: Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Economics, History, Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies.

Please send your submissions, in the form of a 300 word abstract, in PDF format, before January 23rd, 2017 to brandeisclasgradconf@gmail.com. Presentations will be allotted 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. We will send notifications of acceptance or rejection no later than February 3rd 2017.