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    SHIFTING FRONTIERS VI The Sixth Biennial SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY CONFERENCE Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2004
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      The Sixth Biennial
      "Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World"
      University of Illinois � Urbana/Champaign
      17-20 March 2005
      The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Sixth biennial Conference
      on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at the University of
      Illinois � Urbana/Champaign, March 17-20, 2005 on the topic of "Romans,
      Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World" [ca. 200 - 700 AD].
      Recent years have seen an explosion of symposia, conferences, and
      scholarship dealing with new ways of looking at interactions between Romans
      and barbarians and at the fate of the �Roman World� during the fourth
      through the seventh centuries AD. Old, established views have been
      challenged by newer models of cultural interaction, ethnogenesis, and the
      creation, modification, and evolution of barbarian and Roman identity. All
      too often, however, methodological, disciplinary, and even political lines
      have been drawn that inhibit a true interchange of ideas that might lead to
      a reconciliation between some of the different schools of thought.
      Adherents of this or that thesis sometimes do not even attend the same
      This conference will provide a forum for the discussion of the most
      up-to-date research and thought on the fate of the Roman world in the
      context of Roman and barbarian interactions. As in the past, we will be
      particularly concerned to bring together scholars who represent different
      methodological, disciplinary, geographical, and chronological perspectives.
      Possible contributions might deal with topics related to (1) The
      creation/evolution of barbarian and/or Roman identity; (2) The nature of the
      interaction between the Roman and barbarian cultural worlds (e.g. language,
      literature, religion, costume, material culture); (3) The interpretation of
      the evidence of both literature and material culture; (4) Issues of
      continuity/change with regard to social, political, and religious
      institutions; (5) the historiography of perceptions of Romans and barbarians
      and its significance for the modern world; or (6) Theoretical models that
      help to interpret the nature of barbarian-Roman interactions. New approaches
      that perhaps are not subsumed under any of these topics, or that incorporate
      several of them at the same time, are most welcome. We would be particularly
      happy to receive proposals from persons working in fields such as
      linguistics, physical anthropology, and art history, which have not yet been
      heard from very much in the context of the current debates and discussions.
      Proposals should be clearly related to the theme of the conference.
      Proposals should clearly state both the problem being discussed and the
      nature of the new discoveries, insights, or conclusions that will be
      presented. Proposals that are clearly analytical will be preferred over
      proposals that are primarily descriptive. It is expected that proposals will
      relate to new work or discoveries that have not been previously presented at
      any conference. Abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute
      presentations may be submitted via e-mail to Prof. Ralph Mathisen,
      ralphwm@... (Department of History, Univ. of Illinois �
      Urbana/Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA). Deadline for submission of
      abstracts is November 1, 2004. Please note that there is no travel funding
      available for participants, and that the submission of an abstract carries
      with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be

      For other matters relating to the conference, contact Prof. Danuta Shanzer,
      shanzer@... (Department of Classics, Univ. of Illinois �
      Urbana/Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA).
      Conference Schedule:
      November 1, 2004 Abstracts due
      November 15, 2004 Program set and presenters notified
      January 15, 2005 Pre-registration begins
      March 17-20, 2005 Conference assembles
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