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Shifting Frontiers Conference

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    CONFERENCE REMINDER SHIFTING FRONTIERS VI The Sixth Biennial SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY CONFERENCE Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 19, 2004
      CONFERENCE REMINDER
      SHIFTING FRONTIERS VI
      The Sixth Biennial
      SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY CONFERENCE
      "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 conferences.
      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
      accepted.

      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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