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Othering and the Other. Performing Identity in the Roman Empire

5-16 July, 2021 | Online via Zoom
Othering and the Other. Performing Identity in the Roman Empire
Othering and the Other. Performing Identity in the Roman Empire

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This conference is organised by BioRom - Rome our Home: (Auto)biographical Tradition and the Shaping of Identity(ies) based at the University of Coimbra and it will take place at the University of Évora (CHAIA).

Following our previous panels (Coimbra, June 2019; June 2021), this event will focus on Roman narratives about the other. More specifically, it will explore the ways in which narratives of selfhood and the perceptions of others in different intellectual spheres (literary, historical, legal, epigraphic), material cultures (e.g. archaeology, numismatics) and contexts (e.g. urban, non-urban, provincial) were constructed in the Roman Empire. Possible questions addressed in contributions will include (but are not limited to):

  • How did the Romans define and describe the ‘other’?
  • How did Roman othering impact narratives of the self and self-perception?
  • What were the literary, legal, and material manifestations of regional identity in the Roman Empire?

The conference is composed of three main panels:

Panel 1: Constructing the Other in the Roman Empire (5-8th July)

Panel 2: Local Identities in the Roman Empire (12-13th July)

Panel 3: Local Identities in the Roman Empire: Archeological Evidence (14-16th July)

The Conference Programme and the Booklet of Abstracts are available here: Conference Programme and Booklet of Abstracts

Please note that all sessions are scheduled to take place only in the afternoon.

Registration is free of charge and you can register HERE at any time during the conference.

However, we advise that you register at least two hours before starting the session you would like to attend in order to guarantee that you receive your ZOOM link on time.

After the registration, you will receive confirmation and the Zoom link within two hours.

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Keynote Speakers:

14.00h (Lisbon-London Time)

July 5 – Monday

Carlo Pelloso (University of Verona, Italy)

Classical Roman Law: Being Other and Accepting Otherness

July 8 – Thursday

F.L. Roig Lanzillotta (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

The Specular Self: Mirrors and the Self as Other in the Greco-Roman World

July 12 – Monday

Louise Revell (University of Southampton, UK)

Performing Identities in the Rome’s Western Provinces

July 14 – Wednesday

Trinidad Nogales Basarrate (Director of the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano Merida, Spain)

Augusta Emerita: símbolo de la política de Augusto en Lusitania

July 15 – Thursday

Jesús Bermejo Tirado (University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Straight Outta the Farm: The Social Analysis of Peasant Communities in the Roman Provincial World

July 16 – Friday

Pilar Diarte Blasco (University of Alcalá, Spain)

Defining Post-Roman identities in Hispania: controversy between texts and the archaeological record

TBA – This lecture will take place in the next academic year, 2021-2022

Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, University of London)

The Classical Barbarian. A discontinuous history

BioRom and CHAIA Organising Committee:

Cláudia Teixeira (University of Évora)

José Luís Brandão (University of Coimbra)

Ália Rodrigues (University of Coimbra)

Paulo Simões Rodrigues (University of Évora)

André Carneiro (University of Évora)

Nuno Simões Rodrigues (University of Lisbon)

Scientific Committee:

Carlo Pelloso (University of Verona)

Christopher Pelling (Emeritus Regius Professor of Greek, Oxford University)

Cristina Pimentel (University of Lisbon)

Delfim Leão (University de Coimbra)

Francisco Oliveira (University de Coimbra)

Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta (University of Groningen)

Maria do Céu Fialho (University de Coimbra)

Santiago López Moreda (University of Extremadura)

Timothy Duff (University of Reading)