Conference to Examine Violence in Antiquity
By BILL SCHLOTTER
Violence and its many representations between 300 and 800 AD will be the subject of an international, four-day conference starting on Thursday, March 20, at UCSB.
"Violence, Victims, and Vindication in Late Antiquity," sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity and the UC Multi-Campus Research Group in Late Antiquity, will present new scholarship on the roles violence played in shaping human life during the period that separates the classical and medieval worlds.
A registration fee of $110 ($55 for students) will be charged, which will cover three breakfasts, a lunch, a brunch, and the conference banquet.
"The aim of this conference is to explore the theme of violence, not only in warfare, but also in literature, law, and material culture," said Hal Drake, professor of history and a member of the conference arrangements committee.
The conference, the fifth in the biennial "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" series, will include 12 panel discussions and three keynote speakers. All will take place in the McCune Conference Room (Room 6020) of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.
Drake said study of the period between 300 and 800 AD has changed in recent years. The period is now thought of as an independent civilization called Late Antiquity and not as a falling classical period or an emerging medieval one.
"Some spectacular advances have been made simply by removing the traditional barriers dividing study of the period between the Germanic West and the Byzantine East," he said.
The keynote speakers and their topics will be: Walter Pohl of the University of Vienna, "Perceptions of Barbarian Violence;" Brent Shaw of the University of Pennsylvania, "Who Were the Circumcellions?"; and Jill Harries of the University of St. Andrews, "Violence, Victims, and the Roman Legal Tradition."
A complete conference schedule and registration information can be found on the conference Web sites, <www.sc.edu/ltantsoc/sf5prog.htm> and <www.sc.edu/ltantsoc/sf5reg.htm>.
Joining Drake on the arrangements committee were UCSB faculty Christine Thomas, associate professor of religious studies, and John W. I. Lee, assistant professor of history. Thomas and Lee also will chair panel discussions, as will Richard Hecht, professor of religious studies.