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From Athens to Samarqand

Spatial Perception in Antiquity from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Taklamakan Desert

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Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Abstract

Spatial perception in antiquity is a fruitful and intriguing research area that has already received attention since the late 18th century. The development of separate disciplines dealing with different cultures and sources has, however, led to an often-isolated treatment of such topics in the specific fields of history, philology and (historical) linguistics. This conference intends to provide the opportunity to overcome such isolated treatment and to strengthen the cooperation between the fields by establishing interdisciplinary discussions.

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Presentation

Spatial perception in antiquity is a fruitful and intriguing research area that has already received attention since the late 18th century. The development of separate disciplines dealing with different cultures and sources has, however, led to an often-isolated treatment of such topics in the specific fields of History, Philology and (Historical) Linguistics. This conference intends to provide the opportunity to overcome such isolated treatment and to strengthen the cooperation between the fields by establishing interdisciplinary discussions. The conference will cover two millennia (1st millennium BCE – 1st millennium CE) and the vast geographical area of Afro-Eurasia.

The workshop will focus on Spatial Perception in an Imperial Historical and Linguistic Context. The aim is to investigate the impact of Empires on the conceptualisation of various regions and its reflection in imperial language and sources. Borderlands as dynamic regions of constant exchange and mobility serve as suitable environments for the transmission and transformation of ideas. Connecting and challenging different prospects and approaches is one of the key goals of the conference. Our leading questions will be: How are various regions conceptualised through the lens of empire on the one hand and through the lens of imperial Borderlands on the other? How are these frameworks realised in language? What are the consequences of territorial disputes for the conceptualisation of later geographical frameworks? How do Borderlands, their boundaries and their conceptualisations change in relation to trade, mobility and complex processes of exchange?

Submission guidelines

We welcome proposals for 20-minutes papers. The abstract should not exceed 250 words and should be submitted to MWFromAthenstoSmrqnd@gmx.at

by 30th of March 2023.

The conference language will be English.

Early-career scholars are especially encouraged to send us their proposals.

Topics that are related to the above-mentioned research topics are welcomed.

We plan to cover travel and accommodation expenses. However, if a participant has any travel funds from the own respective project or institution, we will greatly appreciate if that could be used. If necessary (due to external factors), we reserve the option to hold the proceedings online.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published in a double-blind peer-reviewed volume in cooperation with the Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC) (Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations). Further details will be announced in due course by email.

The conference will be held on 17, 18 and 19 January 2024.

Scientific committee

  • Florian Posselt (Universität Innsbruck)
  • Alexander Steiner (Universität Innsbruck)
  • Clemens Steinwender (Universität Innsbruck)

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


Date(s)

  • Thursday, March 30, 2023

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Keywords

  • mental mapping, spatial perception, geographical conceptualization, antiquity, historiography, historical geography, Mediterranean, Central Asia, Ancient History, Assyriology, Iranian Studies, Empires, Philology, Linguistics, Afro-Eurasia, Borderlands

Contact(s)

  • Florian Posselt
    courriel : Florian [dot] Posselt [at] uibk [dot] ac [dot] at

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Florian Posselt
    courriel : Florian [dot] Posselt [at] uibk [dot] ac [dot] at

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« From Athens to Samarqand », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1aeb

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