Calls for Papers/Jan 10, 2023

Care and Community in Late Antiquity, 300–800 CE

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Care and Community in Late Antiquity, 300–800 CE, University of Edinburgh, May 25–26, 2023

We are delighted to invite papers from postgraduate and early career researchers for the proposed conference ‘Care and Community in Late Antiquity, 300 – 800 CE’, to be hosted at the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, on Friday 25th – Saturday 26th May 2023.

Papers may concern themselves with any time period within the broad range of 300 – 800 CE; we are moreover keen to welcome papers with a diverse geographical range, and which work with any aspect of textual or material culture. Suggested themes include, but are of course not limited to:

  • religious aspects of care and community
  • aspects of medical care
  • care within the household unit
  • methods of organising and distributing care
  • the role of governing powers in administering care
  • methods of creating and/or maintaining (actual/rhetorical) community/s
  • understanding of the self within the community
  • redifining political communities in late antiquity
  • interactions and cross-fertilisation between different models of community
  • changing attitudes towards concepts of community and social obligation
  • conflict and community

The conference will be held in hybrid format; the Friday session will be in person, with the capacity for online attendance, and the Saturday session online-only.