Late Antiquity Network (CLANS) [2008-2015]

From 2008 to 2015


About

Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar (CLANS)

Theme 2014-15 :  A Global Late Antiquity
 

Late antique and early medieval studies have, in the past three decades, become an important growth area across several disciplines. This has been driven by a move away from the traditional narrative of “decline and fall” towards an approach that stresses elements of transformation and continuity linking the periods traditionally labelled as ‘Late Roman’, ‘Medieval’ and ‘Byzantine’. This revitalised interest has been reflected in the establishment of interdisciplinary research centres dedicated to the period at many universities, both in the UK and abroad. Cambridge has until now been lacking any such structure, with the result that academic staff and graduate students working on the late and post-Roman world, dispersed as they are across a number of different faculties and departments, have not had any regular opportunities for common discussion. The aim of this seminar is to bridge the gap between these different departments and facilitate exchanges between them, as well as fostering a greater sense of community among academics working on this period.

The seminar takes as its scope the period from the later third century down to the tenth, in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, approaching the question of the transition from the ancient to the medieval world from as wide a chronological and geographical angle as possible, in order to take fullest advantage of the broad range of academic talent and approaches within Cambridge. The seminar is intended primarily for papers by speakers from outside Cambridge, in order to create more opportunities to form links with specialists from other universities in an informal context.

 

Further information or to join our mailing list, email cambridgelateant@gmail.com

Conveners

Conveners

Douglas Whalin  (Faculty of History)
SamOtterwill-Soulsby (Faculty of History)
Robert Evans (Ordinand, Faculty of Divinity)
 

Previous Conveners
Robin Whelan  (Faculty of Classics)
Richard Flower (University of Cambridge)
Dr Alice Rio (university of Cambridge)

 

Faculty Advisors

Dr Thomas Graumann  (Faculty of Divinity)
Dr Christopher Kelly  (Faculty of Classics)
Professor Rosamond McKitterick  (Faculty of History)
Dr Peter Sarris  (Faculty of History)
Professor James Montgomery  (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr Sam Lucy (Department of Archaeology)
 

Past events

Late Antiquity Network
Late antiquity: grand narrative or dissolving the centre?
14 October 2008, CRASSH
Middle Eastern elites from late antiquity to early Islam: continuity or change?
11 November 2008, CRASSH
Bits and pieces: why historians should think about small metal objects from the ninth century
25 November 2008, CRASSH
Byzantine Iconoclasm did not exist - Why did we invent it?
13 October 2009, CRASSH
The Last Statues of Antiquity
27 October 2009, CRASSH
St Wilfred on the Continent: The View from across the Channel
10 November 2009, CRASSH
Pagan Challenge-Christian Response: Emperor Julian and Gregory of Nazianzus
24 November 2009, CRASSH
The Vikings in Northumbria (793-876)
19 January 2010, CRASSH
CANCELLED At the cutting edge: the role of church councils in the growth of Christianity
02 February 2010, CRASSH
Leofric, Athelstan and the Exeter Relic Collection
16 February 2010, CRASSH
Witnesses and Documents in Islamic Law
02 March 2010, CRASSH
Can We Know Anything about the Beliefs of the Laity in pre-Christian and Early Christian England?
27 April 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Body and Soul: Asceticism and Gender Roles in Late Antiquity
11 May 2010, Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College
Sacred Books and Religious Pluralism in Late Antiquity
12 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Greg Woolf (University of St. Andrews)
Politics and Warfare in the Seventh Century
26 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof James Howard-Johnston (Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford)
From Galla Placidia to Eirene: the Development of the Imperial Office.'
09 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Judith Herrin (King's College London)
The Rise of Arabic and Demise of Aramaic in Late Antique Provincia Arabia
23 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Robert Hoyland (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)
The End of the Late Antique State in the West
25 January 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Guy Halsall (York)
Social Dynamics of Barbarian Settlement
08 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Matthew Innes (Birkbeck, London)
The Liber Pontificalis, St Peter's Basilica and the Politics of Papal Burial in the Early Middle Ages
22 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof. Rosamond McKitterick (Sidney Sussex College)
Can we Reconstruct the Colonate?
08 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Boudewijn Sirks (All Souls, Oxford)
Anglo-Saxons, Rome, and the Coronation of Charlemagne
03 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Marios Costambeys (Liverpool)
Masters of Time and Space: The Universal Authority of the Carolingian Dynasty, 751 to 888
17 May 2011,
Stuart Airlie (Glasgow)
Counting the Treasure: a Late Antique Framework for Valuing Gold and Silver in Germanic Europe
31 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
John Hines (Cardiff)
The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages
14 June 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Ian Wood (Leeds)
Byzantium and the Feudal Revolution
11 October 2011, CRASSH
Dr Mark Whittow (Oxford)
The Defense of Rome in Gothic Italy: Pope Symmachus and the Sylloge of Cambridge
25 October 2011, CRASSH
Professor Claire Sotinel (Université Paris-Est, Créteil Val de Marne)
Anglo-Saxons, Rome, and the Coronation of Charlemagne
08 November 2011, CRASSH
Dr Marios Costambeys (University of Liverpool)
Barbarians and pseudo-Barbarians in Late Antiquity
22 November 2011, CRASSH
Dr Alex Woolf (St Andrews)
Kings, Franks and Pseudo-Isidore: Problems of Lordship in Late Ninth-Century Frankia
24 January 2012,
Dr Charles West (Sheffield)
The Late Antique City: Models of Change
07 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Luke Lavan (Kent)
Oh, Let us never, never doubt: The Churches of Early Medieval Spain before, during and after the Arab Conquest
21 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Roger Collins (Edinburgh)
Roman Law for Dummies: the Summa Perusina and Legal Learning in Early Mediaeval Italy
01 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Simon Corcoran (UCL)
God's Caliph Reconsidered: Authority in Early Islam
15 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor* NB Different room today
Andrew Marsham (Edinburgh). NB The group will meet on the First Floor today (S1)*
Cancelled-Late Antiquity (CLANS)
10 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
'After Rome' in rural Britain?
24 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Dr Ros Faith (Oxford)
The Carolingians and Old Saint Peter's, Rome
07 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Prof Jo Story (Leicester)
Towards a History of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity
21 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Prof Stephen Mitchell
Otto I's Invasion of Italy and the Writing of Ottonian Queenship
23 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Dr Simon Maclean (St Andrews)
The divisio regni of 364: An End to Unity?
06 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Dr Jan Willem Drijvers (Groningen)
The Donatist Controversy, 250-1150: Purity, Memory, and Priestly Office in the Latin West
20 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Conrad Leyser (Oxford)

The Vandals' Messiah: Another Look at King Gelimer
06 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Andy Merrills (Leicester)

Imperial Collegiality and its Implications (161-582)
01 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Prof Timothy Barnes (Edingburgh)

Was the Qu'ran codified under 'Abd al-Malik?
22 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor* (NB The group will meet in a different room, date and time today*)

Dr Nicolai Sinai (Oxford) NB The group will meet in a different room, date and time today*

Late Antiquity and World History
29 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Prof Mark Humphries (Swansea)

CANCELLED-CLANS 'Rights and Sacraments': The Ius Romanum and the Ius Ecclesiasticum in Late Antiquity
12 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Caroline Humfress (Birkbeck College, London) NB Seminar starts at 6.00pm today

Gibbon on Islam
22 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Garth Fowden (Cambridge) at CLANS

The Late Roman Prison
05 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Julia Hillner (Bonn and Sheffield) at CLANS

Roman City and Byzantine Countryside
19 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Philipp Niewöhner (Oxford) AT CLANS

Bede and Easter Controversy
03 December 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Lord Rowan Williams (Cambridge) AT CLANS

Penal Enslavement
14 January 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Alice Rio (KCL) at Late Antiquity (CLANS)

Church Canons, 400-900 A.D.
11 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*

Rachel Stone (KCL) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

Changing Perceptions of Romanitas
25 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S3, 3rd floor* (NB Different room)

Leslie Webster (BM/UCL) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

Imperial Relics in Gaul
11 March 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Stefan Esders (Berlin) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

Procopius and Malalas
06 May 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Professor Geoffrey Greatrex (University of Ottawa) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

Eschatological Thought around the Year 1000
20 May 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Katy Cubitt (York) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

Social History of Byzantium
03 June 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Claudia Rapp (Viena) at Late Antiquity Network (CLANS)

The Roman Past of al-Andalus
22 October 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Ann Christys (Independent) at CLANS

CANCELLED -CLANS
05 November 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building
The Legacy of a Late Antique Prophecy
19 November 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Levi Roach (Exeter) at CLANS

Historia Ecclesiastica and Bede after Bede
03 December 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Lesley Abrams (Balliol, Oxford) at CLANS

Constantine's Conversion-Christianisation of the Empire
14 January 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Peter Heather (KCL) at CLANS

The End of Civilization: North Sea
28 January 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Catherine Hills (Cambridge) at CLANS

Visualising Dress and Personal Appearance
11 February 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Ellen Swift (Kent) -Late Antiquity CLANS

The Formation of Arian Identity in the Barbarian West
25 February 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion) at CLANS

How Can We Write Pre-Modern Global History?
11 March 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Naomi Standen (Birmingham) at  CLANS

Geopolitics or Geo-ecclesiology? Chalcedonian Conflict
22 April 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Philippe Bleaudeau (Angers) at CLANS

Court Cases: Northern Iberia 9th-10th Centuries
06 May 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Wendy Davies (UCL) at CLANS

The Birth of 'Scientific' Heresiology in Late Antiquity
20 May 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Richard Flower (Exeter) at CLANS