Upcoming meetings

9-11 March 2020, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Conference: Time & Society in Ancient Cultures

This multidisciplinary conference addresses the question of how social constructs of time shaped the political, social, cultural and artistic life from the third millennium BC until the Early Middle Ages. Speakers are asked to address questions related to the following three themes.

Time & Space: e.g. How do societies coordinate the use of public spaces temporally? How are time measuring devices used symbolically in public space? How are time and space represented and connected in art and literary images? What narrative tools are used for the coordination of space and time?  How is the knowledge of chronological systems shared and transmitted across large territories?

Time & Identity: e.g. How are feast days used in identification processes? How are memories and stories of the past used in identification processes? How does the temporal coordination of activities affect the creation of communities, or lead to conflicts within them? How are chronological systems used to identify ‘others’?

Time & Knowledge: e.g. Who possessed knowledge about time within social groups? How can this knowledge be used and misused for political purposes? Under which circumstances does knowledge about time advance or spread? How does the knowledge of time interact with knowledge of other fields, such as medicine? How is temporal knowledge shaped in literature?

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Dr. Joachim Quack (Heidelberg), Dr. Lasse Sonne (Copenhagen), Prof. Dr. Sacha Stern (London)


Previous meetings

21-22 June 2019, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Klausurtreffen zum Quellenband

2-4 Nov 2018, Karlsruhe

Klausurtreffen zum Quellenband

24-26 May 2018, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Conference: Social Time in the Ancient World: Rhythms and Rituals

Keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. James Ker & Prof. Dr. Walther Sallaberger

The conference investigates how people in the ancient world structured and perceived time through the regular repetition of certain acts, such as religious ceremonies, economic activities, political acts or even practices as mundane as eating. How are these practices and perceptions represented in texts and objects? In how far could religious or political authorities influence the rhythms of society? Which religious conceptions are embedded in the temporal organization of cult or in the calendar? How could specific temporal patterns separate and unite communities? How were days characterized as favorable or unlucky and what was the effect of this in daily life? How is the conventional beginning or ending of a year determined by and symbolized in rituals? These are just some of the many questions that can be addressed within this broad topic.

Flyer Amsterdam

27-29 October 2017, Burg Fürsteneck

Klausurtreffen zum Quellenband

2-4 March 2017, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Tagung: Soziale Zeit im Altertum: Forschungsthemen und -perspektiven

Gastreferenten: Prof. Dr. Barbara Adam & Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke

Programme Frankfurt