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CFP: Crowned Victor: Competition and Games in the Ancient World from American Philological Association:

CFP: Crowned Victor: Competition and Games in the Ancient World by Samuel J. Huskey at American Philological Association. Published October 26, 2011 at 06:59AM

4th Annual Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Conference

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 3, 2012

Submission Deadline: January 7, 2012

The graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania seek abstracts for the fourth annual Center for Ancient Studies graduate student conference. This conference aims to explore the theme of competition in the ancient world. Competition was a key component of many aspects of life in the ancient world and was found in areas people in the 21st century might not expect. We plan to focus on the role of competition and its associations with society at large, be it in the form of games or sports, interactions between members of a community, rivalries between communities, or the way culture and literature channeled competition. Our goal in presenting this conference will be to compare how competition manifested itself in the disparate societies of the ancient world and highlight similarities across cultures.

The conference invites papers on topics involving competition such as (but, of course, not limited to):

  • Conspicuous consumption and status competition
  • Games as education
  • Competition as a structural force in society
  • Political competition
  • Ancient theories of competition
  • Competition and literature
  • Ideologies of competition
  • Sports and diplomacy
  • Place of athletes in the community

Submissions are welcome from graduate students working on ancient topics in such fields as: Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, East Asian Studies, Classics, Egyptology, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15 minute talk by January 7, 2012 including your contact information (including name, institution, and e-mail) to Arthur T. Jones at ancient@sas.upenn.edu. Speakers will be notified of the status of their submissions by January 15, 2012.