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From the announcements mail out of the ASCS Hon Sec. Bruce Marshall, comes this call for papers.

From the Inside Looking Out: Alterity and Creating the Other in Ancient History

The 1st Annual Graduate Conference in Ancient History of the Joint Collaborative Programme in Ancient Greek and Roman History (University of Toronto and York University = ColPAH).

April 27-28, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Sara Forsdyke, University of Michigan

The historical record is full of places, people, and practices characterized as strange or somehow different from the predominant cultural groups of any given time. Most often these reputations are created by those within the mainstream as they attempt to articulate how these outsider groups are distinctive from themselves. This conference will focus on how the identities of such groups are created, communicated, and disseminated to become something that is considered strange, alien or in some way peculiar. How did people in the ancient world perceive people, places and practices that were “strange” to them? How are these perceptions manifested and transmitted in the historical record? Finally, since the creation of such identities affects our own modern perception of these “others”, what lasting effects and prejudices do these portrayals engender in the treatment of such marginalized groups within contemporary scholarship?

We welcome and encourage submissions from all areas and aspects of ancient history, including but not limited to history of religion, material culture, social history, anthropology, iconography and historiography. Interested graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to submit titled abstracts of up to 250 words for papers of approximately 15-20 minutes in length to colpah@gmail.com before January 15, 2012. For more information on the Joint Collaborative Programme in Ancient Greek and Roman History please visit http://www.yorku.ca/gradhist/collaborative/.

Thank you,
ColPAH Graduate Conference Organizing Committee