An interesting read. Everything you ever wanted to know about Goths (includes late antique sources of information as well as the Germania): Mike Anderson’s Ancient History Blog: Goths – The Greatest of the German Tribes.
From the announcements mail out of the ASCS Hon Sec. Bruce Marshall, comes this call for papers.
South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions Conference
The conference will be held at the Museo Italiano in Carlton, Melbourne between 17th and 21st July, 2012.
Hosted by the Centre for Greek Studies and the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, this conference will focus on the movement of people and interactions of culture in the region of Southern Italy and Sicily from antiquity until the present. This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to foster critical analysis of geographical and chronological interconnections between Southern Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean. Consideration of cultural interaction, population movements, and changing religious and philosophical ideas over a period of approximately 3000 years will prompt scholarly discussion around continuity and change over time in this region of the Mediterranean.
Abstracts of 300 words are being sought from academics and graduate students. Abstracts should be sent to Sarah Midford at email@example.com before 6th February 2012. Papers will be programmed into 30 minute timeslots and should be no longer than 20 minutes.
South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions Conference, Melbourne 17-21st July 2012: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/about/events/cultural-interactions-conference/
Humanity’s ascent from biological agent to geological agent through its history, and the challenges to historical thinking this presents.
The discussion about the crisis of climate change can thus produce affect and knowledge about collective human pasts and futures that work at the limits of historical understanding. We experience specific effects of the crisis but not the whole phenomenon.