2017 Annual Meeting

Brown University
May 4-6, 2017


Brown University is proud to host the annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians which returns to Providence for the first time since 1989.

This year's meeting addresses a range of themes that will build on current research interests and themes relevant to students in the 21st century classroom. The conference opens on Thursday May 4 and ends on Saturday May 6: there is no Sunday session. The conference organizers have tried to present thematic panels that blend Greek, Roman, and non-Greco-Roman regions/periods of ancient history.

The full Program is now available.

Information on Accommodation is available (Hilton Garden Inn Providence, overlooking India Point Park).

Registration details and payment is available. The deadline for registration for registration and payment for the full conference package is April 27, 2017.

The opening paper session on Harbor Cultures acknowledges the history of Providence and the neighboring region. Rhode Island's association with maritime culture takes us in many directions and of course in antiquity life of the community in and around harbors was an essential ingredient in the connected Mediterranean.
Refugees and Asylum is a topic that is headline grabbing in today's political climate. Our exploration of this theme in antiquity gives us a chance to re-examine the dynamic of contemporary tensions and within the context of the Greco-Roman world and beyond.

Contingency and the ancient economy opens up the vistas on vibrant themes such as finance, institutional structures, and the mentalities of economic actors. Where once Finley was the dominant orthodoxy, New Institutional Economics has perhaps taken hold. Papers on this theme explore both structures and tensions and offer different perspectives on contingent factors that affect and frame our own understanding of the business of everyday life in antiquity.

New religions challenge society and provoke different reactions. In antiquity society could not only embrace new cults but also react against different religious practice. Some of these tensions, and developments in ways in which the irrational was treated, will appear in the plenary address by Professor Woolf and the papers in this panel.
The ways in which slaves and ex-slaves melded (or not) into community is a fascinating and central feature in the social history of the Greco-Roman world. Slavery and justice is a theme of central importance at Brown (CSSJ) University and opens up vistas which connect students of ancient history with historians and social scientists at large.

It is hard for those of us who teach ancient world studies to avoid reception studies. Reception is now a major theme too for ancient history and our three speakers offer different perspectives on 19th and 20th century contexts that enhance our understanding our our subject, discipline, and how we can make ancient history of interest to students less familiar with antiquity.

The annual meeting offers our community of academic, students, and independent scholars a unique opportunity to share insights into current research and teaching that we can bring back to our own work and/or courses on campus.
All the paper sessions, plenary events, and end-of-conference celebration take place on the main Brown campus. The conference hotel overlooks the India Point park, one of the sites that recalls Providence's maritime past. Transportation to and from the Brown campus will be facilitated by an AAH shuttle bus in the morning and at the close of the paper sessions. Note that the conference hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Providence, also offers its own shuttle bus that can transfer participants to and from the Brown campus area (on request).

A reception is offered to all AAH attendees after the Plenary address on Thursday evening. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of local eating in the Thayer Street area close to campus, or Brown Dining Services in the Blue Room in the Faunce building, for Friday and Saturday lunch and Friday dinner. Following the Saturday afternoon's AGM, the end-of-conference meal will take place Saturday evening, part of the full conference package.