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Nei giorni 5-6-7 novembre a Gothenburg (più nota come Joteborg in Italia), ridente citta' della Svezia meridionale, avranno luogo delle giornate di studio molto dense e articolate su un tema antico, ma sempre attuale "THE FAMILY IN ANTIQUITY" (La famiglia nell'antichita') e, nel caso particolare, qui si discutera' della famiglia romana e greca, in tutti i suoi aspetti e dettagli. Le sedute, come è possibile notare attraverso il programma allegato, sono ricche di interventi per la presenza di un folto numero di emeriti docenti universitari ed esperti provenienti da vari paesi europei ed extraeuropei. Le tre giornate si preannunciano oltremodo interessanti in quanto caratterizate da una serie di interventi di eccezionale spessore culturale e da relazioni su studi recentissimi sull'argomento. Nel programma sono inseriti gli indirizzi email di vari responsabili della organizzazione ai quali rivolgersi per notizie e informazioni particolari. Non dimentichiamo che ci troviamo in Svezia, quindi l'organizzazione sara' sicuramente perfetta sotto tutti i punti di vista.


Below is a the programme for OIKOS FAMILIA The Family in Antiquity: Framing the discipline in the 21st Century.
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14.00 Registration opens
15.00 Opening of the conference and Welcome

Opening keynote lecture Mark Golden (Winnipeg): The future of the Ancient Greek Family

15.45 – 16.15: Coffee

Session I: The construction of kinship: Methods and Texts

Saskia Hin: Building States, Building Families.
Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg: Classical oikos as site for intersectionality
Ann-Cathrin Harders: Beyond domus and oikos: kinship studies
Emily Varto: The Classical Prototypes of Kinship

Session II: Marriage and Children – a family’s hope for the future or a disappointment

Keynote address: Christian Laes: Disabled children in Gregory of Tours

Maria Constantinou: The Dissolution of Marriage: evidence from marriage contracts and divorce documents in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Jayne Draycott: Healthcare at home in Roman Egypt
Rebecca Gowland & Rebecca Redfern: Childhood Health at the core and periphery of Roman world


Session III: Visualising the Ancient Family

Amalia Avramidou: Depictions of women and children pre-classical Corinth
Sandra Karlsson: Family images in Hellenistic funerary art
Jason Manders: Mors Immatura. Portraits of Children on Roman Funerary monuments
Margherita Carucci: Visualising daughters in the Roman Family
Jeannine Uzzi Ethnicity and Sexuality: the non-Roman family and the Roman gaze

Session VI: Religion and the Family

William Bubelis: Not the Oikos: Priesthoods and Succession in Classical Athens
Nicholas Kalospyros: Towards the Allegory of the Oikos: The family and cognates in Philo Judaeus
Katariina Mustakallio:The Sacred Couple in the Roman Context
Outi Sihvonen: Vestal Virgins – Members of Two Different Families?
K.B. Neutal: Importance of Familia to Paul and his audience

Session V: Commemoration of Family Members in the Roman West

Key note address: Maureen Carroll: “No part in earthly things”. The death, burial and commemoration of newborns and infants in Roman Italy

Linnéa Johansson: The Cult of the Genius as a Way of Commemoration
Francesco Trifilò: Vixit Annis: Regional Patterns and Commemoration
Sabine Armani: Nieces and Nephews in Inscriptions from the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

12.00 -13.30 LUNCH

Session VI: The Greek Family

Florence Gherchanoc : Birth festivals in classical Athens
Elke Hartmann: The Concept of the Kyreia in Classical Athens
Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma: Woman as the Pillar of the Family in Greek Funerary Epigrams
Sara Saba: Family and City Policy
Brenda Griffiths-Williams: Continuity and Conflict in Athenian Inheritance disputes

Session VII: Female roles in the Roman family

Marja-Leena Hänninen: Gender, age and status in the Roman wedding
Karen Hersch: Not on the guest list: changing conceptions of the Roman family nuptial riutal
Dimitrios Mantzilas: Laudationes Mulierum as a source for the Roman Family
Pamela Johnston: Family Advisory Councils in the Roman Republic
Hanne Sigismund Nielsen: Who invented the univira?

Session VIII: Greek and Roman childhood and adolescence

Mark Golden: Other People’s Children
Evrydiki Tasopoulou: When Animals Show the Way: parenting and the emotional development of children in Classical Greece
Judit Pásztókai-Szeöke: Mother shrinks and child grows
Janette McWilliam : Aesthetics of Violence and Representations of Roman Children
Claude-Emanuell Challet Centlivres: Youth in Pliny the Younger: Traditional Gender Roles and Beyond

17.15 Keynote lecture Natalie Kampen (New York): Pompeian Painting and Domestic Emotions

18.00 Wine reception

SATURDAY 7th November

Session IX: Roman and Early Medieval Family: across the generations

Liz Gloyn: Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House: The Family as a Philosophical Ideal in Seneca
Ville Vuolanto: Grandmothers and familial power in late antiquity
Emma Southon: Fatherhood in Late Antique Gaul
Photis Vasilou: The Brother-father and sister-mother: biological and constructed relationships in the works of Gregory of Nyssa
Eve Davies: The Life Course and the Family in the Byzantine Empire
Chris Callow: The family from late antiquity to early medieval west 300-600

Session X: Agency, economics and domesticity

Justin Walsh: Artefact assemblages and human agency in ancient house
Lindsay Penner: Female workers in aristocratic Roman Columbaria
Lovisa Brännstedt: Familia urbana of Livilla Drusilla
John Starks: Actresses and the Roman family
Anna Sparreboom: Wet-Nursing in the Roman Empire
April Pudsey: Widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt

Session XI: Dynastic, powerful Hellenistic and Roman families

Omar Coloru: Family dynamics in Seleucid dynasty
Agneta Fulinska: Family Ties in Dynastic Propaganda of the Ptolemies
Jesper Carlsen: The Ahenobarbi and Calvini in Late Republican and Augustan Rome
David Salvo: The use of betrothals, marriages, divorces in the making on an imperial dynasty: the case of the Julio- Claudian dynasty
Gwyneath McIntyre: The creation of a dynasty: Adoption and deification in the Antonine family
Shaun Tougher: Imperial blood: Family relationships in the dynasty of Constantine the Great

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

Session XII: Etruscan and Pre-Roman Family

Key note addres: Marjatta Neilsen: Etruscan familes – the dead and the living
Jenny Högström Berntson: Women, Children and Votives in Magna Graecia
Elisa Perego: Iron Age and early Roman Veneto
Rafael Scopacasa: Familial Segregation and Communal Drinking in Ancient Appenine Italy

Session XIII: Families in Greek literature and drama

Tom Garvey: The House of Nestor
James O’Maley: Homosphrosyne in the Odyssey
Aspasia Skouroumoni: Inside and Out: The Dynamics of Domestic Space in Euripides’ Andromache
Dimitira Kokkini: Euripides Heracles Mainomeons: Domesticating the litmate hero

Session XIV: Family members and politics in ancient texts
Sophia Panaretou: Who was Brauro?
Bryan Natali: Infelix Dido, nun te facta impía tangunt? Putting Dido in her political Context
Ida Östenberg: Killing Fathers: The title Pater Patriae and the deaths of Cicero and Caesar
Nani Moro: Violence and Maltreatment in the Roman Family: The Case of Tiberius Claudius

16.30. – 17.00 Concluding summary: Framing the discipline in the 21st century.

18.30 Concluding Dinner