Archaia Forum

The Archaia Forum is soliciting papers and participation by graduate students for the academic year 2018-2019! The Archaia Forum invites all graduate students and post-docs whose research engages with the ancient or pre-modern world (including through its modern reception) to share their work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines invested in the study of antiquity and premodernity.

In a departure from previous years, we will devote the Fall semester to bimonthly workshops exploring broad methodological questions of significance to multiple disciplines in the study of individual regions and time periods. Participants may request to present original research in the Fall semester, but the presentation time will be capped to 20 minutes to allow for integration of the topic of the presentation into the broader topic of the session. The emphasis of the Fall semester will be on community-building among students within Archaia-contingent disciplines.

This semester we continue the Archaia Forum (a place for graduate students and post-docs to convene and discuss topics in interdisciplinary study of the pre-modern world) with a series of four workshops culminating in a mini-conference of student work. The focus of the Spring workshop series will be the research and writing process for projects to be submitted as capstones for the Archaia Qualification. The mini-conference in May will feature both works-in-progress and capstone presentations.

Please join us for our first conversation on Tuesday February 12th at 5pm in Phelps 401, at which we will discuss such topics as: What types of research questions merit interdisciplinary research? How does one go about reframing the terms of a research question to render it legible to an interdisciplinary audience? What are the limits one can place on the scope of the question to render it 1. answerable and 2. intellectually interesting to both specialists and non-specialists alike?

Please RSVP to Mary (mary.gilstad@yale.edu) or Joe (joseph.morgan@yale.edu) so that we can get a headcount for procuring refreshments.

Additionally, let us know if you are interested in presenting your research this semester as a capstone or work in progress at the May mini-conference.

With best wishes,

Mary Gilstad and Joe Morgan