Yale Workshop in Ancient Societies

This interdisciplinary workshop serves as a meeting ground for those who work on the ancient world at Yale, and is an important forum that allows sustained conversation about a common theme. The workshop meets once a month during the academic year, and is supplemented by the core graduate seminar in the Archaia: Yale Program for the Study of Ancient and Premodern Cultures and Societies. Presenters include Yale faculty and graduate students, as well as occasional visiting professors. The chronological scope of the seminar extends over the first millennium BCE and up through the premodern period; issues of reception are also considered.

The theme for 2017-18 is “Slavery, Dependency, and Genocide in the Ancient and Pre-Modern World.”

Slavery, extreme forms of personal dependency, and genocide are interrelated and persistent problems in world history. From Old Babylonia though Greece and Rome, Han China, Precolumbian Central and South America, and pre-modern Southeast Asia, political and economic hegemons have engineered the captivity, extermination, enslavement, and enserfment of entire populations. The 2017-18 Ancient Societies Workshop explores the implications of this reality at the intra-societal, intercultural, and personal level in an effort to tease out the factors that promote the intensification of these relationships of domination and exploitation. It also proposes to investigate social, cultural, and economic trends that have led to the relaxation or mitigation of these inhumane yet intractable social realities with an eye toward possible implications in the present.

Schedule 2016–17. All meetings start at noon in Phelps 402. A light lunch is served.

Sep. 15 Alice Rio; Kings College London

Oct. 13  Peter Hunt         University of Colorado

Nov. 17 Craig Perry         University of Cincinnati

Dec. 8   Mary Miller        Yale University

Jan. 26  Ulrike Roth         University of Edinburgh

Feb. 23 Michael Jursa    University of Vienna

Mar. 9 Robin Yates; McGill University

Mar. 30 Anthony Reid     University of Sydney

For supplementary materials for the seminars: check the Archaia website.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Classics and History; by the Judaic Studies Program; by the Yale Divinity School; by the Whitney Humanities Center; and by the Yale FAS Dean’s office. For further information or to make suggestions, please contact: noel.lenski@yale.edu