The Center for Late Ancient Studies sponsors an annual symposium that brings speakers from across the field of late ancient studies to Duke’s campus.
Information and photographs from recent CLAS Symposium events can be found below. For upcoming events, click here for the page for CLAS lectures.
Spring 2019 Symposium
Race and Ethnicity in Classical and Late Antiquity
Friday, March 29, 2:00-4:30pm
Location: Bostock 127 (The Edge Workshop)
Spring 2018 Symposium
De Malo: Evil and Theodicy in Late Antiquity
Spring 2017 Symposium
Traces and Echoes: Scribal Culture, Texts and Orality in Late Antiquity
Description: Textual artifacts provide scholars vital tools for reconstructing and studying the nature and inter-relationship of authors, texts, and textual communities in the ancient world. In the field of Late Antiquity, paleographical, papyrological, and codicological skills equip researchers for exploring issues ranging from scribal culture and textual transmission to reconstructing orality and reimagining shades of “literacy.” This CLAS symposium addresses the following questions: What can graphic and paratextual features of texts reveal about orality, composition practices, and the sociability of texts in the ancient world? What similarities and differences exist between Christian and non-Christian scribal practices and what can these reveal about the nature and relationship of distinct religious communities? What are future frontiers for research? What are the implications of the digital humanities for the study of the ancient world?
Spring 2016 Symposium
De morte: Death and the Afterlife in Late Antiquity
Spring 2015 Symposium: “Inside the Historian’s Craft” (see poster here)
Spring 2014 Symposium: “Sophisticated Conversation: Speech, Power, and Identity in Late Antiquity,” Aaron Johnson and Laura Nasrallah (see poster here)
Late Antiquity made New:
A Celebration of the Work of Elizabeth A. Clark
April 11-13, 2013
Spring 2011 Symposium: “Late Ancient Re-Readings: Interpretation and Appropriation in Late Antiquity,” featuring presentations from Elisabeth DePalma Digeser (UCSB) and Kevin Uhalde (University of Ohio), February 8, 2011.
Spring 2010 Symposium: “The Erotic in Late Ancient Muslim/Christian Encounters,” featuring presentations Gabriel Said Reynolds (University of Notre Dame) and Thomas Sizgorich (UC Irvine), January 29, 2010.