Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar at Sidney Sussex College, UK

Publish Date: Jan 21, 2016

Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar at Sidney Sussex College

CLANS is an interdisciplinary seminar that aims to promote the study of Late Antiquity at Cambridge, by inviting scholars from across the disciplines of Archaeology, Classics, History and Divinity to present their latest research. Our scope is the period from the later 3rd century down to the 10th century, approaching the question of the transition from the ancient to the medieval world from as wide a chronological and geographical angle as possible.

Late antique and early medieval studies have, in the past three decades, become an important growth area across several disciplines. This has been driven by a move away from the traditional narrative of “decline and fall” towards an approach that stresses elements of transformation and continuity linking these periods. However, academic staff and graduate students working on the late and post-Roman world, dispersed as they are across a number of different faculties and departments, have not had any regular opportunities for common discussion.

As such, the aim of this seminar is to bridge the gap between these different departments and facilitate exchanges between them, as well as fostering a greater sense of community among students and academics working on this period.

Where: Chapel Court Room 1, Sidney Sussex College

When: 5pm on alternate Tuesdays during Michaelmas and Lent terms

Provisional Schedule:


20th October - Prof. Ildar Garipzanov - Christograms as Symbols of Authority in the Late Roman Empire

3rd November -  Prof. Mark Edwards - From Giants to Judas: Cain and his Brood in Late Antiquity

17th November - Dr Andy Seaman - Views from the West: The Roman to Medieval Transition in Wales

1st December - Dr Gavin Kelly - Historical Perspectives in Translating Ammianus Marcellinus


19th January - Dr James Palmer - Eschatology |St Andrews

2nd February - Dr Harry Munt - Pilgrimage and the caliphs in the early Islamic centuries | York

16th February - Rev. Simon Coupland - Archaeology, Numismatics and the Viking Age | Cambridge

1st March - Prof. Rosamond McKitterick - TBA | Cambridge

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