Monthly Archives: March 2023

Registration Opens for the GHCC Annual Conference: “Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Global Histories 1800-1939”

received from Dr. Guillemette Crouzet (European University Institute) and Dr. Eva Miller (University College London) Dates: 25th – 26th May 2023 Times: 10:00 – 18:15 (25th May) 9:30 – 18:30 (26th May) Location: Occulus 0.04, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL Programme (html) Programme (pdf.) Registration Registration is required for attendance at the conference. There is a small conference fee of £5. The conference will be in person only. The final panel discussion, ‘Whose Heritage?’ is open to all and does not require registration. Overview Since Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798 with a cadre of scientific experts, the Middle East has been framed as the cradle of the world past: the place where civilization began, burgeoning with antiquities, where ancient history was visible in the landscape—or could be made so through the right kind of labour. This framing continues to affect heritage politics and international relations in the region. This conference explores how historical consciousness about the Middle East was reshaped in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and new senses of its ancient past forged through excavation and exegesis of traces of ancient civilisations. How did the emerging disciplines of archaeology and ancient history shape the modern region? How […]

Call for Papers: “Dissolving Kinship in the Early Middle Ages, ca. AD 400-1000”

Received from Dr. Becca Grose and Dr. Alex Traves (University of York) Key Details Date: 1st-2nd June 2023 Location: University of York Confirmed participants external to the University of York: Catherine Cubitt (UEA); Erin Dailey (Leicester), Rachel Stone (Bedfordshire & KCL) Event Abstract Kinship is often treated as a social phenomenon that binds people together permanently through the creation of mutual ties, obligations, and emotions between individuals. Over the last decades, work on family and kinship in the early Middle Ages has addressed the basis of this claim through considering two key issues: i) how new types of kinship ties emerged in the early Middle Ages; ii) how far early-medieval kinship was derived from spiritual or blood ties. However, kinship can also be used to separate as much as bring together, and kinship ties were not always as permanent as might be inferred. The moments where kinship ties were considered to cease offer us the opportunity to investigate how these conceptual differences might shape or be expressed in social behaviour. By considering the extent to which moments of imposed (or initiated) separation can be considered dissolvement of kinship ties, our workshop addresses two related issues. First, our workshop seeks to […]