The aim of this conference is to bring scholars together from diverse disciplines and institutions, in order to facilitate a productive discourse and exploration of the application of Borderlands theories to the study of the ancient world.
The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group, which facilitates and guides the organization of the conference, unites UCSB faculty and graduate students with common research interests in the history of Mediterranean antiquity, broadly conceived. We are investigating the process by which groups define, create and maintain their identities over time. The creation of boundaries, among ethnic, political, or religious groups, is a dynamic activity that can be reflected, not only by changes in material culture, but also in the rhetorical strategies adopted by ancient authors and the political tactics pursued by those seeking power. As members of several departments, including Classics, History and Religious Studies, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another.
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