Penn State 2011

In 2011, the International Network for the Study of Late Antiquity met in conjunction with the Ninth Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference held at Penn State University (University Park) from June 23 to 26, 2011.

Shifting Political Frontiers in late Antiquity

Click here to read a conference report (in German)

  • Wednesday, June 22

    11.00am - 4.00pm Registration
    1.30 - 2.30pm Welcome
    Michael Kulikowski and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner

    2:00 -3:30 pm Session I
    Peter Van Nuffelen (Ghent University): Public Petitions and the Late Antique State
    Alexander Skinner: Centripetal Force in the Fourth Century: Eastern Senate and Western Hellene
    Marco Mattheis (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Political Rituals in the Later Roman Empire

    3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
    4:00 - 5:30 pm Session II A & B

    Session II (A)
    Patrick Sänger (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Petitions and Imperial Law: New Developments during the Severan Dynasty
    Thomas Kruse (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): The strategos and the city council: transformation(s) of local government in third-century Egypt
    Roland Prien (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Invisible elites? A case study on mechanisms of representation from the East Alpine Region

    Session II (B)
    Kevin Uhalde (Ohio University): The Short Life of the Late Roman Penitential Regime
    Young Richard Kim (Calvin College): Bad Bishops Always Corrupt Ignorant Emperors (and Imperial Officials)
    Kalani Craig (Indiana University): Bishops and balancing acts: divine and human agency in Gregory of Tours' vision of political authority

    6:00 - 7:00 pm Reception

  • Thursday, June 23

    9:00 - 11:00 am Registration
    9:00 - 10:30 am Session III
    Kate Cooper (University of Manchester): Province, Empire, and the Will of the Gods: Communication and Church Councils in the Reign of Constantine
    Hugh Elton (Trent University): Making Emperors in the Eastern Roman Empire in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries

    10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break

    11:00 - 12:30 pm Session IV A & B

    Session IV (A)
    Sebastian Gairhos (Romisches Museum/Stadtarchäologie Stadt Augsburg): The End of the World (as we know it). The administrative function of the late Roman frontier in South Germany
    Craig H. Caldwell (University of Georgia): In Praise of Mining in the Late Roman and Post-Roman West
    Martijn Icks (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Elevating the Unworthy: Negative Assessments of Imperial Accessions, AD 284-395

    Session IV (B)
    T. Christopher Lawrence (Penn State University): The last Roman? Flavius Aetius in the political life of the Huns
    Marie Roux (Université Paris Ouest nanterre la Défence, Paris): The praetorian prefecture of Gaul (337 - 473 AD): from the core of Roman administrative government to the margins of Southern Gaul and scale of dignities
    Corisande Fenwick (Stanford University): Rural Settlement and the Politics of land in Late Antique North Africa (400-700)

    12:30 - 2:00 pm SF/ILAN business meeting and discussion

    2:00 - 3:30 pm Session V
    Anne Hunnell Chen (Columbia University): The Politics of Family in Tetrarchic Visual CultureMeaghan McEvoy (Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford): Child-Emperors and the Transformation of the imperial office in Late Antiquity
    Kerstin Sänger-Böhm (University of Vienna): Constructing the empress: continuity or discontinuity of the public image of third-century female imperial titulature

    3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
    4:00 - 5:30 pm Session VI A & B

    Session VI (A)
    Scott McDonough (William Paterson University): For the glory of whom? Aristocratic and imperial competition in the churches of Ayrarat, 591–680 CE
    Lajos Berkes (Institut für Papyrologie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Change and continuity in the village administration of Byzantine and Early Islamic Egypt: the case of village headmen
    Roland Steinacher (University of Vienna): 'Ethnicity' and Rome? Politics, local identities and new questions for old problems

    Session VI (B)
    Sarah E. Bond (Washington and Lee University): Compel them to come in': political exclusion, heretics, and the application of infamia in Late Antiquity
    Adam Levine (Corpus Christi College, Oxford University): The Image of Christ and Identity Politics in Late Antiquity

    5:45 - 6:45 pm Plenary Lecture
    Hartmut Leppin, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt 'Justinian under Justin'

    7:00 - 8:00 pm Reception

  • Friday, June 24

    9:00 - 10:30 am Session VII
    Jan Willem Drijvers (University of Groningen): Culture of Imperial Leadership in Late Antiquity
    Noel Lenski (University of Colorado): The Visigothic settlement of 418 and the politics of barbarian resettlement over the longue durée

    10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break
    11:00 - 12:30 pm Session VIII A & B

    Session VIII (A)
    Muriel Moser (University of Cambridge): Golden statues for a Praetorian Prefect: re-asserting imperial authority in Late Antiquity
    John Weisweiler (University of Chicago): The Sharpening Pyramid: The Senatorial Office-holding System in Early and Late Empire
    Sanne van Poppel (Radboud University Nijmegen): The Ardent Desire of both Senate and the People': Imperial Presence in Rome in Late Antique Panegyrics

    Session VIII (B)
    Sean Lafferty (Trinity College, University of Toronto): Law and order in the age of Theoderic the Great (493-526)
    Antonio Donato (Queens College, CUNY): Politics and the Philosopher in Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy
    Christine Radtki (University of Cologne): The Ideal Prince: Theodoric as civilis princeps in Ostrogothic Italy

    12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break

    2:00 - 3:30 pm Session IX
    Linda Jones Hall (St. Mary's College of Maryland): Crispus, fortissimus Caesar: the testimony of Optatianus Porfyrius
    Sebastian Schmidt Hofner (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg): Law as communication: legislation and dynastic change, AD 364-365
    Gavin Kelly (University of Edinburgh): The Political Crisis of 375-376

    3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
    4:00 - 5:30 pm Sessions X A & B

    Session X (A)
    Ralf Bockmann (Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte, Landesamt fuer Denkmalpflege und Archaeologie Sachsen-Anhalt): Felix Karthago and the consequences: center and periphery in Vandal North Africa
    Eric Fournier (West Chester University of Pennsylvania): Reacting Emperors and Proactive Barbarians? The Case of Vandal Africa
    Robin Whelan (University of Cambridge): The politics of re-integration: patronage and power in reconquest Carthage

    Session X (B)
    Manuela Kessler (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt): The religious policies of emperor Marcian before the council of Chalcedon
    Clare Coombe (University of Reading): The Return of the Giants: Politics, Power and Cosmic Upheaval in the Poetry of Claudian
    Eirini Zisimou (University of Birmingham): Church and Politics in Early Christian Greece

    5:45 - 6:45pm Plenary Lecture
    Simon Corcoran, University College London: Shifting Fragments: Making Sense of New and Old Evidence for the Gregorian Code and its Context

    7:00 - 8:00pm Reception
    8:00 - 10:00pm Banquet

  • Saturday, June 25

    8:30 - 10:00am Session XI
    Hans-Ulrich Wiemer (Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen): Voces populi: Acclamations as a means of political communication in the Later Roman Empire
    Christopher Kelly (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge): Pliny and Pacatus: Past and Present in Imperial Panegyric

    10:00 - 10:30am Coffee Break
    10:30am - 12:00pm Session XII A & B

    Session XII (A)
    Lieve Van Hoof (Research Foundation, Flanders): Rhetoric as an entrance ticket to the senate: Politics and Paideia in the Fourth Century AD
    Mark Tizzoni (University of Leeds): Dracontius' Poetry and the Politics of Vandal North Africa
    Johannes Wienand (Heidelberg): Performing Gratitude: Aristocratic Competition and the Consular Speech of Thanks in Late Antiquity

    Session XII (B)
    Mary Frances Williams (Independent Scholar): Theodosius I and the New Political Imperative to Fight Tyranny
    Richard Flower (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge): tamquam Figmentum Hominis: Ammianus, Constantius II and the Portrayal of Imperial Ritual
    Hartmut G. Ziche (University of the Antilles and Guyane): The Bureaucrats of the Fourth and Fifth Century, An Emerging Socio-Economic Group