Conference “Claiming the Land from Antiquity to Modern Times” (21-22 April 2023)

(c) Bibliotheque National de France

On 21-22 April 2023, the Münster School of Ancient Cultures (MSAC) will host the conference “Claiming the Land from Antiquity to Modern Times”, organised by our former Fellow Antonis Kourkoulakos together with Vasileios Balaskas from the University of Malaga.

Conference announcement by A. Kourkoulakos and V. Balaskas:

“The conference focuses on the socio-political and cultural aspects of land claims by resting on three main pillars: materiality, memory, and identity. These claims are often explicitly tied with societal transformations, political interests, and cultural practices, effectively representing crucial aspects of collective identity and memory. They should be seen as the (by)product of highly politicised mechanisms that extend beyond community boundaries or national territories. By adopting a multidisciplinary perspective, we aim to follow diachronic claiming practices. These pillars will correspond to three sessions that delve into theoretical, methodological, and practical questions regarding land claims:

1. Materiality plays a crucial role in the legitimation process of these claims. Resorting to tangible aspects of culture has often reinforced these demands, which sought to create a material context that could sustain the ideological claims by creating new or competing identities. We are particularly interested in exploring how reclamations of ownership and dominance of land were experienced, sustained, and transformed from antiquity to modern times.

2. Land claims are also closely related to the term ‘memory’ because inventing collective memories contributes to the standardisation of narratives that substantiate allegations. Interpreting memorial practices facilitates the exploration of an imagined past that reaffirms power relations and politics of exclusion.

3. Finally, memory brings to the foreground the concept of identity. The creation of these land claims as symbolic landmarks triggers collective identities that tie communities to territories. Given that the various identities that a community has are not monolithic but highly fluid and dynamic, the documentation and archiving of these identities by past and present memory-holders create new cultural and socio-political concepts that contribute to the creation of new imagined communities.” The conference is aimed at early career researchers with an archaeological, historical, and philological background as well as on classical reception. The geographical scope of the conference includes the European and Near Eastern contexts, while the periodisation ranges from prehistory to modern times.

A round of discussion at the end of each session of the conference will give the opportunity for further exchanging of methodological and theoretical concepts on the issue of land claims. We plan to publish the results of the international conference in a proceedings volume or as a special issue in a high-quality journal.”

  Panel I
09:10Adriana Munoz (National Museums of World Culture) ‘From Oblivion to Conflict: A History of Restitution Cases at The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden’
10:10Antonis Kourkoulakos (University of Münster) & Vasileios Balaskas (University of Malaga) ‘Archaeological Excavations at War: Claiming the Land in Asia Minor (1921-1922)’
10:50Coffee Break
11:10Andreas Ladas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) & Dimitris Papageorgiou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) ‘Making Claims through Built Constructions: The Case of Coastal Sanctuaries in the Eastern Mediterranean during the LBA’
11:30Jason Porter (University of Edinburgh) ‘Slave Custodianship as Quasi-Landownership in Ancient Greece’
11:50Anna Klara Falke (University of Münster) ‘Bridges as Symbols of the Domination over Nature in Roman Times’
  Panel II
14: 30Laura Loporcaro (Ghent University) ‘Claiming the Land as an Exile: Creating a Shared Identity in Ov. Pont. 2.9’
14:50Irma Scaletti (University of Trento & University of Augsburg) ‘Exile and Self-Exile in Martial: The Construction of Literary Identity through Contrast’
15:30Coffee Break
15:50Pamina Fernández Camacho (University of Cadiz) ‘Phoenician Lies, Greek Truths, and Early Modern Appropriations: The Identitary Construction of the founding story of Gades in Str. 3.5.5 and Iust. 44.5 and Its Many Transformations’
16:10Vasileios Balaskas (University of Malaga) ‘Axis Occupation and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus: Artistic Production as Territorial Claim (1941–1942)’
  Panel III
09:00Rik Vaessen (RAAP Archaeological Consultancy) ‘Creating Histories in Past and Present: The Case of Ancient Ionia.’
10:00Alice Solazzo (Università degli studi di Palermo) ‘The Sanctuaries of Athena Areia and Demeter Eleusinia: The Plataeans and the Memory of the Persian Wars’
10:40Coffee Break
11:00Dimitris Papageorgiou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) ‘Claiming a deserted land: identity formation in Amuq valley during the Early Iron Age’
11:20Giovanni Ingarao (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli) ‘“You Ask me for Arcadia? You Ask too much” (Hdt. I, 66): The Spartans and the “Fair Plain” of Tegea’
11:40Romeo Gessaga (Università degli Studi di Pavia & University of Cambridge) ‘Ploughing for a New Jerusalem: Claiming and Abandoning Lands in Roman Phrygia’
12:00Debate and final observations

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