Workshop: “Displaced Communities in the ancient Mediterranean World.”

Friday, November 8, 2019
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

807 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY, 10027

Columbia’s Center for the Ancient Mediterranean presents a one-day workshop:

Displaced Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean World

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One of the most prominent and ironic consequences of the world of modern nation-states has been its paradoxical production of an enormous population of displaced people. What evidence and episodes exist for such communities in the ancient world -refugees, deportees, exiles, metics– especially over the long haul, i.e. communities whose histories we can significantly trace beyond single deportation/exilic incidents? Did they enjoy rights and recognition? Was there a politics of exile and return? Did the presence of displaced people in host communities change the latter over time? How did they interact culturally with their hosts communities? Did they adopt cultural features, modify, and subvert them? Can we trace them through the long-term historical record or do they vanish from sight?



10-10:30 am Marc Van De Mieroop (Columbia University, Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean)



10-30-11:30 am Seth Richardson (University of Chicago)

‘What Are You Demanding That We Feel?’: Displaced and Domesticated, Babylon, 17th c. BC


11:30 am – 12 pm coffee break


12 pm – 1 pm Denise Demetriou (University of California, San Diego)

Immigration, Integration, and Identity: Phoenician Immigrants in Fourth-Century Athens


1-2:10 pm lunch break


2:10-3:10 pm Ellen Morris (Barnard College; Columbia University)

Climate refugees and armed emigration to Egypt in the Late Bronze Age


3:10-4:10 pm Sailakshmi Ramgopal (Columbia University)

Displaced Communities and Associations of Roman Citizens in North Africa and the Western Black Sea Coast


4:10-4:30 pm coffee break


4:30-5:30 pm Erich Gruen (University of California, Berkeley)

Displaced in Diaspora? Jewish Communities in the Graeco-Roman World


5:30 – 6 pm: Closing words and reception

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean
Columbia University
Department of Art History and Archaeology
  1200 Amsterdam Avenue
653-A Ext. Schermerhorn Hall, MC 5517
New York, NY 10027