A Symposium on Mobility, hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 10th-11th December, 2020

Mobility of people and objects characterizes the world today, as well as the human past was filled with types of movement early on. This symposium specifically focuses on the Mediterranean region, including the Southern Levant.

As an interdisciplinary initiative, this symposium will bring together a diverse group of specialists from fields such as history and archaeology, sociology, anthropology, classical philology and philosophy, theology and religious studies. For further information, see https://blogs.helsinki.fi/med-flows/

Nota bene: Times are Helsinki (East European winter time zone). The allocated time for speakers is 15 minutes for the talk, plus 10 minutes for questions.

Thursday, December 10

11.15 A brief welcome note by the organisers (chair: Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz)

11.30-12.30 Session 1: Mobility – Ancient and Modern (chair: Maijastina Kahlos)

    Greg Woolf, “What we take with us, what we leave behind”
    Lena Näre, “Collective imaginaries in migration – Notes on how hope and rumours move people”

12.45-13.30   Break

13.30-14.30   Session 2: A Mediterranean of Interaction (transport, trade, politics) (chair: Melanie Wasmuth)

    Sarah Green, “Mediterranean animal movements”
    Antti Lampinen, “Condemning mobility: Identity politics and the fear of reverse colonization in the Roman Imperial era”

14.45-15.00   Break

15.00-16.00   Session 3: The World of Beliefs (ideas, values, religion) (chair: Anna Usacheva)

    Peter Singer, “Students and texts in motion: Medical and philosophical intellectual communities in the second century CE”
    Miira Tuominen,”The ’movement’ of Aristotle’s theory of perception in the commentaries of Philoponus and Pseudo-Simplicius (Priscian?)”

Friday, December 11

11.30-12.30     Session 4: Materiality and Movement (objects in motion) (chair: Tero Alstola)

    David Inglis, “The world flows with Mediterranean wine: On the roles of Mare Nostrum in global wine dynamics”
    Andras Handl, “Bones in motion: Long distance relic translations in late antiquity”

12.45-13.30   Break

13.30-15.00   Sessions 5-6: Intersectional Identities in Motion (recreated selves) and Mobility across Boundaries (theoretical approaches) (chair: Suzie Thomas)

    Pieter B. Hartog, “Reading Acts in motion: Travel and glocalisation in the Acts of the Apostles”
    Pascucci & Krivonos, “Flowing labour: Race, gender and intimacies in transnational mobilities”
    James Gerrard, “Travelling Britannia: A diachronic perspective on the movement of people and things on the Roman periphery”

15.00 Final discussion and closure of the symposium (chair: Elisa Uusimäki)

The symposium will take place on Zoom and is open to all.
We kindly ask you to register to the symposium (by 9 December) via the following link (you will receive the Zoom link after you have submitted the registration form):

The Medflows committee
Maijastina Kahlos, Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz, Anna Usacheca & Elisa Uusimäki

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