The Canadian Institute in Greece Biannual Student Conference

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 18:00 to Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 16:00
Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Event Description: 

The 2017 Canadian Institute in Greece Biannual Student Conference: "Regional Identitites in the Greek World"


Keynote Lecturer: Craig Hardiman (University of Waterloo), "Micro-Regionalism, Macro-Regionalism and a Hellenistic Artistic Koine" 

The Hellenistic period is almost defined as non-Regional. The term, coined in the 19th c. means "to make Greek" and the subsequent history of the discipline suggests a cultural koine (commonality) that was consciously spread by Alexander the Great and supported by his successors. And yet the Hellenistic period was also a multi-cultural world where these very successors, their poets and artists, had to communicate to differing populations and were exposed to new ideas and traditions that were very non-Greek. Even within the established "old" Greek world, many scholars are examining regional differentiation and specializing in order to distinguish their region from a "generic' Greek experience. The work that the University of Alberta has done in Thessaly through the Canadian Institute in Greece is but one such example. But how far can regionalism as a methodology take us? Are we discarding a sense of the culturally communal, the very basis for the discipline of Classical Studies, by focussing on small regions and (perhaps) small differences? This paper will explore regionalism within the context of Hellenistic material (especially artistic) production in order to make us more aware of the issues surrounding regionalism as a methodology.

Location: University of Alberta, Business 1-5

Time: 6:00pm, Jan 27


All panels will be held on Jan 28, Tory 2-58

Panel 1: Studies on Material Culture (Chair: Margriet Haagsma)

10:00-10:30: Katherine Bishop, "The Interwoven Effects of Regionalism in Achaia Phthiotis"

10:30-11:00: Karey Thomson, "Utilitarian Pottery and Connectivity in the Late Hellenistic World: On Finding Cooking Pots from Asia Minor and Achaia Phthiotis"

11:00-11:30: Rachel DeGraaf, "Paximadi’s Past: Work on Early Canadian Excavations near Karystos in Euboia"

11:30 – 1:00 LUNCH

Panel 2: Dealing with the Written Sources (Chair: Dr Selina Stewart)

1:00 – 1:30: Jilene Tobin, "Plato’s Theory of Forms"

1:30-2:00: Adam Wiznura, "The Ambiguity of the Status of the Penestai in Thessaly"

2:00 – 2:30: Chris Lougheed, "Symmachus as Socrates: Greek and Roman in the Self-Presentation of a Late Roman Senator"

Panel 3: History and Archaeology of Greek Identity (Chair: Dr Frances Pownall)

2:30-3:00: Toryn Suddaby, "Behind the Artemis Orthia Masks: Engendering Spartan Identity"

3:00-3:30: Gino Canlas, "Roman Perceptions of Thessalian Identities: Philia and Pythion"

3:30-4:00: Kristen Millions, "The Invention of Minoan Religion: Implications of Modern Analyses on the Identities of Ancient Peoples"