Urban life and the built environment in the Roman world December 7 @ 14:00 – December 9 @ 17:00, Leiden

Organised by Miko Flohr, the Urban life and the built environment in the Roman world conference builds upon recent and ongoing discourse in the study of Roman urbanism to explore the relation between architecture and society in the Roman world. While recent decades have seen spectacular developments in the theories and concepts that inform the study of Roman urbanism, not all spheres of urban life have profited equally, a lot of discourse has gravitated around a limited number of showcase sites (particularly Pompeii and Ostia), and there have been relatively few attempts to draw links with the world beyond Central Italy.

This conference focuses on four spheres of activities—religion, politics, commerce, and movement—and brings together specialists focusing on several parts of the Roman world, with a particular focus on the more densely urbanized regions in the Mediterranean. Approaches will vary between micro-scale and more wide-ranging, and issues on the agenda particularly include the identification of regional trends, and the impact of urban development on local communities.

Confirmed speakers include Touatia Amraoui, Marlis Arnhold, Eleanor Betts, Chris Dickenson, Elizabeth Fentress, Miko Flohr, Annette Haug, Patric-Alexander Kreuz, Simon Malmberg, Stephan Mols, Eric Moormann, Cristina Murer, Candace Rice, Amy Russell, Saskia Stevens, Christina Williamson, Andrew Wilson, and Sandra Zanella.

Attendance will be free of cost, but registration will be required in order for us to plan numbers.


Wednesday 7 December
Gravensteen (Pieterskerkhof 6), Room 1.11

I. Urban life between theory and practice
Chair: Eric Moormann, Radboud University

14:15 – 14:45  Introduction: Urbanism, urban space, and urban life (Miko Flohr, Leiden University)

14:45 – 15:30  Multisensory approaches to Roman urban space (Eleanor Betts, Open University (UK))

16:00 – 16:45  Emotion and the City: the example of Pompeii (Annette Haug, University of Kiel)

16:45 – 17:30 Rome – the Moving City: Approaches to the Study of Urban Space (Simon Malmberg, University of Bergen)


Thursday 8 December
Gravensteen (Pieterskerkhof 6), Room 0.11

II. Urbanism and the sacred
Chair:  Tesse Stek, Leiden University

10:00 – 10:45  Urbanizing the sacred landscape. Rural sanctuary complexes in Asia Minor (Christina Williamson, Groningen University)

11:15 – 12:00  Religion in the urbs: Defining the special case of Imperial Rome beyond the political centre (Marlis Arnhold, University of Bonn)

12:00 – 12:45  The Economy of the Sacred (Elizabeth Fentress, Rome).


III. Landscapes and Citizens
Chair: Luuk de Ligt, Leiden University

14:00 – 14:45  Topographical permeability and dynamics of public space in Roman Minturnae (Patric-Alexander Kreuz, University of Jordan in Amman)

14:45 – 15:30  Statues and public life in the cities of Roman Greece: Athens, Corinth and Messene (Chris Dickenson, University of Oxford)

16:00 – 16:45 Political space and the experience of citizenship in Republican Rome: monumentality, interpellation, and performance (Amy Russell, Durham University)

16:45 – 17:30  Female Citizens and Cityscaping in Africa Proconsularis (Cristina Murer, Free University, Berlin)


Friday 9 December
Gravensteen (Pieterskerkhof 6), Room 0.11

IV. Landscapes of Interaction
Chair: Nathalie de Haan, Radboud University Nijmegen

09:30 – 10:15  The urban borderscape as an arena for social, political and cultural interaction (Saskia Stevens, University of Utrecht)

10:15 – 11:00  I risultati delle recenti indagini in una zona suburbana di Pompei. Per una rilettura del dato topografico (Sandra Zanella, Centre Jean Bérard, Naples)

11:30 – 12:15  Roman roads as indicators of urban life: the case of the Via Appia near Rome (Stephan Mols & Eric Moormann, Radboud University Nijmegen)

12:15 – 13:00  The commercial landscape of Roman ports (Candace Rice, University of Edinburgh)


Chair: Tyler Franconi, University of Oxford

14:00 – 14:45  Urban workshops in Roman Africa:  location, ownership and management (Touatia Amraoui, Casa Velazquez, Madrid)

14:45 – 15:30  Public investment and the commercial landscapes of Roman Italy (Miko Flohr, University of Leiden)


V. Concluding Remarks & General Discussion
Chair: Tyler Franconi, University of Oxford

16:00 – 16:20  Concluding Remarks (Andrew Wilson, University of Oxford)

16:20 – 17:00  General Discussion

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