Religion in Pieces An Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
April 27th-29th, 2012


Program Schedule
Please note: all sessions will be held at Rhode Island Hall (the Joukowsky Institute), on the Brown University Campus.


Friday, April 27th 2012


5:30-7 pm: Reception
7:00pm:
Introduction and
Welcome
Jeffrey Brodd, President, Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Susan Alcock, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
7:15pm:
Keynote Address
Christopher Faraone, University of Chicago:
Connecting the Dots: Making Sense of the Fragmentary Evidence for Ancient Greek Magic

Saturday, April 28th 2012

9:00-10:15am

Ancient Israel, Greece and the Near East
Janling Fu, Harvard University, "Fragments Left Over: Ritual Practice and Intimate Privilege in Ancient Israel"

Sarah Morris, University of California at Los Angeles, "Infanticide in Pieces: Fragments of Discourse and Practice on Infant Mortality in Greece and the Near East"
10:15-11:30am

Greek Religion
Nassos Papalexandrou, University of Texas, Austin, "Frustrating Fragments and Messy Contexts: Orientalizing Cauldrons and their Significance in Greek Religion"

Maya Muratov, Adelphi University, "A Headless Half-Horse, Three Bottomless Amphorae, and a Few Scythian Arrows on the Temenos of Pantikapaion: Sacrifice or Magic?"
11:30-11:45am
COFFEE BREAK
11:45-1:30pm

Greek Mysteries
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, Bryn Mawr College, "Broken Snatches of Sweet Melody: Piecing Together the Orphic Rhapsodies"

Thomas Blanton, Luther College, "Significant Nonsense: Denotation and Connotation in the 'Great' Tablet from Thurii"

Sandy Blakely, Emory University, "Broken Data, Robust Models: A Digital Response to the Samothracian Mysteries"
1:30-3:00pm
LUNCH BREAK
3:00-4:00pm

Greek Ritual
Esther Eidinow, University of Nottingham, and Lisa Maurizio, Bates College, "Fragments and Fabrications: Reconstructing Women's Ritual Competence"
4:00-4:15pm
COFFEE BREAK
4:15-5:30pm

Greece and Rome
Shane Hawkins, Carleton University, “Hipponax and the Umbrella Man”


Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Stanford University, "Religion in Fragments: Naevius at the Crossroads of Greece and Rome"
5:30-6:45pm


Etruria and Italia
Mareile Haase, University of Toronto, "Piecing Together Etruscan Religion: The Case of Sacrificial Representations”

Tanja Van Loon, University of Groningen, "Interpreting Votive Deposits: The Cult Place at Laghetto del Monsignore"

7:45 pm: BANQUET (at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street)


Sunday April 29th 2012
9:00-10:45am

Roman Religion
Laetitia LaFollette, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Why erect a statue of a Vestal? Piecing together Roman attitudes towards the Priestly Body”

John Bert Lott, Vassar College, “A Prophet of the Dea Syria”
10:45-11:15am
COFFEE BREAK
11:15-12:45pm

Roman Ritual
Lydia Herring-Harrington, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Musical Performance and Animal Sacrifice in Roman Private Rituals: The Evidence of Painted Images"

Blair Fowlkes Childs, New York University, "Cult Site(s), a Proscaenium cum columnis, and Rituals at the Aventine Dolichenum in Rome"
12:45-2:00pm

Late Antiquity
Seamus O’Neill, Memorial University (Newfoundland), "Reconstructing Platonic Demonologies: A Case Study in Augustine"

Andromache Karanika, University of California at Irvine, "Reconstructing the Greek Wedding Rituals in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium"