The Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity

The Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity (the Ancient Societies Working Group) is a forum for graduate students who take the distant past as their object of study. Once a month participants gather to hear two students from different departments give papers that serve as the basis for a broader discussion across conventional disciplinary boundaries. Our scope for the term “antiquity” (or “antiquities”) is broad: we welcome students of cultures across the globe and periods across the ages to share their approaches to the past.  At the end of each semester we host a panel with faculty from Yale and elsewhere to provide comparative perspectives on a selected topic. In the academic year 2015-16, the working group’s topic will take its cue from the yearlong lecture series of the Ancient Societies Workshop (a.k.a. YISAP) and its theme of “border and province.”  All grad students and post-docs whose research focuses on the premodern world in an interdisciplinary way are invited to present. Works in progress are most welcome, and presenters may focus on whatever they'd like: a close textual reading, an analysis of an object, an account of the historiography in your field, a reflection on methodological or reception issues. We especially encourage presentations on research projects that make use of the multitude of resources available here at Yale, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale numismatics collection, the Yale Babylonian Collection, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Meetings will be once a month on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Rachel LoveJeffrey Neidermaier, and Zachary Smith. The Working Group is sponsored by GSAS and by YISAP.

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