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Reuse in Post-Roman societies: Christian and Islamic attitudes towards ruins and spolia – Hamburg, 12/2022

Sarcophagus of Meleager. III century A.D Reconstruction © Madīnat al-Zahrā’ Archaeological Site (CAMaZ)
Sarcophagus of Meleager. III century A.D Reconstruction © Madīnat al-Zahrā’ Archaeological Site (CAMaZ)

Internationales Kolloquium. Aus dem Ankündigungstext der Veranstalter: «The study of recycling and reuse in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages has been a subject of long-standing enquiry. Throughout the decades, traditional approaches have been reconsidered and recycling and reuse of Roman material are no longer seen as passive responses to lack of resources and a declining economy, but rather characterized by a high degree of organization, with power, skills, knowledge and legal concerns also playing a role. Scholars have also stressed that reuse implies sometimes a process of appropriation, conversion or reidentification that turns ancient and foreign objects into attractive, valuable and meaningful vestiges in the present.
In this workshop we would like to discuss theoretical as well as practical aspects of reuse and perception of ancient ruins in Post-Roman societies, attending to cases of reuse and spoliation across the Mediterranean Sea, both in Christian and Islamic context, bringing together comparative and transcultural studies into a broader historical and more contemporary perspective. (…)»

Mit Beiträgen u.a. von

– Benjamin Anderson (Cornell University), Alexander and the Boar: An Episode in the History of Statue Magic
Simon Baker (Ghent University), The role of re-use in the statue practices of the late Roman empire
– Jorge Elices Ocón (Humboldt Fellow, RomanIslam Center Universität Hamburg – Federal University of Sao Paulo), “Those who recall the antiquities”. Agents and practices of spoliation in Islamic societies
– Anis Mkacher (CNRS UMR 8546 – AOROC), Les auteurs arabes médiévaux face aux «traces écrites» antiques: le cas de l’Afrique du Nord
Paloma Martín-Esperanza Montilla (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Reuse and Abuse of Roman Architecture During the Pontificate of Alexander VI

5. bis 6. Dezember 2022

Organisation: Jorge Elices Ocón (Humboldt Fellow, Universität Hamburg – RomanIslam / Federal University of Sao Paulo), Sabine Panzram (Universität Hamburg – RomanIslam)
Veranstaltungsort: Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstr. 116, 20249 Hamburg. Das Kolloquium findet in Präsenz statt, wird aber zudem als Zoom-Veranstaltung angeboten. Bei Interesse wenden Sie sich bitte an Dr. Rocco Selvaggi ( Sie erhalten dann am Donnerstag einen Link, der Ihnen den Zugang ermöglicht.
Programm: Reuse in Post-Roman Societies, Hamburg 12.2022