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13.05.2021 11:18 Alter: 3 yrs

Those. Othering, Alterity, Appropriation in Ancient Art

Conference Announcement

Theme: Those. Othering, Alterity, Appropriation in Ancient Art
Type: Digital Conference
Institution: Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Hamburg
Location: Online
Date: 20.–21.5.2021

Concepts of others, othering, self-representation or opposing worlds
are topics of well-known conferences and publications over the last
decades. Due to the relevance and width of the topic, the announced
event would like to continue the investigations and furthermore
consider the Greeks and Romans as strangers in other cultures and the
location of the ancient world in global history.

Dealing with others and the demarcation of the self is a determining
phenomenon of human activity. Contact with others is an integral part
of societies and allows each society to locate in a wider context.
The disparaging characterization of others has always served to
stabilize a group's identity but not only concepts of enemies, also
excessive idealizations of those others. Antiquity is no exception.
The confrontation with a close or distant counterpart serves the
construction of social identities and usually exposes more about the
ascribing group than about the portrayed. At the same time, the
frequent presence of the stereotyped image of the foreign
reciprocally constructs further conceptions. Consequently, the impact
of depictions on further prejudices is worthy to be studied too.

For this conference, the term others (“those”) is broadly defined;
including neighboring and distant, real and mythical foreign peoples,
individual populations whose demarcation serves to identify other
groups: poor, sick, women, men, religious adherents. This also
includes the Greeks and Romans themselves, who found their way into
depictions and descriptions as others by their contemporaneous
counterparts and later epochs.

The aim of the conference is to consider dealing with others,
contexts of othering and alterity, to question about center and
periphery and the reversal of this view, while investigating the
self-positioning of those presenting others, likewise the positioning
of today's scientific perspectives.

Conference Programme

20 May 2021

10:00 (CEST)

Hyun Jin Kim, Melbourne
Were the 'Barbarians' the 'Other'? Classical Greek Representation of

Kristina E. Fleischmann, Erlangen
The Oriental's Fascination: Greek Presentation and Perception of the
Persian Others

Tatiana Tereshchenko, Moscow
Roman Representations of the Barbarians in Visual Arts

Ljuben Tevdovski, Skopje
Pars Orientalis and the Invention of Oriental Other in Classical

Diwakar Kumar Singh, Darbhanga
Othering the Yavana: A Context of Yug Purana

Lilian Adlung-Schönheit, Hamburg
To the End of the World: India and Indians as Allegory of Superiority
in Roman Visual Art

Gretel Rodríguez, Providence, Rhode Island
Looking at the Other: The Barbarian Captive in Roman Commemorative Art

Online Reception

21 May 2021

Victor Humennyi, Lviv
"Alio ex orbe": Depicting Parthia and Armenia in the Visual Tradition
of Early Imperial Roman Coinage

Richard Posamentir, Tübingen
The Other World in the North

Richard Kendall, Edinburgh
Lion’s Share? Emerging Hybridity in Roman Olbia Pontica

12:30  Savannah Bishop, Istanbul
The Otherness of Gold in Ancient Roman Eyes: Gold in the Hands of
Slaves, the Hair of Gauls, and the Talons of Griffins

Grzegorz First, Krakow
Seer as Other. The Image of the Other as a Source of Knowledge in the

Burkhard Emme, Berlin
Older People – Other People? Possible Meanings of Hellenistic 'Genre

Lorenz Winkler-Horacek, Berlin
Scylla and Polyphemus: Two Grades of Liminality

Jacobus Bracker, Hamburg
The Othering of Nature in Archaic Greek Art

Final Discussion

Registration & Zoom-Link:


Lilian Adlung-Schönheit, Conference Convenor
Institute for Classical Archaeology
University of Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (West)
20146 Hamburg