University of Pensylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Phildealphia, PA 19104
The graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania seek abstracts for the fourth annual Center for Ancient Studies graduate student conference. This conference aims to explore the theme of competition in the ancient world. Competition was a key component of many aspects of life in the ancient world and was found in areas people in the 21st century might not expect. We plan to focus on the role of competition and its associations with society at large, be it in the form of games or sports, interactions between members of a community, rivalries between communities, or the way culture and literature channeled competition. Our goal in presenting this conference will be to compare how competition manifested itself in the disparate societies of the ancient world and highlight similarities across cultures.
The conference invites papers on topics involving competition such as (but, of course, not limited to):
Conspicuous consumption and status competition
Games as education
Competition as a structural force in society
Ancient theories of competition
Competition and literature
Ideologies of competition
Sports and diplomacy
Place of athletes in the community
Submissions are welcome from graduate students working on ancient topics in such fields as: Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, East Asian Studies, Classics, Egyptology, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15 minute talk by January 7, 2012 including your contact information (including name, institution, and e-mail) to Arthur T. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers will be notified of the status of their submissions by January 15, 2012.