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in the Ancient World
8th–10th May 2018, Lampeter, Wales

“Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World” is a three-day international and multi-disciplinary conference that aims to explore approaches to the theme of ‘globalisation’ across the ancient world, roughly up to 700 CE, from a methodological, cultural, and economic perspective. Methodological issues relating to the theme of ‘globalisation’ will be analysed in different contexts, notably the application of this concept in different regions and different periods of the ancient world. For example, one can scrutinise such a concept in the multi-ethnic Seleukid Empire, explore globalizing tendencies in ancient China, the Inca empire or pharaonic Egypt, study concepts of local identities in the ‘global world’ of the Roman Empire, consider concepts like ‘Mediterranisation’ and ‘Oikoumenisation’, or explore interaction and cultural exchange between the Roman world, Africa, Southern Asia and China.

Call for Papers

We are inviting papers that will broadly fit one or more of the following themes for any region across the ancient world and from any disciplinary perspective. We will also consider significant methodological papers from other periods.

Proposed sessions so far:

  • Globalisation in Antiquity – a valid approach?
  • Empires and the concept of Globalisation
  • Migration and diaspora
  • Shaping local identities in a ‘global world’
  • Individual and regional responses to globalisation across the ancient world
  • The Indian Ocean and the movement of goods, ideas and peoples
  • How connected was the Afro-Eurasian world?
  • Two more sessions have so far been proposed: sorry, we only have a working title at the moment:
    • Working title: “Visual Koiné”, Iconographies across the ancient world, from the Sasanian Empire, South Arabia to China (Katharina Meinecke & Fabio Guidetti – TOPOI, Berlin)
    • Working title: “Industrial Zeitgeist”, notably on textiles: more info to follow!
    • Please do suggest more sessions!


Deadline for paper proposals: 1st January 2018. Please send a short abstract of no more than 400 words for your paper, plus a short CV, to the session organisers (see our email addresses below).

Deadline for session proposals: If you wish to propose a session, please send us an abstract and a list of potential speakers by the 1st December 2017. There will be 6 papers in each session. The time allocated for each paper will be approximately 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Re-thinking Globalization in Antiquity

Re-thinking Globalisation in Antiquity

Publication: And of course we intend to publish the papers in an edited volume.

Languages: Apart from English and Welsh, papers in French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc. are welcome.

Conference fees & Accommodation:

Conference fee to cover tea, coffee, reception and lunch:
£45 (£30 for students and speakers; free for UWTSD students)
We will be setting up a link to pay the conference fee.

Accommdation will be available on campus (en-suite rooms in student halls). But you are free to make your own arrangements. We will advertise prices for on-campus accomdation very soon and we will also add a booking form.

Getting to Lampeter: UWTSD’s Lampeter campus is situated in west Wales; the university was founded in Lampeter in 1822 (click here for more info and map). There are direct coaches from London to Lampeter; the nearest railway stations are Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, and the nearest airports are Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, followed by London Heathrow (also see page on Contact/Travel on how to get to Lampeter).

We have applied for funding to reimburse speakers’ expenses (e.g., accommodation and hopefully also some of your travel expenses), but we cannot promise you any reimbursement at the moment; we will keep you posted.

For PhD students, there are lots of funding opportunities to attend conferences (e.g. Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund)

Organisers and contact details:


Lampeter campus, Academy of Cultural Heritage, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, SA48 7ED, Wales, U.K.

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Further details will be circulated in due course.

Disclaimer: Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up-to-date, some information may be subject to change.

Welsh speakers: please let us know if you would like this information in Welsh. A Welsh version of this website is currently in preparation.

Lampeter, founded in 1822