2nd Call for papers. Session at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)
Vienna, 23-26 April 2014: Official power and local elites – the inner structures of provincial leadership in the Roman Empire
Call for papers
Session at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)
Vienna, 23-26 April 2014
Session title: Official power and local elites – the inner structures of provincial leadership in the Roman Empire
Deadline for abstracts: 20 April 2013
Organizers: Viorica Rusu-Bolindeţ (National Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca) & Rada Varga (University of Cluj-Napoca)
Call for papers
The elites of the Roman Empire have been long researched and analyzed. Even so, the complex matter of the inner social networks established by the members of the elite at a provincial level is still under debate. As well, the direct connections between the provincial elite and the “power elite” of the Empire are still a matter of high interest.
Our main goal is to study the elite network(s), its internal and external linkage, but as well to examine the architecture connected to local official power (the praetoria consularis, for example), the material culture of these high classes and their representations. At a socio-political level, it deals with the self-representation of the state and of its offices, and with the view of the provincial society on power itself. This topic touches, besides epigraphy, prosopography and literary-recorded history, the history of the art, and tries to make visible the impact of the representations of power on the minds of the governed people.
Through a threefold approach, we aim at referring to social history, art history, and the study of mentalities. First, we will attempt to correlate the duality between official power and local elites and the information revealed by archaeological evidence. If previous studies mainly focused on the epigraphic and prosopographic research of people belonging to the upper provincial classes or those involved in municipal leadership, the present enterprise hopes to bring new perspectives on how local elites took part in the official acts through which the province was being governed. Novelty elements consist, on the one hand, in correlating epigraphic data with evidence encoded in buildings, monuments and other artefacts pertaining to the material culture, and on the other, in the interpretation such data not only through statistical and chronological means, but also as expressions of collective mentalities undergoing constant change.
Thus, the main stake of our endeavour lies in the interdisciplinary of the topic and in the complex sociological approach on the provincial elites. We encourage any subject related to the establishment and functioning of elite networks, as well as on the representations and material manifestations of the provincial power. In this context, papers on as many provinces as possible are more than welcomed.
Further information: Researchers interested in participating are invited to send their abstracts (c. 500 words) before April 20th 2013 to both firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Candidates will be informed about the selection by May 1st 2013 at the latest, after which the session will be proposed to the ESSHC panel. If the session is accepted, participants are expected to circulate their full papers before the start of the conference. The organisers are planning an edited volume of the papers contributed to this session, which will be published afterwards.
For more details, please see the ESSHC web-site: http://esshc.socialhistory.org/
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