Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM)

Nautical Chart of Mediterranean Sea, Luís Teixeira, Portugal, 1600 ADThe Brown University seminar on Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM) serves as a gathering to promote high-level, interdisciplinary dialogue among faculty and graduate students who deal with religion and culture in the ancient Mediterranean basin and west Asia in the broadest terms. CRAM meets monthly during the academic year. Each meeting lasts about an hour, and typically is centered on a pre-circulated paper by one of our participants.  We are especially interested in work in progress; CRAM is a great context for working on new ideas and thinking through new problems.

CRAM is administered by the Program in Early Cultures. For details or questions, please contact Susan Harvey, Director of the Program in Early Cultures.

Below is the CRAM schedule for the 2019-20 academic year. Please note, all events will take place on a Tuesday. All meetings take place 12:00-1:00p.m. at the Joukowsky Institute, RI Hall Room 008. Papers will be e-mailed out approximately two weeks ahead of the date indicated. If you have difficulties accessing the upcoming paper, please contact Sara Wintz, Administrative Coordinator of the Program in Early Cultures.

Light luncheon fare will be provided! Please come and enjoy!

Newcomers are always welcome.

Schedule for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Fall 2019

September 17 Hindy Najman (Oxford University), "Imitatio Dei and the Formation of the Subject in Ancient Judaism."

October 8 Karen Carr (History, Portland State University), "Beyond Silk Road and Spice Trade: Roman Exports and Roman Obfuscation."

November 12 Jae Hee Han (Religious Studies), "'Magic' in Late Antique Mesopotamia: The Manichaean Evidence."

December 10 Jay Reed (Classics), "Virgil's 'Messianic' Eclogue and Eastern Literature of Anti-Empire."

Spring 2020

February 11 Laurel Bestock (Egyptology and Assyriology), "Seven Types of Invisibility: the power of hidden art in Egyptian temples and tombs."

March 10 Larry Wills (Judaic Studies), "Contextualizing Ancient Jewish Novellas: The Cases of Greek Esther and Tobit."

April 7 Gretel Rodriguez (History of Art and Architecture), "Captives as Architectural Sculpture in Ancient Rome: Perspectives from East and West."

May 12 Robert Kashow (Religious Studies), "The Violent Imagination: Agency and Representation in the Visions of Zechariah."

A list of past CRAM seminars for the last five years is available here.