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, or Anne Heyrman-Hart,  Administrative Coordinator for the Program in Early Cultures.

Below is the CRAM schedule for the 2020-21 academic year. Please note that all meetings will take place on Tuesdays, 12:00-12:55 p.m. ESTS. Papers will be distributed by e-mail approximately ten days prior to the date indicated for your preparation; the Zoom link will be included at that time. Newcomers are always welcome!

CRAM Schedule AY 2021 - 2022

Fall 2021

Sept. 14   Amy Russell (Classics). -  ON ZOOM
“Theories of Place across Time and Space: Urban Form in Ancient Rome and Han China”

Oct 12 Martin Uildriks (Joukowsky Insitute of Archaeology and the Ancient World)
"Archives of Early Egypt"

Nov. 16 Candace Rice (Classics/ JIAAW)
“Prosperity and the Economics of Roman Trade”

Dec. 7  Michael Satlow (Judaic Studies/ Religious Studies)
“Sacred Time in Late Antiquity”

Spring 2022

Feb. 15  Arthur Urbano (Theology, Providence College)
"Dressing Down the Philosophers: Contesting Pedagogies, Dress, and Masculinity in John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen"

March 15  Johanna Hanink (Classics)
“Cultural Intimacy in Classical Athens”

April 12  Darlene Brooks-Hedstrom (Classics/ Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University)
"Dangerous and Delightful Things: Archaeology, Possessions and Early Monasticism"

May 10   Emily Kress (Philosophy)
“Aristotle on Using Tools”


A list of past CRAM seminars is available here.