Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM)

The 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 administerd 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 2018-2019 academic year.  Please note, all events except for the September 13 meeting, 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 emailed out approximately two weeks ahead of the date indicated.  If you have difficulties accessing the upcoming paper, please contact Nicole Vadnais.  Light luncheon fare will be provided! Please come and enjoy!  Newcomers are always welcome.

Fall 2018

  • DATE CHANGE: Thursday, September 13
    Felipe Rojas (JIAWW), "Urartian Inscriptions in Late Antique and Medieval Armenia"
  • October 9
    Jonathan Conant (History), "Conflict, Trauma, and the Fromation of an Early Christian Identity"
  • November 13
    Sam Caldis (History/Classics), "From an Imperial Family to an Imperial College: Family Portraits on Roman Central Coinage, 138-284 CE"
  • December 4
    Dora Ivanisevic (Classics/Religious Studies), "Late Antique Collegia: Epigraphic Culture and Social History in Roman Salona."

Spring 2019 

  • February 12
    Saul Olyan (Judaic Studies/Religious Studies), "Ritual Violence Prescribed."
  • March 12
    Andrew Jacobs (Religious Studies, Scripps College), "Jewish Conversion, Women's Resistance, and the End of Empire in the Doctrina Jacobi Nuper Baptizati"
  • April 9
    Byron MacDougall (Classics), "Sacred Topoi: Religious Festivals between Plato and late Antique Hagiography."
  • May 7
    Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Egyptology and Assyriology), "Ingenious Art: Mimicry in Mesopotamian Language and Thought."

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