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The first in a series of online seminars linked to the publication of Dr Emma-Jayne Graham’s book Reassembling Religion in Roman Italy.

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Dr Claudia Moser (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Dr Jessica Hughes (Open University) will join Dr Emma-Jayne Graham (Open University) to discuss concepts of religious place.

The seminar will comprise an introduction by Emma-Jayne Graham (c. 10 mins), a presentation by Claudia Moser (c. 20 mins), a presentation by Jessica Hughes (c. 20 mins), and an open discussion (c. 40 mins).

Please note that this seminar will take place on Microsoft Teams. It will be possible to join the seminar from a web browser, but you will find that the software works better if you download the Teams App in advance.

The joining link and instructions will be sent out in the week before the seminar to everyone who has registered a place.

About the Reassembling Ancient Religion seminar series…

The seminar series has been designed to explore the key themes and approaches to ancient religion that are adopted in a new book by Dr Emma-Jayne Graham, entitled Reassembling Religion in Roman Italy (2021).

The series comprises five online seminars, each of which is connected with one of the book’s broadly themed chapters - (1) Place, (2) Objects, (3) Bodies, (4) Divinity, and (5) Magic. During the seminars we will explore how the new materialist and relational approach to ancient lived religion that is advocated by the study might relate to lived religion as it was experienced in other chronological, geographical and cultural contexts across the ancient world.

Abstract of ‘Place’ chapter from ‘Reassembling Religion in Roman Italy’

“The ritualised assemblages of material things discussed in all chapters of this book can be contextualised in relation to experiences of place, encompassing the performance of discrete ritual activities which brought to the fore the physical qualities of locations as diverse as urban and non-urban sanctuaries, caves, fountains, altars, and temple structures, as well as other groves and physical locations in the landscape. It is therefore necessary to begin by assessing the significance of place before examining what happens when ritualisation forges relationships between it and various other material things. Focusing on a discrete group of so-called terrace sanctuaries built across late Republican Latium, including the sanctuaries of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste, Juno Gabina at Gabii, and the so-called tempio grande at Tarracina, this chapter argues that we should stop defining Roman religious place in relation to a checklist of architectural features and instead ask new questions about how religious place as lived afforded proximal and temporally specific experiences of religious agency.”

You can read more about the book on the Routledge website, and use the attached flyer to get a discount. 

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