Religious Movement & Sensory Experience in Antiquity

Religious Movement & Sensory Experience in Antiquity

12 June at King’s College London

This conference brings together a variety of scholars to discuss issues of movement and sensory experience in terms of ancient religion. The importance of movement and experience in understanding religious practices can be seen in various forms of ancient evidence. This conference therefore approaches these topics through archaeological and literary methods to better understand the role of movement and sensory experience in the religious context of antiquity.

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CFP here (deadline 28 Feb. 2015)

Program (download here)

9:00 AM – Registration, Coffee and Tea

9:30 – 9:45 AM – Introductions

10:00 – 11:30 AM – Session 1: Experience of Music in Religion

Carolyn Laferriere (Yale) The Harmonious Libations of Apollo

Tomasz Dziurdzik (Warsaw) Music or Noise: Understanding the Role of Sound in Religious Ceremonies of Roman Imperial Army

Matteo Olivieri (Milano) The Aural Environment of the Festivals of Apollo at Delos: Songs, Language, and Cultural Identity for Intra-Hellenic Concord


11:30 – 11:45 AM – Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45 PM – Session 2: City Movement

Isobel Pinder (Southhampton) Through Wall’s chink: The relationship between Roman city walls, religious movement and the articulation of urban space

Alexandre Vincent (Poitiers) Addressing the gods, involving the people: Sound of the ludi seaculares


12:45 – 2:00 PM – Lunch

2:00 – 3:20 PM – Session 3: Sensing Religion

Anna Trostnikova (RHUL) What did the Saecular games smell like? Sensory experience of incense burning rituals in 17 BC

David Clancy (TCD) “His ashes steam with Assyrian spice”: the Roman funeral as an olfactory experience

Jessica Dolye & Maeve McHugh (UCD) “To the dank halls of Hades”: Sensory manipulation at the Nekromanteion of Acheron


 3:20 – 3:40 PM – Coffee Break

3:40 – 4:40 PM – Session 4: Approaching the Experience of Disability/Healing

Ralph Anderson (St. Andrews) Music, Movement and Mania: the Corybantic ritual as a cure for madness

Emma-Jayne Graham (OU) Feet of clay: movement, mobility and religious identity in the sanctuaries of ancient Italy


4:45 – 5:25 PM Keynote

Eleanor Betts (OU) Multisensory Mapping of Rome’s Religious Landscape

 5:25 – 5:45 Roundtable Discussion

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