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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1740: Material Narratives of Late Antiquity, III: Epigraphy and Antiquarians

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:DFG Center for Advanced Studies 'Migration & Mobility in Late Antiquity & the Early Middle Ages', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Organisers:James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Andrew Welton, University Writing Program, University of Florida
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Welton, University Writing Program, University of Florida
Paper 1740-aEvidence for the Beliefs of Late Antique Arabia: Evolving Cults and Literary Forgeries
(Language: English)
Valentina A. Grasso, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Epigraphy, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life
Paper 1740-bOverhearing Gaul's Inscribed Conversations: Complicating the Late Antique Funerary Inscriptions of Southern and Eastern Gaul, 3rd-7th Centuries
(Language: English)
Becca Grose, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Demography, Epigraphy, Gender Studies
Paper 1740-cThe Hypogée des Dunes, Poitiers: Faith and Science in 19th-Century France
(Language: English)
Bonnie Effros, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Epigraphy, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

These papers focus on the new light that epigraphy can shed on the late antique world. Effros offers an intellectual history which reveals the drastic ramifications that 19th-century critical approaches to epigraphic and monumental study have had for our understanding of Gallic martyrs' cults. Grose extends this critical reflexivity to the present day, by considering the discursive relationship of Gallic epigraphic evidence within a broader, intersectional social field and the implications that these might have for modern positivist approaches whose origins ultimately lie in the intellectual disputes described by Effros. Grasso uses epigraphic evidence to reassess prevailing cultural narratives for pre-Islamic Arabia.