CAV Events

2017 Events



Topic TBA

Public lecture: Thursday, 14 September, 2017, 6:30
Venue: The University of Melbourne (venue to be announced)

James C. Wright, AAIA Visiting Professor, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Topic TBA

W.H. Allen Memorial Lecture, Wednesday, 13 September, 2017, 5:15
Venue: Ormond College

James C. Wright, AAIA Visiting Professor, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Seals and Identity in Byzantium

Public lecture: Tuesday, 13 June, 2017, 6:30
Venue: The University of Melbourne (venue to be announced)

Claudia Sode, Professor of Byzantine Studies, University of Cologne


Interpreting a Sculptured Cave on the Banks of the Euphrates in Syria

Public lecture, Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 6:30  (date to be confirmed)
Venue: The University of Melbourne (venue to be announced)

Heather Jackson, Honorary Fellow, Classics & Archaeology, University of Melbourne


Drinks and Drugs: Entanglements of Aegean Pottery in the Late Bronze Age Canaan

Public lecture, Wednesday, 29 March, 6:00
Venue: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture Theatre – B101, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Philipp Stockhammer, Ludwig-Maximilians- University Munich

We are currently witnessing a continuing epistemological gap between the vivid discussion on the phenomenon of cultural encounter and transculturality in Aegean and Near Eastern Archaeology and the reality of methodological approaches in archaeological interpretation.  In order to develop a methodological approach for the analysis of transcultural phenomena in archaeology, Stockhammer will operationalize the complex anthropological discourse and transform it into a methodological approach for archaeological sources.  In this lecture, he will exemplify the potential of his approach on the basis of a case study, namely the appropriation and use of Aegean-type pottery at the Southern Levant in the 13th and 12th centuries BCE and the transformation of functions and meanings that emerged during the process of appropriation.  Intercultural interaction and goods exchange in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean have been the focus of archaeological research for years.  So far, however, form, function and meaning of an object have always been understood as an inseparable entity.  Stockhammer argues that we have to refocus archaeology’s approach towards items coming from the outside.  Therefore, the significance of the foreign object does not derive solely from the transfer as such, but rather from the ways in which it is used and contextualized in the receiving culture.  Stockhammer will focus on the pottery’s integration into discourses and practices and on the creation of new hybrid frameworks of meaning that do not conform with what had previously existed in the receiving society or in the areas of origin of the objects in question.

Philipp Stockhammer is Professor for Prehistoric Archaeology (focus: Eastern Mediterraenean) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Co-director of the Max-Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean at Jena.

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Past Events

Populism and the Roman Republic: Demagogues, Democracy and the Limits of Debate

Public lecture, Tuesday, 7 February, 6:00
Venue: Forum Theatre (Level 1, North Wing), Arts West, The University of Melbourne

Professor Catherine Steel, University of Glasgow

The Roman Republic was a political system which combined direct participatory democracy with a restricted and wealthy political class who monopolised public office and sought to direct policy through the Roman Senate. Political life was marked by deep divisions in policy and method, between those who worked through the elite and those who appealed directly to the people. The resulting clashes became increasingly violent until the Republic ended in the first century B.C. to be replaced, after prolonged civil war, with a monarchy. In this lecture, Professor Steel analyses the political and constitutional factors which underpinned this complex and frequently unstable system and explores the range of solutions which the Romans sought to adopt to protect and sustain their fragile Republican system.

Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow, where she has worked since 1999. Prior to that she completed a BA and DPhil at the University of Oxford. Her field of research is the political history of the Roman Republic, with a particular focus on oratory and political communication. She edited the Cambridge Companion to Cicero and is the author of the third volume in the Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome (The End of the Roman Republic, 146-44 B.C.: Conquest and Crisis); she is currently working on a new edition of the Fragments of Republican Roman Oratory, as part of a project funded by the European Research Council.

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Immediately prior to this lecture, a brief Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Classical Association of Victoria (CAV) will take place, beginning at 5:55 pm. The AGM will include the election of office bearers.