CfP: Growing up Motherless in Antiquity: A Conference on Mother Absence in the Ancient Mediterranean (Event: 05/2016, Basel); DL: 15.10.2015

Sabine R. Huebner, Universität Basel, Switzerland; David M. Ratzan, New York University

Ort: Basel
Zeit: 26.-28.05.2016
Bewerbungsschluss: 15.10.2015

The last forty years have witnessed a vast reclamation project in ancient history, as scholars have worked to recover the lives of historically muted groups, particularly those of women and children. The result is an impressive body of work collecting the traces ancient women and children have left behind, as well as a sophisticated epistemology of the biases, gaps, and silences in the historical record. From this perspective, the absence of ancient mothers has represented an ineluctable reality and a methodological hurdle, but rarely a subject of study in its own right. Yet the evidence suggests that mother absence was not merely a secondary artifact of bias or artistic and historiographical conventions; it was also a primary condition of antiquity, one whose root causes, social articulations, and psychological effects have never been fully described or explored, even as it had a profound effect on ancient family life and the experience of childhood. Read more and source … (Web)