Mapping Movement and Sacred Topography
Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Ancient Pilgrimage
This seminar aims to discuss possible ways of applying interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives on the phenomenon of sacred travel or pilgrimage from the Greek period to Late Antiquity. How can such perspectives shed light on movement to sacred places in the ancient world? Do they provide methods to better understand the construction of sacred topography within the wider landscape? And how, in turn, can movement within sacred topography be mapped? We are especially interested in furthering the use of material culture to explore these aspects of pilgrimage and sacred travel. The Workshop will take place on Saturday, 15 December 2012 at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Hamburg, Rm. 122. The poster is available here.
Organisers: Wiebke Friese (UH) and Troels Myrup Kristensen (AU)
10:15 Troels Myrup Kristensen, Aarhus: Mapping Movement and Sacred Topography from Classical Greece to Late Antiquity (discussant: Inge Nielsen, Hamburg)
11:00 Ruth Günther, Hamburg: Early Greek Sanctuaries: Places of Pilgrimage? (discussant: Søren Handberg, Aarhus)
11:45 Coffee break
12:00 Wiebke Friese, Hamburg: Pilgrims and Prophecy. The Graeco-Roman Oracle Sanctuary as a Panhellenic Festival Venue (discussant: Kathrin Kleibl, Insbruck)
13:45 Hedvig von Ehrenheim, Stockholm: Greek Incubation Rituals and Healing Sanctuaries (discussant: Kasper Bro Larsen, AU)
14:30 Kathrin Kleibl, Innsbruck: Evidence for Personal Pilgrimage in the Cult of Isis (discussant: Søren Handberg, AU)
15:15 Coffee break
15:30 Anna Ziel, Mainz: Hostels in Roman Sanctuaries (discussant: Troels Myrup Kristensen, Aarhus)
16:15 Kasper Bro Larsen, Aarhus: Locative and Utopian Religion in Early Christianity (discussant: Wiebke Friese, Hamburg)
17:00 Final discussion and summary
The Workshop is organised within the framework of the strategic research partnership between the universities of Aarhus (AU), Hamburg (UH), Kiel and Southern Denmark (SDU) – and with further financial support from the AU research programme „The Ancient World“.