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Call for Papers: Grandparents in the Ancient World (19.09.2024 - 20.09.2024, Basel)

Poster "Grandparents in the Ancient World"

The deadline for full consideration is March 15, 2024.

Although grandparenthood has emerged as a subject of newfound scholarly fascination, research dedicated to grandparents is still scarce and ridden with clichéd representaIons. This interdisciplinary conference will be the first to bring together knowledge on grandparents and grandparenthood from civilizaIons around the Mediterranean, including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Rome up to the rise of Islam in the seventh century A.D. It will examine what can be ascribed to socio-cultural patterns and expectations towards grandparents as well as individual realities and attitudes. In honour of the 2024 World Grandparent Day, we invite proposals for papers that explore social and cultural perceptions of ancient grandparents and pursue a synthesis of evidence from literary, epigraphical, papyrological and legal sources.
Please submit your abstract by email to lisa.brunet@unibas.ch. The deadline for full consideration is March 15, 2024.