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Theorizing the urban in central Italy c 200 BCE to 200 CE

Lecture by Visiting Professor Christopher Smith (University of St Andrews).

2019.10.29 | Mette Lang

Date Tue 10 Dec
Time 13:00 14:00
Location Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), Aarhus University, Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark (Building 4230-232).

Abstract

 

This seminar will be a brief presentation of an article submitted to JUA; for anyone interested the entire article is available from me in advance.  It is offered very much in the hope of comments and suggestions!

The quantity and quality of material available from Rome’s hinterland, Latium, is remarkably good, thanks to a long tradition of antiquarian and topographical  research and field survey.  The first part of the presentation will illustrate this material.

The question is what to do with this rich array of material?  In the second part of the paper I will briefly present two dominating theories, globalization and network theory (with a glance at assemblage theory too).

The last part of the paper will ask whether these two theoretical approaches are compatible, and how and why we should try to combine the two in pursuit of an analysis of what the urban means in central Italy.

Contact Christopher Smithcjs6@st-andrews.ac.uk 


The lecture is followed by an informal reception. All are welcome.      

Lecture/talk, History and archaeology