Breaking Ceilings, Shattering Silos
The Global Late Antiquity Society (GLAS) is an international association dedicated to scholarly innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity that questions and expands on received models and methods. We understand Late Antiquity as an era of transformation, one in which people’s activities, ideas, relationships, and creations bridged the religious, intellectual, political, economic, and social structures of the ancient and medieval worlds broadly conceived. Because it is necessary to understand the arc of these transformations, the interests of GLAS members extend across the first millennium of the common era. Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia Minor, Iran, the Caucasus, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the Irish and British Isles, China, India and all of Asia. We want to disrupt the often assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern “western” Europe, while attending to the many ways in which the culture and values of Late Antiquity both haunt and enrich the contemporary world.
We are committed to being a democratic organization that embraces inclusivity, serves its members and the larger scholarly community, advances the ethical study of our interests and materials, advocates for and engages in necessary institutional reform, and imagines and brings about new ways for our members to pursue their interests, effectively teach their students, educate the public, and earn a living wage.
We welcome scholars, writers, students, and teachers who pose unusual questions, draw new connections through comparative approaches, reflect on methodology, propose revisions to received models, or integrate theories and methods from a wider range of disciplines than are customarily included in historical, theological, or philological approaches. These include queer, feminist, and post-colonial scholarship. GLAS seeks to open doors to collaboration and exchange across disciplinary, geographical, and institutional boundaries.
Fields and topics we address include, but are not limited to, Archaeology, Cultural Geography, Cartography and Digital Humanities, Disability, Economics, Environmental History, Ethnography and Race, Gender and Sexuality, Historical Demography, History (including Cultural and Textual History), History of the Arts (including Architecture, Art, and Music), Law, Literature and Rhetoric, Material Culture (including Codicology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, and Papyrology), Migration Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Reception, Religion, Science (including Medicine and Technology), and Historical Theology. We are also interested in comparative approaches that put late ancient Afro-Eurasia in dialogue with the Americas and Australasia as well as the reception of late ancient ideas, practices, and values in later periods and other regions.
The association meets annually for annual conference workshops; GLAS also sponsors ad hoc conferences throughout the year touching on one or more of our themes.
The 2021 Tracing Christians in Global Late Antiquity conference is the first ad hoc conference GLAS is sponsoring. In 2023 we aim to hold our first official annual conference. At that time, we will discuss and determine governance (including voting procedures and bylaws) and membership requirements (including dues [if any]), and where and when to hold conferences. We will also determine how to document decisions reached at the meeting. Please consult the GLAS website for further information.
Charter Members, in alphabetical order:
Ryan R. Abrecht, University of San Diego
Evan Axel Andersson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Camille Leon Angelo, Yale University
Tara Baldrick-Morrone, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jennifer Barry, University of Mary Washington
Todd Berzon, Bowdoin College
Chance E. Bonar, Harvard University
Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa
Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College
Cavan Concannon, University of Southern California
Jeremiah Coogan, University of Oxford
Alexander D’Alisera, Boston College
Krista N. Dalton, Kenyon College
David J. DeVore, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, University of California, Santa Barbara
Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley
Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, Amherst College
Diane Shane Fruchtman, Rutgers University
Gregory Given, Harvard Divinity School
Susan R. Holman, Valparaiso University
Kelly Holob, University of Chicago
Cornelia Horn, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg
Lee Jefferson, Centre College
Lisa Johnson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Young Richard Kim, University of Illinois at Chicago
Katie Kleinkopf, University of Louisville
Jennifer Knust, Duke University
Maia Kotrosits, Denison University
Matthew Larsen, University of Copenhagen
Victoria Leonard, Coventry University and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Mark Letteney, University of Southern California
Liv Ingeborg Lied, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
Christine Luckritz Marquis, Union Presbyterian Seminary
David Maldonado Rivera, Kenyon College
Peter Anthony Mena, University of San Diego
Michael Motia, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Shaily Shashikant Patel, Virginia Tech
Aaron Pelttari, University of Edinburgh
John David Penniman, Bucknell University
Daniel Picus, Western Washington University
Sarah F. Porter, Harvard University
Michael Pregill, Chapman University
Travis W. Proctor, Wittenberg University
Carl R. Rice, Yale University
Sarah E. Rollens, Rhodes College
Charles J. Schmidt, Rice University
Karl Shuve, University of Virginia
Blossom Stefaniw, MF Norwegian School of Theology
Bradley K. Storin, Louisiana State University
Kristi Upson-Saia, Occidental College
Arthur P. Urbano, Providence College, Providence, RI
James E. Walters, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Colin M. Whiting, Dumbarton Oaks
Tracing Christians in Global Late Antiquity
From 30 May to 2 June 2021 scholars committed to equity and inclusion in the study of late antiquity will meet and share their research. Panels exploring new methodological questions on materiality, authorship, and the building and breaching of boundaries in late ancient discourses will be featured, along with individual papers.
This conference is a gesture of support for junior scholars who withdrew their papers from another event in protest of its sexist, racist, and classist communications. As such, we are not soliciting proposals but rather providing a home for roughly 30 papers, most in Early Christian Studies.
Because of the ad hoc nature of this event, the program often defaults to whiteness and to US-centrism. As such, this should not be seen as the inaugural Global Late Antiquity Society (GLAS) meeting, nor as identical with GLAS, but merely as GLAS’s first intervention. In a move to align the conference more explicitly with GLAS’s mission, we have framed the panels with opening and closing roundtables. These discuss the patterns of ethical failings which formed studies of late antiquity: How have structures of inequity such as sexism, racism, classism, and imperialism shaped and limited what we know about late antique Christians?
Instructions to presenters will be posted separately. We aim for an informal and supportive discussion environment. All sessions will be plenary to facilitate maximum engagement within the community of scholars attending. Panels grouped together out of individual papers will be provided with a respondent. A substantial group of senior scholars have volunteered their time both to be respondents and to be in attendance to provide support, encouragement and feedback.
The conference is free of charge. An online platform has been provided by the University of Iowa. You can find more information on conference format, with instructions to presenters and respondents, when you register. If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org