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Staying connected in the post-Roman West: cities, territories and social interactions after the Empire. 17-18 February 2020, Rome

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The centrality of Rome as a timeless and sacred place was an essential reference for power in Late Antiquity, both ideological and cultural, followed by the various territories and kingdoms of Europe alongside that provided by Byzantium, although other influences from the Irish and Scandinavian worlds played a key role in the northern and western areas. Current debates in interpreting the role and influence of Rome within the wider Mediterranean and Northern limes and the interrogation of late antique local-central power relationships have transformed our conception of landscape, governance and social dynamics. On-going archaeological identification and exploration of archaeological material and its cultural links, and the latest landscape approaches have thrown new light on the nature of the relationship between Western European power structures and Rome.

Scholars in recent decades have developed complex discussions about the political, economic and cultural aspects of this period, and around the power relationships between Rome and the newly emerging kingdoms of early medieval Europe, their local aristocracies and the Roman Catholic Church. The results of recent research provide more tangible models of changes in landscapes, cities, and of interactions between communities in this formative period from the 6th century AD into the Middle Ages.

This workshop focuses on the former Roman Empire in the Late Antique and the Early Medieval periods, with specific attention upon large-scale urban developments and their territories in order to rethink regional, local, and empire-wide perspectives. As well as on-going connections, a further goal of the conference is to encourage participants to think about rejections/resistance to Romanitasin terms of modes of social organisation.


Confirmed speakers included:    

Gian Pietro Brogiolo, University of Padova

Maria Duggan, University of Newcastle

Corisande Fenwick, University College London

Martin Goldberg, National Museum of Scotland

Mark Handley, Independent researcher

Richard Hodges, The American University of Rome

Andrew Reynolds, University College London

Rory Naismith, King’s College London

José Carlos Sánchez Pardo, University of Santiago de Compostela 

Isabel Sánchez Ramos, University College London

Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Sarah Semple, DurhamUniversity

Bryan Ward-Perkins, University of Oxford


Conference Program: 

Day 1:  British School at Rome 

Monday 17 February 




Richard Hodges-The American University of Rome 

The challenge of our generation: still coming to terms with discontinuity between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

19h – 20h

Drinks Reception 

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 Day 2:  Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSIC 

Tuesday 18 February 



9h10 – 9h35

Gian Pietro Brogiolo- University of Padova

Local powers and forms of power in the Italian cities and countryside 

9h35 – 10h00

Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani - Università degli Studi      Roma Tre

Roma dalla Tarda Antichità all'Altomedioevo: quale paesaggio urbano?

10h00 – 10h25

Rory Naismith- King’s College London 

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Coined Money and Power Structures in the Post-Roman West

10h25 – 10h50

Andrew Reynolds – University College London

Romanitas among the Anglo-Saxons: a secular perspective

10h50 – 11h05



11h05 – 11h20  

Coffee Break


11h20 – 11h45

Mark Handley- Independent researcher

Monasteries and movement: two case studies of connectivity and the monasteries of Montecassino and Choziba

11h45– 12h10

Maria Duggan- University of Newcastle

Staying connected with the post-Roman Atlantic

12h10 – 12h35

Sarah Semple- Durham University

(Re)Worked in Stone. The reuse of Roman stonework in early medieval England: influences, technologies, patronage and identity?

12h35 – 13h00

Martin Goldberg– National Museum of Scotland

Making new connections between Northern Britain and the post-Roman West

13h00 – 13h15



13h10 – 15h

Lunch Break


15h – 15h25

Corisande Fenwick- University College London

Building God’s Empire: church-building and religious networks in sixth-century Africa

15h25 – 16h00

Jose Carlos Sánchez-Pardo- University of Santiago of Compostela

Isabel SánchezRamos - University College London

The western extent of the Mediterranean. Sacred and economic power places in the Iberian Peninsula in the sixth century AD

16h00 – 16h45 

Bryan Ward-Perkins- University of Oxford

Looking to the future: conclusions and questions  

16h45 – 17h30 





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Organisation: Andrew Reynolds and Isabel Sánchez. Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

This workshop is sponsored by the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (ULP.PILAEMA project), and supported and hosted by the British School at Rome and the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSIC.

Have questions about Staying connected in the post-Roman West: cities, territories and social interactions after the Empire. 17-18 February 2020, Rome? Contact UCL Institute of Archaeology

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British School at Rome. Via Antonio Gramsci, 61- 00197 Roma
Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología, CSIC. Via di S. Eufemia, 13 - 00187 Roma
00187 Rome


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