New Call for Papers: Recent Research on Ancient Galatia

Workshop ‘Recent Research on Ancient Galatia’
University of Waterloo, 13-14 March 2014

After David Magie’s Roman Asia Minor (1950), Stephen Mitchell’s magisterial
Anatolia (1993) represented the first major historical synthesis of central
Asia Minor in Hellenistic and Roman times, especially of Galatia and its
adjacent territories. This landmark publication spurred further studies to
a degree that the topical lamentation about the neglect of Galatia by
Archaeologists, Epigraphists and Historians is now out-fashioned. On the
contrary, in a survey article published in Anatolia Antiqua (39, 2013, 169-
195), I have tried to make the wealth of the diverse and dispersed
scholarship of some 250 recent publications more accessible, thereby
attempting a preliminary synthesis, identifying current trends, showcasing
ongoing research and discussing some of the still most controversial
questions. The upcoming workshop is designed to foster the dialogue among
colleagues from all relevant disciplines with a sustained interest in
Galatia, in order to share, compare, and contextualize most recent research

Topics will include:
– the (de-) construction of the image and ethnicity of Galatians
(Konstantin Boshnakov, Toronto; Oleg Gabelko, Moscow; Thomas Nelson,
Oxford; Ryan Walsh, Hamilton ON);
– temple state and city of Pessinous (Angelo Verlinde, Ghent; Gocha
Tsetskhladze, Melbourne [not yet confirmed]);
– history of the cults of Cybele and the Roman Emperors (Edward Dandrow,
Orlando FL; Altay Coşkun, Waterloo ON)
– urbanization (Shannan Stewart, Illinois [not yet confirmed]; Christian
Wallner, Graz)
– Roman provincial rule (Mustafa Adak, Antalya)

Paper presentations will be 25 mins long, followed by discussions of ca. 30
mins. The proceedings are planned to be published in the series Colloquia
Antiqua, ed. by Gocha Tsetskhladze, Leuven: Peeters.
A few further paper proposals will be warmly welcomed. Please, send
abstracts of ca. 250 words and short CVs to by Friday,
January 17, 2014. Advanced students may want to have their application
endorsed by a short email by their supervisor. A limited number of
colleagues and students who cannot present this time, but are planning to
start or resume research on Anatolia in the future will be likewise
welcome, though registration is required. There will be no conference fee,
and we hope to be able to cover the costs for accommodation and meals for
those who will present.

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