After the Crisis 2.0

In the first half of 2015 ‘After the Crisis’ started as a research group at the University of Groningen dedicated to investigating the responses of individuals and communities to war, violence, and disruption in the ancient Roman Empire. Our focus has been on the civil wars of the first century BCE and their repercussions at Rome and in Roman Greece. The project was part of the pilot project for the national Anchoring Innovation research agenda of OIKOS, which led to the award of an NWO Gravitation Grant in May 2017.

Now that the pilot project for Anchoring Innovation has been concluded, the ‘After the Crisis’-project has also entered a new phase. Inger Kuin and Jacqueline Klooster continue to work hard on finishing the last publications for the pilot, most importantly the conference volume After the Crisis. Remembrance, Re-anchoring and Recovery in the Ancient World, but they have also taken on new roles. Jacqueline Klooster has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Groningen, while Inger Kuin recently started teaching at Dartmouth College as Senior Lecturer in Classics.

The project has opened up numerous interesting insights. One of these is related to the representation of crises as the products of fate, fortune or chance historiographical and other narratives. Jacqueline Klooster will further pursue this insight in a research project on the narrative representation of coincidence and chance in ancient narrative.

We will continue updating this website, at least until the After the Crisis-volume has been published. To mark the start of this new phase we have added a lot of new content under Organized events, Publications, and Teaching. Please look around!

‘Strategies of Remembering in Greece Under Rome’ Available for Pre-Order

This past October the Groningen After the Crisis-team co-organized a conference at the Netherlands Institute in Athens about Roman Greece, together with the Groningen Institute of Archeology and the Ancient History Department at the University of Frankfurt. The conference was a big success, and the organisers decided to publish an edited volume based on the conference proceedings. Strategies of Remembering in Greece Under Rome (100 BC-100 AD) is now available for pre-order from Sidestone Press. Order your copy here! Read more about the volume here.

NWO Gravitation Grant Awarded to OIKOS for Anchoring Innovation

The ancient Greeks and Romans were great innovators. New ideas abounded, not just in science and technology, but also in literature and arts, politics, the economy and many other domains of life. How did those innovations come about and how did they turn into actual innovation? This is the research question of the Gravitation proposal by a team of Dutch classicists collaborating in the national research school in Classical Studies, OIKOS.


The hypothesis of this research agenda is that tradition and innovation are not simply juxtaposed or even opposed. In successful innovations, people perceive a meaningful coherence between the new and the familiar. For this phenomenon OIKOS uses the concept of ‘anchoring’. Developing this concept in an investigation of Greco-Roman antiquity results in a new and better understanding of innovation processes of all times.

The Gravitation proposal was developed by a large team of Dutch classicists, led by Prof. Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University, main applicant) and Prof. André Lardinois (Radboud University). Radboud University submitted the proposal to NWO. The ‘After the Crisis’ research project at University of Groningen, developed by Prof. Onno van Nijf, Prof. Ruurd Nauta (Latin), and Dr. Jan Willem Drijvers, and carried out by Dr. Jacqueline Klooster (Greek/Latin) and Dr. Inger Kuin (Ancient History) served as one of the pilot projects for the Gravitation proposal, contributing to the successful application.

Prof. Van Nijf: ‘In this project classicists and ancient historians actively collaborated with fellow members of CRASIS, but also  with modern historians and colleagues of international relations. It clearly shows how an interdisciplinary approach within the field of classical studies can be successful.’

For this ten-year research agenda, the team of 12 applicants has been awarded a Gravitation grant of 18.8 million Euros. This is a unique achievement for the Humanities. Read more about the grant here. On the occasion of the award Anchoring Innovation received a lot of media attention. You can read the news articles here, here, here, and here.


Registration Now Open For ‘Strategies of Remembrance in Greece under Rome’

Registration is now open for the conference Strategies of Remembrance in Greece under Rome. The conference is hosted by the Netherlands Institute at Athens (Makri 11, Athens), 19-21 October 2016. The aim of the conference is to examine the ways in which communities and individuals mobilized the past as a resource in the political or social arena in Greece in the 1st century BCE and the 1st century CE.

Registration (free) is required as places are limited. To register please send an email to romangreece – at – before 10 October 2016.

The (preliminary) program for the conference can be found here.

The conference is organised by Tamara Dijkstra and Inger Kuin from the University of Groningen and by Muriel Moser and David Weidgenannt from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Announcing After the Crisis Conference

It is with great pleasure that we announce our upcoming conference After the Crisis: Remembrance, Re-anchoring, and Recovery in the Ancient World, an international conference on the aftermath of crises in the ancient world, 800 BCE – 500 CE. The conference will take place at Groningen University, December 15-17, 2016.

Crises resulting from war or natural disasters turn the life of individuals upside down, and they can leave marks on a community for many years after the event. The After the Crisis conference will explore how such crises are remembered, and how communities reconstitute themselves after a crisis. Can crises serve as catalysts for innovation or change, and how does this work? Finally, what do crises reveal about the accepted state of order against which they are defined and framed?

tim.71hsQFyoAjL._UX250_The keynote speaker of the After the Crisis conference will be Tim Whitmarsh, who is A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, and the author of the international bestseller Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World.

The closing address will be delivered by Steve Mason, who is Distinguished Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures at Groningen University.

The following scholars will be speaking in the conference panels: Annemarie Ambühl (Mainz), Mathieu de Bakker (Amsterdam), Alexandra Eckert (Oldenburg), Andrew Gallia (University of Minnesota), Elena Giusti (Cambridge), Luca Grillo (University of North Carolina), Lisa Hau (University of Glasgow), Carsten Hjort Lange (Aalborg University), Panagiotis Iossif (Belgian School at Athens), Michèle Lowrie (University of Chicago), Peter Meineck (New York University), Josiah Osgood (Georgetown University), Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen), Alexander Thein (University College Dublin)

Further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. You can preregister for the conference by sending an email to n.i.kuin – at – or j.j.h.klooster – at –

The conference is organised as part of the national research project OIKOS Anchoring Innovation.



What is a crisis?

On May 23, 2016 Inger Kuin en Jacqueline Klooster will present a joint work in progress at the CRASIS Ancient World Seminar with the title ‘What is a crisis? The rhetoric of crisis and order.’

From their abstract:

In writing political history the stakes are high. With this paper we want to question the ‘crisis template’ of ancient historiographers, while at the same time also critically engaging our own paradigms for narrating and framing crises from the ancient past.”

More information at the CRASIS website.

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Groningen Researchers to Speak at Anchoring Conference

This weekend six members of the After the Crisis research group will be speaking at the OIKOS conference ‘Anchoring Innovation in Antiquity’ at Soeterbeeck in Ravenstein.

Dr. Jacqueline Klooster will speak on Plutarch and Solon as moral instructors. Dr. Inger Kuin will speak on Sulla’s reputation in Roman Greece following his military campaigns there. Professor Annette Harder will speak on anchoring innovation through aetiology. Professor Ruurd Nauta will present his research on the work of Lucan and Tacitus as ways of un-anchoring the Principate. Professor Van Nijf will speak on the revival of Greek (athletic) contests after Sulla’s military operations. Raf Praet will present a collaborative project with Raphael Hunsucker on the role of Romulus in the collective memory of the early and late Roman Empire.

Abstracts and a full program are both available on this website. For further practical details about the conference, please go to the OIKOS website.

In Pictures: A Successful Workshop

It’s already been a week since we hosted our Re-Anchoring After the Crisis Workshop here in Groningen. Here is an impression of the day! Thank you to everyone who participated: great turnout, great papers, great discussions.

We will be organizing more interdisciplinary workshops around this theme, please watch this website for updates.

In the following weeks we will post the speakers’ working papers here as they become available.IMG_0528







Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Updated Program

We are greatly looking forward to the first workshop organised by the After the Crisis Research Initiative, to take place tomorrow. An updated program of the workshop, titled ‘Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War, Memory, and Innovation’ can be accessed here. You can still register for the workshop by leaving a comment on this post or by sending an email to n.i.kuin -at- or j.j.h.klooster -at- If you cannot make it tomorrow, please keep on eye on the Publications-page of this website, where working papers of the presentations will be posted soon.



Pitching After the Crisis

We are happy to announce that on Monday November 23 After the Crisis-researcher Jacqueline Klooster will present our project during a faculty research meeting of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. In a 7-minute pitch Jacqueline will explain both her own ‘After the Civil Wars’ research project and the ‘After the Wars’ research project. During the event a total of nine pitches will be given by researchers from different disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. The aim of the event is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. We look forward to meeting colleagues from other disciplines, hearing about their research, and exploring opportunities for working together.

A full program, abstracts of the pitches, and registration information can be found here (the link will take you to a PDF).