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.