As the study of history has developed in the modern era, historians have increasingly come to recognize the value of interdisciplinary inquiry, bringing methodologies from fields as diverse as sociology, gender studies, and economics to bear on the study of ancient societies. The Ancient Societies Workshop provides a forum for historians from a range of disciplines to discuss topics of common interest. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Religion and Law,” which is a natural development of last year’s theme, “Epigraphic Habits.”
The primary objective of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is to forge a lively and respectful dialogue on aspects of method and theory that cut across the field’s diverse disciplinary locations. There is a widely perceived need for a forum to engage in conversations and projects of comparison across the different disciplinary homes of archaeology. “Encounters” will be the centerpiece of a series of explorations to be held in a variety of formats throughout the year. Our goal will be to understand human materiality from a wide array of perspectives. The workshop brings together faculty and students from numerous departments and encourages all interested participants to attend.