Parthian Art and the Graeco-Roman World
SAVE THE DATES! We are delighted to release preliminary information on the latest CARC annual workshop on 3 and 4 October 2024, which this year turns to ancient Iran under the umbrella of our #AncientArtConnections theme.
This hybrid workshop, hosted in Oxford with an online audience via Zoom, will address unresolved questions about the identity of Parthian art and its complex relationship with the classical tradition. Ranging from the origins of the Arsacid dynasty in the 3rd century BC to the emergence of a new visual culture under Sasanian rule in the 3rd century AD, this workshop will bring together a panel of international experts to consider how Parthian art connected with the art traditions of Hellenistic Asia and the Roman Empire. We will consider different media, including sculpture, coins, and luxury art, and use recent discoveries and fresh research to cast new light on old problems, including the issue of whether Parthian art even existed as a coherent phenomenon.
The workshop will be recorded and an open access volume of proceedings will appear in 2025. Further details will be announced soon.
Funding for this event is very generously provided by Richard Beleson in honour of Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis.
[Photo: limestone lintel from Hatra, c. 2nd-early 3rd century AD (Metropolitan Museum of Art, open access)]
Art under the Seleukid Empire: New perspectives
CARC has confirmed the topic for this year's annual international workshop.
'Art under the Seleukid Empire: New Perspectives' will take place on 28-29 September 2023, with an in-person audience at Wolfson College Oxford and online via Zoom. An international line-up of speakers will lead a hybrid conversation about the character of art under the rule of the Hellenistic Seleukid dynasty, which extended at times from the Mediterranean to the Indus. We will think afresh about the character of Seleukid art, the extent to which it can be defined as an entity, and the new light cast by ongoing archaeological discoveries.
Book now for free through our eventbrite page. All in-person attendees will also be given a Zoom link, so there is no need to book twice if you want both modes of attendance.
The provisional programme is available for download here (note that last-minute changes may occur: check here for the latest version).
The workshop has been organized in collaboration with Dr Rachel Wood and with the kind support from Tony Michaels and Wolfson College Oxford.
[Photo: Hellenistic figurine from Seleukia on the Tigris, Iraq Museum, Baghdad (Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin CC BY-SA 4.0 wikimedia)]
Classical Art and Ancient India - international workshop
Booking is now open for our next hybrid international workshop, 'Classical Art and Ancient India', which will be hosted in person in Oxford and online via Zoom on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March 2023. The workshop will bring together invited international speakers and a worldwide audience to address a topic very closely related to Gandhara and vital for placing classical art in its global context: the question of how much mutual artistic exchange occurred between other parts of India, Greece and Rome in antiquity, and what we stand to learn by studying their art traditions alongside each other.
Reservation, either for in person or online attendance, is free through our eventbrite page.
Read the workshop abstract here.
Read or download the latest version of the programme (note that small changes our expected, so check the latest version here).
This colloquium builds on the success of CARC's past Gandhara Connections workshops. It is also the first event under our new #AncientArtConnections initiative. Through gatherings of this kind, as well as other research, publications, and web resources., we aim to explore many different aspects of the relationship between Greek and Roman art and the wider ancient world, across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
This event is generously supported by the Bagri Foundation.
Dr Rafiullah Khan – Archaeology of the Periphery
We are delighted to announce a special online seminar under the auspices of CARC's 'Gandhara Connections' project, 2-3.15pm BST, Tuesday 18th October 2022.
Beazley for the 21st Century - international workshop
We are delighted to announce the arrangements for this year's CARC international workshop, 'Beazley for the 21st Century', which was originally planned for our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2020 but postponed because of the pandemic.
The workshop, which is generously supported by Jean-David Cahn and Tony Michaels, will take place both in person and online on Monday 26th-Tuesday 27th September 2022.
The workshop will address the potential of Beazley’s legacy and his method for the next fifty years of ancient world studies – not just ceramic research or even Greek art history, but the history and archaeology of the ancient Greek world broadly defined. At the heart of our discussion is the recognition that this academic inheritance embodies something almost unique in the history of ancient art: a conspectus of an entire craft tradition through three centuries at the level of the individual. The workshop therefore asks what the combination of breadth and fine granularity in the Beazleyan method offers for the understanding of ancient culture and society as much as for art, production, and trade.
Download the programme here (Version 3. Note that we expect small changes: please keep checking the latest version.)
Download the full workshop abstract.
Register free, either for in-person attendance or participation via Zoom, through our eventbrite page. For queries please contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
NEW! Special poster presentation - click on the title to view
Eleni Hasaki (University of Arizona) and Diane Harris Cline (George Washington University): Network Visualizations of Beazley's ABV and ARV Datasets: The Shape Sectors and Influential Artisans in the Athenian Kerameikoi
[Image: interior of a cup attributed to the Euergides Painter (and once owned by Sir John Beazley), ca. 500 BC (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).]
The 5th Gandhara Connections Lecture: Vidya Dehejia
For this 5th and final annual lecture of the Gandhara Connections project, we are delighted to host the distinguished scholar of ancient art, Vidya Dehejia (Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University). Professor Dehejia will put Gandharan imagery into the broader context of ancient Indian art in her lecture entitled 'ARTIST, SCRIBE, MONK/NUN, VIEWER: Visual Narratives at Early Buddhist Sites'.
The lecture will be held online via the Crowdcast platform, at 2pm BST on Friday 20th May 2022. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions after the lecture.
For details and registration see our Crowdcast pages.
[Photo: The Times of India]