Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity

The Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity is a graduate student-organized working group that is intended to serve as a forum for graduate students in diverse disciplines across the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences whose research centers on or relates to the ancient world. The working group will serve as a venue for graduate students and faculty from numerous departments and programs to come together for the presentation and discussion of research organized around a specific theme. This working group serves as a jumping-off point for communication regarding source material and research questions that do not often fall neatly within disciplinary boundaries. Graduate students will have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty from departments outside of their own with whom they might not otherwise have occasion to come into contact. This interaction will foster communication and collaboration across departments and disciplines. Not only will graduate students have a chance to present their current research, the presentations will also open up a dialogue about the relevance of that research to projects other students and faculty are engaged in, and will encourage students and faculty to consider the interrelationships among themes common to various disciplines that study the ancient world.  

The theme for the 2013-2014 academic year is Conflict and Cooperation in Antiquity, with an emphasis on topics that involve the crossing of boundaries. The crossing of boundaries encompasses two meanings: the crossing of disciplinary boundaries in one’s research, and the crossing of boundaries (whether cultural, geographic, linguistic, temporal, sociospatial, etc.) as a subject of study. Relevant departments from which participants and presenters may be drawn include but are not limited to the Departments of History, Classics, Philosophy, History of Art, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and East Asian Languages and Literature, as well as the Yale Divinity School and Yale Law School. 

Meetings take place four times per semester at 4pm on Friday afternoons. For more information, please contact the group coordinators: sara.cole@yale.edu and geoffrey.moseley@yale.edu.

The tentative schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year is as follows:


Fall Meeting Schedule:

September 27, 2013

October 18, 2013

November 1, 2013

December 13, 2013


Spring Meeting Schedule:

January 31, 2014

February 28, 2014

March 28, 2014

April 18, 2014