The Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity (YIWSA) is a forum for graduate students who take the distant past as their object of study. Once a month participants gather to hear two students from different departments give papers that serve as the basis for a broader discussion across conventional disciplinary boundaries. Our scope for the term “antiquity” (or “antiquities”) is broad: we welcome students of cultures across the globe and periods across the ages to share their approaches to the past.
At the end of each semester we host a panel with faculty from Yale and elsewhere to provide comparative perspectives on a selected topic. In the academic year 2015-2016, the working group’s topic will take its cue from the yearlong lecture series of the Ancient Societies Workshop (a.k.a. YISAP) and its theme of “Border and Province.”
Meetings will be once a month on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Rachel Love (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jeffrey Niedermaier (email@example.com) or Zachary Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The tentative schedule for the academic year 2015-2016 will be announced in late August.