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Conference on Hellenistic Social Imaginaries

Nov 11, 2011

"Shifting Social Imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period" was the topic of a conference organised by Research Project B15 "The Elusive Greekness". It took place on the 10th and 11th of November at Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg.

Although it is unequivocal that the Hellenistic period (323-30 BC) opened up spheres of global interaction linking different cultures and peoples in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, the effects of these intercultural contacts have yet to be sufficiently understood. The conference on "Shifting social imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period: Transforming processes of narrations, performative practices and images" sought to build on the concept of the social imaginary as a theoretical tool and to develop methodological and critical perspectives for future studies. The primary focus was on the mutual cultural entanglement between different communities in the Hellenistic period which had an impact on both the shaping of identities as well as on social practices.

The conference was organised by Prof. Dr. Eftychia Stavrianopoulou, who leads Research Project B15 "The Elusive Greekness" of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. The project takes to task the still prevalent view that the encounter between communities of the Greek mainland and of West Asia during Hellenistic times should be modelled as a one-way flow of ideas and practices.

For further information, please visit the conference website.


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