CAS Annual Symposium Spring 2019

Rebellion in the Ancient World

January 25–26, 2019

This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Penn Museum and the University Research Foundation.

This year's annual symposium will be an interdisciplinary examination of the formation and nature of rebellion around the globe with speakers presenting case studies from North America, Syro-Palestine, China, Islamic World, Egypt, Byzantine World, Inca Empire and South Asia in the ancient and medieval past.

Speaker Abstracts and Biographies

Friday, January 25th | Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium
6:00 Keynote Lecture:

Matthew Liebmann (Harvard University):
“A Little Rebellion Now and Then is a Good Thing”: An Archaeology of Alternative American Revolutions”

7:00 Reception in the Mosaic Hall

Saturday, January 26 | Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium

Welcome and Introduction
9:00 Grant Frame (University of Pennsylvania)

Morning Sessions

Chair : Grant Frame (University of Pennsylvania)
9:15 Joseph Manning (Yale University): “Nile Flood Failure as a Trigger to Social Unrest in Egypt. The Case of the Ptolemies”
10:00 Leonora Neville (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “The Revolting Ambition of Anna Komnene: Gender Malpractice, Authorship, and Brotherly Love in 12th Century Constantinople”

10:45 Coffee Break

Chair: Megan Kassabaum (University of Pennsylvania)
11:15 David Graff (Kansas State University): “Revolt of the Spear Carriers: Military Rebellion in Late Tang China”
12:00 Najam Haider (Barnard College): “Rebels and Imams: Negotiating Categories of Identity in Early Islam”


12:45 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Chair : Holly Pittman (University of Pennsylvania)
2:00 Dennis Ogburn (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): "The Myth of Constant Rebellion in the Inca Empire"
2:45 Seth F.C. Richardson (University of Chicago): "Armed and Alienated: On a Babylonian Politics of Rebellion ca. 1600 BC"
3:30 Jarrod Whitaker (Wake Forest University): "The Danger of Picking Unripe Fruit: Rebellion, Revolution, and Military Dissension in Ancient India"

Closing Remarks
4:15 Grant Frame (University of Pennsylvania)