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The British School at Rome

Thursday 17 May 2018

To celebrate the establishment of the Sheffield Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood a year ago, the British School at Rome will host Maternitas in Classical Antiquity, 17 May 2018.

This conference aims to deepen our historical, archaeological, and anthropological understanding of maternity in the Greek, Roman, and Late Antique periods.  Scholars from different disciplines will focus on the maternal body and the validation of women’s physical, social, and gendered experiences of childbearing in the Classical world. Papers explore themes such as conception and pregnancy, fertility and fertility-related cult practices, health risks to mother and baby, childbirth, and mother-infant relationships.

This event is free of charge, however if you would like to be included in the catering (tea/coffee, lunch, evening reception), there will be a cost of £22.50.

If you wish to attend the conference, please complete the registration form on the University of Sheffield Online Store. Payment of £22.50 for refreshments is also made through this link.

Book your place

Places are limited. The maximum number of conference attendees is 40 (including speakers).

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Archaeology and by the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP).

For queries please contact:

Prof. Maureen Carroll, p.m.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk

the courtyard of the British School at Rome, photo M Carroll


Terracotta figurines of mothers with infants from Capua

Rebecca Flemming, Cambridge

Medicine, Gender and Procreative Failure in the Ancient World

Olympia Bobou, Aarhus

Seeking Fertility in Greek Sanctuaries: Mothers as Dedicators

Maureen Carroll, Sheffield

Fertility Cults and Women as Cult Participants in Early Roman Italy

Rebecca Gowland, Durham

Concepts of the Infant-Mother Nexus and Bodily Boundaries in the Roman Empire

April Pudsey, Manchester

Experiences of Mothers and Infants in Roman Egypt: The Papyrus Evidence

Tim Parkin, Melbourne

Birth Spacing. Demographic Control or a Reflection of Roman Maternal Health?

Sandra Wheeler, Orlando

Miscarriages in Late Roman Egypt: The Bioarchaeological Evidence

Katie Hemer, Sheffield

Macro and Micro Migrations in Post-Roman Britain and the Impact on Mothers and Families

Funerary relief of a child with its mother and father, Rome


Welcome 9:15
Papers 9:30 - 11:00 Flemming, Bobou
Coffee break 11:00 - 11:30
Papers 11:30 - 13:00 Carroll, Gowland
Lunch 13:00 - 14:00
Papers 14:00 - 15:30 Pudsey, Parkin
Coffee break 15:30 - 16:00
Papers 16:00 - 17:30 Wheeler, Hemer
General discussion 17:30 - 18:00

Book launch

M. Carroll, Infancy and Earliest Childhood in the Roman World (OUP)

18:00 - 18:30
Prosecco reception 18:30 - 20:00


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