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Friday, April 11, 2014

Conference: Institutions in villages in Egypt from the early Roman to the Fatimid period

Institutions in villages in Egypt
from the early Roman to the Fatimid period

King's College London, 3-4 July 2014

This conference will focus on the study of administrative, economic and social institutions in villages in Egypt from the early Roman period through to the Fatimid period. The aim of the conference is threefold: 1) to assess the role and importance of village institutions in the community; 2) to examine whether and to what extent villages had communal self-awareness; 3) to investigate how institutions (and the very idea of them) changed over time.
The conference is organised with the support of the British Academy.


Thursday 3 July
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Micaela Langellotti (London) Introduction
9:45-10:30 Mario C. D. Paganini (Copenhagen) Private associations and village life in early Roman Egypt
10:30-11:45 François Lerouxel (Université Paris-Sorbonne) Private banks in villages of Roman Egypt

11:45-12:15 Tea/Coffee Break

12:15-12:45 Andrea Jördens (Heidelberg) Feste und Feierlichkeiten im Hinterland
12:45-13:15 Roberto Mascellari (Florence) Security, legality and police procedures in Roman Egypt: the role of village officials in the submission of complaints

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-14:45 Thomas Kruse (Vienna) The organisation of the state farmers and its role in village administration
14:45-15:30 Maria Nowak (Warsaw) Village or town: Does it matter in legal terms?

15:30-16:00 Tea/Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Silvia Strassi (Padua) Presbyteroi nell'Egitto romano: i casi di Bakchias e Karanis
16:45-17:30 Micaela Langellotti (London) Record-offices in villages in Roman Egypt

18:00-19:30 Drinks reception

Friday 4 July
9:00-9:45 Lajos Berkes (Heidelberg) Fiscal institution or local community? The village koinon in Late Antiquity (4th–8th centuries)
9:45-10:30 Roberta Mazza (Manchester) Associations (koina) in villages and minor localities of the Apion estate between reality and documentary formulas
10:30-11:15 Gesa Schenke (Oxford) The Monastery of Apa Apollo as landowner and employer

11:15-11:45 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45-12:30 Arietta Papacostantinou (Reading) The lashane and the 'great men': secular authority in villages of the Umayyad period
12:30-13:15 Yossef Rapoport (London) Tribal institutions in Ayyubid Fayyum (1243 CE)

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-14:45 Dominic Rathbone (London) Conclusions
14:45 Discussion

For enquiries please contact Micaela Langellotti at micaela.1.langellotti@kcl.ac.uk.