Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World

An International, Multidisciplinary Conference


Lampeter, Wales, U.K. | 8-10 May 2018

Lampeter Society

“Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World” is a three-day international and multi-disciplinary conference that aims to explore approaches to the theme of ‘globalisation’ across the ancient world, down to 700 CE, from a methodological, cultural, social, and economic perspective. Some 30 specialists from Asia, Europe, South and North America will make this a truly 'global' conference.

Globalisation is a buzzword for our interconnected, fast-moving modern times in the 21st century. But globalisation is not new. Already 2,000 - 3,000 years ago, we can identify comparable developments, like an ever-increasing inter-dependencies between distant regions of the ancient world.  For example, we see native people expressing and shaping their local identity in the highly connected, global world of the Roman empire. Apart from complex trade networks, the exchange of ideas and technologies, the spread of religions and the emergence of global fashions and zeitgeist, we also see the movement of people across vast distances, creating cosmopolitan societies in some places, highly integrated societies, and diaspora communities. Nowadays, the concept of ‘globalisation’ and of a cosmopolitan society have come under increasing scrutiny for contemporary society. Therefore the study of globalisation with regards to the ancient world will enable us to place this modern debate within a wider historical framework. The purpose of the conference is to provide new insights into cross-cultural interactions and responses in inter-connected and entangled regions of the ancient world.

Methodological issues relating to the theme of ‘globalisation’ will be analysed in different contexts, notably the application of this concept in different regions and different periods of the ancient world. For example, one can scrutinise such a concept in the multi-ethnic Seleukid Empire, explore globalizing tendencies in ancient China or pharaonic Egypt, study concepts of local identities in the ‘global world’, consider alternative models like ‘Mediterranisation’, ‘Oikoumenisation’, or 'Glocalisation', or explore interaction and cultural exchange between the Roman world, Africa, Southern Asia and China.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed. Thank you all for your interesting papers. 

Themes / Sessions

  1. Globalisation in Antiquity – a valid approach?
  2. Empires and the concept of Globalisation
  3. Migration and diaspora
  4. Shaping local identities in a ‘global world’
  5. Individual and regional responses to globalisation across the ancient world
  6. The Indian Ocean and the movement of goods, ideas and peoples
  7. How connected was the Afro-Eurasian world?
  8. “Visual Koiné”
  9. Globalisation and local identities from the Hellenistic period to late Antiquity: the view from the Aegean (organised by Anna Kouremenos (University of Tübingen) & Alkiviadis Ginalis (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz and Austrian Academy of Sciences)

The deadline for proposals was the 15th January 2018.

Languages: Apart from English and Welsh, papers in French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc. are of course welcome. We would also ask delegates who wish to present papers in languages other than English to consider providing their abstract, PowerPoint presentations and other visual media in English for the benefit of all conference delegates (simultaneous translation of papers into English will only be available for papers in Welsh).

Conference fee to cover tea, coffee, reception and lunch:
£45 (£30 for students, speakers, and unwaged; free for UWTSD students)


Organisers and contact details:

Please feel free to contact us anytime:

Lampeter campus,
University of Wales Trinity Saint David,
College Street,
Lampeter, SA48 7ED,
Wales, U.K.

Getting to Lampeter: UWTSD’s Lampeter campus is situated in west Wales, at the crossroad of the A482, A485 and A475.The University was founded in 1822 (click here for more info and map of Lampeter). There are direct coaches from London to Lampeter. The nearest railway stations are Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, and the nearest airports are Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, followed by London Heathrow (also see page on how to get to Lampeter).

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Donald Atkinson Fund - Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

We would like to express our thanks to the Donald Atkinson Fund (Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies) who generosity has enabled us to provide some modest support to a few of our PhD/early careers contributors.

Lampeter Society

We would like to express our thanks to the Lampeter Society (university alumni association) for kindly providing us with support to help provide a conference dinner for the delegates and additional support for the catering of the event.


Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up-to-date, some information may be subject to change.

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