Call for Papers: The Persian Empire, the Social Sciences, and Ancient Historiography
[Update] Deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 3 June 2018.
Studying the first Persian Empire (550–330 BCE) is both frustratingly immense and too restrictive, with extant evidence often not directly answering the questions we wish to ask of it. For social and cultural dynamics, very careful methodology is necessary to tease out more sophisticated understandings. However, it is no longer sufficient merely to mine existing theory that appears to be adaptable; rather, ancient historians need better integration in the broader social scientific discourse. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is twofold:
- for ancient historians to engage with cutting edge social scientific work and find new, potentially fruitful angles;
- to contribute to the development of social scientific theory through the ancient evidence.
The workshop intends to bring together historians and social scientists, to discuss how theory and historical data can be…. read more