Historiography and AntiquarianismHISTORIOGRAPHY and ANTIQUARIANISM

12-14 August 2011
University of Sydney, Australia

Convenors: Frances Muecke (CAH, Sydney) & John Gagné (History, Sydney)

Sponsors: Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, Sydney Latin Summer School.

Organising Committee: Dr. Jenny Spinks (Postdoc, History, Melbourne); Dr. Gary Ianziti (Centre for the History of European Discourses, Queensland); Dr. Amelia Robertson Brown (CAH, Queensland); Prof. D. Potts (Archaeology, Sydney); PG rep.: Christian Callisen (QUT)

CONFERENCE VENUE - CCANESA (4th floor Madsen Building)

Madsen is the 1930s building with the tower near the City Road entrance to the main Campus. On the weekend we will be using the small door around the corner to the right. (Click here for map and arrival information.)



Titles and 150-word abstract due 15 January 2011

This conference aims to expand a discussion on approaches to the past from Greco-Roman antiquity to the 17th century, and to assemble scholars interested in the relationship between history and antiquarianism in the ancient and pre-modern worlds. While antiquarian studies have expanded significantly in early modernist circles in the last 30 years, earlier centuries of antiquarianism (up to the 16th century) are only now beginning to attract interest. Was Arnaldo Momigliano right in 1950 that historians write narratives and solve problems, while antiquaries build systems and collect material remains? What has changed in our view of historiography and antiquarianism? Must we reconsider the disciplinary value of antiquarian methods? One historian has even recently argued: 'in the twentieth century antiquarianism conquered history.' The hope at this conference is to cross the boundaries between ancient and early modern historians and to provide new ideas for the study of culture in both fields.

Paper length: 20 or 30 minutes


  • Antiquity
  • Late antiquity / Byzantine period
  • Middle Ages
  • Early Modernity


Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Historians, historiography
  • Antiquaries, institutions, systems
  • The history of research & methods
  • The history of scholarship on lost cultures
  • The study of earliest origins
  • Collection, organisation, empiricism
  • Artifacts, media, art
  • Antiquarian societies
  • Religious history
  • Problems of genre (history, chronicle, antiquary)
  • Compendia, florilegia, anthologies, epigraphy


Click here to download the Registration Form.

Please return the completed form by 30 June 2011.


Click here to view the working programme (updated 7 August 2011)
Click here to view the interim abstracts.


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Please send all correspondence and inquiries to: antiqua2011@gmail.com