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Conferences, Symposia, Workshops and Summer Schools

Events and Public Engagement

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK) is a centre for the exchange between scholarly research in the field of ancient studies and the broader public. Our in-house events aim at enhancing or critically evaluating research questions in light of current debates. At the same time, we also link the numerous offers of our partner institutions in Berlin.

Our conferences and workshops as well as the lectures of our guest scholars are not only dedicated to the academic exchange but they also address the interested public of the city. In the context of our summer schools, we convey special skills for innovative research techniques or important application areas. Once a year, our open BAK-evening is designed to inform the public about our activities.

A focus of our work lies on new formats for public presentations of research. Together with the Excellence Cluster Topoi we organise a lecture series every semester: in the winter semester 2016/17 the topic is Frühe Ökonomien und Modernes Wirtschaftsdenken. In autumn 2016 BAK has staged the first "Antiquity Slam" based on the successful format of Science Slam. 

Our events calendar as well as our newsletter list all conferences and lectures in Berlin that are related to the study of antiquity: the university institutions are featured here, along with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) or the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB).

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08 Nov 2017

2. Antiquity Slam "Im Zeichen der Zeit"

Im November 2017 findet der 2. Berliner "Antiquity Slam" statt. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer haben 10 Minuten Zeit, um mit Präsentation, Requisiten und einer Performance das Publikum zu überzeugen. Dieses kürt am Ende des Abends den besten Beitrag.

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30 Jun 2017—01 Jul 2017

Berlin - Sudan. The history of Berlin-based research on Northeast Africa Change, continuity and scientific ‘Zeitgeist’ from the Kingdom of Prussia until the end of the GDR

Beginning with the Royal Prussian Expedition to Egypt and Ethiopia in the years 1842 to 1845 under Carl Richard Lepsius (1810–1884), research on the archaeology and languages of Northeast Africa has been significantly furthered by Berlin-based institutions and scholars.

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30 Jun 2017

The Parting of the Ways: Real or Imagined?

Invitation to Lecture of Prof. Dr. Shaye J. D. Cohen (Harvard University) – Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy

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15 May 2017

The end of the Roman city and the creation of a new social order

This work considers the final developments and decline of Roman cities in Central Anatolia, an understudied region of the Eastern Empire. The original data collected in the excavation at Pessinus are compared with those of other neighboring cities (Ankara and Amorium) as well as with the general development of local rural communities. The final results show that, after a period of generalized economic and demographic growth (4.-7.th c. CE), Central Anatolia undergoes a period of decline, which leads to the disappearance of most cities (Pessinus) in favor of the few thematic capitals (Ankara and Amorium) and Christian rural sites (Germia).

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22 Jun 2017—24 Jun 2017

Vergleich und Grenzen der Vergleichbarkeit in den Altertumswissenschaften

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) offers on 22.-24. June 2017 a summer school entitled "Vergleich und Grenzen der Vergleichbarkeit in den Altertumswissenschaften". We welcome graduates and doctoral researchers. The participation is free. We ask for registration by 5th June 2017.

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