With word that I and my collaborator Maia Kotrosits have received an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2019-2024), much of my research, teaching, and online efforts will be heading in a somewhat new direction. (Don’t worry, I won’t forget that associations exist.) Minorities and immigrants have of course occupied me significantly before, but this will be a new concentration that we hope will help to reshape our understanding of ancient Mediterranean societies. Maia’s expertise in diaspora, postcolonial and race theory (among many other things) combined with her detailed knowledge of the ancient world will be indispensible for this project.
The title of this ongoing project is: Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Ethnographic Culture in the Greco-Roman World. It’s aim is to take a new approach to making sense of ethnic interactions, stereotypes, and hierarchies in the ancient Mediterranean, and the research will encompass peoples devoted to the Israelite or Judean god (including Jesus adherents) but without privileging them. Scythians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Phrygians, Egyptians and other peoples will also be central.
Online, I also plan to renew attention to this blog and likely a new series of podcast episodes with the study of minorities and subject peoples in antiquity at the centre. You will notice that the title of my website has changed to reflect this new direction. I have also retitled my podcast in anticipation of future episodes: Ethnic Relations and Cultural Life in the Ancient Mediterranean Podcast.
More coming soon!