Conferences 2017

Israel Science Foundation

Call for papers

Money on the Margins: Conference on Ancient Black Sea Trade

18-22 June 2017

When coinage was invented, the city-states of ancient Greece adopted it swiftly and enthusiastically; by the late classical period coins were the universal medium for both internal and external trade. Non-Greeks adopted coinage more hesitantly if at all; but the Greeks continued to trade with their neighbors. The Greeks wrote little about the mechanisms of this trade: did the locals have special “trading posts”? Currencies that were used specially for trading with Greeks? Did Greek traders travel to the non-Greeks or the other way around? Did long-term relationships lead to the adoption of coinage by the non-Greeks? Many such questions can be asked.

Keynote speakers: Alain Bresson, François de Callataÿ, and Sergei Monachov.

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by January 15, 2017 to

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University of Warwick

Call for papers

Tokens: Culture, Connections, Communities

8-10 June 2017

The roles and power of the everyday objects in constituting social life has increasingly become an area of interest across multiple disciplines. Often used or handled unconsciously, everyday objects nonetheless enable different types of governance, relationships and communities, contributing to the formation and maintenance of ideologies, identities and normative orders. This conference focuses on one category of everyday object, the token, inviting an interdisciplinary exploration of the roles these objects have played from the beginnings of human civilisation until the present day. These small, unassuming objects perform significant functions within human society, and have shaped communities, institutions and relationships over time.

Submissions from those working with tokens across all time periods are invited. Papers might address the following questions, or pose others:

  • how have tokens operated as a form of alternative currency across time?
  • how do tokens enable the formation of different governmental systems? (e.g. elections, legal systems, transport, commerce)
  • how have tokens contributed to cultural and cognitive development? (e.g. writing, mathematics, philosophy or other cognitive processes)
  • how might tokens formulate and maintain different communities, and communal identity?
  • what roles do tokens play in funeral, religious or other (liminal) contexts?
  • what role do tokens play in human relationships?
  • what emotional or psychological role do these objects possess?
  • what methodological approaches can we use to better understand tokens?

Keynote speakers: Professor Denise Schmandt-Besserat (Texas), Professor Bill Maurer (UC Irvine).

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited. Proposals should include a title, name, email address, and an abstract of no more than 300 words, emailed to by 1st December 2016. An edited volume of select papers arising from the conference is envisaged.

This conference is supported by the European Research Council as part of the Project Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean.

Visit the webiste Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean to explore the Project.