Newcastle University: Northern Lights Workshop 2020+1

We are pleased to announce the programme of the Northern Lights Workshop 2020+1, a one-day meeting for postgraduate research students in Ancient History in the North of the UK. Please find the schedule of the workshop below.

The event will be hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. It will take place on Friday 14 May 2021 via Zoom.

Registration to attend the event is now open. We invite those who are interested in the workshop to register via email at [email protected] by Wednesday 12 May 2021.

The meeting will be opened with a ‘Three-Minutes Thesis’ session at which all participants – whether speakers or attendees, if PhD students – will be asked to present their projects to receive feedback on their own research and to foster new networks with peers in related fields. The meeting will then run into four parallel sessions. Each session will have two panels and each panel two papers.

We aim to create a supportive environment and encourage the formation of a collaborative community of young researchers.

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

The organising committee: Sara Borrello, Juan García, Emilio Zucchetti



Please note: all times in British Summer Time (BST). 9:15 BST = 10:15 CEST

9.15 – 9.30 AM:  Welcome

9.30 – 11.15 AM: 3MT (‘Three-Minute Thesis’)

11.15 – 11.30 AM: Break

11.30 – 12.30 PM: Parallel Session 1 (Panels 1 and 2)

  • Panel 1 
  • María Fernández Portaencasa (Universidad Carlos III Madrid): Vade Retro, Satana. Rituals of Exorcism as a Part of Conversion in the First Christian Centuries 
  • Marios Koutsoukos (University of Liverpool): Self-identification with the Supreme One God in the Stele of Jeu 
  • Panel 2 
  • Emma Howard (University of Liverpool): Was the Risk Worth the Reward? Post-Natal Complications in the Ancient Greek World 
  • Laura Kopp-Zimmermann (Universität Mainz / Universität Innsbruck): Gender Stereotypes in the Urban Mimes of Herodas and Theocritus under the Microscope 

12.30 – 1.30 PM: Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.30 PM: Parallel Session 2 (Panels 3 and 4)

  • Panel 3 
  • Giulio Leghissa (University of Toronto): How to trace Mobility between North Africa and Egypt in Inscriptions? the Case of SB XIV 11979
  • Oded Haim (Independent Scholar): The Punic Army at the Battle of Zama
  • Panel 4 
  • Manfredi Zanin (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia): The Denarii of Faustus Sulla: A New Analysis
  • Rory Nutter (University of Edinburgh): Establishing a Foothold: The Impact of Colonisation in Southern Italy for the Spread of Latin

2.30 – 2.45 PM: Break

2.45 – 3.45 PM: Parallel Session 3 (Panels 5 and 6)

  • Panel 5 
  • Juan García González (Newcastle University): Between Catiline and Sertorius: The Rebellious Life of C. Cornelius Cethegus 
  • Borja Martín Chacón (Universitat de Barcelona): A War of Clientelae? Local Communities in Hispania Ulterior during the War between Caesar and Pompey
  • Panel 6 
  • Louis Pomaret Cañadas (Technische Universität Dresden / University of Edinburgh): Honour, Shame and Respect in Homer: Towards an Understanding of the Behavioural Patterns of Ancient Greek Elites  
  • Josh Webb (University of Leicester): ‘Egalitarianism’ and the Study of the Hoplite in Archaic and Classical Greece 

3.45 – 4 PM: Break

4 – 5.30 PM: Parallel Session 4 (Panels 7 and 8)

  • Panel 7 
  • Edward Iles (Oxford University): Evaluation of Site Finds in Western Asia Minor – Circulation and Change across the Last Three Centuries BC 
  • David Serrano Ordozgoiti (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): The Sovereign and War: The Image of Emperor Gallienus’ Power (253-268) through the Mediolanum’s Mint Coinage  
  • Panel 8 
  • Madison Rolls (University of Edinburgh): Anxiety Checked: Uncovering the Way in Which Suetonius Conceptualizes the Servile Educator in Order to Ease Elite Tensions Regarding Status Dissonance 
  • Laura Donati (University of Edinburgh): Of Snails and Bees: Slave Runaway and Juridical Thought in the Agricultural Writers  

5.30 – 7 PM: Digital Drinking