Cargo Culture: Literary and Material Appropriative Practices in Rome
Friday, March 7 - Saturday, March 8, 2014
This conference aims to initiate an interdisciplinary conversation on appropriation in Rome, from plunder to evocatio to literary quotation and aemulatio. We hope to highlight significant points of contact and divergence between Rome's various appropriative activities: how is quotation like/unlike spoliation, or evocatio like/unlike commercial importation? Perhaps more importantly, we will explore the heuristic possibilities of treating appropriation in Rome as a foundational practice through which Roman culture made and remade itself. How does the importation, incorporation, and even worship of various kinds of literary and material cargo texture Roman culture?