2023-24 University of Toronto Mississauga Annual Classics Seminar Series: "Centre and Periphery"
Religious Worship and Mobility at the Lago di Venere Sanctuary, Pantelleria
Carrie Murray, Associate Professor, Art and Archaeology, Brock University
Professor Murray's research focuses on cultural interaction in the central Mediterranean from the Archaic to the early Imperial Period. In particular, she examines archaeological evidence of different types of cultural exchange linked to ritual practices in sacred and funerary contexts. Her doctoral research explored the development of social hierarchy in Etruscan and early Roman society. Afterwards, she became a Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust Greek Colonization and European Development Project at the University of Cambridge, where she investigated Greek, Punic, and Etruscan expansion in the central Mediterranean. More recently, she has been investigating the social implications of different forms of sacrificial practices and votive offerings. The themes of cultural interaction and ritual practices also form the core of her fieldwork objectives. She is the Director of the Brock University Archaeological Project at Pantelleria in collaboration with the Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, Sicilia. The island of Pantelleria, situated in the Strait of Sicily, bears numerous layers of settlement and cultural interaction over millennia. Their project aims to reveal the character of the Punic to Roman Periods at the Lago di Venere sanctuary site.
The theme for this year's UTM Annual Classics Seminar (UTMACS) is centre and periphery. The speakers will challenge and explore this topic from various perspectives. For those who have not yet attended a UTMACS seminar, the sessions are in two parts, consisting of (1) a lecture (1:10–approx. 2:40 pm) followed, after a short break, by (2) a seminar-style discussion (3–4 pm) that is centred on the ‘focus item’ specified by the lecturer.
Professor Murray's talk will take place on Friday, February 2nd, 1:10PM to 4:00PM, live via Zoom.
Zoom link and readings will be circulated one week in advance.