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Enaiê Mairê Azambuja, Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Environmental Humanities Research Hub, School of Advanced Study).

Manuel Álvarez-Martí-Aguilar (University of Malaga / ICS Dorothy Tarrant Fellow).

Jason König, Andrea Brock (Centre for Ancient Environmental Studies, University of St Andrews).

Stephanie Jones (Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton

There has been an expansion of work recently on the sea and rivers across the whole range of ancient environmental studies, from literary to archaeological approaches, but there have still been very few attempts to discuss the challenges and prospects for that emerging field and to debate the question of what theoretical frameworks and what overarching questions are likely to be most productive. That is the goal of this workshop. We want to ask how far looking at blue humanities research for other periods and cultures can help us to open up new questions about human-water relations in the ancient Mediterranean world, and bring new perspectives to current research in the broader field of ancient environmental studies. We also ask how looking at the classical and premodern past can make a difference to the blue humanities as a discipline. 

By bringing together specialists from a range of different fields and fostering interdisciplinary exchange, the workshop aims to generate new perspectives and encourage the development of innovative lines of research on the complex relationship between humanity and water in a long-term perspective.

10.00 – 10.30 am: Welcome and Introductory note by Emlyn Dodd (Institute of Classical Studies) and Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Environmental Humanities Research, School of Advanced Study)

10.30 – 11.00 am: Jason König (University of St Andrews, CAES): Mountain Humanities/Blue Humanities: Representing marginal communities in imperial literature.

11.00 – 11.30 am: Manuel Álvarez-Martí-Aguilar (University of Malaga / ICS Dorothy Tarrant Fellow): Troubled Seas and Blue Humanities: Dealing with Aggressive Waters in the Ancient World and Beyond.

11.30 – 12.00 pm: Andrea Brock (University of St Andrews, CAES): A River Runs Through It: Flood Risk and Response in the City of Rome. 

12.00 – 1.30 pm: Lunch break 

1.30 – 2.00 pm: Emily Kneebone (University of Nottingham): Human and non-human life at sea. 

2.00 – 2.30 pm: Peter Campbell (Cranfield University): Object-Oriented Ecology: Pelagic-Being in the Anthropocene and the Role of Archaeology in the Blue Humanities. 

2.30 – 3.00 pm: Daniel Hanigan (Cambridge University): Edge Potency: Coastal Classics and the Blue(-ish) Humanities. 

3.00 – 3.30 pm: Coffee break 

3.30 – 4.00 pm: Hannah Worthen & Katerina Velentza (University of Hull): Archival and archaeological evidence for flood in medieval and early modern Hull. 

4.00 – 4.30 pm: Renée Hoogland (University of Southampton): Searching for Doggerland: Speculating a Submerged Landscape across Literature and Maritime Archaeology.

4.30 – 5.00 pm: Giacomo Savani (Ca' Foscari University of Venice): Bodies of Water: Baths, Medicine and the Senses in Renaissance Europe.

5.00 – 6 pm: Round table - discussion.