Princeton University, 2014

Organizer: AnneMarie Luijendijk 

The 2014 Summer Institute took place at Princeton University from July 7 to August 8 under the co-directorship of Jean-Luc Fournet (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris) and Nicolaos Gonis (University College, London). AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton) was the organizer. The focus was late antique papyri.

The core program of the institute consisted of daily lectures and seminar meetings on such topics as dates and money, toponyms, letters (fourth through eights centuries), accounts, receipts, petitions, contracts, literary papyri, Oxyrhynchus and the Apions, Aphrodite, Dioscorus’ oeuvre, Christian papyri, monasticism, and Coptic documents. Students also learned to submit editions and corrections to the Papyrological Navigator. The chronological focus ranged from the late third century to the eighth century with an emphasis on (but not exclusively) late antique documentary papyri. Participants prepared editions of documents from the papyrus collection at Princeton’s Firestone Library, to be published in P.Princ. IV.

Roger Bagnall (ISAW), Raffaella Cribiore (NYU), James Keenan (Loyola University of Chicago), Gesa Schenke (Oxford) and Don Skemer (Princeton) presented guest lectures and seminars.

We had an excellent group of advanced graduate students and a recent PhD, selected from a strong pool of 35 applicants. Participants in the institute were: Yasmine Amory (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris), Eleni Chronopoulou (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), Mélanie Houle (University of Ottawa), Katharine Huemoeller (Princeton University), Alexander Kirby (University of Toronto), Emily Kirkegaard (University of Notre Dame), Karin Maurer (University of Vienna), Ágnes Mihálykó (University of Oslo), William Mundy (University of Manchester), Nicholas Venable (University of Chicago), and Matthijs Wibier (Pennsylvania State University).

The institute was presented under the auspices of the American Society of Papyrologists and made possible through the generous funding of the ASP, the Onassis Foundation (University Seminars Program), and the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant, Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity, and Departments of Classics, History and Religion at Princeton University.