Maternitas in Classical Antiquity (registration required)

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British School at Rome

Thursday 17 May 2018

To celebrate the establishment of the Sheffield Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood a year ago, the British School at Rome will host Maternitas in Classical Antiquity, on 17 May 2018.

This conference aims to deepen our historical, archaeological, and anthropological understanding of maternity in the Greek, Roman, and Late Antique periods. Scholars from different disciplines will focus on the maternal body and the validation of women’s physical, social, and gendered experiences of childbearing in the Classical world. Papers explore themes such as conception and pregnancy, fertility and fertility-related cult practices, health risks to mother and baby, childbirth, and mother-infant relationships.

The speakers are Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge), Olympia Bobou (Aarhus), Maureen Carroll (Sheffield), Rebecca Gowland (Durham), April Pudsey (Manchester), Tim Parkin (Melbourne), Sandra Wheeler (Orlando), and Katie Hemer (Sheffield).


This event is free of charge, however if you would like to be included in the catering (tea/coffee, lunch, evening reception), there will be a cost of £22.50. If you wish to attend the conference, please complete the registration form on the University of Sheffield Online Store (where there is also the option for the payment of £22.50 for catering) by 1 April 2018. See the conference website for details and the link:

Places are limited. The maximum number of conference attendees is 40.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Archaeology (University of Sheffield) and the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP).

The conference organiser is Professor Maureen Carroll (