The Premodern World at the University of Virginia

Contemporary Perspectives on the Ancient and Medieval Past

Events This Week:

African Studies Colloquium series

Solange Ashby, University of California Los Angeles

"Augustus and the Nubian Queen: Europe’s First Incursion into Africa"

Wednesday, October 20, 3:30-5:00pm

Virtual: Zoom registration link (you MUST pre-register)


AIA Joukowsky Lecture

Michael Chazan, University of Toronto

"Tracing the Origins of Art"

Thursday, October 21, 5:30pm

Virtual: Zoom link

Meeting ID: 940 5443 7501

Passcode: 789016


Archaeology Brown Bag

Najee Olya, University of Virginia

"Exiting Frank M. Snowden, Jr.’s Anthropological Gallery: Toward an Understanding of Visual Representations of Africans in Ancient Greek Vase-Painting"

Friday, October 22, 4:00-5:15

Virtual: Zoom registration link


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Pre-moderns. Started in 2014, the Premodern Group at UVA is a gathering of faculty and students who come together to explore salient issues of antiquity and the Middle Ages (variously construed) within a global context. We seek to advance understanding of the world before the advent of the modern era through cross-cultural conversation about society, modes of expression, philosophical systems, and belief. The Premodern Group aims to serve as a crossroads at which members of existing intellectual communities at the University can learn from one another in a fresh, innovative format. Current members come from various departments and fields, reaching from India and the Near East to Northern Europe and Greece and Rome, and Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire. All members of the University are invited to participate.

Having begun as a discussion group, we maintain a website to coordinate pre-modern course offerings, advertise lectures and other events of common interest to the group, and to host a blog for the sharing of resources and other discussion. Future collaborations envisioned include visiting speakers, a conference, seminars, and joint course development.