Past events: Symposia

The Center for Late Ancient Studies sponsors an annual symposium that brings speakers from across the field of late ancient studies to Duke’s campus.

Information and photographs from recent CLAS Symposium events can be found below. For upcoming events, see CLAS lectures and Graduate Student Symposium.


Our 2014 Symposium, “Sophisticated Conversation: Speech, Power, and Identity in Late Antiquity” was held on February 14 at Elizabeth Clark’s apartment while Duke’s campus remained closed by winter weather!  Our guest speakers, Drs. Aaron Johnson and Laura Nasrallah, made it safely into town, and a small but merry band of students and professors were able to gather for lectures, responses, and discussion.

CLAS Symposium 2014 – poster



Late Antiquity made New:

A Celebration of the Work of Elizabeth A. Clark

April 11-13, 2013

Duke University 






PCM Keynote




opening keynote



Other recent Symposia

“Late Ancient Re-Readings: Interpretation and Appropriation in Late Antiquity,” featuring presentations from Elisabeth DePalma Digeser (UCSB) and Kevin Uhalde (University of Ohio), February 8, 2011.

“The Erotic in Late Ancient Muslim/Christian Encounters,” featuring presentations Gabriel Said Reynolds (University of Notre Dame) and Thomas Sizgorich (UC Irvine), January 29, 2010.

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