School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Greek Art in Context Conference

An International Conference at the University of Edinburgh 7th-9th April 2014.

Parthenon East Frieze VI. Cast

This two and a half-day conference will explore the broad notion of context in relation to Greek Art. Its aim is twofold: to address the problem of defining and determining context from a theoretical point of view and to explore how it affects the interpretation of the material culture of ancient Greece from the Dark Ages to the end of the Hellenistic period. What do we mean by context? In which ways and under what circumstances does context become relevant for the interpretation of Greek material culture? Which contexts should we look at - viewing context, political, social and religious discourse, artistic tradition…? What happens when there is no context?

Keynote speakers

Keynote presentations will include Prof. Carmen Sánchez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Dr. Antonis Kotsonas (University of Edinburgh).

Conference sponsors

This conference is hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Generous support has been received by the Institute of Classical Studies, the Classical Association, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

Several student bursaries will be available and information on applying for a bursary will became available soon.

Logos of sponsors


Dr Diana Rodriguez Perez

Conference Organiser

Contact details

Conference fee and booking

The conference fee is £50 standard rate and £35 for students. It includes coffee and tea on the 7th, 8th and 9th, sandwich lunch on the 7th and 8th, as well as the drinks receptions on the 7th and 8th. Delegates are expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. They are also encouraged to apply for funding at their own institutions.


All sessions will be held in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, located in William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.