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【For Students and Academics】CISMOR Seminar: Mithraism in Pannonia

Date: 2016/05/30 16:40-18:;10
Place: Room G1, Shingakukan, Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University
Lecture: Dr. Blanka Misic (Department of Ancient Civilizations, Champlain College Lennoxville, Canada)

Dr. Blanka Misic is an instructor in Humanities and Ancient Civilizations at Champlain College Lennoxville (Quebec, Canada). She received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Bishop's University, Shrbrooke (Canada), M.A. in Classics from McMaster University (Canada), and Ph.D. in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London (UK). In her Ph.D. thesis, "Cults and Religious Integration in the Roman Cities of the Drava Valley (Southern Pannonia)", she explored religious and cultural identities in the settlements of Poetovio (Ptuj, Slovenia), Aquae Iasae (Varazdinske Toplice, Croatia), Iovia-Botivo (Ludbreg, Croatia) and Mursa (Osijek, Croatia). She has conducted research in the field of Roman socio-cultural history; focusing on issues of religion, ethnicity, cultural integration, and the concept of identity in the Roman Empire. Dr Misic is currently negotiating a publishing contract with Bloomsbury Publishing for a monograph entitled “Identities in the Graeco-Roman World”.
This lecture proposes to explore, using a cognitive theoretical perspective, the dissemination of the Mithras cult and its rituals in Pannonia via the social networks of worshippers. Using as primary evidence votive reliefs and inscriptions, the paper will examine the nature of the Mithras-cult and its rituals in Pannonia; and how they spread through individual and social (professional and familial) networks. By adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the aim of this paper is to re-examine how the cult of Mithras gained popularity in Pannonia, and also to understand how social networks contributed to the formation of religious and provincial identities.

16:40 - 16:45 Opening Remarks  Prof. Junya Shinohe (Director of CISMOR)
16:45 - 17:25 Lecture Dr. Blanka Misic
17:25 - 18:10 Discussion
If you would like to participate in this seminar, please RSVP to the CISMOR office in advance: Registration closes on May 27.
Language: English only, No interpretation