ARCog 1: Authority
23-24 July 2013: Senate House, London
This meeting was supported by the British Academy, the Institute for Classical Studies, the J P Postgate Fund, Liverpool, and the universities of Nottingham and Liverpool.
Over the course of two days, participants explored the theme of religious authority, using cognitive approaches to think about ancient evidence, and vice versa.
On the first day, papers on cognitive approaches to religious authority were given by Armin Geertz, Aarhus University; Aleš Chalupa and Eva Kundtová Klocová, Masaryk University; and Lee McCorkle, University of North Carolina.
John Baines, University of Oxford; Robin Osborne, University of Cambridge; John North, ICS, London gave papers on aspects of authority in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman religions, respectively.
The second day began with two papers that demonstrated how cognitive approaches may be applied to ancient evidence. These were given by Olympia Panagiotidou, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki/Aarhus University and Luther Martin, University of Vermont. The participants then broke up into smaller groups to discuss themes in more detail.