International conference: Sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces – new results and perspectives, Szeged, 6-7th May 2022

With the generous help of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture (IKAnt) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences will organise an international conference focusing on sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces. The conference will take place in Szeged, Hungary between 6-7th May 2022.

The conference is organised as part of my OTKA postdoctoral research focusing on Roman religious communication in the Danubian provinces.


6th May 2022

9-10.00: arriving and registration of participants

10.00-10.15: official opening of the conference. Prof. András Máté-Tóth welcome speech

10.15.- 10.50. Keynote speaker: Michael Blömer (assistant professor, University of Münster): Jupiter Dolichenus sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces

      First session. Continuities and reinventing traditions in pre-Roman and indigenous sanctuaries during the Principate. Chair: Gabrielle Kremer

11.00-11.20. Ljubica Perinić (senior research fellow, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Archaeology Department, Croatia): sanctuaries of Silvanus in Dalmatia

11.30-11.50. Inga Vilogorac Brcic (associate professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia): The sanctuaries of Mater Magna Cybele in Dalmatia

12.00-12.15. Coffee break

12.15 – 12.35. G. Grabherr, From the tribal sanctuary of the Laianci to a rural Roman cult site – a newly discovered hilltop sanctuary of the Latène and Roman period near Lienz (East Tyrol).

12.40 – 13.00: B. Kainrath, Votive gifts and sacral inventory from the Latène and Roman sanctuary in Lienz (East Tyrol).

13.00-15.00 Lunch

Second session. Space sacralisation in public spaces. Chair: dr. Michael Blömer

15.00-15.20. Mirjana Sanader and Mirna Vukov (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia):Chasing Epigraphy, finding Sanctuaries. Written traces of Roman religion architecture in Dalmatia

15.30 – 15.50. Ivo Topalilov (Institute of Balkan Studies, The Center of Thracology, Sofia, Bulgaria): The Sanctuaries in Ratiaria and its territory

16.00 – 16.20. George Cupcea (senior research fellow, Transylvanian National Museum of History, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): A hexagonal altar from Apulum and its Oriental connections

16.30-16.45. Coffee break

16.45 – 17.05. Gabrielle Kremer (senior research fellow, Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike, ÖAW, Austria): Sanctuaries in northwestern Pannonia: Carnuntum and its hinterland

  1. 25 – 17.45. Dan Deac (County Museum of Zalau / Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Sanctuaries in Dacia Porolossensis. New results

17.50-18.10. Tomasz Dziurdzik (PhD candidate, University of Warsaw, Institute of Archaeology, Poland): sacralised spaces in the legionary fortress of Novae

19.00. Dinner

7th May 2022.

Third session. Space sacralisation in secondary spaces. Small group religions and their sanctuaries. Chair: dr. Christian Gugl

9.00 – 9.20. Nadežda Gavrilović Vitas (senior research fellow, Institute of Archaeology of Belgrade, Serbia): Sanctuaries in Moesia Superior: new results and interpretations

9.30 – 9.50. Kalin Stoev (State University of library studies and information technologies Sofia, Bulgaria): The sanctuaries of Moesia inferior: theoretical models and current state of research

10.00 – 10.20. Nirvana Silnovic (PhD candidate, Central European University, Medieval History Department, Hungary-Austria): The Cult of Mithras in Dalmatia: A Glocal Perspective

10.30 – 10.45. Coffee break

10.45 – 11.05. Iva Kaić (Research fellow, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia): Sacro-idyllic scenes on Roman engraved gems from Pannonia and Dalmatia

11.15-11.35. Christoph Hinker (Research fellow, Austrian Archaeological Institute, ÖAW, Austria): A Cave, a Grave and a Bridge: Three Examples for the Sacralisation of Secondary Spaces in Southern Noricum

11.40-12.00. Csaba Szabó (research fellow, University of Szeged, Department of Religious Studies Hungary): Mapping sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces

12.05 – 12.20. Final conclusions. Chair: Csaba Szabó, Christian Gugl

12.30. Lunch

15.00 – 17.00 City tour in the historical center of Szeged




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