The muse Calliope at the "Inn of the Sulpicii" in Murecine

The muse Calliope at the "Inn of the Sulpicii" in Murecine

New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World 2017


MATERIA: New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World is a day-long workshop presenting new research in the area of the ancient book in the Roman World, broadly conceived. This event brings together six speakers from across the country who work on different aspects of the intersection of classical text and material culture to present work in progress. Each speaker has a significant block of time to present his/her findings, with ample time for questions and feedback from the audience and fellow panelists. Audience members are encouraged to come for the length of the day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for registered attendees.

This event is organized by Prof. Stephanie Frampton (MIT) and Prof. Joseph Howley (Columbia) and is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and the Dean of the School of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT, in collaboration with the Institute for Digital Archaeology and the History of the Book at Harvard.


Thursday, June 1 2017—Houghton Library, Harvard University

3:00-5:00 | Practical session (optional) - Meet the organizers and speakers and see classical items from Harvard's collection (attendance limited).

We apologize: at this time, the Houghton event is fully booked. If you would like to add your name to our waitlist, please email

Friday, June 2 2017—Building 2-105, MIT

*Please note the change in venue for Friday's sessions*

9:00-9:15 | Coffee

9:15-9:30 | Welcome - Stephanie Frampton (MIT)

9:30-10:45 | Session 1 - Joseph Howley (Columbia), Finding Distinction in the Ashes: Book-burning and Media Genres in Ancient Rome

10:45-11:00 | Coffee

11:00-12:15 | Session 2 -  Kyle Conrau-Lewis (Yale), Contesting the Page: Editing the Paratexts of Valerius Maximus

12:15-1:00 | Lunch

1:00-2:15 | Session 3 - Irene Peirano Garrison (Yale), Autograph Manuscripts and Authenticity: The Affective Power of the Original

2:15-3:30 |  Session 4 - Jane Raisch (Berkeley), Order and the Reader in Propertius Book 3

3:30-3:45 | Coffee

3:45-5:00 | Session 5 - Andrew Riggsby (UT Austin), Learning to Organize — by Organizing.

5:00-6:30 | A Response to MATERIA - Kathleen Coleman (Harvard)


Registration information

Coffee and lunch will be served for pre-registered attendees. There is no fee to attend the MATERIA conference, but we do ask that you register in advance so that we can estimate catering and room capacity.  Please visit our Eventbrite page to register.  There, you can indicate whether you plan to attend the whole day or part of the day, and whether you wish to attend the practical session on Thursday afternoon.


For questions or more information, contact Stephanie Frampton.