PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Named and distinguished lectures

‘The origins of inequality’

Distinguished lecture, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, Toulouse (France), December 19, 2013

‘The first fall of the Roman empire’

Ronald Syme Lecture, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Oxford (UK), October 31, 2013

‘The long reach of antiquity: Rome, China, and modernity’

‘Redrawing the map of the Roman world’

15th Annual Christopher Roberts Lecture, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, September 21-22, 2012

‘The Lives of the Twelve Hundred Caesars: Roman emperors, global comparisons’

Hyde Lecture, Graduate Group in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 29, 2012

‘The impact of empire: Rome and (far) beyond’

2nd Impact of Empire Lecture, Nijmegen (The Netherlands), December 17, 2010

‘The wolf and the dragon: empire in ancient Rome and China

Settle-Cadenhead Memorial Lecture, Department of History, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, November 6, 2008

[with Richard Saller] ‘Biology or culture? Understanding the ancient family’

Harper Lecture, University of Chicago Alumni Association, San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2002, and Palo Alto, CA, May 5, 2002

 

 

Keynote lectures

‘City-state, republic, empire: what was the Roman Republic really like?’

Keynote lecture, Humanities West, San Francisco, CA, October 24, 2014

‘The long reach of the ancient past: China, Rome, and modernity’

Keynote lecture & Dean’s lecture, International forum Comparative studies of ancient Eurasian empires: political, institutional and economic aspects, University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Australia), August 22, 2014

‘Building for the state: a world-historical perspective’

Keynote lecture, Landscapes of empire: public building and labour organization in ancient states, Fourth International Conference of the National Research Network “Imperium & officium: comparative studies in ancient bureaucracy and officialdom”, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), November 27, 2013

‘Comparing ancient worlds: past, present and future’

Plenary lecture, Fourth International Conference on Ancient World History, Nankai University, Tianjin (China), June 18, 2012

‘The Roman emperor in the wider world’

Plenary lecture, Triennial conference of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, Cambridge (UK), July 26, 2011

‘Coin quality, coin quantity, and coin value in early China and the Roman world’

Keynote lecture, International numismatic conference Coinage from Japan to the Mediterranean, Oriental Society of Australia, University of Sydney, Sydney (Australia), July 17, 2009

‘Epigraphy and demography: birth, marriage, family, and death’

Plenary lecture, XIII International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Oxford (UK), September 4, 2007

‘Contextualizing disease in the ancient world’

Keynote address, International conference Disease in global environmental history, York University, Toronto (Canada), March 9, 2007

 

 

Invited lectures

‘The (ancient) ‘West’ and the rest: early labor regimes in global perspective’

Neubauer Collegium Working Group on Comparative Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 10, 2014

‘The long reach of antiquity: China, Rome, and modernity’

Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, October 9, 2014

‘Quantitative models for ancient historians’

Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, October 6, 2014

Roms Grenzlandkaiser: wie, warum und wozu?’

Departement Altertumswissenschaften, Universität Basel, Basel (Switzerland), September 23, 2014

Ungleichheit beseitigen: eine gewaltsame Geschichte’

Zentrales Kolloquium des Doktoratsprogramms Geschichte, Universität Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland), October 22, 2014

‘The first fall of the Roman empire’

Classical Lecture Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 25, 2014

‘Borderlands emperors: how, why, and what for?’

Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, University of California – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, February 4, 2014

‘The Orbis project: reconstructing communication networks in the Roman empire’

Université Toulouse II – Le Mirail, Toulouse (France), December 18, 2013

‘Always follow the money: what public revenue and expenditure tell us about the nature of the Roman empire

Classical Lecture Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 26, 2014

Department of Classics, University of Reading, Reading (UK), October 30, 2013

Economic and Social History Seminar, All Souls College, Oxford (UK), October 29, 2013

‘Slavery and forced labor in early China and the ancient Mediterranean’

Ancient Mediterranean Studies Group, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, October 6, 2014

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (UK), June 3, 2013

‘Redrawing the map of the Roman world’

Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 25, 2013

‘Des Kaisers neue Kleider: 1500 Jahre römischer Monarchie im globalen Vergleich

Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany), December 5, 2012

Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Cologne (Germany), June 28, 2012

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany), June 26, 2012

Orbis: ein Netzwerkmodell der römischen Welt’

Institut für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Linz (Austria), December 3, 2012

Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland), November 30, 2012

Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany), June 27, 2012

‘ORBIS: The Stanford geospatial network model of the Roman world’

Annual Antony and Isabel Raubitschek Stanford AIA memorial lecture, Stanford, CA, May 24, 2013

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Providence, RI, April 16, 2012

Graduate Group in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2012

‘The Lives of the Twelve Hundred Caesars: Roman emperors, global comparisons’

Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 26, 2013

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, New York, NY, September 23, 2011

‘Early demography’

Social Science Research Workshop, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi (UAE), March 1, 2011

‘The quality of life in classical antiquity’

American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens (Greece), November 23, 2010

‘Does ancient history matter? The rise and demise of universal empire in Rome, Europe and China’

Ancient Mediterranean Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 2, 2010

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 26, 2010

Classical Studies, McGill University, Montreal (Canada), October 7, 2010

‘The rise and demise of universal empire: Rome, Europe, and China’

Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, March 3, 2010

‘The two Great Divergences: Eastern and Western Eurasia from ancient political convergence to modern economic divergence’

Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht (NL), October 14, 2009

‘The wolf and the dragon: empire in ancient Rome and China

Istituto Italiano per la Storia Antica, Rome (Italy), April 23, 2009

Department of Classics, University of Texas, Austin, TX, March 12, 2009

Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group, University of California – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, February 5, 2009

‘No laughing matter either: income, growth and inequality in the Roman economy, or why the Romans needed a sense of humor’

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group, University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 2, 2008

‘Sex and empire, monogamy and polygyny’

Department of Classics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2008

‘New currents in the study of the ancient economy’

Department of Economic History, Lund University, Lund (Sweden), May 13, 2008

‘Ancient demography and human wellbeing’

Department of Economics, Lund University, Lund (Sweden), May 12, 2008

‘Imperial state formation in eastern and western Eurasia 2000 BCE – 2000 CE’

Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, April 14, 2008

‘The relative durability of the Roman and Chinese empires’

School of Global Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 10, 2008

‘Continuity and change in human demography: the contribution of ancient history’

Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, January 23, 2008

Rome and China: from convergence to divergence’

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, November 7, 2007

Department of Classics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, August 23, 2007

Department of Classics, New York University, New York, NY, March 27, 2007

‘The ‘Golden Age’ of Roman Italy’

Departement Klassieke Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium), February 13, 2006

Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Leiden (NL), February 10, 2006

‘The nature of money in ancient Rome and China

Department of History, University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan), November 1, 2005

Department of History, Peking University, Beijing (China), August 24, 2005

‘Brother-sister and parent-child marriage in world history’

College of History and Culture, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an (China), October 25, 2002

Department of History, Fudan University, Shanghai (China), October 22, 2002

‘Disease and demography in the ancient world’

College of History and Culture, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an (China), October 24, 2002

Department of History, Fudan University, Shanghai (China), October 21, 2002

‘Death on the Tiber’

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand), August 5, 2002

Department of Classics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 4, 2002

Department of History, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, Berkeley, CA, January 29, 2002

‘How to be incestuous’

Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Perth (Australia), August 20, 2002

Community and Identity in Greco-Roman Egypt, Annual colloquium of the Chicago Consortium in Ancient History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 6, 2001

‘Sex and empire: a Darwinian view’

Ancient Societies Workshop, Department of Classics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 24, 2001

‘Continuity and change in Mediterranean demography from antiquity to the modern period’

Department of Demography, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, Berkeley, CA, March 19, 2003

Demography Workshop, Population Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2001

‘“The most excellent thing of all“: brother-sister and parent-child marriage in the ancient world’

Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 17, 2003

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, October 14, 2002

Classical Society of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand), August 8, 2002

University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand), August 7, 2002

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand), August 5, 2002

University of Auckland, Auckland (New Zealand), August 2, 2002

Department of Classics, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, September 20, 2001

Departments of History, Classics, and Sociology, and Initiative in Population Research, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 10, 2001

‘Modelling Roman slavery’

Ancient Societies Workshop: Ancient slavery, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 4, 2000

‘Demography and statistics in ancient history’

Department of Classics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham (UK), March 2, 1999

‘Death on the Tiber, death on the Nile: disease and demography in the Roman world’

Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 23, 2000

Department of Classics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 21, 2000

Department of History, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 20, 2000

Departments of Classics and History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, November 16, 1998

‘Komparative und interdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Alten Geschichte’

Habilitationskolloquium Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz (Austria), April 30, 1998

‘Future, what future? Evidence and models, fashions and choice’

Ancient Societies Workshop: The ancient economy, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, November 11, 1999

Dutch National Seminar in Ancient History, De toekomst van de antieke economie The future of the ancient economy, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Leiden (NL), September 22, 1997

‘Brother-sister and parent-child marriage in Roman Egypt and Zoroastrian Iran

Bloomsbury Summer School, Department of History, University College London, London (UK), August 5, 1999

Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Cambridge (UK), February 3, 1997

‘Incest in biology and history’

PCT Society, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (UK), December 5, 1996

‘Sexualität, Ehe und Sklaverei: zu einem zentralen Aspekt persönlicher Unfreiheit’

Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur in Mainz, Mainz (Germany), Kommission für Geschichte des Altertums, October 9, 1996

‘Darwinian history, or History as sex’

Humanities and Social Sciences Group, Darwin College, Cambridge (UK), June 11, 1996

‘Papyri, Magi, and genes: an interdisciplinary view of brother-sister and parent-child marriage in the ancient world’

Department of History, University of Manchester, Manchester (UK), March 6, 1996

Centre for Research in East Roman Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry (UK), March 4, 1996

Department of History, York University, Toronto (Canada), November 29, 1995

Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 5, 1995

Departments of Classics and History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, September 21, 1995

‘Rural labour and the stereotype of women’s life in the Graeco-Roman world’

Department of History, University of Odense (Denmark), October 6, 1994

Department of History, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), October 4, 1994

‘Die wirtschaftlichen Funktionen von Sklavinnen’

Institut für Alte Geschichte, Universität Salzburg (Austria), June 6, 1994

‘Die Stellung der Frau in der antiken Landwirtschaft’

Department of History, University of Wroclaw (Poland), December 5, 1991

 

 

Invited conference papers

‘Autocracy without legitimation? The peculiar case of the Roman monarchy’

International conference ‘The legitimation of autocracy in the ancient world’, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, Abu Dhabi (UAE), November 2-3, 2014

‘The (ancient) West and the rest: labor regimes in global perspectives’

International conference ‘Doing things with history: a conference in honor of Paul Cartledge’, Cambridge University, Cambridge (UK), September 27, 2014

‘Death in the city: ancient Rome and beyond’

International conference on the 50th anniversary of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Downing College, Cambridge (UK), September 17, 2014

‘Geospatial network modeling of the Roman empire’

Workshop on ‘Computational history: teaching computers history so they can calculate the future’, Dublin (Ireland), June 27, 2014

‘From Niebuhr to Harris: environmental factors and the study of Roman history’

Workshop on ancient environmental history, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 17, 2014

‘Unmaking inequality: a history of violence’

Working group on the coevolution of institutions and behaviors, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, January 14, 2014

[with Jonathan Hall] ‘Humanistic versus social scientific approaches to ancient history: a methodological debate’

Annual meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, IL, January 3, 2014

‘Herding cats: the challenge on collaborative comparative history’

International workshop ‘New perspectives on comparative medieval history: China and Europe, 800-1600’, Pembroke College, Oxford (UK), September 30, 2013 (by Skype)

‘Roman society’

International conference ‘What is a slave society?’, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, September 27, 2013

‘Slavery and forced labor in ancient China and the ancient Mediterranean’

International conference ‘Work, labor and professions in the Roman world’, Ghent (Belgium), May 30 – June 1, 2013

‘Ancient world history and/as comparative history’

Workshop on the study of antiquity in the context of world history, University of California – Irvine, Irvine, CA, April 19, 2013

‘Redrawing the map of the Roman world’

Word, space, time: digital perspectives on the classical world: an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Digital Classics Association, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, April 5, 2013

Germs for Rome 10 years after’

International conference ‘How bodies matter: the intersection of science, religion, and the humanities in the study of the ancient Mediterranean world’, Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 15-16, 2013

‘Comparing comparisons’

International conference ‘Comparing ancient worlds: Greece and China’, Cambridge (UK), January 24, 2013

‘The future of the Roman economy’

International conference ‘Crossing boundaries: ancient history explores its future’, Cambridge University, Cambridge (UK), December 13, 2012

‘Sex, slavery, and the cultural evolution of normative monogamy’

International conference ‘Sex and slavery’, Nottingham Institute for the Study of Slavery, Nottingham (UK), September 13, 2012 (read in absentia)

Panels on ‘Smart art’, ‘The art of influence’

Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 (“Summer Davos”), World Economic Forum, Tianjin (China), September 11-13, 2012

‘Evolutionary psychology and the historian’

Workshop on biology and history, University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, August 10, 2012

‘The Roman economy: past, present and future’

International workshop ‘Towards an economic archaeology: state of the art, questions, problems, perspectives’, Ägyptisches Museum, Bonn (Germany), June 29, 2012

‘Measuring Finley’s impact’

Finley centenary conference, Cambridge (UK), May 31, 2012

‘Ancient monogamy’

Working group ‘Cultural processes that give rise to social monogamy’, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, February 25, 2012

‘Centralized authority systems’

Workshop ‘An evolutionary approach to the twin problems of failed states and nation-building’, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, December 3, 2011

‘Ancient quality of life’

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2011

‘Economic theory and biblical studies’ (panel)

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2011

‘Human development and quality of life in the long run: the case of Greece’

International conference The Athens Dialogues, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens (Greece), November 27, 2010

‘Comparing empires across space and time’

Altera Roma: art and empire from the Aztecs to New Spain, Getty Villa, Malibu, CA, May 1, 2010

[with Peter Bang] ‘Imperial comparisons: Rome, China, India, and beyond’

Roman Archaeology Conference 2010, Oxford (UK), March 27, 2010

‘Ancient sex ratios and femicide in comparative perspective’

Sex, death and bones: paleodemography and gender differentials in the Mediterranean world, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens (Greece), March 16, 2010

‘Teaching ancient world history as comparative history’

International conference Teaching the ancient world, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, Abu Dhabi (UAE), November 23, 2009

‘4,000 years of wages and wellbeing’

Francqui Foundation conference Long-term quantification in ancient Mediterranean history, Brussels (Belgium), October 16, 2009

‘State formation and belief systems in eastern and western Eurasia

Introductory colloquium, Mellon-Sawyer Seminar About turns: conversion in late antique Christianity, Islam, and beyond, Oxford (UK), October 9, 2009

‘A comparative perspective on the determinants of the scale and productivity of maritime trade in the Roman Mediterranean’

International conference Maritime technology and the ancient economy: ship design and navigation, American Academy, Rome (Italy), June 16, 2009

‘Comparing Rome and Han China’

International conference Tributary empire – comparative histories, Danish Academy, Rome (Italy), April 25, 2009

‘Why and how to compare ancient empires’

Presidential panel Comparative and crossdisciplinary histories of the ancient world: promises and pitfalls, Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 9, 2009

‘Interaction and peripheries: response’

International conference on Xiongnu archaeology, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), October 17, 2008

‘The economic consequences of the Antonine Plague: further considerations’

International conference L’impatto dellapeste antonina, Rome and Anacapri (Italy), October 10, 2008 (read by Yan Zelener)

‘Agriculture, settlement systems, and urban studies: comments on economic performance’

International conference Too much data? Generalizations and model-building in ancient economic history on the basis of large corpora of documentary evidence, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), July 17, 2008

Rome and Han China

International seminar Perspectives on empire: local power and global comparisons, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark), May 14, 2008

‘Monogamy and polygyny in Greece, Rome, and world history’

International conference Cross-cultural approaches to family and household structures in the ancient world, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York, NY, May 9, 2008

‘Cultural evolution and the historian’

Workshop The role of variation in cultural change: updates in cultural evolution, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, April 16, 2008

‘The ancient economy since Moses Finley’

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 18, 2007

‘Demography and human development in the Roman world’

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 17, 2007

‘Empire and the Great Divergence’

Ancient and modern imperialisms: Workshop II, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, November 2, 2007

‘Roman population size: the logic of the debate’

International conference Peasants, citizens and soldiers: the social, economic and demographic background to the Gracchan land reforms, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Leiden (NL), June 29, 2007

‘Rome and China: From the Great Convergence to the First Great Divergence’

Berkeley-Stanford colloquium New approaches to ancient imperialism, University of California – Berkeley, CA, November 18, 2006

International conference Universal empire and historical sociology, Warsaw (Poland), October 13, 2006

‘Introduction: wages and costs’

International conference Approaches to quantifying the Roman economy, Oxford University, Oxford (UK), September 28, 2006

‘Estimating population sizes’

International Studies Association workshop Measuring and modeling cycles of state formation, decline and upward sweeps since the Bronze Age, San Diego, CA, March 20, 2006

‘Republics between hegemony and empire: How ancient city-states built empires and the USA doesn’t (anymore)’

Conference Imperial republics? Ancient Rome and the USA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 10, 2006

‘Towards a comparative study of monarchical succession and dynastic continuity’

International conference Royal courts and capitals, Sabanci University, Istanbul (Turkey), October 14, 2005

‘The monetary systems of the Han and Roman empires’

Third International Conference on Ancient History, Fudan University, Shanghai (China), August 19, 2005

International conference Institutions of empire: comparative perspectives on ancient Chinese and Mediterranean history, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 13, 2005

International conference The nature of ancient money, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 8, 2005

‘Military commitments and political bargaining in ancient Greece’

Workshop on Military organization and political regimes in classical Greece, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 5, 2004

‘The economics of slavery in the Greco-Roman world: a comparative approach’

International conference Slave systems, ancient and modern, Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland), November 26, 2004

‘The demography of Roman state formation and culture change in Italy’

International conference Herrschaft ohne Integration? Rom und Italien in republikanischer Zeit, Technical University of Dresden (Germany), October 29, 2004

‘Coercion, capital, and ancient Mediterranean states’

European Social Science History Conference, Berlin (Germany), March 24, 2004

‘War-making and state-making in the ancient Mediterranean

International workshop on ‘Cosmic’ empire and the sociology of heterogeneous power, Department of History, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), March 22, 2004

‘Stratification, deprivation and quality of life’

International conference Poverty in the Roman world, Cambridge (UK), July 24, 2003

‘Creating a metropolis: a comparative demographic perspective’

International conference Ancient Alexandria: between Greece and Egypt, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 11, 2002

‘Demography’

International conference The Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman world, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (UK), September 7, 2002

‘The scale of mobility’

Symposium on The corrupting sea, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, January 19, 2002

‘The demographic background of the Greek expansion’

International workshop Griechische Archaik zwischen Ost und West: interne und externe Impulse, Innsbruck (Austria), November 9, 2001

‘The demography of the Spartan helots’

International workshop Helots and their masters in Laconia and Messenia: the history and sociology of a system of exploitation, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, March 17, 2001

‘Brother-sister and parent-child marriage in pre-modern societies’

International conference Human mate choice and prehistoric marital networks, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto (Japan), November 21, 2000

‘Ancient empires and sexual exploitation: a Darwinian perspective’

International conference Empire and exploitation in the ancient Mediterranean, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 27, 2000 (revised versions Stanford, May 22, 2001, and University of Western Australia, Perth, August 20, 2002)

‘Death and disease in pre-modern Egypt

Médecine et démographie dans le monde antique: colloque international d’Arras, Université d’Artois, Arras (France), November 27, 1998

‘The slave population of Roman Italy: speculation and constraints’

International conference Comparative approaches to ancient slavery, Cambridge (UK), July 17, 1999

Journée d’Etude: Rôle des dépendants dans l’économie romaine antique, Université de Lille 3, Lille (France), November 21, 1998

‘Agriculture, health and population size in Egypt under the Romans and in the nineteenth century’

Incontro internazionale di studio: Demografia, sistemi agrari, regimi alimentari nel mondo antico, Università degli studi di Parma, Parma (Italy), October 18, 1997

‘When a free labourer is like a slave: Greece and America

International conference Kerdos: the economics of gain in the ancient Greek world, Cambridge (UK), May 30, 1997

[with Peter Garnsey] ‘The demography of some ancient cemetery populations near Rome

International conference Population size and demographic structure in the ancient world, Cambridge (UK), May 24, 1997

‘The demography of Roman slavery and manumission’

International conference Population size and demographic structure in the ancient world, Cambridge (UK), May 24, 1997

Premier colloque international de démographie historique antique, Université d’Artois, Arras (France), November 22, 1996

‘Grain cultivation in the villa economy of Roman Italy’

International conference Landuse in the Roman empire, Danish Academy, Rome (Italy), January 26, 1993

 

Invited discussant: International conference Metodi statistici e analisi quantitativa della produzione di monete nel mondo antico: tendenze e prospettive della ricerca, British School in Rome (Italy), October 11, 1997; International conference Mercati permanenti e mercati periodici nel mondo antico, Capri (Italy), October 13-15, 1997; Workshop Agrarian change in late antiquity, Princeton University, March 6, 2005; Seminar Jewish demography in antiquity, Columbia University, November 11, 2010; Colloquium The resource curse in historical perspective, Yale University, November 17, 2010; XVIth World Economic History Congress, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch (South Africa), July 12, 2012; Roundtable, Conference Cultures of research and inquiry, Western Humanities Alliance, University of California – Merced, October 26, 2012

 

 

Refereed conference papers

‘Connectivity and predictive modeling: challenges of simulating the development of the Roman world’

116th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, LA, January 8-11, 2015

‘The shape of the ancient world’

Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, May 4, 2012

‘How to make ancient history programs less ancient’

Panel on Graduate training for the ancient historian: or how best to study ancient history in the 21st century?, Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, IL, January 4, 2008

‘The monetary economies of the Roman and Han empires’

Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 4, 2007

‘Rome and China: From the Great Convergence to the First Great Divergence’

Golden Jubilee Conference Aspects of empire, Classical Association of South Africa, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa), July 3, 2007

[with Vegard Skirbekk and Hans-Peter Kohler] ‘From large, wealthy families to childless success?’

Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Minneapolis, November 2-5, 2006

European population conference 2006, Liverpool (UK), June 22, 2006

‘Is Darwinian history possible?’

Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin (Germany), July 23, 2004

[with Brett Rogers] ‘“Actually, no-wheeling is more my specialty:” why Buffy doesn’t drive’

Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nashville, TN, May 30, 2004

‘The interdependence of demographic and economic development in the Greco-Roman world’

Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, San Francisco, CA, January 4, 2004

‘How to be incestuous: the emotional context of sibling marriage in Roman Egypt’

Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, New Orleans, LA, January 6, 2003

‘How to be incestuous: towards an explanation of full sibling marriage in Roman Egypt’

Annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, June 20, 2002

‘Germs for Rome’

Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Savannah, GA, April 28, 2002

‘Demographic change and economic development: the case of Roman Egypt after the ‘Antonine plague’’

26th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, IL, November 16, 2001

‘Money and finance in the Greco-Roman world: views and controversies’

25th Anniversary Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Pittsburgh, PA, October 29, 2000

‘Feldarbeit von Frauen in der antiken Landwirtschaft’

Meeting of Austrian Ancient Historians, Vienna (Austria), October 26, 1989