From 22 to 23 March the workshop ‘Law vs Custom in Anchoring Innovation’ takes place at the University of Amsterdam. Dr Elon Heijmans (Ancient History and Classical Civilization) will give a lecture on ‘Money and legal tender in early Greece’.
This workshop is organized within the framework of Anchoring Innovation, the NWO Gravitation Grant research agenda of OIKOS (Netherlands’ National Research School in Classical Studies). This project explores the various ways in which people connect what is new with what is old, traditional, or familiar, facilitating (or not) the successful implementation of innovations. In doing so, it advances ‘anchoring’ as a conceptual tool of utility to the Humanities at large, as well as present-day innovators.
Within Anchoring Innovation, several projects (cooperating within Work Package 4: Politics, Economy and Law) focus on case-studies of social and political developments, all of which appear to be anchored, to some extent, in law and/or custom, from the development of coinage in early Greece to the Augustan marriage legislation and changes in provincial dress in the Roman empire. The workshop is designed to explore these connections further, and as an opportunity for other early-career researchers and doctoral students to develop and present their current research relevant to the theme of law vs custom.
The workshop on Friday will take place at the VOC-Hall, Bushuis te Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgwal 48. The workshop on Saturday will take place at the Belle van Zuylenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam, Singel 425.
A draft programme is avaliable here.