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Boundaries and Liminality in Flavian Poetry


Cologne International Forum Innovative Tandem Collaboration: August 2023 - July 2024

Dr. India Nattermann (Chapel Hill, USA)

Partner at the University of Cologne: Prof. Dr. Anja Bettenworth (Classical Philology)


Dr. India Watkins Nattermann, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Anja Bettenworth and with support from the Cologne International Forum, will organize a conference titled “Boundaries and Liminality in Flavian Poetry” (June 6–9, 2024). This conference’s theme will examine the Flavian flowering of literature (69–96 CE) through the interdisciplinary theme of borders—both upheld and breached, metaphorical and literal—and through sociopolitical, metapoetic, and theoretical perspectives. With contributors from across Europe and North America and from all career levels, this conference will facilitate international collaboration and scholarly exchange, resulting in the publication of a peer-reviewed volume.

International Conference

June 6-9, 2024
University of Cologne – International House, Kringsweg 6

With Julene Abad Del Vecchio, Anja Bettenworth, Francesco Busti, Mark Heerink, Alison Keith, Jan Telg gen. Kortmann, Moritz Kuhn, Andrew McClellan, Gideon Nisbet, Fabio Nolfo, Claire Stocks, and India Watkins Nattermann


— Thursday, June 6 —

7:00 pm    conference dinner

— Friday, June 7 —

9:00 am    conference opening

12:45 - 2:00 pm    lunch

3:30 - 4:00 pm     coffee break
5:00 pm                guided tour through Roman Cologne followed by dinner

— Saturday, June 8 —

12:30–2:00 pm    lunch

4:15–4:45 pm     coffee break
4:45–5:15 pm     wrap-up discussion         
7:30 pm              dinner

— Sunday, June 9 —


To attend the conference, please complete our registration form.

Dr. India Watkins Nattermann

Dr. India Nattermann

Dr. India Watkins Nattermann is a scholar of imperial Latin literature and the body and identity in antiquity, who combines new theoretical approaches (feminist psychoanalysis, gender studies, critical race theory) with close philological readings of the texts. She recently completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation that reads the failure of the male body in Julio-Claudian literature to act as an interpretable sign in light of the Roman sociopolitical context and modern theories of bodily identity as a crisis of elite masculinity. In addition to imperial Latin literature, her research interests include Roman comedy and Greek historiography.