Researcher and lecturer at the University of Groningen
Keywords: sanctuaries, networks, landscape, visuality, urbanization, deep-mapping, Hellenistic Asia Minor
sanctuaries and connectivity
I am a researcher and lecturer at the University of Groningen, where I completed my PhD in 2012 on the subject of sanctuaries, landscape, and developing urban identities in Hellenistic Asia Minor. My research interests concern networks and spatial approaches to understanding religious influences on urbanizing processes. In 2014-2015 I conducted a post-doctoral research project ‘Commanding Views. Monumental landscapes and territorial formation of Pergamon, 3rd to 2nd centuries BC’ at the Jouwkowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, and funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Currently I am co-director, with Onno van Nijf, of the project ‘Connecting the Greeks. Multi-scalar festival networks in the Hellenistic world’, awarded an Open Competition grant by NWO (2019-2023) – see also the website connectingthegreeks.com. My own project ‘Deep Mapping Festival Hubs’ is directly linked to this and in this connection I am also a research fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt, in the project ‘Religion and Urbanity. Reciprocal Formations’.
Williamson, C.G. (in press) ‘The strength of festival ties. Ritual networks, ‘portable communities’ and the transmission of common knowledge in the Hellenistic world’, in: A. Collar ed. Strong ties. Digital network methods and ideas in the ancient Mediterranean, Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities series, London: Routledge.
Williamson, C.G. (in press) ‘Constructing the sublime. Landscape, architecture and human encounter in Hellenistic sanctuaries’, in: A. Müller and A. Haug eds, Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action. A Case of Reciprocal Influence, Leiden: Sidestone Press.
Williamson, C.G. (2018) ‘Filters of light. Greek temple doorways as portals of epiphanies’, in: S. de Blaauw and E. van Opstall eds, Sacred thresholds. The door to the sanctuary in Late Antiquity, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, Leiden: Brill, 309-340.
Williamson, C.G. (2016) ‘Mountain, myth, and territory. Teuthrania as focal point in the landscape of Pergamon’, in: J. McInerney and I. Sluiter eds, Valuing landscape in classical antiquity. Natural environment and cultural imagination, Proceedings from the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VIII, Leiden: Brill, 70-99.
van Nijf, O.M. and C.G. Williamson (2016) ‘Connecting the Greeks. Festival networks in the Hellenistic world’, in: C. Mann, S. Remijsen and S. Scharff eds, Athletics in the Hellenistic world, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 43-71.