ONLINE: HelRAW: Rubén Montoya González 1.2.2021

The Helsinki Research on the Ancient World (HelRAW) is a monthly research seminar. HelRAW is organized by the SpaceLaw project together with Marja Vierros from the Digital Grammar of Greek Documentary Papyri (PapyGreek) project.

1.2.2021 at 17:15

Meeting ID: 669 8285 1659

Passcode: 184718

Rubén Montoya González (University of Leicester): A globalised visual culture? Towards regional geographies of Hispano-Roman mosaics.

In recent decades, the study of Hispano-Roman mosaics has moved from a primarily descriptive, iconographic, centre-periphery approach towards a theoretical one in which the provincial contexts of manufacturing commission and display of mosaics have been further investigated. Among other theoretical frameworks, globalization and glocalization have allowed for a better understanding of how a seemingly global visual culture was locally adopted, therefore breaking traditional boundaries between ‘art in the centre’ and ‘art in the periphery’, unveiling the local and provincial character of visual culture. This paper aims to contribute to such a vibrant theoretical debate by analysing four iconographic types evidenced in Hispano-Roman mosaics through the lens of the glocalization framework. Adopting V. Roudometof’s definition of glocalization as ‘globalization refracted through local lenses’, I will investigate these tessellated pavements within their wider geographical and sociocultural contexts, therefore unveiling their regional significance and the existence of regional visual koinés.

Rubén Montoya González holds a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of Leicester, where he was an AHRC Midlands Four Cities scholar (2016-2020). His research interests are Roman Art and Architecture, with a special emphasis on the provinces. He is also interested in the study of Pompeii and the cities of the Vesuvian region.