The Eleventh Biennial Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium:

November 3-4, 2017

Modern conversations about consumerism and materialism, production and pollution, the growth of the archive and the surge in technology, often center on or radiate from the idea of excess. What is it to be excessive? When, how, why is something thought to be “too much?” Who defines decadence and extravagance? How do ideas of excess change over time and across political, social, and cultural climates?

This interdisciplinary symposium invites graduate students in Archaeology, Classics, History of Art, and related fields to present papers that address aspects of excess ranging from ancient to modern. Potential topics may involve, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Material excess, luxury, and extravagance
  • Literary effluences of style and content
  • Aesthetic excess and the sublime
  • Divine and religious indulgence
  • Communal entities of excess: social, cultural, and political
  • Individual transcendence and transgression: excellence, malfeasance, diffidence
  • Physical and corporeal overabundance
  • Psychological states of excess: madness, trauma, libido

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by APRIL 21ST by emailing a PDF attachment to Any questions should be addressed to the same email address.