"Violence, Victims and Vindication in Late Antiquity"

March 20-23, 2003




The fifth biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will be held on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara from 3 p.m. Thursday, March 20 to approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2003. A conference program is currently being prepared and will be available via email by mid-October, 2002. A total of 37 papers have been accepted for presentation, on topics ranging from literature to archaeology. In addition, there will be three keynote speakers: Jill Harries (St. Andrews University), "Violence, Victims and the Roman Legal Tradition"; Walter Pohl (University of Vienna), "Perceptions of Barbarian Violence"; Brent Shaw (University of Pennsylvania), "Who Were the Circumcellions?"


What follows is information regarding pre-registration, travel, and accomodations.


REGISTRATION. Registration for the conference is now being accepted. Registration includes admission to the first night reception on March 20; continental breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Saturday luncheon, a banquet featuring wines from local vineyards, and a farewell brunch on Sunday, March 23. We also hope to provide a performance by UCSB's renowned Middle East Ensemble.


Because of limited capacity we are offering a special pre-registration price of $90 ($45 students) until January 10, 2003. Registration after that date will be $110 ($55 students). [Poster's comment: 3 breakfasts, a lunch, a brunch, and a banquet is a *real bargain*. How many other conferences charge a $75-100 registration fee, and all one gets is a nametag??!]


To register, please send your name, address, academic affiliation, and a check or international money order payable to UC Regents to; Prof. H. A. Drake Department of History University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410 International money orders should be in US dollars.


SUBSIDIES. A limited amount of funding may be available for grants in the range of $100-$200 to subsidize expenses. Priority will be given to graduate students and international travellers. Please send requests to Prof. H. A. Drake at the above address.


TRAVEL. Santa Barbara is located approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is served by United Express, American Eagle and America West airlines. Locals refer to it as "charming" (read "small and expensive"); connections must be made through either San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, or Phoenix. Sometimes airlines offer these connecting flights at no extra charge, so it would be worth checking, but ordinarily the additional cost is prohibitive. Flights to Los Angeles are usually significantly cheaper.


Santa Barbara Airbus runs a daily schedule of buses to Los Angeles International Airport for a price of $35 one-way, $68 round-trip. If you are travelling with another person, you can arrange a two-person roundtrip rate of $116. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn (below), take the Airbus to its last stop (in Goleta) and phone the Holiday Inn for a free pickup. For a schedule and booking go to or phone 1-800- 423-1618.


ACCOMMODATIONS. Arrangements have been made with the Holiday Inn of Goleta for a special conference room rate of $89 per night (plus loathsome taxes). Up to four people may stay in a room at this price. To reserve a room at this rate, phone the Holiday Inn of Goleta at (805) 964-6241 and ask for the UCSB History Department/Shifting Frontiers rate. Holiday Inn has only been able to commit a limited number of rooms at this price, so early reservations are adviseable. For participants with cars, there are many alternative sites, both in Goleta and Santa Barbara proper. Most offer a special rate for the University of California, so be sure to ask for it.


The Holiday Inn also provides a free shuttle bus that will pick up passengers at either the Santa Barbara Airport or the Santa Barbara Airbus Goleta office. The shuttle is only available between the hours of 6:30 am and 10:30 pm. If you plan to make use of it, please plan to arrive at either the Santa Barbara Airport or the Santa Barbara Airbus Goleta office during those hours. The phone for the shuttle is the same as for the hotel: (805) 964-6241


Twice-daily shuttle service between the Holiday Inn and the UCSB campus will be provided free of charge to conference registrants.


Registrants who have their own cars can park on campus for a fee or for free on the street in Isla Vista, which is a short walk from the campus. NB: if you have a University of California parking pass it is valid on all UC campuses and will allow you to park at UCSB for free.


For further information, please contact Prof. H. A. Drake (