PSCO Presentation: 15 March, 2018

“Sacred Landscapes of Germanus:
Phenomenology, Movement, and the Holy Man as Relic”

Cam Grey (University of Pennsylvania)


Cam Grey (Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania) is a social historian of the later Roman Empire and post-Roman west, with a particular emphasis on how marginal (especially rural) populations navigated and negotiated their environments. His most recent book Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside (Cambridge, 2011) examines the complex agency of peasant populations in the later Roman empire.


In another of this year's interdisciplinary sessions, Cam Grey will talk on movement, holiness, and inscribing meaning in landscapes (there's Merleau-Ponty! There's phenomenology!), focused on the career of the late antique Gallic bishop, Germanus of Auxerre.

Audio Recording

Here is an audio recording of this session. (If you prefer, you can download this recording.)

Suggested Readings

In preparation for the session, Prof. Grey suggests the following readings:

  • Constantius of Lyon, "The life of Saint Germanus of Auxerre", translated by F. R. Hoare, in Soldiers of Christ: saints and saints' lives from late antiquity and the early Middle ages (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995) 75–105
  • Tim Ingold, "Against Space: Place, Movement, Knowledge", Chapter 12 in Being Alive: Essays on movement, knowledge and description (New York: Routledge, 2011) 145–155.
  • Hamish Forbes, "Phenomenology: A Critical Overview", in Meaning and Identity in a Greek Landscape: An Archaeological Ethnography (Cambridge, 2007) 18–30.
PDFs of these readings have been posted in the Files area of our PSCO Facebook page.

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.