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CAVAFY AND ANTIQUITY: INTERNATIONAL CAVAFY SUMMER SCHOOL 2018
Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece: July 9-15, 2018
The International Cavafy Summer School is a major international annual scholarly event organised by the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, the first such regular event to be devoted exclusively to Cavafy and the impact of his work.
Following the inaugural summer school that took place in July 2017, on the theme of Cavafy in the World, this year's summer school will take place on 9-15 July 2018. The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will focus on Cavafy and Antiquity, a theme that shares many points of connection with the first summer school and its global concerns. The study of antiquity is itself experiencing a junction where both the ancient world and the modern world relating to it have expanded and changed. To probe against this background Cavafy's antiquity, which is decentred yet concrete, untimely yet temporally specific, shared yet individually mediated, uncertain yet asserted, offers the potential for new insights and new second-order questions about the study of Cavafy and of the study of Classics alike.
Among the topics that the Summer School will aim to consider are: does Cavafy's approach to antiquity constitute a form of classicism, or post-classicism? Does it constitute a critical classicism, as well as enable a new, critical approach to canonicity? How capacious is Cavafy's ancient world, spatially and temporally? Can Cavafy's antiquity provide new impetus for thinking about the relationship of the classical, untimeliness, or lateness? What new models and theoretical insights for both Classical Reception Studies and Modern Greek Studies can Cavafy's antiquity offer? What mediators shaped and shape Cavafy's antiquity, such as scholarship, translations, or archaeology? To what extent has Cavafy shaped them in turn? What is Cavafy's relation to the archeological, museological and philological breakthroughs of his time? How is Cavafy's antiquity related to notions and histories of Greek nationalism or other forms of ethnic, community and affective belonging? How does Cavafy's Hellenism respond to the international movements of Aestheticism and Decadence? To what extent can we categorize Cavafy's antiquity as a “queer fiction of the past”? What media does Cavafy's antiquity communicate with, other than textuality? Does Cavafy offer us new forms of comparison and relationality with the past? Is Cavafy's antiquity an urgent antiquity for our time? We are encouraging research and thought that is open to theoretical, historical, and comparative issues, and that seeks to leverage Cavafy's antiquity to ask fresh questions about the knowledge of antiquity and the stances and practices this knowledge can involve.
The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will be convened by Constanze Güthenke and Dimitris Papanikolaou (both at the University of Oxford). Tutors and presenters will include Johanna Hanink (Brown University), Brooke Holmes (Princeton University), Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford), Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), Takis Kayalis (University of Ioannina) and Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist); it will take place at the historical building of the Onassis Foundation in the centre of Athens.
Workshops will run mornings and afternoons for 6 days (pending finalised timetable). Built around morning seminars and afternoon research presentations, this year's programme aims to enrich and enhance the participants' knowledge of Cavafy and his work, opening up new directions and comparative perspectives within world literature, while simultaneously broadening the scope of Cavafy research. The tutors, all senior experts in the field, will offer comprehensive 3-hour seminars in the mornings. Twelve junior participants (doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and early career academics) will be invited to present their work in the afternoon sessions, receive feedback from their peers, and engage in discussion. Additional lectures, performances and events will also be scheduled for the duration of the School.
One of the aims of the Cavafy Summer School is to encourage future collaborations and research, especially among scholars who follow different methodologies and are at different stages of their career. For this reason, successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2018, and will be required to submit a version of their presentation in advance.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Onassis Foundation and the Cavafy Archive, the Summer School will be able to cover all expenses for tuition, accommodation and subsistence for all participants. There is, therefore, no fee requirement for tuition. Students and early career researchers can also apply for a grant to cover all or part of their travel expenses for coming to Athens.
The Cavafy Summer School is a unique opportunity to attend world-class talks and to showcase new research. Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career academics whose work relates to the fields of Comparative Literature, World Literature, Gender Studies, Cavafy Studies, Greek Studies and related areas, and who would like to take part in the Cavafy Summer School are encouraged to apply with:
a) a letter containing a short overview of their current research and their motivation for participating in the school (no more than 500 words)
b) a description of the specific topic they would be able to tackle in the Summer School in a 30 minute presentation (no more than 300 words), as well as
c) a full CV and
d) the name of one referee who can be contacted to provide support for their application.
In exceptional cases, one or two post-graduate students with verified skills and an apt interest in the theme of the summer school might also be accepted as participants.
The working language of the International Cavafy Summer School will be English. Proceedings will be recorded and parts of the talks published online on the Cavafy Archive Youtube Channel.
Knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite, but familiarity with Cavafy's work is.
Deadline for applications for the 2018 Cavafy Summer School: Wednesday 31 January 2018.
Please address all relevant material and any inquiries to: Theodoros Chiotis and Marianna Christofi at email@example.com.
(Applications closed January 31, 2018)
PACIFIC RIM ROMAN LITERATURE SEMINAR 32: INTERIORITY IN ROMAN LITERATURE
University of Sydney, 11-13 July 2018
The thirty-second meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Sydney from 11 to 13 July 2018. The theme for the 2018 conference will be interiority in Roman literature.
Papers are invited to explore Roman literature’s inner voices, visions and narratives; psychologies; inner lives; the ‘inward turn’ of Roman literature at various periods, such as the first and fourth centuries; interior spaces; inner sanctums and circles of power. Roman literature is conceived of as the literature of Roman world from its earliest beginnings to the end of antiquity. The theme may be interpreted broadly, and papers on other topics will also be considered.
Papers may be either 20 minutes (with ten minutes of discussion time), or 40 minutes (with 20 minutes of discussion). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to the convenor, Paul Roche, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 27 February 2018 (earlier submissions welcome; please indicate whether your paper is of 20 or 40 minutes duration).
The conference venue will be the University of Sydney’s Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies (http://sydney.edu.au/ccanesa/about/index.shtml).
Website & Programme: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/classics_ancient_history/research/conferences.shtml
(CFP closed February 27, 2018)
[PANEL] APPROACHING LANDSCAPE IN THE CLASSICAL TRADITION
Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018
We invite expressions of interest and abstracts for 'Approaching Landscape in the Classical Tradition', which will form a 3-day panel at the 11th Celtic Conference in Classics, to be held at the University of St Andrews from 11th-14th July 2018. We are actively seeking abstracts from scholars at all stages in their career and from a range of disciplines who are engaged in landscape research from historical and literary perspectives.
The panel will focus on the theories and methodologies underpinning the study of landscape within Classics and cognate fields. 'Approaching landscape' in a historical, literary, or critical sense is by no means straightforward. The humanities have come relatively late to the 'landscape turn' in cultural research, and researchers of space and landscape have often drawn on self-made toolkits of theories and methodologies collected from disparate disciplines – such as geography, anthropology, and sociology - to form their own approaches to landscape. Prospective speakers are invited to share their own toolkits, and to make explicit the assumptions and ideas underlying their analyses of human interaction with the landscape in past contexts.
Our goal is to assemble a series of 20-30 minute papers that focus especially on theoretical frameworks for analysis, and on the impact of different vocabularies, particularly anachronistic ones, for explicating past engagements with landscape. Broad themes may include, but are by no means limited to: landscape and memory, landscape and power, phenomenological, cognitive, ecocritical, anthropological, narratological and poststructuralist approaches to the representation of landscape.
At the same time, potential speakers are asked to base their discussions on a specific topic from their own research, to ensure that each paper not only offers new methodological insights but is also grounded in the context of a particular text or era. Our aim is to include papers on ancient Mediterranean literature and culture, across a wide geographical range and from archaic Greece through to late antiquity, side by side with others on the reception of ancient ideas about landscape in postclassical culture. Possible topics for discussion include locus amoenus and pastoral traditions, mountain landscapes, urban, sacred, mythical and battle landscapes, and landscape depictions in ancient art.
In addition to individual papers, the panel will feature extensive time for discussion between participants. As one output from the panel, we plan to produce a detailed report which will serve as a working guide to the different methodologies proposed, and the potential they might offer to future research on landscape.
Please contact either Dawn Hollis (email@example.com) or Jason König (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, expressions of interests, and abstracts. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be submitted by 31st January 2018. We hope to notify potential participants of decisions regarding their papers by Friday 16th February, if not before.
(CFP closed January 31, 2018)
[PANEL] DEMOCRATISING CLASSICS
Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018
Abstracts are sought for the 3-day panel "Democratising Classics", to be held at the Celtic Conference in Classics (University of St Andrews, 11-14 July 2018). Prospective speakers are asked to send a title and short abstract (max. 300 words) to Jenny Messenger (email@example.com) or Rossana Zetti (Rossana.Zetti@ed.ac.uk) by 31 January 2018. Outcomes will be communicated by 12 February 2018. Papers at the CCC are usually 35-40 minutes long; however, shorter presentations may also be considered. Please specify desired paper length in the submission. The languages of the CCC are English and French.
This panel aims to explore the "democratisation" of Classics in academia and the creative arts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and to consider the impact of this process on Classics as a discipline, on classical receptions produced during this period, and on the interaction between art and academia.
Classical texts are now widely available in translation, allusions are rife in mass media, and comparisons between ancient and contemporary politics abound. But despite the presence of classical antiquity in popular discourse, Classics is not yet open to all. Barriers remain for students who want to study Classics at a high academic level—particularly if they have not had access to a traditional education in Latin and Ancient Greek. In the UK today, Latin and Greek teaching provision in schools varies greatly, and remains heavily concentrated in independent schools. Initiatives like the "Advocating Classics Education" and "Literacy Through Latin" projects, however, show there is significant interest in ensuring Classics is truly open to all students.
An overall interest in exploring Classics beyond the confines of elite institutions and social groups has been borne out in recent scholarship, such as Hardwick & Harrison (2013) on the "democratic turn" in Classics, and Stead & Hall (2015) on the role of class. Post-colonial receptions of classical material have played an important role in the destabilisation of the elite Western canon and its cultural hegemony, and increasingly innovative ways of discussing Classics with audiences far and wide (through platforms like the online journal Eidolon, blogs like Minus Plato, and hybrids of contemporary art and scholarship like Liquid Antiquity) have also begun to push all Classicists, not just Classical Reception scholars, to question the assumptions and biases that underpin their discipline.
Central to this debate—and to the process of "democratisation"—are creative practitioners, including translators, writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Practitioners are often at the forefront of shaping the wider public's engagement with Classics, and frequently spearhead new ways of approaching classical antiquity which later permeate academic debate.
Practitioners also have varying levels of traditional classical expertise: they might inhabit both the "creative" and "academic" spheres, but their work may also challenge ideas of "authenticity" and "ownership", as in the case of Vincenzo Monti's Italian translation of Homer's Iliad (1810) and Christopher Logue's War Music (1959-2011), produced with little knowledge of the Greek language. Is this democratisation in action? Has Classics moved beyond its role as the "intellectual furniture of the well-to-do-middle class" (Brecht 2003: 77)? If so, what have been the implications for the discipline? Who was and is tasked with the translation of ancient works, with teaching others about classical antiquity, and with shaping the future of the subject? What has been the impact of "democratisation" on creative responses to the classical world, and how do these responses feed into academic debate and practice?
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Notions of democracy, authenticity, ownership and expertise in classical receptions and scholarship
Points of convergence and friction between the creative arts and academia
Twentieth and twenty-first classical receptions that confront ideas of "incomplete", "inauthentic", or "partial" knowledge of the Classics
Classics, class, and elitism
Challenges to the "classical canon"
The impact of post-colonial studies, and gender and sexuality studies in Classics
Classical reception in contemporary art, books, music and films
The history of classical scholarship
The role of Latin and Greek within the study and reception of Classics
Teaching and studying Classics today worldwide
(CFP closed January 31, 2018)
[PANEL] TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY POPULAR CLASSICS
Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018
Organizer: Amanda Potter
CLASSICS, THE LEFT & THE SUBLIME
King's College London, July 18-19, 2018
Proposals of up to 400 words are invited for 30-minute papers to be delivered at this conference, convened jointly by Dr Tom Geue (St Andrews), Dr Henry Stead (OU) and Edith Hall (KCL) at KCL on July 18-19th 2018. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
This conference addresses the 'missing' Marxist/materialist theory of the artistically beautiful. It aims to bring together an interdisciplinary team of philosophers, literary theorists, cultural critics, art historians and classicists to address questions including these: Why has the Left (defined as Marxists/Cultural and Historical Materialists/New Historicists/Postcolonial theorists and some Feminists) evaded concepts of the Beautiful, the Sublime, and cultural/aesthetic Value? Is the 'labour' theory of commodity value inadequate to explain the way that markets operate in relation to artworks, whether literary, musical or material? What attempts at producing a theory of cultural value sensitive to cultural relativism, aesthetic subjectivity and class-determination of taste can be identified and how have they been informed by classical concepts in e.g. Homer, Aristophanes, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Plutarch, Tacitus and Quintilian? Can the debate be pushed much beyond Lukacs, Benjamin, Adorno, Eagleton, Caudwell, Jameson, Bourdieu, and Zizek, none of whom is truly comfortable with talking about art's aesthetic impact, pleasure, sublimity and transcendence for fear of being identified as Eurocentric and culturally imperialist? What schools of thought and intellectual models from non-literary disciplines might offer promising avenues to illuminate the problem? Cognitive and Neurological Science? Evolutionary Psychology? Most importantly, How could a better 'Left' defence of aesthetic excellence and pleasure help make the case for Arts and Humanities as essential to the intellectual health of universities and societies at large? The Left has allowed the Right to hold monopoly ownership of the concepts of Great Art and The World's Best Books for far too long.
John Connor (KCL), ‘Rebellious Breasts': Lindsay, Lysistrata and A Left Defence of Beauty
Marcus Bell (KCL), Goat-Song: The Beauty of the Dancing Body’s Labour
Ralph Rosen (UPenn), Social Class and the ‘Comic Sublime’
Fran Middleton (Cambridge), Aesthetic Pleasure as Cultural Consumptiion
Ben Pestell (Essex), Marxist Athenas? – Seeking Legitimate Authority in Transcendent Literature
Kay Gabriel (Princeton), Satire and Militant Classicism: The Case of Marx’s Capital
Michael Wayne (Brunel) (KEYNOTE): Kant, Aesthetics and the Left
Richard Alston (RHUL), Royalty, Enlightenment and Contentious Pasts in the Architecture of Ottonian Athens
William Fitzgerald (KCL), Beauty and Boredom: Thoughts on Two Servant-Goddesses (Thorvaldsen's Hebe and Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergeres)
Siobhan Chomse (RHUL), Once More with Feeling: Tacitus’ Ironic Sublime
Miryana Dimitrova (KCL), Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra-too Sublime for (Post)communist Bulgaria?
Page duBois (UCSD) (KEYNOTE): Red-baiting, the Sublime and the Beautiful
Salvatore Tufano (Rome), Franco Fortini’s A Test of Powers & Posthistoricism
Mathura Umachandran (Princeton), Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag: Photographing Marsyas
Martin Devecka (UCSC), The Aporiai of a Lucretian Materialist/Hedonist Approach to the Beautiful.
(CFP closed January 1, 2018)
[WORKSHOP] GREEK MATTERS
University of York, UK: July 19, 2018
This one-day workshop will consider the intersection of Hellenism and material culture in the early modern world (1400-1800). Expanding upon recent interest in the influence of Greek antiquity on early modernity, this workshop sets out to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that explores the reception of texts alongside other encounters with the past: the circulation of images, the collecting of antiquities, archaeology, architecture, epigraphy, etc. From difficulties in printing the Greek alphabet to developments in Neoplatonism, is there a special dialogue between Hellenism and the engagement with matter and material form that emerges for the early modern period? How is the memory of ancient Greece imagined and reconstructed across different media? We are interested in materiality understood in its broadest sense and welcome proposals on anything from book historical approaches to those considering Hellenism in dialogue with art, architecture, the material world or the philosophy of matter. The early modern period is the intended focus but we welcome proposals from beyond this time period that engage with this intersection.
Abstracts are invited for 10 minute papers on the topic of the reception of Greek in the Renaissance at the intersection with materiality. The format invites scholars to give short presentations on work in progress with time for extended discussion. Proposals should take the form of 150 word abstracts and be sent to Camilla.Temple@york.ac.uk and Jane.Raisch@york.ac.uk by Friday 11th May 2018. There may be some funding available to contribute towards the travel expenses of junior scholars (PhD students and those within 5 years of submission): if you would like to be considered for this funding then please let us know in your submission email. Proposals for presentations that are accepted but which cannot be given for financial reasons will still be considered in future publication plans, so do please contact us or submit a proposal even if you will not be able to attend.
(CFP closed May 11, 2018)
#CFP THE MARY RENAULT PRIZE
Applications close: July annually.
The deadline for the 2018 Mary Renault Prize competition is Friday 27th July at 5pm.
The Mary Renault Prize is a Classical Reception essay prize for school or college sixth form pupils, awarded by the Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College, and funded by the royalties from Mary Renault’s novels.
The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College offer two or more Prizes, worth up to £300 each, for essays on classical reception or influence submitted by pupils who, at the closing date, have been in the Sixth Form of any school or college for a period of not more than two years. The prizes are in memory of the author Mary Renault, who is best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece, recently reissued by Virago. Renault read English at St Hugh’s in the 1920s and subsequently taught herself ancient Greek. Her novels have inspired many thousands of readers to pursue the study of Classics at University level and beyond. At least one prize will be awarded a pupil who is not studying either Latin or Greek to A-level standard. The winning essay will be published on the College’s website. Teachers wishing to encourage their students to enter the competition can download, display and circulate the competition poster in the ‘related documents’ section.
Essays can be from any discipline and should be on a topic relating to the reception of classical antiquity – including Greek and Roman literature, history, political thought, philosophy, and material remains – in any period to the present; essays on reception within classical antiquity (for instance, receptions of literary or artistic works or of mythical or historical figures) are permitted. Your submission must be accompanied by a completed information cover sheet. Essays should be between two-thousand and four-thousand words and submitted by the candidate as a Microsoft Word document through the form below.
Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018
Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.
Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus' wonders.
Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.
Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O'Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the 'awkward question' of whether the much admired Tacitean text 'represents anything other than itself'. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.
Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington (email@example.com) by Friday 26 January 2018.
Organizers: Prof. Arthur Pomeroy & Dr. James McNamara, Classics Programme, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
(CFP closed January 26, 2018)
THE HELLENIZING MUSE
Venice (Ca’ Foscari University): Aug 30-31, 2018
We are pleased to announce that a workshop on poems written in ancient Greek from the 15th century to the present will take place in Venice, Italy (Ca’ Foscari University) on Aug. 30th-31st, 2018.
The programme includes the scholars involved in the international project The Hellenizing Muse directed by Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari University) and Stefan Weise (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): each scholar or team will present a couple of case-studies from the respective geographical area. The mid-term goal of this project is to publish an anthology of “neualtgriechische Gedichte”, to which each national équipe will contribute a chapter.
All welcome (no registration fee). For further information, please contact: Filippomaria Pontani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Aug. 30th, 14.30 - 18.30 (Aula Morelli, Malcanton-Marcorà, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Kostas Yiavis, Yerasimos Zoras: Greece
Filippomaria Pontani: Italy
Filippomaria Pontani: Spain and Portugal
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (J.-M. Flamand, R. Menini): France
Han Lamers, Raf Van Rooy: Low Countries
Aug. 31st, 9 - 13 (Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Martin Steinrück, Janika Päll: Switzerland
Martin Korenjak: Austria
András Németh, Farkas Kiss: Hungary
Stefan Weise, Thomas Gärtner: Germany
Marcela Sláviková: Czech Republic
Aug. 31st, 14.30 - 18.30
(Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Vlado Rezar: Balkan Countries
Tomas Veteikis: Poland and Lithuania
Elena Ermolaeva: Russia
Janika Päll (Johanna Akujärvi, Tua Korhonen, Erkki Sironen): Northern Countries
Thomas Gärtner, Stefan Weise: Great Britain
ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA IN LATIN 1506-1590. READERSHIP, TRANSLATION, AND CIRCULATION
King’s College London: 3-4 September, 2018
In scholarly discussions of the strange and elusive presence of Greek drama, and tragedy especially, in and around sixteenth-century European drama, the availability of Latin translations of the ancient Greek plays has become an oft-invoked phenomenon.
This conference focuses on the ways in which Greek drama ‘lived’ in Latin, leading up to and coinciding with an extraordinary period of dramatic and literary composition across Europe in the Early Modern period. By bringing together scholars in Classics, Comparative and World Literature, English, Theatre, and Translation, this conference aims to create a forum for rich and nuanced discussion of the multiform and variously situated acts of reading and translation of Greek drama during this period.
It is hoped that case studies – where acts of reading or translation can be seen to have wide implications for our understanding of the presence of Greek drama in literature at this time – will be complemented by papers highlighting more thematic or methodological considerations.
Papers may address (but need not be limited to) any of the following questions:
* Who do we mean when we speak of ‘the’ readers and translators of Greek drama?
* What kinds of readers and translators took part in the circulation of drama in Latin during this period?
* What is ‘Greek’ about Greek drama in Latin?
* How can we construe these acts of translation beyond ‘ad verbum’ vs. ‘ad sensum’ e.g. as creation, as refraction, or as collaboration?
* How do we envisage translations of Greek drama ‘circulating’ in Europe during this period? As publications, in manuscript form, with prefaces or other paratexts, as partial translations, or as language learning exercises?
* Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), ‘‘Sois sage aux despens de Rome et de la Grèce’: Learning from classical and sixteenth-century Antigones’
* Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova), ‘Didacticism in Neo-Latin Academic Drama: Mind-reading and 'Mind-leading' in Thomas Watson’s Antigone’
* Micha Lazarus (University of Cambridge), ‘Sophocles in Exile: Reformation Tragedy from Wittenberg to Cambridge’
* Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain), ‘Understanding Drama in 16th Century Latin Translations: from Poetics to Politics’
* Anna Clark (University of Oxford), ‘Reading Lady Lumley’s Library: Towards a New Understanding of
Female Classical Translation’
* Marchella Ward (University of Oxford), ‘Assemblage Theory and the Uses of Classical Reception: the case of Aristotle Knowsley’s Oedipus’
* Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Doctor Translator and Mister Adaptor : Alciatus and Aristophanes’
* Petra Šoštaric (University of Zagreb), ‘Bound to teach: Aeschyli Prometheus by Matthias Garbitius Illyricus’
* Nathaniel Hess (University of Cambridge), ‘An Alexandrian in Paris: Willem Canter’s 1566 edition of Lycophron’s Alexandra’
* Alexia Dedieu (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Discovering and translating Euripides’ Electra in the second half of the XVI century’
* Fabio Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), A Latin Euripidean Cyclops in XVIth century Italy: satirical drama in a counter-reformation climate’
Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words (for a 30-minute paper), together with your name and contact details, to email@example.com by 16 April, 2018.
Registration / Programme: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ancient-greek-drama-in-latin-1506-1590-readershiptranslationcirculation-tickets-47014695219
(CFP closed April 16, 2018)
VITRUVIUS’ HOMO BENE FIGURATUS INTER DISCIPLINAS: METHODOLOGICAL VARIATIONS ON A SINGLE PASSAGE (VITRUVIUS DE ARCHITECTURA III.1)
An experimental two-day workshop at Penn State University: September 7-8, 2018
In April 2016 a Fixed Handout Workshop was held at the University of Cambridge. Its aim was to encourage early-career Latinists to reflect on the impact that their varying academic influences and different methodological preferences have on the research they produce. In particular, the workshop tested the strengths and limits of each scholar’s intertextual practice. The participants delivered papers that were based on a pre-arranged selection of thematically connected passages, yet although several groups were presented with identical sets of Latin quotations, the papers they produced—and additional texts they adduced—varied widely.
The present workshop aims to continue this exploration of interpretative methodologies in a slightly altered format. We invite Classicists and scholars from other disciplines (especially Renaissance Studies, Art History, Philosophy, Architecture, Mathematics) to each present a paper on the same passage, but to use a different, clearly stated methodological approach. By asking scholars from different schools-of-thought and disciplines to focus their attention on a particular moment in Latin literature, we aim to:
a) measure the interpretive impact of different methodologies within the field of Classics;
b) explore how texts take different shapes under the lens of disciplines outside the Classics;
c) test in concrete terms the interpretative potential of an interdisciplinary dialogue.
The passage we have selected for the workshop is Vitruvius’ De Architectura III.1. While discussing the role of symmetry in the composition of temples, Vitruvius introduces the image of a well-formed human being (ad hominis bene figurati membrorum exactam rationem), from which proportional relations and principles of good measure are derived. The passage was famously the basis for Leonardo da Vinci’s interpretation of the “Vitruvian Man”, and continued to attract the attention of early modern exegetes and contemporary architectural specialists alike. With its textual, visual, philosophical, and scientific features, De Architectura III. 1 has an obvious and distinct interdisciplinary potential.
We are looking for speakers to deliver a methodologically informed reading of this Vitruvian chapter and/or its reception. We have six confirmed invited speakers (listed below), and we now invite applications for six more papers, especially (but not solely) from early-career researchers and finishing graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, Philosophy, Renaissance Studies, Art History, Architecture, and Mathematics.
If you wish to be considered as a speaker, please provide:
An abstract on De Architectura III.1, stating explicitly the approach that you wish to take;
A brief cv;
A list of 6 major academic and cultural influences, both from within and from outside your field.
Send these items (preferably in pdf format) to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2018. Decisions will be made by mid-June. Accommodation will be provided at Penn State for the nights of September 6 and 7, but we regret that speakers will be expected to cover their travel expenses. We aim to publish the contributions in a collected volume.
Tom Geue (St Andrews)
Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Jared Hudson (Harvard)
Elizabeth Merrill (MPIWG)
Marden Nichols (Georgetown)
Kathrin Winter (Heidelberg)
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:
Mathias Hanses (Penn State) email@example.com
Giovanna Laterza (Heidelberg) firstname.lastname@example.org
Elena Giusti (Warwick) E.Giusti@Warwick.ac.uk
(CFP closed April 30, 2018)
Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy: 7th-8th September 2018
John Tzetzes was a towering figure in the scholarly landscape of twelfth-century Constantinople, and his name crops up time and again in modern scholarship, Classical and Byzantine alike. He commented extensively on poets such as Homer, Hesiod, Aristophanes, and the intractable Lycophron. He is a source of the greatest importance for the history and transmission of scholarship in antiquity. He had access to works that are lost to us; he may have been the last person to read Hipponax at first hand before the age of papyrological discoveries.
Gifted with a cantankerous personality which he made no attempt to conceal, he had a very high opinion of his own worth as a scholar and a correspondingly low opinion of almost everybody else's. He was the sort of person who would pepper his letters with erudite references, then compose an enormous poem to elucidate them and write scholia to it. His idiosyncratic writerly persona has made him an easy target for the irony of twentieth-century scholars; Martin West dubbed him a 'lovable buffoon', and he was kinder to him than others.
It is all too easy, especially for classicists, not to see beyond a combination of Tzetzes the caricature and Tzetzes the footnote fodder; someone to use without engaging too closely. But his vast learning and the variety and influence of his writings demands a more discerning attention. The past few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in his works, with several editions (and more in progress), a steady flow of articles, and even a few translations into modern languages. The time is ripe for scholars in classical and Byzantine studies to join forces towards a better understanding of Tzetzes and his output.
The colloquium will take place in the scenic Aula Baratto of Ca' Foscari University, overlooking the Grand Canal, on 7th and 8th September 2018. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by email, preferably in PDF format, to email@example.com by 31st January 2018.
Possible themes include (but are not limited to):
Tzetzes as a commentator and critic
Tzetzes as a poet
Tzetzes as an epistolographer
Tzetzes on the Greek language
Tzetzes and his contemporaries
Tzetzes in the tradition of Byzantine scholarship
Editing Tzetzes' works
Tzetzes' legacy and his reception.
Speakers will be offered accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses can also be made available. The colloquium is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 708556 (Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry / ASAGIP).
(CFP closed January 31, 2018)
DRAWING ON THE PAST: THE PRE-MODERN WORLD IN COMICS
Senate House, London: September 10-11, 2018
We invite abstracts for papers, posters and interactive workshops on any aspect of comics set in the pre-modern world to be presented at a two-day conference at Senate House in London on 10-11th September 2018.
Our brief has a broad chronological and geographical scope, from the Bronze Age onwards, including but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Ancient Norse, Mesoamerica etc. The concept of comics itself is similarly broadly interpreted, covering different traditions including but not limited to the American graphic novel, the Franco-Belgian tradition, and Japanese manga. Contributions may focus on series as well as on individual episodes, including those from series that do not consistently engage with the pre-modern world.
We hope to capture a wide variety of experiences of comics and the pre-modern world, so the conference will be aimed at academics (PGR, ECR and established), teachers, and artists.
Suitable topics for discussion might include:
* how and why writers and illustrators engage with these periods and cultures in comics;
* literary, historical or archaeological analysis of comics, for example:
- accuracy of representation and poetic licence
- engagement with sources
- cultural fusions
- allegorical uses
- connections to modern nationalistic histories;
* use as pedagogical tools in the classroom (including translations of comics into Latin or Ancient Greek);
* comics as methods for communicating historical research of the pre-modern world.
Papers should be 20 minutes each; workshops no more than 1 ½ hours; posters can be A1 or A2 size. Please submit 300-word abstracts or 500-word workshop proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by 22 December 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than 31 January 2018.
Organisers: Leen Van Broeck, Royal Holloway; Dr Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway; Dr Katy Soar, University of Winchester. This conference is made possible with the generous assistance of the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
(CFP closed December 22, 2017)
III. INTERDISCIPLINARY SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSICOLOGY AND ANCIENT STUDIES MAINZ: ANCIENT HISTORIES AND NARRATIVES IN CHR. W. GLUCK’S OPERAS
Mainz, Germany: September 10–15, 2018
Orpheus, the hanging gardens of Semiramis, and the olympic gods – through the ages, ancient myths and subjects have strongly impacted the arts. The III. Summer School in Mainz will approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining methodologies from musicology and the field of ancient and classical studies, focusing on the operas of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787). His compositions will be introduced from a holistic perspective, highlighting the interconnectedness of the many processes involved in the production of his operas and giving participants more insights into Baroque music theater and the reception of ancient subjects in the arts in general.
How did narratives change through librettists’ adaptations of the myths and histories and how did this impact their understanding? How did Gluck approach setting these librettos to music? What restrictions and possibilities did Baroque stagecraft impose on the representation of the ancient subjects? In exploring these and other questions, comprehensive portraits of selected operas will be developed which contribute to an understanding of Gluck’s operas as a form of representational art.
The Summer School will be accompanied by a colorful program, such as introducing the participants to the city of Mainz and its history. Furthermore, we will visit the Baroque Schlosstheater in Schwetzingen of 1753 in which architectural conventions of Gluck’s time come to life. The tour contributes to a better understanding of the circumstances under which his operas were performed in the eighteenth century.
Application: The Summer School is a cooperative course, jointly organized by the Musicology Division and the Department of Ancient and Classical Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University as well as the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and the project “Christoph Willibald Gluck – Sämtliche Werke.” The course is designed for German and international students of musicology and of ancient and classical studies and thereby offers an international study program in Mainz. We award credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The Summer School will be held in English and in German. As the number of participants is limited, applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation and a short CV. There is no course fee. Financial support for accommodation might be awarded.
Please submit your application by e-mail (as PDF) by July 1, 2018 to email@example.com.
Monday – Tuesday
• General introductions to ancient myths and histories
• Adaptation and transformation of myths for the stage
• Gluck’s approach to setting librettos to music
• Baroque stagecraft
Wednesday – Friday
• Comprehensive portraits of selected operas by Chr. W. Gluck
• Excursion to the Baroque theater in Schwetzingen
• City tour of Mainz
Final discussion and results of the Summer School
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jun.-Prof. Dr. habil. Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch)
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft / Abteilung Musikwissenschaft
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Information PDF: http://www.musikwissenschaft.uni-mainz.de/musikwissenschaft/files/20180529%20Summer%20School_gluck_mz18.pdf
BYZANTIUM AND THE MODERN IMAGINATION. PATTERNS OF THE RECEPTION OF BYZANTIUM IN MODERN CULTURE
Masaryk University, Brno: 12-14 September, 2018
Organisers: Marketa Kulhánková (Brno, Czech Republic) & Przemyslaw Marciniak (Katowice, Poland)
The conference is organised as part of the activities of the "Byzantine Receptions Network. Towards a New Field of Reception Studies" generously funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.
The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name "Byzantium" is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – "The Eastern Roman Empire". Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the "historical" Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- The reception of Byzantium in schoolbooks in Europe and beyond;
- Byzantium for the young – Byzantium in children's literature and games;
- Literary reworkings of key events and personages in the history of Byzantium;
- Byzantine Studies and its influence on the popular understanding of Byzantium;
- The ways of popularising Byzantium;
- Byzantium in the digital age;
- Byzantium in popular culture (games, speculative fiction, TV series, films).
Please send the abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to Przemyslaw Marciniak (email@example.com) by March, 30 2018.
(CFP closed March 30, 2018)
"SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW": THE RECEPTION OF CLASSICS IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING
Kapodistrian University of Athens: September 14, 2018
Prolepsis Association is happy to fund and support the initiative of a group enterprising of graduate students of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, who are going to host a conference entitled “Something Old, Something New”: The Reception of Classics in Modern and Contemporary Songwriting, taking place in Athens on the 14th September 2018.
The strong influence of Classics in music of all periods and genres is increasingly becoming a topic of interest, especially with regard to Classical Music: we might remember some widely known examples of opera libretti, such as those of Gluck, Monteverdi, Mozart, Wagner, to mention but a few. However, given the variety of genres that permeate modern and contemporary music, it would be of great value to attempt a deeper investigation on the reception of Classical Antiquity in genres such as pop, hip-hop, R’ n ’B rock, and more.
Therefore, Prolepsis Association in cooperation with the School of Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens are inviting postgraduate students and Phd candidates to send their proposals for a one-day conference which will be particularly focused (but not limited to):
I. The echoes of Classics in the lyrics, exclusively or in conjunction with music videos and/or cover artwork (myth, art, history).
II. The reception of Classics in local music, e.g. modern musical versions of Classical or Classical inspired poetry (any country is most welcome).
III. Ancient Greek or Latin words as part of modern and contemporary songs.
The main focus will be the music produced around the mid-1950s and onwards, but we will accept contributions that are focused on any music genre starting in the 20th and the 21st century.
Please send two abstracts (one anonymous and one signed) of around 300 words – excluding bibliography - (in English, or Greek with an English translation) of an unpublished work to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th of July 2018. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.
All abstracts should follow the instructions below:
1. Font: Times New Roman 12pt
2. Lead: 1.5
3. Text alignment: fully justified
4. For the anonymous copy: Title (centered)
In the signed one, the participants must include the following details:
1. Surname and first name
3. Stage of Study [master student or doctoral candidate]
Selected papers will be considered for publication.
The organising committee:
Christos Diamantis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Nickos Kaggelaris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Georgia Mystrioti (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Eirini Pappa (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
The supporting committee (Prolepsis boarding committee)
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften – München)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna)
(CFP closed July 5, 2018)
ATHLETICS AND IDENTITY IN THE ANCIENT AND MODERN WORLD
School of Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 20-21 September, 2018
The School of Classics of the University of St Andrews is happy to announce the call for papers for the conference "Athletics and Identity in the Ancient and Modern World", taking place in 20-21 September 2018 in St Andrews.
Despite the increasing inclusion of ancient sport into the mainstream of classical scholarship and the rise in research on the links between athletics and identity in ancient culture, there has been relatively little collaborative academic work on that subject. It is the aim of this conference to bring together scholars, especially postgraduates, researching across disciplines on different aspects of athletic practice, from a multitude of perspectives, methodologies and cultures. Through this initiative we aim to advance our understanding of the role of athletics in ancient Mediterranean society. We are not limiting ancient culture to just Greece or Rome. Recent scholarship has shown that the influence of the other earlier Mediterranean sporting cultures had a significant impact on the development of Greek sport (Decker 1992, Rolinger 1994, Scanlon 2006, Puhvel 2002). Taking this fact into consideration, we also plan to raise questions about near-Eastern as well as Greco-Roman sporting culture, and about the interrelations between them.
More specifically, this conference aims to understand what it meant to be an athlete in the ancient world, and what range of options were available for representing athletes in public commemoration. Do different kinds of sources (literature, inscriptions, art) represent athletic identity consistently? Lastly, how does the depiction of athlete and athletic identity change from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity? These are only a few of the main questions we will be addressing. We hope this conference will enlighten us on the complex relationships of identity formation, self-representation, sociopolitical identity, and the physical regime of becoming an athlete and how these aspects changed over time. We particularly welcome papers from postgraduate students on festivals, their participants and material culture; the athletic body and the culture of the gymnasion; other ancient cultures and their athletes; female athletes and their commemoration.
Those wishing to present a paper of 20-30 minutes should submit an abstract of up to 300 words to email@example.com by Monday 19 March 2018. Submissions must also include personal details (Name, affiliation, and email). We strongly encourage postgraduate submissions. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed speakers: Prof Onno van Nijf (Groningen), Prof Zahra Newby (Warwick), Prof Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross and Center for Hellenic Studies), Dr Sofie Remijsen (Amsterdam), Dr. Sebastian Scharff (Mannheim).
(CFP closed March 19, 2018)
WINCKELMANN'S VICTIMS. THE CLASSICS: NORMS, EXCLUSIONS AND PREJUDICES
Ghent University (Belgium): September 20-22, 2018
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) - Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) - Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)
“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn
es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is die Nachahmung der Alten.”
Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.
At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, ... Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His 'Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums' may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.
Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.
This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:
• What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?
• What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?
• How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?
• What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?
Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as:
• the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
• the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque, medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
• literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
• classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism, …)
• literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)
We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to email@example.com by 15 April 2018.
ORGANISATION: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.
(CFP closed April 15, 2018)
DISTINCTIVE TRAITS OF HUMANISM IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA AND SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE AMERICA (16TH & 17TH CENTURIES)
Santiago de Compostela (School of Philology), Spain: September 27-28, 2018
The research group "Spanish Humanists", created in 1989 by Dr. Gaspar Morocho at the University of León, has already left a mark, through its publications, scientific meetings and other initiatives, in this academic field, with a research work in steady progression, reaching out to other research groups and individual researchers from other Universities. Currently the work is centralized in the Institute of Humanism and Classical Tradition in León.
In this 14. Meeting, taking advantage of the special situation of Santiago de Compostela in the Iberian Peninsula and in relation to America, the focus will be on what defines and distinguishes Humanism in the Iberian context (with the differences to be explored between Portugal and the rest of the Peninsula), and its projection in America. There will also be a monographic session dedicated to Humanism in Galicia.
The thematic lines will be:
* Distinctive Traits of Humanism in Spain, Portugal and Spanish and Portuguese America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The renewal of the Christian tradition and the echoes of pagan classicism in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The use of Latin and vernacular languages in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American Humanism of the sixteenth and sixteenth centuries: neo-Latin versus translation.
* The history and historiography of the vision of Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism from the 18th onwards.
* Humanism in Galicia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Coordination: Angel Ruiz.
Scientific Comittee: José Manuel Diaz de Bustamante (USC), Elisa Lage Cotos (USC), José María Maestre Maestre (UCA), Isabel Morán Cabanas (USC), Jesús-María Nieto Ibáñez (ULE), Jesús Paniagua Pérez (ULE), Soledad Pérez-Abadín Barro (USC).
Organizing Comittee (USC): Maria Teresa Amado Rodríguez, Concepción Cabrillana Leal, María José García Blanco, José Virgilio García Trabazo, Amelia Pereiro Pardo.
Instituto de Humanismo y Tradición Clásica – Universidad de León.
Grupo de Investigación «Estudos Clásicos e Medievais» - USC.
1. Francisco García Jurado. Professor of Latin Philology (UCM): "Alfredo Adolfo Camús (1817-1889) and the Literary History of Renaissance".
2. Javier de Navascués. Professors of Hispanic American Literature (UNAV): “American Colonial Epic, between the Chronicles and the Classical Tradition”.
3. Armando Pego. Professor of Humanities (URL): “¿A Monastic Humanism? Spanish Spiritual Literature through the Renaissance”.
Participants who wish to submit a communication must send a summary of a maximum of 200 words, including the title, the summary and bibliography to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as personal data (postal address, e-mail and work center).
The deadline is June, 15th 2018. The proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and their acceptance will be informed before July 1st, 2018.
Registration can be made until September 10, 2018 at email@example.com, sending personal information: name, postal address, e-mail and work center.
The registration fee is € 60 for participants with communication and € 30 for participants without communication and students. The members of the Research Groups of the Project of the University of León are exempt. The bank account is: IBAN: ES08 2080 0343 0230 4000 5068 // C.C.C .: Code BIC / Swift: CAGLESMMXXX with the line: «14 Reunion Humanistas».
(CFP closed June 15, 2018)
LVDI PLAVTINI SARSINATES. CHARACTERS ON STAGE: THE PARASITE
Sarsina, Italy: 29 September 2018
After twenty years of Lecturae Plautinae Sarsinates, the CISP (International Center for Plautine Studies of Urbino) and the PLAVTVS (Center of Plautine Research of Sarsina - Urbino), have the
pleasure of inviting you to the second in a new series of annual graduate conferences, the Ludi Plautini Sarsinates: Characters on Stage. As the title clearly highlights, the main focus of the conference will be on stage and theatrical issues as well as on a deeper evaluation of the personae scaenicae to be conducted every year on a different character. The conference aims at a fertile encounter between those who study Plautus and those who actually perform his plays on stage. Its scope will therefore encompass a wide set of themes, ranging from dramatical questions in the text to modern and contemporary adaptations of it. In order to enable a stimulating and interdisciplinary dialogue, we welcome any proposal dealing with these
issues from different cultural contexts and perspectives.
The second Ludus Plautinus will look at the character of the parasitus and its reception up to modern and contemporary drama. Applicants may wish to devote their attention to the following topics:
a) confronting philological and / or anthropological approaches with the techniques employed by professional actors and stage directors
b) translations aimed at reviving the parasitus on contemporary stage
c) literary, theatrical and cinematic reception of the parasitus.
We also very much encourage proposals beyond these topics, as long as they fit within the overall theme illustrated above. The conference will be held in Sarsina on 29th September 2018. Costs of accommodation and travel are NOT covered by the CISP. There will be 2 initial lectures given by the two Keynote
Speakers appointed by the CISP and 6 presentations (30 mins each) to be allotted through the present CfP. Applicants are kindly request to send (deadline 30 April 2018) a 600 words abstract and a brief academic CV to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Italian, English, German, French and Spanish are all permitted for presentation and publication.
Given the particular nature of the event, each paper should ideally be accompanied by images, movies, performances or any kind of multimedia. The CISP committee will select the best and most relevant papers through peer review and will announce the results by 31 May 2018.
(CFP closed April 30, 2018)
#CFP FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN AUSTRALASIAN CLASSICAL RECEPTIONS
University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia: October 4-5, 2018
THURS 4 OCTOBER 9-5: A one-day conference, ‘Future Directions in Australasian Classical Receptions’; and / or
FRI 5 OCTOBER 10-3: A workshop for postgraduates and honours students on their current research in Classical Reception Studies.
Please send your abstracts for day one by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle: email@example.com.
Abstracts should be approximately 300 words.
Presentation will be 30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.
Emeritus Professor John Davidson, Wellington
Professor Michael Ewans, Newcastle
Dr Laura Ginters, Sydney
Professor Chris Mackie, La Trobe
Dr Sarah Midford, La Trobe
Associate Professor Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Monash
Dr Reuben Ramsay, Newcastle
Dr Rachael White, Oxford
Dr Ika Willis, Wollongong
Postgraduates and honours students who wish to attend day two, should send an outline of their current – and/or future – projects, which will be workshopped with their peers and with scholars currently working in Classical Reception Studies.
Please send your outlines for day two by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is hoped that scholars researching at all levels – from academics, independent researchers, postgraduates, and honours students – will participate in both days. Postgraduates and honours students are also welcome to submit abstracts for day one, and academics and independent researchers are welcome to participate in the workshop on day two. Undergraduates are welcome to attend either one or both days.
Two days: Waged: $120; Unwaged / Studying: $60
One day (either day one or day two): Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30.
There is a travel subsidy for up to three students who wish to participate in the workshop on day two.
Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch on day one; morning coffee and light lunch on day two.
The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW.
As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms, venues, advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.
Sponsored by The Centre for 21 Century Humanities, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle.
AUTHOR.NET: A TRANSDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON DISTRIBUTED AUTHORSHIP
UCLA: October 5-7, 2018
Co-Organizers: Francesca Martelli and Sean Gurd
Long associated with pre-modern cultures, the notion of “distributed authorship” still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes 'Homer' as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.
In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the virtual domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of 'the author' may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.
This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in all areas of human culture. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity, and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the virtual domain.
We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):
* The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.
* The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.
* The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of 'sender' and 'receiver' functions into one another.
* The modes of 'self'-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.
* Fandom and participatory culture, in both virtual and traditional textual media.
* The operational dynamics of 'multitexts' and 'text networks', and their influence by/on virtual networks.
Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline.
Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to email@example.com by January 15, 2018.
(CFP closed January 15, 2018)
CLASSICS AND GLOBAL HUMANITIES
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana: 11-12 October, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Barbara Goff, University of Reading, Reading, UK.
Studies have explored the cross-cultural engagement between Western civilisation and other cultures (Stephens and Vasunia 2010) as well as the legacy and reception of the Classics in the Arab world (Pormann 2015), India (Vasunia 2013), West Africa (Goff 2013; Goff and Simpson 2007) and recently, South Africa (Parker 2017). Classical reception studies thus continue to play a key role in bringing different parts of the world into greater dialogue with each other.
We invite abstracts for papers not only from Classics but also from other disciplines and sub-disciplines which explore ways in which reception studies is giving a new voice to classical research in West Africa, consider ways in which Classics in West Africa engages with the legacies of Egypt, Greece, and Rome or examine cross-cultural themes in both ancient and modern traditions. We also welcome papers which draw lessons from other parts of Africa and the world.
The conference sub-themes might include but are by no means limited to the following:
* Africa in the Greek and Roman World
* Art and architecture
* Drama, theatre and literature
* Ancient, medieval and modern philosophy
* Democracy, culture and globalisation
* Politics, law, and public speaking
* Gender, slavery, and sexuality
* Race, ethnicity and identity
* Science and technology
* Geography and environment
* Medicine and health
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to CFPlegonclassics@mail.com
by 30th June, 2018. Extended Deadline: July 8th, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: 31st July, 2018.
Martin Ajei, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Olakunbi Olasope, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Peter Grant, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Kofi Ackah, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
(CFP closed July 8, 2018)
«MULTAS PER GENTES ET MULTA PER AEQUORA VECTUS». TRAVELS AND TRAVELLERS FROM ANCIENT TO CONTEMPORARY AGE. (HISTORICAL DEBATES, 2ND EDITION.)
Vercelli, Italy: October 17-19, 2018
The specific methods and different approaches that characterize the historians’ craft sometimes make difficult to set up a dialogue that goes beyond traditional periodizations. Despite of shared themes, historians rarely operate in a common area of discussion. In order to promote a wide confrontation, the Second Edition of "Historical Debates" will focus on the theme of travel as one of the most recurring issues of historiographical reflection, with the purpose to promote a debate beyond these traditional divisions. Humanity has never been limited to frontiers. From Ancient Times to Contemporary Age societies have always met and cultures interacted and mixed by crossing borders and travelling.
Proposals can develop the following topics:
• Travel memories: historical accounts written by intellectuals, diplomatists, ecclesiastics, soldiers, merchants, scientists etc.
• Migrations: temporary or permanent movements of groups of people.
• Discoveries of new lands: colonization or exploration of continents or places madeby explorers and scientists, whether historians or technicians, space travels.
• Grand tours and study trips from Ancient to Contemporary Age.
• “Forced” journeys: people leaving their own land for political reasons.
• Pilgrimages and memorial trips: journeys towards places of worship and historical cultural heritage.
The Seminar is organized by History PhD Students of the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro” with the purpose of encouraging the academic debate and strengthening our Academic Community:
1. Greek and Roman History (PhD Student: Martina Zerbinati)
2. Medieval History (PhD Student: Matteo Moro)
3. Modern History (PhD Students: Michela Ferrara, Eugenio Garoglio)
4. Contemporary History (PhD Student: Stefano Scaletta)
The Seminar will be held at the Department of Humanistic Studies in Vercelli from 17th October to 19th October 2018.
PhD students and young researchers interested in participating are warmly invited to submit to all our contacts a proposal including a brief CV (max. 5000 characters, spaces included), the name of the University in where they study, title of presentation together with a short abstract (max. 3000 characters, spaces included) within 15th June 2018. Proposals of students from University of Eastern Piedmont (except for the organizers) will not be accepted.
Selected speakers will be contacted within 29th June 2018.
Publication of papers with a scientific publisher is expected.
Michela Ferrara – (Modern History) firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugenio Garoglio – (Modern History) email@example.com
Matteo Moro – (Medieval History) firstname.lastname@example.org
Stefano Scaletta – (Contemporary History) email@example.com
Martina Zerbinati – (Ancient History) firstname.lastname@example.org
(CFP closed June 15, 2018)
V INTERNATIONALCONFERENCE ON MYTHCRITICISM: MYTH AND AUDIOVISUAL CREATION - CLASSICAL MYTHS
Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain: 17-19 October 2018
The ÉTICAS GRIEGAS research group is pleased to announce the celebration of the international conference, dedicated to the study of Greek and Roman myths in audiovisual creation. On this occasion, “Classical Myths” is one of the four branches of the V International Congress of Mythcriticism “Myth and Myth and Audiovisual Creation”, which will be held at the UAH, UAM, UFV, and UCM from October 15 to 26, 2018.
Throughout the conference, the growing presence of the myths of Greece and Rome will be analyzed in the creative languages that fuse image and sound, especially in films, TV series and video games. We will also discuss the reception of classical myths in opera or theater, as well as their impact on contemporary arts that integrate the auditive and the visual to produce a new reality or language, as in comics, happenings, installations or performances.
What do we understand by classical mythology? Fundamentally and, usually, a set of Greek and Roman stories referring to gods and heroes, that is, to the two types of characters that were the object of worship in ancient cities.
The study of Greek and Roman mythologies is an indispensable piece to understand many of the keys of contemporary audiovisual creation. Starting from the Greek epic poems – the Iliad and Homer’s Odyssey – or the Latin epic – the Aeneid of Virgil -, we intend to approach the study of classical myths as a coherent whole in which each divinity, each mythological figure, exercises a concrete domain over the different spheres and institutions that structure social life. Likewise, we will study the audiovisual representation of the great mystery cults that arrive in Rome, imported from Egypt and the East, as well as the analysis of the conflictive relationships that primitive Christianity and the Fathers of the Church entered into with the myths of paganism.
During the conference, the mythical roots of the audiovisual themes will be explored, selecting from the corpus of the Greek and Roman myths those episodes that seem to lend themselves to a new reading, taking into account the most recent contributions of mythcriticism. For example, in The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), the withdrawal of Swan to his base in Coney Island “has something of a journey of Ulysses in his return to Ithaca”, which Roman Gubern identifies with “the theme of eternal return, of the return to the home”.
In the current audiovisual creation, we see the presence of the great themes of classical mythological structures: cosmogonies, theogonies, anthropogony, stories related to sacrifice, animals, gods and heroes of war and hunting, artisan gods, death, the erotic, philosophy and the city. It is, in short, to explore in what way the characteristic features and unique characters of Greco-Roman mythology, in the case of heroes, such as Odysseus, Achilles, Heracles / Hercules, the Amazons, the Argonauts, or the gods, as Zeus / Jupiter, Athena / Minerva, Apollo, Orpheus, Dionysus / Bacchus, Aphrodite / Venus, Hermes / Mercury or Bread, are translated into the language of audiovisual creation.
Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2018.
(CFP closed May 1, 2018)
THE FRAGRANT AND THE FOUL: THE SMELLS AND SENSES OF ANTIQUITY IN THE MODERN IMAGINATION
Toulouse, France: 18-20 October, 2018
Colloque international IMAGINES/ International Conference IMAGINES
The classical tradition has long confined Antiquity to an immaculate, sanitized whiteness : thus idealised, it was deprived of its multi-sensorial dimension, and conveniently limited to the visual paradigm. Olfaction, in particular, has often been overlooked in classical reception studies due to its evanescent nature which makes this sense difficult to apprehend. And yet, the smells associated with a given figure, or social group convey a rich imagery which conotes specific values : perfumes, scents and foul odours both reflect and mould the ways a society thinks or acts. The aim of this conference will be to analyse the underexplored role of smell – both fair or foul – in relation to the other senses, in the modern rejection, reappraisal or idealisation of Antiquity. We will pay particular attention to the visual and performative arts especially when they engage a sensorial response from the reader or the viewer.
We therefore invite contributions focusing not only on painting, literature, drama, and cinema but also on advertising, video games, television series, comic books and graphic novels, as well as on historical re-enactments which have recently helped reshape the perception and experience of the antique for a broader
Conference papers (in English or French) will be twenty minutes in length. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* The materiality of smell: what are the substances, plants and/or objects associated with antique smells in the modern imagination? To what extent may we confront current archeological data concerning the fragrant objects used in Antiquity with representations of smell in modern works? What new technical means are now mobilized to make modern audiences ‘smell’ and sense Antiquity (for instance in museums and multi-media productions)? We also invite papers that address the role flowers play in the modern construction of the antique smellscape and how this connects with the other senses.
* The sensoriality of antique rituals: How do fragrances (incense, burnt offerings, perfumed oils) shape modern representations of antique ritualistic and magical practices? To what extent does the staging of ritualistic gestures and objects associated with smell (and notably the burning of incense) create a form of estrangement between past and present, and deepen the rift between polytheistic and monotheistic faiths?
* The erotics of smell and scent: How was the antique body (both male and female) made desirable thanks to the use of perfume and cosmetics? How was this in turn exploited in painting, films, advertisement etc. – especially in connection with Orientalism? What role does smell play in gendered constructions of the antique body? What relation can we establish between the fragrant and the (homo)erotic? We also welcome discussions of
modern representations of antique baths, hygiene and ‘sane’ classical bodies in relation to
* Foul smells and diseased bodies: to what extent did the hygienistic shift which affected Western societies in the modern age (as described by A. Corbin) influence the perception of the antique smellscape? When did Goethe’s conception of the classical as ‘sane’ start being challenged? More generally, how are antique illnesses and decaying bodies depicted in the modern imagination and for example performed on stage or in historical reenactments
aiming to recreate ‘authentically’ the experience of antique battles? Does smell have a specific social/national identity? Since Antiquity, whose bodies have been most recurrently perceived as pestilent: those of enemies, foreigners, lower social classes (artisans, peasants, slaves…)?
Proposals (300 words) and short biographies should be sent to Adeline Grand-Clément (email@example.com) and Charlotte Ribeyrol (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 15th December 2017.
The contributions must be original works not previously published. The abstract should clearly state the argument of the paper, in keeping with the topic of the conference.
A selection of contributions (in English) will be considered for a volume publication by Bloomsbury in the series ‘Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts’.
(CFP closed December 15, 2017)
GALEN AND THE EARLY MODERNS
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: October 25-26, 2018
Along with Hippocrates, Galen was the most celebrated physician of antiquity. Among ancient physicians, he was also the one who exerted the most persisting influence not only on western medical thought and practice but also on western culture and philosophy in general. In spite of their early medieval oblivion caused mainly by linguistic barriers, in the eleventh century Galen’s works began to circulate again in Europe through Arabic mediation. As soon as Latin translations made in Italy and Spain became available, Galen entered the canon of natural philosophy, medicine, and anatomy. This medieval and late-medieval revival of the Galenic tradition lasted throughout the early modern era up to the eighteenth century at least.
However, Galen’s influence was not limited to the medical field. Although his theories and practices certainly represented a mandatory reference for early modern anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, Galen also contributed to orient the interpretation of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In particular, his De usu partium was a reference work for any confrontation with the Aristotelian biological treatises. The famous Epode inserted as an appendix to this work strongly supported the theologically-oriented reading of Aristotle’s physics. Furthermore, the finalistic account of organic structures offered by De usu partium was an inspiring source for the eighteenth-century development of Teleology as an autonomous philosophical discipline.
So far, studies on Galen’s modern revival have focused mainly on the post-medieval period and the Renaissance. Frequent attention was paid especially to Galen’s presence in the medicine and physiology of the sixteenth century. The reasons for this emphasis are perfectly understandable, since the sixteenth-century edition of the Opera had the indeniable effect of reviving the interest in this author among both the medical and the philosophical communities.
On the other hand, this privileged focus on the sixteenth century may easily result in overlooking the long-term effect of Galen’s rediscovery, which in fact did not cease to exert its powerful influence both on medicine and philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Galen’s theories appear to be mentioned, endorsed, discussed or even fought in the works of first-rank scientists and philosophers such as Boyle, Cudworth, Malebranche, and Leibniz – just to name the best known ones. A still open question, for instance, concerns the extent to which Descartes’ physiology and especially his sketch of embriology might contain some implicit reference to Galen’s work as their polemical target.
In light of these considerations, the Venice conference aims to broaden the study of Galen’s reception in the early modern philosophy of nature, teleology, physiology, medicine, and philosophy of medicine by investigating his presence from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of the early modern reception of Galen’s scientific and philosophical works. Proposals on iconographical or iconological issues related to the early modern Galenic tradition will also be considered.
Keynote speakers: Raphaële Andrault, Dennis DesChene, Guido Giglioni, Hiro Hirai.
Please submit your proposal (max. 1,000 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to email@example.com
Submission deadline: 15 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April.
We will cover both accommodation and travel costs for speakers, provided that they travel in economy class and buy their tickets at least one month before the conference.
Conference attendance is free. There are no registration fees.
This conference is organized by Emanuela Scribano and Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero.
CREMT – Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Thought, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
(CFP closed March 15, 2018)
CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF CHRIS STRAY
Corpus Christi College, Oxford: October 27, 2018
A one-day conference on select topics in the history of classical scholarship will be held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 27 October 2018, to mark the 75th birthday of Chris Stray. The speakers will include Mary Beard (Cambridge), Jas Elsner (Oxford), Edith Hall (KCL), Judy Hallett (Maryland), Lorna Hardwick (Open), Chris Kraus (Yale) and Chris Pelling (Oxford).
A detailed programme will be posted nearer the date. Any enquiries should be sent to Stephen Harrison (Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org).
19TH UNISA CLASSICS COLLOQUIUM IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ARC DISCOVERY PROJECT, 'MEMORIES OF UTOPIA: DESTROYING THE PAST TO CREATE THE FUTURE (300-650 CE)'
Pretoria, South Africa: 7-10 November, 2018
We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the annual Unisa Classics Colloquium in collaboration with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project: “Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)”.
The conference aims to explore a wide variety of aspects relating to the building, dismantling and reconstructing of memory and reputation across the various cultures bordering on the ancient Mediterranean, and over a wide time-frame. We know that memory and history are not fixed, objective occurrences, but are subjective representations of reality, and we can see evidence of this in the way in which those items which transmit memory are manipulated and used throughout antiquity. Memory and history, for example, are often reconstructed in light of various utopian (or even dystopian) ideals, thereby creating visions of the future that are based on strategic manipulations of the past. The unmaking and reconstitution of memory can be discreet, but more often occurs through violent means, whether through discursive and/or physical violence, which is an important aspect for further investigation.
The proposed conference aims to create fruitful interaction between the disciplines of Classics, Early Christian Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies, by exploring both ancient written material and/or ancient material culture within the stated theme. The conference thus offers plenty of areas for further exploration, of which the following fields are a sample:
• Methodological considerations on the use of Memory Studies and Utopia Studies in the field of Ancient History
• From damnatio to renovatio memoriae. The mutilation, transformation and/or re-use of items representing the past such as buildings, statues and iconography
• The effects of iconoclasm and intersectional violence
• Spolia: from the narrative of power to repurposing of architectural fragments
• The importance of promoting or undermining ancestry in the ancient world, for example in Greek or Roman portraiture and busts and the recutting of busts to new portraits
• Continuity and change in historiography – debates on the past among the ancient historians
• The making and breaking of reputations, e.g. techniques and strategies (and their effectiveness) in ancient biography and hagiography
• Memory, utopia and ancient religion
• Utopias and the building of collective identities
• Building genealogies and ancestry, and aristocratic genealogy-competition and rivalry
• The purpose of evoking memory though Classical reception
Paper proposals (approximately 300 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes debating current issues and problems on any aspect of the above theme.
Abstracts and titles should include your name and university affiliation, and should be submitted to either:
• Prof Martine De Marre (Ancient History and Classics) at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Prof Chris de Wet (Early Christian Studies) at email@example.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2018
We look forward to hearing from you, and please do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses provided above if you have any queries.
(CFP closed June 30, 2018)
[PANEL] CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY: SCREENING THE 'POLITICAL ANIMALS' OF THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
An area of multiple panels for the 2018 Film & History Conference: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Film, Television, and New Media
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA): November 7-12, 2018
Full details at: www.filmandhistory.org/conference
Aristotle famously defined humans as “political animals”: organizing themselves within the social structure of the polis and its codes of conduct, defining members from outsiders and different types of member in relation to each other and to the whole. From the time of the city’s foundation, Romans were no less concerned with the civitas and citizen status — increasingly so as Roman imperium expanded to encompass ethnic “Others.” The narratives generated and consumed by these societies both acknowledged and questioned the clarity of these theoretical concepts: the Odyssey marks Penelope’s aristocratic suitors as morally base and condemns them to divinely-authorized death worthy of enemies; Herodotus and Thucydides observe the increasingly despotic behavior of democratic Athens, as compared to both “barbarian” and other Greek adversaries; Livy emphasizes how abducted Sabine women stopped a war by asserting their own status and moral authority as Roman wives. Perhaps Julius Caesar would have been reviled as a traitor for his march on Rome, like the failed insurrectionary Catiline, had Caesar’s heir Octavian not gained control over the state, proclaiming the assassinated dictator in perpetuo divine and himself princeps.
All depictions of socio-political relations within the frameworks of kingdom, ethnos, polis, civitas, and empire in the ancient Mediterranean world have been shaped and reshaped through the lens of subsequent interest—both in antiquity and in modernity. The Classical Antiquity area solicits abstracts for papers that discuss how film, television, video games, and other screen media represent these relations and frameworks, on topics including but not limited to:
--how representations help modern audiences to imagine those social relations through dramatization — or promise to, despite reshaping ancient accounts to modern tastes
--how representations radically re-envision ancient accounts of political actors and communities to suit contemporary purposes (e.g. the noble rebel Spartacus in Kubrick’s 1960 film or the vengeful survivor Artemisia in 2013’s 300: Rise of an Empire)
--how modern social constructs (e.g. race, sexuality, gender) have been retrojected into depictions of ancient communities and individuals’ relations to each other and that whole
--how depictions of epochal shifts (e.g. constitutional, epistemological) redefine enfranchised/disenfranchised, subversive/revolutionary, patriot/traitor, barbarian/civilized
--how a “bad ruler/system” is critiqued by focus on a good/conscientious community member, or a “good ruler/system” is destroyed by criminality/sociopathy
--“rise and/or fall” narratives that turn on revolution, civil war, tyrannical coup, restoration
--use of ancient Mediterranean societies to stage modern romance with e.g. democracy, republicanism, fascism, imperialism
Proposals for complete panels of three related presentations are also welcome, but should include an abstract and contact information (including email) for each presenter.
DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2018.
Please e-mail your 200-400-word proposal to the area chair:
Meredith Safran, Trinity College - firstname.lastname@example.org
(CFP closed June 1, 2018)
HEIDEGGER AND THE CLASSICS
Senate House, London: November 8th, 2018
The Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome (CRGR) at Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to announce that a one-day workshop on the relationship between Martin Heidegger and the Classics will be held at Senate House, London on November 8th 2018.
Martin Heidegger remains a controversial figure not just in the history of western philosophy but in just about every school of thought that his philosophy pervades. He is widely regarded, along with Wittgenstein, as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century and the limit of his influence, encompassing the likes of Gadamer, Foucault, Arendt, Koselleck, Derrida, and Sartre, is beyond measure. The source of Heidegger’s controversy, notwithstanding his political views and allegiances, is the radical nature of his appropriation and reformulation of practically every major philosophical development since antiquity. He conceived of his project as the overcoming of metaphysics that was initiated by Plato, advanced through Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and Hegel, and brought to completion by Nietzsche. In doing so, he upturned nearly 2,500 years of western thought in order to turn philosophy back to what he conceived to be its fundamental, yet forgotten, question: the question of Being. In the Classics, Heidegger is largely ignored. This is perhaps somewhat puzzling given the extent to which the evolution of Classical scholarship over the past century has been grounded in precisely those conceptual developments - hermeneutics, experientialism, intertextuality, narratology, and postmodernism - that Heidegger has, to some degree or another, influenced. It is the purpose of this workshop to assess the nature and legitimacy of Heidegger’s broad exclusion from Classical discourse and to determine how, if at all, his philosophy might be reconciled with modern studies of the ancient world.
The workshop will focus on the following three core points of discussion, which inevitably interrelate, but all the same require definition:
1) The Classics in Heidegger
* What is the nature of Heidegger’s engagement with the Classics?
* To what extent does Heidegger misappropriate the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle?
* How are they incorporated into his work and what do they contribute to his overall project?
* What is Heidegger’s interest in the wider Classical literature (tragedy, poetry, history)?
* How is Greek language employed/manipulated by Heidegger?
2) The Classics against Heidegger
* Does the Classics have a bad relationship with Heidegger?
* Why does such a paucity of Heideggerian philosophy in modern studies of the ancient world endure?
3) Heidegger in Classical Scholarship
* In what ways has Heidegger so far contributed to modern Classical scholarship?
* To what extent can a reading of Heideggerian philosophy, encompassing his observations on concepts such as time, truth, subjectivity, method, and history, inform our understanding of ancient thought?
The workshop consists of four individual papers and three roundtable discussion sessions corresponding to the above divisions.
Prof. Andrew Benjamin (Kingston University)
Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr. Katherine Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London)
Prof. Denis McManus (University of Southampton)
Prof. Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)
Prof. William Fitzgerald (Kings College London)
Prof. Laurence Hemming (Lancaster University)
Prof. Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Dr. Kurt Lampe (University of Bristol)
Prof. Miriam Leonard (UCL)
Dr. Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Prof. Mark Payne (University of Chicago)
Prof. Thomas Sheehan (Stanford University)
Registration for the workshop will open on August 1st once the programme and other details have been finalised. If you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Dr. Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Prof. Ahuvia Kahane (Royal Holloway, University of London)
ANNUAL MEETING OF POSTGRADUATES IN RECEPTION OF THE ANCIENT WORLD (AMPRAW)
2018: University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-10 2018. https://ampraw2018.wixsite.com/home/. See below for CFP (closed June 1, 2018)
2017: University of Edinburgh: 23-24 November 2017 - https://ampraw.wixsite.com/ampraw2017. Twitter: @ampraw2017
2016: University of Oxford: 12-13 December 2016 - https://amprawoxford.wordpress.com/
2015: University of Nottingham: 14-15 December 2015 - ampraw2015.wordpress.com/ - Twitter: @AMPRAW2015
2014: University of London: 24-25 November 2014 - ampraw2014.wordpress.com/.
2013: University of Exeter.
2012: University of Birmingham.
2011: University College London.
AMPRAW 2018: ANNUAL MEETING OF POSTGRADUATES IN THE RECEPTION OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-10, 2018
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World 2018. AMPRAW 2018 will be a two-day conference (November 8th-9th) aiming to provide postgraduate students from all disciplines with the opportunity to present their research to the growing academic community focusing on classical reception. A third day, Saturday, will be devoted to a cultural visit to Coimbra and Conímbriga Ruins.
We propose Corpus/Corpora as the main theme, more specifically its dialectical relations between physical/individual/material body and social/collective/conceptual body. By motivating submissions on this subject, we intend to open up several corpora to multiple layers of instantiation, from a meditation on the body itself (thus playing with the relation between the literary “corpus” and the lived body) to an ethical assessment of the possibilities laid out by hermeneutics’ continuous reinterpretation of the classical heritage. Following that line of thought, bodily experiments linked to theatre or music are among our range.
In fact, without any chronological restriction, we welcome proposals exploring the reception of corpus/corpora in different areas, such as:
* literary texts (including their transmission and reception), philosophy, and arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, dance, cinema or television).
* How does one envision the religious, social, economical, political and gendered expressions of the body?
* How does a body see, understand and conceive another body?
* How does a body relate to itself?
These are some of the many questions we intend to reflect upon.
We welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers (250 words). All proposals should be sent using the online form at https://ampraw2018.wixsite.com/home/call-for-papers by June 1st 2018. Languages accepted are English and Portuguese. Some bursaries for two nights accommodation will be available. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants.
For more information on location and accommodation, please visit https://ampraw2018.wixsite.com/home and for up-to-date details join Facebook Group AMPRAW 2018 https://www.facebook.com/groups/224418934806398/.
Should you have any other question, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed June 1, 2018)
#CFP CATULLUS IN THE TREEHOUSE RIDES AGAIN
University of Newcastle (NSW), Australia: November 9, 2018
In 2004, Catullus scholars gathered in the Treehouse at The University of Newcastle to talk Catullus. This memorable event, aptly named ‘Catullus in the Treehouse,’ resulted in the first Special Issue of Antichthon, ‘Catullus in Contemporary Perspective’ in 2006.
After 14 years, and due to popular demand, it’s time to revisit ‘Catullus in the Treehouse’ with another one-day conference to celebrate Catullus, his poetry, his life and his legacy.
‘Catullus in the Treehouse Rides Again’ will be held at The University of Newcastle on:
Friday 9 November 2018, 9 am – 5 pm.
If you would like to present a paper (30 or 40 minutes), please send an abstract between 300-500 words by 1 September to Marguerite Johnson (The University of Newcastle) email@example.com & Leah O’Hearn (La Trobe University) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduates and honours students who wish to present are welcome. Undergraduates are also welcome to attend the conference.
Registration: Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30
Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch.
The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW (Callaghan Campus).
As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms and advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.
MAPPING WORKSHOP [CLAIMING THE CLASSICAL (CTC): CLASSICS AND POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY]
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London: November 9, 2018
This workshop will ‘map’ how Greco-Roman antiquity is being deployed in political rhetoric in the 21st century, identifying differences across national and continental boundaries as well as across the political spectrum.
Does invoking the Spartans mean something different in the banlieues of Paris from what it means in Charlottesville, Virginia? If Europa on the bull represents internationalism in Brussels, what does it signify in Beirut, Brisbane, or Beijing? Looking internationally, does the Right make more use of classical antiquity than the Left? And if so, why?
The workshop will feature a combination of formal papers and discussion sessions. The range, extent, and nature of politicised appropriations of antiquity during the twenty-first century will be mapped; considering geographical, social, and ideological variation.
Following the workshop, we will draft a short paper, offering a ‘snapshot’ of how classics is currently being used in political discourse globally. This will be made available freely online, to inform future research.
Call for papers: We are inviting proposals for brief papers focusing on a specific country or other defined area (15 mins), as well as for spotlight talks on particular cases (5 mins). Funds are available to support travel and accommodation for early career researchers and international participants.
1st July 2018 7th July, 2018.
Please email your proposals to either: Naoíse Mac Sweeney (email@example.com) or Helen Roche (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(CFP closed July 7, 2018)
[PANEL] MEDEA ON THE CONTEMPORARY STAGE & SCREEN
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: November 9-11, 2018
In recent years, the afterlives of Greek tragedy have received special attention in the rapidly expanding field of classical reception studies. With reincarnations ranging from Japanese Noh theater to the Mexican screen, Euripides’ Medea is now more than ever a truly global “classic.” The time is ripe for dedicated focus on Medea and its traditions in contemporary theater and film.
The panel organizers (Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine; Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College) invite proposals for papers on receptions of Euripides’ Medea on the contemporary stage and screen, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. The conference will take place Nov. 9-11, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Questions papers might address include but are not limited to:
* Medea assumes many roles in Euripides’ play, from abject suppliant to dea ex machina. How do recent adaptations of Medea portray Medea’s inherent theatricality?
* How have different translations of Medea affected the performance of the play?
* How have late 20th and 21st century stagings of Medea departed from previous models and trends?
* How have non-Western dramatic traditions (for example Japanese Noh) adapted Medea and how might they inflect our readings of their classical source text?
* How have recent dramatic productions of Medea staged or rewritten the infanticide?
* How have recent Medeas on stage and screen engaged with social and institutional hierarchies, including (but not limited to) issues of race, class, gender, nationality, and citizenship, and how have these issues and identities intersected with one another?
Paper proposals must be submitted through PAMLA’s online submission platform by May 30, 2018.
Please contact the session organizers, Zina Giannopoulou (email@example.com) and Jesse Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
(CFP closed May 30, 2018)
HYBLAEA AVENA - RECEPTION OF THEOCRITUS IN GREEK AND LATIN LITERATURE OF THE ROMAN IMPERIAL AND EARLY MODERN PERIOD
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany: November 15-16, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Hunter, Trinity College, Cambridge
Pipes being handed down from one shepherd to another in the tradition of music making can easily be imagined as a scenario in real life, whether in ancient times or today. And indeed, some pipes from antiquity are still in use 2000 years later, at least metaphorically speaking. Easy to track are the ones Theocritus used in creating the genre of pastoral poetry with idyllic landscapes and characters that seem to be transported from their real life duties and dialogues into the realm of verses. His pipes are depicted as the instrument of the predecessor offered to a poet of a new era and language in Virgil’s 10th eclogue (Verg. ecl. 10,51: carmina pastoris Siculi modulabor avena), and are from there given to another even later poet in Theocritus’ and Virgil’s footsteps, Calpurnius Siculus (Calp. 4,62f.: Tityrus hanc [sc. fistulam] habuit, cecinit qui primus in istis / montibus Hyblaea modulabile carmen avena).
This tradition was renewed, when the Greek text of Theocritus was rediscovered and printed for the first time during the Renaissance. Thus, Joachim Camerarius, for instance, coined Greek and Latin verses inspired both by Virgil and Theocritus. Finally, the Leipzig schoolmaster Johann Gottfried Herrichen even staged his Greek idylls so that they came back to life using perhaps also real pipes.
Hence a tradition and continuity in the bucolic genre and beyond can be traced back to the inventor, still hundreds of years later. As others have recently concentrated on the reception of Theocritus in comparative studies beginning in antiquity moving to modern times and modern languages (e.g. M. Paschalis [ed.]: Pastoral Palimpsests. 2007; H. Seng/I. M. Weis [eds.]: Bukoliasmos. 2016), the two day-conference Hyblaea avena aims at a new focus in a selected and narrower timeframe, namely the reception of Theocritus in Greek and Latin literature in the Roman empire (1st-6th c.) and the early modern age (15th-17th c.). Within the early modern period, we would like to concentrate on imitations in Greek but of course not exclusively. A view into Byzantine literature is also welcome.
Beyond the passing of pipes the main focus of the meeting is exemplified by the following questions that can be asked or can be answered afresh:
- What role did the reception of Theocritus play in Greek and Roman literature?
- How is the imitation of Theocritus made explicit?
- Which part of Theocritus was used and which was neglected?
- Is the imitation of Theocritus sometimes deliberately left out and why?
- What are the new contexts and functions of Theocritean scenarios and allusions?
- How was Theocritus integrated into other literary genres (e.g. epic poetry or anacreontic verse)?
- What was the impact of the edition of Theocritus, either as the original text or as a translation?
- How did the renaissance of Theocritus during the early modern age change the way poetry was written?
We cordially invite papers of approx. 20-30 minutes in length, with following time for questions and discussion. The languages of the meeting are German and English.
Please submit titles and abstracts (as pdf-attachments) of approx. 500 words, along with a short CV and contact details by 30th April 2018 to either Stefan Weise or Anne-Elisabeth Beron. Applicants will be notified of the organizers’ decision shortly thereafter.
The publication of a conference volume is planned. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for selected speakers.
Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Weise (email@example.com) & Anne-Elisabeth Beron (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(CFP closed April 30, 2018)
THE MAKING OF THE HUMANITIES VII
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 15-17 November, 2018
‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018.
Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences: The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
We welcome panels and papers on any period or region.
Deadline for paper and panel submissions: 1 June 2018.
For the full Call for Papers and Panels, see http://www.historyofhumanities.org/
(CFP closed June 1, 2018)
#CFP II ANIHO YOUNG RESEARCHERS’ CONFERENCE – IV SHRA: ANTIQUITY AND COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country, in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain): November 21, 2018
In the following link you can download the CFP for the II ANIHO Young Researchers’ Conference – IV SHRA: Antiquity and Collective Identities: from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World.
Deadline: September 5, 2018
#CFP 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ANCIENT DRAMA: THE FORGOTTEN THEATRE (IL TEATRO DIMENTICATO) #2
University of Turin, Italy: November, 28-30 [TBC], 2018
Studies and discussions about classic fragmentary theatre and its modern staging.
The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies on Classic Theatre) has scheduled for November 2018 its second academic conference for Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students of Humanities.
The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of scientific research and limited to few modern staging. The conference will host academics - Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students – who wish to contribute in cast new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.
• Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
• Reasonable attempts of reconstructions of incomplete tetralogies;
• Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
• Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
• Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
• Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
• New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
• New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
• Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.
In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to email@example.com containing:
• an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
• a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.
The candidacies may be submitted until 31st July 2018. Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian or English. Within the month of August 2018, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted.
Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference on the second issue of Frammenti sulla Scena, the official scientific series of The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (University of Turin), directed by Professor Francesco Carpanelli and published by Editore dell'Orso of Alessandria.
Scientific committee: The exact composition of the Scientific Committee, chaired by the Director of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, prof. Francesco Carpanelli, will be announced in April 2018.
Organization: The organization of the conference is entrusted to the Secretary of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, dott. Luca Austa; for any information about the technical and organizational aspects of the event please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS ON THE CORPUS CORANICUM CHRISTIANUM. THE QURAN IN TRANSLATION – A SURVEY OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART
Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5th – 7th, 2018
We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for our workshop ‘Preliminary Considerations on the Corpus Coranicum Christianum. The Quran in Translation – A Survey of the State-of-the-Art’ at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5th – 7th, 2018. In this workshop, we aim to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project, which will focus on comparing the different translations of the Quran made within Christian cultural backgrounds. The project will study the Quran and its reception from the Christian perspective by analyzing all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Quran from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, head of the project Corpus Coranicum (CC) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The workshop aims to map out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Quran. In addition, it seeks to connect these experts and to facilitate the scientific exchange between the multitude of studies previously conducted in this field. Finally, the workshop will examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an open-access database for systematically collecting and presenting the material for further research.
The structure of the planned project will correspond with the languages that will be analyzed. The Corpus Coranicum Christianum (CCC) shall, in a first step, consist of the three subprojects: Corpus Coranicum Byzantinum (CCB), Corpus Coranicum Syriacum (CCS), and Corpus Coranicum Latinum (CCL). Papers for the workshop are welcome in one or more of the following four sections:
* Greek translations of the Quran (CCB)
* Syriac translations of the Quran (CCS)
* Latin translations of the Quran (CCL)
* Digital Humanities (DH)
The workshop is focused on interdisciplinary research, which will, the organizers hope, encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future research cooperation. For this purpose, we welcome abstracts of up to 300 words, to be submitted in English by May 31st, 2018 to: email@example.com. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, position, the title of the proposed paper, your specific source(s) you want to work on, and a brief curriculum vitae. Please also indicate the preferred section (see above: CCB, CCS, CCL, DH). Notifications will be sent out in June 2018. Full papers should be submitted by 15th November, 2018. Limited funding will be available for accommodation and/or travel. Proposed workshop languages: English, German, Spanish, and French. Papers will be published as edited volume.
The project initiative Corpus Coranicum Christianum is financed by the Presidency of the Freie Universität Berlin. For further information about the structure of the planned project and for a more detailed Call for Papers, please visit our website.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Berlin!
(CFP closed May 31, 2018)
THE ROMAN ART WORLD IN THE 18TH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE ART ACADEMY IN BRITAIN
The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome, Rome: December 10-11, 2018
The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome (BSR) invite submissions for papers for the conference The Roman Art World in the 18th Century and the Birth of the Art Academy in Britain, to be held in Rome between 10 and 11 December 2018. The conference will focus on the role of the Roman pedagogical model in the formation of the British academic art world in the long 18th century.
Even as Paris progressively dominated the modern art world during the 18th century, Rome retained its status as the ‘academy’ of Europe, attracting a vibrant international community of artists and architects. Their exposure to the Antique and the Renaissance masters was supported by a complex pedagogical system. The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, the Capitoline Accademia del Nudo, the Concorsi Clementini, and numerous studios and offices, provided a network of institutions and a whole theoretical and educational model for the relatively young British art world, which was still striving to create its own modern system for the arts. Reverberations of the Roman academy system were felt back in Britain through initiatives in London such as the Great Queen Street Academy, the Duke of Richmond’s Academy, the Saint Martin’s Lane Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. But it was a broader national phenomenon too, inspiring the likes of the Foulis Academy in Glasgow and the Liverpool Society of Artists. The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1768 officially sanctioned the affirmation of the Roman model.
If past scholarship has concentrated mainly on the activities of British artists while in Rome, this conference wishes to address the process of intellectual migration, adaptation and reinterpretation of academic, theoretical and pedagogical principles from Rome back into 18th- century Britain. It responds to the rise of intellectual history, building on prevalent trends in the genealogy of knowledge and the history of disciplines, as well as the mobility and exchange of ideas and cultural translation across borders.
The conference welcomes diverse approaches to investigating the dissemination of the academic ideal from Rome to Britain. These might address, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:
• The impact of the Roman academic structure, theory and pedagogy on British art academies, artists’ studios and architects’ offices.
• The impact of art and architectural theory in Rome on the formation of a public discourse on art and architecture in Britain.
• The process of adaptation and reinterpretation of Roman theoretical and pedagogical principles to the British artistic and architectural context, and the extent to which British art academies developed new principles, absorbed the Roman model, or derived them from elsewhere.
• The role played by Roman and Italian artists and architects in the formation and structuring of the 18th-century British art academies and, in particular, of the Royal Academy of Arts.
• The presence and activities of British artists and architects in Roman studios, offices and academies and the presence of Italian artists in British academies.
• The role played by other relevant academies – such as those at Parma and Florence – on the formation of British artists and architects in relationship/opposition to the Roman model.
This conference will conclude a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. It will also be part of a series of conferences and exhibitions focusing on the role of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in the spread of the academic ideal in Europe and beyond, inaugurated in 2016 with an exhibition and conference on the relationship between Rome and the French academy, held at the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and at the Académie de France à Rome.
Please provide a concise title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 20-minute paper. Send your proposal, with a current CV of no more than two pages, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals must be received by midnight, Monday 12 March 2018. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in mid-April 2018. Travel grants will be available.
Organizers: Dr Adriano Aymonino, Professor Carolina Brook, Professor Gian Paolo Consoli, Dr Thomas-Leo True
(CFP closed March 12, 2018)
AMPLIFYING ANTIQUITY: MUSIC AS CLASSICAL RECEPTION
Strand Campus, King’s College London: December 12-13, 2018
The departments of Classics, Music, and Comparative Literature at King’s College London are delighted to announce a call for papers for an upcoming conference: Amplifying Antiquity: Music as Classical Reception.
The focus of the conference is deliberately wide, and we welcome proposals to speak on any aspect of how the culture, history, and myth of the Greek and Roman worlds have influenced the music of the 17th-21st centuries. We hope that papers will demonstrate the scope for fresh work and new collaborations in this area.
Musical works addressed need not be conventionally viewed as part of the classical tradition. Papers might touch on topics such as: the use of antiquity in the invention of new musical genres and development of aesthetic priorities; the relationship between performative speech and song, past and present; the gendering of ancient voices in modern productions; the social contexts of musical commissioning and performance; the conservative and radical political potential in music inspired by the classical world.
Speakers already confirmed include Sina Dell’Anno (Basel), Edith Hall (KCL), Wendy Heller (Princeton), Sarah Hibberd (Bristol), and Stephanie Oade (Oxford).
We are currently awaiting the outcome of applications to support the funding of this conference, and plan to cover at least the expenses of each speaker's stay in London. While King’s does not have on-site childcare, every effort will be made to accommodate speakers with caring commitments.
Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) to email@example.com, by July 9th. Any questions can be directed either to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the organisers.
Organisers: Emily Pillinger (email@example.com) and Miranda Stanyon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(CFP closed July 9, 2018)
[PANEL] ANCIENT DRAMA, NEW WORLD
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
Sponsored by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance
Organizers: Anna Uhlig, (email@example.com), University of California, Davis & Al Duncan, (firstname.lastname@example.org), The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Research Fellow, University of the Free State
The performance of ancient drama, whether in updated stagings or more radically adapted variations, represents one of the most significant influences on contemporary views of the ancient world. As Helene Foley and others have shown, the “reimagining” of ancient drama in the New World has a long and fascinating history, and one that continues to be written. The recent flurry of scholarly work on the performance of ancient drama in the Americas attests to the range and complexity of new-world engagement with Greece and Rome. Landmark studies include Foley’s Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015) among diverse other publications. In the years since the publication of these volumes, ancient drama has continued to demonstrate its ability to speak to a changing New World, whether in Harrison David Rivers’ And She Would Stand Like This (2017), a transgender version of Euripides’ Trojan Women, Bryan Doerries’ evolving “Theater of War” Productions (2009-present), or Elise Kermani’s juxtaposition of contemporary and ancient in Iphigenia: Book of Change (2016). In many ways, theater artists in the Americas are once again redefining our relationships with ancient Greek and Roman culture.
In light of the overall goal of the Sesquicentennial Program to celebrate the past and future of Classical Studies in the Americas, this panel will focus on the dynamic forms that ancient drama has taken in new-world performances. This rich and still-unfolding history provides a powerful window on how the performance of classical drama constitutes a vital channel through which the future of Classics has taken—and continues to take—shape. As theater has long been recognized as a bellwether within our discipline, a goal of this panel is to highlight emergent trends in new-world theater that may presage future turns in Classical Studies as a whole.
We invite submissions on any aspect of the performance of ancient drama in the Americas, but are especially eager for contributions that focus on the cultural or political immediacy of ancient drama as demonstrated in staged productions from the last decade or so. Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
* How does a synchronic approach facilitate our understanding of ancient drama within an interconnected world?
* How does the shared history of colonialism and/or slavery in the Americas shape approaches to ancient drama?
* What similarities/differences are found in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in distinct linguistic communities of the Americas (e.g. Spanish, English, Portuguese, French)?
* How have recent changes in social or economic conditions in the Americas found form in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?
* How are contentious issues of borders, identity, nationality, and culture reflected in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in the Americas?
* How are shifting discourses on gender, sexuality, and race making themselves felt in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?
The session will conclude with a response to the papers by Helene Foley.
Please send anonymous abstracts following SCS guidelines (http://apaclassics.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-of-abstracts) by email to Timothy Wutrich (email@example.com), not to the panel organizers. Review of abstracts will begin 1 March 2018. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018.
(CFP closed March 15, 2018)
[PANEL] CLASSICAL & EARLY MODERN EPIC: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES & NEW PERSPECTIVES
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. For its fourth panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.
In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.
Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:
* In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?
* Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?
* What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?
* How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?
* Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?
* What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?
We are committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics, and hence welcome abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to show how the field of early modern classical reception can bear on a wide range of literary and cultural study, and to dispel the notion of an intimidating barrier to entry.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment to Pramit Chaudhuri (firstname.lastname@example.org). All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.
Proposals must be received by February 19th, 2018.
February 19, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 1, 2018)
[PANEL] CLASSICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE AFFILIATED GROUP: WHO "OWNS" CLASSICS? WHO IS THE FIELD OF CLASSICS FOR? DEFINING THE FIELD/DIVERSIFYING THE FIELD.
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
Chair: Amy Pistone (email@example.com) and Kassandra Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Many initiatives, many possibilities come to mind when we think of Classics and Social Justice. But as we pursue these initiatives, or even before, an important early task for us, is that of self-reflection. Classics traditionally has been the preserve of elites, and has served to exclude individuals and groups from power, institutions, and resources thereby perpetuating their definition as inferior. Let us examine and confront this element of our history carefully, and more particularly our behaviors. Is Classics white? In the light of the appropriation of classical themes and motifs by the alt right, we need to think about how we ourselves have presented the field so as to render such (mis)appropriations possible. At the same time "ownership" of classics has always been contested--and the classics deployed-- by those very same groups who have been defined as outsiders. What are we doing when we say “classics for all” or teach these ancient materials to members of marginalized groups? Why do we do what we do?
We solicit 650-word abstracts by Feb. 20, 2018, for 15-20 minute papers. Paper topics might include but are by no means limited to questions such as the following: the "gatekeeping" and imperialist traditions of classics; the pedagogy of canons and unchanging tradition; the challenges from perceived outsiders to the discipline, for instance working class individuals, people of color, women. How do such individuals fare in our national meetings? Or in our discipline?
Please submit anonymous abstracts of less than 650 words to Kaitlyn Boulding (boulding@UW.EDU).
(CFP closed February 20, 2018)
[PANEL] GLOBAL FEMINISM AND THE CLASSICS
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
WCC Sponsored Panel. Chairs: Andrea Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz) and Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University)
Global/transnational feminism is a framework that challenges the universalizing tendencies of Western feminism, and works toward a more expansive appreciation of the diversity inherent to the experiences of women and sexual minorities across the globe. It accomplishes this by taking into consideration the wide variation of cultural, economic, religious, social, and political factors that differentially impact women in different places. Yet the potential utility of this concept to the discipline of classical studies remains largely untapped. For all of the modifications and corrections made to Foucault’s History of Sexuality, the Greco-Roman world’s position as ancestor to the Modern West too often frames how we situate the study of gender and sexuality in antiquity. Global/transnational feminism offers ways to make the discipline more inclusive by transcending this ancient-modern comparison and further contextualizing classical phenomena through contemporary cross-cultural study and consideration of how gender and sexuality might intersect with other social categories like ethnicity or class. Such approaches can help us identify important connections and differences between distinct cultures, but perhaps more importantly, can serve to establish the value and limitations of the theories and methodologies we implement in studying gender and sexuality.
This panel seeks to provide a venue for advancing discussions of gender and sexuality in classical antiquity in both scholarship and the classroom through the lens of global/transnational feminism. Among the questions we hope to explore are:
* How can we make fruitful comparisons between Greek and Roman constructions of gender and sexuality and those of other ancient societies, whether neighboring and interacting (e.g., Celtic, Egyptian, Persian) or disparate (China, Japan, South Asia, etc.)?
* How might a global/transnational feminist approach help us and our students more critically compare ancient constructions of gender and sexuality to our own modern ones?
* How might an emphasis on intersectionality complicate our understanding of the diverse experiences of women and sexual minority groups in antiquity?
* How does Western feminism limit our ability to understand and analyze concepts of gender and sexuality in antiquity?
* What does a global/transnational feminist approach mean for our relationship to the ancient past, more broadly conceived?
* We solicit papers from both scholarly and pedagogical perspectives that consider the above and related questions regarding the study of gender and/or sexuality in the ancient world from a global/transnational perspective.
Abstracts of ca. 450 words, suitable to a 15-20 presentation, should be sent as a .pdf file to Martha Teck (email@example.com). Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself so that all submitted abstracts can be evaluated anonymously. Please follow the formatting guidelines for abstracts that appear on the SCS website: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts. All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS or AIA members in good standing, and all proposals must be received by March 1, 2018. Any questions about the panel should be directed to the organizers.
(CFP closed March 1, 2018)
[PANEL] LITERARY TRANSLATION OF GREEK AND LATIN (SINCE 1869)
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
Organizers: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors
From Livius Andronicus to the multifarious translation landscape of the twenty-first century, the re-creation of classic works in new languages has brought ancient literature to new audiences and new cultural contexts.
This panel seeks papers that focus on the art of literary translation. For our society’s sesquicentennial, we especially welcome papers that address translation into English since 1869.
All translation is interpretation: Textual decisions drive interpretations, yet interpretive stances also drive textual decisions. Translation is an especially intimate and visible active reading in which the reader of the source language work becomes the writer of the English work.
Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
* How literary translations of single authors have changed over time.
* Trends in literary translation
* Translation in times of crisis
* The status of translation in classics
* How translation engages with scholarship
* The responsibilities of the translator
* Theories of and approaches to translation
* Political or cultural use of translation
The Committee on Translations of Classical Authors is in the process of producing a searchable database bibliography of all translations of Greek and Latin authors translated from 1869 (and ongoing) initially in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Grand Valley State University developed the Tiresias database, before transferring it to UC-Irvine, who has agreed to host the project at the International Center for Writing and Translation.
Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents by January 31, 2018 to Donald Mastronarde (firstname.lastname@example.org), preferably with the subject heading “abstract_translation_SCS2019”. All abstracts will be judged anonymously and so should not reveal the author’s name, but the email should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts should be 650 words or fewer and should follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts), except that works cited should be put at the end of the document, not in a separate text box.
(CFP closed January 31, 2018)
[PANEL] MOISA (SCS 2019): MUSIC AND THE DIVINE
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
Many literary and philosophical sources throughout antiquity attest the view that music serves as a connection between human and the supernatural realities. The concept of music as a “gift of the gods,” also applicable to instruments and divine (or divinely inspired) musicians, already points at this relationship. From the Pythagoreans to Aristides Quintilianus and beyond, cosmological speculations are frequently aligned with the structure and dynamics of the human soul and described in musical terms. Hence the need of a deeper inquiry about the relationship between music and the divine.
Possible questions to be investigated and topics to discuss include (but are not limited to):
* What are historical, psychological, philosophical, and theological reasons for the perception that music is something divine, which surpasses what is properly human?
* Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories where gods or divine figures are related to or the origin and practice of music as such, instruments, tunes, practices, etc. What does divine patronage reveal about the character of music and its impact on human life?
* The “divinely inspired” musician: origin, role, and development of the concept of musical genius.
* Dionysian “frenzy”: how does the “dark side” of music become associated with divinities? How is this represented in other cultural traditions?
* Human music as a competition or rebellion against the divine (for instance, the stories of Marsyas or Orpheus).
* Cosmology and mathematical musicology: to what degree can modern science support the parallelism between musical and cosmic processes as first described by the Pythagoreans and still thoroughly developed by Kepler? How does such “ideal” music relate to “real” music?
* Contributions of individual classical authors or schools: what are the various views on the relationship between music and creation, and how do they compare? How are these theories reflected and further developed in post-classical traditions?
* Music as mediation between the human and the divine.
* Is the numinous character of music particular, or is it found similarly in other art forms?
* How do ethnomusicological findings support – or question – the idea of a universal notion of music being a privileged link between the human sphere and the divine?
* Is there a continuity or rather a discontinuity between the classical and the Christian (Western or Eastern) view on the role of music in worship or on its divine character?
In an effort to showcase the best papers and the most innovative research in the field of ancient music, we also welcome abstracts that deal with interdisciplinary aspects of Greek and Roman music and its cultural heritage within the framework of the panel theme.
Abstracts for 20-minute papers to be presented at the 2019 SCS annual meeting should observe the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. The deadline for submission is March 9th, 2018, and all prospective presenters should be SCS members in good standing at the time of submission. Please address your abstract to email@example.com and any question related to the panel to firstname.lastname@example.org. In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by two referees.
(CFP closed March 9, 2018)
[WORKSHOP] THEORIZING AFRICANA RECEPTIONS
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
For our inaugural workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, we invite abstracts for papers that develop trans-historical and transnational models of Africana reception. Contributions will be pre-circulated and then discussed at the 2019 SCS meeting in San Diego.
As Classical Reception Studies has burgeoned, existing models of appropriation, creativity, and dialogue have struggled to capture the complexity of the relationship between classical works and their receptions. For example, studies often focus exclusively on one temporal point over the other, trace a direct line of influence from source to target, or hierarchize in such a way that source works become the privileged creative inspiration to a later 'political' manifestation. This is not just a scholarly problem. Artists themselves have rejected attempts to categorize their refigurations without acknowledging their idiosyncratic perspectives: as Romare Bearden said, 'we must remember that people other than Spaniards can appreciate Goya, people other than Chinese can appreciate a Sung landscape, and people other than Negroes can appreciate a Benin bronze...an artist is an art lover who finds that in all the art that he sees, something is missing: to put there what he feels is missing becomes the center of his life's work' (S. Patton, Memory and Metaphor 1991: 31).
Classicists have already begun to find new paths forward. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Lorna Hardwick has argued for utilizing a rhizomatic network of classical connections that recognizes multiple, non-hierarchical points of entry ("Fuzzy Connections" 2011: 43). Emily Greenwood has further developed Hardwick's classical connectivity model by advocating the 'omni-localism' of classical works and of their Africana Receptions ("Omni-Local Classical Receptions" 2013). Striation or layering, as discussed in Deep Classics (Butler, ed. 2016) and "The Reception of Classical Texts in the Renaissance" (Gaisser 2002) respectively, has also been proposed as an alternative metaphor for conceptualizing the varied processes of reception.
To that end we seek papers that go beyond a focus on one point of entry, privileged viewpoint or implied 'tradition' into the network of classical connections and offer a distinctive methodological contribution, a case study of a model through multiple receptions, or a novel theoretical analysis.
Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following sub-disciplines: intellectual history; literature; visual art and performance studies; music; political activism; and education.
Eos is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into Classics, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to create a supportive environment for scholars of all stages working on Africana Receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent as an email attachment to email@example.com. All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by February 23rd, 2018.
February 23, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 2, 2018)
[PANEL] TURNING QUEER: QUEERNESS AND THE TROPE
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
The Lambda Classical Caucus invites abstracts for papers that investigate relationships between tropes and queerness in the ancient Mediterranean. Ancient and modern scholars have enumerated and explored tropes in visual arts, language, literature, politics, and other parts of ancient cultures. A trope may be “a figure which consists in using a word or a phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it” (OED), such as a metaphor, or a theme or device used commonly in a particular style, genre, or discourse, such as the lament of the exclusus amator, and it may also be thought of in its root sense: a turning. We understand queerness broadly as questioning, ignoring, resisting, or in other ways not conforming with norms of gender, sex, sexuality, and/or erotics in a society. We welcome submissions on tropes and queerness in any part of an ancient Mediterranean culture or its later reception. We hope that, by examining ideas of turning, figurative representation, and commonly used themes or devices in relation to queer modes of non-conformity, this panel will reveal new dimensions of tropes and queerness.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
How have tropes been used to represent queer people and queerness?
* Have people tried to control or limit non-conformity with tropes?
* How have non-conforming people found empowerment in tropes? Have they used tropes to understand themselves? To question norms? To communicate with each other?
* How does queerness interact with a particular trope or with an idea of a trope?
* How have modern queers troped cultures of the ancient Mediterranean or interacted with tropes of the ancient Mediterranean?
Please email abstracts for 20-minute papers to by February 1, 2018. Abstracts may be up to 500 words (not including works cited). Please submit abstracts as anonymized PDF’s, and include 1) the author’s name and 2) contact information and 3) the title of the proposed paper in the text of the email. Membership in the Society for Classical Studies is required for participation in this panel. Please email any questions to David Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org, Hannah Mason at email@example.com, and Rob Matera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed February 1, 2018)
[PANEL] WRITING THE HISTORY OF EPIGRAPHY & EPIGRAPHERS
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019
The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. The history of epigraphy as a discipline stretches back to antiquity itself. In the same manner that Herodotus used inscriptions in order to list the temple inventories from Delphi and Delos and Suetonius appears to have drawn on the myriad inscriptions that dotted the Roman Forum, modern epigraphers continue to publish, interpret, and interweave epigraphic remains today. Although the focus is normally on the ancient content of these epigraphic remains, this panel turns its focus on the epigraphers themselves.
As the Society for Classical Studies looks back on 150 years of its existence as an academic organization in 2019, epigraphers should similarly take a moment to reflect on the evolution of our field. From the Rosetta Stone to the Vindolanda Tablets, behind every great inscription is a great woman, man, and sometimes an entire archaeological team. We often contextualize inscriptions in their original time and provenance as a means of understanding the context and historical milieu in which they were written, yet understanding the motives, biases, and ethics of an epigrapher are similarly enlightening. Moreover, the role of the epigrapher as both historian and philologist is extensive. Whether it be Louis Robert’s (1904-1985) and his wife Jeanne’s publication of the Bulletin épigraphique from 1938 to 1984 or Joyce Reynolds’ publication of The inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania in 1952, epigraphers have helped to influence classics, ancient history, and digital humanities in many meaningful ways.
The main objective of this panel is to explore broadly the relationship between classical antiquity and the epigrapher. This might include but is not limited to how ancient and early medieval writers used epigraphic evidence, how Renaissance antiquarians drew on classical epigraphy in order to create new fonts for the printing press, the impact of German scholars publishing over 250,000 inscriptions in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum and the Inscriptiones Graecae from the latter half of the 19th century up until the present. The role of epigraphers in shaping the current state of digital humanities today is of equal import. Histories of epigraphers dedicated to working with ancient Near Eastern, Hebrew, Greek, Roman, Syriac, Etruscan, and any other language inscribed within the ancient Mediterranean world are welcome to apply.
Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by members of the ASGLE Executive Committee and external readers, and should not be longer than 650 words (bibliography excluded): please follow the SCS “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts.” All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The Abstract should be sent electronically as a Word file, along with a PDF of the Submission Form by March 3, 2018 to Sarah E. Bond at email@example.com.
(CFP closed March 3, 2018)
#CFP ILIAS LATINA – INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Erlangen, Germany: January 24-25, 2019
The Ilias Latina has been one of the reference texts of the Homeric poem
until the rediscovery of Greek in the West. After the richly commented
edition by Scaffai (1997) and the translation in French with a brief
commentary by Fry (2014), the aim of this international Workshop is to
focus on this peculiar cultural product.
We warmly encourage PhD students, Post-docs and early-career researchers
to present papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals may focus on one of
the following topics:
a)metaphrastic devices and the comparison with the Greek model
b)the text and the manuscript tradition
c)the Ilias Latina in the literary context of the Neronian age
d)its reception, starting from Late Antiquity.
We welcome abstracts of up to 350 words, to be submitted per email by
July 31th 2018, including brief curriculum vitae.
Proposed workshop languages: English, Italian, German, and French.
A flat-rate reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is
Confirmed invited speakers: Anton BIERL (Basel), Caterina CARPINATO (Venezia), Maria J. FALCONE
(Erlangen), Thomas GÄRTNER (Köln-Bonn), Gerlinde HUBER-REBENICH (Bern),
Christiane REITZ (Rostock), Christoph SCHUBERT (Erlangen).
Public evening lecture: Maurizio BETTINI (Siena), on the cultural meaning of translation.
Maria Jennifer FALCONE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christoph SCHUBERT: email@example.com
GLACIE CIRCUMDATUS UROR – DER NEULATEINISCHE PETRARKISMUS
Einladung zur Teilnahme an einer internationalen Tagung an der Universität Bonn: January 24-26, 2019
Der Petrarkismus hat die volkssprachliche europäische Lyrik der Frühen Neuzeit entscheidend geprägt. Der Einfluss auf die frühneuzeitliche lateinische Literatur ist dabei bislang allenfalls konstatiert und vereinzelt besprochen, aber nur sporadisch in größerem Zusammenhang untersucht worden. Explizite Übersetzungen, wie etwa Nicolas Bourbons lateinische Übertragung von RVF 134 („Pace non trovo“), der sich das Zitat im Veranstaltungstitel verdankt, sind jedoch in der neulateinischen Liebesdichtung des gesamten frühneuzeitlichen Europas ebenso zu finden wie subtile sprachlich-formale, strukturelle und konzeptionelle Bezugnahmen auf das petrarkistische Modell.
Dem neulateinischen Petrarkismus kommt im Vergleich zu den nationalsprachlichen Petrarkismen aus zwei Gründen eine Sonderstellung zu: Zum einen steht das Neulateinische in einem besonderen Nahverhältnis zur lateinischen Literatur der Antike. Hierdurch ist mit starken sprachlichen, motivischen und inhaltlichen Interferenzen zwischen dem Petrarkismus und Modellen antiker (Liebes-)Dichtung zu rechnen. Die zweite besondere Eigenart des neulateinischen Petrarkismus liegt im soziokulturellen ,Sitz im Leben‘ des Lateinischen, das in der Frühen Neuzeit als paneuropäische lingua franca fungierte. Die neulateinische Literatur oszilliert hierdurch zwischen Regionalität und Internationalität, sie interagiert mit regional unterschiedlichen Kontexten und kann gleichzeitig international rezipiert werden.
Die Tagung möchte sich nun erstmals gezielt dem Phänomen des neulateinischen Petrarkismus widmen und in Fortsetzung der Arbeiten Scorsones 2004 und Cintis 2006 wesentliche Spielarten der Petrarkismus-Aneignung in der lateinischen Poesie der Frühen Neuzeit diskutieren. Es soll dabei insbesondere auch nach Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden zwischen dem neulateinischen und volkssprachlichen Petrarkismus gefragt werden.
Den Vortragenden können die Kosten für Anreise und Übernachtung erstattet werden. Eine Veröffentlichung der Beiträge im Anschluss an die Tagung ist geplant.
Für Vorträge von ca. 30 Minuten werden Themenvorschläge zum neulateinischen Petrarkismus in Europa, insbesondere aber in England, Skandinavien, Osteuropa, Spanien und Portugal – vorzugsweise als Email-Attachment – bis zum 15.06.2018 erbeten an: Alexander Winkler (firstname.lastname@example.org). Der Themenformulierung sollte ein kurzes Exposé (max. 300 Wörter) beigefügt sein.
(CFP closed June 15, 2018)
#CFP AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR CLASSICAL STUDIES 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
University of New England, Armidale (NSW): February 4-7, 2019.
Conference website: http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/faculty-of-humanities-arts-social-sciences-and-education/school-of-humanities/australasian-society-for-classical-studies
Abstracts due by: July 31, 2018.
2019 HISTORICAL FICTIONS RESEARCH CONFERENCE
Manchester, UK: 22-23 February, 2019
The Call for Papers is now open. Papers on all topics and from all disciplines are welcomed.
This year, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the “Peterloo Massacre” we welcome in particular papers on the loose topic “Radical Fictions”.
Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.
Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know: the interaction of the meaning-making narrative drive with the narrative-resistant nature of the past. They constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships and charged tensions between the complexity of societies in time and the teleology of lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space of thought in which the pursuit of narrative forms of meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past.
We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.
We aim to create a disciplinary core, where researchers can engage in issues of philosophy and methodology and generate a collective discourse around historical fictions in a range of media and across period specialities.
Paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: email@example.com. The CfP closes on July 1st 2018.
(CFP closed July 1, 2018)
ORALITY & LITERACY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD XIII: REPETITION
The University of Texas at Austin, USA: March 27-31, 2019
The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites
all classicists, historians, religious studies and biblical scholars,
and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the
Thirteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to
take place in Austin (TX) from Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 31
The conference will follow the same format as the previous conferences,
held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia,
Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006),
Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor (2012), Atlanta (2014), and
Lausanne (2016). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again
be published by E.J. Brill as Volume 13 in the "Orality and Literacy in
the Ancient World" series.
The theme for the conference is "Repetition", and papers in response to
this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean
world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures.
Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to
a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.
Further details about accommodations and other conference-related
activities will be circulated later.
Papers should be 30 minutes in length. Any graduate student who would
prefer a 20-minute paper slot is invited to express their preference in
the cover email accompanying their abstract. Anonymous abstracts of up
to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word
files by June 30, 2018. Please send abstracts to:
(CFP closed June 30, 2018)
#CFP RITRATTI DI CICERONE - PORTRAYING CICERO
Rome, Italy: May 15-17, 2019
The Department of Ancient World Studies, Sapienza University of Rome (http://www.antichita.uniroma1.it/), and the International Society of Cicero’s Friends (SIAC, www.tulliana.eu), with the support of the Cultural Association Italia Fenice (http://www.italiafenice.it/), are pleased to announce the International Conference ‘Portraying Cicero’, to be held in Rome from 15th to 17th May 2019.
Cicero has exerted a durable impact on intellectual life throughout the centuries. Universally recognized as a master of Roman prose and the embodiment of the art of words, he has influenced the history of ideas and contributed to the intellectual maturation of generations of students and scholars. Yet his controversial position in Roman politics has elicited different reactions since late Republic. As a historical figure, he has encountered criticism from intellectuals and men of culture. As Zielinski (Cicero im Wandel der Jahrundherte) has shown, each age has reacted to Cicero with its own sensibility. This conference aims to explore how Cicero has been represented- and interpreted- over the times. It seeks to shed light on the multiple, often contrasting, ways in which Cicero was received by later scholars and intellectuals. Special attention will be paid then to the reception of Cicero as an individual and man of letters, including his fortune as philosopher, epistolographer, and orator and his presence in literature and culture in modern times.
PhD students and young or early career scholars are invited to submit a proposal (400 words max) on the reception of Cicero as a historical figure and man of letters over the centuries.
Papers should be 20 minutes long (followed by discussion of 5-10 minutes). All the papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Series ‘Cicero’, edited by the Patrum Lumen SustineFoundation (Basel), under the supervision of the SIAC, and published by De Gruyter (Berlin).
Please send an abstract of no more of 400 words to Giuseppe La Bua (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of October 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of November 2018.
Confirmed speakers are: Y. Baraz, F.R. Berno, A. Casamento, R.A. Kaster, T. Keeline, G. La Bua, R. Pierini, F. Prost, Ph.Rousselot, C. Steel, H. van der Blom, J. Zeztel.
The Conference is organized by:
Francesca Romana Berno,
Giuseppe La Bua,
#CFP ISRAEL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CLASSICAL STUDIES: 48th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Tel Aviv University, Israel: May 29-30, 2019
Our keynote speaker in 2019 will be Professor Robert Kaster, Princeton University.
The conference is the annual meeting of the society. Papers on a wide range
of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology,
philosophy, literature, reception, papyrology and archaeology of Greece and
Rome and neighboring lands, are welcome. The time limit for each lecture is
20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are Hebrew and
English. The conference fee is $50.
Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.
Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in
All proposals should consist of a one page abstract (about 250-300 words).
Proposals in Hebrew should also be accompanied by a one-page abstract in
English to appear in the conference brochure.
Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to Dr. Lisa
Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS at email@example.com.
ALL PROPOSALS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY BY 20th DECEMBER, 2018.
Decisions will be made after the organizing committee has duly considered
all the proposals. If a decision is required prior to early February,
please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your
#CFP ARS ET COMMENTARIUS
Paris - Sorbonne Université: 05-07 juin 2019
Colloque international organisé par l’EA 4081 Rome et ses renaissances, Sorbonne Université, l’Université Lyon 2, l’UMR 5189 HiSoMA et l’Institut Universitaire de France.
En plus de la tradition proprement fragmentaire, notre connaissance de la grammaire latine antique dépend de plusieurs sources : les manuels scolaires (artes), les glossaires et les commentaires aux auteurs littéraires.
La grammaire des commentaires, mêlée à d’autres notes de toutes sortes, forme un champ d’étude encore largement sous-exploité, sans doute en raison de son caractère épars et difficile à synthétiser : il s’agit d’un savoir diffracté, morcelé, et qui, loin de s’organiser de façon méthodique, n’a de justification que dans des explications ad locum ; c’est en particulier le cas pour Servius, qui sera l’objet du présent colloque.
Il n’existe quasiment aucune étude sur la question. Si l’on excepte les travaux inspirés de la Quellenforschung (notamment H. Kirchner 1876 et 1883), on peut citer la thèse de R.J. Bober (1971, un classement sans analyse), les travaux de R. Kaster (1978, 1980, entre autres) et d’A. Uhl (1998) sur les méthodes de Servius et leurs bases intellectuelles, mais rien en ce qui concerne le contenu linguistique proprement dit.
L’objectif de cette rencontre sera donc d’étudier les scolies grammaticales dans le commentaire de Servius à Virgile, en mettant en valeur ce qui peut constituer l’ars commentarii dans ses grandes lignes linguistiques : catégories, morphologie, syntaxe, concepts – en soi et dans son rapport aux artes grammaticae conservées.
Comité scientifique: Frédérique Biville (Lyon 2), Paolo De Paolis (Cassino), Maria Luisa Delvigo (Udine), Jean-Yves Guillaumin (Franche-Comté).
-Les propositions de communication (titre et 15 lignes maximum de présentation, dans une des principales langues européennes) sont à adresser à Alessandro Garcea et Daniel Vallat (firstname.lastname@example.org; Daniel.Vallat@univ-lyon2.fr) avant le 30/09/2018.
-La durée de chaque intervention est fixée à 30 minutes maximum (25 + 5 min de discussion).
-L’organisation du colloque ne pourra prendre en charge que les frais de séjour ; les frais de transport seront à la charge des participants.
-La publication des Actes du colloque est prévue après expertise des contributions, qui devront être impérativement remises avant le 30/09/2019.
#CFP 2019 SYMPOSIUM CUMANUM: VIRGIL AND THE FEMININE
Villa Virgiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 20-22, 2019
The Vergilian Society invites proposals for papers for the 2019 Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Virgiliana in Cuma, Italy.
Co-Directors: Elena Giusti (Warwick) and Victoria Rimell (Warwick)
The ‘Father of the West’ has not escaped scrutiny by feminist criticism. Since identifying the repressed female voice with Virgil’s subversive voice of loss (Perkell 1997, Nugent 1999), scholars have turned from a practice of reading Virgilian women to an investigation of women reading Virgil (Desmond 1993, Cox 2011), from accounts of the patriarchal structures underpinning the Aeneid, and the poem’s performances of masculinity (Keith 2000), to readings that assert the centrality of the feminine in what is after all a history of reproduction (McAuley 2016, Rogerson 2017). Yet feminist approaches to Virgil still represent a tiny portion of contemporary scholarship, and Virgil – unlike Homer, or Ovid – has traditionally not been seen as fertile territory for feminist philosophy. This Symposium asks how ever-evolving contemporary feminisms might engage in new dialogues not just with the Aeneid, Eclogues and Georgics, but also with the Appendix Vergiliana, and aims to reassess, through Virgil, the role and potential of feminist modes of reading within classical philology. We welcome papers on any aspect of Virgil and the feminine/feminist criticisms and theories, and particularly encourage proposals by scholars interested in engaging across disciplines, and/or with any of the following topics:
abuse, affect, agency, animal, circularity, colour, desire, ecology, hysteria, identity, identity politics, ineffectiveness, intersubjectivity, lack, maternity, metaphor, metonym, nature, origin, pain, pleasure, the political, post-critique, pregnancy, queer, race, resistance, silence, song, teleology, time, touch, transferral, translation, virginity.
Confirmed Speakers: Sergio Casali (Roma Tor Vergata), Rita Degl’Innocenti Pierini (Firenze), Alex Dressler (Wisconsin-Madison), Erik Gunderson (Toronto), Alison Keith (Toronto), Helen Lovatt (Nottingham), Sebastian Matzner (KCL), Mairéad McAuley (UCL), Ellen Oliensis (Berkeley), Christine G. Perkell (Emory), Amy Richlin (UCLA), Sarah Spence (Georgia).
Papers will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion. Participants will arrive on Wednesday 19th June and the Symposium will include visits to Virgilian sites.
Anonymised abstracts of no more than 400 words in length should be sent to email@example.com by December 1, 2018.
NB. We are committed to make the event as inclusive as possible, so please do get in touch directly with the organisers if you have any enquiries regarding access or childcare, and for any further information:
Dr Elena Giusti E.Giusti@Warwick.ac.uk
Prof. Victoria Rimell V.Rimell@Warwick.ac.uk
For further information on this event and previous symposia, please visit the page of the Vergilian Society:
#CFP CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019 / 15TH FIEC CONGRESS
Institute of Education (University College London), July 4-8, 2019
Call for Panels & Posters: http://fiecnet.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/fiec-congress-call-for-panels-and.html. Revised deadline: September 1, 2018
Call for Individual Papers: TBA.
#CFP DESCENT OF THE SOUL: KATABASIS AND DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY
Freud Museum, London: July 5-6 [TBC] 2019
Jung regarded the Nekyia as a ‘meaningful katabasis ...a descent into the cave of initiation and secret knowledge’ (CW5). He saw this as an appropriate model for deep self-descent toward healing. Famously he allowed himself to drop deep within the Self during a time of near-psychosis, and encountered the archetypal figures who formed crucial elements of his psychology: the old man, the hero, anima and animus. Included in this insight is acknowledgement of the paradoxical idea of one of his often cited sources, Heraclitus: descent and ascent are the same.
From Poe to Nietzsche, the self has always presented as an ‘abysmal’ problem as it was also for the ancients: the self is a dilemma to be resolved in confronting the risks of staring into the depths, exposing oneself to the risks, and moving on, possibly to acceptance...
Seneca advises ‘[that even the bravest of men go] blind with dizziness if he looks down on an immense depth (vastem altitudinem) when standing on this brink (in crepidine eius)’ (57.4)
‘So cast, the brink of life begins to resemble the brink of nothingness ... and the point is that the destitution of the self is not an aberration: it is one of the commonest ways in which subjects are formed in antiquity. Self-destitution paradoxically is a finely honed technique of the self, a practice that produces, literally constitutes – the self.’ (Porter, Foucault Studies 2017).
Using these insights as a springboard we want to explore the formation of self as a look into the abyss: as Poe proposed in ‘The Imp of the Perverse’ staring into the abyss was dangerous because it looked back at you. Nietzsche attests to this in more dire terms in Beyond Good and Evil. Yet Seneca would scoff at fear of this examination of the self; the momentous problem of self-formation was an ethical imperative.
And in his essay about the collective unconscious, projection of universal anxieties that the ‘rumours’ of flying saucers attest to, Jung quotes Goethe’s Faust: ‘Then to the depths!/I could as well say height:/It’s all the same.’
The achievement of the Self is a life-long endeavour involving confrontations or engagements to dissolve elements of projection that split the self into dissociated fragments. It could be argued that fragments or multiplicity is also what Jung meant by Self. This has been a considered motif since ancient times, in many cultures. During this conference the different modes of self-formation, as problem, or rather as self-fashioning endeavour/process or one of discovery can be seen through depth psychology’s enterprise as a therapy to heal the soul, or the self.
We are looking for papers exploring the abyss, and how it constitutes and heals the Self, or does not. Papers will be accepted that explore aspects of this problematic of descent/ascent into the depths within the frame of analytical and all theoretical orientations of depth psychology and archaic thought. Please present a proposal by end of October 2018 of approx. 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th July (+ tentatively also 6th July) 2019: Freud Museum, Hampstead London.
Leslie Gardner (University of Essex), Richard Seaford (University of Exeter), Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow), Terence Dawson (Singapore), Ben Pestell (University of Essex), Mark Saban (University of Essex), Catriona Miller (Glasgow Caledonian University), Alan Cardew (University of Essex).
#CFP METAMORPHOSIS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINATION, FROM OVID TO SHAKESPEARE
UCLA: October 11-12, 2019
Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living forms, have long provided an important site for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and non-human agencies have evolved from and adapted to one another in a relationship characterised by fluctuating perceptions of friction and symbiosis, distance and proximity. This conference seeks to locate the theme of metamorphosis in the early history of the western environmental imagination, from Classical antiquity to the Early Modern period; and to explore the ways in which the various cultural and historical manifestations of metamorphosis from this earlier period resonate with the environmental approaches and concerns of our present day.
Metamorphosis may be an idea with a long history, yet it continues to answer to the eco-critical imperatives of our own era. Its exposure of the porousness of human and non-human categories calls into question many other dualisms that current environmental discourses seek to deconstruct: between mind and matter, self and other, subject and object, culture and nature, all these the legacy of an epistemic shift introduced in the Early Modern period that laid the groundwork for the widely prevailing view of human exceptionalism that subsequently took hold. Eco-criticism has, since the nineteenth century, sought to reposition man as the object of environmental factors and forces, and to invest the non-human world with an agency and dynamism that was hitherto held to be the exclusive domain of humankind, even as, more recently, ideas of the Anthropocene have brought this process of redistribution full circle. Nowadays, we are invited to think more of an entangled mesh of human and non-human forces, a hybridizing compound of natureculture, and a fusion of material and discursive practices as biosemiotics and related ideas concerning the creative biosphere transform the world's contents into so much storied matter. Increasingly, eco-critics have turned back to the pre-modern era to search for intellectual analogues for the kinds of ontological continuum and/or hybridization between human and non-human that we are currently seeking the conceptual terminology to describe. Narratives of metamorphosis, a popular theme in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance storyworlds, provide a ready resource for this quest: on the one hand, the transformation of human into non-human bodies stages metamorphosis as a subordination to 'lower' forms of life. At the same time, it also offers a parable (admittedly, a highly anthropocentric one) for explaining the kinds of mind and agency that we now find attributed to non-human matter. Indeed, the emphasis that accounts of metamorphosis characteristically place on the physical aspects of transformation displaces the hegemony of the cognitive faculties as any kind of privileged index of human identity, and speaks rather to a mode of trans-corporeality that sees the human as just one bodily interface among many others.
While Ovid is by no means the first author in the western canon to draw on the theme of metamorphosis in order to reflect on man's relationship with the environment, his epic poem is a cultural landmark that enshrines this theme as a crux for later environmental discourse.
Yet its significance as such has garnered more attention from cultural receptions of the poem, above all in the English Renaissance, than from modern scholarship on it (an imbalance that might in turn be attributed to the relative explosion of eco-critical studies of Renaissance culture since the 1990s as compared to a more incipient trend in Classical scholarship). Authors from Chaucer to Shakespeare, whose connection with antiquity is often owed overwhelmingly to a familiarity with Ovid's texts, frequently draw on images of metamorphosis to figure their own environmental questions and concerns, and have attracted a range of modern eco-critical approaches in recent times: from eco-feminist readings of Chaucer's bird narratives to the panoply of environmental concerns located in Shakespeare's probing of the limits of the human.Drawing inspiration from the poem's reception history, the organizers of this conference seek to reposition the Metamorphosesas a foundational text for the history of environmental thought, by investigating how its central theme of metamorphosis resonates with the environmental questions and discourses of the pre-modern era, and by considering how these echo and/or diffract our own. Using Ovid and Shakespeare as bookends for this important chapter in the history of environmental thought, we will invite scholars of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance culture to approach metamorphosis as a prism through which to explore both the continuities and the breaks in a tradition of environmental thinking that connects us, however discontinuously, with the distant past.
Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to email@example.com
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: October 15, 2018
Jonathan Bate, Professor of English, University of Oxford
Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English, University of Oregon
Emily Gowers, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
Lesley Kordecki, Professor of English, DePaul University
Mark Payne, Professor of Classics, University of Chicago
Alex Purves, Professor of Classics, UCLA
Robert Watson, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, UCLA
Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History, UCLA
Francesca Martelli, Assistant Professor of Classics, UCLA
Giulia Sissa, Professor of Classics and Political Science, UCLA