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December 2018

NEO-LATIN SCHOLARSHIP ON THE SLAVS

Bratislava (Malé kongresové centrum SAV, Štefánikova 3): December 5–7, 2018

Organised by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Program: https://neolatinscholarshi.wixsite.com/conference2018/programme

 

 

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS ON THE CORPUS CORANICUM CHRISTIANUM. THE QURAN IN TRANSLATION – A SURVEY OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART

Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5–7, 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: corpus.coranicum.christianum@klassphil.fu-berlin.de. 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!

Call: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/we02/griechisch/byzantinistik/projekte/corpus-coranicum-christianum/workshop/index.html

Website: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/we02/griechisch/byzantinistik/projekte/corpus-coranicum-christianum/index.html

(CFP closed May 31, 2018)

 

 

COMBAT STRESS AND THE PRE-MODERN WORLD

Manchester Metropolitan University: Friday 7th December, 2018

Since the genesis of ‘shell shock’, the pre-modern world has been used to aid our understanding of the psychological and moral injuries incurred during military service. From the turn of the millennium, there has been a surge of research that has tried to identify the symptomology of combat stress and post-traumatic stress in the source material, leading to the retrospective diagnosis of such prominent figures as: Achilles, Alexander the Great, Henry V, Samuel Pepys, to name but a few. This universalist approach has recently been challenged, giving birth to an important debate about the use of the modern PTSD model as a way to explore pre-modern combat, and post-combat, experiences. The aim of this one-day workshop is to bring together scholars from ancient, medieval, and early-modern history in order to examine the use of PTSD in the study of the pre-modern world and invigorate a cordial and lively debate within a friendly network.

We would like to invite papers of 20 minutes from postgraduates, ECRs, and established scholars working on ancient, medieval, or early-modern history, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):

* The presence of combat stress in the written evidence and relevant case-studies.
* The experience of combat and military service.
* The use of historical precedents in the study of combat stress, PTSD, ‘shell shock’ and so forth.
* The dialogue between the disciplines of Psychology and History.
* The ‘PTSD in history’ debate and methodological considerations.
* Moral injury as an alternative historical model.
* PTSD and non-combatants: women, children, the elderly, the enslaved.

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Owen Rees at o.rees@mmu.ac.uk or Dr Jason Crowley j.crowley@mmu.ac.uk by Friday 26th October 2018. Postgraduate speakers and ECRs and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Melissa Gardner (Durham): “PTSD and the Study of the Ancient World”
Constantine Christoforou (Roehampton): “Combat Trauma in Sophocles’ Ajax.”
Jeffrey J Howard (Memorial University): “Vectors Leading to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Roman Soldiers in the Republic”
Andy Fear (Manchester): “Marius’s Dreams and other phantoms of Roman PTSD”
Bernd Steinbock (Western Ontario): “Combat Trauma in Ancient Greece: The Case of the Athenians’ Sicilian Expedition”
Giorgia Proietti (Trento): “A ‘collective war trauma’ in Classical Athens? Coping with war deaths in Aeschylus’ Persians”
Jamie Young (Glasgow): “The Psychological Impact of Slavery; Mental Illness and Stockholm Syndrome in Slaves of the Roman Republic.”
Kathryn Hurlock (Man Met): “Was there combat trauma in the middle ages?”
Chelsea Grosskopf (Iceland): “Combat Trauma and Eyrbyggja Saga”
Ismini Pells (Leicester): “Adventure or adversity? Child soldiers, childhood experience and trauma during the British Civil Wars”

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1809&L=CLASSICISTS&P=121165

(CFP closed October 26, 2018)

 

 

SENSUAL REFLECTIONS: RE-THINKING THE ROLE OF THE SENSES IN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK: 8-9 December, 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
George Gazis (Durham University)
Emma-Jayne Graham (The Open University)
Katerina Ierodiakonou (University of Athens/Université de Genève)
Chiara Thumiger (University of Warwick/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The study of the classical past is currently experiencing a spatial and sensory turn, affecting the work of classicists, classical archaeologists, ancient philosophers and historians alike. Despite the growing number of ideas and approaches developed by individual specialists, so far the attempts to develop an interdisciplinary conversation on the matter have been limited. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodological approaches to ancient senses.

The conference will be divided into four sessions, each focused on specific aspects of ancient senses and their study:

(i) ‘Sensing the world’ will explore some of the theories of sense-perception put forward in antiquity. The emphasis will be placed on some of the epistemological issues that follow from the different ways in which ancient philosophers explained the relation between the perceiver and the external world, e.g. on the kind of knowledge we acquire through our senses, and the phenomenon of misperception.

(ii) ‘Sensing ruins’ will explore the possibilities offered by sensorial approaches to the study of material culture in classical antiquity. We invite contributions engaging with all the aspects of the physicality of the ancient world and its reception and welcome proposals which seek to present the material in a sensorially engaging and non-traditional way.

(iii) ‘Sensing the body’ will investigate the involvement of the senses in ancient beliefs and theories about disease and the body. This session will be particularly devoted to exploring the connections between literature, medicine and philosophy in the Greco-Roman world, by focusing on their relations with the senses and the human body.

(iv) ‘Sensing beauty’ will broaden the discussion, debating the role of the senses in early aesthetic theory. While encouraging contributions on traditional themes, e.g. mimesis and the sublime, the organizers will give priority to papers that focus specifically on the role of sensorial perception in the theorising of beauty in antiquity, and on how the ‘sensorial turn’ in classical scholarship can deepen our understanding of the early philosophical engagement with beauty and art.

*We aim to publish the results as an edited volume in the Mind Association Occasional Series published by Oxford University Press. Speakers will present preliminary versions of articles to be published in the conference volume.

Submission Guidelines

We especially encourage academics in the early stages of their career to apply (including final-year PhD students), but also welcome proposals from established academics. Applicants are kindly invited to submit the following documents:

1. An anonymised abstract of no more than 500 words (papers should be suitable for 30 min presentations). Abstracts should include (i) the thesis of your paper; (ii) a clear presentation of the main argument you will put forward in support of that thesis; (iii) a brief explanation of the novelty of your argument/thesis; (iv) and an indication of how the argument/thesis fits within the current scholarship on the matter.

2. A separate cover sheet indicating (a) your name, (b) the title of your paper, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) contact details, and (e) the session you would like to be part of. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in academia. Please feel free to indicate in the cover sheet whether you are a member of such a group.

Deadlines: Proposals should be sent to the organisers (sensual.reflections2018@gmail.com) by 21 September 2018, 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be contacted by 1 October 2018 and will be expected to send a draft of their papers to circulate among speakers and attendees by 15 November 2018.

A limited number of bursaries (of around 70£) will be available for selected speakers to cover part of their travel expenses, but we encourage them to apply for bursaries from their home institutions. We are aiming to offer a limited number of bursaries to attendees too. Further details will be given at a later stage. The registration fee will be 25£ (covering welcome reception, coffee and lunches), and 15£ for graduate students.

The conference is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Mind Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at sensual.reflections2018@gmail.com

The organisers:
Chiara Blanco (University of Cambridge)
Giacomo Savani (University of Leicester)
Rasmus Sevelsted (University of Cambridge)
Cristóbal Zarzar (University of Cambridge)

Call: https://philevents.org/event/show/64038

Website: https://sensualreflectionsconference.weebly.com/

(CFP closed September 21, 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 humanities@bsrome.it. 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

Call: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/call-for-papers-the-roman-art-world-in-the-18th-century-and-the-birth-of-the-art-academy-in-britain

(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 amplifyingantiquity@gmail.com, by July 9th. Any questions can be directed either to amplifyingantiquity@gmail.com, or to the organisers.

Organisers: Emily Pillinger (emily.pillinger@kcl.ac.uk) and Miranda Stanyon (miranda.stanyon@kcl.ac.uk)

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Peter Burian (Duke University), Aristophanes Goes to the Opera: The Politics of Schubert’s Verschworenen and Braunfels’s Vögel
Luca Austa (Università degli Studi di Siena), Making a Joke out of Antiquity. Ancient Myth as Mockery in Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
Samuel N. Dorf (University of Dayton), Performing Sappho’s Fractured Archive, or Listening for the Queer Sounds in the Life and Works of Natalie Clifford Barney
Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University), From Naxos to Florence via Mantua: Layers of Reception in Vernon Lee’s Ariadne
Markus Stachon (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), The Triumph of Aphrodite: Youth, Love, and Antiquity in Carl Orff’s Settings of Ancient Poetry
Stephanie Oade (Oundle School), Lyric(s) in Song
Kristopher Fletcher (Louisiana State University), Latin in Heavy Metal
Christodoulos Apergis (University of Athens), Screaming for the Gods: the Reception of Ancient Greek Hymnography in the Greek Black Metal Scene
Jo Paul (Open University), Pompeii Goes Pop: The Curious Story of Pompeii in Popular Music
Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Ovidio Travestito: Viewing Seicento Opera through Anguillara’s Lens
Tiziana Ragno (Università di Foggia), Ariadne and the others: A mirrored myth on the operatic stage
Theodor Ulieriu-Rostas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris / University of Bucharest), Marsyas pardoned: rewriting musical violence for the baroque stage
Myrthe Bartels (Durham University), Tried by Love: Socrates and Socratic philosophy in Telemann's comic opera Der geduldige Socrates
Sina Dell’Anno (Universität Basel), Corydon and Mopsa. On Bucolic Travesty in Purcell’s Fairy Queen.
Lottie Parkyn (University of Notre Dame in England), Salieri and his deadly Danaids
Emily Mohr (University of Toronto), Carmen the Siren
Ian Goh (Swansea University), Salieri’s Catilina, or: What to do about (Roman) Revolution? Sarah Hibberd (Bristol University), Cherubini’s Médée and the Vengeful Sublime
King’s Chapel: Echoes of Hellas - A recital of classically-inspired works written at King’s from 1883-2017, including music by Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College London).

Register: https://estore.kcl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/academic-faculties/faculty-of-arts-humanities/department-of-classics/amplifying-antiquity-music-as-classical-reception

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1806&L=CLASSICISTS&P=38992

(CFP closed July 9, 2018)

 

 

TRANSLATING GREEK TRAGEDY IN 16TH-CENTURY EUROPE

St Hilda’s College (Oxford) - Vernon Harcourt Room: December 14, 2018

Programme:

10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee (Vernon Harcourt Room)
10.30-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh and the organizers; presentation of APGRD Translating Ancient Drama project by Cécile Dudouyt

11.00-12.00 Southern Europe I – Chair: Sarah Knight (Leicester)
Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain) – Neo-Latin Sophocles; an Overview of the Neo-Latin Translations of Sophocles in Renaissance Europe
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Theatre Translation and Aeschylus in Early Modern Italy: three case studies 12.00-12.15 Coffee Break

12.15-1.15 Southern Europe II – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Claudia Cuzzotti (Independent) – The Hecuba by Michelangelo the Younger (1568-1647): translation and adaptation of Greek tragedy in the Italian Renaissance
Luísa Resende (Coimbra) - Sophocles in sixteenth-century Portugal. Aires Vitória’s Tragédia del Rei Agaménom
1.15-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.50 Northern Europe I – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes) – Translating Greek (para)tragedy in the Renaissance
Thomas Baier (Würzburg) – Camerarius on Greek Tragedy
Angelica Vedelago (Padua) – Thomas Watson’s Antigone: the didacticism of Neo-Latin academic drama
3.50-4.10 Coffee Break

4.10-5.30 Northern Europe II – Chair: Tiphaine Karsenti (Paris X)
Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13) - Translating and Play-writing: Robert Garnier’s patchwork technique
Tristan Alonge (Université de la Réunion) - Praising the King, Raising the Dauphin: an unknown sixteenth-century French translation from Euripides recovered
Tanya Pollard (CUNY) – Translating and Transgendering Greek Heroines in Early Modern England

5.30-6.30 Plenary led by Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)

6.30-7.45 Drinks Reception (Senior Common Room): book launch of Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, eds. Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward (OUP 2018)

Register: https://translatinggreektr.wixsite.com/sixteenthcentury

For more information: giovanna.dimartino@classics.ox.ac.uk

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January 2019

[SCS PANEL] GLOBAL CLASSICS [PRESIDENTIAL PANEL]

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Omar Daniele Alvarez Salas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
Obert Bernard Mlambo (University of Zimbabwe), "Classics in Zimbabwe"
Ophelia Riad (University of Cairo), “The Correlation between the Classical, Pharaonic and Arabic Studies”
Harish Trivedi (Delhi University), "'Yet Absence Implies Presence': The Cloaked Authority of Western Classics in India"
Jinyu Liu (DePauw University and Shanghai Normal University), "Who's 'We' in Classics"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 10: CLASSICAL & EARLY MODERN EPIC: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES & NEW PERSPECTIVES

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception, Pramit Chaudhuri, University of Texas at Austin, Caroline Stark, Howard University, and Ariane Schwartz, McKinsey & Company

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 (pramit.chaudhuri@austin.utexas.edu). 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.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/call-abstracts-classical-and-early-modern-epic

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 10: Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives

Adriana Vazquez (University of California, Los Angeles), Introduction
Richard H. Armstrong (University of Houston), "Emerging Markets and Transnational Interactions in Translation and Epicization: The Case of Spain 1549-1569"
Maxim Rigaux (University of Chicago), "The Epics of Lepanto: Between Tradition and Innovation"
Viola Starnone (Independent Scholar), "Virgil's Venus-virgo in Christian Early Modern Epic"
Susanna Braund (University of British Columbia), "Travesty: The Ultimate Domestication of Epic"
Ralph Hexter (University of California, Davis), Response

(CFP closed February 19, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 1, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 11: THEATRE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE WORK OF LUIS ALFARO

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Melinda Powers, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Nancy S. Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Introduction
Mary Louise Hart (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Family, Fate, and Magic: An Introduction to the Greek Adaptations of Luis Alfaro"
Amy Richlin (University of California, Los Angeles), "Immigrants in Time"
Tom Hawkins (The Ohio State University), "9-1-1 is a Joke in Yo Town: Justice in Alfaro's Borderlands"
Rosa Andújar (King's College London), "Chorus and Comunidad in Alfaro's Electricidad and Oedipus El Ray"
Jessica Kubzansky (The Theatre @ Boston Court), "Directing Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles"
Melinda Powers (John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Response

Website: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 13: RECEPTION AND NATIONAL TRADITIONS

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Marsha McCoy, Southern Methodist University, presiding

Jacobo Myerston (University of California, San Diego), "Greek Andes: Briceño Guerrero and the Latin American Tragedy"
James Uden (Boston University), "Ventriloquizing the Classics: Cicero and Early American Gothic"
Andrew Porter (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee), "From Homer to Lescarbot: The Iliad's Influence on the First North American Drama"
Emilio Capettini (University of California, Santa Barbara), "'Ne quid detrimenti capiat res publica': The Senatus Consultum Ultimum and a Print of George Washington"
Kelly Nguyen (Brown University), "Classical Reception within the Vietnamese Diaspora"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS WORKSHOP] SESSION 17: 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 cfp@eosafricana.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 23rd, 2018.

Website: http://eosafricana.org/posts/theorizing-africana-receptions/

Update: 8/12/2018

Eos is delighted to announce the program for Theorizing Africana Receptions, our inaugural workshop at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies.

Session 17: Friday January 4, 2019 (10:45-12:45)

Anja Bettenworth (Cologne), “The Reception of St. Augustine in Modern Maghrebian Novels”
Sarah Derbew (Harvard), “Bodies in Dissent”
Ellen Cole Lee (Fairfield), “Reader-Response to Racism: Audre Lorde and Seneca on Anger”
Jackie Murray (Kentucky), Respondent

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewEvrs-b9VWqPKCbVj4ik6rj5iC38OGunQla_psGnRrHmwkw/viewform

Information: http://eosafricana.org/posts/theorizing-africana-receptions-panel-at-scs-2019/

(CFP closed February 23, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 2, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 20: ANIMATED ANTIQUITY: A SHOWCASE OF CARTOON REPRESENTATIONS OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop; Organized by Chiara Sulprizio, Vanderbilt University

Ray Laurence (Macquarie University), Respondent
Andrew Park (Cognitive Media LLC), Respondent

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 21: RE-EVALUATING HERAKLES-HERCULES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Emma Stafford, University of Leeds; Classical Association of the UK

Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Introduction
Karl Galinsky (University of Texas at Austin), "Herakles/Vajrapani, the Buddha"
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Cardiff University), "Hercules' Birthday Suit: Performing Heroic Nudity between Athens and Amsterdam"
Emma Stafford (University of Leeds), "'I Shall Sing of Herakles': Writing a Hercules Oratorio for the Twenty-First Century"
Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque), "How the Rock became Rockules: Dwayne Johnson's Star Text in Hercules (2014)"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 29: "AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE CLASSICS," BY MARGARET MALAMUD

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Committee on Diversity in the Profession, Victoria E. Pagán, University of Florida

Shelley Haley (Hamilton College), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Daniel R. Moy (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Heidi Morse (University of Michigan), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Nicole A. Spigner (Columbia College Chicago), "Historical [Re]constructions: Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood and Proto-Afrocentric Classicism"
Margaret Malamud (New Mexico State University), Response

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 33: FEMINIST RE-VISIONINGS: TWENTIETH-CENTURY WOMEN WRITERS AND CLASSICS

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris, University of Lille, and Emily Hauser, Harvard University

Sheila Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania), "Inside Stories: Amateurism and Activism in the Classical Works of Naomi Mitchison"
Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths, University of London), "Edith Wharton and Classical Antiquity: From Victorian to Modern"
Emily Hauser (Harvard University), "Re-visioning Classics: Adrienne Rich and the Critique of 'Old Texts'"
Elena Theodorakopoulos (University of Birmingham), "The Silencing of Laura Riding"
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (University of Lille), "Marguerite Yourcenar's Sappho (Feux, La Couronne et la Lyre) and Lesbian Paris in the Early Twentieth Century"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 35: ROME AND THE AMERICAS: NEW SOUNDINGS IN CLASSICS, ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Sesquicentennial Panel, Joint AIA-SCS Session, organized by Andrew Laird, Brown University, and Erika Valdivieso, Brown University

Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), Introduction
Andrew Laird (Brown University), "American Philological Associations: Latin and Amerindian Languages"
Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), "Transformation of Roman Poetry in Colonial Latin America"
Stella Nair (University of California, Los Angeles), "Seeing Rome in the Andes: Inca Architectural History and Classical Antiquity"
Claire Lyons (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Alterae Romae? The Values of Cross-Cultural Analogy"
Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies), Response

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 37: WRITING THE HISTORY OF EPIGRAPHY & EPIGRAPHERS

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy and Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa

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 sarah-bond@uiowa.edu.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/call-abstracts-writing-history-epigraphy-and-epigraphers

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 37: Writing the History of Epigraphy and Epigraphers

Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa), Introduction
Alastair J. L. Blanshard (University of Queensland), "Inscription Hunting and Early Travellers in the Near East: The Cases of Pococke and Chandler Compared"
Graham Oliver (Brown University), "150 Years, and More, of Teaching the Epigraphical Sciences (or, Epigraphical Training Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)"
Daniela Summa (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), "The Correspondence of Günther Klaffenbach and Louis Robert (1929-1972)"
Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College), "The Method and Madness of Matteo Della Corte"
Morgan Palmer (Tulane University), "Res Gestae: The Queen of Inscriptions and the History of Epigraphers"

(CFP closed March 3, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 53: HORACE AND HIS LEGACY

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

(Alison Keith, University of Toronto, presiding)

Edgar Garcia (University of Washington), "Teucer, Twofold: Echoes and Exempla in Odes 1.7"
Alicia Matz (Boston University), "Deus nobis haec otia fecit: Illusions of Otium at the End of the Republic"
Katherine Wasdin (George Washington University), "Horace the Communist: Marx's Capital as Satire"
Aaron Kachuck (University of Cambridge), "Ursine Poetics in Horace and the Classical Tradition"

Program: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 55: 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 (teckm@newpaltz.edu). 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.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2017/150/call-abstracts-global-feminism-and-classics

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 55: Global Feminism and the Classics

Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University) and Andrea F. Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz), Introduction
Margaret Day (The Ohio State University), "The Sisters of Semonides' Wives: Rethinking Female-Animal Kinship"
Elizabeth LaFray (Siena Heights University), "The Emancipation of the Soul: Gender and Body-Soul Dualism in Ancient Greek and Indian Philosophy"
Sarah Christine Teets (University of Virginia), "Mapping the Intersection of Greek and Jewish Identity in Josephus' Against Apion"
Hilary J. C. Lehmann (Knox College), "Past, Present, Future: Pathways to a More Connected Classics"
Erika Zimmermann Damer (University of Richmond), Response

(CFP closed March 1, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 56: MUSIC AND THE DIVINE

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by MOISA, Andreas J. Kramarz, Legion of Christ College of Humanities

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 gurds@missouri.edu and any question related to the panel to akramarz@legionaries.org. In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by two referees.

Call: http://www.fasticongressuum.com/single-post/2018/02/22/CALL-09032018-PANEL-16-Music-and-the-Divine-MOISA-at-SCS-2019---San-Diego-CA-USA

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 56: Music and the Divine

Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Introduction
Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury College), "The Music of Sacrifice: Between Mortals and Immortals"
Spencer Klavan (University of Oxford), "Movements Akin to the Soul's: Human and Divine Mimēsis in Plato's Music"
Victor Gysembergh (Freie Universität Berlin), "Eudoxus of Cnidus on Consonance, Reason/Ratio, and Divine Pleasure"
Noah Davies-Mason (The Graduate Center, CUNY), "The Silent Gods of Lucretius"
Francesca Modini (Kings College), "Singing for the Gods under the Empire: Music and the Divine in the Age of Aelius Aristides"
Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Response

(CFP closed March 9, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 58: 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, (asuhlig@ucdavis.edu), University of California, Davis & Al Duncan, (al.duncan@unc.edu), 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 (trw14@case.edu), not to the panel organizers. Review of abstracts will begin 1 March 2018. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/call-abstracts-ancient-drama-new-world

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 58: Ancient Drama, New World

Al Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Anna Uhlig (University of California, Davis), Introduction
Charles Pletcher (Columbia University), "Antigone: Anastrophe in Griselda Gambaro's Antígona furiosa"
Christina Perez (Columbia University), "Textual Ruins: The Form of Memory in José Watanabe's Antigona
Laurialan Blake Reitzammer (University of Colorado Boulder), "Reimagining Creon and his Daughter in Euripides' Medea: Armida as Queen of the Barrio in Luis Alfaro's Mojada"
Claire Catenaccio (Duke University), "'Why We Build the Wall': Hadestown in Trump's America
Helene Foley (Barnard College), Response

(CFP closed March 15, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 59: A CENTURY OF TRANSLATING POETRY

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organizers: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors; Diane Arnson Svarlien, Independent Scholar, and Diane Rayor, Grand Valley State University

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 (djmastronarde@berkeley.edu), 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.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/call-abstracts-literary-translation-greek-and-latin-1869

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 59: A Century of Translating Poetry

Elizabeth Vandiver (Whitman College), "'Exquisite Classics in Simple English Prose': Theory and Practice in the Poets' Translation Series (1915-1920)"
Rachel Hadas (Rutgers University), "Quisque suos patimur manes: Trends in Literary Translations of the Classics"
Tori Lee (Duke University), "'Tools' of the Trade: Euphemism and Dysphemism in Modern English Translations of Catullus"
Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves (Federal University of Paraná), "Performative Translations of Lucretius and Catullus"
Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), "Faithless: Gender Bias and Translating the Classics"
Diane Rayor (Grand Valley State University), Response

(CFP closed January 31, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 64: TURNING QUEER: QUEERNESS AND THE TROPE

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Robert Matera, University of Maryland, College Park, David Wray, University of Chicago, and Hannah Mason, University of Southern California

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 dlwray@uchicago.edu, Hannah Mason at hannahzm@usc.edu, and Rob Matera at materar@beloit.edu.

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 64: Turning Queer: Queerness and the Trope

Hannah Mason (University of Southern California), Introduction
Rowan Ash (University of Western Ontario), "'ἦλθον Ἀμαζόνες ἀντιάνειραι,' or, Going Amazon: Queering the Warrior Women in the Iliad"
Sarah Olsen (Williams College), "Io's Dance: A Queer Move in Prometheus Bound"
James Hoke (Luter College), "Homo Urbanus or Urban Homos?: The Metronormative Trope, Philo's Therapeuts, and Ancient Queer Subcultures"
Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington), "Normal for Byzantium is Queer for Us"
Mary Mussman (University of California, Berkeley), "Blank Marks; Absence as Interpretation of Queer Erotics in 20th-21st Century Reception of Sappho"
Robert Matera (University of Maryland, College Park) and David Wray (University of Chicago), Response

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/call-abstracts-turning-queer

(CFP closed February 1, 2018)

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 68: OVID STUDIES - THE NEXT MILLENIUM

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alison Keith, University of Toronto

Sharon L. James (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Introduction
Sara Myers (University of Virginia), "New Directions in Ovidian Scholarship"
Carole Newlands (University of Colorado Boulder), "Actaeon in the Wilderness: Ovid, Christine de Pizan and Gavin Douglas"
Alison Keith (University of Toronto), "Ovid In and After Exile: Modern Fiction on Ovid Outside Rome"
Daniel Libatique (Boston University), "Ovid in the #MeToo Era"
Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University), Response

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 79: NEO-LATIN IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT: CURRENT APPROACHES

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Association for Neo-Latin Studies and Quinn E. Griffin, Grand Valley State University

Quinn E. Griffin (Grand Valley State University), Introduction
Stephen Maiullo (Hope College), "The Classical Tradition in the Personal Correspondence of Anna Maria van Schurman"
Anne Mahoney (Tufts University), "Cristoforo Landino's Metrical Practice in Aeolics"
Kat Vaananen (The Ohio State University), "Syphilitic Trees: Immobility and Voicelessness in Ovid and Fracastoro"
Joshua Patch (University of Dallas), "Sannazaro's Pastoral Seascape"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS PANEL] SESSION 81: CLASSICS AND THE INCARCERATED: METHODS OF ENGAGEMENT

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop organized by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, and Elizabeth A. Bobrick, Wesleyan University

Elizabeth A. Bobrick (Wesleyan University), Introduction Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), "Is this the Examined Life? Book Discussion Groups in Prison" Nancy Felson (University of Georgia), "Masculinity, from Achilles to Socrates: Teaching Male Inmates in a Maximum-Security Prison" Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan), "Teaching in the Cave: A Classical Philosopher on Teaching Great Books in State Prisons" Jessica Wright (University of Southern California), "The Freedom to Say No: Studying Latin in an American Prison" Emily Allen-Hornblower (Rutgers University), "Classics Behind Bars: Identity, Connection, and Civic Bridges" Alexandra Pappas (San Francisco State University), "Classical Myth on the Inside: Lessons from a County Jail"

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[SCS ROUNDTABLES]

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

* Gaming and Classics - Organized by Hamish Cameron, Bates College

* Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy - Organized by Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College, Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University

* Graphic Classics: Education and Outreach in a New Medium - Organized by Jennifer A. Rea, University of Florida, and Aaron L. Beek, University of Memphis

* Approaching Christian Receptions of the Classical Tradition - Organized by Alexander C. Loney, Wheaton College

Information: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2019/150/preliminary-program-2019-annual-meeting

 

 

[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 (apistone@nd.edu) and Kassandra Miller (millerk3@union.edu)

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).

Call: https://classicssocialjustice.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/cfp-society-for-classical-studies-2019/

(CFP closed February 20, 2018)

 

 

ANTIQUE WORLDS - MODERN PERSPECTIVES

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany: January 18-19, 2019

Although the scientific knowledge gained in humanistic and cultural research is generally theory-based, the explicit and reflective use of different and disparate theory-concepts has only in recent years found it´s way into the field of classical studies. The so called 'cultural turn', that happened in the early 90s of the last century, can be marked as a starting point, as it led to an increased development and use of cultural studies-theories.

This movement also reached the different disciplines of classical studies, in which henceforward there can be witnessed a steadily increased use and development of these cultural studies-key concepts. Now theories, such as the 'Material-Agency Theory' or 'Actor-Network Theory', that already have been used for some time in the English-speaking regions, make their way into classical studies-investigations around here and complement for instance spatial-sociological or media-theoretically studies, whose potential already has been discussed for some time. But what about the concrete applicability and reflection of those methods and theories, that at first seem to be outside the subject area? How to utilize certain theoretical concepts for one's own questioning and material? And are there any adjustments to those theoretical concepts necessary, in order to assure their fruitful use? These and further questions shall be elaborated in this Barcamp 'Antique Worlds - Modern Perspectives'!

The main focus of this Barcamp is to discuss these questions in an interdisciplinary context: There will not only be the classical conference format with talks and following discussions but also more intensive debates, that will be held in smaller groups after short keynote-speeches. The papers shall present and discuss different theory-concepts and show how they can be used for certain questionings and how exactly they are being applied 'in praxi' on different matters – both of textual and material nature. The paper is expected to point out, how the use of the theory offers new insight.

There is neither limitation to specific theories, nor periods, cultures, or material. The theory-concepts being presented can either be ones, that are already well known and have been extensively discussed for quite a while or innovative and so far in the German-speaking research field mostly unknown concepts and ideas.

This Barcamp addresses PhD students from all disciplines within the field of classical studies. We are looking forward to abstracts in either German or English that do not exceed 400 words. The talk is restricted to 25 minutes followed by a 15-minute discussion.

Please send your proposal for papers and short academic CV to us by 15th October 2018: info@antike-welten-freiburg.de.

Cost-sharing is subject to funding.

Organisation: Working Group “Antike Welten – Moderne Perspektiven” of the Graduate School 'Humanities' at the University of Freiburg

Website: https://www.antike-welten-freiburg.de

Call: https://www.antike-welten-freiburg.de/?page_id=38#A1

(CFP closed October 15, 2018)

 

 

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 offered.

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.

Contacts:
Maria Jennifer FALCONE: maria.jennifer.falcone@fau.de
Christoph SCHUBERT: christoph.schubert@fau.de

Call: https://www.mommsen-gesellschaft.de/call-for-papers/2067-ilias-latina-internationaler-workshop-erlangen-24-25-januar-2019

(CFP closed July 31, 2018)

 

 

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 (a.winkler@uni-bonn.de). Der Themenformulierung sollte ein kurzes Exposé (max. 300 Wörter) beigefügt sein.

Call: https://www.philologie.uni-bonn.de/de/medneolat/nlat-petrarkismus

(CFP closed June 15, 2018)

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February 2019

AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR CLASSICAL STUDIES 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

University of New England, Armidale (NSW): February 4-7, 2019.

CFP: http://www.ascs.org.au/news/ascs40_call_for_papers.html. Abstracts due by: July 31, 2018.

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

ASCS: http://www.ascs.org.au/

(CFP closed July 31, 2018)

 

 

COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE: LITERARY TRADITIONS

National Library of New Zealand/Victoria University of Wellington, NZ: February 14-15, 2019

‘O woe is me / To have seen what I have seen, see what I see’. Shakespeare’s Ophelia, wooed and cast aside by her one-time lover, Hamlet, amplifies her woe in the open-ended expression of grief that characterises complaint, a rhetorical mode that proliferates from the poetry of Ovid to the Bible, from the Renaissance to the modern day.

This symposium explores the literature of complaint and grievance, centring on the texts of the Renaissance but welcoming contributions from related areas. Shakespeare (A Lover’s Complaint) and Spenser (Complaints) are central authors of Renaissance complaint, but who else wrote complaint literature, why, and to what effect? Female-voiced complaint was fashionable in the high poetic culture of the 1590s, but what happens to complaint when it is taken up by early modern women writers? What forms—and what purposes—does the literature of complaint and grievance take on in non-elite or manuscript spheres, in miscellanies, commonplace books, petitions, street satires, ballads and songs? What are the classical and biblical traditions on which Renaissance complaint is based? And what happens to complaint after the Renaissance, in Romantic poetry, in the reading and writing cultures of the British colonial world, in contemporary poetry, and in the #metoo movement?

Keynote speakers:
Professor Danielle Clarke, University College, Dublin
Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney
Professor Rosalind Smith, University of Newcastle, Australia

We invite anyone with an interest in the literature of complaint and the politics of grievance to submit a 250-word paper proposal by 31 October 2018 to the conference organiser, Sarah.Ross@vuw.ac.nz.

This conference is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, as part of the three-year project ‘Woe is me: Women and Complaint in the English Renaissance’.

Call: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/amems/resources/conferences#complaint

(CFP closed October 31, 2018)

 

 

"MIND AND BODY": 7th LIVING LATIN AND GREEK IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City, USA: Feb 16-17, 2019

The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome abstract submissions to the seventh iteration of Living Latin and Greek in New York City. This conference, which features papers delivered in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as small breakout sessions where participants practice speaking Latin and Greek under the guidance of expert instructors, will be held at Fordham University on February 16th and 17th.

The theme of this year's conference is "Mind and Body." How are the life of the mind and the life of the body related? Are they friends or enemies, equals or unequals? Are human beings made up of essentially different "parts" — and, if so, are there two, three or more such parts? How, ideally, do these parts interact? Does the body rule the mind, or the mind the body?

We invite proposals for short talks in Greek or Latin on this theme with examples from Ancient Greek and Latin literature. Topics might include: advice on the upkeep of the mind and/or body; literary treatments of the mind and/or body; discussions of material culture relating to the theme of mind and body. We also welcome submissions on how the theme of mind and body relates to classical language pedagogy. Outstanding submissions on other topics, especially on Latin or Greek pedagogy, will also be considered.

Please follow the link https://www.paideiainstitute.org/llinyc_abstract_submission to send in an abstract of no more than 500 words. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018. Travel bursaries are available and can be applied for through the same link. We encourage accepted speakers to apply for external funding as well since the number of travel bursaries is limited. All talks will be recorded, subtitled, and (with each speaker's permission) published on Paideia's Youtube channel.

Call: https://www.paideiainstitute.org/llinyc_2019_call_for_papers

(CFP closed September 15, 2018)

 

 

CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR CULTURE

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) - 40th Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico: February 20-23, 2019

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

Classical Representations in Popular Culture

Papers on any aspect of Greek, Roman, or Mediterranean antiquity in contemporary or popular culture are eligible for consideration.

Potential topics include representations of ancient literature or culture in:

* Classical Motifs/Allusions/Parallels in Popular Music
* Graphic Novels and Cartoons
* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving * Classical themes which you might consider include The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, La Grande Belezza, Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Ben Hur, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* Literary Theory/Postcolonial Theory/Reception Studies: Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, or Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.
* Classical themes in productions of theater, opera, ballet, music, and the visual arts.
* Science Fiction/Fantasy: Analysis of representations of classical history, literature, or philosophy in science fiction movies or books, as Edward Gibbons to Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy or the impact of Thucydides in Cold War cinema. Or, conversely, the influence of Science Fiction on representations of the ancient world in later cinema (e.g., how did George Lucas’ empire of the Star Wars franchise influence later representations of the Roman Empire?)
* Pedagogy: applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films, literature in the classroom?
* Children’s Literature: Greek and Roman mythology in children’s film, television, or literature.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/cfp-classical-representations-popular-culture

(CFP closed November 1, 2018)

 

 

AUTHORITY IN CREATING CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES ABOUT THE CLASSICS

Newcastle University, UK: 21-22 February, 2019

The current boom of works and media about the Ancient World aimed at a general audience is a product of some converging circumstances: the rethinking of meaning and value of the Classics among scholars, in need of justifying our very own existence in contemporary academia; a market-driven demand for either recalling Western tradition and exempla from the ancients – on the conservative side, or questioning the multiple facets of elite privilege – on a progressive approach; and ultimately as a consequence of the “explosion of information” in the hyper-connected XXI century. In this last regard, narratives from non-scholars ranging from fairly accurate Wikipedia articles to “fake news” tweets are now competing with classicists for space and authority.

This new “shared authority”, a term coined by public historian Michael Frisch, calls for reflection. We invite papers on topics related to the topics above, inviting discussion on themes such as:

* What is the role of the scholar in determining narratives for the general audience?
* How to understand and respond to the public’s demand on topics, old and new, about the ancients?
* Forms of dialogue with non-scholar producers of knowledge about the Classics, esp. online;
* Political and global aspects of conservative and progressive approaches to Ancient World.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers, which will be followed by debates led by assigned commentators. Presenters will be requested to participate as commentators in at least one other presentation. The conference will be published in a proceedings volume, including the resulting debate.

Please send abstracts (PDF format) of no more than 350 words, including 3-5 keywords to authorityinclassics@gmail.com. Submissions from PhD students are welcome.

Deadline: 30 October 2018.

The event will have no submission or attendance fees.

Keynote speakers:
Neville Morley (University of Exeter)
Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa)
Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University)

Conference organisers: Juliana Bastos Marques (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University). This conference is supported by a Newton Advanced Fellowship funded by the British Academy.

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1809&L=CLASSICISTS&P=112362

(CFP closed October 30, 2018)

 

 

KEATS AND MYTHOLOGY (1819-2019)

Rome, 22-23 February 2019

This conference celebrating the bicentenary of Keats’s annus mirabilis, 1819, the year he wrote the Odes, will be organised by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in collaboration with the Société d'Études du Romantisme Anglais and hosted at the British School at Rome.

All papers will be given on Friday 22nd February, and delegates remaining in Rome on Saturday 23rd February will be invited to take part in special tours of the Non-Catholic Cemetery, where Keats and Shelley are buried, and of the Keats-Shelley House, Keats’s final dwelling place, in order to mark the anniversary of Keats’s death.

Mythological considerations of Keats’s life and art will be welcomed: myths and literary influences, myth and tradition, myth and science, myth and genre, myth and painting, myth and literary criticism, myth and modernity (including cinema and popular culture). Papers may explore the study of Greek and Roman myths in Keats’s poetry (Psyche, Apollo, Endymion, Hermes, Hyperion). They could also consider the modern mythology (from the Middle French, mythologie, ‘legend or story’) which has amassed around Keats’s life and work, and engage with the complexity of the Keatsian mythologia, a subtle mix of poetic fiction (mythos) and romanticised discourse (logia).

The conference is being organised by Giuseppe Albano, Curator of the Keats-Shelley House, Caroline Bertonèche, from the University of Grenoble Alpes and President of the SERA (Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais), and Maria Valentini from the University of Cassino and Chair of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in Rome.

Papers may be given in English, French or Italian, and abstracts accepted in any one of these languages.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (c. 200 words): 1st November 2018.

For further information on registration, and to send your abstract, please contact:

Dr Giuseppe Albano: giuseppe.albano@ksh.roma.it or
Prof. Caroline Bertonèche caroline.bertoneche@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr or
Prof. Maria Valentini: gerrima@tiscali.it

Registration fee €50. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the conference in an issue of the Keats-Shelley Review.

Call: http://www.keats-shelley-house.org/en/news/keats-and-mythology-1819-2019-%E2%80%93-a-call-for-papers

(CFP closed November 1, 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: historicalfictionsresearch@gmail.com. The CfP closes on July 1st 2018.

Call: https://historicalfictionsresearch.org/conference-2019/

(CFP closed July 1, 2018)

 

 

#CFP GARDENS: HISTORY, RECEPTION, AND SCIENTIFIC ANALYSES

Nagoya University, Japan: 23-24 February, 2019

The heat wave in Summer 2018 has revealed designs of historic gardens in the UK that have been lost and only known to us through prints and publications. Unlike these discoveries, finding historic gardens usually involves time, patience, as well as archaeological practice.

It is often difficult for modern visitors to visualize and understand historic gardens that have not survived. But researchers employ various approaches, techniques, and resources to understand gardens of the past. For example, Wilhelmina F. Jashemski commenced the excavation of Pompeian gardens in the 1960s and showed how people planted trees and embellished the garden area. She collaborated with natural scientists in order to determine what types of plants had been planted in Pompeian gardens. Around the same time in Japan, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties excavated an ancient palatial block in Nara and discovered a garden which was later reconstructed based on finds such as branches, leaves, seeds, and pollen.

The study of historic gardens requires an interdisciplinary approach: historians studying gardens via texts and inscriptions, archaeologists analysing gardens by excavation, archaeobotanists examining finds, and natural scientists scrutinizing samples provided by archaeologists. In addition, we should not disregard the influences and legacy of historic gardens. Without the collaboration of all these disciplines, our perceptions of such gardens will remain incomplete.

This conference aims to deepen our understanding of garden history by bringing together specialists working in various fields. Confirmed papers will cover areas including: gardens in Classical Antiquity (Y. Kawamoto, Marzano, Purcell, and Suto) and in the Renaissance (Higaya, Kuwakino), garden excavation in Pompeii and the Villa Arianna (Gleason), excavated (and reconstructed) gardens in Nara and Kyoto (Ono and S. Kawamoto), radiocarbon dating analysis of archaeological finds (Oda), and the latest survey of a garden in the villa in Somma Vesuviana (Italy) employing cosmic-ray Muons (Morishima).

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Purcell (Roman History; Oxford)

Confirmed Speakers (alphabetically):
Kathryn L. Gleason (Roman Archaeology and Landscape; Cornell)
Jyunichiro Higaya (Renaissance Architectural History; Tohoku)
Shigeo Kawamoto (Japanese Architectural History; Kindai)
Yukiko Kawamoto (Roman History; Nagoya)
Koji Kuwakino (Renaissance Art and Architecture; Osaka)
Annalisa Marzano (Roman History; Reading)
Kunihiro Morishima (Astro Physics; Nagoya)
Hirotaka Oda (Radiocarbon Dating; Nagoya)
Kenkichi Ono (Japanese Garden History and Archaeology; Wakayama)
Yoshiyuki Suto (Greek Archaeology; Nagoya)

We invite submission of abstracts related to topics of discussion in this conference of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) for a 30-minutes paper. Please submit your abstract and a brief CV to Yukiko Kawamoto by email at: yukiko.kawamoto@classics.ox.ac.uk by 10th December 2018. Selections will be made and announced by the 31st December 2018.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/european-gardens/conference

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March 2019

ANCIENT IMAGES, MODERN EYES: THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN MODERN MEDIA & ADVERTISING

The University of Warwick, UK: Wednesday March 6, 2019

An exciting day of interactive workshops, discussions and activities on the theme of Classical Antiquity as it appears in modern media and advertising.

Beginning with the Renaissance and happening as recently as Ariana Grande’s video for the hit song 'God is a Woman', the ancient – and most often the Classical – world has been a constant source of inspiration for the visual media we create. Whether we reference it allusively or borrow from it directly, the Classical World has never gone out of fashion when it comes to art, advertising and design – and shows no sign of doing so.

Why does modernity seemingly have such an obsession with all things ancient and mythical? In what ways has classical imagery been used to be persuasive, beautiful, aspirational or evocative? How might our continued reliance on this imagery serve to enshrine negative or derogatory ideas concerning race, gender and aesthetics?

This event will involve a series of interactive talks and activities on numerous themes pertaining to the depiction of the ancient world in modern media – including issues of diversity, gender expectations and beauty ideals - hosted by researchers from Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University, culminating in participants designing their own advertising campaign inspired by an aspect of ancient society. The day will get young people engaging with Classics and Ancient History in a way that is purposeful and feels strongly relevant to them – not just as students, but also as consumers of modern media.

This event is open to students in secondary school Years 9 – 11. ALL are welcome; however, it may be of particular interest to those studying Media, English Literature, Sociology, Fine Art, and Classics/Ancient History. Indeed, this event will provide a stimulating vehicle for putting into practice some of the wider aims of the various GCSE Media syllabi, helping to inform students’ critical understanding of the role of the media on its contemporary society.

To book please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/research/outreach/warwickclassicsnetwork/events/ancientimages

Attendance at this event is entirely FREE OF CHARGE. Lunch & refreshments will be provided. Please kindly arrange your own transport – for information regarding transport links, parking & accessibility, please get in touch.

Any questions? ancimagesmodeyes@gmail.com

 

 

FLESHING OUT WORDS: POETRY ON OBJECTS, FROM CLASSICAL EPIGRAMS TO MODERN 'LIGHT POEMS'

University of Warwick, UK: March 9, 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
Robert Montgomery, London

When in 2012 the artist Robert Montgomery placed the aluminium letters of his poem ‘All palaces are/ temporary palaces’ in an empty swimming pool (Stattbad Wedding, Berlin), he deliberately embodied the written word into a physical context. With his ‘light poems’, he demonstrates how poetry can be a billboard, a tattooed body or even a gift to exchange for coffee: this interplay between word and object was already a quintessential feature of Graeco-Roman 'epigrammatic' poetry, which could be scratched or carved into walls, statues and stones. In our era of ‘Instagram poets’ and the quotation-culture of tweets, bits of poetry are spread across urban landscapes and social networks in the most variated forms, ingeniously combining words and objects, and making us aware of our inheritance of ideas developed in different ways in classical antiquity, linking poetry, materiality and objects.

The ancient epigram, a poetic form conscious of its ‘writtenness’ which originated as inscription (on gravestones, monuments and other objects) and which in fascinating ways lives on in our contemporary society, foregrounds questions about the materiality of texts in ways that we will take as a point of departure for this inter-disciplinary conference. When poetry is engraved on stones, scratched into walls, written on an object, how does the nature and use of that object affect our interpretation of the text? To what extent and how does the medium on which a poem is viewed influence the reader/viewer’s perception of it? This conference aims to investigate the shift between the epigram as embodying an inseparability of text and materiality, as conceived in the classical period and in the Renaissance (Neo-Latin epigram), and the modern re-interpretation of poetry on objects. The conference aims to create cross-disciplinary discussion amongst scholars in Classics, Arts, Comparative Literature, Renaissance.

We therefore welcome proposals engaging with - but not limited to - the following topics:

• Theoretical/ philosophical perspectives on poetry and materiality;
• The epigram book/ epigram as inscription;
• Continuities and differences between the conception of object and text in ancient/Renaissance epigrams and the new material expressions of modern poetry;
• (Responses to) the visual context/visuality of epigrams;
• The extent to which readings of ancient and/or Renaissance epigram might spur new perspectives on the contemporary production and consumption of poetry;
• The extent to which ‘epigram’ is a useful category/ recognizable poetic form in the modern world;
• The emergence of the Neo-Latin epigram.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers of no more than 300 words should be sent to fleshingoutwords.warwick@gmail.com by Monday September 24, 2018 (end of the day) Extended deadline October 1, 2018.

Please include in the body of your email: name, university affiliation and current position. Following the conference, we intend to submit proposal to the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge) for a collected volume: potential speakers should state with their abstract whether they wish to participate in this volume. Abstracts should be attached in PDF format with no identifying information.

We will inform participants of our decision by 31st October 2018.

Please see our conference website https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/words, follow us on twitter (@fleshingw) and feel free to contact the organisers at fleshingoutwords.warwick@gmail.com for any queries.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts!

The Conference Organisers: Paloma Perez Galvan (p.perez-galvan@warwick.ac.uk) and Alessandra Tafaro (A.Tafaro@warwick.ac.uk).

Website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/words

(CFP closed September 24, 2018 Extended deadline October 1, 2018)

 

 

SAPPHIC VIBES: LESBIANS IN LITERATURE FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT

Université de Haute-Alsace (Mulhouse): March 14-15, 2019

Sappho’s poetry was rediscovered by the humanists in the 1540s, and translated into English for the first time in 1652. While her poems remain significant as a benchmark of lesbian representation in high literature, the name Sappho has become synonymous with desire and love between women in wider popular culture. In the first episode of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–pres.), for instance, one inmate says to the protagonist: “I’m feeling some Sapphic vibes coming off you.” The word “vibes” calls into question the widely accepted belief that sexual identity can be reduced to a heterosexual–homosexual binary, and invites us to consider representations of love between women other than through explicit acts, words and relationships. Indeed, it recalls Adrienne Rich’s concept of a “lesbian continuum”—that is, “a range […] of woman-identified experience; not simply the fact that a woman has had or consciously desired genital sexual experience with another woman” (Rich 648). For this conference, then, we use the term “vibes” as a starting point for exploring the lesbian continuum as depicted in literature, from the explicit to the implicit, the said to the unsaid, the visible to the hidden. We will examine literary currents and movements, viewing the “vibe” as a reflection of the continuity and fluctuations in the representations of lesbianism from period to period, author to author.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in English or French focusing on any language area, but quotations and titles should be translated into English or French; comparative approaches are also welcome. Papers could explore, but are not limited to, the following questions:

How have the central motifs of lesbian-themed writing changed over time?
* Are some literary forms and genres more conducive to Sapphic representation than others? Is there a specific language that will transcribe the lesbian vibe?
* Is there a lesbian literary canon?
* What about texts in which desire and love between women are concealed, muted or repressed? Are there any “classic” texts that can be (re-)read from a lesbian perspective?
* How does literature depict female companionship and solidarity?
* How does lesbian-themed writing engage with debates on the place of sexual minorities in society?

A second conference, organised by Irma Erlingsdottir, will be held at the University of Iceland in 2020 exploring the same theme through history, literature, politics and philosophy.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and a brief CV to Carine Martin (carine.martin@univ-lorraine.fr), Claire McKeown (claire.mc-keown@univ-lorraine.fr), Maxime Leroy (maxime.leroy@uha.fr) and Robert Payne (robert.payne@uha.fr) by 1 October 2018.

Organisers: Carine Martin (Université de Lorraine), Claire McKeown (Université de Haute Alsace), Maxime Leroy (Université de Haute Alsace), Robert Payne (Université de Haute Alsace).

Scientific Committee: Organisers and Jennifer K Dick (Université de Haute Alsace), Irma Erlingsdottir (University of Iceland), Marion Krauthaker (University of Leicester), Guyonne Leduc (Université de Lille), Marianne Legault (University of British Columbia), Frédérique Toudoire-Surlapierre (Université de Haute Alsace).

Call: https://www.ille.uha.fr/803-2/

(CFP closed October 1, 2018)

 

 

[PANEL] ANCIENT ENMITIES: CLASSICISM AND RELIGIOUS OTHERS

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

Renaissance Europe sought to define itself in relation to multiple models, prominent among which were ancient Greco-Roman culture and contemporary non-Christian (as well as Christian heterodox) cultures. The Humanist emulation of classical ideals in text and image occurred within a larger context of religious, ethnic, and frequently military interactions: the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, harassment from North African Corsairs, mass migrations of Jews, and internecine tensions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. The “classical” provided a discourse through which scholars and artists could negotiate a religious, national, or pan-European identity transhistorical in scope yet ultimately presentist in defining “the other”. This panel seeks to explore the function of the classical and classicism across these identities in both textual and material sources.

Points of contact between classical culture and religious others turned antiquity into a battleground of competing traditions. Underlying such tensions was a longstanding sense dating from Homer and Herodotus onwards of classical identity as culturally and geographically contested, its meaning located variously in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Both as traces of ancient ethnographies and as largely presentist rhetoric, projections of classical identity in the Renaissance could be deployed in numerous and diverse ways. Trojan ancestry was claimed not only by various European noble lines, such as the Habsburgs and the Estes of Ferrara, but also by the Turks. Orthodox Greeks under Ottoman rule were ostracized as the barbaric descendants of their enlightened ancestors. Antiquarians in post-Reconquest Spain invented Roman origins to Andalusi architectural marvels, while Roman ruins in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire, represented both visually and through ekphrastic description, fueled dreams of European conquest. At the same time, the means by which the classical past were known could be diminished or lost: despite its importance during the Medieval period for accessing intellectual traditions, for example, Arabic struggled to maintain its place in European scholarship as a learned language alongside classical Greek and Latin, and even as other distant foreign traditions, such as Egyptian Hermeticism, fascinated artists and scholars.

The panel addresses two areas that have been the focus of recent research in Renaissance studies: intercultural relations and concepts of temporality. While the importance of the classics for European identity has been extensively studied, their role in defining what lay beyond Europe’s margins has received less attention. Some scholarship, however, has shown the potential richness of the field: Craig Kallendorf’s reading of the Aeneid’s portrayal of colonized entities (The Other Virgil, 2007), for example, and Nancy Bisaha’s study of the competing portrayals of the Ottoman Turks as either Goths, Vandals, Scythians or heirs to the Trojans and Romans (Creating East and West, 2006). Furthermore, the panel seeks to understand the temporal and explanatory concepts undergirding various early modern genealogies, ethnographies, and histories. Although a topic of theory since Warburg, the problem of time and temporal relations in early modernity has received renewed attention with the publication of Nagel and Wood’s Anachronic Renaissance (2010). Applied beyond the original domain of art history, Nagel and Wood’s ideas prompt a wider re-evaluation of the importance of antiquity in framing our understanding of Renaissance Europe. At stake is a view of the central conflicts in Europe’s formative years not as exclusively early modern events, but rather as events crucially shaped by the vital force of classicism.

Potential topics include:

-- How did differing claims to Greco-Roman heritage shape religious rhetoric and antagonisms? How did the interpretation of classical texts evolve with the shifting needs of their early modern readers, either in marginalizing or legitimizing particular groups? How do these texts transcend class lines, especially among the uneducated and illiterate?

-- How did different national traditions of Humanism approach the contrasting degrees of religious alterity? How did classical writings and thought provide agency for marginalized groups?

-- How can a deeper knowledge of classical texts reshape historical understandings of crusades, jihads, reformations, expulsions, and heresies? In teaching these encounters, what pedagogical methodologies can guide students toward recognition of the pervasive relevance of these texts?

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV should be sent as separate email attachments to pramit.chaudhuri@austin.utexas.edu (please see RSA guidelines for abstracts and CVs). Abstracts will be judged anonymously, so please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.

Please include the following in the body of your email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Organized by David M. Reher (University of Chicago) and Keith Budner (UC-Berkeley) with the sponsorship of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)

Call: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1696718/305579/Ancient-Enmities-Classicism-and-Religious-Others

(CFP closed August 10, 2018)

 

 

[PANEL] CLASSICAL AND EARLY MODERN EPIC: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES AND NEW PERSPECTIVES

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, 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?

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Call: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1696718/305583/Classical-and-Early-Modern-Epic-Comparative-Approaches-and-New-Perspectives

(CFP closed August 10, 2018)

 

 

[PANEL] CLASSICAL ORIGINS OF RENAISSANCE AESTHETICS

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical theories of poetics and aesthetic experience in Renaissance art and music.

Plato’s and Aristotle’s theories of mimesis, Horace’s Ars Poetica, and “Longinus”’s sublime have long dominated discussions of early modern aesthetics. Scholars have also sought to trace the influence of other, less explicitly didactic texts in defining the origin and value of art and the aesthetic experience in the Renaissance. Paul Barolsky, for example, has argued that Ovid's Metamorphoses lies at the heart of Renaissance aesthetics, whether in the story of Pygmalion bringing art to life or, conversely, Medusa's petrifaction of the living as competing metaphors for sculpture. Barolsky likewise sees Ovidian transformation behind Michelangelo’s “non finito” and in the depiction of Botticelli’s Chloris becoming Flora in the Primavera. Wendy Heller has explored the ways in which Monteverdi and Busenello’s groundbreaking opera L’incoronazione di Poppea draws upon and challenges Tacitus’ methods of historiography. More recently, Sarah Blake McHam has argued for the pervasive influence of Pliny’s Natural History and its emphasis on life-like “naturalism” from Petrarch to Caravaggio and Poussin.

Building on these and other studies that move beyond questions of classical influence on the subject matter of Renaissance texts, this panel seeks papers that explore the strategies through which visual artists and musicians draw on classical aesthetics and the extent to which these hidden roots underlie Renaissance theory and practice.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Call: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1696718/305576/Classical-Origins-of-Renaissance-Aesthetics

(CFP closed August 10, 2018)

 

 

[PANEL] CONNECTING WITH THE ANCIENTS: PHILOLOGICAL RECEPTION IN THE RENAISSANCE

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers on classical philology in the Renaissance to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto.

Renaissance engagement with the linguistic and literary culture of antiquity - whether in the form of language study, textual transmission, or translation - constitutes a relatively coherent body of evidence through which to understand the processes of and motivations for ‘receiving’ the classics. Renaissance appropriations of Greek and Latin philology become vehicles of cross-cultural communication in an increasingly divided early modern Europe. We welcome proposals that highlight the mutual benefits arising from closer engagement between classicists and early modernists on the topic of classical philology in the Renaissance.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Call: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1696718/305582/Connecting-with-the-ancients-Philological-reception-in-the-Renaissance

(CFP closed August 10, 2018)

 

 

DIVERSITY OF WRITING SYSTEMS: EMBRACING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES

12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge: March 26-28, 2019

The Association of Written Language and Literacy’s twelfth gathering (AWLL12), organized in conjunction with the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, will focus on the wealth of diversity within the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems. The conference sets out to offer an opportunity for exchange between a wide range of scholars interested in writing systems and written language, in order to foster greater mutual understanding of their multiple perspectives on the typological, structural, historical, sociocultural, technological, and individual variety present within writing systems. Abstracts are therefore welcome from researchers working on reading and writing within any academic discipline, including, but not limited to, linguistics, psychology, archaeology, sociology, education and literacy, technology, digital humanities, and computer science. PhD students and early-career researchers are also especially encouraged to apply.

Key issues to be addressed include:
• What fundamental principles underlie the structure and function of the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems? Is a single unified typology of writing systems possible or are separate taxonomies preferable?
• What linguistic and psychological processes are at work in the adaptation of one writing system to another? How are these affected by the cultural and social context of the adaptation?
• What linguistic, psychological, cultural and social, and technological factors bring about diversity within writing systems? How do such factors influence literacy acquisition and shape the use of writing?
• How can studying the development of historical writing systems enhance our understanding of contemporary writing systems? How can contemporary research on reading and writing contribute to the study of historical writing systems?
• How are the world’s writing systems likely to develop in the future? What principles should guide orthography development for as yet unwritten languages?

The 2.5-day programme will include two keynote lectures, a symposium focusing on research into ancient Mediterranean and Chinese writing systems at Cambridge, oral and poster presentations, and a panel discussion.

Keynote speakers:
Sonali Nag, University of Oxford (Research interests: literacy and language development and the relationship between writing systems and learning, particularly in South and South-East Asian languages).
Kathryn Piquette, University College London (Research interests: Egyptian and Near Eastern writing and art, and the development and application of advanced imaging techniques for the elucidation of ‘visual’ culture from the wider ancient world and beyond).

Local organisers: Robert Crellin and Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Programme committee: Lynne Cahill (University of Sussex, U.K.), Robert Crellin (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Terry Joyce (Tama University, Japan), Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Dorit Ravid (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)

Abstract submission: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as a PDF attachment to AWLL12.2019@gmail.com by September 30th, 2018. Please indicate whether you would prefer to be considered for an oral presentation (20-25min) or a poster presentation (maximum size portrait A0 or landscape A1). Applicants will be notified on the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of November 2018. Details of registration for presenters and for others wishing to attend without presenting will be circulated along with the final programme after this date.

Further information:
Conference website: https://awll12.wordpress.com/
AWLL website: http://faculty.tama.ac.jp/joyce/awll/index.html
Twitter: @awll2014
Facebook: Association for Written Language and Literacy

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact the local organisers, Anna and Robert, at AWLL12.2019@gmail.com. For queries about AWLL, please contact Terry Joyce, at terry@tama.ac.jp.

(CFP closed September 30, 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 March 2019.

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: OralityLiteracyxiii@austin.utexas.edu.

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/call-papers-orality-and-literacy-ancient-world

(CFP closed June 30, 2018)

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April 2019

#CFP ICONOTROPY: SYMBOLIC AND MATERIAL CHANGES TO CULT IMAGES IN THE CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL AGES

Autonomous University of Madrid & the National Museum of Archaeology, Madrid: April 4-5, 2019

Iconotropy is a Greek word which literally means “image turning.” William J. Hamblin (2007) defines the term as “the accidental or deliberate misinterpretation by one culture of the images or myths of another one, especially so as to bring them into accord with those of the first culture.” In fact, iconotropy is commonly the result of the way cultures have dealt with images from foreign or earlier cultures. Numerous accounts from classical antiquity and the Middle Ages detail how cult images were involved in such processes of misinterpretation, both symbolically and materially. Pagan cultures for example deliberately misrepresented ancient ritual icons and incorporated new meanings to the mythical substratum, thus modifying the myth’s original meanings and bringing about a profound change to existing religious paradigms. Iconotropy is a fundamental concept in religious history, particularly of contexts in which religious changes, often turbulent, took place. At the same time, the iconotropic process of appropriating cult images brought with it changes in the materiality of those images.

The earliest approach to the concept was in Robert Graves’s The Greek Myths (1955), where Graves justified his own ideas about the origins of many Greek myths, claiming that classical Greek culture had essentially misinterpreted images from the Bronze Age. In some cases, Graves conjectured a process of iconotropy by which a hypothetical cult image of the matriarchal period had been misinterpreted by Greek culture. More broadly, since the 1970s, cultural anthropologist Leopold Kretzenbacher published a large number of meticulous studies on European religious iconography. In these critical studies, Kretzenbacher focused on reinterpretations of both religious and secular images whose original meaning was lost, forgotten or even ignored on purpose. In Kretzenbacher’s view, iconotropy refers to the conversion of religious iconography from one mode of spiritual organization to another. Apart from Graves’s and Hamblin, scholars have paid only attention to a concept that is fundamental for the articulation of an integrative discourse on the visual culture and anthropology of the ancient and medieval cult image.

The conference hopes to generate new research questions and creative synergies by initiating conversation and the exchange of ideas among scholars in the arts and humanities. We invite researchers from ancient and medieval periods to propose contributions engaging questions on themes such as:

* Changes in the symbolism and materiality of the religious image
* Iconotropy and rituality
* Reinterpretation of non-Western cult images
* Mythology and cult image in Antiquity
* Symbolic and material appropriation of pagan images in the Middle Ages

General information: The workshop will take place in April 4 and 5 of 2019 at the School of Philosophy and Letters of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the National Museum of Archaeology.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Michele Bacci (Universität Freiburg); Prof. Cecilie Brøns (Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhague); Prof. Adolfo Domínguez Monedero (UAM); Prof. Alejandro García Avilés (Universidad de Murcia).

Participants accepted will present papers up to a maximum length of twenty minutes.

Deadlines:

* January 15, 2019: submission of paper proposals (including title, abstract of 300 words maximum and brief CV)
* February 15, 2019: announcement of accepted proposals
* July 31, 2019: submission of articles for publication

Paper proposals, questions and articles should be sent to: icam.uam@gmail.com .

Organizers: Jorge Tomás García (UAM), Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez (UAM). Secretary: David Vendrell Cabanillas (UAM).

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1810&L=CLASSICISTS&P=155800

 

 

SEVENTH ANNUAL CORK/LEXINGTON NEO-LATIN SYMPOSIUM

University College Cork, Ireland: 11-13 April, 2019

The Seventh Annual Cork/Lexington Neo-Latin Symposium will take place 11-13 April, 2019 in Cork, Ireland, hosted by the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, University College Cork.

The Neo-Latin Symposium is devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Latin Studies. The symposium was established in 2013 by Professor Jennifer Tunberg at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, under the auspices of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Since 2017 it has been held in Lexington and Cork in alternate years as part of a continuing collaboration between University College Cork and the University of Kentucky (Lexington).

Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of Neo-Latin Studies, which may embrace linguistic, literary or historical approaches to the examination of texts and their contexts.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
Neo-Latin Literature, Neo-Latin Historiography and Ethnography, Neo-Latin Language and Style, Neo-Latin Imitation, Adaptation or Translation from the Vernacular, Neo-Latin Letter Collections, Journals, Biographies, Autobiographies, Neo-Latin Pedagogy, Neo-Latin Rhetoric, Neo-Latin Treatises on Architecture, Botany, Cartography, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Science, etc.

Papers are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 3 papers will be considered. The deadline for abstract submission is 16 November 2018.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted as follows:
The proposer should email a panel proposal to j.harris@ucc.ie. The proposal should consist of the name, contact information, and affiliation of the speaker(s), and an abstract of the proposed paper.

anel proposals of 3 presentations should be submitted as follows:
The panel organizer should email a panel proposal to j.harris@ucc.ie. The panel proposal should consist of a single document containing the theme of the panel, the organizer's name and contact information, the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants, and an individual abstract for each participant.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 16 November, 2018.

Papers should be read in English. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. A registration fee of €50 will apply to all participants of the symposium. All presenters must pay the registration fee by 15 February, 2019 in order to confirm participation and be included in the program.

For further information about the conference, registration process, and guidelines for paper presentation, please visit our website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/cnls/symposium2019

(CFP closed November 16, 2019)

 

 

#CFP RECONSTRUCTIONS OF THE PAST: HOW DO WE MAKE THEM AND DO THEY MATTER?

25th Archaeology and Theory symposium organised by Stichting Archaeological Dialogues.

University of Leiden, The Netherlands: April 17, 2019

Archaeology studies the past through material remains of this same past, but these material remains only go so far. A leap of imagination is required to bridge the gap between the soil marks interpreted as post-holes and the reconstructed shape of the house that occupies the mind of the lay visitor to a site, the reconstruction drawing at the site, but also the scholarly discussion of whether they would have had conical or domed roofs. This reconstructive gap between the physical evidence and interpretation is the subject of the 25th Archaeology and Theory symposium organised by Stichting Archaeological Dialogues on April 17th 2019 at the University of Leiden, for which we invite abstracts for papers.

We are interested in the topic of reconstruction in a broad sense. Topics that we hope to address include, but are not limited to:

* Reconstruction drawings, are they art or science? How can an artistic approach help the scholarly pursuit and vice versa?
* What role does laboratory science play in (engagement with) reconstructions of the past?
* How can experimental archaeology help us in creating better and more engaging reconstructions of the past? What are its pitfalls?
* What role can re-enactment play in reconstructions and interpretations, or how can those engaged in traditional archaeology (academic, professional and interested public) meaningfully engage with the re-enactment community?
* Can we ethically make things up when we fill in the blanks, in reconstruction drawings, archaeological stories or fictionalised archaeological pasts?
* What role do the reconstructions we make play in the interaction between all those engaged with the profession (be they (interested) public, professional or academic)?
* How do reconstructions influence our research questions?

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent to archaeologicaldialogues@gmail.com. Closing date for submission of abstracts is 20 December 2018. Proposers will be informed of the committee’s decision early January 2019.

Stichting Archaeological Dialogues: http://www.archaeologicaldialogues.nl/

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1810&L=CLASSICISTS&P=70378

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May 2019

#CFP CLASSICAL MARVELS

University of St Andrews, Scotland: May 9-10, 2019

Convened by Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (University of St Andrews). Supported by the School of Classics, University of St Andrews, the Institute of Classical Studies and the Classical Association

The conference explores discourses and experiences of the marvellous in Graeco-Roman culture, through a variety of sources, including literature and material culture. A key aim is to investigate the role of medium and genre in the ‘texture’ of the experience of the marvellous. Two current scholarly approaches in particular offer new pathways into this subject: (1) new materialism, the agency of the object, embodiment (2) increasing awareness of diversity amongst those experiencing the marvel (across race, gender, age, disability, social status). These approaches offer the possibility of writing ‘micro histories’ of specific, individual, possibly marginalised, or popular, experiences of marvels and setting these against broader cultural discourses, shedding light on the way that the marvellous intersects with other important areas of culture, in particular religion, technology and travel. The conference aims to bring together scholars from across the sub disciplines of Classics (in particular literature, archaeology and art history, philosophy) to benefit from a variety of methodologies, including, but not limited to, phenomenological, sensory and embodied approaches. In addition there will be dialogue with practitioners, including a visual artist and socialist magician (see confirmed speakers below).

Questions we seek to explore:

* Can the concept of the marvellous be applied cross-culturally? Does the study of Greek and Latin terminology (thauma, paradoxon, mirabilium etc) shed light on the specificity of the concept within Graeco-Roman culture?
* How does the discourse of the marvellous in Graeco-Roman culture change over time?
* How far can we trace links between a classical tradition engaged with marvels and later discourses of the marvellous?
* How are marvels presented in different types of texts, ranging from fictional narratives to technical treatises? What is their range of functions? How do literary genealogies, structures, and literary effects create the ‘texture’ of the experience of the marvellous?
* How is the marvellous experienced in material culture, ranging in scale from the colossal (e.g. architecture, statues) to the minute (e.g. jewellery), in ‘quality’ from highly crafted man-made objects (e.g. gadgets) to naturally occurring things (e.g. large bones)? What strategies are employed in the depiction of marvels in the visual arts? What is the relationship between art / techne and the marvellous?
* How does the marvellous intersect with physical location (familiar / unknown) and with time (pre-, post-eventum, and in the immediate present flow?)
* What is the role of the human body in the experience of the marvellous? How does it function as a marvel in its own right, in life and in death?
* How do marvels manifest themselves in nature (e.g. physical phenomena like volcanoes, extraordinary animals)?
* Is there a distinction in the reception of staged / performed marvels, and the unexpected encounter? What are the effects of the scientific explication of the marvellous?

Confirmed speakers: Tatiana Bur (PhD candidate, Trinity College, Cambridge), Ruth Ewan (Visual Artist), Maria Gerolemou (Leventis postdoctoral research associate, Exeter), George Kazantzidis (Assistant Professor of Latin Literature, Patras), Jessica Lightfoot (Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge), Karen Ni-Mheallaigh (Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Exeter), Irene Pajón Leyra (Assistant Professor of Greek Philology, University of Seville), Ian Ruffell (Professor of Greek Drama and Culture, Glasgow), Ian Saville (Socialist Magician)

Please submit abstracts of c.250 words for 20-minute papers to Alexia at aipd@st-andrews.ac.uk by 14 December 2018, and replies will be sent out by 25 January 2019. Abstracts may propose in-depth analyses of specific pieces of evidence within their cultural context or broader theoretical discussions. While the focus is on the Graeco-Roman world, proposals on the post-antique period, including those related to Classical Reception, are also welcome. Diverse voices are actively sought, particularly those of early career researchers and of minority groups underrepresented in the Classical academy.

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1811&L=CLASSICISTS&P=29267

 

 

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 (giuseppe.labua@uniroma1.it) 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, Leopoldo Gamberale, Giuseppe La Bua, Ermanno Malaspina, Emidio Spinelli.

Call: https://www.academia.edu/36126973/Call_for_papers_Portraying_Cicero

(CFP closed October 31, 2018)

 

 

GAME OF THRONES: VIEWS FROM THE HUMANITIES

Seville, Spain: May 16-18, 2019

The series of novels by G.R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted for the screen with the title Game of Thrones, has become a true mass phenomenon worldwide. The books are eagerly awaited by their fans, while the broadcast of the episodes of the series breaks ratings and HBO subscriptions, and any news about it is featured in the first page of newspapers worldwide. The episodes of the last season have become the most downloaded files on the Internet ever.

Previous studies have shown the richness of both the books and the series. The battles, the political plots, the internal or family struggles, the landscapes and scenarios, the motivations of the characters, the ethnic groups represented, the expressly invented languages??, among many other subjects, provide numerous possibilities for analysis. The study of this world through the diverse perspectives provided by the Humanities and its academic rigor, will offer a new and enriching vision of this fantasy land and our own world.

What does a linguist have to say about the Dothraki language? A specialist of Communication studies about the phenomenon of fans? A political scientist about the machinations in King's Landing? A historian of the Roman world about the circle formation of the "Battle of the Bastards"? A jurist about the possibilities of bastard children to inherit? An economic historian about the Iron Bank? A classicist about the motives of Roman literature in the world of Game of Thrones? A geographer on the topography of the Seven Kingdoms? Etc, etc.

If you are interested in participating with a 20-minute presentation on any aspect of that world through the prism of the Humanities, in a totally relaxed but academically rigorous way, send us your name, affiliation, a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words), before 30th November 2018 to the following address: gotsevilla@gmail.com

The congress will take place in Seville, Spain, 16th to 18th May 2019. The proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee and the participants will be informed of the decision throughout the month of January 2019.

Organized by: Rosario Moreno and Cristina Rosillo-López (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Departments of Ancient History and Latin); Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio and Fernando Lozano (Universidad de Sevilla, Department of Ancient History)

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1809&L=CLASSICISTS&P=95823

(CFP closed November 30, 2018)

 

 

#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 due course.

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 lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il.

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 needs.

Call: https://www.archaeological.org/events/28645

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June 2019

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).

Informations pratiques:

-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 (alessandro.garcea@sorbonne-universite.fr; 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.

Call: http://www.compitum.fr/appels-a-contribution/11752-ars-et-commentarius

(CFP closed September 30, 2018)

 

 

#CFP PARADEIGMATA: EXAMPLES AND PRECEDENTS ACROSS TIME

Senate House, University of London: June 13-14, 2019

Organisers: William Coles (RHUL), Giulia Maltagliati (RHUL), assisted by Matthew John Mordue (Roehampton), Katy Mortimer (RHUL), Dimitrios Xerikos (Roehampton).

The Ancient Greeks used analogical reasoning as a key cognitive and heuristic device: comparisons of new situations with past events or similar circumstances helped foster their understanding of new situations and created expectations about the potential outcome of their decisions. In classical rhetorical theory, Aristotle describes examples as inductive arguments from analogy, central to logical reasoning (Rh. 1357b 28-30); meanwhile, Anaximenes highlights the role of past actions in lending credibility to a certain statement (Rh. Al. 1429a 22-28). Speakers could indeed resort to past events and historical figures to urge or discourage a course of action, to give post factum justification to certain choices, to comfort an addressee (non tibi hoc soli), or to emphasize the uniqueness of a given situation.

This conference aims to investigate the uses of paradeigmata comparatively and diachronically from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, exploring a variety of genres and contexts. Among the questions that will be addressed are the following: does the approach to mythological and historical material vary across time? To what extent do the various argumentative tasks performed by historical examples depend on contextual constraints? Does the literary genre influence the choice and the function of the example? How does the usage of persuasive examples change from Classical Greece to the modern day? How does the notion of legal precedent fit in?

Previous scholarship has explored the use of historical and mythical examples in epic (Wilcock 1964, Grethlein 2006), tragedy (Nicolai 2012), and oratory (Nouhaud 1982, van der Blom 2010). However, there is still scope for investigating the persuasive functions of examples and precedents: bringing together scholars from different fields, we aim to test the flexibility and continuing importance of paradeigmata, so to understand what is that makes them such a lasting and recurrent argumentative device.

Potential topics include:

* The use of persuasive examples in classical and post-classical literature: epic, lyric, drama, historiography; oratory (forensic, deliberative, epideictic) and rhetoric.
* The use of examples for didactic purposes; the moral value of examples.
* The sources of examples (history, myth, fables, literature).
* The narrative dimension of examples: omissions, manipulations, and fictitious narratives.
* Legal precedents and the use of persuasive precedents in Common and Civil Law.
* Uses of examples in religious discourse.

We warmly invite postgraduate students, early career researchers, and established academics to submit abstracts. The conference will include talks by Prof. Emmanuelle Danblon (L'Université Libre de Bruxelles), Dr. Jon Hesk (University of St. Andrews), Dr. Kathryn Tempest (University of Roehampton).

Those wishing to present a paper of 20 minutes should submit an abstract of 300 words outlining the subject of their discussion by 5th January 2019 to examplesandprecedents@gmail.com. Please include your name, affiliation, and a brief biography of no more than 50 words in your email. An earlier expression of interest will also be welcome.

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1811&L=CLASSICISTS&P=22783

 

 

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 virgilandthefeminine@gmail.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: https://www.vergiliansociety.org/symposium_cumanum/symposium-cumanum/

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/cfp-%E2%80%9Cvirgil-and-feminine%E2%80%9D-vergilian-society%E2%80%99s-symposium-cumanum-2019.

(CFP closed December 1, 2018)

 

 

#CFP [PANEL] CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGIES IN JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, AND ISLAMIC SOURCES

Thematic session at: EASR 2019 Religion – Continuations and Disruptions

Tartu, Estonia: June 25-29, 2019

Convener(s): Daniel Barbu, CNRS, PSL Research University, UMR 8584; Francesco Massa, University of Geneva

This panel proposes to explore the different modes of interaction with the mythological traditions of the classical world in the Jewish, Christian or Islamic literatures of the late antique and medieval periods. The aim of this panel is to engage in a reflexions on the status, place, function and role of the “pagan” past in the elaboration of a discourse articulating religious identities to a historical rupture, while at the same time becoming an important channel of transmission and reception of classical mythology. In this process, “pagan” myths, understood not only as a deceitful form of speech but also as a source of historical knowledge, came to contribute to the various ways in which Jews, Christians and Muslims thought about history, and especially, the history of religions. This panel, encouraging a comparative perspective, grounded in rigorous historical and/or philological methodologies, welcomes contributions on case studies shedding light on the ambiguities of this relation between myth and history in specific historical contexts. Are also welcome contributions addressing the question from a historiographical vantage point, for instance by considering the place of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic discourses about the “pagan” past in the historiography of the comparative study of religion.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract to this open session, please do so by December 15, 2018 on the conference website: https://easr2019.org/call-for-individual-papers/?fbclid=IwAR2Qp5rxVIgvjmaqBbZHwBGihr0QQyhrXITExTCBd8jIDugDqS1zsZW64_s

Information/Contact: daniel.barbu@cnrs.fr; francesco.massa@unige.ch

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1811&L=CLASSICISTS&P=124910

 

 

#CFP 12TH CELTIC CONFERENCE IN CLASSICS

Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

FIRST CALL FOR PANELS

Suggestions are invited, from potential convenors, for themes to form panels at the 12th edition of the Celtic Conference in Classics, at Coimbra (Portugal), 26th-29th June 2019. The Conference is expected to consist of upward of 15 specialist panels, which may be on any theme concerning Greek or Roman Antiquity.

Panels run in parallel and are open to every member of the overall Conference. Convenors propose and recruit their own panels, in liaison with the overall organizers of the Conference. Panels usually consist of some 15-18 speakers. Some may be smaller, with a minimum of about 10 speakers, but to exceed 18 involves shortening the time of some papers.

The official languages of the CCC are English and French. For 2019, papers in Portuguese and Spanish are also welcomed, provided that the speakers make available a substantial summary of their text in French or English.

For general guidance on the nature of the CCC, details of the previous two Conferences may be found at: (for 2017, Montreal) www.celticconferenceclassics.com; (for 2018, St. Andrews): www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/events/conferences/2017-2018/ccc/

A website specific to the 2019 conference will be available later.

For more information, contact Delfim Leão (leo@fl.uc.pt).

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=CLASSICISTS;9a5160ec.1809

 

 

POETICS AND POLITICS: NEW APPROACHES TO EURIPIDES

Lyon, France: June 27-29, 2019

P. Brillet-Dubois, A.-S. Noel, B. Nikolsky and research center HiSoMA (https://www.hisoma.mom.fr/) invite paper proposals for an international conference to be held in Lyon, June 27-29th 2019.

In recent years, the tragic art of Euripides has been examined in more eclectic ways than during the peak of new historicist studies, and methods have been developed involving not only social, political, anthropological and religious but also (meta-)poetic, structural, dramaturgical and musical considerations. These perspectives are either juxtaposed to encompass the complexity of Euripides's drama or articulated to each other, aesthetic form being seen as a mode of political thought. The context within which drama needs to be interpreted has been expanded to include not only the institutions and dynamics of the Athenian city, but also other forms of poetry, art and thought to which the poet alludes in a constantly creative way or with which he competes. The conference aims at bringing together such diverse approaches to reexamine the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time.

Some of the questions that the conference hopes to raise are the following:

* How would we define today the political meaning of Euripides's plays?
* How is this meaning articulated to their form, structure, rhythm and other poetic aspects? How do studies on the materiality of Greek drama contribute to the question of politics?
* How does performance actualize or enhance the political impact of the tragic text and how do performance studies contribute to the political interpretation of Euripides's plays?
* Should we renounce the idea that Euripides is conveying a precise political message in a given play or does the combination of new methods allow us to identify his voice in a more subtle way than before? What is the specificity of his tragedies and of his approach to politics?
* Does a political interpretation preclude a search for a universal human meaning? When both meanings coexist, what are the poetical or dramaturgical means that unite or distinguish them?
* How can we integrate the fragmentary plays in the interpretation of Euripides's politics?
* Can the political reception of Euripides's plays throughout the centuries help us frame in a fresh way the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time?

Questions and abstracts (no more than half a page) should be sent before [extended deadline] October 12th October 7th, 2018 to: pascale.brillet@mom.fr.

Submissions will be examined by the members of the scientific committee: P. Brillet-Dubois (Université Lumière Lyon 2-HiSoMA), A. Beltrametti (Università di Pavia), D. Mastronarde (UC Berkeley), B. Nikolsky (RANEPA, Moscow), A.-S. Noel (ENS Lyon-HiSoMA), V. Wohl (University of Toronto).

Call: [pdf] https://www.hisoma.mom.fr/sites/hisoma.mom.fr/files/docs/Recherche/appels2018-2019/Euripidesconferenceannouncement.pdf

(CFP closed October 12, 2018)

 

 

CAROLUS QUINTUS: IMAGE AND PERCEPTION OF EMPEROR CHARLES V IN NEO-LATIN LITERATURE (21ST NEOLATINA CONFERENCE)

Freiburg im Breisgau, 27–29 June 2019

The reign of Charles V (1519–1556) coincided with the diffusion of Renaissance humanism throughout Europe. Whereas various research projects and a host of publications in the domain of history and art history have significantly improved our knowledge about Charles V and his court, it is surprising to see that his reception in literature, and especially in Neo-Latin literature, has to date received much less scholarly attention. Important work has nonetheless paved the way for further research. Suffice it to mention John Flood’s Poets Laureate in the Holy Roman Empire: A Bio-Bibliographical Handbook (Berlin / New York 2006), the investigation of Habsburg panegyric, conducted by a Neo-Latin research team in Vienna, led by Franz Römer and Elisabeth Klecker (see, among others, their contributions in Karl V. 1500–1558. Neue Perspektiven seiner Herrschaft in Europa und Übersee, edd. Alfred Kohler e.a. [Vienna 2002]), and the collection of essays, published by Roland Béhar and Mercedes Blanco (“Les Poètes de l’Empereur. La cour de Charles-Quint dans le renouveau littéraire du XVIe siècle”, in: e-Spania, 13, 2 [2012]), as well as seminal studies by Peter Burke (“Presenting and Re-Presenting Charles V”, in: Charles V 1500–1558 and his Time, edd. Hugo Soly / Wim Blockmans [Antwerp 1999], 393–475) and Hermann Wiegand (“Das Bild Kaiser Karls V. in der neulateinischen Dichtung Deutschlands”, in: Acta conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis, edd. Rhoda Schnur e.a. [Tempe, AZ 2006], 121–143).

Neo-Latin authors have played a substantial role in fashioning the image and perception of Charles V. Their writings help us to refine and correct our understanding of the image-building and communication strategies surrounding the Emperor. The 500th anniversary of the election of Charles V as King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor on 28 June 1519 offers a symbolic occasion for a fresh look at the Latin literature devoted to or connected with him. At stake are not only contemporary authors, but also litterati from later periods, who looked back and reflected on his rule. The range of possible topics is very wide and includes, among others, the following themes and questions:

The imperial myth: Neo-Latin authors have contributed substantially to the development of an imperial ideology surrounding Charles V in all its allegorical and symbolic dimensions. Charles’s chancellor, Mercurino Gattinara (1465–1530), in particular, propagated the idea of an empire, established by divine providence, and others elaborated upon this concept with messianic motifs and prophetic claims. In this perspective, the Emperor was entrusted with the task of uniting the world under his sole pastoral care, waging war against the heretics and infidels, and re-installing a universal monarchy. At the same time, the Emperor was styled as a hero and a saint according to literary, historical, philosophical and religious norms, conventions and models, drawn from both Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The rich Neo-Latin source material, that is abundantly available in both printed and manuscript form, yields a multiplicity of literary contexts to be explored, topics and techniques of praise and blame to be analyzed and different forms of imperial representation to be examined.

Divergences and similarities: Beyond the universal ambitions of the Emperor, the relevant texts offer a multitude of both laudatory and critical statements and judgments about Charles V, which need to be scrutinized in their respective historical contexts. In addition to the special case of foreign enemies of Charles and his opponents within the Empire, such as the Protestants, there are various national or regional perspectives to be taken into account: How did other courts and territories position themselves vis-à-vis the Emperor and the Holy Roman Empire? How were dramatic events, such as the Sacco di Roma of 1527, commented upon in different milieus? Did all Neo-Latin authors share the same ethical and aesthetical ideals in the way they portrayed Charles? To what extent were the literary discourses surrounding Charles determined by the rules and principles of distinctive literary genres?

Social strategies and patronage: The Latin literature devoted to or connected with Charles V plays a special role in the context of patronage and, more generally, in the construction of social relationships in a court environment. Throughout the early modern age Neo-Latin literature, in particular, often served as a literary instrument for securing the support of a mecenas and gaining access to specific communities. At times the Emperor himself acted as a patron, but high-ranking persons from his entourage assumed that role as well. It will thus be interesting to pursue the question how the relationships between these different partners were constructed and staged in Neo-Latin texts. The panegyrical Poemata of Antonio Sebastiano Minturno (1500–1574), e.g., published in 1564 but partly written already during Charles’s lifetime, illustrate both options at the same time: the poems eulogize not only Charles V, but also his secretaries Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle (1484–1550) and Francisco de los Cobos (ca. 1477–1547), as well as Miguel Mai (ca. 1480–1546), who served as Charles’s ambassador in Rome from 1528 to 1533 and was thereafter Vice-Chancellor of the Crown of Aragón. The timing of the publication is, in this case as in many others, a further factor that merits attention.

Practical information:

Topics: We welcome papers on specific case studies that focus on individual texts, authors or courts, but it will also be possible to combine various facets and analyze, e.g., specific events, such as a coronation or a Joyous Entry, from different points of view. Neo-Latin texts in both verse and prose can be dealt with.

Proposals and registration: Paper proposals, containing a provisional title and an abstract of ca. 10 lines, should reach one of the organizers by 1 December 2018 via e-mail. Participants who will not give a paper do not need to register.

Travel and accommodation: The conference will start with a key-note lecture on 27 June in the evening and close on 29 June around noon. Rooms will be booked by the organizers, unless participants explicitly point out that they prefer to make their own arrangements. Further practical details will be communicated after the deadline for proposals has passed and the list of speakers has been established. The organizers will make every effort to raise the funds necessary for covering travel and accommodation costs of all speakers.

Location: Haus zur Lieben Hand (Löwenstraße 16) and the library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of the University of Freiburg.

Format: 20 minutes for the paper and 10 minutes for discussion. Papers can be delivered in German, English, French, Italian or Latin.

Publication: The conference proceedings will be published in the series ‘NeoLatina’ (Tübingen: Gunter Narr-Verlag).

About the ‘NeoLatina’ conferences: The Neo-Latin conferences in Freiburg were initiated in 1999 by Eckard Lefèvre and Eckart Schäfer under the title ‘Freiburger Neulateinisches Symposion’. Since then, they have been organized every year and have become an acclaimed event in the community of Neo-Latin scholars. Since 2013 the conference runs under the title ‘NeoLatina’ in order to document its link with the Gunter Narr publishing house, which produces the conference proceedings.

Organizers: Virginie Leroux (École pratique des hautes études, EPHE, PSL; virginie@leroux.netv), Marc Laureys (Universität Bonn; m.laureys@uni-bonn.de), Florian Schaffenrath (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Neulateinische Studien, Innsbruck; florian.schaffenrath@neolatin.lbg.ac.at), Stefan Tilg (Universität Freiburg; stefan.tilg@altphil.uni-freiburg.de)

Call: http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/upcoming-conferences/call-papers-carolus-quintus-image-and-perception-emperor-charles-v-neo-latin-literature

(CFP closed December 1, 2018)

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July 2019

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

Website/Program: http://www.fiec2019.org.

Twitter: @Fieca2019.

(CFP closed September 1, 2018)

 

 

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 lgardn@essex.ac.uk.

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).

Call: https://katabasisdepthpsychology.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/the-descent-of-the-soul-katabasis-and-depth-psychology/

(CFP closed October 31, 2018)

 

 

#CFP PACIFIC RIM ROMAN LITERATURE SEMINAR 33: ROMAN MEMORY

University of Newcastle (Australia): 10 to 12 July 2019

The thirty-third meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Newcastle from 10 to 12 July 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference will be Roman Memory.

We are inviting papers on Roman literature on the subject of memory. This might include: representations of Roman history in subsequent periods, the ways in which Latin authors rewrite earlier Roman literature, the use of the Muses as repositories of cultural memory, commemorations of the dead, the methods by which Roman writers position themselves in the literary tradition, the reception of Latin literature in both antiquity and later eras, the loss and recovery of historical memory, the processes of collective memory, the art of forgetting, and resistance to official efforts to erase memory through damnatio memoriae.

The theme may be interpreted broadly and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants may attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to Marguerite Johnson (marguerite.johnson@newcastle.edu.au) and/or Peter Davis (peter.davis@adelaide.edu.au). Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please submit abstracts by 28 February 2019. Earlier submissions are of course welcome.

We expect that conference will be held in a venue in the city of Newcastle. A conference website will be built in due course.

 

 

#CFP THE MARY RENAULT PRIZE

Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2019 Mary Renault Prize competition is: TBA.

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.

Website: https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/outreach/mary-renault-prize/

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August 2019

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September 2019

#CFP HELLENIC POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY EUROPE

Herceg Novi (Montenegro): September 29-October 4, 2019

Center for Hellenic Studies, from Podgorica (Montenegro) is happy to announce the international conference on the topic "Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europe", to be held in Herceg Novi (Montenegro), from 29 September to 04 October 2019.

The Conference is of an interdisciplinary character, and aims at addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas, anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. We welcome papers on topics like:

* The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
* Freedom and democracy
* Politics and economy
* Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
* The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
* Autonomy and responsibility in politics
* The philosophy of the cosmopolis
* The polis and happiness
* Ethics and politics
* and other relevant themes.

Please see the full call for papers at: http://ichs.me/call-for-papers/

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted by 1 March 2019, via the registration form, or sent by email to conference@ichs.me

For more information please visit the website: http://ichs.me which will be constantly updated with new information.

Website: http://ichs.me.

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October 2019

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 fmartelli@humnet.ucla.edu

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: October 15, 2018

Confirmed Participants
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

Organizers:
Francesca Martelli, Assistant Professor of Classics, UCLA
Giulia Sissa, Professor of Classics and Political Science, UCLA

Call: https://www.facebook.com/expressum/posts/931031740410738

(CFP closed October 15, 2018)

 

 

#CFP CIVIL RELIGION FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Newcastle University, UK: 23-24 October, 2019

Civil religion – the belief that public religion could be subsumed within the administration of the state – has long been recognised by intellectual historians of the early modern period as a feature of republican discourse, most often conceived of as an inheritance from ancient Rome. This recognition, however, has allowed civil religion to remain underexplored as an intellectual tradition on its own terms. A language and concept seeking to reconcile church and state, it draws on numerous traditions, including the legacy of the Reformation and notions of Royal Supremacy, Freethought, Gallicanism, and more. Liberated from the confines of being a subsidiary to republicanism, a rich and complex discourse emerges, through which efforts were made to develop a persuasive vision for a religion conducive to a tolerant and harmonious citizen body. In order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of civil religion and its significance, an open dialogue between religious and intellectual historians is of fundamental importance, a dialogue which has previously been limited by the intense focus of scholars examining civil religion in its political dimension to the exclusion of religion. Moreover, a broad chronological overview of civil religion’s development from Antiquity to Enlightenment is required, beyond its origins in Republican Rome and episodic manifestations in the early modern period, further necessitating the interaction of scholars usually divided by chronological boundaries.

The aim of this conference is to facilitate these urgently needed discussions, bringing together religious and intellectual historians, classicists and early modernists, historians of scholarship and historians of political thought. The resultant rehabilitation of civil religion from its status as a handmaid of republicanism will not only promote methodological innovation through its interdisciplinary emphasis, but will interrogate dominant traditions in these disciplines regarding the relationship between church and state, and that between religion and the Enlightenment.

We are seeking proposals for papers on a range of questions, including, but not limited to:

* Can a clear definition of civil religion be determined? How can a viable framework for its discussion be developed?
* Was the religion of the Roman Republic a civil religion? How was this precedent used by later thinkers? Was it employed beyond the confines of republicanism?
* To what extent were accounts of civil religion influenced by the historical context out of which they emerged?
* How far did the notion of civil religion evolve as a response to the Reformation and its legacy?
* In what ways did civil religion inform Enlightenment thinking?
* Does civil religion need to be situated alongside irreligion, freethought, and priestcraft, or can it also be positioned as a discourse within the church?
* What were the aims of civil religion? Were they simply negative, seeking the limitation of church power, or can they be interpreted as positive, as part of an effort to develop a civil, virtuous society?
* What impact, if any, did civil religion have beyond political and religious discourse? How was it represented in literature, art, biographical writing, and scholarship?

Proposals are invited for papers of twenty minutes, with abstracts of no more than 300 words, to be submitted by Friday 22nd March 2019, to katherine.east@newcastle.ac.uk.

Website: https://newcastlecivilreligion.wordpress.com/

 

 

#CFP REBUILDING / RESTORING ROME. THE RENEWAL OF BUILDINGS AND SPACES AS URBAN POLICY, FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT

Rome (École française de Rome, Sapienza Università di Roma): 30-31 October, 2019

Everywhere in Rome, monuments are covered with ancient or modern inscriptions that not only contain the name of the original builder but also commemorate their restoration. Popes from the Quattrocento and Cinquecento who acted as urban planners, such as Sixtus IV, presented themselves as ‘restorers’, even when they were actually modernising the City. This phenomenon is not restricted to the Renaissance period: many Roman emperors already claimed to be rebuilders, such as Augustus who repaired all the damaged temples of Rome according to the Res Gestae, or Septimius Severus who was called Restitutor Vrbis on his coinage. Rome thus seems to be a city that constantly needs to be restored, rebuilt, born again. In the vein of the studies on urban heritage and memory and on cities’ resilience after disasters, more and more historians are interested in the question of restoration. This conference aims to investigate how the notions of restoration and rebuilding were a driving force of Rome’s urban transformation throughout its history, from Antiquity to the 21st century, as well as a political program put forward by the authorities and an ideal more or less shared by the different key actors of the city.

Three aspects of this topic will be discussed. First, the conference will analyse the rebuilding and restoration programs of Rome and its main monuments. We shall consider the scope of these programs, compare the main objectives of the projects and their actual realisation, and examine the concrete aspects of their implementation (funding, construction operations, use and creation of specific tools, etc.) The more paradoxical aspects, such as destroying in order to restore or presenting modernisation as a return to the past, will be welcome. We shall also enquire whether the ideal of renovation was an obstacle to a broad urban restructuration. We invite speakers to look at paradigmatic cases, and to keep a view on the city or district scale rather than narrowly focusing on a single building.

The second aspect concerns the political implications of Rome’s rebuilding. To what extent and in which ways did restoration projects fall within more general political programs, as for example the restoration of the State and its political traditions under the Roman emperors, the reinforcement of papal authority during the medieval and modern periods, or the recreation of classic Rome (republican or imperial) from the ‘French period’ to the fascist regime? What are the connections between the practical and the symbolic dimensions of restoration? Is the purpose always to tend toward the same ideal, to get back to the same period? All these questions are closely related to how the very idea of ‘Rome’ has evolved, from Antiquity to the present. Nevertheless, speakers should avoid a purely metaphorical understanding of the notions of ‘restoration’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘return to the past’: all the papers should connect ideologies and policies with actual interventions or at least projects of material renewal.

Finally, we would like to examine the relationships between rebuilding projects and urban actors (central, municipal or spiritual powers, public experts, inhabitants, etc.) taking into account claims, resistances and conflicts. The wish to return to a previous or idealised form of the city was sometimes a demand expressed by the inhabitants of Rome in response to urban transformations initiated by the popes or the public authorities or caused by economic imperatives. Some humanists, such as Flavio Biondo, even wanted to protect Rome from the ‘violence’ of its own population, and from the popes themselves! At the end of the Middle Ages, the idea that the Romans had been stripped of their own past became a topos. In the second half of the 20th century, associations devoted to heritage preservation like Italia Nostra and intellectuals like Antonio Cederna petitioned for the dismantlement of the fascist urban design of Rome’s area centrale, in order to enhance its historical heritage. More broadly, we shall examine who were the initiators of these restorations, and whom these projects were to benefit.

Speakers are also invited to pay attention to vocabulary and concepts. We will interrogate and historicise the terms of ‘rebuilding’, ‘restoration’, ‘renewal’, ‘restitution’, etc. Are these terms interchangeable or do they have very specific meanings, both in the sources and in the categories used by historians? This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect simultaneously on the production of urban space and on the discourses about the city.

This conference is part of the activities of the LIA Mediterrapolis – Espaces urbains, mobilités, citadinités. Europe méridionale-Méditerranée. XVe-XXIe siècle, and is co-financed by the Centre Roland Mousnier.

The conference will be held at the Ecole française de Rome and Sapienza Università di Roma, on 30-31 October 2019. Papers are accepted in English, French and Italian.

Paper proposals (500 words) should be sent by 1 February 2019, together with a brief bio-bibliography (150-200 words), at the following email address: reconstruire.rome@gmail.com.

The École française de Rome will provide accommodation to the selected speakers and contribute to their travel expenses.

A selection of papers from the conference might be considered for publication in a journal or edited book.

Organizing Committee: Bruno Bonomo (Sapienza Università di Roma), Charles Davoine (École française de Rome), Cécile Troadec (École française de Rome)

Scientific Committee: Martin Baumeister (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom), Bruno Bonomo (Sapienza Università di Roma), Sandro Carocci (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Amanda Claridge (Royal Holloway, University of London), Charles Davoine (École française de Rome), Chiara Lucrezio Monticelli (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur (Università Roma Tre), Cécile Troadec (École française de Rome), Vittorio Vidotto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Maria Antonietta Visceglia (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Call: http://www.efrome.it/en/research/actualite-et-appels/news/ricostruirerestaurare-roma-il-rinnovamento-degli-spazi-pubblici-e-dei-monumenti-come-politica-urba.html

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November 2019

#CFP HOME & HOMECOMINGS: 33RD BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa: November 7-10, 2019

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) invites proposals for papers for its 33rd Biennial Conference, to be hosted by the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

We invite submissions that focus on the conference theme "Homes & Homecomings" as well as individual proposals on other aspects of the classical world and its reception. Panels are strongly encouraged and should consist of 3 to 8 related papers put together by the panel chair. We also welcome postgraduate students currently busy with Master’s or Doctoral programmes to submit papers for a "work-in-progress" parallel session.

Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words), and author affiliation to Annemarie de Villiers at amdev@sun.ac.za. The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2019.

Further information on conference fees and accommodation to follow in due course.

Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1810&L=CLASSICISTS&P=39235

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING OF POSTGRADUATES IN RECEPTION OF THE ANCIENT WORLD (AMPRAW)

2019: TBA (generally November or December, annually).
2018: University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-​10 2018. https://ampraw2018.wixsite.com/home/.
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.

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December 2019

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January 2020

#CFP [PANEL] PROBLEMS IN PERFORMANCE: FAILURE AND CLASSICAL RECEPTION STUDIES

Society for Classical Studies 2020 Annual Meeting, Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizer-Refereed Panel. Organized by Rosa Andújar and Daniel Orrells, King’s College London

Scholars who work on the modern performance and reception history of classical drama have often focused on the manner in which Greek and Roman plays successfully provide modern writers with a ready-made vocabulary for expressing painful and complex realities. This emphasis on the “success” of classical drama in the modern world could arguably be seen as a continuation of a long history of Euro- American philhellenism and idealization of the ancient world.

This panel aims to move away from what may be seen as a partial and skewed history of the performance and reception of Greek and Roman theatre in modernity, which focuses on positive case studies that celebrate the successful adaptation and application of ancient drama in diverse contexts. This panel instead proposes to explore a fuller and more nuanced history, focusing in particular on “failed” moments of classical theatre.

Possible areas of scrutiny include, but are not limited to:

* Invocations of Greek and Roman plays that were received with indifference or with lukewarm interest
* Modern performances of classical plays that “sort of” worked, or received negative receptions
* Moments of bewilderment and puzzlement in modern audiences, stemming from classical references, themes and motifs

In emphasizing scenes of “failed” reception and problems in performance in modernity, we seek to explore a larger question: how does an understanding of such an alternative performance history provide us with a fuller and different history of classical reception in modern theatre and more broadly, in the modern world? Through such an inquiry, this panel aims to unsettle the polarized state of Classical Reception Studies, in which classical texts are viewed on a binary system, as either agents of liberation or oppression. Rather than looking for more examples of how ancient theater has “successfully” administered the power to say the unsayable, we are especially eager for contributions that can help us think about performances which generated problems around conflicted subjectivity – about the awkward and difficult closeness between perpetrators and victims of political and sexual violence; about the complicities between the colonizer and the colonized.

Please send an anonymous abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to info@classicalstudies.org by February 8, 2019, listing the title of this panel as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author. Submissions should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts and will be reviewed by the organizers, who will make final selections by the end of March.

Please address questions about the panel to the organizers: rosa.andujar@kcl.ac.uk and daniel.orrells@kcl.ac.uk

Call: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2020/151/problems-performance-failure-and-classical-reception-studies

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