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Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2018
[Panel] Classical Reception Studies
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018
Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, Editor of The Classical Outlook, and Jared Simard, Hunter College.
The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers to submit abstracts for its panel session on Classical Reception Studies at the Boston meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, in January, 2018. We are interested in papers that address any aspect of Classical Reception Studies. Papers should be accessible to a wide audience of classics scholars and teachers.
Papers accepted for the panel will be considered for publication in The Classical Outlook, journal of the American Classical League.
Abstracts should be submitted to Ronnie Ancona (firstname.lastname@example.org). They should conform to the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the SCS Program Guide. Please put “ACL panel at SCS 2018” in the subject line of your email submission.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2017.
(CFP closed 15 February 2017)
[Panel] Classics and Social Justice
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018
The Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group invites paper proposals for its inaugural Panel at the 2018 meeting of the SCS.
The panel organizers are Jessica Wright (USC) and Amit Shilo (UCSB).
We welcome papers that discuss any aspect of social justice work in which you are engaged as well as papers that theorize the place of social justice work in Classics and the place of Classics in social justice work.
Possible topics might include: the presentation of projects already underway (for instance, prison education or the use of Classics in other sites such as homeless centers or with veterans’ groups); the scope and limits of academic activism; appropriate methods for approaching social issues; performance and activism; and the power of specific Classical traditions to address the urgency of social change.
Please send anonymous abstracts of approximately 500 words to Professor Alexandra Pappas (email@example.com).
Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is January 31, 2017.
The newly formed Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group is a forum for scholars who wish to integrate their academic expertise with community work promoting social justice and positive transformation. The group envisions its first panel as the beginning of a new, more formal conversation about Classics and Social Justice and an effort to discover what social justice work Classicists are doing outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom.
More information: please write to Classicists involved in activism CLASS-SJ@listserv.hamilton.edu
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
[Panel] Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari, and their Philological Discontents
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018
In recent decades, the field of classics has witnessed a burgeoning interest in postmodern literary theory. Yet the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari has received far less attention. Although Deleuze and Guattari were contemporaries of Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida, the latter have elicited significantly greater curiosity from classicists (Janan, “When the Lamp Is Shattered”, 1994; Porter and Buchan, Before Subjectivity?, 2004; Larmour, Miller, and Platter, Rethinking Sexuality, 1998; Leonard, Derrida and Antiquity, 2010). With few exceptions (Holmes, “Deleuze, Lucretius, and the Simulacrum of Naturalism,” 2012), Deleuze and Guattari have appeared only as ancillary figures in classical scholarship.
Deleuze and Guattari are best known for their collaborative works L'Anti-Œdipe (1972) and Mille plateaux (1980), which offer a sustained critique of psychoanalysis through their valorization of the liberated schizophrenic, and supply new models for a post-ontology based in process and complexification. The two also made individual contributions, from Deleuze’s reformulation of continental philosophy in Différence et répétition (1968) and La logique du sens (1969), to Guattari’s writings on anti-psychiatry, ecology, and becoming-woman. Furthermore, Deleuze and Guattari offer practical models for a discipline familiar with adjunctification, student debt, and criticism for its lack of praxis—both were participants in Paris protest movements, open-access education at Université Paris VIII (Vincennes), and innovations in democratic psychiatry at La Borde.
This panel asks how these two thinkers might aid us in “deterritorializing” classics—unraveling its entrenched structures, hermeneutics, and habits. Questions might include:
* Can Deleuze and Guattari’s theories improve our understanding of certain ancient genres and their lived practices?
* Does their belief in a multiplicity that underlies ontology alter our philological underpinnings? Might we use their concept of assemblage to advance recent work on textual criticism (Gurd, Iphigenias at Aulis, 2005) or Homeric multiform (Nagy, Homer’s Text and Language, 2004)?
* Can Deleuze the continental philosopher offer new insights into Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclitus?
* Might his later work on the movement-image (Cinéma 1, 1983) reorient our perspectives on ancient visual culture? (ekphrasis, cinematic narrative theory, enargeia)
* Does Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of minor literature as a revolutionary enunciation within a dominant language (Kafka, 1975) provide additional approaches to canonical texts? (slang and translation in Greco-Roman comedy; poetic intersections of Greek dialects)
* Can their critique of metaphorical representation guide us away from language to more active engagements with antiquity?
The panel invites abstracts for 20-minute papers (650 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24, 2017. Please include the panel name in your subject line, and do not identify yourself in the abstract. Submissions will be blind-refereed by Kyle Khellaf (Yale University), Charles Platter (University of Georgia), and Mario Telò (University of California, Berkeley).
(CFP closed Feb 24, 2017)
[Panel] Translation and Transmission: Mediating Classical Texts in the Early Modern World
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018
The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston. For its third panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the translation of classical texts in the early modern world.
Despite their importance as vehicles of transmission - and their comparatively greater sales - translations always seem relegated to secondary status behind the principal models of classical scholarship, the critical edition or the commentary. This hierarchy is no less true of early modernity, at least according to our discipline’s construction of the history of philology, in which Bentley trumps Dryden, and Scaliger trumps Dolce. Some redress has been achieved through reception studies, though, as so often, the effect has partly been to replicate traditional divisions between philology and literary criticism.
The main goal of this panel is twofold: 1) to locate the study of early modern classical translations within larger currents of literary scholarship, especially translation studies; 2) to reintegrate literary criticism and philology through a renewed assessment of the role of translation in early modern culture.
To that end we seek papers that go beyond the remit of a typical case study and instead offer a distinctive methodological contribution, prospectus for the field, or novel theoretical analysis.
We invite perspectives drawn from world literature, history of the book, digital humanities, as well as translation studies and other approaches. Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following areas:
a) High Theory/Deep Classics. How does early modern translation intersect with cross-temporal and cross-cultural themes of contemporary importance? Against the backdrop of Renaissance humanism, is there something distinctive to be learned from this form, and this period, of engagement with the classics? In Lawrence Venuti’s terminology, do these translators foreignize or domesticate? Can quantitative studies tell us something new and interesting about this corpus?
b) Philology and Education. How do histories of textual criticism, the book, and pedagogy enhance our understanding of early modern translation? What does the tradition of the questione della lingua have to contribute to reception studies? How might early modern translations of Hebrew and other classical languages affect our contemporary conception of our field? At the level of practice, what might we learn from annotations, drafts, and translators’ correspondence?
c) Outreach and Reception. How were translations affected by the mechanisms of circulation, publishers, material and economic factors, readerships, etc.? Did they always seek to popularize? In what sense were they scholarship, and were they recognized as such? Does the particular relationship between the classical and the vernacular in early modernity make translations of Latin and Greek an idiosyncratic point of comparison against other periods of outreach?
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 email@example.com. All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by February 20th 2017.
(CFP closed 20 February 2017)
[Panel] Literary Wordplay with Names
American Name Society Panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, New York: 4-7 January 2018
The American Name Society (ANS) is issuing its First Call for Papers for the ANS panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention: 4-7 January 2018, New York City.
The American Name Society is inviting abstract proposals for a panel with the literary theme “Literary Wordplay with Names.” Case studies in world literature have repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of wordplays in producing puns or highlighting aspects of a narrative. However, comparatively little scholarly attention has been given to examining the names themselves as a rhetorical tool for literary wordplay. The use or omission of names has received scholar attention for the works of specific authors, e.g. Aristophanes (e.g. Kanavou 2011) and Virgil (e.g. Paschalis 1997), whereas the ὀνομαστὶ κωμῳδεῖν is crucial for our understanding of both Greek comedy and Roman satire.
Interested authors are encouraged to submit an abstract examining the use of any type of name (e.g. personal names, place names, trade names, etc.) in literary wordplays for any period or genre of literature. We welcome submissions from the following areas, which of course are not exhausted:
* utilizing interdisciplinary approaches
* examining the nature of the name-wordplay (semantics and/or etymology)
* focusing on case studies from classical literature, and
* the reception and use of names from antiquity in later times (e.g. Shakespeare).
Proposal Submission Process: Abstracts proposals of up to 400 words should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Andreas Gavrielatos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals should include “MLA proposal” in the subject line of the email. All submissions must include an abstract title, the full name(s) of the author(s), the author affiliation, and email address in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract.
Proposals must be received by 5pm GMT on 11 March 2017. Authors will be notified about results of the blind review on or by 20 March 2017. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers.
(CFP closed March 11, 2017)
[Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century
5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, Athens: 3-6 January 2018
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts
The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing A Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 3-6 January 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.
The aim of the panel is to bring together academics and researchers whose work is related to Ancient Greek law.
Interest in the study of ancient Greek law has been revived in recent years. Traditionally, research had been largely confined to the better attested legal system of the classical Athenian democracy. Yet, early (archaic) Greek law as well as the legal systems of other city-states have formed the focus of latest studies relating to politics, classics, legal history, social and cultural anthropology. This cross disciplinary approach to Greek law proves that its study need not be a sterile examination of the distant past. On the contrary, lessons can be extracted if research is linked with contemporary issues in a way that leads to an intellectual ferment for the improvement of our lives.
Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):
* The rule of law in ancient Greece
* Equality before the law in ancient Greece
* Unity of ancient Greek law
* Relevance in Athenian courts
* Evidence in Athenian courts
* Study of the Attic orators
* The rhetoric of Athenian litigants
* Promoting the study of Greek law in the 21st century
* Teaching ancient Greek law in the 21st century
* Incorporating ancient Greek law in university curriculum
Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/fees.
Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.
Please submit an abstract (email only) to: email@example.com, using the abstract submission form by 30 June 2017 to: Dr. Vasileios Adamidis, Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.
If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.
The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals.
Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.
Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2017
The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Leuven, Belgium: 13-15 December 2017
In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.
Please find below the full call for papers or visit our website (http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/conferences).
Keynote speakers are Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit Paris) and Saverio Campanini (Università di Bologna)
Participants are asked to give 20-minute papers in English, German or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to firstname.lastname@example.org
by 30 April, 2017 20 May, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 May, 2017.
The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).
Venue of the Conference: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
30 April, 2017 20 May, 2017)
Performing Greece 2017: The 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre
Birkbeck College, University of London: 9 December 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent)
Performing Greece, currently in its third year, returns to Birkbeck this December. In an increasingly difficult time for European artists working in the UK, contemporary Greek theatre, like its cinema, is also increasingly relevant – both in its exploration of crisis and immigration, and in its role in the reception of classical Greek drama. There have been a number of successful productions of contemporary Greek theatre lately in the UK – in venues such as The National, Royal Court and Barbican, but fringe venues also – as well as a recent conference at the University of Oxford on Karolos Koun. Reflecting on the presence and potential of this theatrical culture, Performing Greece brings together scholars, critics and theatremakers to explore contemporary Greek theatre in the UK and beyond. At the previous two conferences, apart from academic papers, we had also presented staged readings of new Greek plays and we are keen to present more, and to inspire fruitful discussion between academics, writers, performers and theatre artists in general.
Performing Greece will be a one-day event and will take place on 9 December 2017 at Birkbeck College, University of London. Those interested are welcome to submit proposals for individual papers or performances on any topic related to Contemporary Greek Drama and Culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
-Modern and contemporary Greek directors and/or playwrights
-The reception of ancient Greek drama in modern Greece
-New Greek playwriting
-The relation between Greek theatre and European theatre
-The current state of theatre and the arts in Greece
-Theatre education (e.g. differences in actor training in Greek and British drama schools, different approaches to theatre studies in Greek and British universities)
-The work of Greek theatre artists in the UK and beyond (not necessarily to do with topics relevant to Greece)
The conference welcomes proposals for presentations and performances from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Please send a title and a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper or 5-20 minute performance (rehearsed reading or screening) along with your name, affiliation and a 100 word biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 November 2017.
Performing Greece 2017 is organised by Dr. Christos Callow Jr, Birkbeck, University of London and Dr. Andriana Domouzi, Royal Holloway, University of London.
The conference is on Twitter as @PerformGreece. If interested but unable to attend, we'll be posting updates there.
(CFP closed November 9, 2017)
Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World
School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University UK: 8-9 December, 2017
On the eightieth anniversary of the death of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University is pleased to announce a conference on Gramsci and the ancient world. The aim of this two-day event, which will take place in Newcastle on 8-9 December 2017, is to investigate and discuss the enduring significance of Gramsci’s reflection on power and culture as an analytical tool in the study of Antiquity. Concepts like hegemony and Caesarism will play an especially significant role, but it is expected that the debate will cover a broad range of problems across Greek and Roman politics, economy, literature, and culture.
Mattia Balbo (Turin)
Michele Bellomo (Milan)
Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh)
Philip Horky (Durham)
Emma Nicholson (Exeter)
Jeremy Paterson (Newcastle)
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle)
Christopher Smith (St. Andrews)
Laura Swift (OU)
Cristiano Viglietti (Siena)
Kostas Vlassopoulos (Crete)
Jane Webster (Newcastle)
A full programme will be circulated in due course.
For further information, please contact us at email@example.com
Organisers: Sara Borrello, Roberto Ciucciové, Luigi Di Iorio, Federico Santangelo, Emilio Zucchetti.
The Objects of Reception: an interdisciplinary conversation & book launch
Sydney Business School, Gateway Building, Sydney, NSW: December 6, 2017
Five leading scholars come together for an interdisciplinary conversation about the theory and practice of reception study.
The event will be followed at 2:30pm by a drinks reception and the book launch of Ika Willis' Reception (Routledge, 2017).
Classical reception: Professor Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
Digital humanities and the history of reading: Associate Professor Katherine Bode, Australian National University
Biblical reception: Dr Jennifer Clement, University of Queensland
Medievalism: Professor Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie
Media audience studies: Professor Sue Turnbull, University of Wollongong
Reception is everywhere. From the medieval to the new media landscape, audiences interpret, immerse in, adapt, and creatively remix the texts they encounter, in ways both unruly and rule-bound. Reception practices range from sermon-writing to Goodreads reviewing, from close reading and critical commentary to cosplay. How can we map this vast terrain? What objects of inquiry might we discover as we travel through it? And what are our objectives in undertaking the journey?
This event is supported by the Centre for Cultures, Texts, and Creative Industries at the University of Wollongong, and by Routledge.
Information and contact: Ika Willis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity
Urbino (Italy) - 30 November and 1 December 2017
On the occasion of the 2000th anniversary of Ovid's death, the Cultural Association Rodopis and the Department of Humanities (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici) of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo organise an International Workshop, titled "Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity".
Nowadays the Metamorphoses are surely Ovid's most renowned work: some of their characters entered contemporary imagery, became the focus of theoretical reflections, art and literary works. The tragedy encountered by Narcissus, Daphne, Hermaphroditus (just to mention a few examples) talks to readers and gets them deeply involved: it is the tragedy of the transformation in action, focusing on the very moment of being "no more" and "not yet". In Ovid's poetry we find the tragedy of the encounter with an alterity that becomes endemic while being refused, and the difficulty of leaving an originary shape to embrace a different one; this together with a constant tension to mutation, and to an evolution without conclusion. The incidents Ovid's characters live push the readers to question their own identity, to wonder about what keeps them the same through space and time, and what stands as pledge of their non-renounceable essence. On the other hand, they stand there to question the possibility of dismissing and forgetting their own self, in order to become something else.
The problem tackled by Ovid in poetical terms is the same with which many fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences (from history to anthropology, from psychology to sociology) have struggled, constituting one of the major philosophical questions from the XVII century onwards. The XX century has put an end to (or at least eclipsed) the "strong" or essentialist conceptions of "identity", and left the floor to "weak" interpretations of the term, aiming at including in such an intrinsically static concept the categories of change and relationality, space and time. Finally, some scholars proposed a full obliteration of "identity" (intended as a category of analysis) from the scientific and scholarly discourse, in the light of the inevitable ambiguity of the notion itself. The reflection on "transformation" widens the field of investigation to the relationships between identity and alterity, the very instant of passing from one shape to the other, and the possibility that this change may affect one's very essence. It puts into question the very existence of an immutable essence and its features, the assumed necessity of maintaining or dismissing it, in an ongoing dialectic which interprets the "origins" as either roots or chains.
This Workshop aims at taking inspiration from Ovid's work in order to stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the notion of "metamorphosis", and on the relationship between identity and alterity. Abstracts may concern different disciplines (such as ancient and modern literatures, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology), and tackle the envisaged issues both in individual and collective terms.
Proposals may concern (but do not have to be limited to) artistic and literary expressions of transformation; issues linked to the identity/alterity relationship in specific political and social contexts; anthropological or ethnographic case-studies concerning the encounter of different cultures or populations (with a particular focus on hybridization phenomena or the origin of "frontier-cultures"); the definition of personal identity through the relationship with the "other". We also encourage papers presenting a purely methodological and epistemological approach, taking into account the theoretical issues connected to the concept of metamorphosis.
Official languages of the Workshop will be Italian and English. Each paper should be planned for a 20 minutes presentation.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Francesco Remotti (University di Torino - Italy); Prof. Massimo Fusillo (University of L'Aquila - Italy). On November, 30th, speakers will be invited to assist to the performance Metamorfosi, by Debora Pradarelli and Giulietta Gheller.
PhD Students and Early Career Researchers are invited to submit an anonymous abstract of maximum 300 words to email@example.com, by October, 10th 2017. The paper selection will be carried out in the following two weeks.
The Workshop is part of the project "A partire da Ovidio". For more information: http://www.rodopis.it/2017/06/05/a-partire-da-ovidio/.
1st International Conference in Ancient Drama: The Forgotten Theatre
University of Turin (Italy): 30th November – 1st December, 2017
Conference coordinator: Francesco Carpanelli (Professor of Greek-Latin theatre, University of Turin).
Keynote speaker: Enrico V. Maltese (Head of the Department of Classics, University of Turin).
The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies in Classic Theatre) has scheduled for 30th November-1st December 2017 its first academic conference for young researchers, Ph.D. students and Professors of Humanities.
The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of the scientific research and limited to few modern stagings. The conference will host academics (philologists, scholars in history of theater) and exponents of the theatrical world (directors, screenwriters) who wish to contribute in cast a new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.
* Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
* Reasonable attempts of reconstruction of incomplete tetralogies;
* Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
* Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
* Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
* Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
* New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
* New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
* Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.
How to participate: In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org containing:
* an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
* a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.
Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian, English, or French (with preference for the Italian language).
The candidacies may be submitted until 31th August 2017. Within the month of September 2017, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted. Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference.
Professor Francesco Carpanelli (University of Turin)
Professor Enrico V. Maltese (University of Turin)
Professor Giulio Guidorizzi (Emeritus of University of Turin)
Professor Angela M. Andrisano (University of Ferrara)
Recovering the Past: Egypt and Greece
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London: Wednesday 22 November, 2017
Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Egypt and Greece. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Come and find out all about it—the recuperation of texts on papyri, the deciphering of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, and the representation of priests of Isis in film.
"Recovering a lost language: the Rosetta Stone" - Stephen Colvin
"Egypt, Greek papyri, and Victorian Britain" - Nick Gonis
"Freud on Moses and Oedipus" - Miriam Leonard
"Murder in Pompeii! The Priests of Isis in Fiction and Cinema" - Maria Wyke
This event is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities.
Between nostos and exilium: “home” in on-screen representations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives
An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference: "Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging"
The Hilton, Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA): November 1-5, 2017
Artists working in screen media have long explored the concept of “home” in ancient Mediterranean narratives. For example, Homer’s Odyssey, the most frequently adapted narrative, depicts a homecoming that will restore the protagonist’s identity within his family, estate, and community, all of which are threatened by a band of outsiders that attempts to destroy that home by claiming his wife, killing his heir, and seizing his property: an ironic replay of Odysseus’ role in the Trojan War. The surviving Trojans end their exile by founding a new homeland, Rome, where shifting alliances within the socio-political network of ancestral houses blur the boundaries of domestic and civic interests until one household subsumes the homeland. In what ways are modern depictions of e.g. oikos, polis, domus, and patria reflective of these ancient concepts? In what ways is the private sentimentality that “home” entails in contemporary discourse fused with the affective value of such concepts in order to facilitate audience investment in ancient characters’ aspirations and struggles?
This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the depiction of “home” as physical or symbolic structure in on-screen interpretations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives. Topics include, but are not limited to:
--articulating family relations within the home: parents, children, spouses, siblings
--gendered roles within the oikos or domus
--the ancestral “house”: individual, familial, and civic functions
--“others” in the home, e.g. slaves, guests, hostages, and illegitimate offspring
--home as patrimony: dramas of property, kinship, and inheritance
--tension between domestic and civic loyalties
--domestic space as public and/or private space
--the significance of the house as mise-en-scène
--the view of home from away, e.g. during military service, pilgrimage, exploration
--narratives of return: the romance and danger of homecoming, challenges of reintegration
--exiles and home: longing and alienation
--the destruction of house or homeland, from within or without
--foundations: the creation of new houses and homelands
Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, so long as they include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.filmandhistory.org).
Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2017 for early consideration, and by 1 July 2017 for general consideration, to the area chair:
Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA): email@example.com.
Poverty & Wealth: 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa
Pretoria (South Africa): 26-29 October, 2017
The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Classics Section of the Dept of Biblical & Ancient Studies, University of South Africa
invite proposals for papers for the 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa to be held in Pretoria in October 2017.
We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the conference theme “Poverty and Wealth”.
Across the world today there is much discourse around relative wealth and poverty, particularly relating to issues of privilege, class and inequality. Studies on wealth and poverty in antiquity are often centred on the transitional period towards Christianity, but Graeco-Roman antiquity as a whole has much to offer in terms of material for study. Although we are to some extent hampered by the fact that ancient literature, and even material remains, favour the views and lives of the wealthy, there are still many fruitful areas for exploration:
* Representations of poverty and wealth in literature and art
* Links between poverty, patronage and wealth
* Land ownership and wealth
* Transitions: wealth to poverty and poverty to wealth
* Images and metaphors of poverty and wealth
* The role of fate or fortune in views on poverty and wealth
* Actions and motivations towards alleviating poverty
* Material wealth and spiritual poverty
* Idealised poverty
* Differentiations between urban poverty/wealth, and rural situations
* Inequality and social tension
* Political theory and property distribution
* War and conquest and their effects on poverty/wealth.
In addition to the main theme of the conference, we also welcome individual or panel proposals on all other aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception.
The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2017. Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words) and author affiliation to either:
Dr Liana Lamprecht – firstname.lastname@example.org – or
Dr Martine De Marre – email@example.com.
Details of the conference venue, accommodation and other important conference information will be made available on the conference website, which we hope to have up-and-running soon.
(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)
Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium
An international workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice organised by the Centre of Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception: 20-21 October, 2017
Keynote speakers: Panagiotis Agapitos & Aglae Pizzone
Every commentary first and foremost is an interpretation or specific reading of the text that is commented upon. In commenting on ‘their’ text, commentators construct questions of meaning and problems perceived as complicating this meaning, neither of which are inherent in the text. Commentaries, therefore, are firmly grounded in their intellectual and socio-cultural context and ‘may come to be studied as cultural or ideological texts in their own right, with didactic aims of their own, steering the “primary” text in a direction intended to answer very contemporary questions of meaning’ (R.K. Gibson, C.S. Kraus (eds.), The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory. Leiden 2002). This ‘contemporariness’ of commentaries involves both their production and their reception: on the one hand, commentators tend to read their own (didactic) programme into the ‘primary’ text and address questions of meaning relevant to their intellectual context; on the other hand, commentaries serve to preserve, comment, and adapt a text for contemporary purposes and for a contemporary target audience.
As ‘documents of their time’, commentaries thus may be said to form an excellent starting point for exploring the reception of authoritative texts in a certain period. In this workshop, we propose to do exactly this: to explore the use of ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium through commentaries. Classical scholarship flourished in twelfth-century Constantinople; scholars such as Eustathios of Thessalonike and John Tzetzes undertook ambitious projects of Homeric exegesis, while Eustratios of Nicaea produced commentaries on various of Aristotle’s works. In a broader sense, treatises like those by John Tzetzes on ancient tragedy and comedy or literary works such as Theodore Prodromos’ Katomyomachia and Bion Prasis can also be said to comment on ancient texts and, thus, reveal the manifold ways in which Byzantines dealt with their ancient heritage.
We therefore invite abstracts that explore commentaries on ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium in order to shed light on the ways in which the Byzantines used—preserved, commented, adapted—the ancient texts in question. We define ‘commentary’ in a broad sense, to include generically diverse texts that in one way or another comment on the ancient literary heritage. Questions that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following: What (contemporary) questions of meaning do Byzantine commentators seek to answer? What is their hermeneutic and/or didactic programme? How do commentators perceive their own role in preserving or defending the authority of the ancient text? What function do these commentaries fulfil within their intellectual and socio-cultural context? What is the relationship between commentaries on ancient texts and the transtextual use of ancient texts in Byzantine literary practice? Since we would like to put the activity of twelfth-century commentators in a wider context, we would also consider proposals dealing with commentaries on ancient texts in other periods (e.g. antiquity, Palaiologian Byzantium etc.).
Deadline for abstracts: Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2017. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this email address.
Baukje van den Berg
(CFP closed 30 April, 2017)
Classical Antiquity & Memory from the 19th - 21st Century
University of Bonn, Germany: 28-30 September, 2017
Quand l'homme a voulu imiter la marche, il a créé la roue, qui ne ressemble pas à une jambe
[When man wanted to imitate walking, he invented the wheel, which does not look like a leg]
Apollinaire: Les mamelles de Tirésias, Préface
Reading Antiquity always already presupposes an act of re-membering and thereby a bringing back to heart (ri-cordare). At the same time, remembering is based on generating difference, i.e. on differences enabling the reappearance of the past as a phantom-like present. When identifying significant historical events and explaining their impact, classical mythology is often engaged in literary and cultural discourses that re-shape and re-interpret narratives that develop our sense of self. Therefore, constructing collective memories and remembering a shared antiquity are often interwoven through mechanisms of encoding, storing, retrieving and forgetting the Greco-Roman past.
Remembering Antiquity implies calling into question past cultural and political amnesia and repression: With the return of the ghost of right-wing politics which deny the relevance of intellectuals, the criteria of choosing one text and not the other become all the more important. This Conference will explore and discuss Dis-/Re-Membering as an urge to consume and/or erase the memory of “classical” texts that we may call into question by re-writing them in the context of various literary, artistic, visual or musical representations.
Possible subjects for papers:
To what extent does the re-appropriation of classical texts contribute to (de-)constructing memory?
What is the rhetoric of constructing memory in modern literature and art?
How are dis-continuities exploited in favour of rejecting the concept of a collective cultural memory?
To what extent does contemporary literature exploit classical antiquity as propaganda?
Does the ancient world progressively elude our memories in the era of postmodern cultural amnesia, or do the spectres of the classical past still haunt us?
How do the mechanisms of re-membering the classical past change within the context of national and transnational, sociohistorical and fictional accounts of classical literature?
What impact does the digital age have on our relationship with our (remembrance of the) past?
What are the politics of (re-)establishing a Greco-Roman literary canon?
How is cultural memory constructed as a form of opposition or as a survival technique that makes use of classical antiquity?
How does re-/dis-membering the Greco-Roman past operate in our fragmented and/or catalogued present?
What is the connection between personal literary and collective cultural memory, especially in times of crisis when there is a blatant lack of founding myths.
How is the classical world (re-)mediated – as a dead corpse or as a living organism - and what aspects make Antiquity relevant for our social, moral, artistic and intellectual world?
This international conference is organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Classical Tradition (CCT) Bonn (University of Bonn), and Jocasta | Classical Reception Greece (University of Patras), and will take place in Bonn (Germany), from 28-30th September, 2017.
We invite abstracts of approximately 300 words (30'+10'). Abstracts and presentations are to be delivered in English.
Abstracts and any inquiries may be sent to the organisers, at email@example.com.
Submissions are due May 15, 2017.
Dr. Milan Herold (Romance Philology, Bonn)
Penelope-Foteini Kolovou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Bonn)
Efstathia Athanasopoulou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Patras)
The Making of Humanities VI
University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK: September 28-30, 2017
The sixth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities VI’, will take place at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division and Somerville College, UK, from 28 till 30 September 2017.
Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences
The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.
Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.
* Elisabeth Décultot, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: From an Antiquarian to an Historical Approach? The Birth of Art History in the 18th Century
*Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town: Styles of Writing History in Timbuktu and the Sahara/Sahel
* Peter Mandler, University of Cambridge: The Rise (and Fall?) of the Humanities
Paper Submissions: Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting abstracts, see the submission page.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017.
Panel Submissions: Panels last 1.5 to 2 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting panels, see the submission page.
Deadline for panel proposals: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017
(CFP closed 15 April 2017)
Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
University of Bristol, UK: 28-29 September, 2017
From the 12th-century onwards, Ovid’s Metamorphoses exerted an enduring influence on Western culture. The capacity of this poem to be constantly present in our world is due to its innate transformative ability. In the Middle Ages, the Metamorphoses was often read as a philosophical text in which to find advice on Christian morality and ethics. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, it constituted the most important repertoire of myths, an encyclopaedic work plundered by writers, musicians, and painters. The Metamorphoses found a permanent place in Western culture not only because it could be easily reinterpreted, but also for its capacity to be successfully rewritten and translated into various languages. In the medieval and the early modern ages, the reception of Ovid’s major poem did not happen exclusively through the Latin text; translations in the vernaculars played a pivotal role, transmitting the Latin Metamorphoses to all the emerging European vernacular cultures.
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on medieval and early modern translations of the Metamorphoses in Europe in order to shed light on the various ways in which Ovid’s poem was re-purposed and received, as well as to trace connections between different literary traditions. When was the Metamorphoses first translated into European vernaculars? How many Ovids can we talk about? Were there interferences between translations in the different vernaculars? The vernacularization of transnational texts contributed to the shaping of national identities, and this colloquium, fostering an exchange between scholars working in any European linguistic area, aims to shed light on the process of national acquisition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses through translation. The objective of this conference is to chart the changing face and function of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the vernacular Europe of the Middle and Early Modern Ages.
Areas of research might include:
* Text, language, and style of the Metamorphoses’ vernacular translations;
* The physical structure and presentation of the translations (support material, script or type, size, layout and decorations, marginalia) and their relationship with the Latin editions;
* The handwritten tradition and the oral tradition of the vernacular Metamorphoses;
* From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, from manuscript to printed book: disruption, or continuity?
* Allegories and commentaries attached to Ovid’s poem and their influence on the Metamorphoses’ translations;
* Vernacular Metamorphoses and national cultures: the transformations of Ovid’s poem in the language and style of the receiving culture and the role of vernacularization for the consolidation of a cultural identity.
* The changing worlds of the vernacular Metamorphoses: evolution and re-purposing of this text from the court, to the school, the street, the Academy, and the printing shop.
Genevieve Lively, Bristol University, UK (George Sandy’s Translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses)
John Tholen, Utrecht University (Ovid in the Early Modern Netherlands)
Mattia Cavagna, UCL Belgium (Ovide Moralisé in the Middle Ages)
Elisa Guadagnini, CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), (The Italian Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages)
Please send an abstract (roughly 500 words) and a short curriculum by 30 March 2017 to:
Marta Balzi firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Pellissa Prades email@example.com
(CFP closed March 30, 2017)
Literary Windows: Imitative Series and Clusters in Literature (Classical to Early Modern)
This conference will be held in 2017 in either London or Oxford: preferably in the early autumn of that year, though this will only be finalized when we know the outcome of our funding applications.
(Addendum: 25-26 September, 2017 at All Souls College, Oxford. Website: http://www.ehrc.ox.ac.uk/LitWin)
We are looking for 30-minute papers on previously unpublished material that discuss examples of imitative series and clusters from classical literature to roughly the end of the seventeenth century. By "imitative series" we mean what has also been defined as "two-tier allusion" or "window reference" (Nelis), i.e. when author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to a passage or text by author A and its imitation by author B; by "imitative cluster" we mean an instance in which author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to passages or texts that are already interconnected at the source in a formal or conceptual way: these passages will typically be by the same author, or they can be by two different authors and be connected in some way other than straightforward imitation. In short, if an "imitative series" may be represented as a line, an "imitative cluster" corresponds more to a triangle. (Examples of these practices are discussed in C. Burrow, "Virgils, from Dante to Milton", in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil and E. Tarantino, "Fulvae Harenae: The Reception of an Intertextual Complex in Dante's Inferno", Classical Receptions Journal 4.1.) If applicable, proposals should point out any political, philosophical or other issues that were being addressed via these allusions.
We are particularly interested in instances of the imitation of the "Elysian fields" passage in Aeneid 6, but also welcome proposals dealing with a wide range of texts and national literatures - though for reasons of congruity we would limit the geographical scope to European literary traditions. We would also be very interested to hear of any instances of the theoretical discussion of these imitative practices up to c. 1700.
Please send proposals of 100-200 words to ISCL@humanities.ox.ac.uk by 31st January 2016, accompanied by the following:
* a short text listing main academic affiliations to date (if any) and main publications (especially those relevant to this conference);
* confirmation that your paper deals with previously unpublished material, and that you will send us your text for exclusive publication after the conference;
* an indication of whether you would require financial support in respect of travel expenses and accommodation in order to attend this conference (we are hoping to be able to meet at least some of these costs, but we will not know until we hear about the outcome of our funding applications).
Notification of inclusion in the conference will be sent by 15 February 2016.
Conference organizers: Colin Burrow, Stephen Harrison, Martin McLaughlin, Elisabetta Tarantino.
(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)
PONTES IX: Classical Heroism in the Modern Age: Ideas, Practices, Media
Freiburg, Germany (Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University): 21-23 September, 2017
Classical antiquity is the fountainhead of much of our Western ideas of heroism. Starting from religious Greek hero cult, elements of the heroic manifested itself in myth, literature, war politics, and a number of other domains. The influence of these ideas on later concepts of heroism is obvious until the end of the early modern period. With the rise of industrialized societies since the 19th century, however, the reception of ancient heroism becomes more obscure, and postmodernist currents have questioned the very idea of heroism in many ways. Nonetheless, the concept of heroism keeps informing our perception of and desire for extraordinary persons and actions. For the period from ca. 1800 to our own day, the role of classical patterns in these processes often remains to be uncovered – witness D. Voss’ recent contribution on „Heldenkonstruktionen“ (KulturPoetik 11, 2011, 181-202), in which the author describes a number of differences between ancient and modern heroism but remains silent about reception. Readers are left with the impression that there is a gaping divide between modern day heroism and antiquity. True to its name, the PONTES conference will attempt to build bridges of reception across that divide.
Preference will be given not to individual hero figures, but to larger ideas, practices and media of heroism. Individual heroes may be dealt with, however, as long as their representative character is emphasized. Possible subjects include, for instance, the strategies of hero-making in fascism, Lucretius’ praise of Epicurus as a blueprint for modern heroes of science, or the massive return of ancient heroes in contemporary epic films.
This PONTES conference will be held in cooperation with the Freiburg Sonderforschungsbereich 948 ‘Helden–Heroisierungen–Heroismen’. For further information see the Sonderforschungsbereich’s survey of recent research on heroism, ‘Das Heroische in der neueren kulturhistorischen Forschung: Ein kritischer Bericht’:
Registration: Researches on all career levels are invited to submit proposals. The proposal should contain a working title and a short abstract of ca. 100 words. Please send your proposal by 15 March 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions about acceptance will be made by 30 March 2017. For participation without a paper no registration is needed.
Travel: Since we start on Thursday morning at ca. 9 am, arrival on Wednesday might be advisable for those who come from further afield. Rooms will be booked by the organizers, unless otherwise requested. We shall contact you with all the details after the end of the submission period. We aim to refund travel and accommodation costs if they are not refundable at your home institution.
Place: Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University.
Format: Papers of 30 minutes + 15 minutes discussion. Revised versions of the papers will be published in a conference volume.
The PONTES conferences on the reception of Classical Antiquity were founded in 1999 by Karlheinz Töchterle and Martin Korenjak. They took place biannually until 2011 and have been organized triennially since then. So far, conference venues have been Innsbruck, Bern, and Freiburg, where the PONTES will return to in 2017.
(CFP closed March 15, 2017)
Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World
The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia): September 17-21, 2017
The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, established in 1997 in Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University through the unification of the Chair of Classical Philology and the Centre of Mediterranean Studies, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In connection with the jubilee, the Institute will hold an international conference on The Theme of Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World from September 17 to 21, 2017. Along with researchers, the event will gather representatives of literature and art.
Those willing to participate in the conference are kindly requested to forward the following information to email@example.com before March 15, 2017:
Personal information (first name, last name), affiliation and position (title), contact details (telephone, mailing address and email); type of presentation (conference paper, performance or exhibition), title and brief summary (no more than 300 words). The Organizing Committee will provide additional information to shortlisted applicants before April 30, 2017.
The conference welcomes professors, researchers and students from all the three academic levels.
Ekaterine Kvirkelia - 598 60 46 67; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariam Kaladze - 577 42 69 82; email@example.com
13 I. Chavchavadze ave. 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Fax.+ 995 32222-11-81
(CFP closed 15 March, 2017)
Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670
Churchill College, Cambridge: 15-16 September 2017
The Society for Neo-Latin Studies invites submissions for papers for a conference on 15–16 September 2017, at Churchill College, Cambridge, on Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670. In this period, Latin was the international language of European literature and a host of material dealing with British and Irish political and cultural identity survives both by authors working within Britain and Ireland and by those outside. Proposed papers dealing with the perception and depiction of Britain and Ireland from elsewhere in Europe are therefore encouraged as well as those on works written by authors resident in Britain or Ireland. Papers may discuss works in poetry or prose, and international scholars are very much encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.
Examples of topics and authors relevant to the call include (but are by no means limited to): the idea of ‘Britain’ and ‘Ireland’ in Latin literature (including historiography); Latin verse responses, both in England and on the continent, to major events, such as the death of Philip Sidney, the defeat of the Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Thirty Years War, and the events of the Civil War, Protectorate and Restoration; the work of British and Irish Catholic authors resident abroad (often in France and Italy); the role of national identity in major Neo-Latin authors of the period such as Leland, Polydore Vergil, Camden, Stanihurst, Buchanan, Harvey, O’Meara, Owen, Campion, Barclay, Milton, Hobbes; the role of Latin literature in shaping distinct identities and communities of readership, for instance among Irish and Scottish authors, as well as among Catholic writers. Contributors may also want to consider the role of translation into and out of Latin in the formation of British and Irish identity in the period.
SNLS takes particular responsibility for encouraging graduate students and early-career scholars in the field. There will be a special early-career panel of slightly shorter (20 minute) papers only for those currently working towards a PhD or who are within two years of submission.
All other abstracts should be for 30-minute papers.
For all proposed papers, a title and abstract of up to 200 words (along with the name of the presenter, their affiliation and, for students, their year of study) should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 September 2016.
In addition, junior scholars, at MA or PhD level, who would like to present their work in a briefer form are encouraged to submit proposals (title and two-sentence summary) for a poster session (by the same deadline).
SNLS is in the process of applying for funding, but at this stage it cannot be guaranteed that all expenses of presenters will be covered.
(CFP closed 15 September 2016)
Telling Tales out of School: Latin Education and European Literary Production
Ghent University (Belgium), 14-16 September, 2017
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm) - Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania) - Erik Gunderson (University of Toronto)
ADVISORY BOARD: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm), Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania), Françoise Waquet (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Karl Enenkel (University of Münster), Piet Gerbrandy (University of Amsterdam), Wim François (University of Leuven), Wim Verbaal (Ghent University), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) and Marco Formisano (Ghent University)
At an early stage in its history, Latin went from a vernacular language to the most pervasive and enduring cosmopolitan language in European history. Latin did not only function as the language for international diplomacy, but, more importantly, it also served as the Church's liturgical language all over Europe and gave form to an intellectual climate that stimulated an extensive literary production. Literature written in Latin, from Roman Antiquity over the long Middle Ages to the early modern period, preserved and renewed literary and aesthetic standards. It laid the foundation for a European literature (and culture), which crossed national boundaries. Not surprisingly, ‘Great Authors’ such as Dante, Rimbaud, etc. that are now mainly known for their works in vernacular languages, also wrote several works in Latin.
In the development of this intellectual climate and literature, Latin education was a driving force. Latin education, as it took shape in Classical Antiquity, combined technical matters (morphology, prosody, metric, syntax,...) with broader ways of thinking such as rhetoric, literature, philosophy and theology. Hence, being educated in Latin always meant an initiation into a social, intellectual and literary elite. Most authors, even the ones who only wrote in vernacular languages, followed a Latin educational program and had a reading audience in mind that shared the same background.
The main focus of this conference will be the dynamic interaction between European literary production and Latin education as its undercurrent. At the two extremes, this relation can, on the one hand, be defined as one in which education only functioned as a transmitter of knowledge and literary attitudes; on the other hand, education can also be seen as a full part of the intellectual environment in which literary techniques, values and texts were not only transferred, but also evaluated and (re-)created. From the latter perspective, Latin literature and education were involved in a constant negotiation about (changing) aesthetic, social and historical elements.
This conference seeks to cover the entire Latinitas from the institutionalization of Latin education, as embodied by Quintilian, to the end of Latin as a primary language of schooling in modern times. We invite proposals for 30-minute papers on the interaction between education and literature. Particularly welcome are proposals with a comparative approach to different periods, geographical areas and/or literatures in other languages that had to emancipate from their Latin background.
The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring the correlation between schooling and literature:
• Methods of reading and writing literature (genre, style, subject matter, literary attitude, etc.): What is their relation to the methods of the Latin educational system? How do they emancipate from them?
• Commentary and reflection on literary values and traditions: How does the Latin school curriculum create literary expectations and stimulate theoretical ways of thinking about literature? In what way are canons created and continued by school programs and instruction?
• Tensions and interactions between literary fields: How did the influence of Latin education affect, decelerate or accelerate the rise of literature in vernacular languages? How do the innovative force of literary production and the conservative nature of schooling disturb, challenge, and at the same time balance each other?
• Power structures and social identification in and through literature: how are power relations and social identities such as gender, class, race, etc. negotiated through schools and literature? How do schools create an elite community of readers and authors of literature by projecting a model of a homo litteratus? How does Latin play a role in establishing or changing this intellectual elite?
• Broad historical-cultural shifts: How does the interaction between Latin schooling and literary production change under the influence of political, demographical, and religious transformations? How do developments within the intellectual climate, such as the rise of universities, the new sciences, the enlightenment etc. affect literary production?
• The end of Latin schooling: What is the impact of the end of Latin as the language of instruction on literary production? What explains sudden and brief revivals of Latin as a literary language in modern times?
We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to email@example.com by 1 February 2017.
ORGANIZATION: Tim Noens, Dinah Wouters, Maxim Rigaux and Thomas Velle are four FWO-funded doctoral researchers at Ghent University. Their research projects focus on Latin topics ranging from the 1st to the 18th century and in various geographical areas from Spain to Scandinavia. Their common interest in the correlation between Latin and other literatures resulted in the foundation of a new research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), of which this conference is the launching event.
(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)
ZOOGRAPHEIN – Depicting and describing animals in ancient Greece, Rome and beyond
Cornell University, Ithaca NY – September 8-10, 2017
In collaboration with the research network ZOOMATHIA
Greek and Roman culture is replete with verbal and visual descriptions and depictions of animals, from Herodotus’ gold-digging ants or Pliny’s bestiary to Greek vase painting or the decoration of Roman houses and gardens. Research on ancient zoological knowledge has traditionally centered on identifying animal species in texts and images, determining the various sources of such knowledge, and relating these inquiries to their broader socio-historical and philosophical contexts. While these approaches can be fruitful, they often operate on the assumption that verbal and pictorial testimonies always record and illustrate specific information, echoing concrete ancient zoological knowledge.
This conference takes a decisively different approach. We propose to consider depictions and descriptions of animals as methods of inquiry in and of themselves, rather than illustrations of knowledge ex post facto. Thus, for instance, Aristotle’s account of gregarious animals at the start of Historia Animalium may serve as a mode of understanding humans’ position within the animal world, rather than an account of ancient discoveries. In addition, ancient zoographers’ views might have been shaped by encounters with animals in contexts and media other than 'scientific' study or simple observation in nature. In this sense, do we seek to consider visual and textual sources as creative and active modes of representation and thereby forms of knowledge production, rather than reflections of it.
Contributions may focus on a single ancient description or depiction of an animal, or on a group of cases. We particularly welcome contributions that engage with cognitive or media studies in their approach to texts or images. We also encourage contributors to consider ways in which ancient and medieval European zoological knowledge was produced differently from that of other cultures.
Papers Submissions may address the following questions:
* How do ancient descriptions and depictions of animals work as forms of inquiry to produce knowledge?
* How do visual and verbal studies of animals interact with each other?
* How do descriptions and depictions of animals reflect human observation and experience?
* How do rhetorical images or metaphors work function as methods of inquiry?
* How do common knowledge vs. specialized inquiry influence depiction and description?
* (How) do sources distinguish between mythical and real animals?
* If depiction and description of animals create knowledge, do they shape literary or artistic styles? How do they relate to concepts of aesthetics and rhetoric?
* How do shifts in historical and cultural context affect animal description and depiction?
* What is the reception of famous depictions or descriptions (e.g. Herodotus' crocodile, Aristotle’s elephant, Myron’s cow?)
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by February 1, 2017 to the conference organizers: Annetta Alexandridis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Athena Kirk (email@example.com).
(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)
Reception Histories of the Future: a conference on Byzantinisms, speculative fiction, and the literary heritage of medieval empire
Uppsala University, Sweden: August 4th-6th, 2017
The study of Classical reception in modern speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) is an old and broad field, with roots in both the academy and the popular press. However, much as Classics is often reluctant to look beyond the temporal borders of the antique world and venture into its medieval Greek imperial successor, the consideration of classical reception in speculative fiction has mostly neglected the significant impact of Byzantium and other post-Roman imperial formations and their literatures on modern SFF. However, many of the central thematic tenets of the literary heritage of medieval empire – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – have had deep effects on the development of science fiction and fantasy in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This conference aims to bring together some of the most innovative modern writers of speculative fiction with scholars working at the cutting edge of Byzantine reception studies for a two-day discussion of Byzantinism, decadence, empire, and storytelling. The conference will therefore collapse the distance between practitioners and critics, and bring reception studies into a direct dialogue with one of today’s most vibrant genres of popular fiction. Planned activities include public events at local bookstores, presentations of scholarly papers, and group panel discussions between writers and scholars. A post-conference publication will include both essays, academic articles, and commissioned fiction.
Details of the Conference
The conference is organized by AnnaLinden Weller, a postdoctoral researcher in Byzantine Studies, who writes speculative fiction under the pen name Arkady Martine. It is supported by the “Text and Narrative in Byzantium” project (principal investigator: Professor Ingela Nilsson) within the Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University. The conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of Byzantium, scholars working on classical reception in speculative fiction, and active writers producing speculative fiction in order to broaden and deepen the consideration of how medieval literatures and Byzantinism have far-reaching impact on the popular imagination. Since speculative fiction is a crucial mode of popular cultural expression of life in the modern and technological world, exploring the significant reception of medieval literatures – a ‘non-technological’ and foreign/distant subject in comparison – within it is of real interest to both the scholarly community and the general public.
There has been substantial recent scholarly interest in the reception of classics (and Classics) in speculative fiction. This interest has come both from the academy (volumes like Rogers, Brett M. and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, eds. 2015. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press., and Bost-Fiévet, Mélanie and Sandra Provini, eds. 2014. L’Antiquité dans l’imaginaire contemporain: Fantasy, science-fiction, fantastique. Paris: Classiques Garnier) and from the popular SF press (i.e. Liz Gloyn’s “In a Galaxy Far Far Away: On Classical Reception and Science Fiction” in the SF magazine Strange Horizons, available at http://www.strangehorizons.com/2015/20150427/1gloynb-a.shtml). However, very little work has been done to explore the equally prevalent reception of postclassical Greco-Roman subjects and themes in speculative fiction. This conference aims to bring scholars, writers, and the general public together to investigate medieval imperial receptions – and concepts of Byzantinism – which are deeply embedded in speculative fiction. Recent work on Byzantine reception has examined Byzantinism in contemporary film and art, and explored the reception of Byzantium in Enlightenment and fin-de-siècle literature, but has not addressed the presence of post-Roman themes and ideas in speculative fiction. This conference’s three days of discussion and the subsequent publication of a volume of essays from international scholars and commissioned fiction from leading writers in the speculative fiction genre will contribute to the closure of these gaps.
The thematic elements of post-Roman imperial formations and the literatures which they produced – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – are of substantial importance to writers of speculative fiction. Byzantium has been an explicit setting in several significant novels (Turtledove’s Videssos cycle, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sarantine Mosaic) and many of its central thematic tenets — an empire gone decadent, the permeability of frontiers, the creation of an imperial ideology and the survival of that ideology – appear in others: perhaps most intriguingly in Ann Leckie’s recent Hugo and Nebula-award-winning Imperial Radch books, which, while not being specifically Roman or Byzantine, can be interpreted usefully by being viewed through a Byzantine lens. These and other questions of the reception of post-Roman concepts and literatures are what this conference is meant to engage with.
A major aim of this conference is to bring writers and academics – practitioners and analysts – together in innovative ways. While portions of the conference will allow academics to present prepared papers in the traditional format of a short lecture on recent or ongoing with a subsequent question period, the majority of the panels will be themed discussions in which a group of panelists have a public conversation on a pre-arranged topic, guided by a moderator. This method of discussion comes from the world of speculative fiction conferences and produces a focused, vibrant, and wide-ranging exploration of the subject. It is also widely accessible to a popular audience, even when the discussants are specialists. An entire day of the conference will be reserved for this format. Additionally, since there is substantial public engagement with speculative fiction topics — as well as significant public interest in Byzantium – this conference will open up the group panels to the general public on that day, bringing both Byzantium and speculative fiction to the Scandinavian audience in a direct and engaging manner. The public, creative professionals, and academics will all be able to share in the investigation of the effects of Byzantinism on popular culture.
The volume that results from this conference will include both academic articles written by leading reception history scholars, critical essays on Byzantium and medieval empire written by members of the speculative fiction community, and new speculative fiction on Byzantine themes commissioned especially for this project from award-winning and bestselling authors.
Call for Papers (Academic Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017
Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words which describes research which responds to or contributes to the discussion of Byzantine and post-Roman reception in speculative fiction, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternately or additionally, suggest topics for group panel discussions which you would be interested in participating in, alongside writers and other creative professionals.
Call for Interest & Panel Topics (Creative Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017
If you are a speculative fiction writer or industry professional who would like to participate in the conference, write to email@example.com with your contact details, professional experience, and ideas for panels.
Practical Information: This conference conveniently takes place the weekend before WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland – Sweden is quite close to Finland! Come early, start talking about speculative fiction before WorldCon even begins.
(CFP closed 28 February, 2017)
Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period
A Bicentennial Conference at Birkbeck, London: 20-21 July 2017
Keynote Speakers: Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard) and Seamus Perry (Oxford)
July 2017 marks the bicentenary of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry collection Sibylline Leaves and Biographia Literaria, which he had initially planned as an introduction to the poems. For Coleridge the collection included 'the whole of the author's poetical compositions', from those already published in Lyrical Ballads to those taken down on 'loose papers and [in] numerous Common-place or Memorandum Books […] including Margins of Books & Blank pages'. While Coleridge ennobles his poems through an allusion to Virgil's Cumaean Sibyl, their 'fragmentary and widely scattered state' also evokes the cheap materiality of newspapers. For William Hazlitt Biographia was no more significant a work than the 'soiled and fashionable leaves of the Morning Post' from which it was supposedly composed. From the prophetic to the everyday, through the high and low traditions of flying leaves, this conference focuses on the materiality of Romantic collections.
This conference invites participants to investigate the play of papers between proliferating 'snips', 'scraps', and 'scattered leaves', and the promise of the 'great work', complete edition, or philosophical system. We welcome proposals on the metaphorical, material and political implications of the 'leaf in flight', and on the composition, publication and reception of romantic poetry in relation to a diverse range of collections and composite texts: miscellanies, anthologies and beauties, multi-volume or serialised fiction, magazines and newspapers, annuals and albums, common-place books and notebooks, catalogues and guidebooks, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Revisiting 1817 in 2017 might also involve rethinking the connections between seemingly disparate texts and diverse media in the twenty-first century. How do we read around and make connections within such texts now? How does poetry interact with the paratextual pressures and juxtapositions of these media and genres? What potential do digital tools and platforms offer for representing and reading these collections and tracing connections between them?
Topics might include:
* The compilation, publication and reception of Coleridge's Sibylline Leaves
* The relation of Sibylline Leaves to composite prose works, eg. Biographia Literaria
* 'Flying leaves and penny publications': newspapers, political propaganda and the diffusion of knowledge
* The 'phantasmal chaos of association': metaphors and materialities of order and disorder
* Connections within collections: the mechanics of indexing, footnotes, contents pages, errata, advertisements, paratexts, editorial groupings and interventions, text and image
* Collections, collaboration, and the dynamics of authorship
* Contested collections: literary invention, literary property, republication
* Practices of recollection, common-placing, annotation, extra-illustrating and album-making
* Ephemera, playfulness and popular entertainment
* Romantic reimaginings of the classical tradition of sibylline leaves
* Uncollected papers, literary remains, posthumous orders
Please submit a 500 word abstract by 15 October 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference organizers: Marianne Brooker and Luisa Calè
(CFP closed 15 October 2016)
[Panel] The Reception of Ancient Drama in the Scholarly Works of Early Modern Europe
10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017
Organizers: Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble Alpes University) and Pascale Paré-Rey (Lyon University, Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin)
The panel will welcome any proposal dealing with the reception of Ancient drama in scholarly works during Early Modernity. The first objective of the panel will be to examine the nature of these works and in what way they have grown to be at the heart of reflections on the way this theatre was understood or made to be understood by its readers. It will also try to grasp in what way these works either echo, define or set aside some of the debates on contemporary vernacular theater. The construction of a text, its translation (if required), analysis, explanation, criticism or indexing in plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, as well as Plautus, Terence and Seneca, can be seen as so many literary tasks embraced by scholars, each driven by a range of objectives.
If the humanistic ideals of curiosity and freedom are necessary motives which seem to guide the well-read towards Ancient texts, the different historical, political and literary contexts in Europe have not always been favorable to such works. Very often something is indeed at stake in the productions and underlying motivations of these learned men for whom this approach to drama can only be passed on as a contribution to intellectual progress. But it can also represent a challenge, an obstacle, even a danger, against which they would have had to protect themselves or find a relevant justification.
The panel also hopes to explore the scholarly works of a period which starts in the XVIth and extends all the way to the XVIIIth century : from principes editions to Father Brumoy’s Greek Theatre (1730), from the translations in Latin verse to the more complete translations in the vernacular, including the ad verbum translations as well, it is indeed a period when the editorial work of the Classics starts to gather momentum and when critical arguments are thus being formulated.
These scholarly works, whether they be placed alongside theatrical texts, namely in certain editions where prefaces, essays, dissertations, commentaries are added to the final volume, or whether they appear in separate texts, often convey a vision of Ancient drama which, as such, has not yet been explored. This vision, of course, cannot be seen as a single, identical and unchanging vision. It varies all throughout the period, according both to national traditions as well as the conceptions of each author, depending on the play at hand.
The panel should highlight this abundance whilst asking questions which will allow us to tackle this large, theoretical corpus in the most joint and enthusiastic way.
Possible topics and suggestions include:
* Language issues: what relationship did these works have with Ancient languages ? Were they written in Latin or in the vernacular, and why? Were the translations poetic, literal or ad verbum ? What are the choices made in terms of metrics?
Historical and political contexts: what are the concerns, the objectives, the issues at stake, including the risks, of the editorial process, namely studying and staging Ancient drama, either in a pacified Europe or in a Europe torn by the Wars of Religion and boundary disputes?
* Drama and performance: Were the plays intended to be performed? What adaptations were recommended?
* Texts and readers: Were they read by drama theorists? The educated public? Were they the sole concern of professors? Were they in any way made to fit the teaching of Ancient languages? Or of drama? What pedagogical approach to drama did they offer?
* Role played by scholarly works: what sort of resonance or impact did they have? What trace or aftermath did they leave behind? How did one work influence the other or, more generally, influence the later reception of Ancient drama? What new concepts did they produced?
* Editors, translators, printers: who was interested in Ancient dramatic texts? What were the leading figures? What were their links with the world of theatre? In what way were they made to appear in and/or alongside theatrical texts?
* History of books: how can one find common grounds between a flourishing, scholarly literature and the history of books? What are the material evolutions which both explain, restrict the choices and define the postures of commentators?
The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal (Canada), from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across four days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 30 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Malika Bastin-Hammou (Malika.Bastin@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) and Pascale Paré-Rey (email@example.com) by 31st January 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. It is expected that a number of the papers delivered at this panel will form part of a peer-reviewed edited volume. Applicants should state whether they would intend their papers to be considered for publication.
The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. The conference website can be found here: http://www.celticconferenceclassics.com/.
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
[Panel] Popular Classics
A panel at the Tenth Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, Canada: 19-22 July, 2017
As scholars, Classicists tend to conceptualize our field as the stewardship of a cultural inheritance that links us with Greco-Roman antiquity in a relationship that has been cultivated since the Renaissance. This self-conscious imagined community also includes members of society who have been acculturated to revere classical antiquity and thus to participate in its reception: through educational systems and other institutions that incorporate classical references into their discourses; as artists whose relationships with classical sources inform new works; as consumers and patrons of the works acknowledged to constitute the classical tradition. For sociological and historical reasons, the conversation around this tradition has tended to focus on groups and discourses associated with elites and those striving for the social validation that allegiance to elite mores and values is thought to earn. But what of engagements with elements of Greco-Roman antiquity that signal little, or even no, allegiance to the classical tradition as the purveyor of a set of values, protocols, and ideological imperatives that long undergirded Classics?
This panel aims to investigate the potentially self-contradictory concept of "popular Classics." How do elements of the ancient Greco-Roman world appeal to, and appear to, people who are not invested in the classical tradition as cultural patrimony? While the products of "popular Classics" usually can be explained by scholars within the framework of the classical tradition, and marketers have at times leveraged that connection to appeal to institutional gatekeepers, this identification may not reflect how their creators conceptualized them, nor how their consumers ultimately perceive or value them. But if not as expressions of the classical tradition, what cultural work are elements of Greco-Roman antiquity performing for members of a given society? To what extent is a distinction between "popular" and "elite" culture-as defined by medium, genre, and/or testimony from creators, critics, marketers, or consumers-explanatory of how ancient Greco-Roman material is handled and discussed in a particular place and period?
The participants in this panel will collaborate toward building a theoretical framework for interpreting such engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity. In proposing individual presentations, applicants are invited to use case studies from a variety of media, including but not limited to blockbuster films, television series, video games, comics, graphic novels, non-fiction and mass-market fiction, fan fiction, editorial cartooning, fashion, advertising, sports reporting, children's literature, cartoons, political/sketch comedy, music, and music videos. Applicants might further focus on specific genres, e.g. superhero comics, science fiction films, biography, or heavy metal music. Engagements with Greco-Roman material may be fundamental to the cultural product in question (e.g. television series like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Plebs), or may be used as a key idea (e.g. the "gladiators" of Shonda Rhimes' Scandal).
This panel will accept a total of 15 papers of 35 minutes each; a limited number of slots may be shared by pairs of scholars who would like to deliver a joint presentation or two shorter, related presentations. Participants are expected to attend all four days of the conference in order to contribute to the discussion as it develops. Applicants of any rank are invited to submit an abstract of 300-500 words plus select works cited, and a one-page CV including any relevant research, teaching, and service/organizing experience, to Professor Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA), at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are due by 9 January, 2017. NB the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all participants must bear their own expenses.
(CFP closed 9 January 2017)
Epic and Elegy. A Panel for the 10th Celtic Conference in Classics
10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal
(Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017
Co-Organizers: Micah Myers (Kenyon College), Bill Gladhill (McGill University), Alison Keith (University of Toronto), Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin)
This panel welcomes new approaches to the long, fruitful, and contentious relationship between the epic and elegiac genres, in Greek and Latin poetry and in the classical tradition.
Domitius Marsus rehearses conventions about the relationship between epic and elegy as well as some of the ways that those conventions may be defied in his epigram on Tibullus’ death (fr. 7 Courtney):
Te quoque Vergilio comitem non aequa, Tibulle,
mors iuvenem campos misit ad Elysios
ne foret aut elegis molles qui fleret amores
aut caneret forti regia bella pede.
The verses pair the deaths of Vergil and Tibullus, making the poets companions in the Elysian Fields and claiming with traditional hyperbole that the demise of each poet brings an end to their respective genres. Tibullus is linked to elegy, the “bewailing of soft loves.” Vergil is connected with epic, fortis in meter and content where elegy is soft. Yet in a flourish that evokes the tensions between the genres elsewhere, the description of elegy is in a hexameter line and epic in a pentameter. Moreover, Marsus’ dichotomy between elegy as “bewailing soft loves” and epic as “singing of kingly wars” both epitomizes each genre and also undercuts itself, since epic from its origins encompasses both themes: witness Achilles weeping over Patroclus or the funeral lamentations that close the Iliad.
The goal of this panel is to interrogate and contextualize further the relationship between epic and elegy, a relationship whose terms have often been defined by Callimachean aesthetics, the recusationes of Roman elegy and lyric, and genre mixing. Engagements between epic and elegy, however, are also evolutionary and intertwined with specific cultural and historical contexts that can be traced from Homer to the present. The panel invites reconsiderations of this intergeneric relationship within and across linguistic and cultural traditions from antiquity to the modern period, and investigations that reframe the question in order to think about not only how epic responds to elegy and elegy to epic, but also how these genres allow audiences to filter their worldviews in new ways.
Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):
* How did ancient writers understand epic's relationship to elegy? Was elegy “always already” secondary to or implicit in epic? Or can elegy serve as a governing or correcting force upon epic?
* How and why did later authors tease out elegiac modes and themes found in early Greek epic and elegy?
* How do different elegiac poets utilize the epic tradition, and likewise, how do epic poets respond to the elegiac pull?
* What is the role of lyric poetry (especially Horace) in negotiating the interplay between epic and elegy?
* What do shifting generic stances between epic and elegy say about the social and cultural contexts in which poems were produced?
* In what ways do didactic epic and other hexameter poetry reframe elegiac poetics and invite new ways of assessing epic and elegy?
* How do authors like Vergil, Ovid, and Statius in their various poetic productions filter Greek epic through Roman elegy and elegiac thematics?
* How do elegy and epic conceptualize time and its passage differently? How might these genres’ different visions of history be ironized or conflated by historical events?
* How do scholiasts and commentators interpret and evaluate the linkages between epic and elegy?
* How do poets’ biographies or the paratexts surrounding their works affect the generic discourse and audiences’ subsequent reception of these works?
* How do authors such as Dante, Ariosto, Pontano, Chaucer, Milton, and Melville (to gesture to a few) respond to ancient entanglements between epic and elegy?
The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal, Canada from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across three days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 35-40 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion, but shorter papers (20+10) are also welcome.
Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to email@example.com by 31 January, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. For more information on the conference see www.celticconferenceclassics.com.
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
[Panel] Landscapes of War
10th Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, 19–22 July 2017
Organizers: Chris Mackie (La Trobe University), Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania), and Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)
Modern scholarship has seen a significant interest in spatial approaches to place and landscape in the ancient sources. And yet relatively little attention has thus far been paid to intersections of landscape (either real or imagined), war, and memory in ancient Greek and Roman culture. That is the territory we plan to explore with this panel.
Landscape can give rise to armed conflict when two or more groups stake claims to territory possessing special strategic, economic, or even cultural significance. Features of a landscape such as hills, valleys, forests, and streams can also dictate the nature and progress of battles that take place there. At the same time, fighting in a certain landscape—a particularly idyllic or hostile one, say, or one imbued with symbolic importance—can condition soldiers’ experience of war, potentially causing them to imagine the landscape as a participant in the conflict.
Moreover, warfare changes landscapes, both physically and in the way they are later perceived and experienced. Environmental changes—deforestation, water and soil pollution, dammed or diverted watercourses—are just the beginning. Military engagements can make (mental) maps obsolete through the construction of tunnels, trench networks, and roads; the founding or erasure of settlements; the movement of borders; and the generation of new place-names and landmarks. Finally, landscapes of war give rise to new landscapes of remembrance, as survivors create the cemeteries, monuments, tourist itineraries, art objects, and texts in which later generations might form an impression of what the war was like, and what it meant.
“Landscapes of War” follows from and builds on the successful 2016 CCC panel “Landscapes of Dread,” organised by Debbie Felton and Will Brockliss. Whereas the 2016 panel considered “landscapes of dread, desolation, and despair” in a broad sense, this panel focuses specifically on war landscapes, whether real or imagined. We are particularly keen to see interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to war landscapes, and whilst a focus on Greco-Roman antiquity will unite the panel’s discussions, we also invite contributions that focus on modern intersections of war, landscape, and the classical past.
Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Representations of place and space in literary treatments of war
* Battle landscapes—beautiful and horrid
* War landscapes and ecocriticism
* Classical ‘traumascapes’
* Commemorative and memorial landscapes
* Sites of contested memory (e.g., sites where more than one battle occurred)
* Battlefield tourism, pilgrimage, and conservation
* War landscapes and imperialism
* The landscape imagined as a participant in war
* Battle landscapes in the visual arts
* Modern wartime receptions of classical landscapes
* Classical archaeology in times of war
Confirmed speakers include:
* C. Jacob Butera (University of North Carolina Asheville)
* Virginia Fabrizi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
* Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
* Chris Mackie (La Trobe University)
* Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania)
* Sarah Midford (La Trobe University)
* Elizabeth Minchin (Australian National University)
* Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)
We invite papers of 35–40 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. We hope to publish a volume featuring a selection of papers from the panel in due course.
About the Conference: The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place at McGill University and the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Canada from 19–22 July 2017. The conference provides each panel with up to fifteen hours of papers and discussion over three days. The languages of the conference are English and French. For more details, visit http://www.celticconferenceclassics.com/. Please note that the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all speakers must arrange and bear their own travel and accommodation expenses. However, as part of the NWO-VENI project Landscapes of War in Roman Literature, our panel is able to offer up to two bursaries for (a) postgraduate students currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on a related subject or (b) contingent faculty, who lack funding to travel to Montreal. Each bursary will cover the participant’s actual travel costs to Montreal, up to a maximum amount of €1,000. To apply for one of these bursaries, please submit a CV along with your abstract and briefly describe in your e-mail your reasons for wishing to participate, other sources of funding available to you, and the estimated cost of travel.
(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)
[Panel] The Alchemy of Myth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal
(Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017
Of the numerous forms and intellectual domains in which Greco - Roman
mythology survived in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, alchemy and more
specifically alchemical symbolism is as important as it is elusive. Whether
one interprets alchemical imagery as the manifestation of a perennial
wisdom expressed in eternal symbols of transformation, or rather as poetic
veils shrouding actual experiments conducted in laboratory, myths like the
Golden Age, the Golden Fleece or the Golden Bough are often found in
countless poems, tracts, frescoes and sculptures charged with alchemical
meanings, which are still waiting to be deciphered. This panel invites
scholar to focus on specific cases of Medieval or Early Modern alchemical
adaptations of Greco - Roman myths. While every approach and method is
welcome, priority will be given to papers focusing on specific authors,
individual texts and works of art from an historical perspective. Possible
areas of investigation are:
* Late Ancient and Medieval alchemical allegories;
* Texts and legacy of the Pseudo Lull;
* Aurora Consurgens and alchemical iconography;
* Hermes and Renaissance Hermetism;
* Renaissance mythographers and iconography;
* Painters, sculptors and alchemical imagery;
* Alchemical poems and poets.
Please send a 200 words abstract and CV to Matteo Soranzo (email@example.com) and Bill Gladhill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline is January 7, 2017; acceptance will be communicated in the first week of January.
(CFP closed January 7 2017)
Pacific Rim Roman Seminar 2017
July 10-14, 2017: San Diego State University
The Pac Rim 2017 Seminar in Roman Literature will be held at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA, from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14. The conference will begin the evening of July 10 with a special opening paper & reception; paper sessions will continue through Fri afternoon.
The thematic focus of this PacRim will be Roman Receptions. Papers are invited on such topics as:
* the reception of Roman literature in late antiquity, Renaissance and post-Renaissance Europe and/or the modern world
* the reception of Greek and Roman texts by Roman writers themselves
* the reception of the political and social world in Roman literary texts
* the reception of an inherited canon of Roman authors in modern scholarship
* translation as reception.
Papers investigating other kinds of ‘Roman Reception’ are also strongly encouraged: the organizing theme offers sufficient liberty of interpretation so as to encompass as broad a range of personal research interests as possible.
Abstract proposals (200-300 words) for papers (30 minutes maximum) should be sent to email@example.com. I’ll provide a submission link into the web address http://pacrim2017.sdsu.edu/pacrim2017/PacRimHome.html.
Please have abstracts submitted by January 31, 2017.
Conference fee: $40.00 (or its currency equivalent) per person (which can be waived for those delivering papers) will help offset daily seminar costs. A fee reduction for students will be offered.
Joseph Andrew Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Classics, San Diego State University
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
[Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century
14th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece: 10-11 July 2017
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes a Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Law, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for a presentation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 29 May 2017. The registration fee is 540 euro and includes accommodation during the days of the conference, participation to all sessions of the conference, breakfasts, two lunches and all taxes. If you need more information, please let me know (Dr Vasileios Adamisis, Vasileios.email@example.com) and our administration will send it through to you.
The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series.
Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World
University of Leeds: 7-9 July, 2017
In June 2013 the conference Hercules: a Hero for All Ages laid the foundations for a large-scale project on the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles in post-classical culture. Work has been proceeding quietly on four volumes arising from the original conference, to be published in Brill’s series 'Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity'. A grant from the AHRC’s Networking fund is now supporting, amongst other things, the development of a new website (http://herculesproject.leeds.ac.uk/) and a follow-on conference at Leeds in July 2017.
Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World will reflect on the progress of the project so far, and work towards finalising the content of the volumes, due for publication in 2018-19: while the first two volumes are almost complete, there is scope for additional papers in all four, as detailed in the Call for Papers below. The conference will reunite a number of scholars from the 2013 conference, but also aims to bring new contributors on board: scholars from a wide range of disciplines are welcome – including history, art history, world literatures, drama, music, film and cultural studies – to share their expertise on the many contexts in which Hercules appears.
In 2013 we welcomed a number of practitioners talking about their Hercules-related work, including dramatists and the contemporary New Zealand artist Marian Maguire. This time there will be a presentation in the Clothworkers’ Concert Hall of 'Herakles', a new oratorio by Tim Benjamin, fresh from its April 2017 première.
The conference will again make use of the excellent facilities on the main Leeds campus, with academic sessions based in the School of Music, and comfortable overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court.
CALL FOR PAPERS: All sessions will be plenary, to maximise the potential for cross-disciplinary discussion. Papers should be c.20 minutes in length. While proposals on any aspect of Herculean reception will be considered, we are particularly looking to enhance the volumes’ coverage in the following areas:
* Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: from the first Christian Apologists to the end of the Quattrocento: This volume examines Herakles-Hercules' adoption inside and outside the early Church as an allegorical figure, and appropriations of this figure in medieval Italian ecclesiastical literature and art. Papers on receptions in other parts of Christendom, and by other religions, would be particularly welcome. NB this volume is almost ready to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be finished by the end of August 2017.
* The Exemplary Hercules: This volume covers receptions of the hero in the Early Modern period, debating Hercules’ status as the incarnation of virtue, ways in which this might be presented or problematised in different media, and the varieties of political capital made out of the figure. NB this volume will be the next to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of September 2017.
* Hercules Performed: This volume explores Hercules’ development in works written for performance, encompassing new works as well as re-workings of ancient tragedy and comedy, opera and oratorio as well as stage plays. Papers on receptions of Seneca’s Hercules-plays, and on comic performances, would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.
* The Modern Hercules: This volume covers Hercules' appearances in various media from the nineteenth century to the present day, including consideration of contemporary art, children's literature, cartoons, film, radio, video-games, political and commercial discourses. Papers on the use of Hercules in branding and political discourse would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.
If you are interested in offering a paper, please submit a title and short abstract (200-250 words) by 31st January 2017 to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to discuss an idea before submission, you are welcome to e-mail Emma Stafford (email@example.com).
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
Cyborg Classics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
University of Bristol, UK: July 7, 2017
We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium, sponsored by BIRTHA (The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts) to be held at the University of Bristol, on Friday July 7th 2017.
Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths)
Dr Genevieve Liveley (Bristol)
Dr Rae Muhlstock (NYU)
The aim of the day is to bring together researchers from different disciplines – scholars in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, English, History, and Theology as well as in AI, Robotics, Ethics, and Medicine – to share their work on automata, robots, and cyborgs. Ultimately, the aim is an edited volume and the development of further collaborative research projects.
Indicative key provocations include:
* To what extent do myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs raise questions that are relevant to contemporary debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation?
* To what extent, and how, can contemporary debate concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation rescript ancient myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs.
* Can interdisciplinary dialogues between the ‘soft’ humanities and the ‘hard’ sciences of robotics and AI be developed? And to what benefit?
* How might figures such as Pandora, Pygmalion’s statue, and Talos help inform current polarized debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI ethics?
* What are the predominant narrative scripts and frames that shape the public understanding of robotics and AI? How could these be re-coded?
We invite scholars working across the range of Classics and Ancient History (including Classical Reception) and across the Humanities more widely to submit expressions of interest and/or a title and abstract (of no more than 250 words) to the symposium coordinator, Silvie Kilgallon (firstname.lastname@example.org). PhD students are warmly encouraged to contribute. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31st, 2017.
Adapting the Classics (panel)
The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Utrecht, The Netherlands: 6-9 July 2017
Organizer: Ricardo Apostol
Co-Organizer: Anastasia Bakogianni
Panel Description: What is a classic? And what is an adaptation? Is an adaptation of a classic always in a disadvantaged position vis-à-vis the source text? These seemingly disparate questions converge upon a single set of problems about authority in discourse, about hierarchies of influence, and about originality and interpretation. Studying the intersection of adaptation theory and the notion of the ‘classic’ or ‘classical’ broadly understood has the potential to shed light on fundamental issues across a variety of time periods, disciplines, and media.
This seminar invites papers that seek to explore the place of ‘the classical’ within discourses and traditions; that examine particular instances of reception and adaptation of ‘classics’ in and/or across various media; or that delve into the hierarchies and processes of adaptation.
Abstract length: Less than 250 words
Timeline: If you are interested in submitting an abstract but would like to know more please contact the panel organizers: Ricardo email@example.com and Anastasia firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Process: Abstracts will be accepted from 1st to 23rd of September 2016 through the ACLA portal.
Information about timelines and seminars can be found on the ACLA website at http://acla.org/annual-meeting/seminars/seminar-organizer-faqs.
For more information about the ACLA: http://www.acla.org/.
Please note that you do not have to be a member of the association to submit an abstract, but you do have to join to attend the conference.
(CFP closed 23 September 2016)
Greek Drama V
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: July 5-8, 2017
This is a call for papers for Greek Drama V, a conference to be held at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, from Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July 2017. The conference is the fifth of the periodic Pacific Rim Greek Drama conferences, after Sydney 1982, Christchurch 1992, Sydney 2002, and Wellington 2007. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Eric Csapo, University of Sydney.
As with the previous Greek Drama conferences, we seek to bring together scholars at all career stages, providing an opportunity to establish new directions for the study of ancient theatre. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Greek drama and performance.
Abstracts of no longer than 300 words (exclusive of bibliography) should be submitted to email@example.com. The deadline for abstracts is
August 31, 2016 September 6, 2016.
Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Hallie Marshall, Department of Theatre & Film (firstname.lastname@example.org) and C. W. Marshall, Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies (email@example.com).
The publication of a volume of selected papers is planned. Such a volume from Greek Drama III was published as BICS Supplement 87 (London, 2006), and from Greek Drama IV with Aris and Phillips (Oxford, 2012).
(CFP closed 6 September 2016)
Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: 5-7 July 2017
We are pleased to announce an international conference, “The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present”, to be held at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), from Wednesday July 5 – Friday July 7, 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Caillan Davenport and Dr Shushma Malik in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.
Roman emperors play a significant role in contemporary political discourse, with rulers such as Augustus, Caligula, Nero, and Marcus Aurelius regularly cited as positive or negative models in newspaper editorials, stump speeches, and Twitter. Our understanding of these emperors as paradigms of power has been shaped by centuries of intellectual debate from Tacitus and Seneca to Erasmus and Machiavelli.
The conference aims to answer the question: ‘How have literary and artistic representations of Roman emperors been manipulated for political purposes throughout history?’ This overall question is divided into two areas:
* Roman emperors within a specifically Roman political context, from Augustus to the fall of Constantinople in A.D. 1453;
* Roman emperors in the western medieval world and beyond.
The conference aims to connect these two aspects as part of a larger study of the process of reception, which occurred across temporal, spatial, and social boundaries in antiquity and continues to take place up to the present day.
The conference will feature as keynote speakers Professor Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), who will be the 2017 RD Milns Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Professor David Scourfield (NUI Maynooth). We hope to announce further featured speakers soon.
The conference will run from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July 2017 at the University of Queensland’s extensive and beautiful St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. The conference will open on July 5 with a public lecture by Professor Ash, followed by two full days of papers, including a lecture by Professor Scourfield and a conference dinner on the evening of July 6.
We invite 300-word abstracts for 30 minute papers on the topic of Roman emperors and political culture. We are particularly interested in paper proposals dealing with novel aspects of imperial political culture during the principate, the western late antique and medieval world, and the Renaissance. In selecting papers for the conference, we will be looking to ensure a balance between different time periods. We already have sufficient papers on the emperor Augustus and his legacy.
Please send abstracts to both Dr Davenport (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Malik (email@example.com) by 20 January 2017. We are committed to providing decisions about acceptance of abstracts by the end of January to enable speakers to make travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Brisbane in July 2017.
We are grateful for the RD Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland for their financial and administrative support of this conference.
(CFP closed January 20 2017)
Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?
King's College London: July 3rd-4th 2017
A two-day symposium, "Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?", will be held at King's College London on July 3rd-4th 2017. Despite all the work of the last few decades on Aristophanic Politics, Paratragedy, Ritual and Stagecraft, theoretical analyses of the mechanics of eliciting laughter in historically specific audiences of Old Comedy--audiences ancient or modern, western or global-village, masculine, feminine or gender-fluid--remain under-evolved.
Exciting proposals to explore this question from the perspectives of Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethology, the Sociology of Alcohol Consumption, Comparative Linguistics, Philosophy (e.g. 'Superiority' and 'Incongruity' theories) and Performance Reception are particularly welcome. Symposiasts already confirmed include Nick Lowe, Mario Telo, Natalia Tsoumpra, Rosie Wyles, Helen Eastman and Ian Ruffell. Please send abstracts to the convenor, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 24th December 2016.
(CFP closed 24 December, 2016)
Sensing Divinity: Incense, religion and the ancient sensorium /
Les sens du rite: Encens et religion dans les sociétés anciennes
British School at Rome and the École française de Rome: 23-24 June, 2017
An international, interdisciplinary conference.
Mark Bradley, Associate Professor of Ancient History, University of Nottingham (email@example.com)
Beatrice Caseau, Professor of Byzantine History, University of Paris-Sorbonne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adeline Grand-Clément, Associate Professor in Greek History, University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (email@example.com)
Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Assyrology, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexandre Vincent, Associate Professor in Roman History, University of Poitiers (email@example.com)
Joël Candau (University of Nice)
Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham)
This conference will explore the history of a medium that has occupied a pivotal role in Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian religious tradition: incense. According to Margaret E. Kenna in her provocative 2005 article ‘Why does incense smell religious?’, this aromatic substance became a diagnostic feature of Greek orthodoxy during the Byzantine period, but it is clear that incense was also extensively used in the rituals of earlier polytheistic societies to honour the gods. Fragrant smoke drifting up towards the heavens emblematized the communication that was established between the mortal and the immortal realms, which in turn contributed to the sensory landscape of the sanctuary.
Although several studies have drawn attention to the role of incense as an ingredient in ritual and a means of communication between men and gods, there remains no comprehensive examination of the practical functions and cultural semantics of incense in the ancient world, whether as a purifying agent, a performative sign of a transcendent world, an olfactory signal to summon the deity, a placatory libation, or food for the gods. Moreover, recent archaeological research has provided evidence (alongside literary, epigraphic and iconographic evidence) that the physical origins and chemical constituents of incense are complex and diverse, as are their properties: resins, vegetable gums, spices, and a welter of aromatic products that could be exhibited and burned before ancient eyes and noses. These were components of a multi-sensory religious experience in which music, colourful costumes, lavish banquets and tactile encounters defined the ritual sensibilities of the community.
During the two days of the conference, incense will be interrogated as a historical phenomenon. We will explore its materiality, provenance and production, as well as the economic and commercial aspects of the incense trade. The conference will also examine the mechanics of incense use and the various ways it was integrated into various Mediterranean rituals (following the lines of enquiry set out by N. Massar and D. Frère), as well as its role within religious topography. The properties associated with the term ‘incense’ will be evaluated in the context of work by M. Detienne on The Gardens of Adonis (1989): what components of incense make them effective and potent within ritual? And what mechanisms and processes are used to release their aromas? And what was the perception of incense by the various participants of the ritual – deities, priests, assistants, spectators? These research questions will be informed by the recent research synergies of the organisers: M. Bradley, whose edited volume Smell and the Ancient Senses (Routledge, 2015) probes ‘foul’ and ‘fragrant’ odours as part of both human and divine social relations; A. Grand-Clément and A.-C. Rendu-Loisel, who lead the Toulouse research project on Synaesthesia that is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of polysensoriality in ancient religious practice; and A. Vincent, who is engaged in the study of sensory perception in Roman ritual in his work on the Soundscapes (Paysages sonores).
This conference sets out to compare approaches across a range of disciplines in order to examine the role and significance of incense in ancient religion, and compare it to later aromatic practices within the Catholic Church. By adopting this cross-disciplinary and comparative approach, we hope to move beyond a universalist approach to religious aromatics and reach a more sophisticated understanding of the religious function of incense in the Mediterranean world: we hope to identify continuities in both the practice and interpretation of incense, as well as to identify specific features within individual historical contexts and traditions.
Although the conference is principally concerned with the use of incense in antiquity, we also welcome contributions from Byzantine and Medieval scholars, as well as church historians, to help provide a comparative perspective on the use and significance of incense within the Mediterranean world. We also hope to use the conference’s setting in Rome to examine current practice in the use of incense and aromatics in Roman Catholic contexts and other religious traditions. The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine first-hand the material properties of incense through a practical workshop around incense-production and burning (co-ordinated by A. Declercq, one of the scientific researchers on the Synaesthesia project at Toulouse), which will allow participants to handle a range of aromatic products and experience their various multi-sensory properties. The outcome of this workshop will be presented as the Musée Saint-Raymond at Toulouse in November 2017, as part of an exhibition on ‘Greek rituals: a sensible experience’, currently in preparation.
It is hoped that this conference will be of interest to scholars working in archaeology, anthropology, cultural history, literature, art history, and the history of religion, as well as local artists and members of the public. Papers should last approximately 20 minutes, and may be in English, Italian or French; they should be original and should not have been previously published or delivered at a major conference.
Paper topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following themes related to incense:
* Material and chemical properties
* Geography and distribution
* Economics and commerce
* Production and release
* Religious topography
* Transcendence and supernatural experience
* Transition and rites of passage
* Incorruptibility and immortality
* Relationship to perfumes
* Sacred and profane scents
* Religious experience and synaesthesia
* Community and homogenous sensations
* Concealment of unwashed humanity and smells of sacrifice
* Fumigation and purification
* Drama and performance
* Frankincense and myrrh
* Censers and censing
* Judaeo-Christian traditions
Abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2016 to Mark Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adeline Grand-Clément (email@example.com). Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume.
This conference has been funded with generous support from the École française de Rome, the British School at Rome, the Institut Universitaire de France and the IDEX of the University of Toulouse.
(CFP closed 31 October 2016)
Lucretius, Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery
Alghero/Sassari (Sardinia, Italy): 15-17 June 2017
The conference, entitled “Lucretius Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery”, will bring together leading scholars and young researchers to share their research on Lucretius’ philosophy and writings. The conference will also be a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the rediscovery of Lucretius during the Renaissance. The conference will deal with the impact of Lucretius’ Epicureanism within ancient philosophy as well as on the reception of both his philosophical teaching and his poetry in Early Modern culture.
Topics can focus on any relevant aspects of Lucretius’s poetry and thought. Possible topics include: papers engaging with the impact Lucretius had either in his own day or in subsequent ages and cultures; and papers dealing with ancient thought, Epicureanism and Lucretius’s relationship to previous Greek and Latin thinkers.
Scholars from all academic levels are invited to submit an abstract. The Conference will be held in English and Italian.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 15 February 2017.
Abstracts in English should be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send a max. 1000-word abstract (Microsoft Word or PDF) with a separate attachment containing your personal details (name and surname, university / affiliation).
The conference will be held in Sardinia: Alghero, “Bastioni Marco Polo 77” (at the Department of Architecture, Design and City Planning, Santa Chiara).
- 15 February 2017: submission deadline
- 15 March 2017: notification of acceptance/refusal deadline;
- 15-17 June 2017: conference in Alghero
Confirmed invited speakers:
Federico Condello (University of Bologna)
Ivano Dionigi (University of Bologna)
Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford)
Francesca Masi (University of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’)
Pierre Marie Morel (University of Paris IV – Sorbonne)
Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)
Luigi Ruggiu (University of Venice)
Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’)
Francesco Verde (University of Rome)
For further information please contact the organizers:
Diego Zucca (email@example.com) and Valentina Prosperi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(CFP closed 15 February 2017)
Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies 46th Annual Conference
Haifa University, Israel: 14-15 June, 2017
The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 46th annual conference to be held at Haifa University on Wed-Thurs, 14-15 June 2017.
Our keynote speaker in 2017 will be Professor Simon Hornblower, Oxford University.
The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. We welcome papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including, but not limited to, history, philology, philosophy, literature, papyrology, classical reception and the archaeology of Greece, Rome and neighbouring lands. 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.
Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence may be forwarded to Dr. Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS: email@example.com.
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.
PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACT AS TEXT IN YOUR EMAIL, _NOT_ AS A SEPARATE FILE. ALL PROPOSALS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY BY 16TH DECEMBER, 2016. DECISIONS WILL BE MADE AFTER THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE HAS DULY CONSIDERED ALL THE PROPOSALS.
If a decision is required prior to late January, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.
(CFP closed 16 December, 2016)
Mountains in Antiquity
St Andrews, Scotland: 8-9 June 2017
We are delighted to announce a two-day international conference on mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman culture, to be held at St Andrews in June 2017. We aim to explore ancient engagement with mountains from a wide range of different angles, including literary, historical, archaeological and art-historical approaches, and to open up a series of new questions for further study. We particularly welcome contributions that analyse views of and from mountains; the literary and visual function of representations of mountains and the significance of mountains for ancient thought; the contribution of mountains to the lived experience, self-representation and identity of ancient communities; and the post-classical reception of ancient thinking about mountains.
Invited contributors include Alexis Belis, Richard Buxton, Klaus Geus, Thomas Poiss, Betsey Robinson, Irina Tupikova, and Gareth Williams.
If you are interested in offering a 30-minute paper, please send an abstract of up to 500 words by the 15th September to both Jason König at firstname.lastname@example.org and Nikoletta Manioti at email@example.com. Do not hesitate to contact us via email if you have any questions.
This event is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the School of Classics, University of St Andrews.
(CFP closed 15 September 2016)
"The elders are twice children": Aging in ancient thinking
University of Montreal, Canada: June 7-9, 2017
Confirmed speakers: Louis-André Dorion (University of Montreal), Annie Larivée (Carleton University), Anne-France Morand (Université Laval), Patrizia Birchler Emery (Université de Genève), Stéphane Adam (Université de Liège)
The picture of aging that we get from ancient sources reflects various and conflicting views. The pathetic discourse of tragedy seems to be counterbalanced by Plato’s idealized conception in which aging is consonant with both moral and intellectual superiority; but one can also think of Aristophanes’ silly old men and women ridiculed on the comic stage, of Aristotle’s devastating portrait of biological degenerescence, or of the scientific hypotheses of Galen and the authors of the Corpus Hippocraticum. The Greek proverb “Elders are twice children” (CPG I.235) carries a double-edged meaning, depending on the relative degree of contempt, condescendence, or tenderness that it expresses. Should old age be viewed as a privileged position in society or rather as a predicament due to the undermining of one’s cognitive skills, moral authority, and political importance? The ancients were evidently ambivalent as regards these questions.
Remarkably, these issues are also largely those of contemporary research on aging. For instance, in the Laws Plato states that the frequent unwanted biological signs of aging are not inescapable, and that it is desirable to lessen their impact by political measures in order to improve the life of a population facing challenging conditions. Aristotle’s depiction of aging as an illness is also reminiscent of the atttiude now referred to as ageism, which sees the whole process as a pathological event that we should try to oppose, thus evoking the universal but dangerous fantasy of an immortal humanity.
This conference aims to explore how far ancient societies and thinkers have raised some of the fundamental questions on aging that are still relevant today. Some of the issues that we propose to look at touch on the following (by no means exclusive) fields of reflection as their appear in ancient discourse and representations:
* Biology: Is aging a normal process or a pathological one? What is its impact on mental capacities?
* Medical ethics: Can we, and should we, endeavor to extend life? Should we favor quality or duration of life?
* Politics: If wisdom is proportional to experience, should political power be handed over to the senior citizens? Or is this so-called declining population legitimately left at the margins of society?
* Anthropology: Is aging a regression or an ascension toward a full actualization of our capacities?
* Myth and metaphysics: Is human condition hopelessly condemned to a circular fate as the ancient tragedians, as well as Hesiod in the ‘myth of races’, seem to imply?
* Society and demography: What perceptions of elders were current in ancient societies? Are these perceptions dependent on the way that age pyramids are configured?
We invite papers of 30 minutes, in French or in English, addressing any aspect of this topic. We hope to bring together scholars working in the various fields of ancient studies (e.g. philosophy, history, literature, material culture).
Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 1st 2016.
(CFP closed September 1, 2016)
[Panel] Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature
10th Annual International Conference on Literature - Athens (Greece): 5-8 June 2017
The Literature Research Unit of ATINER organizes A Panel on Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature, 5-8 June 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Literature sponsored by the Athens Journal of Philology.
This panel aims to investigate the survival of ancient myth, or parts of an ancient myth, in any piece of contemporary literature, be it a play, a novel, a short story, etc. Remains of any myths of any cultural system are welcomed, as long as those myths are what we call ancient, or old–socially registered as part of the culture of a society that existed in pre-modern times–and still remain in the societies that came after that Ancient one. The main objective of this panel is to analyze the uses Contemporary Literature makes of ancient myths in its stories, in the development of its themes, and in the appeal to its readers. Thus, this panel will consider any works that deal with the reception of Ancient Folklore, Mythology, Tradition and Culture by the literature that was produced from the 20th Century onward. In short, this panel is seeking papers that deal with reception of ancient culture in Contemporary Literature.
Please submit an abstract (email only) to: email@example.com, using the abstract submission form by 7 November 2016 to: Dr. Marina Pelluci Duarte Mortoza, PhD in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, UFMG, Brazil.
Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.
If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a session-panel, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/fees. Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals. Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects. Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: email@example.com.
(CFP closed Nov 7, 2016)
Spartacus - History and Tradition
Department of Ancient History, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland: June 5-6, 2017
We would kindly like to inform you that on the 5th-6th of June 2017 the Department of Ancient History at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, will be organising an international conference titled “Spartacus - History and Tradition”.
Academic volumes, the result of the previous “Roman Republican” symposia, which were published by Maria Curie Sklodowska University Press (L. Cornelius Sulla – history and tradition, Lublin 2013,and Marcus Antonius – history and tradition, Lublin 2016, ed. I. Luc, D. Slapek) are a confirmation of the importance of our academic enterprise and our readiness to continue the tradition of researching the period of the Late Roman Republic, the studies which have been for many years now conducted at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
The choice of the “iconic” man such as Spartacus is fully conscious and is by no means a simple attempt to refer to Professor Roman Kamienik’s interest in this historical figure. In fact, academic publications of this Lublin-based historian are nowadays somewhat forgotten, similarly to Polish historiography on ancient slavery, slave rebellions and the leader of the most well-known uprising. It has been nearly 30 years now since the significant changes in Central and Eastern Europe have been responsible for significantly quietening the previous ideological disputes(present in the historiography and provoked mainly by the assessments of the Roman slavery, in which Spartacus was always an icon).
The fatigue caused by this heavily politicised discourse (lasting until the end of the 1980s) may seem to apply mainly to the scholars fromthe elder generation. The younger academics were not in any way caught up in this unequivocal “phenomenon”, at that time coming from both sides of the Berlin Wall; many elder academics of the now “free world” may therefore want to express their views, which were at that time supressed. We do not want, however, to limit the session to the studies on modern historiography on Spartacus. We believe it is the right time- in the atmosphere thoroughly different from the one of the very first fascination with the freedom of speech which motivated many of us to present too hasty opinions- to once again approach the subject of the Roman slavery (and its sublimation in the form of gladiatorial fights), slave revolts and, at times,unusual reactions to them from the Roman state and society.
Three decades of a rather distinctive silence of history on these problems offer particularly rich research opportunities which should not, however, focus only on the popularity of Spartacus in tradition and myth. While in the recent years there have been several works published about Spartacus, valuable assessments of purely historical nature have been very few. It can be even suggested that nowadays Spartacus is somewhat threatened by the fate of remainingan eternal and universal icon of popular culture. This also results largely from the nature of historical accounts referring to Spartacus, which were limited in number, often rhetorical and of various provenance, but always written from the Roman perspective only. The scale of difficulties in studying this topic is consequently determined by the said problems. It is also a serious challenge, but not only for the scholars of the Late Roman Republic;the echoes of Spartacus’ rebellion were heard for a long time in the tradition of the Empire and then Byzantium. Undoubtedly, these initially suggested research problems will trigger extremely important questions concerning non-standard research methods and, perhaps, equally original methodology. It is possibly too early to declare any interdisciplinary nature of the conference, but it appears that the topic itself guarantees the diversity in approaches, opinions and analyses.
We would therefore kindly like to invite historians (of all specialisations), archaeologists, classicists, experts in cultural studies, literature and art to join our conference in Lublin in spring of 2017. Depending on the number and nature of abstracts we will decide on all the necessary details regarding the logistics of the sessions/panels. Expressing your interest in this very first information about our conference “Spartacus – history and tradition” will further our preparations for welcoming you in always-friendly city of Lublin and at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Abstracts due January 31, 2017.
Call: https://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1611&L=CLASSICISTS&P=91680 and http://www.antiquity.umcs.lublin.pl/
(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)
Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture
York St John University, York UK: Saturday 3rd June 2017
This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and disseminated in global popular culture.
Since the popularisation of monster narratives in the nineteenth century, the monstrous figure has been a consistent border crosser, from Count Dracula’s journey on the Demeter from Romania to Whitby, to the rampaging monsters of Godzilla movies across multiple global cities. In folklore, such narratives have long been subject to specific local and national cultures, such as the shape-shifting Aswang of Filipino folklore or the Norwegian forest Huldra, yet global mediacapes now circulate mediatised representations of such myths across borders, contributing to a transnational genre that spans multiple media. Aihwa Ong has referred to ‘the transversal, the transactional, the translational, and the transgressive’ in transnational ‘human practices and cultural logics’, and each of these categories can encompass the scope of transformations imagined within cross-border constructions of monstrosity.
There has been significant recent interest in the ways in which transnationality, particularly in film studies, has depicted flows of people and demonstrated lines of cultural flow. This conference will explore cultural flow as it relates to the construction of a transnational genre (by producers and audiences), but will also explore the ramifications of representations of monstrosity in socio-political terms. The event also intends to engage with the ways in which monsters metaphorically represent forms of social and political otherness as they relate to cross-cultural or transnational forms and social groups, either directly or indirectly. Monstrosity has long been explored in a number of ways that connect gender, sexuality, class, race, nationality and other forms of otherness with depictions of monsters or monstrosity. The representation of refugees across Europe has been just one example of the ways in which cross-border monstrosity and otherness are culturally fused, with media outlets and political figures contributing to the repeated representation of refugees as a monstrous ‘swarm’ moving into and across European borders.
While the study of monsters in fiction is nothing new, the examination of the figure of the monster from a transnational perspective offers the opportunity to better understand: issues of cultural production and influence; the relationship between national cultures and transnational formations; hierarchies of cultural production; diasporic flows; the ethics of transnationalism; as well as the possibility to explore how shifting cultural and political boundaries have been represented through tropes of monstrosity. Hence, this conference seeks to offer new insights into the nature of transnational cultures and help us to understand how one of the oldest fictional metaphors has been transformed during the age of globalisation.
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, on topics around transnational monsters and monstrosity. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):
* Monstrous-genders/sexualities/ethnicities: transnational approaches to femininity and/or sexuality as monstrous or othered; interpretations of otherness in cross-cultural or comparative approaches.
* Monster fandoms: transnational fandoms around monsters, or representations of monstrosity, which might include Whitby Dracula pilgrimages, kaijū eiga, or Pokemon.
* Transnational horror and the monster: approaches to investigating particular monster tropes in comparative national cultures or across media that might include the figure of monsters in the slasher film, or the transnational appropriation of folkloric monsters in horror games such as the Wendigo in Until Dawn.
* The transnational monster genre: theoretical explorations of the genericity of monster narratives and their relationships with national and transnational cultures (including regional approaches to affinitive transnational areas, such as Scandinavia or Latin America).
* Reimagining monsters: cross-cultural appropriations of specific monster figures; issues of cultural power and difference within appropriations that might include Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong or zombies.
* Monster as metaphor: cultural metaphors relevant to the figure of the monster as it relates to transnational, cross-border concerns, which might include the reflection of concerns about migration in The Walking Dead and the potential impact of those metaphors.
Proposals are welcomed on any other relevant topics. Please send proposals of 300 words, along with a brief biography (50 words), to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday the 1st of March 2017. We will be announcing details of our invited speakers early in 2017.
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(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)
Globalizing Ovid: Shanghai 2017
An International Conference in Commemoration of the Bimillennium of Ovid's Death
Guangqi International Center for Scholars of Shanghai Normal University: May 31–June 2, 2017
Jointly sponsored by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation, Shanghai Normal University, and Dickinson College
* Michael von Albrecht (Universität Heidelberg)
* Maurizio Bettini (Università di Siena)
* John Miller (University of Virginia)
* Alison Sharrock (University of Manchester)
* Gareth Williams (Columbia University)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University)
* Fritz-Heiner Mutschler (Universität Dresden/Peking University)
* Yang Huang (Fudan University)
Concluding address: Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)
Why Shanghai? One may be surprised to learn that this is not the first time that an anniversary of a Latin poet is commemorated in China. 1930, the Bimillennium of Vergil's birth, represented a watershed in the reception of Vergil and Roman literature in China. Aeneid Book I and Eclogues IV and VIII were translated into Chinese for the first time. The translator praised Vergil's "modern" spirit: his critical attitude toward Empire, his questioning of the cost of civilization, his doubts of the value of progress, and his portrayal of the loneliness of his main characters. In 1932, well-known poet Dai Wangshu translated Ovid's Ars Amatoria into vernacular Chinese prose based on Ovide: L'Art d'Aimer in the Collection Budé. These translations were both products of and participants in the Chinese exploration of modernity and a "New Culture," a process that involved a full scale reexamination of a wide range of issues, from the status of the Confucian canon, relationships with authority, modes of heroism, gender roles and sexuality, to ways of expressing desire and emotion. It was only after a long hiatus that complete translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Vergil's Aeneid appeared in 1984 and 1987 respectively, both created by Yang Zhouhan (1915–1989), working from the original Latin and various English translations. Today there is a remarkable surge in interest in both Chinese and Western classics in China. Latin literature is gaining momentum at a speed faster than one could have imagined a generation ago. In 2015 the Chinese National Social Science Foundation announced "Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid's poetry into Chinese with Commentaries" (PI: Jinyu Liu) as one of the major projects to fund in the next five years. With this initiative, Ovid's Fasti and exile poetry will be translated into Chinese for the first time, his other poems will be retranslated, and comprehensive commentaries will accompany the translations of all of Ovid's poems for the first time.
Consilium resque locusque dabunt (Tristia I.1.92). This conference serves as an opportunity not only to pay tribute to Ovid, but also to promote cross-cultural conversations about the globalization of the Greco-Roman Classics. The conference invites papers that represent the most recent developments in the Ovidian scholarship—philological, textual, critical, literary, and historical—as well as contributions that explore perspectives from comparativism, translingualism, and postclassicism to address larger issues of translating and interpreting the Classics in a globalizing world. These two strands of themes should not be perceived as being either isolated from or in competition against each other, especially if scholars and translators of Ovid are understood as participants in assigning meanings to his work. The conference intends to bring together scholars and translators to explore the dynamic processes of selection, tension, and negotiation that have been integral to the making and interpreting of Classical canon, including Ovid. How has Ovid been taught, disseminated, transmitted, and evaluated in Roman antiquity and in other cultures? If the viability of the Greco-Roman Classics in the postclassical eras, and in the non-Western contexts hinges on the willingness of the host cultures to assign new meanings to them, what may motivate that "willingness," and through whose agency? What are those new meanings? Where and how are they being worked out and developed? What translation strategies have been applied to Ovid's poetry in different locales and languages, and for what audiences? What are the challenges of translating Ovid in cultures with their own vibrant but different poetic traditions, and literary culture concerning themes of love, abandonment, transformation, and exile? How and where are Classics changed by their interaction with different host cultures?
Topics and abstract submissions:
The conference will include plenary addresses, individual paper presentations, as well as roundtables organized by project team members and the board of referees (see below). In accordance with the dual function of the conference both to highlight current scholarship and trends in thinking on Ovid and to consider modes of cross-cultural reception, comparison, and translation, we provide the following list to illustrate the range of questions and topics in which the conference is interested. It is by no means an exclusive or restrictive list:
* Amor: Force of destruction?
* Emotions in Ovid
* The dearth of same-sex relationships in Ovid
* Intertextuality in Ovid: What's new?
* The Ovidian aesthetics
* Ovid's literary persona(e)
* Ovid's lieux de mémoire
* The psychology of exile in the Ovidian corpus
* The human and Roman past(s) in Ovid
* Ovid in provinces and Roman imperialism
* Locus urbanus versus locus barbarus in Ovid
* Seduction in ancient literature: a comparative examination
* Tales of Transformation compared (within Metamorphoses, across genres, and/or across cultures)
* The Ovidian corpus: critical editions
* Teaching Ovid in Antiquity and/or the modern world
* Translating Ovid (and Classics in general) in a Global Context
* Visualizing Ovid
* Post-classical Ovid (reception and adaptation in all genres)
* Commentary tradition and digital commentary
We welcome submissions from advanced doctoral students and scholars of all seniorities. Please send brief vitae and proposals (300 words excluding bibliography) for 25-minute papers by April 30, 2016 to Jinyu Liu, HH 117, Department of Classical Studies, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135, USA, or email: both OvidShanghai2017@hotmail.com and email@example.com.
Abstract submissions will be evaluated by a board of seven referees, whose names are listed below, and the results will be announced by June 1, 2016:
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College, USA)
* Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University, USA)
* Steven Green (Yale-NUS, Singapore)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University, USA/China)
* Lisa Mignone (Brown University, USA)
* Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University, China)
Publication plan: Selected contributions will be translated into Chinese, and published in either a collected volume or in Chinese academic journals. The authors will retain copyright to the non-Chinese versions of their articles. The possibility of publishing the conference proceedings in English with a European or American publisher will also be explored.
* Heng Chen (Shanghai Normal University)
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University)
Please send all inquiries to Professor Jinyu Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed 30 April 2016)
Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe
Princeton University: May 15-16, 2017
We write to invite your submission to an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Princeton University in May of the coming year. The conference will explore the reception of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the philosophy of the Early Modern period in Europe, bringing together scholars in Classics, Philosophy, History of Science, and related disciplines. We expect to fund or subsidize travel and accommodation for all accepted speakers.
Confirmed speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia), Jessica Moss (NYU), Peter Anstey (Sydney), Benjamin Morison (Princeton), Daniel Garber (Princeton).
Call for Abstracts:
We are seeking relatively long abstracts (max. 1200 words) for papers 30-35 minutes in length.
Papers may treat of any aspect of the impact of ancient philosophy on the thought of Early Modern Europe. We also welcome papers on the textual and editorial transmission of Ancient Philosophy in earlier periods, especially the Islamicate and Byzantine reception and transmission.
Special consideration may be given to papers relating to the interests of our invited speakers:
* Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy
* Platonic and Platonist epistemology
* Theory of Science
* Biology and zoology
* Physics and mechanism
Submission Information and Guidelines:
Please send an anonymized abstract (with title) of up to 1200 words, along with a document containing your name, contact details, and the title of your proposed paper. If you are a graduate student, please indicate on your cover letter that you are applying for a graduate student presentation slot. Documents must be in .pdf or .doc format.
Abstracts must be submitted via email to email@example.com by the submission deadline of 10:00 PM EST, January 21st, 2017. All abstracts will be subject to a process of blind review, and applicants will receive a response within ten days of the submission deadline.
Questions may be directed to the organizers, Tom Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Erin Islo (email@example.com).
(CFP closed January 21 2017)
Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth
Collège Doctoral Européen, Strasbourg: 11th May, 2017
The conference “Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth” will take place in Strasbourg, on May 11, 2017.
The myth of Europe is attested as soon as the 8th century BC, in the Homeric poems and in Hesiod’s Theogonia. This myth was indeed very popular from Antiquity on, giving rise to different revisions in the literary European productions, as well as in the artistic, theatrical, musical, philosophical ones. It had, therefore, great influence until nowadays in shaping and modelling some visions, figures and images in building theories connected to the debate around the influence of Graeco-Roman culture into the development of the idea of Europe.
In an essay titled Europe Vagabonde (in L'univers, les dieux, les hommes: récits grecs des origines, Paris: Seuil, 2000), J.-P. Vernant defines the myth of Europe, kidnapped by Zeus from Syria to Greece, and the resulting establishment of Cadmus’ dynasty in Thebes, as the history of a “vagabondage, plus encore que passage”, underlining the pluralistic, dynamic, multicultural perspectives at the bases of this myth of the origins.
The present international, multidisciplinary graduate Conference aims to join different cultural perspectives about the reception, transmission and usage of the ancient myth of Europe.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Laurent Pernot (Université de Strasbourg, Member of the Institut de France); Prof. Luigi Spina (Università di Napoli Federico II)
We welcome proposals from Phd Students and early career Researchers in the following fields: Classics, Modern Literatures, Philosophy, Religions Studies, Visual and Performing Arts.
Papers could focus on the following topics:
* The reception and use of the myth of Europe in philosophy and politics, in connection with the construction of symbols, images, conceptions and theories of the idea of Europe;
* The tradition and reception of the myth of Europe in Ancient literatures up to contemporary literature;
* New perspectives in the etymological researches about the term Europa;
* Comparative approaches to the analysis of the myth in the frame of the interrelations between Western and Eastern mythology;
* The reception and reuse of the myth of Europe in modern and contemporary artistic, theatrical, cinematographic and musical productions.
Contributions related to a general assessment about the trends of the influence and permanence of Classics in European culture are also welcome.
The University of Strasbourg will be glad to welcome participants in the European capital, the most suitable place to share ideas and perspectives on Europe in an international frame.
Abstracts of maximum 300 words must be sent as an anonymous attachment (i.e. the file must not contain the name of the author) no later than 28th February 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org (email subject: Mythe d’Europe 2017 Abstract). All papers should be planned for a maximum of 30 minutes, including 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.
The official languages of the conference will be French and English. Papers will be selected by the scientific committee following a double blind procedure. Confirmed speakers will be notified no later than 20th March 2017.
The Conference is promoted by the Centre d’Analyse des Rhétoriques Religieuses de l’Antiquité (CARRA EA3094) and the Faculté des Lettres of the University of Strasbourg, with the support of the Programme Doctoral International (PDI), the Strasbourg Association of International Researchers (StrasAir) and the association Rodopis - experience ancient History.
Certificates of attendance, if needed, will be released at the end of the conference.
Maria Consiglia Alvino, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Matteo Di Franco, Phd Student (Università di Palermo – Université de Strasbourg)
Federica Rossetti, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Gabriella Rubulotta, Phd Student (Université de Strasbourg)
(CFP closed 28 February 2017)
Trifling Matters: Nugatory Poetics and Comic Seriousness
A conference at the University of Exeter, 2nd - 3rd May 2017
Keynote Speakers: William Fitzgerald (KCL), Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)
The defence of a comment that causes injury or offence with the response "it's just a joke" is commonplace and widespread. In a sense, it is derived from, or a development of, the plea made in antiquity towards the freedom of speech granted at certain religious festivals (i.e. parrhesia or licentia). How problematic, however, are such claims? Is a joke really ever just a joke? Part of the difficulty lies in the traditionally marginal position of genres that employ jokes and humour. Whether categorized as nugae or paignia (with its associations of inconsequential play), ancient authors had a set of terms that could be used to sideline a work as bad or "non-serious", or define their own work as reveling in such an estimation. Most strikingly of all, these texts can even use their inherent self-deprecation to insist (however paradoxically) a level of (self-)importance and relevance at the expense of traditional Great Works.
Our conference seeks to explore this innate tension within nugatory works in Graeco-Roman literature and their reception, and to examine what it means to write (and read) the comic seriously. So when Catullus, Martial, or Persius (for instance) describe their work as little more than trifling matters, are they actually signaling that trifling matters, that the nugatory somehow bears significance? Similarly, when Dicaeopolis claims that even comedy knows what is just (Ar. Ach. 500), how paradoxical is this statement meant to appear and why?
Scholars have long grappled with questions of "comic seriousness", with the frequent use of inverted commas marking our concerns at fulling committing to the idea that the comic can be serious at all. We aim to use a theoretically informed approach to humour and the construction of meaning to examine the broader concerns of nugatory literature across the full geographic and temporal range of our discipline. In particular, we seek to establish how trifling literature promotes itself, reveling in its own perceived frivolity, and how the comic reconstructs our view of the serious.
Those interested in the conference are encouraged to submit abstracts for thirty minute papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
* The Nature of the Nugatory. What makes a text nugatory, and who makes that value judgement (is it the author, or someone else)? How do nugae destabilize the serious? Does destabilizing serious texts make nugatory texts unserious? Are nugatory poetics ‘bad’ poetry? With which techniques do nugatory texts revel in their own trifling nature?
* Generic and Political Contexts of nugae. How do nugatory texts subvert and reinforce the literary canon? How far does undermining textual authority interact with systems of political authority? Do nugatory poetics transcend cultural boundaries, or do certain socio-political atmospheres encourage them? How far do nugatory texts react to and reinforce narratives of political/generic decline, and should such narratives be avoided? Do nugatory texts encourage freedom of speech (simplicitas, parrhesia)?
* Responses to the Nugatory. How does the concept of the nugatory develop, both over the course of classical antiquity and beyond it? How do nugatory and non-nugatory texts interact, if at all? How dependent are ‘serious’ genres like history and tragedy upon the nugatory? How has scholarship reacted to the nugatory?
Abstracts of up to 400 words are encouraged from academics and postgraduate researchers working on any aspect of the nugatory. Please send an anonymous abstract for your proposed paper as a PDF document to email@example.com by the 22nd January 2017. For further information please contact the organizers: Sam Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paul Martin (email@example.com).
Triflers are most certainly welcome.
January 22, 2017 - extended to February 3, 2017)
Revisiting C. H. Sisson: Modernist, Classicist, Translator
London, 28-29 April 2017
The poetry of C. H. Sisson (1914-2003) continues to fascinate for its stringency, peculiar metrical accent, radical Englishness, religious power and countercultural force. Sisson’s relations to various traditions – including classical literature, literary modernism, and Anglicanism – are fruitfully complex. His translations (‘one of the greatest translators of our times’, according to the classicist Jasper Griffin) are as integral to his own poems as Dryden’s and Pound’s were to theirs. In particular, his versions of Catullus, Lucretius, Horace, Dante, and Racine, taken together with his highly allusive and assimilative original poems, constitute one of the most important bodies of English reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the twentieth century.
Despite sustained support for his work from major critics including Donald Davie, and an enduring body of readers, there has been no previous event devoted specifically to Sisson’s work. With the recent publication of The C. H. Sisson Reader (2014) and a series of centennial articles in P. N. Review (May-June 2014), the time is ripe for a reassessment of the work of one of modernism’s most distinctive voices.
This symposium will bring together English scholars, classicists, translation scholars, and poets to explore the relations between Sisson’s modernism, translations, and inheritance of the classical tradition.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Sisson and the classical tradition, broadly defined; so
* Sisson’s poetry and the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translations of the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translation of Dante’s Commedia
We also welcome papers on Sisson’s relations to other traditions, and on other topics, for example:
- Sisson’s relations to modernism (esp. Pound, Eliot, Geoffrey Hill), especially where these may overlap with classicism or translation
* Sisson’s relations to the Movement poets
* Sisson’s relation to poets of ‘Englishness’ (e.g. Edward Thomas, Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill)
* Sisson and Anglicanism
* Sisson and politics
* Sisson’s technique (e.g. poetic metre and form, diction, etc.)
We invite abstracts of 300 words (plus a brief biographical note) for papers of twenty minutes. Abstracts from PhD students, early career scholars and contributors from outside academia are all welcome.
Abstracts by 15 December 2016 to Victoria Moul: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on the outcome of funding applications, support for travel and accommodation expenses may be available.
We are very grateful to Brigham Young University whose support has made this event possible.
(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)
Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts
Department of Greek Philology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece: 28-29 April, 2017
The Department of Greek Philology at Democritus University of Thrace is pleased to announce its International Conference “Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts”.
Possible topics for discussion include:
* Acquisition of translation competence (methods and practices, education and training, grammars and dictionaries, etc.)
* Translation challenges and solutions (difficulties in the translation process as can be traced in manuscripts, dedicatory epistles, other paratexts, etc., and ways of dealing with them)
* Translation practices and strategies
* Cases of retranslation – relations with earlier translations (reasons for retranslation, cases of plagiarism, etc.)
* Witnessing translators at work (paraphrases or simplifications of hard or complicated parts of the original, interlinear or marginal translation notes/glosses, rough translations, translation attempts, corrections, erasures, omissions, substitutions, insertions, etc.)
* Translation and ideology (deliberate alterations of the original in the translation for moral, religious, ideological, political and/or other purposes)
* Theories on translation (humanistic treatises on translating and translation practices, etc.)
* Creating a translation canon (what texts are translated, classification, genres, etc.)
* Social position and function of the translator (prestige, status, position within the “republic of letters”, etc.)
* Gender issues (women as translators, women authors translated, etc.)
* The translator as “cultural mediator”
* Other topics (translators and translations, readership, preferences for particular translators and/or Greek texts and authors, manuscripts and incunabula, bilingual editions, relations with book production, spatiotemporal circulation of the Latin translations, identification of Greek manuscripts used by translators, etc.)
Confirmed keynote speakers:
* Prof. Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University, USA
* Prof. Silvia Fiaschi, Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy
* Prof. Martine Furno, IRHIM, Ens-Lyon, & Université Grenoble Alpes, France
* Prof. Fabio Stok, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy
* Prof. Giancarlo Abbamonte, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
* Dr. Paola Tomè, University of Oxford, UK
Papers: The language of the conference is English. The allotted time for papers is 20 minutes + 10 minutes of question/discussion-time.
Abstract Submission: The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts (of up to 300 words) from academics at any stage of their career and encourages the participation of early career researchers (PhD candidates, recent PhD graduates, Post-docs). Abstracts should be sent by e-mail as a PDF attachment to email@example.com by no later than 31 October 2016. The document should also contain paper title and author information including name, full affiliation and contact e-mail address. Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed, and notifications will be communicated by no later than 31 December 2016.
Participation: The participation fee for the conference is €60, which will include conference pack, refreshments/tea/coffee at all breaks, and dinners on the two days. Payment should be made in person at the conference. Please note that the participation fee does not include travel and accommodation expenses. The registration for the conference will start in January 2017. All practical information (provisional conference programme, travel and accommodation details, registration procedure, etc.) will be communicated in due course.
Publication: All submitted papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review. The accepted papers will be published as a proceedings volume or as a special issue of a journal derived from the conference.
(CFP closed 31 October 2016)
New Light on Tony Harrison
British Academy/Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London: 27-28 April 2017
Advance notice that registration will soon be available Registration now open via the British Academy website for a conference, convened by Edith Hall jointly at the BA and the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, to mark the 80th birthday of poet Tony Harrison on 30th April 2017. This landmark conference will illuminate more recent works by Britain's greatest living poet. A transdisciplinary team will analyse Harrison's evocation of sexuality and imperialism, his metres, stage/screen works and intellectual influences, and the challenges of translating his distinctive idiom into other languages.
The conference will be held at the Academy on 27th and 28th April from 09.30 unto 17.00. There will also be a public event on the evening of 27th April, for which separate registration will be required, with contributions from speakers including Andy Burnham, Wole Soyinka, and Richard Eyre, and actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Barrie Rutter, and Sian Thomas. Confirmed speakers at the conference include:
Prof Simon Armitage, University of Oxford
Dr Josephine Balmer, Translators' Association & Society of Authors
Dr Jacob Blakesley, University of Leeds
Dr Rachel Bower, University of Leeds
Dr Sandie Byrne, University of Oxford
Dr Giovanni Greco, La Sapienza
Lee Hall, Cross Street Films
Dr Cécile Marshall, Université Bordeaux
Prof Hallie Marshall, Univ. of British Columbia
Prof Blake Morrison, Goldsmith's London
Prof Peter Parsons, University of Oxford
Prof Christine Regan, Australian National University
Prof Antony Rowland, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Henry Stead, Open University
Prof Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford
Classical Association Annual Conference 2017
The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the University of Kent and the Open University.
Canterbury (UK): 26-29 April 2017.
We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff and others engaged with the ancient world, on the themes suggested below or on any other aspect of the classical world. We encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for coordinated panels (comprising either three or four papers on any classical topic). Closing date for proposals or abstracts: 31 August 2016. Please see below for details on how to submit your abstract.
Suggested conference themes are:
Classics in the Contemporary World
Classical Archaeology as Heritage
Experiencing the Body
Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge
Late Antiquity and Byzantium
Livy’s Bimillennium: Once considered little more than an elegant compilation of source material, Livy’s history has been rehabilitated as a sophisticated and original work of literature. Scholarship in recent years has demonstrated the complexity of the relationship of Ab urbe condita with its sources and other classical literature, explored its didactic functions and its use of exempla, and shed new light on its narrative techniques. At the bimillennium of Livy’s death, however, many aspects of his work remain to be (re-)examined in light of these new approaches. The relationship of the history to its author’s present still raises many questions, and it is perhaps worth revisiting the extent to which the work can be regarded as ‘Augustan’ or ‘Republican’. Given the literary focus of most recent treatments, it may also be time to reassess Ab urbe condita as an historical source, and to discuss the significance of the new literary understanding for ancient historians.
Classics in the Contemporary World: Classics and Classical Studies form part of the contemporary world. How does that world respond to Classics, and Classics to it? This is not just an academic or rhetorical question, but a question of the agency of all things classical in the contemporary world. Why has ‘the Classical’ become a target of extremism, and what does ‘the Classical’ know about extremism? The classical world can easily provide examples of those within the state who threaten security, through its endemic wars, revenge tragedy and peace-seeking, but do these exempla have an agency in the contemporary world, and vice versa does contemporary extremism shape our understanding of the Classical? Another characteristic of the contemporary world is the ascendance of the digital. Does ‘the digital’ create opportunities for non-canonical receptions? For example, how does archaeogaming relate to established digitisations of classical texts and objects? Do we urgently need new data ontologies to link the classical to the digital and to enable machines to read the classical world? Finally, how are these connections with the contemporary world shaping our pedagogy, as we equip individuals to act or be employed in the world? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between the contemporary and classical worlds.
Classical Archaeology as Heritage: Classical archaeology and heritage studies are intertwined with issues of nationalism, identity and politics. How has classical archaeology been used to fight against or build national identity(ies)? How has classical archaeology been represented and how has this impacted on issues of nationalism and identity? Who owns classical antiquities and archaeology and with what consequences? Different approaches to the management, interpretation and representation of Classical archaeology also entwine it with heritage studies. How can classical archaeology be interpreted and who has been entitled and given authority to interpret classical archaeological sites? What are the recent approaches to fighting against illicit trades in antiquities, both politically and academically? What solutions have been found to the issues of iconoclasm or destruction of classical antiquities and archaeology? How has classical archaeology been used for (sustainable) development projects? Why have these projects been implemented? Who has benefited from these projects and what have been the impacts of these projects for different stakeholders? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between Classical archaeology and heritage.
Experiencing the Body: Experiencing the body invites us to consider a broad range of topics related to the lived body in the Graeco-Roman world. What can the body tell us about life in the past? How do ancient perceptions of the body relate to definitions of age, health, gender and identity? Besides questioning cultural conceptions, is it possible to access an individual’s experience of the ancient world? Can this be found through studies of the senses, phenomenology of landscapes and spaces, and the world created by the artist: that is the writer, painter, or sculptor, for example? Both social and individual experiences of the body can be accessed through a variety of remains: material culture, literature, epigraphy, art and spatial analyses, allowing for interdisciplinary study. We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the topic.
Everyday Life: The theme of everyday life invites sessions and papers which explore the relationship between urban space and the activities and rhythms of everyday life in antiquity (ranging from the Archaic to Late Antiquity). Sessions and papers might, for example, explore the extent to which ritual activities and occasions, such as festivals, funerals and pilgrimage, were part of or separate from everyday life. What made the ordinary and the extraordinary? How was everyday life experienced, and how did it change over time? How did everyday activities, behaviours and perceptions shape individual and group identities? What made everyday urban and rural life different from one another? What evidence can we use to support our understandings? For example, how did material culture and architecture shape everyday use of urban space? How is everyday life represented in literature, and how is it theorised in Greek and Latin philosophy? What can digital analytical tools add to our understanding? Is it possible to distinguish between elite and non-elite practices, and the experiences of inhabitants as well as visitors to a place?
Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge: Nowadays we classify knowledge with a complexity that was unthinkable in antiquity. Advances in technology and scientific methods let us assess the ancient natural sciences from a position of superior understanding. Meanwhile, new light is shed on the past by advances in technical discourse: politics, sociology and literary criticism are cases in point. Another is philosophy, whose agenda has changed little since its formation in antiquity, but has given rise to numerous sub-disciplines, each with its own specialist terminology and conceptual toolkit. By contrast, some histories and archaeologies of ideas are recent inventions, and others still remain to be written. There are also potential advantages to recovering the integratedness of fields of inquiry in the classical past: recent scholarship has highlighted important interactions between astronomy, anthropology, philosophy, medicine and more. We invite papers and co-ordinated panels exploring topics in ancient inquiry. How did disciplines form? What did concepts owe to empirical experience? How were new developments sparked? What, and how, did the Greeks and Romans know?
Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Rather than artificially separating the worlds of Late Antiquity and Byzantium from Classical Antiquity, we wish to highlight how the chosen themes of the CA conference apply holistically. Late Antiquity and Byzantium bridge the classical and the contemporary, nurturing the beginnings of Islam and the creation of modern Europe. How might they be re-conceptualised in the light of current debates on extremism, migration, identity and porous borders? Conflict and cultural heritage are also key current issues, for example in the context of the war in Syria. Why is such heritage so important, why does its destruction matter, and what can be done? Spatial studies and the senses have been understudied. How might our understandings of urbanism, networks – social or otherwise -, pilgrimage and visualisation, for example, be broadened by taking a holistic approach? What roles do cognitive reasoning, science and philosophy play? Lastly, literature, performance, dialogue and argument were core features of antiquity and fundamental in Byzantium. How might syntax, rhetoric, revision, rewriting and dissemination conceptually influence our ideas of Late Antiquity and Byzantium? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate these and any other ideas relating to Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
Submitting Your Abstract: Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and should be submitted as Word files (no pdfs, please).
If you are proposing a panel, please label your file clearly with the name of the convenor, conference theme and title of the session, and include both the session and paper abstracts in a single document. Please indicate whether the convener of the panel will also be the official Chair of panel. If you have an alternative Chair confirmed, please also indicate this in your proposal document.
If you are proposing an individual paper, please label your file with the name of the speaker, conference theme and brief title.
Completed abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 August 2016.
(CFP closed August 31, 2016)
Classics and Women: Ancient and Modern
WCC UK Panel at the Classical Association Annual Conference, Canterbury: 26-29 April, 2017
The WCC UK invites submissions for our inaugural panel at the CA. Our aim is to demonstrate how much there is to gain from recognising historical, conscious, and unconscious bias in the ancient classical world (broadly defined) and in studies of the ancient world. The panel seeks to showcase recent academic work from a range of perspectives, underscoring the benefits of embracing heterogeneity in the study of Classics. We welcome in particular papers that seek to diversify Classics in approach, findings, or methodology.
We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the following: gender and the non-human, resistances to hierarchy, new approaches to ancient and modern pedagogy, women in war, gendered bodies, women in material culture/archaeology, gendered economies, and pioneering women in classics, ancient history and archaeology. We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstracts.
Please send anonymous abstracts of no more than 200 words to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday August 2nd 2016.
For more information on the aims and goals of the WCC UK, including information on how to become a member, please see https://womensclassicalcommittee.wordpress.com/.
(CFP closed 2 August 2016)
Corpus Christi College, Oxford: 20 April 2017
Organisers: Laurence Brockliss, Stephen Harrison, and Floris Verhaart
Traditionally the eighteenth century in general and the Enlightenment in particular are seen as hostile to the use of Latin. After all, the most widely known key works of this century, such as Diderot’s Encyclopédie and Kant’s Kritik der Reinen Vernunft, were all written in vernaculars.
Only recently have students of the Enlightenment come to realise that Latin remained a vigorous language of scholarly, scientific, and cultural exchange well into the eighteenth century and beyond, thanks to case studies by among others Maurizio Campanelli, Françoise Wacquet, and Yasmin Haskell. Another example is the project Mapping the Latin Enlightenment (2009-2011) led by Yasmin Haskell and funded by the Australian Research Council (http://www.accademiadellarcadia.it/doc/Mapping.the.Latin.Enlightenment_website21May2010.pdf).
Despite these developments, many basic questions regarding this topic still need to be surveyed and “mapped”: who was using Latin, when, where, for what purpose, and in which genres?
The organisers therefore aim to bring together a group of scholars at any stage of their career whose research is in any way related to the uses of Latin in the age of the Enlightenment. If you wish to present a thirty-minute paper at this event, please send a proposal (of no more than 300 words) and a short bio/CV to email@example.com by 22 July 2016. It is the intention of the organisers to publish the proceedings of this conference as a collection of essays.
Suggested themes for papers include but are not limited to:
1) National identity. French enjoyed considerable and increasing prestige as a language of national and international communication in the eighteenth century. However, it also came with considerable political and cultural connotations and associations, since, after all, it was also the language of one of Europe’s nations, France. As a consequence, many regions, such as the Low Countries and Italy witnessed a revival of Latin, partly in an attempt to emphasise their own identity vis-à-vis France. In addition, in Eastern European states, such as Hungary, which had a mix of different ethnicities and nations, Latin served as unifying factor.
2) Authority and subversiveness. Latin was the language of traditional humanistic learning that was deemed inaccessible to the general public and therefore could be used as an instrument of authority and a means to exclude readers from material that could otherwise empower them or give them dangerous ideas. This mechanism could also be applied to subvert authority, since using Latin could help to avoid getting noticed, at least by the wrong kinds of readers. Some of the most potentially shocking writings of the Enlightenment were therefore in Latin, such as the Hypothesis Copernicana (1777), in which the Jesuit Camillo Garulli praised the scientific discoveries of his age, even if they appeared incongruous with the Catholic orthodoxy of his time.
3) Audience. Jürgen Habermas argued in his Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962) that this century witnessed the beginning of a democratisation of cultural and political debates in which previously exclusive groups such as statesmen, scholars and scientists increasingly needed to take into account not just the opinion of their peers, but also the public at large. Over the last decades, a heated debate has taken place about the development of this so-called public sphere in the eighteenth century (for an overview see Van Horn Melton, The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe (2001)). By looking at the target audiences of Latin writings a contribution could be made to this debate. Did authors, for example, deliberately use Latin to exclude particular readers and did the language thus curb the development of the public sphere or was the situation more complicated?
4) Humanism and the Enlightenment. The publication of Jonathan Israel’s Radical Enlightenment (2001) has triggered a debate about the true character of the Enlightenment, as Israel argues that it was propelled by a group of radical thinkers, most prominently Spinoza. Thinking about the continued relevance of Latin during the eighteenth century, which had been the corner stone of the intellectual life of the Renaissance, is therefore an ideal means to think about the relationship between Renaissance Humanism and eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Is the break between them really as strong and radical as Israel claims?
(CFP closed 22 July 2016)
Flores Augustini: Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages
University of Leuven, Belgium: April 19-21, 2017
On 19-21 April 2017 the research units Latin Literature (Faculty of Arts) and History of Church and Theology (Faculty of Theology) of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) will organize, together with LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and its Laboratory for Critical Text Editing, a Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages. This conference will be organized within the framework of the research project ‘Augustine's Paul through the eyes of Bede: Critical edition, content analysis and reception study of the Venerable Bede's Collectio ex opusculis sancti Augustini in epistulas Pauli apostoli', funded by the University of Leuven, and will bring together scholars working on compilation-commentaries and anthologies which consist entirely and exclusively of excerpts from the works of Augustine of Hippo. During the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, these purely Augustinian florilegia have been one of the privileged vehicles for the transmission and reception of the works and thinking of the Bishop of Hippo.
The conference will take place in Leuven, at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven). We warmly welcome all contributions devoted to one or more Augustinian florilegia, and are especially interested in contributions which deal with Augustinian anthologies from a methodological and/or text-critical point of view, emphasizing the difficulties and specificities that their analysis presents to the editors both of the works in question and of Augustine's oeuvre, their place in the edition of the original works of Augustine, or the specific editorial problems that come into play in those florilegia of which source manuscripts have been preserved. Lectures may be presented in English or French, should be 30 minutes long and will be followed by a general discussion of some 15 minutes.
If you are interested to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send a provisional title, abstract (max. 250 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 15 October 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You will be notified whether your paper has been accepted by 31 October 2016. Subsequently, all participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture before 1 January 2017 and send us any materials to be included in the conference folder (hand-outs, text fragments, manuscript images) before 10 April 2017.
The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the conference proceedings in the international peer-reviewed Lectio-series Studies in the Transmission of Texts & Ideas, published by Brepols Publishers (Turnhout).
KU Leuven will provide lodging for two nights and all meals during the conference. Participants are asked to make and pay for their own travel arrangements.
(CFP closed 15 October 2016)
Sirens and Centaurs: Animal Studies and Gender Studies, from Antiquity to the Renaissance
New York University, USA: 14-15 April 2017
Leonard Barkan (Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University)
Andreas Krass (Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt University, Berlin)
The sirens and centaurs of the Physiologus tradition make up an odd but notorious couple: they appear as monstrous, exaggerated incarnations of heteronormative notions of femininity and masculinity. This interdisciplinary conference will combine the theories and methods of gender studies and animal studies in order to examine how imaginary representations of nonhuman animals such as these were used to construct gender and sexuality in premodern times, and also how those constructions were subverted. To what extent did the bodies of animals – as imagined in premodern science, literature and art – serve as cultural signifiers of sex, gender and desire? In what ways did premodern mythology, theology and zoology contribute to the formation of gender stereotypes that corresponded (and often still correspond) to ideas of the “natural” or “unnatural”? How do perceived continuities or discontinuities between human and other animals support such notions as bestiality and miscegenation, and the taboos and fantasies surrounding them? In what ways are pleasure or disgust, attraction or loathing, desire or fear, conjured or manipulated in particular texts or images from this period? To what extent do the answers to these questions change over time?
The conference, to be held at NYU in New York on April 14-15 2017, will re-examine texts and images connected to:
* biblical stories, such as those of the creation and fall of humankind
* stories of metamorphoses of human beings into animals (such as Ovid and other myths)
* the tradition of the Physiologus and subsequent works on natural science (such as Thomas of Cantimpré, Konrad of Megenberg, Pierre Belon)
* the tradition of Aesopian and other fables
* beast epic
* romances and other tales in which monsters serve as protagonists (such as Melusine)
Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) of proposed papers to the organizers Sarah Kay (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andreas Krass (email@example.com) to reach them by November 4, 2016. Decisions will be notified by December 15, 2016.
(CFP closed November 4, 2016)
[Panel] Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy
A panel organized as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies
10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes the panel “Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy”, as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.
Commenting on a recent staging of Sophocles’ Antigone in Melbourne, Australian playwright Christine Lambrianidis claimed that “Greek tragedy remains the most modern form of drama [because] it is unafraid to question everything we value”. This panel will look at the continual appeal of Greek tragedy beyond the Mediterranean countries, focusing on modern stagings and adaptations throughout the world. Papers are invited that discuss the use of Greek tragedy in fiction, comic books, theatre, opera, television and cinema beyond the Southern European area, and explore the motivation for the use of the classics for audiences that may not be familiar with them. Topics may include the use of Greek tragedy to discuss contemporary political and historical events, gender issues, post-colonial identities, social and war trauma, religious debates and ethical concerns; revisionist rewritings by women authors; adaptations in non-Western theatrical traditions and in post-dramatic theatre; new translations; productions in higher education settings; directors’ perspectives.
Please submit a 300-word abstract before 12 September 2016, by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Daniela Cavallaro, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.
If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (email@example.com).
Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.
Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/fees.
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.
The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).
Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and forty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.
Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed 12 September 2016)
Natales Grate Numeras? International Conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Zadar, Croatia
University of Zadar, Croatia: 7-8 April 2017
Based on the ancient Roman foundations of the city of Zadar and several centuries of higher education, the contemporary Faculty of Humanities was founded in the academic year 1956/7. The Department of Latin was one of the six original departments of the new Faculty. The study of Greek was introduced in the 80s and, after a turbulent period marked by war in the 90s, the Department grew in both the number of new members and the varied scope of academic disciplines which they pursued.
To mark the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the Department of Classical Philology will host an international conference „Natales grate numeras?“ that will take place on 7 and 8 April 2017. Friends, colleagues as well as scholars from other disciplines and from abroad are invited to join us in celebration in order to give a positive answer to Horace’s question referred in the conference title.
Academics from abroad working in different areas of Classics and related disciplines will join Croatian colleagues in a fruitful dialogue. The keynote speakers are world-renowned experts in their respective areas: professor David Elmer (Harvard University), professor Stephen Heyworth (University of Oxford) and professor Darko Novakovic (University of Zagreb). The proceedings will come to a close with a conference dinner and a guided tour of the city of Zadar, which has recently come to boast of the title 'European Best Destination 2016'.
Proposals for papers should fall within the scope of the following subject areas:
1. Homer, Hesiod and the Greek epic
2. The poetry of the Augustan age
3. Greek and Roman religion and mythology
4. Late Antiquity and Byzantium
5. Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin
6. Dalmatia in antiquity
7. The state of Classics today and related issues.
Please also note:
- The official languages of the conference are Croatian, English and Latin.
- In order to apply one needs to fill out an application form (follow the link https://app.box.com/s/u5fja9eaqe2hbb320238j6m4l5or0dmo) and send it to Diana Soric, assistant professor, via email: email@example.com
- One author can submit a maximum of two papers if one of these papers is co-authored.
- The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 December 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not their paper is accepted by 15 December 2016.
- Speakers will be allocated 30-minute slots: twenty minutes to give their paper and ten minutes for questions and discussion.
- There is no conference fee for participants.
- The organiser is not able to cover any travel or accommodation costs.
- All other information regarding the conference will be sent via email and posted on the website of the Department of Classical Philology:
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Diana Soric, PhD (University of Zadar), president
Milenko Loncar, PhD (University of Zadar)
Krešimir Vukovic, DPhil (Oxon.) (University of Oxford)
Linda Mijic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Ankica Bralic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Anita Bartulovic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Teuta Serreqi Juric, PhD (University of Zadar)
Sabira Hajdarevic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Zvonko Liovic, PhD (University of Zadar)
(CFP closed December 1, 2016)
University College Cork, Ireland: 6-8 April, 2017
The Fifth Annual Neo-Latin Symposium, held heretofore under the auspices of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), will take place 6-8 April, 2017 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. 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 9 January 2017.
Please note that the Neo-Latin Symposium will not be part of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in 2017, but will be hosted by the Cork Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in association with the University of Kentucky Institute for Latin Studies. From 2017 onwards, the location of the conference will vary between Cork and Kentucky in alternate years.
Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
Proposals for individual papers should be submitted as follows:
The proposer should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal should consist of the name, contact information, and affiliation of the speaker(s), and an abstract of the proposed paper.
It is also possible to submit proposals for panels of 3 presentations as follows:
The panel organizer should email a panel proposal to email@example.com. 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.
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 14 February, 2017 in order to confirm participation and be included in the program.
Further information about the conference, registration process, and guidelines for paper presentation, will soon be available on this website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cnls/symposium2017/.
(CFP closed January 9 2017)
The Stoic Tradition Conference
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest: 24 March, 2017
Keynote speaker: John Sellars (King's College London)
Eötvös Loránd University and the Philosophy Department of the Association of Hungarian PhD Students invite graduate students, young researchers and scholars to submit paper proposals for their conference on the reception of Stoicism. Proposals may focus on any period from antiquity to the present and any philosophical tradition regarding the reception of Stoicism.
Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 30 minutes. Abstracts of maximum 500 words are expected to be sent with the name and affiliation of the participant as an e-mail attachment in Word to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel and accommodation expenses unfortunately cannot be reimbursed, but participation is free. A conference volume with a selection of the papers will be published.
Submission Deadline: 15th of December 2016
Notification: 15th of January 2017
For further details visit the webpage of the conference at http://phil.dosz.hu/thestoictradition or feel free to contact us.
Nikoletta HENDRIK, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University; President, Association of Hungarian PhD Students, Philosophy Department
Kosztasz ROSTA, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University
(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)
Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: Archetypes of the Masculine and Feminine and their Reception throughout the Ages
Bar-Ilan University, Israel: 20-22 March 2017
Keynote Speakers: Professor Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge & Professor Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College
We are happy to give notice of a conference that will take place as the first project of a collaborative research group that has been set up at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. This group aims to examine the joint Classical and Judeo-Christian foundations of Western civilization, and their reception. Both strands have contributed to western societies in areas as diverse as art, philosophy, politics and architecture, and in many cases, the two strands intertwine and play off against each other. Yet very little sustained research to date has incorporated experts from a wide range of different fields, including, but not limited to, scholars of Jewish studies; Christianity; Classical studies; European literature, history and art; politics; philosophy. This is despite the fact that such collaboration would undoubtedly lead to greater understanding. The intention of this research group is therefore to provide enlightenment in a way that individual researchers, in their own closed specialisations, could not.
Within this framework and theoretical understanding, this conference will focus on “Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: archetypes of the masculine and feminine and their reception throughout the ages”. The topic takes as its starting point the idea that the way in which a society regards mankind, and especially the roots of mankind, both male and female, is crucial to an understanding of that society. Different models for the creation and nature of mankind, and their changing receptions at different periods and places, reflect fundamental evolutions and developments in society. This project thus will investigate the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian stories about the beginning of mankind, and the reception of these tales in the Western world, at a range of influential periods and places.
Abstracts (up to 300 words) are invited for papers (20 minutes in length) on any aspect of the conference topic. Papers may focus on broader issues and overviews of the subject in general or more specific reading and interpretations of individual works or collections.
Possibilities of subjects include, but are not limited to the following questions and issues:
* Adam and Eve, Prometheus and Pandora: overlap and differences in presentation
* The reception of Classical/Judeo-Christian Male and Female archetypes in different genres and media (literature, art, music, film, popular culture etc.)
* Archetypes and representations of masculine and feminine with reference to their classical roots
* Differences between Jewish and Christian views of Adam and Eve
* Male and female ideals at different periods/locations in the Western tradition
* Differing receptions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East
* Gender constructions in foundational texts and their reception throughout the ages
* The presentation of Adam and Eve and/or Prometheus and Pandora for children.
Please send abstracts to email@example.com, citing full name and title, institution, provisional title of the paper,
by 30th September 2016 by 31st October 2016 (extended deadline).
(CFP closed 31 October 2016)
Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli
Sestri Levante/Chiavari (Italy): 17-18 March, 2017
The “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”, Sestri Levante (Centro di Studi sulla Fortuna dell'Antico “Emanuele Narducci”, Sestri Levante) together with the International Society of Cicero's Friends (SIAC) and the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari (Delegazione di Chiavari “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” dell'Associazione Italiana di Cultura Classica, Chiavari), is sponsoring a two-day conference on the reception of Cicero in antiquity and the modern world, Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli.
The two-day event will be held next year, on the 17th and 18th of March 2017, in honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli to mark the tenth anniversary of their death. The first day of the conference will focus on Cicero's reception in the modern era and will take place in Sestri Levante, thus coinciding with the 14th Meeting of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World; the second day will be devoted to Cicero's reception in antiquity and late antiquity, and will be held in Chiavari.
On the 18th, keynote presentations will be offered by Prof. Rita Pierini (Florence), on Cicero in Seneca; Prof. Paolo Esposito (Salerno), Cicero at Pharsalus; and Prof. Fabio Gasti (Pavia), on Cicero in the Breviary Tradition. There are three further slots available on the day, and the organisers are inviting proposals for papers exploring Cicero's afterlife in the antique and late antique eras. The CfP is open to anyone with a doctorate, who is aged 40 or under; the papers will be original contributions to the subject, to be delivered in Italian.
Deadline for the abstracts is set for the 30th September 2016, after which proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee, made up of Prof. Giancarlo Mazzoli (Pavia; Vice-Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”), Prof. Ermanno Malaspina (Turin; President of the Advisory Board of the International Society of Cicero's Friends) and Prof. Sergio Audano (Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World and President of the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari).
Proposals should consist of an abstract, no longer than a side of A4, and CV, both of which should be attached to an email and sent to all three members of the selection committee, Giancarlo Mazzoli (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ermanno Malaspina (email@example.com) and Sergio Audano (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the closing date.
The committee will accept three proposals by the 31st of October 2016, and the selected speakers will be expected to develop their abstract into a 30-minute presentation in Italian, which will be offered in the afternoon session on the 18th of March, chaired by Prof. Andrea Balbo (Turin; President of the International Society of Cicero's Friends). We also expect to publish a revised version of the papers in Ciceroniana online – an invitation the committee might extend to proposals considered to be of interest, even beyond the three selected for presentation at the conference.
Meals and accommodation will be provided for the speakers, but not costs relating to travel arrangements.
(CFP closed 30 September, 2016)
Australasian Society for Classical Studies 38th Annual Conference
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand: 31 Jan-3 Feb, 2017
Conference website: http://ascs2017.wix.com/ascs2017
Abstracts due by 1 August, 2016.
(CFP closed 1 Aug 2016)
Once upon a time... the Antiquity / Érase una vez... la Antigüedad
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain): January 13, 2017
"Once upon a time… the Antiquity" is a congress focused on new approaching to ancient world researching. Nowadays not only traditional academic works on History, Arts, Archaeology or Philology are being carried out, but this frame of study has been expanded to the so called classic reception studies. Consequently, new studies on preconceptions about ancient world throughout history up to the present day emerge. Historical novels, perfume’s or food advertisements set in a Hellas as unlikely as timeless, or peplums have been subject of specialized congresses.
Once upon a time… the Antiquity congress focuses on this cultural heritage with specific interest in media productions for children. Through this very first image, with which we have all grown up, they are shaped a visual concept of Antiquity, an arrangement of Olympic pantheon and, ultimately, a way of understanding daily life of people thousands of years ago.
As researchers, we understand the complexity of ancient societies, the problems implied in approaching to them getting over our own time’s problems and, above all, reform this preconceived vision of Antiquity. The main objective of this congress is approaching this phenomenon through cinema and serials, both animated and with real actors, biased to a childish or young audience. From Disney movies to child serials and mass phenomena such as Harry Potter, this congress includes every production suitable for all audiences, which constitute our first ancient history school. Every proposal related with this topic, whether dealing with a specific production or a transversal aspect in different movies or serials.
The congress is divided in three main sessions, divided in papers and debates. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length with time for discussion after each session. The congress will take place on Friday January 13, 2017, in the Aula de Grados of the Facultad de Geografía e Historia of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
In order to participate, it's required to send a 200-300 words abstract to the congress e-mail address, email@example.com, up to December 4, 2016. Proposals will be assessed by the organizing committee, and those selected will be informed by December, 11, 2016. All the information is available in the congress website.
Likewise, every student interested in attending the congress will receive a certificate of assistance if they attend the 80% of sessions at least. Organizing committee cannot offer travel or any other kind of grants for participants, but participation is totally free.
Irene Cisneros Abellán (U. of Zaragoza)
M. Cristina de la Escosura Balbás (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Elena Duce Pastor (Autonoma U. of Madrid)
María del Mar Rodríguez Alcocer (Complutense U. of Madrid)
David Serrano Lozano (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Nerea Tarancón Huarte(Complutense U. of Madrid)
(CFP closed December 4, 2016))
Imagining the Future through the Past: Classical and Early Modern Political Thought (AFG-2017)
Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Annual Meeting: Toronto, January 5-8, 2017
Sponsored by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)
Organized by Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, and Ariane Schwartz, Harvard University
The new Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Toronto. For its second panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical texts in early modern political thought.
In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes called ancient books a "Venime" akin "to the biting of a mad Dogge," which had the power to corrupt their readers and bring down monarchies. Hobbes' violent reaction captures the authority Greek and Roman political thought commanded in a period of radical change in systems of government and, concomitantly, in contemporary theorizing about politics. Early modern readers absorbed Plautus, Plutarch, and rhetorical handbooks along with the authors central to later modern formations of the classical canon like Homer and Cicero. These texts helped give shape to new debates over legitimacy, authority, virtue, community, and a host of other vital issues.
This panel invites papers that illuminate the historical impact of that reception or make a methodological contribution to the study of the reception of political thought in particular. Following recent developments in the field, it welcomes studies of poetry and other media as well as canonical prose texts (e.g., Marsilius of Padua, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, More, Bodin, Jonson, Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Cavendish, Makin, Locke).
The study of classical political reception is an emergent field in the context of the SCS, and the panel specially invites scholars new to this area to submit abstracts. 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.
Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
* What distinctive contribution can classicists make to the history of political thought?
* How do less well-known texts (e.g., neo-Latin epic, legal texts) affect current conventional interpretations of the history of political thought?
* How do early modern thinkers understand temporality?
* What role does genre play in the transmission and transformation of early modern thinkers' engagement with classical thought?
* Recent work by Quentin Skinner and others has refocused scholarly attention on the connections between poetry and political theory. How can classicists best contribute to this line of research?
Abstracts of no more than 450 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by March 1, 2016.
See more at: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2017/148/imagining-future-through-past-classical-and-early-modern-political-thought#sthash.lp4dUFwi.dpuf
(CFP closed March 1 2016)
Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2016
Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World: 'Displacement'
University of Oxford: 12-13 December, 2016
The Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) will be held this year at the University of Oxford. AMPRAW is an interdisciplinary conference which explores the impact of the classical world in literature, art, music, history, drama and popular culture. Our theme this year is 'displacement'.
The title suggests the intrinsic impossibility of reconstructing and retaining original meanings without creating and overlaying new ones. In the very act of placing a classical text or myth into translation, adaptation, work of art or performance, a displacement always occurs.
Dr. Constanze Güthenke (Corpus Christi, Oxford) will be a guest respondent.
Those wishing to present a paper of 20 minutes should please submit an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to: email@example.com by Friday 2nd September.
We also welcome displays of practice based research. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution. We would welcome papers on any topic relating to ‘displacement’ in the reception of the ancient world.
Further information about the conference is available at: https://amprawoxford.wordpress.com/ and more details will be announced later in the year.
Any queries, please email the conveners at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handy pdf of the cfp - available here: http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/CFP_AMPRAW.pdf.
(CFP closed September 2, 2016)
[1st] International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions
University of Wollongong (UOW) Sydney CBD Campus (Circular Quay, Sydney): 5-6 December 2016
The conference will bring together researchers working in the area of emotions in contemporary and historical societies from a range of disciplines for the first time, including sociology, philosophy, politics, law, history, literature, creative arts and media. It will showcase cutting-edge research from international experts on approaches to studying emotions from across these fields. We are interested in receiving and papers for presentation in expert panels and general sessions on (but not limited to) the following topics:
* Emotions in space and place;
* The expression and function of emotions such as shame, anxiety, and anger in contemporary society
* The relationship between emotions, embodiment, and affect
* Emotion management in inter-personal relationships
* Methodologies for researching emotions
* The role of emotions in social change
* Emotions in work and professional life
* Emotions and care work
* Emotions in the public sphere
* Emotions in education
* Emotions and law
* The philosophy of emotions
* The history of emotions
* The creative and literary expression of emotions
* Emotions and culture.
Please submit a 500-word panel proposal, or a 200 word abstract for an individual paper to email@example.com by Friday 1 July 2016.
Convened by: Roger Patulny and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW CERN), Andrew Lynch (ARC CHE) and Rebecca Olson and Jordan McKenzie (TASA SEA).
Hosts: The University of Wollongong (UOW) Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), and The Australian Sociological Association Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA SEA).
For more information, and for updates about keynote speakers and other conference related information, please visit the CERN events page: https://www.uowblogs.com/cern/category/events/.
(CFP closed 1 July 2016)
Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford: 3 December, 2016
We warmly invite graduate students and early career researchers in Classics, Medieval studies, Near Eastern studies and other disciplines to submit abstracts for a one day workshop on traditional and charismatic authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to be held on Saturday, 3 December 2016 at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies in Oxford.
In Economy and Society, Max Weber theorised three ideal types of authority: charismatic, traditional and legal. While legal authority has been well-explored in modern scholarship and most resembles the structures of authority in our own world, more recent work has indicated the importance of the charismatic and traditional ideal types as lenses for viewing Ancient and Medieval authority. Thus, in his 2016 monograph, Dynasties, Jeroen Duindam stresses the importance of charisma to royal power, exploring the pageantry of power, ritual actions undertaken to safeguard the harvest or control the weather, and the personal delivery of justice, while Kate Cooper, especially in The Fall of the Roman Household, has argued that power in the ancient world was inseparably linked to individual households in a way similar to Weber's theorisation of traditional authority, making the (late) Roman 'state' seem significantly smaller than it has tended to before.
By bringing together scholars of many different periods and contexts, we intend to explore the value of Weber's traditional and charismatic types for understanding changes, continuities and complexities in the construction of authority across Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Submissions might consider the following themes:
* The use of the irrational and supernatural as a basis of authority
* Ways that charismatic authority perpetuated itself without the creation of legal authority
* The interactions between charisma and tradition within individual contexts
* The use of traditional and charismatic authority legitimise law and legal instruments (rather than vice versa)
* Status groups' use of appeals to time-honoured rights and the distant past to legitimate their authority
* The use of tradition and charisma by heretics and rebels to construct their own authority and delegitimise that of their opponents
* The applicability of Weber's typology to non-political authority and to the authority of places and objects
* The influence of ideas about the ancient and Medieval worlds on sociological thought about authority (and vice versa)
Abstracts of 20 minute papers from researchers in all fields of ancient and Medieval studies are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 16th September 2016. Publication of some or all of the papers may be sought as a themed journal issue.
(CFP closed 16 September 2016)
Rousseau between Antiquity, Enlightenment and Modernity
University College London: December 2, 2016
Jean-Jacques Rousseau is widely recognised as one of the first critics of modern civilisation and its discontents: the pursuit of self-interest, the division of labour, lack of authenticity, and political structures founded on greed and exploitation. However, recent research has opened up a variety of new perspectives on Rousseau that do not necessarily fit the traditional picture. This event is aimed at a reassessment of such recent views of Rousseau and their relationship with wider trends in Enlightenment studies. It will be based on a discussion of two new publications: the volume Engaging with Rousseau: Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and ‘Rousseau’s Imagined Antiquity’, a special issue of the journal History of Political Thought (2016), both edited by Avi Lifschitz (UCL History).
Speakers: Prof. Céline Spector (Paris IV – Sorbonne) and Prof. John Robertson (Cambridge)
Friday 2 December 2017; 5 p.m. onwards; in Chadwick G07, University College London.
All welcome; the discussion will be followed by a reception.
Please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rousseau-between-antiquity-enlightenment-and-modernity-tickets-28684412851
Authority Revisited. Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516
Leuven, Belgium (Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000): 29 Nov-Dec 2, 2016
500 years ago, Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ and Desiderius Erasmus’ ‘Novum Instrumentum’ saw the light. Both works dealt freely with authoritative sources of Western civilization, and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. The fact that both texts are closely linked to the city of Leuven (Belgium) as well as their historic significance prompted LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) to take the lead in this commemoration. The international conference represents the academic highlight among the array of special events in Leuven celebrating Thomas More and Erasmus.
The conference will be devoted to studying not only the texts ‘Utopia’ and ‘Novum Instrumentum’ themselves, but also their authoritative precursors in Classical Antiquity, the Patristic period and the Middle Ages, as well as their immense reception and influence in the (Early) Modern Era. The conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and it will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of (early) modern Western thought.
This international conference, multidisciplinary in scope, brings together scholars working in the field of theology, philosophy, history (of science), art history, historical linguistics and literary studies.
Keynote speakers are prof. Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), prof. Gillian Clark (Bristol), prof. Günter Frank (Bretten), prof. Uwe Baumann (Bonn) and prof. Henk Jan de Jonge (Leiden).
The conference takes place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Participation is free, but please register online before 20 November 2016.
[Book] Reception and Transformation of Ancient Sea Power
The reception of antiquity in the Middle Ages and especially the Early Modern period has been extensively studied. Sea power and thalassocracy are familiar topics in the fields of classics and ancient history. Nevertheless, only rarely have the two themes been combined, and to date there has been no overarching treatment of the later reception of ancient sea power.
In order to fill this gap, we organized a conference in Berlin in May 2015, entitled ‘Thalassokratographie: Rezeption und Transformation antiker Seeherrschaft’. This title was programmatic. On the one hand, we were interested in the act of writing about sea power and thalassocracy, in the act of creating images and ideas that gave ancient sea power a prominent place in later times – ‘thalassocrato-graphy’, so to speak, not ‘thalassocracy’. On the other, we were concerned with issues of transformation. The conference was not focused solely on a one-dimensional process of reception of classical antiquity in later epochs, but aimed above all to ask how, during this process, images and ideas of antiquity were newly created, with which intentions and to what ends, and how these newly-developed ideas about ancient texts, myths and narratives may even have influenced the later scholarly treatment of these phenomena.
We intend to publish the proceedings of this conference, the program of which can be seen here: http://www.topoi.org/event/29492/ in a volume that will then be the first publication dedicated to this topic. It will be published as a volume in the series ‘Transformationen der Antike’ (de Gruyter), depending on a successful peer-review-process. In addition to the papers presented at the conference we would welcome further contributions (in English, German or French) that, while adhering to the approach outlined above, treat one of the following topics:
The reception of ancient sea power:
• in architecture
• as part of monuments or fountains
• in the visual arts, esp. in paintings
• in music
• in literature, esp. historical novels
• in the naming of ships
• in film, theatre and opera
• in modern mass media
Submission Details: Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent before 30 November 2016 to email@example.com. Those who submitted an abstract will be informed within two weeks after the deadline whether or not their proposals have been accepted. Final versions of accepted papers should then be submitted by 31 March 2017.
Christian Wendt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hans Kopp (email@example.com) will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
(CFP closed 30 November, 2016)
Media and Classics
Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol: 25-27 November 2016
'The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,' writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of 'classical' culture?
Certain aspects of this topic have been touched on by media theorists (on both sides of the Atlantic) in suggestive but highly selective and often problematic ways. Other aspects have been approached by classical scholars in more careful but historically and disciplinary insular manners. Issues such as orality, literacy, performance, memory, materiality, the senses, textual transmission, translation, archival practices, the history of the book, and more recently humanities computing are all implicated in the production, transmission, and reception of the Greco-Roman literary, performing, and plastic arts that we now call classical. However, there has been no systematic attempt to date to shift the focus away from issues of historical usage of media towards more theoretical concerns that can link the media of the classical past with one another, with larger processes of artistic production and reception, and with contemporary debates around media, knowledge, and perception. As a result, the processes of production and reception of the arts of Greece and Rome are still perceived in ways that remain at once too narrow and too broad: on the one hand they are dominated by the agency of long-dead artists or ever-changing audiences; on the other hand they are dominated by abstract ideas - the continuities of the Classical Tradition, the discontinuities of Reception, the cosiness of 'conversing' with the past, or the rather nebulous qualities of textuality and visuality.
Revisiting Martin Heidegger's provocative claim that 'the more questioningly we ponder the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes' (in his seminal essay 'The Question Concerning Technology' originally published in 1954), this conference focuses attention on the cultural history of the material conditions and technical and technological practices that give shape to artistic creativity and make possible its transmission as 'classical' and as 'culture.' How are media conceptualized by artistic works and their users in Greece and Rome? How do media shape the specificity, convergence, and/or transference of different artistic forms and contents? How do continuities and ruptures in artistic production and transmission manifest themselves? How are artworks, artists, and audiences networked through material and embodied structures of media technology? How are ideas, concepts, and practices related to the classical arts implicated in the history and culture of modern theoretical debates around media and information technology? And how are they implicated in broader discussions around the philosophical apparatus of technology, culture, and biology as they are played out against a critique of modernity?
Papers are invited on topics in areas such as the following:
* cultural transmission as reproduction and/or as transformation
* art as techne between historicity and metaphysics
* fantasies of communication and horizons of incommunicability
* technologies of writing systems and scripts
* media as conduits, languages, and/or environments
* media specificity and convergence
* media and non-human agency
* the body as a medium
* humanism and anti-technological bias
* Greece and Rome in debates in media theory
* Greco-Roman arts in an age of media convergence, networks and computation<\p>
30-minute papers are anticipated, but proposals are also welcome for presentations outside the normal lecture format, including proposals from artists and other creative practitioners; please provide details of your plans in your application. Prospective presenters should send a title, an abstract of 500 words, and a short biography by 1 April 2016 to: Pantelis Michelakis (P.Michelakis@bris.ac.uk).
(CFP closed 1 April 2016)
[Simposio] La mitología griega en la tradición literaria: de la Antigüedad a la Grecia contemporánea
Universidad de Granada, Spain: 24-25 de noviembre de 2016
Website with link to Programme: http://www.centrodeestudiosbnch.com/es/noticia/35
Universidad de Granada
Centro de Estudios Bizantinos, Neogriegos y Chipriotas
Grupo de investigación: Estudios de la Civilización Griega Medieval y Moderna (HUM 728)
P. I. Excelencia: Estudios sobre la transmisión y tradición de Paléfato y la exégesis racionalista de los mitos (FFI2014-52203-P)
Departamento de Filología Griega y Filología Eslava
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Biblioteca de la Universidad de Granada
Polymnia. Réseau de recherche sur les mythographes anciens et modernes
Lugar: Universidad de Granada - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Aula “Federico García Lorca”
[BOOK] Classics and the Western (edited collection)
In 1820, a writer for the Cincinnati Western Review warned his readers
that "should the time ever come when Latin and Greek should be banished
from our universities and the study of Cicero and Demosthenes, of Homer
and Virgil should be considered as unnecessary for the formation of a
scholar, we should regard mankind as fast sinking into an absolute
barbarism, and the gloom of mental darkness is likely to increase until
it should become universal." Almost two hundred years later, Americans
are no longer required to learn Greek and Latin, but their necessary
connection to antiquity continues - in film and television Westerns. John
Ford, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawkes, Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, and Sam
Peckinpah (to name only a few Western film directors), all have borrowed
from the Greats to invent, reinvent, and often reinterpret the American
experience on the frontier. The popular Western owes much of its impact
to the power of "high" art - classical epic, tragic and comic forms which
have celebrated, affirmed, and deconstructed the American Character in
the Wild West for over a century, transmitting a complicated cultural
coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life,
assimilation and settlement, and American masculinity and femininity.
I am currently soliciting abstracts of 200 words for essays that
consider the richness and complexity of the Western's association with
the Greats and foreground the contributions that such intersections and
fusions have made to our understanding of America's epic (and tragic)
narratives of nation and cultural identity. How have Westerns drawn on,
transmitted, furthered, and critiqued the ideas of classical authors
like Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles,
Euripides, Cicero, and Virgil?
Proposals may examine any aspect of the Western's relationship with
classical thinking and texts, including but not limited to those authors
named above. Proposals may address the genre-at-large; particular
periods, cycles or series; the work of individual filmmakers, actors or
other personnel; or any combination thereof.
Completed essays of approximately 5000 words in length will be due in
September of 2017. This book is under contract with McFarland Press.
Proposals are due by November 15, 2016. Please feel free to contact me
with any queries.
Sue Matheson, PhD - University College of the North - firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed November 15, 2017)
Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World: Columbia University Ancient World Graduate Student Conference
Columbia University in the City of New York, USA: November 11-12, 2016
Keynote Speakers: Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) and Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago)
We invite papers from graduate students working across disciplines related to the ancient world for a two-day conference which will explore the issues of refuge and refugees. From representations of refugees and the notions of "refuge" to their physical traces in the archaeological record, we hope to discuss how ancient societies experienced and conceptualized the flight and plight of displaced peoples.
In light of the recent upsurge in work on ancient Mediterranean migration and exile, as well as current events, new questions arise: What heuristic value does the term "refugee" have for our understanding of the ancient equivalent? How do we define refuge and refugees? Where do we look for the voices of refugees among the ancient evidence? What and where are the sites of "refuge" attested across the ancient Mediterranean world?
We welcome papers in any disciplinary field––and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged––pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean world and surrounding regions (including Egypt, the Near East and the expanses of the Roman Empire) and falling within the period spanning from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.
Potential topics could include:
* Literary and artistic representations of flight, refuge, or supplication, for example, in epic, tragedy, vase or wall painting.
* Classical reception (contemporary engagements with classical representations of refuge and refugees).
* Philosophical and theoretical conceptualizations of refuge, for example, in Stoic thought.
* Locations of refuge, such as sanctuary spaces.
* Intersections between refugees and the related spheres of ancient migration, exile, and diaspora.
* Ancient histories of migration catalyzed by displacement through war or other factors.
* The demographic impact of ancient refugees on ancient cities, landscapes, and economies.
* Archaeological evidence, for example, hoards and their significance in tracing ancient refugees.
* Refugee identity, for example, the transition from being a "refugee" to becoming a citizen of a new city.
The conference will include a roundtable on how the content and themes discussed in the context of the ancient world can be brought into dialogue with the contemporary refugee crisis.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to email@example.com no later than May 2, 2016. In the body of your email, please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of your abstract. The abstract should be anonymous and sent as an attachment. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length, in order to accommodate questions.
Housing accommodations will be provided by Columbia graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information please visit: cuancientrefugees2016.wordpress.com
(CFP closed 2 May 2016)
Divine (In)Justice in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
University of Sheffield: Friday 4 November 2016
Plenary speaker: Professor Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck, University of London)
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):
* Literary and artistic portrayals of divine judgment
* Human versus divine concept of justice
* Monotheistic versus polytheistic notions of divine justice
* Divine (in)justice in Judaism and Islam
* Secular versus religious justice
* Signs of divine (dis)approbation in national and/or political and/or institutional discourse
* Anxieties about divine justice
* Divine justice and natural disasters
* Postmortem justice
Papers may consider all aspects of divine (in)justice during the period (roughly 8th century B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.), from a variety of disciplinary angles, including literary, historical, artistic, and theological. Medieval culture, its concept of justice, and its major religions were undeniably influenced by classical traditions, and this conference seeks to explore continuities and divergences between these two periods in order to shed further light on the various factors that determine the conceptualisation and representation of divine justice, and define its role in society.
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Steenbrugge (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 June 2016.
(CFP closed 30 June 2016)
Villa Empain, Brussels: November 4-5, 2016
atopia is an encounter with classical antiquity enacted by a group of historians, theorists and artists on November 5th at the Villa Empain in Brussels. Ancient Greece has long functioned as the supposed origin of “Western civilization,” and as such the common ground of Europe, its colonial territories, and the humanist project. atopia approaches the classical tradition not as a homeland whose borders are secure, but as a constellation, heterogeneous from the outset and open to being recomposed. The Villa Empain’s focus on the institution as an inhabited home creates conditions for an embodied experience that displaces classicism’s familiar narrative: atopia locates classical antiquity in a space between everywhere and somewhere.
Organized by Brooke Holmes, Isabel Lewis, and Asad Raza
By Jove! Invoking Ancient Deities on Modern Screens
An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: "Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television"
The Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee, WI (USA): October 26-30, 2016
Long after their worship ceased, the gods and goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean world have remained potent forces in the modern imaginary. While their traditional names remain the same, modernity's shifting ideological matrices change the signification of these deities. The meaning of worshipers paying homage to them; of priests and prophets claiming to speak on their behalf; and of heroes and rulers challenging their authority or receiving their favor, all change when the moral authority and even existence of these gods and goddesses is no longer a self-evident truth. Technologies for visualizing the divine in e.g. film, television, and video games further complicate the way audiences comprehend deities associated with living cultural traditions but defunct belief systems. Furthermore, viewers may relate very differently to the re-imagining of these ancient Mediterranean gods and goddesses on the modern screen, depending on their various social, cultural, religious, ethnic and/or national identities.
This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the motivations, execution, conditions, ramifications, and reaction to representing deities of the ancient Mediterranean world on screen. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Embodying the gods: how divine identity, gender, and power are visually depicted; why certain god/desses are more (or less) frequently depicted; whether visual representation reinforces the viewer's sense of realism, or makes the god/dess seem too quotidian
* Gods and stars: the interaction of divine identity and star texts, the resultant effect on viewer interpretation of character and/or actor
* Contextualizing the gods: do god/dessess function differently in ancient vs. modern mise-enscene; the shifting ideological function of ancient god/desses in relation to modern narratives, history, religious systems/theologies; whether genre as context changes the signification of a deity
* Sizing up (or down) the deities: depicting the stature of god/desses relative to humans; how the scale of a medium (e.g. film versus television) or the viewing platform (e.g. movie screen versus smartphone) affects perception of divinity
* Presence without substance: how excluding god/desses as active participants in the onscreen drama affects perception of the their power and even existence (e.g. Troy)
* Interacting with the gods: how god/desses relate to humans (e.g. heroes, priest/esses, kings/queens, worshippers); the interactive experience of video game players (e.g. God of War) and app users versus the comparatively passive experiences of film/TV viewers
Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.filmandhistory.org).
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016; EXTENDED DEADLINE July 15 2016
Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2016 to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College: email@example.com.
(CFP closed 15 July 2016)
Stoic Guidance for Troubled Times
Queen Mary University of London: October 22, 2016
Can the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism help us in responding to acute political and personal problems? How does Stoicism reconcile the search for inner peace of mind with positive affection or love and social concern?
A series of talks, interviews, and question-and-answer sessions, with scope for audience participation and social breaks. One of a series of such public events at QMUL on Stoic guidance held since 2014.
The programme will include:
* Tim LeBon on Stoic responses to the Brexit vote or a possible Trump victory.
* Christopher Gill interviews Elena Isayev on her experiences with refugees in the West Bank and the Calais ‘jungle’.
* Jules Evans talks to member of the Saracens rugby club about the value of Stoic messages in dealing with training, victory and defeat.
* Donald Robertson talks about Stoic approaches to resilience and love and how the two are linked.
* Gabriele Galluzzo discusses Stoic emotions – those we want to get rid of and those we want to develop.
To book for this event go to: http://eshop.qmul.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=34&catid=1&prodid=652 (cost £15).
The event forms part of ‘Live like a Stoic Week 2016’ – the fifth such event since 2012.
To follow this year’s week-long on–line course (Oct 17-23) on living a Stoic life go to: https://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/introduction-to-online-course/
To find out more about Stoicism in daily life see ‘Stoicism Today’ blog (http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/).
Tim LeBon is a psychotherapist and author of Positive Psychology. Christopher Gill is an Emeritus Professor and author of several books on Stoicism; he has edited the Oxford World Classics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Elena Isayev is an Associate Professor who works on migration, refugees and asylum in the ancient and modern worlds. Jules Evans is a philosophical writer and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations. Donald Robertson is a psychotherapist and author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness; he also designed a four-week course on promoting Stoic resilience. Gabriele Galluzzo is a university lecturer and author of several books on ancient philosophy.
The E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series on the Classical Tradition 2016
Warburg Institute, London: 11, 12, 13 October 2016
Organized by the Warburg Institute and Princeton University Press
Speaker: Philip Hardie, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge
Celestial Aspirations: 17th and 18th Century British Poetry and Painting, and the Classical Tradition
11 October - Visions of apotheosis and glory on painted ceilings: from Rubens’ Banqueting House, Whitehall to Thornhill’s Painted Hall, Greenwich
12 October - Poetic ascents and flights of the mind: Neoplatonism to Romanticism
13 October - ‘No middle flight’: Miltonic ascents and their reception
Pre-registration (free) is required in order to attend the lectures, at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celestial-aspirations-17th-and-18th-century-british-poetry-and-painting-tickets-27305083239.
Neo-Latin in Fascism
Brixen, South Tyrol: October 7-8, 2016
The Fascist regime in Italy saw itself as a rebirth of the greatness of ancient Rome. Accordingly, Roman antiquity played a crucial role in its ideology. This also holds true for the language of the Romans – Latin. Not only was Latin a central subject of the school curriculum, Latin texts were also written in great numbers in order to promote and justify Fascism. Yet, the phenomenon of Fascist Neo-Latin literature has not attracted the scholarly attention it deserves so far.
The international conference Neolatin in Fascism, organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies and going to take place on the 7th and 8th of October 2016 at the Vinzentinum in Brixen/Bressanone, will be the first attempt ever made to address this often repulsive, yet fascinating topic as a whole and on a larger scale. On its first day, two events for a broader audience will take place – an introductory class for grammar school pupils and an evening lecture for a broader audience. On the second day, ten experts from Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Nederlands and England will present and discuss their research on Fascist – and anti-Fascist – lyric and epic poetry, rhetoric and epigraphy written in Latin. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the prestigious series Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia.
The Making of the Humanities V
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA): 5-7 October, 2016
The Making of Humanities conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day. We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.
Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, etc., but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.
1.Karine Chemla (ERC project SAW, SPHERE, CNRS & U. Paris Diderot): “Writing the history of ancient mathematics in China and beyond in the 19th century: who? for whom?, and how?”
2.Anthony Grafton (Princeton U.): “Christianity and Philology: Blood Wedding?”; Sarah Kay (New York U.): “Inhuman Humanities and the Artes that Make up Medieval Song”
MoH-V will feature three days of panel and paper sessions, next to three keynote speakers and a closing panel on the Status of the Humanities. A reception will take place on the first day in the magnificent Peabody Library, and a banquet on the second day. An overview of the previous conferences and resulting publications is on the Society’s homepage.
Abstracts of single papers (25 minutes including discussion) should be in Word format and contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. Abstracts should be sent (in Word) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for abstracts: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.
Panels last 1.5 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers including discussion and possibly a commentary. Panel proposals should be in Word format and contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. Panel proposals should be sent (in Word) to email@example.com. Deadline for panel proposals: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.
For full information about the conference, please visit: http://www.historyofhumanities.org/2015/10/29/call-for-papers-and-panels-the-making-of-humanities-v.
(CFP closed 30 April 2016)
Classics -- Right Now!
Autumn conference of the California Classical Association (North), Stanford University: October 1 2016
In this era of instantaneity, when the label "classic" gets slapped onto anything more than five years old, what hope is there for getting people interested in the considerably earlier achievements of Greek and Roman culture? This day-long conference will examine ways in which movies, video gaming and other media can engage new audiences with the ancient past. Papers (15-20 minutes) are welcome on any aspect of such encounters. A special focus will be on creative pedagogical uses of media (K-12 and college levels) for introducing the Classics.
Abstracts (maximum 500 words, including any bibliography, and specifying exact length of talk) should be sent by August 22 to Prof. John Klopacz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Selected participants will be notified soon after the deadline. Please indicate on the abstract any technological requirements for the talk.
(CFP closed August 22 2016)
IMAGINES V: The Fear and the Fury - Ancient Violence in Modern Imagination
Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin: September 29 - October 1 2016.
The Fear and the Fury is the fifth international conference organised by the research project Imagines (www.imagines-project.org) in order to attract and connect international scholars working in the field of the representation of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts.
Violence, fury and the dread that they trigger are factors that appear frequently in the ancient sources. They often feature human violence, wars and natural disasters, but also the inherent violence of mythical figures and stories and their inexorable impact on the life and destiny of mortals.This dark side of antiquity, so distant from the pure whiteness that the classical heritage usually calls forth, has repeatedly struck the imagination of artists, writers and scholars across ages and cultures. Examples are the countless depictions of the destruction of Pompeii (i.e. Karl Bryullov's painting The Last Day of Pompeii, which in turn has become a source of inspiration for several following artists), the works performing the Spartans' tragic heroism at Thermopylae (the obvious reference is Frank Miller's 300, and its cinematographic adaptation by Zack Snyder), and the representations of Medea's fury (from Euripides to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Lars von Trier).
The conference will look at how modern and contemporary performing and visual arts represent the evildoers – those who provoked fear and who were led by fury –, the catastrophic events, the battles and the ancient everyday tragedies, as well as the fears they generated, both in those who found themselves facing such misfortunes and in those who interact with the ancient world and its representations.
Papers should either focus on a specific post-classical period or follow a cross-temporal perspective. In addition, they can cover one or more artistic languages (painting, book art and graphic design, comics, sculpture, architecture, theatre, opera, dance, street art, photography, cinema, computer animation, videogames etc.) and propose comparative approaches.
Questions addressed in the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:
* How has post-classical imagery staged the conquerors' violence and the fear felt by the subjugated, from the fall of Troy to the Rape of the Sabine Women and the sack of Rome in 410 A.D.?
* How has the human impotence against the forces of the nature (from the storms that have hampered the nostoi of the Homeric heroes to the total destruction of Pompeii caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) been perceived and performed?
* How have military powers of the ancient World, from the Macedonian phalanx to the Roman legions, and their acts of conquest and destruction, been translated into forms of contemporary entertainment, such as videogames?
* How has political violence, be it individual of collective, from rebellions against the rulers (i.e. Harmodius and Aristogeitons killing the tyrants) to the struggles for power (i.e. the disorders that tainted the last years of the Roman Republic) been staged and perfomed?
* What forms of domestic or private violence – as they have been handed down from Graeco-roman sources – have most impacted the modern and contemporary visual arts and why?
We welcome proposals for papers of 30 minutes each. The abstracts should have a length of max. 500 words, be written in one of the conference languages (English and Italian) and be sent by January, 31st 2016 to email@example.com.
The conference organization will cover the accommodation expenses for all accepted speakers if needed. There are no conference fees.
(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)
[JOURNAL] thersites #6/2017 - Special Issue: Advertising Antiquity
The journal thersites. Journal for transcultural presences and diachronic identities to date is planning a special issue, edited by Filippo Carlà-Uhink (University of Exeter), Marta García Morcillo (University of Roehampton) and Christine Walde (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) on the topic of “Advertising Antiquity”, and is looking for potential contributors to the issue.
We are looking for contributions that cover:
1) the existence of forms of “advertisement” in Classical Antiquity, as well as those that study this from a transdisciplinary perspective through models and concepts developed in social and economic studies
2) the role of Classical Antiquity in modern advertising, as a repertoire of symbols and values, and as a shared cultural reference that can be easily recognized by the public
While studies in the field of Classical Receptions have flourished in recent years, in particular regarding the visual and performing arts, advertising has until now been substantially neglected, owing to its (elitist) exclusion from many definitions of “art” or “culture”. We, on the other hand, are convinced that advertising – through its very aim to appeal to a broad public – is a highly relevant indicator of the presence, significance and symbolic value of Classical Antiquity in popular culture, and thus worthy of much greater attention. Ancient themes and figures are in fact regularly present in modern Western advertising, constituting familiar reference points in which many of the “values” that ads attempt to communicate find a reliable symbol or pictogram that can be immediately recognized by the public – Hercules (for strength) being possibly the most obvious example. Similarly, the high prestige attributed to the Classical world and its knowledge until just a few decades ago is often used in the Western world to confer an immediate credibility to the product or element being advertised.
Ancient forms of advertising have also been substantially neglected in scholarship, eventually studied only by scholars of ancient economy and almost only ever in reference to Rome. Nevertheless, as is the case today, adverts were part of everyday life for the inhabitants of ancient cities, who covered their walls with offers, promises and public announcements of every kind, private and official. The very term “advertising” derives from the Latin adverto or “turn towards”, hence also “draw attention to” – a word that captures the very essence of advertising. This paves the way to multiple potential approaches that link to social and cultural studies, such as the relationship between advertising and identity.
This relationship is, once again, central to studying the presence of Antiquity in modern advertising: should the audience identify with the Ancient Greeks and Romans, recognize them as a part of their cultural heritage, or should they feel different from them? How is such a message constructed, and what pre-knowledge of the Classical world do the ad-creators expect from their targeted audience?
As within our multimedia saturated world, ads were also acknowledged and perceived in different ways in ancient times. They could be read or seen but also heard, appearing in the form of inscriptions, paintings, and announcements read aloud by the kerykes/praecones.
We therefore welcome contributions that, whether they concern Antiquity or the modern world, highlight the multimedia character of advertising and interrogate its multisensorial communication and reception. We particularly encourage contributions that are able to bring together both the aspects mentioned above, for instance through an investigation of how ancient forms of advertising have been represented in Classical Receptions (e.g. the representation of praecones and written announcements in the HBO series Rome).
thersites is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal – previous issues can be seen at http://www.thersites.uni-mainz.de.
Abstracts for possible contributions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th September 2016. The proposals, and the eventual ensuing papers, can be in English, German, Italian, French or Spanish.
The accepted articles, which must be a max. of 90,000 characters including empty spaces, footnotes and bibliography in length and contain an English abstract of around 150 words, will have to be submitted by the 30th June 2017.
The papers will undergo a peer review process according to the journal’s guidelines, found here: http://www.thersites.uni-mainz.de.
The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art
British Museum, London: September 30, 2016
The Cyprus High Commission-Cultural Section and the British Museum cordially invite you to:
"The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art"
Is reconstructing the past as speculative as constructing the future? Exploring the politics and poetics of the archaeological finds, four prominent artists from Cyprus, Alev Adil, Haris Epaminonda, Maria Loizidou, and Christodoulos Panayiotou will discuss the ‘archaeological turn’ in contemporary Cypriot art. Developed by Christina Lambrou and Elena Parpa, the artists’ talks will be followed by a round-table discussion chaired by Dr Gabriel Koureas, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London.
Held under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus Euripides L. Evriviades to celebrate the Cyprus National Day.
Friday, 30 September 2016, The British Museum (BP Theatre), Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG at 6:30 pm
Free entrance but booking is essential: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ground-beneath-our-feet-four-artists-from-cyprus-discuss-archaeology-and-contemporary-art-tickets-26349667565.
Modernist Fragmentation and After: International Postgraduate Conference
Princeton University: 29-30 September 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr Nora Goldschmidt (Durham University)
We invite proposals for papers for a conference on modernist tropes of
fragmentation, to be held at Princeton University, September 29-30,
Fragmentation is an inescapable aesthetic technique of 20th- and
21st-century literature and art, overdetermined as a figure for both
social processes of alienation and atomization and the psychological
interiorization of these processes. “Modernist Fragmentation And After”
seeks to interrogate this category from the perspective of classical
reception and history, examining modernist experiments with
fragmentation as a formalization of modernist problems of artistic
representation while also investigating the deployment of this technique
as a dominant aesthetic mode of receiving and adapting the cultural
products of Greek and Roman antiquity.
Fragmentation as a mode of composition rather than an accident of the
historical process of preserving literary and material artifacts has, of
course, a significant history before its assumption in modernism, which
the theorist and historian of Romantic literature John Beer has
adumbrated. Beer suggests that the Romantic compositional treatment of
the fragment tracked the developing 18th-century European investment in
the past as a “locus of feeling” as exemplified in interests in
architectural ruination and broken statuary. Thus the post-Romantic
voice of Rilke’s famous sonnet on a headless ancient Greek statue of
Apollo exemplifies the paradox whereby the fragment takes on an
independent aesthetic interest beyond its ruination that depends on a
lost and imagined whole. Rilke’s poem also points up the origins of the
aesthetic interest in fragmentation as reflecting on the loss of a
classical past. These meditations prefigure the programmatic and
widespread modernist interest in fragmentation: when Eliot in the final
lines of The Waste Land writes, “These fragments have I shored against
my ruins,” he both offers a program of interpreting his poem through the
technique of synthesized fragmentation and gestures towards the
dominance of fragmentation as a poetic technique and aesthetic mode in
his contemporaries, as seen in the poems of H.D. and Pound and the
disjunctive prose compositions of Joyce, Faulkner, Woolf, and others.
While these moments of fragmentation frequently reflect on and adapt the
cultural products of classical antiquity—conceived of in such terms—they
do so in complex and contradictory ways.
This conference seeks to address the historical circumstances that
rendered fragmentation a dominant aesthetic and analytic mode of
modernist engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity. We aim to foster
cross-disciplinary investigations into this complex history, and invite
abstracts from graduate researchers in Classics, English, Comparative
Literature, Modern Languages, History, Architecture, Art History, and
related disciplines. We also seek abstracts from practising artists.
Possible approaches might include (but are not limited to):
* Case studies of concrete instances of this engagement in literature,
the performing arts, and visual and material media
* Theoretical approaches exploring modernist fragmentation as an
* The historical development of modernist fragmentation from its
prehistory in Romanticism, other aesthetic movements of the 19th
century, and/or Early Modern interest in classical civilisations
* Meditations on the transformations of this trope in postmodernist
poetics and aesthetics
* Papers from practising artists in various disciplines exploring their
own engagement with modernist fragmentation, and illuminating dynamics
of fragmentation in the history and practice of a given artistic medium.
Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to
email@example.com by NO LATER THAN JULY 1ST. They should be no
longer than 300 words, and be attached in .pdf or .doc format. Please
ensure that they contain no identifying information.
Questions should be addressed to the conference organisers, Kay Gabriel
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Talitha Kearey (email@example.com).
(CFP closed 1 July 2016)
Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics
RomaTre University: 29-30 September 2016
Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics, a joint symposium of the 'Euro-Linguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim' and of the scholars who identify with the aims of '2.000. The European Journal', will be held at RomaTre University on 29-30 September 2016.
The themes of the symposium are:
1) Theodor Mommsen and Cicero. For Theodor Mommsen's (1817-2017) bicentenary.
2) Genesis and Migration of Indo-European Languages- Research and theories on their origin.
3) On the origins of the idea of Europe.
Those who would like to take part should send an abstract of their papers, along with a short c.v, to Cicero_Euro_Linguistics@fastwebnet.it (Matthew Fox and Ermanno Malaspina for Ciceronianism, P. Sture Ureland for Eurolinguistics, Vincenzo Merolle for European Studies), by May 31, 2016.
This will be the first of a number of symposia, to be held in the coming years, in Rome or at other European universities.
The underlying idea from a philological point of view is that of analyzing the current development of European languages and of selecting a common vocabulary for Europe and the West. From a philosophical point of view, it will be that of promoting the ideas of tolerance and civilization proper to Western democracies.
Therefore, we invite the submission of papers and participation on the part of colleagues who, we are sure, will appreciate our efforts towards the advancement of learning.
Participants could be asked a small entrance fee (of no more that €30 per person), unless we are able to find some form of grant or sponsorship.
Organizers: Matthew Fox; Ermanno Malaspina; P. Sture Ureland; Vincenzo Merolle
Manifesto of the symposium on 'Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics' to be held at the University of Roma-Tre on 29-30 September 2016
The 'Euro-Linguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim' (chairman P. S. Ureland, Mannheim), together with the scholars who identify with the aims of "The European Journal', (editor Vincenzo Merolle, 'La Sapienza', Roma), convinced, as they are, that our civilization needs a greater endeavour aimed at superior understanding and maturity, have decided to unite their efforts to run joint symposia on 'Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics'. The symposia will take place every year, in autumn, c/o a European university, that will be chosen according to the opportunities that our colleagues will suggest.
First of all, why Ciceronianism? The obvious reason is that politically we support democratic and liberal ideas against any form of tyranny and of authoritarian, or limited, democracy. Cicero, as the champion of republican ideas and of the mixed constitution, is the main representative of such a tradition.
From a cultural point of view, Europe is a unified entity. Paradoxically, our cultural unity failed, although only in part, during the age of the Enlightenment, the age which historians commonly define as 'cosmopolitan', although it was then that the writers, Hume, Voltaire, Kant, abandoning Latin, or the 'lingua franca', began to write in their national languages. The common cement of our tradition remained nevertheless Latin, and Cicero is the author who more than any other is a recognized authority in this tradition.
As for our contemporary European world, languages are nowadays silently discarding words that are not shared in common, and the needs of communication, in Europe and the West, every day become more urgent and compelling. In daily practice we are therefore selecting a vocabulary that will be increasingly shared in common, and will eventually become understandable to cultivated people.
The aim of our project, from a linguistic point of view -here, as in its other aims, sketched in broad lines- is that of accompanying this process of selection, a process we must become fully aware of, and which we shall not simply receive from daily practice, but consciously direct and command.
The world is in fact becoming a 'global village', and the next step, the one which we aim to achieve, is a comprehensive picture of European civilization and of the history of our continent and the West.
For this aim we need the cooperation of more cultural associations, which only apparently have different aims, but whose efforts are directed to the end, common to all of us, of uncovering the roots of our history, in order to know and understand our modern world.
Languages reflect the history of peoples and, in our effort, linguistics will be one of the main fields of research. Communication is in fact what civilization principally needs, in the sense that peoples, when communicating, and therefore achieving a better knowledge of each other, realize that there is much in common between them, and fewer or no reasons at all for enmity and confrontation. The expansion of democratic ideas, which we have experienced in Europe after the tragedies of the last century, is mainly due to the spread of the means of communication, which demonstrate every day to all of us how humankind is everywhere the same, and that what is needed is a greater consciousness of this reality. The spread of learning produces, as a natural consequence, this consciousness. Its advancement is therefore the preliminary premise to a higher level of civilization, and will be our principal concern.
Democracy, as recent experiences show, cannot be exported with weapons, while past experiences justify us in the fear that it might not be 'irreversible', not a conquest forever. By contrast, democracy needs the maturity of generations, the superior consciousness of the nature of humankind and its aims. Acquiring such concepts, humankind can avoid passing through more tragedies such as the ones that last century covered both Europe and the world with blood.
Summarizing our aim: we want to accompany the historical process that is taking place, since historical change is uninterrupted; we want to be witnesses of our history, but with a glance towards the future.
Contact: Cicero_Euro_Linguistics@fastwebnet.it (Matthew Fox and Ermanno Malaspina for Ciceronianism, P. Sture Ureland for Eurolinguistics, Vincenzo Merolle for European Studies).
(CFP closed 31 May 2016)
Renaissance Prototypes: Tensions of Past and Present in Early Modern Europe
An international, multidisciplinary conference in Oslo organized by the Norwegian Renaissance Society.
Oslo, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters: 28-30 September 2016
The conference Renaissance Prototypes will focus on that particular early modern notion of the past as composed of predictions of the future. “Prototype” was a term coined in the Renaissance to sanction the recycling of historical objects and concepts. It conveyed the idea that the true fulfillment of a trope, a motif, an image or a building would always lie in the future. With venerated ancient models thus “reduced” to a mere sketch or an outline, linear time appears to go in loops and conventional chronologies run backwards. The past is recast as a trial run for the present.
We invite contributors to reflect on the cross-temporal scheme entailed by the concept of prototype or implied by related notions such as forewarning, prefiguration, premonition, and prophecy. In short, we ask for presentations of texts and images that in some way or the other are seen to contradict, confound, or misinterpret conventional sequences between cause and effect. One might want to discuss the relationship between original and copy, between sketch and realization, between beginning and end. In contrast to modern ideas of history as progression, a “prototypical history” finds itself in constant negotiations with the past, revealing a Renaissance culture engaged in readjustments, manipulations, and other undercover operations. In this way a bygone era offered the design of things ahead as well as legitimized a contemporary world that in many ways was novel. Arguably, the Renaissance may seem like a continuation of antiquity only to the extent antiquity itself is refashioned as its proto-manifestation.
The main objective of the Oslo conference is to explore and identify the precise and varied forms of the dynamic interchange between past and present in different scholarly disciplines (art, architecture, music, literature, philosophy and history of ideas). The point of departure is how Renaissance humanists, artists, theologians, and philosophers returned to the beginnings, to the ancient foundations, to revive them and to purge or restore them from the corruption of the present. Myths of origins, the “prototypes”, were thus transformed into myths of new beginnings—to vigorous and future-oriented projections of politics, sciences, education, technology, music, literature and art. A second aim of the conference is to discuss how Renaissance scholars have shaped modern interpretations of the past. On the one hand, Renaissance historiographers such as Jacob Burckhardt, Erwin Panofsky, Eugenio Garin or Paul Oskar Kristeller have offered lenses through which the past traditions are explored; on the other hand, their readings represent obstacles that are necessary to address and discuss in modern scholarship today.
A focus on the philosophy and theory of history as well as on concrete examples of a convoluted temporality makes the subject of the conference Renaissance Prototypes doubly historiographical: The Renaissance view on classical antiquity constitutes one segment of the timeline just as our view on the Renaissance constitutes another. This doubly-lensed vision of past traditions throws light on contemporary presentations and perceptions of history.
The conference is initiated by the Norwegian Renaissance Society and organized within the framework of the Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies. The conference in supported by: the Research Council of Norway, the University of Oslo, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and the Nansen Humanistic Academy.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 March 2016.
(CFP closed March 17, 2016)
Into New Frames. De-contextualisation and Transmediality in Ancient Literatures
Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Workshop, Exzellenzcluster Topoi, Berlin / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: 28-29 September 2016
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Peter Bing, Emory University
The workshop aims at exploring the phenomenon of de- and re-contextualisation of Ancient Greek works into new literary, cultural and social contexts. Especially in the archaic and classical period the genres of Ancient Greek literature were attached to one specific occasion and cultural context, but later re-framing and re-performance into new contexts were not rare. Particularly interesting is also the translation of contents into different media and new spatial settings, from text to image, or vice versa.
The interdisciplinary workshop addresses PhD students and early career scholars in various fields, from Classical philology to linguistics and Classical archaeology. We will reflect on the mechanisms connected with de- and re- contextualisation from different perspectives. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:
1. "Beyond quotations": the use and re-use of words, sentences and whole passages in new works:
* Which consequences are related to the re-use of words and passages in new textual frames?
* How are texts quoted?
* Which linguistic changes are connected with quotations?
2. "Re-performance in new contexts":
* Which examples of re-performance in cultural and social contexts different form the original ones are attested?
* Did these texts retain part of their original context? Did it produce a sense of alienation?
* What kind of changes did the re-performance entail (linguistic changes, omissions, re-actualization strategies)?
3. "Multimediality": translation to new media and loss of material context:
* Which consequences are related to the translation from a medium into a new one?
* Which kind of changes must be achieved?
* How much does it influence the perception?
The form of the workshop has been chosen in order to achieve an interesting and fruitful discussion among participants. Every section will host three presentations of 20 minutes each, which will be followed by discussion.
Please submit abstracts (no more than 300 words; .pdf file) to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st, 2016. The language of the workshop is English; German papers may also be accepted. Funding includes one night in the guest house of the Humboldt Universität and a partial travel allowance. For further information, please contact Nina Ogrowsky (email@example.com).
(CFP closed March 1 2016)
Bestiarium: Human and Animal Representations - International PhD [& ECR] Conference
Università degli studi di Verona, Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici: 28-30 September 2016
The PhD School of Humanities of the University of Verona is organising the international trans-disciplinary Conference "Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations" which will take place from the 28th to the 30th September 2016.
From Aristotle's philosophy to the Medieval Bestiaries, from the ancient fables to the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys and Bill Viola, through George Orwell's Animal Farm and Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka, the animal and its various representations have always played a lead role in the cultural production of human kind. For example, from the XVI century onwards Aesop's fables and the oriental tales collected in Panchatantra and in its Arab version Kalila e Dimna have influenced a number of essays and short stories, such as those by Agnolo Firenzuola (La prima veste dei discorsi degli animali), Anton Francesco Doni and Jean de la Fontaine.
In the last decades, however, new achievements in fields such as Ecology and Cognitive Ethology have created the social need to deeply reconsider the ethical status of animals. From a theoretical point of view, these peculiar social demands have imposed an interpretative shift in the Humanities, leading to the so-called "Animal Turn" in cultural studies (Harriet Ritvo, "On the Animal Turn", 2007). This theoretical turn raised some fundamental questions about human-animal relationships, otherness, the ontological status of animals and the meaning of humanity and animality. As a result, the traditional epistemological categories of Humanities have been called into question. Indeed, if on the one hand the contribution of scholars such as Jacques Derrida (L'Animal que donc je suis, 2006), Giorgio Agamben (L'Aperto: l'uomo e l'animale, 2002), Cora Diamond (The Realistic Spirit, 1991), and J. M. Coetzee (The lives of Animals, 1999) has allowed to dismiss the conception, typical of the Enlightenment, according to which "animals were mere blank pages onto which human wrote meaning" (Erica Fudge, "The History of Animals", 2009), on the other hand, it has demonstrated a substantial inability to abandon the anthropocentric point of view which has always characterized the discourse on animals.
Hence the need to overcome the traditional tendency to read the animal merely as a symbol, a metaphor or an allegory, whose only purpose is that of representing and negotiating human power relations of race, class, and gender. This new perspective allows the adoption of a critical attitude capable of shortening the ontological distance between the human and the animal, referring to a phenomenological dimension in which the two elements are different, but equally possible, modes of corporeality of a particular form of animality.
The international trans-disciplinary Conference "Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations" intends to give a contribution to this debate by focusing on texts and discursive practices which reveal the epistemological and cultural dynamics structuring the representation of the animal.
The human-animal relationship has always been characterised by a wide net of interactions and exchanges. The aim of the Conference will be to rethink the very nature of humanity through animality - considering all the various meanings that this term can acquire - in order to highlight diversity and to find a new sense of the human and of the animal.
What are the ontological, phenomenological and ethical differences emerging from the comparison of the human with the animal? How does the distinction between humanity and animality change over time and in different cultural contexts? How can we rethink the categories of otherness, agency, embodiment and experience in the human-animal relationship? How are the mechanisms of empathy triggered through the textual representation of the animal? How does the interpretation of a text change when assuming a non-anthropocentric point of view on the representation of the animal? Which linguistics strategies are deployed when speaking of animals and what do they reveal?
Given the strong interdisciplinary character of the reflection on the animal and its representation, the Conference is open to scholars of different disciplines such as Italian, ancient Greek, Latin, and foreign literatures and philology, philosophy, linguistics, history and anthropology, art, cinema and new media.
We invite contributions which study, discuss and promote, among others, the following issues:
* Human-animal relationship
* Animalising the human and humanising the animal
* Animal bodies and human bodies
* Discursive significance of animal metaphors, symbols and tropes - Textual animals
* Animal societies and Human societies
* Animals and visual culture
* Language and animality
The Conference is addressed to PhD students and researchers who have no more than 5 years post-Doctoral experience.
The time limit for each presentation is 20 minutes, followed by discussion. Please submit an abstract of 300 words (title included) in .pdf format by April 15, 2016 to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions should be written in English or Italian, and be prepared for anonymous review. Name, affiliation, and research field should appear only in the text of the e-mail. All submissions will be acknowledged and acceptance of abstracts will be communicated by June 15, 2016. Contributions in English will be preferred.
The publication of the Conference proceedings is expected.
Organising Committee: Mariaelisa Dimino, Alessia Polatti, Roberta Zanoni.
Scientific Commitee: Giulia Anzanel, Stefano Bazzaco, Francesca Dainese, Francesco Dall'Olio, Damiano De Pieri, Mariaelisa Dimino, Anja Meyer, Damiano Migliorini, Silvia Panicieri, Giulia Pellegrino, Alessia Polatti, Simone Pregnolato, Marco Robecchi, Giacomo Scavello, Tania Triberio, Roberta Zanoni.
For more information you can visit our website: https://bestiariumconvegno.wordpress.com/
or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Convegno-Bestiarium-Rappresentazioni-dellumano-e-dellanimale-1670070243246827/?fref=ts
(CFP closed 15 April 2016)
The Sophistic Renaissance: Authors, Texts, Interpretations
Ca' Foscari University, Venice: 26 September, 2016
This International Conference aims at exploring the influence and diffusion of the ancient sophistic traditions in early-modern Europe, fostering an interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and enhancing a new network for a future collaboration across fields. The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca' Foscari University hosts a growing team of scholars working on early modern philosophy and literature. The conference will investigate the early-modern rebirth of ancient sophists in different linguistic areas, including but not limited to Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, and English, within all genres. Papers will examine ancient sophists' legacy, translations and interpretations of their works, and new forms of sophistry from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The development of sophistry is tightly connected with Skepticism, Platonism, and Aristotelianism, and these traditions, therefore, might be addressed in papers and discussions. The participants will investigate the state-of-the-art and open new paths of research for the future. No conference on the sophistic tradition and its legacy has investigated Renaissance culture and only few, though important, studies have been dedicated to this topic. This conference on the sophistic Renaissance, supported by Katinis' MSC research project at Ca' Foscari University, will contribute to fill the gap in international scholarship and enhance the research in the field. The Conference will be held in the Aula Baratto, one of the historical rooms of Palazzo Ca' Foscari. The papers will be in English, although papers in Italian are acceptable. The proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Reading.
Opening Remarks and Introduction: Teodoro Katinis / Luigi Perissinotto
Eric MacPhail (Indiana University Bloomington), Peri Theon: The Renaissance Confronts the Gods
Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen), Humanists on Sophistic Arguments
Leo Catana (University of Copenhagen), Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on Plato's Gorgias
Marco Munarini (University of Padua), Rhetoric's Demiurgy: from Synesius of Cyrene to Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola
Marc van der Poel (Radboud University), The Greek Sophistical Tradition in Rudolph Agricola's De Inventione Dialectica and beyond
Stefano Gulizia (Independent Scholar), Atticismus and Antagonism: Greek Antiquarianism, Scholarly Networks, and the Career of the Sophist Alcidamas in Renaissance Italy
Jorge Ledo (University of Basel), From Wit to Shit. Notes for a (Emotional) Lexicon of Sophistry in the Renaissance
Teodoro Katinis (Ca' Foscari University Venice), Closing Remarks: Enhancing Research on the Sophistic Traditions in the Renaissance
Discussion session: Eugene Afonasin (Novosibirsk University); Christopher Celenza (Johns Hopkins University); Glenn Most (SNS Pisa); Carlo Natali (Ca' Foscari University Venice); Luigi Perissinotto (Ca' Foscari University Venice).
Bernard Williams and the Ancients
University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK: 19-20 September, 2016
The work of Bernard Williams covered an astonishing diversity of topics, but the ancient history, philosophy and literature he studied as an undergraduate at Oxford in the late-1940s remained a touchstone throughout his career. He published extensively on Plato and Aristotle, proving himself both a sensitive expositor of the texts and a provocative critic. Despite his disciplinary affiliation in philosophy, his lifelong engagement with the ancient world extended to other branches of classical studies. From his early reflections on irresolvable dilemmas in Aeschylus ('Ethical Consistency') to his influential Sather Lectures at Berkeley on ideas of agency and responsibility in Homer and the Athenian tragedians (Shame and Necessity) to his late reflections on ideas of historical truth in Herodotus and Thucydides (Truth and Truthfulness), Williams repeatedly demonstrated what he often asserted: that there are innumerable ways in which we today can put the ancients to use.
This conference invites papers that use Williams's reflections on the classical world as invitations to fresh work on the themes that concerned him. These include, but are not restricted to, the ethics, moral psychology and political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle; Greek ideas of philosophical method; ethical ideas in Greek tragedy; the relationship between philosophy and literature; the use of literary texts in philosophy; Nietzsche's reception of Greek thought; contemporary virtue ethics; luck and justice; tragedy and pessimism; Thucydides and political realism; the origins of the idea of historical time in antiquity. Papers are invited from philosophers, philologists, historians, literary scholars, and others in classical studies whose interests intersect with Williams's.
Speakers will present their papers in panels, followed by responses from invited commentators. Papers will be no longer than 20 minutes.
Extended abstracts of 500–600 words may be e-mailed, preferably as PDFs, to Dr Nakul Krishna (email@example.com) on or before 12 noon on the 1st of April 2016. Scholars submitting abstracts must make it clear in their abstracts how their papers address the conference theme.
Additional information regarding the schedule for the conference and other logistical details will be announced in April 2016. For more information, please write to Dr Sophia Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(CFP closed 1 April 2016)
Reading Rancière Reading the Classics: International interdisciplinary workshop
London (RHUL central London – 11 Bedford Square): Sept. 7-8, 2016
The international workshop ‘Reading Rancière Reading the Classics’ brings together innovative aspects of contemporary philosophy, political thought, democracy, ethics and aesthetics and discussions of ancient politics, literature and art, focused on the extensive use of discussions of antiquity in the prolific and widely influential work of French philosopher Jacques Rancière.
Jacques Rancière is one of the most original voices in recent critical debates. He has offered important reformulations of such categories as “democracy”, “the political”, “equality”, “dissent”, “history” and “the sensible”. His thought has attracted a very wide range of responses in many academic fields, including philosophy, political science, art history and practice, literature, public cultural debates and more. Rancière’s attention to groups that are excluded from public discourse, speech and recognition has led him to rethink political representation, and thence also literary and artistic representation and aesthetics. Rancière is a distinct and unapologetic contemporary thinker, yet central to his work are comprehensive, informed and repeated engagements with classical antiquity, its history, literature and thought: The works of Plato, Aristotle, the Greek and Roman historians and many of the key literary texts of classical antiquity, discussions of Athenian democracy, Roman Imperial history, common soldiers, rebellious leaders and classical literary figures. Rancière traces, reappraises and sometimes radically revises the place of classical antiquity in the genealogy of thought and political practice and provide one of the most important contemporary links between past and present.
Workshop sessions will include introduced discussions of key topics and readings from Rancère’s work:
i. Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (Minneapolis, MN, 2004):
Chapters 1, ‘The Beginning of Politics’ (pp. 1-20).
Chapter 2, ‘Wrong: Politics and Police’ (pp. 21-42).
ii. The Philosopher and his Poor (Durham, NC, 2004)
Chapter 1 ‘Plato’s Lie’ (pp. 1-56)
iii. Mute Speech: Literature, Critical Theory, and Politics (New York, 2011):
Chapters 4, ‘From the Poetry of the Future to the Poetry of the Past’ (pp. 73-85).
Chapter 6, ‘The Fable of the Letter’ (pp. 93-100).
iv. The Names of History: On the Poetics of Knowledge (Minneapolis, MN, 1994)
Chapter 3, ‘The Excess of Words’ (pp. 24-41)
v. The Future of the Image (London, 2007)
Chapter 5, ‘Are Some Things Unrepresentable?’ (pp. 109-38)
vi. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics (London, 2010)
Chapter 1, ‘Ten Theses on the Politics’ (pp. 27-44).
Organized by Ellen O’Gorman (Bristol) and Ahuvia Kahane (RHUL).
The workshop is free and open to all. To register, go to
[BOOK] Antipodean Antiquities: Classics 'Down Under'
This new volume to be edited by Marguerite Johnson and published by Bloomsbury aims to produce a collection of articles on the use of the Classical Tradition in Australian and New Zealand literature and screen. Papers should be around 6-8,000 words. Current contributors to the project are Ika Willis, Liz Hale, Anna Jackson and Geoff Miles.
Please contact one of the project members or the editor for more information:
Dr Ika Willis: School of the Arts, English and Media; University of Wollongong email@example.com
A/Prof Anna Jackson: School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies; Victoria University of Wellington Anna.Jackson@vuw.ac.nz
Dr Geoff Miles: School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies; Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Liz Hale: School of Arts, University of New England firstname.lastname@example.org
A/Prof Marguerite Johnson: School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle
Note: forthcoming 2017: M. Johnson, A. Jackson, I. Willis, G. Miles & E. Hale (eds), Antipodean Antiquities: Classical Reception Down Under (Bloomsbury Press).
Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World XII - Orality & Narration: Performance and Mythic-Ritual Poetics
Crêt-Bérard, Puidoux (Chemin de la Chapelle 19 a, CH – 1070 Puidoux), Switzerland: Sept 1-3, 2016
The Departments of Classics at Lausanne and Basel invite all classicists, historians, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Twelfth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Switzerland, at Puidoux near Lausanne, on September 1-3, 2016. The conference will follow the same format as the previous ten conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor, Michigan (2012), and Atlanta (2014). It is planned that selected refereed proceedings will hopefully once again be published by E. J. Brill as Volume 12 in the Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World series (anticipated for 2018).
Theme: The theme for the conference is “Orality and narration: performance and mythic-ritual poetics”. Papers in response to this theme (see more below) are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other areas. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.
Accommodations: Situated between Vevey and Lausanne in the vineyards above the Lake Geneva (by train at 1h from Geneva Airport), the Centre Crêt-Bérard in Puidoux (canton Vaud, Switzerland) is located in a beautiful landscape and is a very convenient meeting place for conferences. It has a restaurant and many rooms for 1, 2 or 3 persons. We chose this Center for its quality and its very interesting prices. The organizers will offer all the dinners and meals. Travel and room expenses will be charged to the participants (individual room: 100 CHF (Swiss Francs) with WC and shower/ 75 CHF with ; double room (prices for two persons): 160 CHF with WC and shower/ 120 CHF without).
Abstracts: Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by 20 March 2016 via email as Word attachments to Ombretta Cesca, with cc to Anton Bierl and David Bouvier: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. All abstracts will be reviewed by a scientific committee.
More on the Theme: The meeting aims at exploring to what extent different conditions — regarding the context of enunciation, the audience, the medium (oral or written), etc. — define the manner of how a story is told and structured. For example, in a narration executed under the conditions of a ‘composition-in-performance’ (Lord) and in traditional societies, we can expect other features than in literary fictions that highly sophisticated authors compose as literature for a readership of connoisseurs. We can think of what Foley coined ‘traditional referentiality’, when narration in an oral poetics as ‘traditional art’ follows a pars pro toto or metonymic relation: behind and between the signs is a diachronic dimension that opens up the totality of possibilities – alternative narrative routes, different exits and instantiations. Moreover we want to study how myths and rituals as well as the occasion inscribe themselves into the performance of an oral narration. As Nagy pointed out, in ‘small-scale’ and traditional ‘societies’ myth and ritual in interaction and correlation constitute a marked discourse so that we can speak of a ‘mythic-ritual poetics’ (Bierl). The cultic setting or ritual occasion of the performance, moreover, frames not only the heroes’ mythic narration in an idealized past but also the poetic language itself since there is a close interconnection between the conception of the past and the metrical form. Narration can thus be understood as myth, while figures inside the story tend to emphasize their speech-acts through mythic examples. In addition, numerous myths (or stories of the past) come from the infinite web of tradition, and the performer metonymically alludes to and partakes in this mythic galaxy through elliptical forms. Myth shares with traditional narrative the feature of being authorless. Both are also transformed through endless variation and combination with a stable nucleus of motifs. In many traditional narrations we encounter variations of death and rebirth, disappearance and reappearance, search and retrieval, separation and reunion, hiding and epiphanic arrival. On the ritual side, we can highlight the ephebic pattern and initiation motifs, theoxeny, scenarios of the Other, relapses into the primordial or atavistic, new yearand king ritual, agonistic reversals, elements of supplication, lament, marriage, choreia and dancing, feasting, sacrifice, prayer, epiphanies, remnants of solar imagery, burial and hero cult. Socio-political and cultural changes, also on the spatial axis of local to larger entities, act on all these elements so that they can almost disappear behind a new, realistic veil. Yet they remain operable in an implicit fashion through allusions or anticipation. Occasion and the ritual context of a performance may also influence an oral narration, not only its argument, but also its linguistic form and length.
Under written conditions myth and ritual do not cease to inscribe themselves into literature. We believe that myth and ritual are not separated from ancient literature understood as l’art pour l’art but interact with literary texts and their plots. We can extend our questions from traditional and Homeric epics and popular tales to other genres where performed narration is an issue: E.g., how do myth and ritual influence and shape traditional historia, the novel and any other traditional and fictional tales? To what extent are also lyric songs and drama relevant for a study of traditional narration? How can an episode be marked by superimposing certain rituals and myths? Can we talk about a mythopoeia of these tales? Why were the Greeks so pleased to repeat the same myth or episode of their history in so many different ways and forms?
Beyond the core study of Classical literature under these premises, we encourage investigations on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world in general or, for comparative purposes, other areas. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.
Organisers: David Bouvier (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Anton Bierl (email@example.com).
(CFP closed March 20, 2016)
[BOOK] Medieval Poetry and Classical Influence: Imitatio, Aemulatio, and Innovatio, 400-1400
"aurea Roma iterum renovata renascitur orbi": Moduin, Ecloga 1.27
Classical images, vocabulary and style proliferate medieval works whether as the basis for the study of Latin language, as a template for a new work, or as an inspiration for a new interpretation of a Classical trope. Distinguishing different processes of reception of the Classical world by medieval poets and observing the operation of such processes helps to ground the understanding of medieval poetry, comprehend the medieval tastes for Classical poetry and culture, and understand consequential choices of conservation. This collection thus seeks proposals on any of area of ‘Imitatio, Aemulatio and Innovatio,’ widely construed, but particularly chapters giving voice to lesser known or obscure works for the benefit of widening their audience amongst scholars and students. Annotated translations as a part of the chapters are also welcome.
Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):
* Connections and correlation between scriptoria and their works produced
* Links, continuity or intentional breaks between the Classical period and later medieval eras
* Medieval poetry which borrows or adapts Classical forms
* Medieval comparisons of contemporary culture to the Classical world
* Medieval authors who re-shape Classical forms or images for medieval context
* Adaptation of Classical history to medieval purposes
* Stylistic elements and tropes borrowed from or adapted from the Classical world
Proposals of ca 500 words (including footnotes) will describe a 5000-8000 word chapter discussing a medieval poet and one of his/her works as a case study. Proposals on longer works will also be considered, especially if the author plans to include significant or substantial excerpts to support his or her work. Proposals should be sent as a Word file, and should include a brief curriculum vitae and full contact information including mail, email and phone/fax numbers.
Submissions are due by 1 September 2016. Successful contributors will be notified by 1 October 2016.
Proposals should be emailed to both editors under the same cover:
Dr Carey Fleiner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Lecturer of Classical and Early Medieval History, University of Winchester, UK
A/Prof. Pedro Schmidt (email@example.com)
Assistant Professor of Latin and Latin Literature, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
(CFP closed September 1, 2016)
Where Does it Hurt? Ancient Medicine in Questions and Answers
Leuven, Belgium: 30–31 August 2016
Asking the right questions and obtaining the right answers is vital to modern medical healthcare. It is essential for efficient doctor-patient communication, forming an important component of medical treatment. This was no different in Antiquity. Already the Hippocratic writings give us an idea of which kinds of questions physicians asked in diagnosing their patients, and which answers they received in return (see, e.g., the case histories in the Epidemics). However, one can imagine that patients or, in case of severe illness, their relatives were often incapable of providing an accurate answer to (some of) the doctor’s questions. Galen, for instance, says that certain types of pain are actually felt by patients, but cannot be described by them when asked to (Loc. Aff. 2, 9 [8, 117 Kühn]). As such, a good doctor had to be able not simply to ask the right questions, but also to look for the right answers himself, if necessary.
The use of question-and-answer (Q&A) formulas is widely attested in ancient medical literature. By employing specific interrogative turns in their discourses, medical authors not only sought to provide practical information for proper treatment of patients, but also to amass theoretical insights about the human body and its physiological and pathological processes more generally. They dealt with several types of questions, including questions that sought to locate, define and explain certain illnesses or disorders in the body (“Where does it hurt?”, “What is it that hurts?”, ”Why does it hurt?”). Questions of this kind were common in medical treatises of the Greco-Roman period (they can be found, e.g., in medical manuals, medical papyri and collections of problemata). The popularity of the Q&A format is largely due to the fact that it became well-entrenched in the ancient medical school curriculum. Through its dialogical and interrogative structure, it provided teachers and students with a useful method to question and memorize all types of medical knowledge, both practical and theoretical. Once condensed in a textual form, it was also useful in transferring this knowledge between author and reader.
This conference aims to bring together scholars from the field of medical history and related fields (history of science, [natural] philosophy, theology, literary studies, linguistics, ...) with the goal of examining the role of Q&A in medical literature, from the Hippocratic writers to Late Antiquity and its reception in the Middle Ages. The conference is open to various approaches, and aims to address – but is not restricted to – questions of content (e.g., transfer and transformation of medical knowledge in Q&A style), textuality (e.g., development from orality to written text), context (e.g., socio-intellectual relations between doctor/patient, teacher/student, author/reader), and use (e.g., theoretical contemplation vs. practical application of medical knowledge).
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
Please send your abstract (ca. 500 words) and a short bio (ca. 10 lines) by 15 January 2016 [note: CFP extended to 1st February 2016] to Erika Gielen (Erika.Gielen@hiw.kuleuven.be) and Michiel Meeusen (Michiel.Meeusen@arts.kuleuven.be). Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. In your abstract, please include a clear summary of your argument and an indication of how your paper would contribute to critical reflection on the topic as a whole. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to send in an abstract. The organisers hope, but cannot promise, to be able to offer accommodation to speakers.
(CFP closed 1 Feb 2016)
[BOOK] Digital Literacies for the Ancient World: A Special Issue of Classics@, the CHS Online Journal
Editorial committee: David Bouvier – Claire Clivaz – Paul Dilley – David Hamidović; chief editor: Paul Dilley
Abstract 300 words: June 1st, 2016
Deadline to forward the articles to the editors: August 31st, 2016
This volume of Classics@, an open-access journal of the Center for Hellenic Studies, aims to explore and analyze how the present digital turn enables a renewed theoretical engagement with multimodal ancient literacies. Cultural transmission in Antiquity was primarily oral, supplemented by images and texts. Texts were read by, at most, 10% of the population. Nevertheless, Classicists first employed the term literacy in the singular, according to its 19th-century definition: the ability to read and write texts (Clivaz, 2013). William Harris employed it this way in his milestone Ancient Literacy (1989). But since the 2000s, the plural form has gained currency, notably in Parker and Johnson’s collection of essays, Ancient Literacies (2009), which explores “new essentialist questions, such as what ‘book’ and ‘reading’ signify in antiquity, why literate cultures develop, or why literate cultures matter” (p. 4). The complex notion of “illiteracy” has also enriched our understanding of ancient literacies (Kraus, 2000; Cribiore 2013, p. 66–69).
Since modernity, almost all the tools for studying ancient sources have reflected the logic and standards of singular literacy and its association with the written (and especially printed) word. Now, emerging digital tools and culture have added urgency to the ongoing revision of research on ancient literacy. Contributions are invited on a rich variety of relevant topics, including:
* Multimodal literacies in Antiquity and/or today
* Digital literacies and their connection to ancient literacies
* Digital literacies and their implications for the study of Antiquity
* Digital Pedagogy and teaching Antiquity
* Comparison of orality in Antiquity and contemporary digital culture
* Comparison of textuality in Antiquity and contemporary digital culture
* Metacritical analysis of standard printed tools used for the study of the ancient world.
Submissions on the Ancient Near East, Greece, or Rome (through Late Antiquity) are welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by June 1st, 2016, to Paul Dilley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles should be between 30,000 and 45,000 characters long, including bibliography and footnotes; the deadline for submission is August 31st, 2016. As Classics@ is an open access online publication, authors can link directly to relevant sites, and may update articles after publication.
(Abstract deadline closed 1 June 2016; article deadline closed 31 August 2016)
Stoicism & German Philosophy
University of Miami (Florida, USA): 18-20 August 2016
The study of Hellenistic philosophy has flourished in recent decades, with increasing attention going to the reconstruction of the doctrines and arguments of the ancient Greek and Roman Stoics. Neo-Stoicism has also emerged as a significant player in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies. However, though the situation differs from country to country, on the whole the breadth of continental interpretations has not been well integrated into either the scholarly or the therapeutic mainstream. Our goal is not simply to map how continental authors have received Stoicism, but rather to consider how continental approaches can enrich our understanding of Stoicism's theoretical, ethical, therapeutic and political importance in antiquity and today, and how renewed engagement with Stoic texts and scholarship can enrich continental philosophy.
From August 18-20 2016 we will hold the second workshop of the international research network, Continental Stoicisms: Beyond Reason and Wellbeing. This workshop will focus on the German tradition since Wilhelm Dilthey, which we take to include not only Germanophone philosophers in Europe (e.g. Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Hans Blumenberg, Peter Sloterdijk), but also émigrés and philosophers in other countries working in the same broad tradition (e.g. Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, Hans Jonas). Furthermore, we draw no firm distinction between scholarship and philosophy, so that scholarly work on Stoicism by (e.g.) Franz Brentano, Ludwig Stein, Günter Abel, or Max Pohlenz could also be relevant. However, we are not interested in papers that focus on the historical correctness of interpretations. Rather, our focus is on exploring how dialogue between these traditions can be poetically and philosophically interesting.
The venue will be the University of Miami (Florida, USA). We invite abstracts of no more than 400 words for papers of 40 minutes delivery time, which should be emailed to Kurt Lampe at email@example.com by Sunday March 13th 2016 (NOTE: new deadline April 1). You may direct any questions about the suitability of topics to the same address. Submissions from graduate students are most certainly welcome.
Through the generosity of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, we are able to offer financial assistance to any speakers who do not have travel budgets at their own institutions.
(CFP closed 1 April, 2016)
Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History and Historiography
Senate House, London: 18-19 August 2016
Conference Organiser: Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London).
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Katherine Clarke (Oxford) - Prof. Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg) - Prof. Neville Morley (Bristol) - Prof. Aviezer Tucker (Harvard)
Classical scholarship and methods were prominent in the early development of the modern philosophies of history and historiography. Giambattista Vico, whose scholarly output is littered with classical analysis, is now generally considered as one of the progenitors of modern anthropology and philology. Leopold Ranke, widely regarded as the father of modern scientific historiography, presented himself as profoundly influenced by Thucydides. The historical philosophies of Wolf, Hegel, Weber, Croce, Nietzsche, and Collingwood were similarly influenced, at least partially, by the classical corpus of historical texts and by trends in classical studies including textual criticism and later archaeology. The philosopies of history and historiography consequently conceptualised and sometimes formalised the traditional epistemological problems of evidence, interpretation and explanation, causation, realism, and narrative. This conference aims to reconcile ancient ideas concerning the interpretation and explanation of the past and the methods and theories of classical studies with the modern philosophies of history and historiography.
The theme of the conference is based on two fundamental questions:
* How can modern approaches, methodologies, hypotheses, and theories in the philosophies of history and historiography inform our analyses of ancient historiography?
* Are ancient historical writers still relevant in the modern discourse of the philosophies of history and historiography? Can they contribute to ongoing debates regarding the interpretation and explanation of past events and the production and presentation of historical knowledge?
Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers that engage with the above questions and provoke fruitful and edifying interdisciplinary discussion. Some possible topics for discussion include, but are not by any means limited to:
* To what extent do ancient historians produce generalisations in their explanations of historical events? Are they nomic or simply analytic? How do ancient historical writers differentiate between the universal and the particular, between types and tokens?
* What do the criteria for selecting historical evidence reveal about the ancient and modern historian's ideological or theoretical understanding of historical processes? How is meaning constructed/imposed/interpreted?
* How can the analysis of counterfactuals within ancient historical narrative improve our understanding of the ancient philosophy of historiography? How does such analysis contribute to the current discourse on counterfactuals in historiographical explanatory models?
* What do ancient ideas of causation and contemporary historiography of the classical world offer modern philosophers of historiography in terms of their methodological approach (for example, unificationism vs. exceptionalism; eliminativism; primitivism)?
* To what extent did ancient historians consider past events to be determinate/indeterminate? How can we relate such models to the existing debate regarding historical necessity and contingency?
* How was the autonomy of human agency conceived in ancient historical explanations? Can arguments be made for or against methodological individualism/methodological holism in ancient historiography?
* How do ancient writers theorise the function of narrative in their production of historical explanations?
Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers of 30 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion to follow. Abstracts between 350-500 words may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstract submission is March 18th. Notifications will be sent out by mid-April.
(CFP closed March 18, 2016)
Ain't Love Grand: Romance Writers' of Australia & Flinders University Love and Romance Conference
Stamford Grand Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia: August 18-21, 2016
Flinders University is partnering with the Romance Writers of Australia to deliver two peer-reviewed academic streams at the Romance Writers of Australia national conference in August 2016. One stream will be focussed on Historical Representations of Love; the second will be for Popular Romance Studies. The Love Research Cluster for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Studies are partners for these streams and we aim to bring together a diverse and dynamic community of researchers on love and romance.
Love is central in the personal, social, and political construction of how we understand, organise, categorise, and measure our relationships. For historians, cultural theorists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and literary scholars it is not possible to understand our areas without some understanding of the role of love. For Romance writers, it is the centre of their narratives. This is an increasingly reciprocal relationship. Writers use the work of scholars to give their work immediacy and accuracy, while scholars use popular depictions to explain cultural difference or illustrate cultural paradigms both in their work and their teaching. This conference aims to bring together those who create representations of love, sex, and romance with those who study them through its transdisciplinary academic stream, 'Historical Representations of Love' and its popular romance specific stream 'Popular Romance Studies'.
Keynote Speakers at the conference will be:
* Professor Catherine Roach (New College, University of Alabama)
* Professor Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne)
* Dr Danijela Kambaskovic (University of Western Australia)
The call for papers is welcome on but not limited to the following:
* Representations of women and sexuality
* Historical representations of love, romance, and lust
* The history of emotions
* The philosophy of love, romance, lust
* Constructions and/or representations of marriage
* Gender and power dynamics
* Men and masculinity and love, romance, lust
* LGBTQI and love, romance, lust
* Gender fluidity and love, romance, lust
* The psychology of love, romance, lust
* History and philosophy of legal perspectives on rape and/or marriage
* Medievalism and emotion
* The reception of depictions of love and/or lust in Pre-Modern texts
Deadline for Submission of Papers is Monday 29 February, 2016. Send to: email@example.com
For further information please contact: Dr Amy Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Erin Sebo (email@example.com)
(CFP closed 29 Feb 2016)
[Workshop] Playing with History: Games, Antiquity and History
Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) and the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) First Joint International Conference
Abertay Univerity, Dundee, Scotland: 1-6 August 2016
Games have often found inspiration from ancient times to contemporary history. Popular game series such as the Creative Assembly’s Total War or Sid Meier’s Civilisation have provided entertaining alternative simulations to established historical narratives. Playing with the past and connecting it to the present provides a greater understanding and arguably appreciation, of the human condition.
Despite the potential for games to deliver visualisations of and interactions with historical events, the uptake and use of games, game design and technology as a research or teaching tool by historians and educators has been relatively slow. In part this is due to the established pedagogical methods of studying history as a discipline, combined with the lack of digital skills of subject experts and the perceived complexity of the technology.
Games have also often garnered a reputation for playing too loosely with historical fact and arguably the most popular game genres have relied heavily on violence both as a core mechanic and for the bulk of content, and this creates a limitation on how games can be deployed in the classroom. However, we are at a point where as the digital skills of researchers have increased, the technical barriers to game technology have been lowered, and when combined with the increasing digitisation of research and archive material, games are not just an increasingly an important tool for visualising data and disseminating research, but are also a vital element in allowing people to play with different and challenging historical narratives and in constructing popular understandings of the past.
The workshop aims to discuss relevant theories, perspectives and techniques that can be used to better understand how game designs and history can interact with each other and how games can be used, and played with, to influence players’ perceptions and understanding of historical narratives. A wide range of questions can be explored:
* How do videogames represent particular pasts?
* What opportunities and pressures does the game form introduce to historical representation?
* How do researchers, academics, developers and the media (including the gaming press) view historical content within games?
* How well do these perceptions reflect the players’ understanding of historical game content?
* Is there a discrepancy between the players’ perceptions of historical content and established historical narratives?
* Does the setting, establishment and accuracy of historical content in games disrupt immersion or player’s gameplay?
* How much should historical games encourage playing with historical outcomes? Does the playfulness of the medium challenge the boundaries of how to teach and study history? How does gaming subvert dominant narratives (gender, race, colonial theory, etc.)?
* How does the increasing availability of advanced technology (Smartphone, VR, Wearables, 3D printing, Motion Controls) affect how we use games with history?
The workshop is intended to explore new ideas and directions, submission of incomplete and in-progress results are encouraged. This workshop therefore seeks submissions that:
* Explore the nature of games as a form for historical representation.
* Explore the audience reception of historical games.
* Explore how interdisciplinary approaches and practices can enhance the study of game design, historical research, and critical theory.
* Analyse established digital practices in historical research together with n
ew and emergent practices in game design and technology for enhancing historical narratives.
* Identify games, game design techniques and game technology that can be used by historians and educators to stimulate audiences and encourage wider discussion of historical narratives.
* Develop games that encourage interaction with history (e.g. interactive Documentary) or foster audiences playing with narratives.
* Demonstrate how game design approaches (such as paper craft, physical prototyping and game jams) can be applied to improve and challenge historical research and established narratives.
The organisers are keen that games academics and scholars together with historians, archaeologists, classics and other related disciplines are represented. Research or development experiences from the games industry are also encouraged but not necessary.
The workshop takes place on 1 August 2016 at DiGRA/FDG 2016, August 1st-6th at Abertay University (http://digra-fdg2016.org/).
* Paper submission: 25 April, 2016
* Notification to authors: 23 May, 2016
* Camera Ready: 27 Jun 2016
Paper submission: The research paper program will consist of short papers (4 pages) and full papers (8 pages) selected via a peer-review process. Since the workshop is intended to explore new ideas and directions, submission of incomplete and in-process results are encouraged.
Demonstrations: We are also inviting demonstrations of historical games or games that play with history. Game demonstrations should be submitted with an accompanying 1-2 page abstract describing the game and its research purpose.
Papers should be formatted using the DiGRA/FDG template.
Papers can be submitted using this EasyChair link.
The workshop will be separated into two sessions. Each session will consist of individual presentations, selected on the paper submissions and grouped thematically. Plenary discussions contextualizing the perspectives presented will occur in each session.
Presentations and discussions from the workshop will form the background for a Call for Papers for a research seminar and future anthology on the topic.
* Iain Donald, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland, UK
* Adam Chapman, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
* Anna Foka, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
* Andrew Elliott, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
* Robert Houghton, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK
Contact: For more information, contact Dr Iain Donald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed 25 April 2016)
Algernon Swinburne's Poems and Ballads: 150th Anniversary Conference
St John's College, Cambridge: 29-30 July 2016
William Michael Rossetti writes in his defence of Swinburne's Poems and Ballads that 'If Shelley is "the poet for poets", Swinburne might not unaptly be termed "the poet for poetic students"'.
A century and a half later, Swinburne's poetry continues to prove divisive for readers. While few fail to recognise Swinburne's technical achievement, technique remains a central area of controversy: students of poetry continue to wrestle with the status of Swinburne as the 'prosodist magician'.
This conference proposes further consideration of Swinburne's achievement. By focusing on his most notorious work, we aim to foster new ways of thinking about the significance of this collection to the development of English poetry during a period of staggering metrical experimentation. It is for this reason that we are soliciting papers which look first and foremost to questions of form, style, genre, and technique.
Possible guiding questions for papers include, but are not limited to, the following:
* How stable are the conventions of genre (the link between lyric and subjectivity, for example, or between epic and empire) over time?
* What can renewed attention to Poems and Ballads teach us about Swinburne's apprenticeship to poets such as Sappho, Catullus, Baudelaire, Shelley, and the troubadours, and his interest in medieval forms?
* How did Poems and Ballads influence subsequent generations of poets as diverse as Hardy and Hopkins, Yeats and the Rhymers' Club, H.D. and Eliot, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Dylan Thomas?
* In what sense might Poems and Ballads present a 'crisis' in the lyric mode?
* How far can Poems and Ballads be considered a test-case for the existence of the 'Pre-Raphaelite' poem?
* How do the poetic techniques of Poems and Ballads engage questions of religion and theology, secularity and anti-theism?
* What can we learn about form and genre from the discussions of Poems and Ballads in the period, by both canonical critics and the popular press?
* What is the significance of imitation and translation for the forms, genres, and metres of Poems and Ballads and subsequent responses to it?
* What influence did parallel developments of poetic genre in other European countries have on Poems and Ballads?
* What is the significance of this collection for fin de siècle, modernist, feminist or queer receptions?
* What is the function of poetic translation in Swinburne's 1866 poems?
* Are there unique formal features of erotic poetry (that of Swinburne, for example) that suggest a challenge to social norms?
We hope that the conference will bring together established scholars, early career researchers, and graduate students working on or in relation to Swinburne. Attendance by graduate students will be encouraged by means of a reduced fee.
Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to: email@example.com
Proposals should be received no later than 29th February 2016. Please attach abstracts in a separate .doc or .pdf file, without name or affiliation. You are welcome to include a brief biographical note in the body of your email.
Conference webpage: https://swinburne2016.wordpress.com/.
(CFP closed 29 Feb 2016)
Revolutions and Classics
University College London: 22 July 2016
'Revolutions and Classics': a one-day workshop at University College London, Friday July 22nd 2016.
Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energised by the recent publication of Classics and Communism (2013) and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).
'Revolutions and Classics' examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.
The workshop is hosted by The Classical Reception Studies Network and the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, with the support of the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL, and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. In line with the aims of the Classical Receptions Studies Network, the day is designed to be especially useful for doctoral researchers and early career academics.
Confirmed speakers include Rosa Andújar (UCL), Carol Atack (Warwick), Emma Cole (Bristol), Nicholas Cole (Oxford), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Benjamin Gray (Edinburgh), Adam Lecznar (Bristol), Jo Paul (Open), Sanja Petrovic and Rosa Mucignat (KCL), and Luke Richardson (UCL).
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Interested participants should register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/revolutions-and-classics-tickets-22796492924.
Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers: Barbara Goff, University of Reading (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rosa Andújar, UCL (email@example.com)
The organisers are very grateful to the A. G. Leventis Fund at UCL for their generous support, as well as the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies.
Ecstatic Ancient/Archaic Thought and Analytical Psychology: An Inquiry
Freud Museum, London: July 15-16, 2016
In 2014 at a conference at the University of Leuven organized by the Faculty of Arts entitled 'Psychology and the Classics: A Dialogue of Disciplines,' speakers presented papers arguing that ancient thinkers, especially among the Greeks and Romans, recognized a human interior that likely pointed to an understanding of the unconscious among the ancients, although that understanding was articulated in ways unfamiliar to modern psychology. This point of view conventionally runs counter to many contemporary assumptions about ancient thought based on the notion that knowledge of an interior world and and unconscious is based on a specific way of articulating that knowledge.
In the course of examining this question presentations attempted to bring ancient texts and ideas into conformity with 21st Century psychology, arguing, for example, that the ideas of the Stoics regarding mental health correlate with contemporary ideas about cognitive behavioral therapy (Christopher Gill, University of Exeter).
Indeed, we are all aware that the idea of a “talking cure” appears as early as Homer, and was alluded to in the Hippocratic canon. Disparaging as he was of emotive rhetoric, Plato felt ‘divine frenzy’ was emblematic of expressive human creativity, and Aristotle’s “Problems” discussed personality in ways that Freudian and Jungian psychology would find familiar.
Crossing these disciplinary lines is only one hurdle in trying to focus on the theme of ancient thought and analytical psychology (whether of ancient Greek, Roman, African or Asian origin). Non-human interiors are spoken of in ‘Aesop’s Fables’ too, and certainly gestures of communication emanate from an ‘inside’ that rhetoricians have traditionally tracked.
The other hurdle is that psychoanalysis, from Freud to Lacan and Kohut, is the mainstay of such disciplinary discussion. Jung is typically only mentioned by speakers in myth or media studies, but not much by classicists. We hope there will be more representation of his work: Jung would have been stunned to learn that he was left out; as a close reader of Plato and Cicero, Jung was convinced of their importance to him regardless of whether he was in agreement with prevailing interpretations of their work or not.
Speakers committed to present papers include (alphabetically) Dr Emannuela Bakola (Warwick), Professor Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow), Professor Alan Cardew (University of Essex), Dr Terence Dawson (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Dr Raya Jones (Cardiff University), Professor Richard Seaford (University of Essex) and Mark Saban (University of Essex).
Additional papers are welcome that would run for 15-20 minutes plus discussion and that approach the theme of ancient thought and analytical psychology in the broadest terms. We would also welcome additional discussion from Lacanian and Freudian perspectives. The overall theme will be the interior dynamics of healing in ancient thought and modern psychology toward achieving the goal of individuation and wholeness.
The deadline for submitting a brief description (5 to 6 sentences) of a proposed presentation is March 15, 2016. Please also provide a brief note on your personal background and disciplinary base. Speakers selected will be notified by 1 May. We will convene at the Freud Museum in north London (www.freud.org.uk).
(CFP closed 15 March 2016)
Plotinus and Film Studies: A One-Day Symposium
The American College of Greece (Athens): Friday, July 15, 2016
The symposium revolves around the publication of the forthcoming book Plotinus and the Moving Image: Neoplatonism and Film Studies (Brill 2017), edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein and Giannis Stamatellos, and contains essays by international scholars. The contributors to the book as well as other experts associated with the project will animate the symposium. The main topic is whether Neoplatonic philosophy can be used for film studies by considering concepts such as contemplation, image, grace, time, human freedom, and the self.
Registration and Opening
9:00–9:30 Welcome Remarks: Patrick Quinn, Dean of the Liberal Arts Department at The American College of Greece
9:30–10:00 Thorsten Botz-Bornstein “Cut Away Excess and Straighten the Crooked:” The Simplicity of Contemplative Cinema in the Light of Plotinus’ Philosophy
10:00–10:30 Tony Partridge Is the Universe a Work of Art that We Can Perceive in a Film?
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 Giannis Stamatellos Beyond the Moving Images: A Plotinian Reading of The Truman Show
12:00–12:30 Panayiota Vassilopoulou Images of a Moving Self: Plotinus and Bruce Nauman
14.30-15.30 at the ACG – Art Gallery
Steve Boyland | MYTHOS A Ritual for Improvised Voice
The Reception of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche from 1600 to Today
An international conference at the University of Leeds, 13th - 15th July 2016
Apuleius' tale of Cupid and Psyche has been popular since it was first written in the second century AD as part of his novel Metamorphoses or the Golden Ass. This story of the love between the mortal princess Psyche (or "Soul") and the god of Love, their secret meetings, separation and final union in eternal love and marriage has fascinated readers as early as Fulgentius and as recent as Emily C.A. Snyder, readers who themselves produced their own responses to and versions of the story. Often treated as a standalone text, Cupid and Psyche has given rise to treatments as diverse as plays, masques, operas, poems, sculptures, paintings and novels, with a huge range of diverse approaches to the text. The early reception of the novel as a whole has been treated in depth by Robert H.F. Carver: The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Oxford 2007 and Julia Haig Gaisser: The Fortunes of Apuleius and The Golden Ass: A Study in Transmission and Reception. Princeton 2008, but both volumes cover only up to the seventeenth century. During the last 400 years, however, the reception of Cupid and Psyche has blossomed in rich and ever varied responses throughout the Western world.
This conference proposes to bring together international scholars from various disciplines to study the reception of Apuleius' story ofCupid and Psyche in all its incarnations during the last 400 years, and to encourage interactions between diverse subjects to understand more deeply the historic and continuing impact of Cupid and Psyche on Western fine art and literature.
Topics for papers might include:
* Genres of reception (e.g. drama, poetry, kinds of art)
* Use of C&P in political discourse
* Influences of contemporary religious or philosophical movements on reception of C&P
* Case-studies on specific works of art or literature
* Country- or language specific reception
* C&P as children's literature or protreptic text
Invited speakers include: Robert Carver, Julia Haig Gaisser, Lucia Pasetti and Christiane Reitz.
The organisers welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines, including classics, modern languages, art history, history, musicology and others. A selection of papers delivered at the conference will be published in an edited volume.
Conference papers will be 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.
Organisers: Regine May, University of Leeds (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Stephen Harrison, Corpus Christi College Oxford (email@example.com)
Please send proposals for papers (300 words) by December 31st 2015 to Regine May (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(CFP closed 31 Dec 2015)
Website: https://pvac-sites.leeds.ac.uk/cupidandpsyche/. Twitter: @Apuleius16.
LIST OF SPEAKERS:
Andreadakis, Zacharias (Michigan): Kierkegaard as a Reader of Apuleius
Benson, Geoffrey (Colgate University): Psyche the Psychotic: Cupid and Psyche in Franz Riklin's Wunscherfüllung und Symbolik im Märchen
Carver, Robert (Durham): The Platonic Ass: Thomas Taylor's Cupid and Psyche in Context (1795-1822)
Cueva, Edmund (University of Houston-Downtown): Apuleius' Graphic Novel: the Comics and Cupid and Psyche
Drews, Friedemann (Muenster): Cupid & Psyche in C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces: a Christian-Platonic metamorphosis
Gaisser, Julia Haig (Bryn Mawr): Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom: Cupid and Psyche on the Natchez Trace
Harrison, Stephen (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): Apuleius at the court of Louis XIV: Lully and Molière
James, Paula (Open University): Looking back and forward with Apuleius: Why Cupid and Psyche keep moving from the simple to the complex
Kirkman, C.R. (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa): Venus reimagined: the reception of Apuleius' Venus from Cupid and Psyche as C.S. Lewis' Orual in Till We Have Faces
Leidl, Christoph (Heidelberg): Between Symbolism and Popular Culture: Cupid and Psyche in Fin de Siècle Book Illustration
Maurice, Lisa (Bar-Ilan University): Cupid and Psyche for Children
May, Regine (Leeds): Keats's Ode to Psyche: Poetry and Inspiration
Müller, Hendrik (independent scholar): Cupid and Psyche on stage in the 21st century
O'Brien, Maeve (Maynooth): Classical Themes in Irish Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century
Panayotakis, Stelios (Crete): Operatic adaptations of Cupid and Psyche
Paschalis, Michael (Crete): Walter Scott's Kenilworth and the story of Cupid and Psyche
Pasetti, Lucia (Bologna): "In the calm whirlpool of the void". Psyche in Italian literature between XIX and XX centuries
Prettejohn, Elizabeth (York) and Charles Martindale (York & Bristol): Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche: Narrative, Reception, Aestheticism in 19th-Century Britain (Pater, Morris, Burne-Jones)
Provencal, Vernon (Beveridge Arts Centre, Wolfville, Canada): 'The heart in conflict with itself': Faulkner's humanistic reception of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche in The Reivers
Ragno, Tiziana (University of Foggia): Del soffrir degli affanni è dolce il fine: Ancient Myth and Comic Drama in G.F. Fusconi (with G.F. Loredano and P. Michiel) for F. Cavalli, Amore innamorato (1642)
Ranger, Holly (Birmingham): 'I have tried to be blind in love': Sylvia Plath's House of Eros
Reitz, Christiane (Rostock): Apuleius and Interior Decoration: Cupid and Psyche on a French Wallpaper
Ruggeri, Luca (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): Robert Bridge's Eros & Psyche and Its Models
Schultze, Clemence (Durham): Gothic allegory and feminist critique: Cupid and Psyche in the novels of Charlotte M. Yonge and Sylvia Townsend Warner
Scippacercola, Nadia (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy) & Rosanna Scippacercola (Art Scholar and Tour Guide, Rome): Psyche and Beauty in Paintings from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day
Siegel, Janice (Hampden-Sydney, Virginia USA): Undertones of Cupid and Psyche in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth
Simard, Jared (CUNY): Psyche in the Salon: French Interior Decoration in the 18th Century
Trzcionkowski, Lech (Jagiellonian University, Cracow): The Background Radiation of the Tale. Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche in the Gardzienice performance Metamorphosis, or The Golden Ass.
[Workshop] What's Not New in the New Europe: Ancient Answers to Modern Questions
The 15th International Conference of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI): What's New in the New Europe? Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity
Lodz, Poland: 11-15 July 2016
The political, social, and economic challenges Europe faces today appear to many people as utterly new and unprecedented, but most of them had their parallels in the ancient world. Throughout antiquity, members of Greek states and communities were confronted with numerous threats to their life and livelihood, and felt the need to defend the social and political entities that defined them. They lived in a world of constant economic crises, wars, destruction of entire cities, immigration, and social instability. The remedies for these pressing issues and their causes were the subject of public deliberation and theoretical reflection, constantly in search for a more stable and viable political order.
Instead of simply idealising the 'wisdom of the Greeks', this workshop seeks to identify those of the ancient experiences that can be fruitfully compared with the challenges lying ahead of modern Europe, along with their causes and proposed solutions. How, then, did the Greeks confront their own crises? Given their political assumptions and realities, how would they have dealt with the 'European experience' today, and would their solutions be acceptable to us? Is there anything in particular in their answers that may now be followed or, to the contrary, avoided?
Scholars are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the ancient Greek states and communities from the archaic to the pre-Byzantine period, with a particular focus on their practical, ideological, and philosophical response to crisis and change. These may include:
* shifts in political power and the threat of losing political autonomy;
* economic and humanitarian crises, immigration, and regional instability;
* alliances, peace treaties, and interstate agreements;
* social, political, and legal innovation, changes in status of individuals and groups;
* regime change and coups d'état;
* the effects of (civil) wars, social conflicts, and large-scale enslavement;
* the threat of annihilation.
Panellists are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to linking the past to the present in line with the general theme of the conference. The workshop is open to scholars of all disciplines who can provide in-depth readings of ancient history, politics, and/or the primary sources.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a tentative list of references and main sources by 31 March 2016 to Jakub Filonik, at email@example.com.
Workshop website: www.issei2016.com/jakub-filonik-.html
Conference website: www.issei2016.com/
(CFP closed 31 March, 2016)
[Workshop] Homer and Ancient Greek Drama, or Why Are Actions More Reliable Than Words?
The 15th International Conference of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI): What's New in the New Europe? Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity
Lodz, Poland: 11-15 July 2016
For directors, performers and audiences ancient Greek drama provides a compressed narrative of the Western understanding of human existence over the course of nearly three millennia. It allows contemporary audiences to rediscover the Homeric heritage through the gratitude and amazement experienced and recorded by Athens' democratic polis. The performances of Reinhardt, Rondiris, Stein, Suzuki and many others since the 1920s demonstrate that these qualities can be cultivated to provide a bulwark against the postmodern relativism that many theatre-makers rightly view as undermining their ability to "project the theatrical, philosophical, social and aesthetic issues of the play as seen with the eyes of the time in which the production is attempted" (Spiros Evangelatos, To Vima, 2 July 1972). "The gods have not withdrawn or abandoned us," as Karolos Koun stated some 35 years ago, "We have kicked them out." That we have lost the sense of being in the world, which the Greeks found so natural, should therefore not hinder directors from depicting contemporary society as capable of self-transformation as our ancient ancestors depicted it. It is this question of how to regain "the call of the gods" that has informed and shaped Greek and Cypriot productions of classical Greek drama since the 1970s.
Achilles' speech in Hades—like all the poetry Plato wanted to expunge from his ideal republic—is a key to understanding that "Homer's heroes, like the rest of us, had a great deal of trouble with suffering and evil, those things that make the meaning of life problematic" (Dietrich Ebener). They also had trouble with alienation—or how else should we understand Odysseus?—"the charismatic man who can find his way anywhere but is nowhere at home is a prototype of modern ambivalence—down to the love for his wife that coexists with the enjoyment of other erotic attachments too deep to be called flings" (Jannis Ritsos).
Workshop presentations should seek to illuminate how performing ancient dramatic actions challenges us with questions of heroism, destiny, love, politics, tragedy, science, virtue, and thought itself.
An interdisciplinary workshop for theatre makers, scholars and beyond. Please send brief abstracts by 1 March 2016 to Prof. Heinz-Uwe Haus, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop website: www.issei2016.com/haus-home-and-ancient-greek-drama.html
Conference website: www.issei2016.com/
(CFP closed March 1 2016)
Remaking ancient Greek and Roman myths in the twenty-first century
The Open University in London (1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden, London NW1 8NP): 7th July, 2016.
Offers of papers are invited for a one-day colloquium on the theme of Remaking ancient Greek and Roman myths in the twenty-first century.
The recent upsurge in revivals of classical myth on the stage – with UK theatres currently programming adaptations of both Greek tragedy and the Homeric epics on an unprecedented scale – is mirrored in other artistic media ranging from the visual arts to contemporary poetry and fiction as well as television and film. This one-day colloquium aims to foster conversation between academics and practitioners working on contemporary versions of the ancient myths in order to examine some of the issues encountered by both scholars of classical reception and those whose creative works they study. How might we account for the ongoing appeal of ancient myths for artists/writers and their audiences? In what ways are retellings of ancient myths shaped by the new contexts or media within which they are produced? Whilst myth is by its nature pliable, are there any limits to the flexibility which creative practitioners have in adapting the ancient tales for a twenty-first century audience? We also hope to consider the ways in which audience engagement with retellings of mythical narratives can foster wider interest in the classical world.
Proposals for twenty-minute papers are invited; we would also welcome proposals for presentations in formats other than lecture-style delivery (e.g. performance pieces from practitioners or ‘in conversation’ sessions).
Confirmed speakers: Emma Cole (Bristol); Lorna Hardwick (Open University); Laura Martin-Simpson (Blazon Theatre); Justine McConnell (Oxford); Henry Stead (Open University).
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Emma Bridges at the Open University (email@example.com) by Monday 18th April 2016.
(CFP closed 18 April 2016)
Kant and the Stoics: St Andrews Kant Reading Party 9
Burn House, Edzell (Scotland): July 4-6, 2016
It is our pleasure to invite you to the 9th edition of the St Andrews Kant Reading Party, which will take place between the 4th and the 6th of July 2016 at the Burn House in Edzell (http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk/). The title of this year’s edition is ‘Kant and the Stoics’, and the focus will be on practical philosophy.
Questions about the two philosophies abound already if each is considered in its own right; and even if one grants a certain degree of diachronic coherence to Kant’s theory, and assume a simplified version of Stoicism, determining the philosophical relations between the two remains a multi-faceted and complex task. Kant’s own reception of Stoicism involves both acknowledgment of its merits and attempts at distancing himself from it. This is further complicated by the fact that Kant rarely discussed specific passages from Stoic texts, and that his knowledge of Stoicism is thought to have come mainly from reading Roman Stoics (Cicero and Seneca).
This year, there will be up to five discussion sessions (all the relevant texts will be made available in English) and up to four paper sessions (see CFA below). In addition to these, we will also hold an informal 'Kant in Progress' workshop on the 7th of July at the St Andrews Philosophy department (a separate CFA will be circulated in due course).
Fees: The participation fee is 120 GBP for staff members and 65 GBP for students. Students invited to give papers will be reimbursed the entire participation fee. The fees cover transportation from St Andrews to the Burn House and back, as well as accommodation and full board.
Registration: The number of participants is limited to 25, and the deadline for registration is the 2nd of May. To secure your place, please register here (or go to http://onlineshop.st-andrews.ac.uk/ → Product Catalogue → Schools → Philosophy → Trips → Kant Reading Party 2016) and e-mail a short, informal application to Stefano Lo Re (firstname.lastname@example.org). To be put on the waiting list, please only send the application.
Call for abstracts: Students are invited to send anonymised abstracts of no longer than 750 words and a separate cover sheet including name, position, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address to Lucas Sierra (email@example.com) by the 31st of May [extended deadline]. Abstracts will be selected by blind review.
Papers should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 40 minutes. Preference will be given to abstracts on both Kant’s and Stoic practical philosophy that have a historiographical and/or comparative approach (or at least makes substantial references to both practical philosophies), and strong preference will be given to abstracts addressing topics from the following list: the nature of moral value; living in accordance with nature (κατὰ φύσιν ζῆν) and the universal-law-of-nature formulation of the Categorical Imperative; virtue and virtues; the highest good and the sensuous side of human nature; teleological reasoning in ethics and meta-ethics; moral psychology and practical reasoning; free will, determinism and moral responsibility; moral expertise (the figure of the sage, ὁ σοφός); sympathy and compassion; the moral status of suicide.
Please, do not hesitate to contact Stefano Lo Re (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
The organisers: Stefano Lo Re, Pärttyli Rinne, Professor Jens Timmermann
The Kant Reading Party is made possible by the support of the Scots Philosophical Association and the St Andrews Philosophy Department.
(CFP closed 31 May 2016)
Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in Britain, 55 BC - 2016 AD
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford: 2 July, 2016
This interdisciplinary conference will investigate the profound influence of Celtic and Classical heritage on the development of British historical identity. A series of chronologically arranged panels will attempt to trace the respective importance of Ancient Britons and Romans in British culture over the centuries, from the pre-Roman period to the present day. Speakers specializing in a wide range of different subjects, from ancient archaeology to 20th century literature, will discuss the ways in which these two cultures have been appropriated, rejected, combined, and contrasted by different generations of Britons. Were they seen as opposing poles of savagery and civilization, or did they embody competing ideals of Britishness? Did they at any time lose relevance, and what is their status in British culture today? Despite the obvious ways in which this subject would benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, there has thus far been only limited dialogue between specialisms in this area. Our day-conference seeks to address this problem, hoping to foster a genuinely diverse and multi-faceted discussion of this aspect of British historical identity.
10:00 – Registration + Coffee.
10:30 – Introduction by the organisers.
Session 1: Chaired by Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards (Oxford)
10.40 – Prof. Barry Cunliffe (Oxford).
Pre-Roman Britain: “Celtic from the West.”
11:10 – Dr. Alex Woolf (St. Andrews).
Early Medieval Period: “The Ethnogenesis of the Britons: a Late Antique story.”
11:40 – Prof. Helen Fulton (Bristol).
Late Medieval Period: “Origins and Introductions: Troy and Britain in Late-Medieval Writing.”
12:10 – Questions and Discussion
12:40 – Lunch
Session 2: Chaired by Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales)
13:40 – Prof. Ceri Davies (Swansea).
Sixteenth Century: “Meeting the classical challenge: Sir John Prise and defending the British History.”
14:10 – Prof. Philip Schwyzer (Exeter).
Seventeenth Century: “The Politics of British Antiquity in the Stuart Era.”
14:40 – Dr. Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales).
Eighteenth Century: “Celts and Romans on Tour: Visions of Early Britain in C18th travel literature.”
15:10 – Questions and Discussion
15:40 – Coffee
Session 3: Chaired by Dr. Nick Lowe (RHUL)
16:00 – Prof. Rosemary Sweet (Leicester).
Nineteenth Century: “Antiquaries and the Romanized Briton.”
16:30 – Dr. Philip Burton (Birmingham).
Twentieth Century: “Looking for Celts and Romans in Middle-earth.”
17:00 – Prof. Richard Hingley (Durham).
Twenty-first Century: “Hadrian’s Wall and the unity of the nation: putting monumentality to use in thoughts about Scottish and English identity.”
17:30 – Questions and Discussion
18:00 – Drinks Reception.
Registration: FREE for students/unwaged attendees, £15 waged (includes refreshments/lunch/wine reception).
Registration Required, Space Limited. To register, contact the organisers at email@example.com. Deadline for registration is June 1st 2016.
For more details, see the conference website: https://celticclassics.wordpress.com/.
Organised by Francesca & Rhys Kaminski-Jones, in association with The University of Wales Centre For Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Royal Holloway University of London, the Classical Association, and the Learned Society of Wales.
[JOURNAL] SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies. Theme volume: Shaw and Classical Literature
SHAW 37.1 (to be published in June 2017) will be a theme volume devoted to “Shaw and Classical Literature,” with Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain) as guest editor. Classical elements in Shaw’s works abound. They include plays set in the classical period (Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion), reincarnations of classical mythology (Pygmalion), characters defined by their relation to classical scholarship (Adolphus Cusins), even dramatic devices from the classical period borrowed and adapted (Senecan sententiae in The Revolutionist’s Handbook; chorus-like characters such as the Courtiers or Guardsmen in Caesar and Cleopatra). Shaw’s non- dramatic writings also evince Shaw’s familiarity with the classical tradition: classical rhetoric underlies some of his speeches and essays; Greek and Roman philosophers influenced his thinking; and classical sources helped shape his sense of history. Very few studies – Gilbert Norwood’s 1912 lecture “Euripides and Mr. Bernard Shaw,” Michael von Albrecht’s “Bernard Shaw and the classics” in Classical and Modern Literature (1987), and Sidney P. Albert’s recent book, Shaw, Plato, and Euripides: classical currents in ‘Major Barbara’ (2012) – survey this neglected area of research.
One could explore Shaw’s images of classical civilization (Egypt and Rome in Caesar or Androcles; echoes of classical antiquity in Back to Methuselah; experimental forms of social order à la Plato’s Republic in Methuselah, Farfetched Fables, and The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles); classical languages and spelling reform (the Latin alphabet as an inadequate vehicle for English phonetics); classical history and mythology as sources for characters and settings (Acis, Pygmalion, and Lilith in Methuselah; Balbus or Crassus in The Apple Cart); classical characters in non-classical settings (and vice versa); dramatic techniques echoing those of classical drama (as mentioned above, chorus-like groups in Androcles, Caesar, or the (unspeaking) Soldiers in Great Catherine; Shaw, Shakespeare and the classics: legacy, canonicity, and critical reception (to what extent is Shaw’s use of classical material proof that he also looked back on the classics for a measure of his greatness?); rhetoric and didacticism (can Shaw’s oratorical and argumentative techniques be traced to the classics?); democracy, politics, and the Greek model (do Shaw’s political essays borrow from classical Greek political theory?); recreation and exploitation of classical dicta (how are quotations from famous classical authors distorted by Shaw for his own ideological/rhetorical ends? See, e.g., Maxims for Revolutionists).
Submit abstracts (100 to 150 words) and/or papers to Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Papers are to be submitted before June 30th. Abstracts are welcome at any time before that date. All submissions are peer-reviewed by external reviewers from the editorial board of the SHAW. For questions of style and formatting, please refer to earlier issues of the journal. Available at:
Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/annual_of_bernard_shaw_studies/
Penn State University Press: http://www.psupress.org/journals/jnls_shaw.html
Amphorae X: Old is New? Circling to the World’s End
University of Tasmania, Hobart: 29 June-1 July 2016
Amphorae provides an opportunity for postgraduate students throughout Australiasia to interact with others in the field of classical studies. Those eligible for the conference include all those studying at an Honours, Masters or PhD level, encompassing research into literature, history, archaeology, art or reception studies.
The theme for this year’s Amphorae conference is 'Old is New? Circling to the World’s End'. The theme is inspired by our position on the map and what we believe to be the essence of Amphorae and Classical studies.
Final call for papers! Please send your completed registration form and abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by
11 March 2016 29 April 2016 (5pm EST).
Website: http://amphoraex.wix.com/amphoraex. Facebook: web.facebook.com/groups/130989816977206/. Twitter: @amphorae_x.
(1st CFP closed 11 March 2016 -- CFP extended until April 29)
Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Ancient Drama
16th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama
Ioannou Centre, Oxford & Royal Holloway, Egham: June 27-28, 2016
The 16th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 27 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Tuesday 28 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama.’ Abstracts of papers should be sent by 11 April 2016 to email@example.com (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Stephe Harrop (Liverpool Hope University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Oliver Taplin and Prof. Fiona Macintosh (Oxford) and Prof. Laura Ginters (Sydney). The first day of the symposium will include a performance of William Zappa’s one-person version of the Iliad.
Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.
Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.
Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performative presentation on ‘Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY 11th APRIL 2016 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).
There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.
CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES: email@example.com
(CFP closed 11 April 2016)
Alcibiades and his Reception: historical, literary, philosophical approaches.
9th Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin: June 22–25, 2016
"If ever a man was ruined by his own reputation, that man was Alcibiades." (Plutarch, Alcibiades 35.3)
Overview: Alcibiades was one of the most well-known and controversial figures of classical antiquity: a pupil of Socrates, and an Athenian commander during the Peloponnesian War, his outrageous personal life led both to wild adulation and to suspicions that he wanted to overthrow the democracy. Exiled twice, he advised both the Spartans and the Persians, before being assassinated shortly after the end of the war. Thucydides and Xenophon brought out both his brilliance and the difficulty his contemporaries had in judging him, a difficulty summed up by Aristophanes' famous saying that the city ‘longs for him, and hates him and wants to have him' (Frogs 1425). Socratic writers, on the other hand, tried to defend and explain Socrates' failure to reform him. His career was debated in the Athenian courts, and he became the subject of later display speeches rhetorical exercises, and numerous anecdotes. Cornelius Nepos wrote a biography of him and Plutarch famously paired him with the Roman general Coriolanus, another exile who fought against his own city. He features in Shakespeare and is the subject of a tragedy by the seventieth-century dramatist Thomas Otway.
This panel aims to bring together scholars working on Alcibiades from diverse disciplines and approaches (e.g. history, literature, philosophy, art, reception studies, English, etc.). It is hoped that considerable cross-fertilisation will result. Papers discussing any aspect of Alcibiades will be welcome. For example:
* Historical aspects of Alcibiades' life and career
* The construction or characterization of Alcibiades in any ancient text(s)
* The role of Alcibiades in philosophical texts
* The reception of Alcibiades in antiquity or after
* Source criticism of texts portraying Alcibiades
* Alcibiades in art
* Alcibiades as a rhetorical or moral exemplum
Panel Chairs: A. David Newell (UCD); Prof. Timothy Duff (University of Reading)
Conference Information: The 9th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place at the University College Dublin from June 22–25, 2016. The conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across three days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 35-40 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion, but short papers (20+10) are also welcome. It is expected that a number of the paper delivered at this panel will form part of an edited volume. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of January. Applicants will be notified of the panel's decision shortly thereafter.
(CFP closed 15 January 2016)
Classics and Irish Politics 1916-2016
Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin: 20-23 June 2016
This conference addresses for the first time, in an academic context, how models from Greek and Roman antiquity have permeated Irish political discourse over the last century. The 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists rose up against British imperial forces, became almost instantly mythologized in Irish political memory as a key turning point in the nation’s history which paved the way for an independent Irish Republic. Its centenary provides a natural point for reflection on Irish politics, and the aim of this conference is to highlight an under-appreciated element in Irish political discourse, namely its frequent reliance on and reference to classical Greek and Roman models.
Irish engagement with classical models is complex. Rome, for example, could easily serve as a model for imperial domination, and thus could represent Britain in Irish thought. The issue is complicated, however, by the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the use of ecclesiastical Latin, and the popularity of certain classical Roman authors like Virgil among Irish readers of Latin. Greek resistance to Persian invasions could represent resistance to empire, and parallels were drawn between Greece and Ireland by authors like Patrick Pearse and W.B. Yeats. Nevertheless, a tension existed in Irish political thought between seeking inspiration in Greek models and creating an independent national Irish identity. Much work has been done in recent years on the tensions associated with the exploitation of classical models in post-colonial societies, where the classical, which normally represents the colonizer, is re-appropriated and re-purposed for a nationalist agenda. Ireland very rarely features in such discussions and indeed Ireland is a unique case in this context, since the Irish (unlike other colonized peoples) were very well versed in Greek and Latin before ever the British plantations began in the 16th century. For the Irish, then, classical sources are essentially indigenous to the people and are not models appropriated from the colonizer.
Twenty-six speakers from Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, and North America will address the conference theme from a range of perspectives including the immediate context of 1916, tensions between classical and celtic mythologies, classical models of political expression, twentieth century classicists and Irish politics, the politics of narrative and performance, the politics of gender and sexuality, the influence of Greek material culture, classical models and political poetry, and comparative perspectives from ancient Rome.
Keynote lectures will be given by Terry Eagleton, Edith Hall, and Declan Kiberd.
For a provisional schedule of events, see http://classics.nd.edu/events/2016/06/20/37528-classics-and-irish-politics-1916-2016/. Registration for the conference will be free but required; details will be posted in due course. The conference will be part of the three week 2016 Notre Dame Irish Seminar. For details of the full Irish Seminar see http://oconnellhouse.nd.edu/academic-programs/the-irish-seminar/is10/ and for further information please contact Isabelle Torrance at email@example.com.
This conference is generously supported by the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame; the Global Collaboration Initiative at Notre Dame International in partnership with Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Classics; the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; Notre Dame Research; Notre Dame’s Department of Classics.
Commenter la Rhétorique d'Aristote de l'Antiquité à nos jours
École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris: June 16-17, 2016
16 juin 2016
9h45-10h00 : Ouverture du colloque par Pierre Caye, Directeur du Centre Jean Pépin (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC)
10h00-10h15 : Frédérique Woerther (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC) : Présentation du colloque
De l’Antiquité gréco-romaine au Moyen Âge, discutant: Marcos Martinho Dos Santos (Universidade de São Paulo)
10h15-11h00 : Camille Rambourg (ENS-Ulm) : «Qu’est-ce que le commentaire anonyme des Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca XXI.2 ?»
11h00-11h30 : Pause
11h30-12h15 : Pierre Chiron (Université de Paris-Est/IUF/HASTEC) : «Les commentaires médiévaux à la Rhétorique: hypothèses sur une (quasi-)absence»
L’Occident médiéval et la Renaissance, discutant : Christophe Grellard (EPHE/HASTEC)
14h00-14h45 : Iacopo Costa (UMR 8584, CNRS/HASTEC) : «Les Questions sur la Rhétorique d’Aristote de Jean de Jandun»
14h45-15h30 : Costantino Marmo (Università di Bologna) : «Le commentaire littéral de la Rhétorique d’Aristote par Gilles de Rome (1272-73)»
15h30-16h00 : Pause
16h00-16h45 : Lawrence Green (USC, Los Angeles) : «Commentaries on Aristotle’s Rhetoric in the Renaissance»
17 juin 2016
Traditions syriaques et arabes, discutant : Henri Hugonnard-Roche (CNRS/EPHE/HASTEC)
9h30-10h15 : John Watt (Cardiff University) : «Bar Hebraeus»
10h15-11h00 : Maroun Aouad (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC) : «La méthode d’al-Fārābī dans les Didascalia in Rethoricam Alfarabii»
11h00-11h30 : Pause
11h30-12h15 : Gaïa Celli (Scuola Normale di Pisa) : «La Rhétorique du Shifā’ d’Avicenne»
La période contemporaine, discutant : Harvey Yunis (Rice University)
14h-14h45 : Harvey Yunis (Rice University, Houston) : «Edward Meredith Cope : Victorian Commentator on Aristotle’s Rhetoric»
14h45-15h30 : Daniel M. Gross (University of California, Irvine) : «Heidegger’s Commentary»
15h30-15h45 : Pause
15h45-16h30 : Christof Rapp (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) : «Commenting on Aristotle’s Rhetoric in the 21st century: Constraints, Methods, Presuppositions»
16h30-17h15 : Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (UMR 8061, CNRS) : Conclusions et discussions
Colloque organisé avec le soutien financier du LabEx HASTEC, de l’IUF / Université de Paris-Est Créteil-Val-de-Marne, du Centre Jean Pépin (CNRS, UMR 8230) et du LEM (CNRS, UMR 8584)
Organizer: Frédérique Woerther, frederique.woerther@GMAIL.COM.
Reading the Wall: The Cultural Afterlives of Hadrian's Wall
Newcastle University: 15-17 June 2016
Hadrian's Wall is an iconic monument, and the impressive remains of the Wall were inscribed in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Wall is typically perceived of as a complex of Roman frontier remains, studied by archaeologists and historians, and protected by heritage managers for the benefit of scholars, visitors, and future generations.
Over the centuries, however, Hadrian's Wall has accumulated a number of intangible associations in addition to its original function as a militarised border monument.
From the Venerable Bede to Rosemary Sutcliff, and from Gildas to George R.R. Martin, the Wall has become a site of international cultural significance. How has the Wall shaped our cultural imaginary? And how has our cultural imaginary shaped the Wall?
Join us as we explore the cultural impact of Hadrian's Wall from its Roman origins up to the present day in a conference at Newcastle University, 15-17 June 2016.
Keynote Speakers: Professor Richard Hingley (Durham), Dr Lindsay Allason-Jones, OBE (Newcastle), and authors Christian Cameron & Garth Nix.
Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th Europe
Auditorium of Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford: June 14-15, 2016
14 JUNE 2016
9.40 Stephen Harrison, Martin McLaughlin, Paola Tomè: welcome and introduction
READING from Aldus Manutius’ prefaces (‘sottofondo’ music by J. Ciconia, MS. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. Class. Lat. 112)
TRANSMISSION AND CIRCULATION OF THE TEXTS
CHAIR: STEPHEN HARRISON (University of Oxford)
10.00 Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College, Oxford): Some remarks on Aldus and his prefaces
10.30 Stefano Martinelli Tempesta (University of Milan): The wanderings of a Greek manuscript of Aristotle’s Physics from Byzantium to Aldus’ printing house and beyond
11.00 11.20 discussion
11.20 -11.40 coffee break
11.40 – 12.10 Paola Tomè (University of Oxford): Aldo Manuzio and the learning of Greek
12.10-12.40 Federica Ciccolella (Texas A&M University): Through the Eyes of the Greeks: Byzantine Émigrés and the Study of Greek in the Renaissance
12.40-13.10 Han Lamers (Humboldt University of Berlin): Janus Lascaris’s Hellenizing Etymologies and the Renaissance 'Reception' of Aeolism
13.30-15.00 conference lunch
CHAIR: GIACOMO COMIATI (University of Warwick)
15.00 Giancarlo Abbamonte (University of Naples Federico II) and Fabio Stok (University of Rome Tor Vergata): From L2 to L2. Translating Plutarch's Moralia from Greek into Latin: Iacopo di Angelo and Niccolò Perotti
15.30 Caterina Carpinato (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): From Greek to Greeks: Homer (and Pseudo-Homer) in Greek-venetian context (late fifteenth and early sixteenth century)
16.00 – 16.20 discussion
16.20 -16.45 coffee break
16.45 Giovanna Di Martino (University of Oxford): The Reception of Aeschylus in sixteenth-century Italy: the case of Coriolano Martirano’s Prometheus Bound
17.15 Tristan Alonge (Paris-Sorbonne University): Rethinking the Birth of French Tragedy: from Sophocles to Evangelism in Marguerite de Navarre’s network (1537-1550)
17.45 – 18.15 discussion
20.30 conference dinner
15 JUNE 2016
RECEPTION OF THE TEXTS
CHAIR: ETTORE CINGANO (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
10.00 Michael Malone-Lee (University of Oxford): Cardinal Bessarion and the introduction of Plato to the Latin West
10.30 Maude Vanhaelen (University of Warwick): The revival of Plato in 16th-century Italy, from Greek to Latin and the vernacular
11.20 – 11.40 coffee break
11.45 Rocco Di Dio (University of Warwick): The Scholar at Work: Marsilio Ficino and the De Amore
12.15 Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore): The Philosopher in Limbo: translating Aristotle in Italy, 1300-1500
13.10 conference lunch
RE-USE AND AFTERLIFE
CHAIR: ANGELO SILVESTRI (University of Cardiff)
14.15 Wes Williams (University of Oxford): “Pantagruel, tenent un Heliodore Grec en main [....] sommeilloit”: Reading the Aethiopica in C16th France
14.45 Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford): The lion, the dog and the fly: Alberti's classical menagerie
15.15 Nicola Gardini (University of Oxford): Beccadelli and his Greek sources
15.45 – 16.15 discussion
16.15 – 16.35 coffee break
16.35 Christopher Wright and Charalambos Dendrinos (Royal Holloway, University of London): Greek Studies in Tudor England: George Etheridge’s Encomium on Henry VIII addressed to Elizabeth I (1566)
17.05 Pablo Aparicio (University of Oxford): Rethinking Renaissance between Italy and Spain
17.35 – 17.55 discussion
18.00 -18.30 ROUND-TABLE
CHAIR: MARTIN MCLAUGHLIN (University of Oxford)
Giancarlo Abbamonte, Caterina Carpinato, Federica Ciccolella, Ettore Cingano, Charalambos Dendrinos, Nicola Gardini, Stephen Harrison, Han Lamers, Stefano Martinelli Tempesta, Eugenio Refini, Paola Tomè, Maude Vanhaelen, Wes Williams
The Irish Seminar 2016: Classical Influences
Dublin & Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland: 13 June - 1 July 2016
There has been much scholarly discussion in recent decades of the tensions inherent in the appropriation of classical models by colonized nations (e.g. B. Goff (ed.) Classics and Colonialism (London, 2005), M. Bradley (ed.) Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire (Oxford, 2010)). Such tensions were immortalized by Derek Walcott’s reference to ‘all that Greek manure under green bananas’. The Irish, however, were well versed in Greek and Latin before the British colonizers arrived. Classical models, then, do not necessarily represent the colonizer in Irish culture. Some authors, like Yeats, drew parallels between Britain and imperial Rome, but Latin was also the language of the Roman Catholic Church, and so Irish rather than British in a general sense. The 2016 Irish Seminar is designed to examine Irish culture from a number of different historical, sociological, and literary perspectives under the umbrella of the theme ‘Classical Influences’, with the aim of recognizing the wide-ranging impact of Greek and Roman models on the development of Irish society. Literary greats, such as Yeats, Joyce, and Heaney, whose work is well known to have been influenced by classical literature will naturally be addressed, as will the work of prominent contemporary poets and playwrights such as Eavan Boland, Marina Carr, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon and Frank McGuinness. Modern Irish literature will represent an important thread of analysis throughout the course of the three-week seminar. We will discuss what Irish authors do with classical material, how their approaches differ from each other, and what is particularly Irish about their adaptations. However, we will also seek to contextualize Irish engagement with the Classics both diachronically and synchronically. Diachronically by looking back to classical influences on early Irish monasticism, to classical influences in Irish heroic epic, in writings from the early modern period, and to the 18th and 19th century reception of medieval Irish literature. Synchronically by looking beyond literature to classical influences in Irish philosophy, pedagogy, material culture, and particularly in Irish politics in recognition of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
The 2016 Seminar will be in three parts. Week One will follow the usual format and will take place in O’Connell House. Week Two will feature an international conference on Classics and Irish Politics, and will take place at the Royal Irish Academy and at Trinity College Dublin (http://classics.nd.edu/events/2016/06/20/37528-classics-and-irish-politics-1916-2016/). Week Three will take place in Notre Dame’s new education centre at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.
For more information on the Irish Seminar and to join our mailing list contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications is the 17th of March.
Femi Osofisan, Post-Negritude Tradition and 50 Years of Nigerian Literary Drama
University of Ibadan, Nigeria: 13-17 June 2016
You are invited to submit abstracts / panels for this international conference taking place at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in June 2016 in honour of playwright, novelist, critic and poet Femi Osofisan. To reflect the interdisciplinary contributions of Osofisan to the academy, and his use of African performance culture to expose societal ills through his writing, the conference is inviting papers by scholars exploring his work, and drama, music, dance, gender issues, poetry and literature from a range of perspectives, including but not limited to the work of his contemporaries.
a) The drama and theatre of Femi Osofisan
b) Femi Osofisan and the performance of poetry in Nigeria
c) Femi Osofisan and the culture of adaptations, translations and re-readings in African drama
d) African diasporan cultural encounters: the nature of classics
e) The Classical tradition and influence on Nigerian literature
f) Dance and music in the drama of Femi Osofisan
g) Design and scenography: interpreting Osofisan for the stage
h) Femi Osofisan's fiction and popular journalism Nigeria
i) Film and Television: The Visitors Series of Detective Drama
j) Film and Television: Concert Parties, Nollywood and the aftermath
k) Arts Management and Cultural Administration
l) Femi Osofisan and the politics of arts management in Africa
Convenors: Sola Adeyemi, Kunbi Olasope, Jahman Anikulapo, Tunde Awosanmi
Deadline for Abstract: 16 December 2015. All abstracts to be sent to email@example.com. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address and institutional affiliation.
Conference booking will open in February 2016, where you can benefit from the Early Bird rates and reserve your accommodation at the University of Ibadan Guest Houses!
Conference Contact: Dr. Sola Adeyemi, University of Greenwich, London, UK: firstname.lastname@example.org
(CFP closed 16 Dec 2015)
Classical Reception and the Human
International Conference at the University of Patras, 10-12 June 2016
Jocasta Classical Reception Greece (http://jocasta.upatras.gr/) based at the University of Patras is pleased to announce an International Conference on 10-12 June 2016 which seeks to explore the interrelatedness of Classical Reception and the Human.
In the very first line of the choric stasimon from Sophocles' Antigone we read the susceptible to differentiated translational reception choices phrase «πολλὰ τὰ δεινὰ κοὐδὲν ἀνθρώπου δεινότερον πέλει». With the advent of digital technologies and the recent developments in biomedical and neurological science, the notion of the human becomes highly contested. At the same time, the continuous growth of racist, sexist, terrorist, economic, cultural, and other discriminatory practices forges our forgetting of the human. With B. knox's comment at the 1980 American Philological Association that "classical texts are the humanities" in mind, this international conference seeks to address the issue of how classical reception from early modernity onwards informs and re-shapes our conceptualization of the human.
We focus on the following research questions:
* How has classical reception (e.g. newly-translated Greek texts, Neo-Latin drama, early modern tragic adaptations) influenced Renaissance
humanistic discourses, thought and culture?
* How have re-readings of antiquity informed literary, theatrical or other reconfigurations of the human in 18th and 19th century?
* Are the adaptations of Greco-Roman drama a locus for the contemplation, expression and vindication of human rights?
* How do ideological appropriations of the past allow for the legitimization of fascist agendas and the perpetuation of inhumanities?
* How can the classics help us rethink the (post)human in theory and practice after the demise of liberal individualism and the emergence of multiple permeated digital and non-digital, organic and inorganic subjectivities?
Organizers: Efimia D. Karakantza and Efstathia Athanasopoulou
(CFP closed 15 Oct 2015)
Modernity and the Shock of the Ancient: The Reception of Antiquity in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford: June 10th, 2016
"Two personalities fought for possession of his soul, and he could not always keep back the lower of the two. They interpenetrated.something very, very old projected upon a modern screen." (Algernon Blackwood, The Wave: An Egyptian Aftermath, 1916)
The ancient world was vital to what it meant to be 'modern' at the turn of the last century. Yet antique reception in this period is vastly understudied in all areas except that of classical Greece and Rome. At a time when the looting or wholesale destruction of non Graeco-Roman ancient sites is creating new public interest in their importance to modern cultures around the world, it is crucial that this narrow picture is reconsidered.
We invite abstracts for a one-day interdisciplinary conference at the Ashmolean Museum on June 10th, 2016. This conference will re-evaluate the reception of the ancient past in the late 19th and early 20th century, and its relation to constructions of 'modernity'. It will explore the reception of a geographically diverse antiquity - from Greece and Rome to Egypt, Mesopotamia and East Asia - in a variety of spheres including literature, public art and architecture, museum exhibitions, cinema, and consumer goods. As a new century began, the 'ancient' was signalling the 'modern' in both popular and high avant-garde culture, and was harnessed to a range of (often opposing) political agendas. In the process, a 'new' antiquity was born, the study of which illuminates what it means to be both 'modern' and 'Western', today as much as in the early 20th century.
We are pleased to be hosting three invited speakers, Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston (Ohio State University), Prof. Richard B. Parkinson (University of Oxford), and Prof. Fritz Graf (Ohio State University). The day will include a guided tour of relevant museum collections led by Dr. Paul Collins (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford). The conference will promote genuine interdisciplinary exchange, to which end panels will be followed by a lengthy discussion period. Papers might explore such questions as:
* In what ways was the past reappropriated and reimagined, and 'ancient' used to signal 'newness'?
* How did discovery and decipherment enable 'new' pasts and how did this transform historical narratives, of the self and/or the other?
* Did the past become more accessible or more alien in this period?
* What did narratives of 'modern progress' owe to scientific, technological, and political power?
* How is this demonstrated in the uncovering of ancient objects and decipherment of texts?
* How did museums narrate the journey from ancient to modern?
* How do interpretations of the ancient in these periods continue to inform our experiences of historical narrative, political projects, and cultural institutions today?
We welcome abstracts on these or related themes from postgraduates and early career researchers across humanities disciplines, including literature, classics, art history, oriental studies, and anthropology. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, for papers of 15-20 minutes, along with CV to email@example.com by Friday, April 8th. For more information see this website or visit us on facebook at facebook.com/shockoftheancient.
Organizers: Eva Miller (DPhil, Assyriology; Wolfson College, Oxford) & Sarah Green (DPhil, English; Merton College, Oxford).
Funded by TORCH.
(CFP closed 8 April 2016)
Italy and the Classics
Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles', Oxford: Friday 10 June 2016
10.15am - Welcome (Marina Warner)
10.30-11.30am: Fin de Siècle Italy (Chair: Matthew Reynolds)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Freelance Writer)
Michael Subialka (Oxford)
11.30-12.45: The Performance Arts (Chair: Ela Tandello)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Birmingham)
Rosella Simonari (London)
Simone Spagnolo (Anglia Ruskin)
2-3.15pm: Early Modern Italy (Chair: Glenn Most)
Martin McLaughlin (Oxford)
Matthew Leigh (Oxford)
Nicola Gardini (Oxford)
3.45-5pm: Film (Chair: Oliver Taplin)
Maria Wyke (London)
Massimo Fusillo (L'Aquila)
6pm - DRINKS RECEPTION
6.30-7pm: Pre-Performance Talk (Chair: Marina Warner)
Roberto Cavosi (Playwright), Jane House (Translator), Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell (Actors)
7-8pm PERFORMANCE of Roberto Cavosi's Bellissima Maria
8.15pm - Q&A
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on registration and booking.
Tradizione classica e cultura contemporanea. Idee per un confronto
Conference of the Consulta Universitaria di Studi Latini: Milan/Pavia: June 9-10, 2016
I sessione (Milano, Università Statale, Sala Napoleonica, Palazzo Greppi, via S. Antonio, 10)
giovedì 9 giugno, ore 9,00
La percezione e l'uso dell'antico nella società contemporanea
9,00 Saluti autorità accademiche
9,30 Ivano Dionigi (Università di Bologna): Il latino al tempo di Twitter
10,00 Roberto Andreotti (giornalista, «Il Manifesto»): Sopravvivere al Classico
10, 30 Bianca Pitzorno (scrittrice): Un lungo filo che non si è mai spezzato
11,30 Arianna Sacerdoti, Percorsi sui classici antichi nei romanzi di Bianca Pitzorno
11,45 Marco Malvestio, L'uso del mito nel romanzo contemporaneo
12,00 Pietro Verzina, Impiego del mito e paradigmi epici in Julio Cortázar: Circe (1951)
12,15 Alice Bonandini, Ubi solitudinem o ubi desertum? Quando il latino diventa slogan
II sessione (Milano, Università Cattolica, Aula Pio XI, L.go A. Gemelli, 1)
giovedì 9 giugno, ore 15,00
Il ruolo dei classici in una società multiculturale
15,00 Saluti autorità accademiche
15,30 Giusto Picone (Università di Palermo): Paradigmi. Esuli, profughi e migranti nelle rappresentazioni letterarie latine
16,00 Craig Williams (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Orpheus Crosses the Atlantic: Native Americans and Classical Studies
16,30 Maurizio Bettini (Università di Siena): A che servono i Greci e i Romani?
17,30 Cristiana Franco, Latino per mediatori culturali. Prove di didattica in contesti multiculturali
17,45 Giuseppe Galeani, In Giappone si parla latino. Sulla fortuna dell'antica Roma nel fumetto giapponese contemporaneo
18,00 Fausto Pagnotta, Il pensiero politico antico alla prova della società multiculturale: alcune riflessioni
18,15 Massimo Manca, Da Erodoto a Rat-Man: Classici come virus
18,30 Maria Chiara Scappaticcio, «Il sont fous, ces Romains !»: Asterix, Le papyrus de César, e la trasmissione della conoscenza
III sessione (Pavia, Aula Volta - Sede centrale Università, C.so Strada Nuova, 65)
venerdì 10 giugno, ore 9,30
Il latino nella scuola e nell'Università
9,30 Saluti autorità accademiche
10,00 Nuccio Ordine (Università della Calabria): Elogio della lentezza. Le scuole e le università non sono aziende
10,30 Elio Franzini (Università Statale di Milano): Il latino e il basso bretone
11,00 Carmela Palumbo (Direttore Generale Ordinamenti didattici - MIUR): Gli studi classici nella scuola superiore - Situazione attuale
11,45 Alice Borgna, Il latino (digitale) all'Università: il progetto DigiLibLT
12,00 Concetta Longobardi, Le nuove risorse della e-philology per l'edizione dei testi classici
12,15 Alessandra Rolle, Imparare la retorica con lo Pseudo-Quintiliano
12,30 Fabio Tutrone, Interdisciplinarità e autori classici: per un approccio storico-epistemologico all'enciclopedismo antico
12,45 Chiusura dei lavori: Marco Mancini (Capo Dipartimento Università - MIUR)
Classics And/As World Literature Conference
King's College London Centre for Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics, and Department of Comparative Literature: 3-4 June, 2016
The aim is to explore (1) how Greek and Latin classical authors, often in modern-language translations, have historically functioned as part of the colonial curriculum and (2) their status relative to Comparative Literature and World Literature. World Literature has been advocated as new approach to the study of literature in a globalised age, and as one which avoids the nationalist and colonialist pitfalls of studying literatures in traditional departmental and disciplinary formations. But prominent advocates of World Literature have as yet evaded the challenge presented by the ancient Greek and Roman literature to their conceptual framework. Histories of World Literature progress from Gilgamesh immediately to Dante and skip everything in between. This conference is designed to address that lacuna and emphasise the rightful place of ancient Greek and Latin texts, imperialist warts and all, at the heart of the 21st-century international World Literature syllabus.
We have about 30 confirmed speakers, chairs and other participants (see below); the Council Room holds 50, which means that there will be room for only about 20 further delegates. Details of how to book and pre-pay a modest sum for sandwiches etc will be posted as soon as possible. But in the meantime, if you want to make sure of a place, please send an email to email@example.com and she will let you know personally as soon as the website goes live.
1000 COFFEE and Registration
1030 Welcome Edith Hall (KCL) and William Fitzgerald (KCL)
1100-1230 Session 1 Chair, Russell Goulbourne (KCL)
1100 Michael Silk (KCL), Introductory Address: Problematising 'World Literature' (but not 'Classics'?)
1130 Andrew Laird (Warwick), Aztec Humanists: Uses of the Classics by Nahua Writers in Early Colonial Mexico
1200 Nicholas Ollivere (Oxford), The Road to Morocco: Reading Back to the Classics via Sartre
1230 SANDWICH LUNCH
1330-1500 Session 2 Chair, Sebastian Matzner (KCL)
1330 Emily Greenwood (Yale), Local World Classics: A Manifesto
1400 Pramit Chaudhuri (Dartmouth), Outsourcing: Classics in World Literature and Digital Humanities
1430 Ayelet Haimson Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin), Broad Classics: Damnatio Memoriae on the Global Stage
1600-1730 Session 3 Chair, William Fitzgerald (KCL)
1600 Justine McConnell (Oxford), Riddling Mirrors: Comparing Oral Poetics in Ancient Greece and Contemporary South Africa
1630 Keynote 1, David Damrosch (Harvard), Hellenistic World Literature: Apuleius and Walcott Read the Greeks
1800 Drinks Reception in RIVER ROOM
1930 Speakers’ dinner in local restaurant, hosted by Department of Comparative Literature
10-00-1100 Session 4 Chair, Dan Orrells (KCL)
1000 Henry Stead (Open University), A spectre is haunting World Literature -- the spectre of Classics (1917-1956)
1030 Miryana Dimitrova (KCL), Dissident Ancients: The Cases of the Theatrical Socrates and the Cinematic Aesop in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria
1130-1300 Session 5 Chair, David Ricks (KCL)
1130 Rachel Bower (Leeds), World Literature and Epistolarity
1200 Ziad Elmarsafy (KCL), Photosynthesis: Neoplatonisms from Suhrawardi to Abdelwahab Meddeb.
1230 Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne), A Translation’s Sociolect: The Weak Point of ‘World Literature’?
1400-1600 Session 6 Chair: Pavlos Avlamis (KCL)
1430 Bobby Xinyue (Warwick), Ovid in China
1500 Simon Perris (Wellington, NZ), Māori Writers and the Classics: Sources, Questions, and Hypotheses
1530 Phiroze Vasunia (UCL),How we Lost the Classics, in India, For Example
1630-1830 CLOSING SESSION Chair: Susan Bassnett (Glasgow)
1630 Keynote 2, Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond), Slavery, the Book, and Classical Tensions: The U.S. and Brazil
1730 Roundtable, kicked off by Susan Bassnett as Respondent
1830 Wine or Pub
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/eventrecords/2015-16/Classics-world-literature-conference.aspx.
Byzantine Colloquium: Arcadia - Real and Ideal
Institute for Classical Studies (Court Room, Senate House): 2-3 June 2016
The Colloquium aims at exploring important elements that contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian Ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages (in East and West) and the Renaissance to the modern world. It discusses themes reflecting the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Twelve speakers from Britain, Cyprus, Greece, France and the United States of America present and discuss their work spanning across various disciplines including theology and philosophy, history and literature, art and archaeology, economy and numismatics, sociology and geography, education and culture.
Co-organized by the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London and the International Society for Arcadia.
Supported by the Hellenic Foundation (London), The Friends of the Hellenic Institute and the History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
Organizing Committee: Charalambos Dendrinos, Nil Palabiyik and George Vassiadis
All welcome. To reserve a place and for further information please contact Charalambos Dendrinos: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keynote: Pedro Olalla (Athens): "Arcadia: bearer of Hellenism, fundamental
component of culture"
Anna Vasiliki Karapanagiotou (Arcadia): "Mantinea: the earliest democracy in Arcadia"
Professor James Roy (Nottingham): "Progress in classical Arcadia"
George Kakavas (Athens): "Et in Arcadia Ego: bringing to light the ancient Greek
and Roman Arcadian coins of the Epigraphic and Numismatic Museum in Athens"
Evangelos Chrysos (Athens): "Arcadia in Byzantium"
Alessandro Scafi (London): "Et in Arcadia Ego? Is sex even in Arcadia?"
Stefano Cracolici (Durham): "Nineteenth-century Arcadian landscapes in Italy from
a British perspective"
William Bainbridge (Durham): "Douglas Freshfield and Arcadian geography in the
Solon Charalambous (Nicosia): "Arcadia and Cyprus"
Marie-Claude Mioche (Goutelas), "Arcadia real and ideal: the case of Forez"
David Gilman Romano (Arizona): "The Parrhasian Heritage Park of the
Peloponnesos: Greece’s first Cultural Heritage Park"
Angelos Dendrinos (Athens): "The Arcadia International Network: the Arcadian
legacy in the 21st century"
Draft programme [pdf] http://www.icls.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/Arcadia-Colloquium-Provisional-Programme.pdf via http://www.icls.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences.
Kenneth Dover's Greek Homosexuality: a discussion
Institute of Classical Studies, London: Tuesday 31 May, 2016
To mark the reissuing by Bloomsbury Academic of the 1989 edition of Kenneth Dover’s Greek Homosexuality (with two new forewords), there will be a panel discussion of the book and its influence at the Institute of Classical Studies (room G22/26) on Tuesday 31st May at 6 pm. The discussion will be chaired by Paul Cartledge and the panellists will be Caroline Vout, Mark Masterson, James Robson and Stephen Halliwell. All are welcome.
The organisers are extremely grateful to the Jowett Copyright Trust for funding in support of this event.
Further information: http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/public-events/2016/greek-homosexuality-event-mark-publication-new-edition-kenneth-d.
[1st] Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, University of Patras
University of Patras: 28-29 May 2016
Jocasta Classical Reception Greece is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, which will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May 2016 at the Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.
Reception is conceived not as a subdivision of Classics but as a mode of historicised inquiry and constant self-critique intrinsic in Classical Studies. In this respect, the reader assumes the role of the decoder who examines reception of the ancient world from the 8th century BC onwards: from Antiquity to Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Early and Late Modernity and the future, while ceaselessly moving from the West to the East and from the North to the South and vice versa. Classical Reception is studied through a variety of media ranging from literature to theatre and film, to materialised configurations of everyday experience and through a plurality of approaches ranging from Philosophy to Cultural and Social Studies to Performative arts and science-driven discourses, thus foregrounding interdisciplinary research.
The Jocasta Postgraduate Symposium seeks to create a venue for Classical Reception in Greece, where international postgraduate students can engage into interdisciplinary dialogue and share research. It enables students to present their work in a friendly environment, develop presentation skills and get constructive feedback.
This year's theme is "Continuities and Discontinuities in Classical Reception". Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
* In what ways can discontinuities in fragmentary literary corpora be bridged?
* Do we read intertextual continuities between different ancient and/or modern genres?
* Are continuities and discontinuities in characters' agency, author's stylistic choices and narrative techniques determined by different poetics?
* Have we learnt to read transhistorical, transcultural and transdisciplinary reconfigurations of antiquity on the basis of continuities or discontinuities?
* Have philosophical or artistic "interruptions" of classical texts re-informed classical research?
We invite abstracts in either Greek or English of no more than 250 words for 20-minute paper presentations to be sent to email@example.com no later than
28th February 2016 15th March 2016. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution in the body of your email (not in your abstract).
The organising committee: Efstathia Athanasopoulou, Gesthimani Seferiadi, Alexandros Velaoras.
(CFP closed 28 Feb 2016; extended until 15 March)
Fate and Fortune in Renaissance Thought
A one-day Colloquium to be held at the University of Warwick: 27th May 2016
Keynote address: Dilwyn Knox (University College London).
Respondent: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)
The aim of the colloquium is to explore the significance of the concepts of fate and fortune in Renaissance thought. While having a significant medieval background in theological texts and in The Consolation of Philosophy and other philosophical treatises, these concepts received new interpretations during the Renaissance period. The cause was a renewed interest in Cicero's treatises, as well as in Alexander of Aphrodisias and Stoic philosophy. On the other hand, the question of fate and fortune seems to be closely related to religious disputes of the sixteenth century.
Hopefully, the colloquium will contribute to a better understanding of these concepts and their crucial role in the history of Renaissance thought. Despite some valuable publications on the topic, a number of its aspects still remain unclear. The interdisciplinary character of the conference would allow to explore the place of fortune and fate in religious, philosophical and artistic contexts in the Renaissance.
A number of fundamental questions will be addressed including:
* The classical tradition and its contribution to the (re)consideration of these concepts in the Renaissance
* Renaissance Stoicism and the reception of Alexander of Aphrodisias
* Religious controversies in the sixteenth century and the disputes on free will, fate and fortune in theological texts.
* Fate and fortune in respect of controversies on astrology and magic in the Renaissance
* The image of fate and fortune in Renaissance art
Please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words as well as a one-page CV to O.Akopyan@warwick.ac.uk no later than 1 February 2016.
(CFP closed 1 Feb 2016)
ANTIQUIPOP. La référence à l'antiquité dans la culture populaire contemporaines / Reference to Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture
Lyon 2 Lumière University & at the Musée gallo-romain, Lyon (France): 26-28 May 2016
While studies in Antiquity may be considered useless and old-fashioned, and the recent decisions of the French government themselves makes this kind of generalizing statement a reality, we may think that Antiquity and what is left of it, are doomed to decay and disappear. However, at the same time, media, artistic and cultural creations for the general public, as well as new types of digital art, reflect a different phenomenon: our screens seem to be overwhelmed with themes and aesthetics from Antiquity, thus putting up some resistance to Cassandras' predictions.
It is precisely this phenomenon of resistance to disappearance, in a word, this obstinacy, that we which to examine. The fact that Antiquity is so present in our artistic and cultural world is not self-evident, far from it. Research on Antiquity has recently been shaken up by a whole range of groundbreaking studies, especially Reception and Reception Theories studies, bringing to light several analyses focusing on comics, manga, peplums, video games, etc. We wish then to tackle the question of Reception of Antiquity in a field that has been until now underestimated, if not completely neglected, by scholars: the popular culture in all its features: the pop, musical and video worlds, television, fashion, etc.
Starting from the identification of images of Antiquity in pop music, TV series, modern art, fashion and video games, the analyses will question the existence of stereotypes, the invention of new codes, their deciphering as well as their hermeneutical range, aethetically speaking as well as from an Images and Reception theory perspective.
We welcome papers exploring these questions, coming from different fields of expertise, in a resolutely interdisciplinary approach: historians, art historians, aesthetics experts, visual artists, literature and comparative studies specialists, archaeologists, semanticists and semiology experts are particularly welcome to submit their proposal.
Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (in French or English) and should be sent via the "Submit" tab at antiquipop.sciencesconf.org/ at the latest January, 31th 2016. Would you have any question, please send an email to the organizing comittee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)
Feminism & Classics VII (FEMCON7): Visions
University of Washington, Seattle: May 19-22, 2016
This conference will focus on vision in – and visions of – the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily ancient Greece and Rome, but without excluding, for example, Egypt and the Near East. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of this theme, including sight, blindness, voyeurism, the gaze, spectacle, illusion, dreams, hallucinations, epiphany, and similar topics. We also encourage abstracts that construe the theme of vision more broadly: What can we know about self-perception in the ancient Mediterranean world, particularly among women and other groups defined as Others? How have post-antique cultures envisioned or reimagined Classical material, whether in art, theater, literature, theater, film, or other media? What is to be learned from looking at the history of women and feminism in Classical studies, and what paths forward can we envision, both for scholarship and for pedagogy? What can views from outside (e.g., outside Classics, the humanities, academia, the United States, the West) teach us, and how does the field look from within different parts of the academy (e.g., students, adjuncts, tenured or tenure-track faculty, librarians, museum staff)? Are there new lenses through which we might profitably examine old material?
Keynote Speakers: Bettina Bergmann (Helene Phillips Herzig '49 Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College), Sheila Murnaghan (Professor of Classical Studies and Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, University of Pennsylvania); Alison Wylie (Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Washington).
Draft program: https://sites.google.com/site/femcon7/program
Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/site/femcon7/
(CFP closed 1 September 2015)
Calleva Events on Make-Believe in Drama
Calleva Centre, Magdalen College Oxford: May 20-21, 2016
Why do adults believe in fictional worlds? Why do they spend time and money at the theatre committing emotionally to stageworlds they know are not real? In May 2016, the Adults at Play(s) project of the Calleva Centre will host two events exploring these questions.
FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016: ONE-DAY COLLOQUIUM
This international one-day colloquium brings together speakers from the worlds of Theatre, Classics, English, Cognitive Studies and Psychology. The aim of the day is to facilitate dialogue among practitioners in these different fields: we will explore the issues involved in dramatic make-believe in multidisciplinary panels of short (15-minute) papers.
Our speakers include: Jennifer Barnes (Psychology), Max van Dujin (Psychology), Henry Goodman (actor – RSC, National, TV and film), Nick Lowe (Classics), Raphael Lyne (English), Keith Oatley (Psychology), Nicola Shaughnessy (Theatre Studies), Robert Shaughnessy (Theatre Studies), Helen Slaney (Classics), Ineke Sluiter (Classics).
A complete programme will be posted here in March: http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/research/calleva-research-centre/calleva-events/.
Registration is £15 and includes sandwich lunch with tea and coffee.
To register your attendance, visit: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk, and search ‘Make-Believe Symposium’.
SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016, 3.30-6.00pm: PUBLIC EVENT
Magdalen alumni and interested members of the public are invited to this event, featuring a keynote lecture by novelist and mythographer Professor Dame Marina Warner, as well as shorter talks by members of the Calleva research team, actor Henry Goodman (Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre, film and television), and psychologist Professor Jennifer Barnes.
To register, please contact the Magdalen Alumni office at email@example.com.
For inquiries about both events: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Classical Traditions in Latin American History
Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 19-20 May 2016
Organisers: Andrew Laird (Warwick/Brown University) and Nicola Miller (UCL)
ANDREW LAIRD, Warwick/Brown University: Conflicts of Classical Legacies in Spanish America
NICOLA MILLER, UCL: Classical Motifs in Spanish American Nation-building: Looking Beyond the Letrados
ERIC CULLHED, Uppsala University: "Born with the Wrinkles of Byzantium": Unclassical Traditions in Latin America
NATALIA MAILLARD ALVAREZ, Universidad Pablo de Olavide: Early Circulation of Classical Books from Europe in New Spain and Peru
ALEJANDRA ROJAS, The Ohio State University: Indigenous and Classical Conventions and Iconography in the Libellus de medicinalibus indorum herbis (Mexico, 1552)
BYRON ELLSWORTH HAMANN, The Ohio State University: The higa and the tlachialoni: Material Cultures of Seeing in the Mediterratlantic
ANTONELLA ROMANO, Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS: Assessing American Native Knowledge from Europe: A Global Perspective
ANDREW LAIRD, Warwick/Brown University: Innovations of Classical Humanism (1520-1570): Grammar, Rhetoric and Philosophy in a New World
STUART M. MCMANUS, Harvard: Humanist Eloquence and Erudition in Colonial Latin America: Reassessing the Funeral Exequies for Philip IV
ROBERT CONN, Wesleyan University: Classicism and the Forging of Institutions and Traditions in Latin America: From Sor Juana to Alfonso Reyes
DESIREE ARBO, University of Warwick: Guaraní Indians, Plato's Republic and 18th century Americanismo
ELINA MIRANDA, Universidad de La Habana: Greece in José Martí
ROSA ANDÚJAR, UCL: Henríquez Ureña's Hellenism and the American Utopia
Chasing Mythical Beasts... The Reception of Creatures from Graeco-Roman Mythology in Children's & Young Adults' Culture as a Transformation Marker
Warsaw, Poland: May 12–15, 2016
Full Programme: http://mythicalbeasts.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/programme/
Jerzy Axer, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Wobo's Fabulous Itinerary:
From East African Mythology to a Polish Formative Novel for Youth
Małgorzata Borowska, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, The Awakening
of the κνώδαλα, or Inside a Great Fish Belly
Marilyn Burton, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Man as Creature:
Allusions to Classical Beasts in the Novels of N.D. Wilson
Simon Burton, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Winged Horses,
Talking Horses and Unicorns in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia": Entwining Classical
and Christian Motifs
Susan Deacy, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton, Bright-Eyed
Athena and Her Fiery-Eyed Monster
Konrad Dominas, Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University
in Poznań, New Reception Spaces of Literature and Ancient Culture – Children's
Creations of Mythical Creatures on the Internet
Elena Ermolaeva, Department of Classical Philology, St. Petersburg University, Centaurs
in Russian Fairy Tales: From the Half-dog Pulicane to the Centaur Polkan
Liz Gloyn, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London, Mazes Intricate:
The Minotaur as a Catalyst of Identity Formation in British Young Adult Fiction
Elizabeth Hale, School of Arts, University of New England, Medusas and Minotaurs:
Metamorphosis and Meaning in Australian Contexts
Edith Hall, Department of Classics, King's College London, Cheiron the Centaur as
Maria Handrejk, Heinrich Schliemann Institute for Classical Antiquity, University of
Rostock, Murder in the Moonlight: Harry Potter and the Return of the Werewolves
Owen Hodkinson, Department of Classics, University of Leeds, Reclaiming Medusa
Markus Janka, Institute of Classical Philology, University of Munich, & Michael Stierstorfer,
Faculty of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Regensburg,
Semibovemque virum semivirumque bovem – Mythological Hybrid Creatures as
Key Actors in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" and in the Postmodern Fantasy Literature for
Children and Young Adults
Katarzyna Jerzak, Department of Philology and History, Pomorska Academy in
Słupsk, Remnants of Myth, Vestiges of Tragedy: Peter Pan in the Mermaids' Lagoon
Joanna Kłos, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Pheme the Gossip
(Series "Goddess Girls") by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Przemysław Kordos, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Modern
Greek Children Face to Face with Hydra, Cerberus and Minotaurs
Weronika Kostecka & Maciej Skowera, Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw,
Womanhood and/as Monstrosity: Cultural and Individual Biography of a "Beast"
in Anna Czerwińska-Rydel's "The Baltic Siren"
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, German Department, University of Tübingen, On
the Trail of Pan: From the Eternal to the Strange Child
Helen Lovatt, Department of Classics, University of Nottingham, Magical Beasts and
Where They Come From: How Greek Are Harry Potter's Mythical Animals?
Adam Łukaszewicz, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Fantastic Creatures
Seen by a Shipwrecked Sailor and by a Herdsman
Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Chasing
Mythical Muppets: Classical Antiquity According to Jim Henson
Sheila Murnaghan, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
(with Deborah H. Roberts), "A Kind of Minotaur": Mythical Monsters in the Works of
Sonya Nevin & Steve K. Simons, The Panoply Vase Animation Project, Animating
Mythical Vase Scenes, with the National Museum in Warsaw
Daniel A. Nkemleke & Divine Che Neba, Department of English, University of
Yaoundé 1, Myth, Beasts and Creatures: Towards the Construction of Human Categories
in Oral Tradition in Cameroon
Elżbieta Olechowska, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Heracles
Facing Monsters in Twenty-First-Century French Comic Books by Joann Sfar and
Hanna Paulouskaya, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Mythical
Beasts in the Soviet Animation: Interpretation of the Monster Phenomenon
Deborah H. Roberts, Department of Classics, Haverford College (with Sheila Murnaghan),
Picturing Duality: The Minotaur as Beast and Human in Illustrated Myth Collections
Jörg Schulte, Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Cologne, Old Wine Bottled for
the Young: The Image and Mysteries of Dionysos in Tadeusz Zieliński's "Skazochnaia
Christian Stoffel, Institute of Classical Studies, University of Mainz, Protecting the
Ancient Past and Its Mythical Beasts: Julia Golding's "The Companions Quartet"
Robert A. Sucharski, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Stanisław
Pagaczewski and His Tale(s) of the Wawel Dragon
Karoline Thaidigsmann, Slavic Department, University of Heidelberg, (Non-)Flying
Horses in the Polish People's Republic: The Crisis of the Mythical Beast in Ambivalent
Polish Children's Literature
Peter Tirop Simatei, Department of Literature, Theatre & Film Studies, Moi University,
Eldoret, The Nandi Bear: A Mythical Profile of a Ferocious Beast
Alfred Twardecki, Curator of the Ancient Art Collection, National Museum in Warsaw,
Presentation of plans for a new gallery to be opened in 2019
Reading and rewriting ancient texts in the long eighteenth century: A one-day colloquium
Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Saturday 14 May, 2016
Organizers: Stuart Gillespie & Stephen Harrison
Helen Slaney (Oxford): Ancient Geographies Translated as Narratives of Travel
Micha Lazarus (Cambridge): Sublimity by Fiat: New Light on the English Longinus
David Hopkins (Bristol): The Poet as Annotator: Pope’s Observations on his Iliad
Clare Bucknell (Oxford): William Popple’s Works of Horace
Penelope Wilson (Cambridge): ‘Never let me trifle with a book’: Philip Doddridge as Reader of Homer and Virgil
Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow): Newly Recovered English Classical Translations, 1600-1800
Philip Hardie (Cambridge): Eighteenth-Century Flights of the Mind
Cost £15 including lunch, tea/coffee and drinks, payable on the day. Please book in advance with Prof. Stephen Harrison by 1 May 2016: Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate students may attend for £10.
Ancient Greek Pots and Social Class in the Britain 1789-1939
Under the aegis of AHRC-funded Classics and Class research project based at King’s College London and directed by Professor Edith Hall and Dr Henry Stead.
King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS: Thursday 5 May 2016
Convener: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis
Material culture can be used to enact class. This occurs in manifold ways including on human bodies through fashion, in the interior domestic environment and architecture through inhabited space and in taste in art. These ideas have been explored in a variety of media and cultural contexts, including academia (notably in the work of Pierre Bourdieu), and in the ceramic art and broadcasting of Grayson Perry (e.g. Channel 4 documentary series 2012 ‘In the best possible taste’). Classical material culture has been part of British material culture from at least the C17th onwards and as such has played an important role in delineating class distinctions. Its popularity in the late C18th and C19th is to be seen within the context of British colonialism and rising luxury consumption, itself a marker of class. In C18th and C19th Britain Greek pots were seen as the cheap cousins of more durable and “elevated” marble sculpture. While the reception of marginalized Greek pots is receiving increasing scholarly attention, research has focused predominantly on elite reception, notably collections in the houses of the rich, and expensive ceramics, furnishings and fashions, inspired directly by Greek pots and indirectly by their two-dimensional images in publications.
This symposium seeks to explore the reception of ancient Greek pots through the lens of social class and to bring to prominence hitherto marginalized working class and middle class engagements with this area of Classical material culture. Greek pots offer rich possibilities for revisionist histories of engagement with Classical culture for several reasons. First they themselves are connected to non-elites of ancient Greece through their cheap material and manufacture by non-elite craftsmen, whose work had a direct analogue in that of the labourers in the Potteries and other factories; second through their depiction of the lives of non-elite Athenians, and third (arguably) through their use by non-elites. A class-focused exploration of the reception of Greek pots, then, offers the opportunity to analyse non-elite responses to ancient non-elites.
Abstracts of up to 300 words, should be sent to email@example.com by 16 November 2015, including (but not limited to) the following themes in the context of Britain 1789-1939:
* the place of Greek pots and the objects they inspired within broader British material culture and consumption
* the role of gender in different class engagements with Greek pots
* the role and agency of craftsmen creating objects inspired by Greek pots (potters, cabinet makers etc.)
* widening access and viewing experiences of working and middle classes of Greek pots in houses and museums
* the role of Greek pots and the objects they inspired in the demarcation of class (particularly the appeal and consumption of cheaper objects such as Dilwyn pottery)
* the relationship between different class engagements with classical pots (agency, top down models of influence or interpenetration)
* the influence of the arts and crafts movement on Sir John Beazley's approach to Greek pots
* the view from abroad: class and ancient Greek pots in countries other than Britain (particularly in Italy, France, Germany, the Ottoman empire). This could include the role of class in (licit and illicit) excavating, collecting and imitating Greek pots.
(CFP closed 16 Nov 2015)
Portals, Gates: The Classics in Modernist Translation
McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2016
As Steven Yao observes in Translation and the Languages of Modernism, both the practice and the idea of translation were integral to experimental early twentieth-century modernist work in English: "feats of translation not only accompanied and helped to give rise to, but sometimes even themselves constituted, some of the most significant Modernist literary achievements in English." And in their translation work, many anglophone modernists were especially responsive to the literatures of Ancient Greece and Rome. As H.D. would say of Euripides, whose plays she translated, "these words are to me portals, gates."
Modernists Ezra Pound, H.D., W.B. Yeats and E.E. Cummings--among others--pursued translations of work from dramatists and poets such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Homer, Sappho, Meleager, Theocritus, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Propertius. In some cases they developed more traditional translations, aimed to render in English a text from another language, culture, and time; in other instances, they ventured into more maverick translations, often construed by contemporary reception studies as adaptations or interventions (which sometimes incurred the ire of early twentieth-century scholarship). For many modernists, such translation work not only served as "good training"--as Pound phrased it--but also contributed to the enrichment of English beyond its ordinary boundaries, allowing fine-grained and radical access to the aesthetic and intellectual wisdom of a corpus of ancient literature they saw as valuable to the present. Many even used the concept of translation to capture a broader modernist commitment to 'bringing over' to the early twentieth century resources of the ancient past, its cultural archive--to speak to questions, conceptual nodes and problematics of the contemporary moment.
Situated at the intersection of Classical studies, Modernist studies, and Translation studies, this conference invites commentary on the work of early twentieth-century modernist "translation," broadly interpreted - responses by modernist writers to texts and cultural materials from the Classical world. We welcome papers, performances, and creative or multimedia work addressing:
1) more traditional translation work, such as work for the Poets' Translation Series edited by Richard Aldington, Yeats's King Oedipus and Oedipus at Colonus, and Louis MacNeice's Agamemnon;
2) more experimental translation work by modernists such as Pound (e.g. Homage to Sextus Propertius, Women of Trachis) and H.D. (e.g. Hippolytus Temporizes, Ion);
3) freer appropriations and adaptations of Classical material, such as H.D.'s responses to Sappho and Meleager; Pound's and Joyce's engagements with the Odyssey; Pound's and H.D.'s work with the Eleusinian mysteries; and Cummings's experiments with Catullus, Homer, and Greek myth.
Please send 250-word abstracts, along with current CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by January 10, 2016. The conference will take place at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2016.
(CFP closed 10 January 2016)
Mary Renault: A Celebration
St Hugh’s College, Oxford: 26 April 2016
Few historical novelists have ever rivalled the achievements of Mary Renault, author between 1956 and 1981 of eight novels set in the ancient Greek world. She is best known for her re-imagination of Theseus in The King Must Die (one of John F. Kennedy’s favourite novels) and for her brilliant Alexander trilogy, in which she resurrected one of history’s most mesmerising figures, Alexander of Macedon.
5.00 pm Reception in the Hamlin Gallery: There will be a small exhibition of material from the Mary Renault papers in the college archive and of artwork from the new Folio Society editions of Renault’s novels.
6.00 pm Mordan Hall: Lecture by Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, with further contributions on Mary Renault and historical fiction by the historians Tom Holland and Bettany Hughes; followed by discussion.
This event in honour of St Hugh’s alumna Mary Renault is to mark the recent launch of the Mary Renault Prize for essays by pupils in Year 12 or 13 on the theme of the influence of classical antiquity.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revival and Revision of the Trojan Myth
Conference Hall, CNR Building (Roma, Italy): 22 April 2016
In the last years the rewritings of Homeric epics and Trojan myth dating back to the Imperial Period and Late Antiquity have increasingly attracted scholarly interest. This is the case of Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis, who claimed to be eyewitnesses of the Trojan war and more reliable interpreters of the events compared to the Homeric version. The recent proliferation of translations, commentaries, studies and philological enquiries fills a gap that finds no justification, especially since these works were well known and widely circulated over the centuries up to the Middle Ages, so as to make a major contribution to the collective imagination concerning the Trojan war as well as the characters who took part in it, starting from the figure of Aeneas. The international meeting, to be held in Rome (in a conference hall of the CNR building, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7) on 22nd April 2016, is meant to fit in such a 'revival' about Dares and Dictys : proposals are hereby solicited for papers on textual or literary criticism, including historical and anthropological enquiries, in order to shed light on some aspects of their works and/or of the wider cultural context in which they are framed.
Organizers: Graziana Brescia; Mario Lentano; Giampiero Scafoglio
9.30 Apertura dei lavori / Meeting opening: Mario Lentano
9.45 Dalla Grecia a Roma a Bisanzio: le tre vite di Ditti Cretese / From Greece to Rome to Byzantium: Dictys' three lives
Chair: Emanuele Lelli (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
* Alessio Ruta (Università di Palermo), "Latine disserere". I papiri greci di Ditti Cretese (P.Tebt. II 268, P.Oxy. XXXI 2539, P.Oxy. LXXIII 4943 - 4944) e la traduzione di Settimio : osservazioni su lingua letteraria, stile, lessico
* Elísabet Gómez Peinado (Universidad de Alicante), La « Ephemeris belli Troiani » griega de Dictis cretense y sus testimonios latino y bizantinos
10.45 Pausa caffè / Coffee break
11.00 Ditti e il contesto storico e culturale / Dictys and his historical and cultural context
Chair: Sergio Casali (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata")
* Silvio Bär (University of Oslo), Fakers, liars, plagiarists? Narrators and authorial voices in reworkings of the Trojan saga in the imperial period
* Valentin Décloquement (Université de Lille III), Le jeu du faire-vrai: lire Dictys de Crète à la lumière de la "paideia"
* Mireia Movellán Luis (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Elements of internal cohesion in the « Ephemeris belli troiani »
12.30 Pausa pranzo / Lunch break
14.30 Modelli, motivi e personaggi / Models, motifs, characters
Chair: Eugenio Amato (Université de Nantes / Institut Universitaire de France)
* Graziana Brescia (Università di Foggia) & Mario Lentano (Università di Siena), Amore e guerra. Achille e Polissena in Ditti Cretese e Darete Frigio
* Giampiero Scafoglio (Université de Nantes / Seconda Università di Napoli), Antenore, il traditore
* Valentina Zanusso (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), Ditti di Creta e il dramma attico
16.15 Pausa caffè / Coffee break
16.30 Ricezione / Reception
Chair: Riccardo Scarcia (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata")
* Thomas Gärtner (Universität zu Köln), Die Kriegstagebücher von Dares Phrygius und Dictys Cretensis als Beispieleinerliterarisch "offenen" Rezeptionsvorlage
* Valentina Prosperi (Università di Sassari), I cavalieri della tavola troiana : Ditti e Darete dal « Troiano a stampa » all'« Innamoramento di Orlando »
17.30 Conclusioni / Conclusions : Giampiero Scafoglio
From Thucydides to Twitter: Towards a History of the Soundbite
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London: 22-23 April, 2016
The conference aims to to explore the nature and history of the 'soundbite' as a feature of political rhetoric and other forms of communication in the classical and modern worlds. It will bring together classical scholars, researchers in the fields of rhetoric, media and communication, and practising speechwriters, broadcasters and journalists, to explore the history of the phenomenon, compare its ancient and modern manifestations in theory and practice, and highlight its advantages and disadvantages in the context of public debate.
Tom Clark (Melbourne)
Michael Edwards (Roehampton)
Bruce Gibson (Liverpool)
Richard Hawley (Royal Holloway)
Brian Jenner (UK Speechwriters guild)
Joshua Katz (Princeton)
Asako Kurihara (Osaka)
Christian Kock (Copenhagen)
Simon Lancaster (Bespoke speeches Ltd)
Nigel Rees (BBC broadcaster and author)
Peter Rhodes (Durham)
Catherine Steel (Glasgow)
Anne Ulrich (Tübingen)
Lisa S. Villadsen (Copenhagen)
The Fixed Handout Workshop: Exercises and Variations in Reading Latin Texts
An experimental two-day workshop in Cambridge
Cambridge Classics Faculty / St John's College Cambridge: 16-17 April 2016
Registration is open for The Fixed Handout Workshop, an experimental 2-day symposium in which 12 speakers from different institutions, in four groups of three speakers each, will deliver papers based on a fixed selection of texts from Latin literature and its reception.
Saturday 16th April 2016
Welcome and Introduction (Siobhan Chomse & Elena Giusti)
1st Session: Witches
Handout Passages: Ovid Amores 3.7.1-38; Plautus Miles Gloriosus 182-94; Horace Satires 1.8.14-36; Petronius Satyricon 131; Lucan Bellum Civile 6.624-41; Virgil Aeneid 4.474-93; Dante Inferno 9.16-57; Goethe Faust Part Two, Chapter 22.
Speakers: Mathias Hanses (Pennsylvania State University); Viola Starnone (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa); Ian Goh (Birkbeck, University of London).
2nd Session: Gardens
Handout Passages: Virgil Georgics 4.125-46; Horace Epodes 2.1-28; Tibullus 1.1.7-18; Appendix Virgiliana Moretum 52-89; Seneca Epistles 21.9-11; Seneca Epistles 94.69-71; Voltaire Candide, Chapter 30; Shakespeare Richard II, Scene IV.
Speakers: Martin Stöckinger (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin); Barbara Del Giovane (Università degli Studi di Firenze); Nick Ollivère (Royal Holloway, University of London).
Sunday 17th April 2016
3rd Session: The East
Handout Passages: Propertius Elegies 3.4; Ovid Ars Amatoria 1.177-228; Sidonius Panegyric on Anthemius 30-67; ClaudianThe Fourth Consulship of the Emperor Honorius 565-610; Virgil Georgics 3.109-39; Virgil Aeneid 8.685-728; Ezra PoundHomage to Sextus Propertius, Section VI; Spenser Faerie Queene, Book IV, Canto XI.
Speakers: Christian Badura (Freie Universität Berlin); Michael Hanaghan (University of Exeter); Bram van der Velden (University of Cambridge).
4th Session: The Underworld
Handout Passages: Seneca Apocolocyntosis 13; Seneca Hercules Furens 662-96; Juvenal Satires 2.149-70; Petronius Satyricon72-3; Horace Odes 2.13; Virgil Aeneid 6.268-81; Ezra Pound, Canto XIV; T.S. Eliot Little Gidding 2.
Speakers: Kathrin Winter (Universität Heidelberg); Tom Geue (University of St Andrews); Giovanna Laterza (Université de Strasbourg).
Closing Keynote: William Fitzgerald (King's College London)
There is no fee for participation, but please write to Dr Elena Giusti (email@example.com) by the 1st of April so that we can have an idea of numbers.
'The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein'
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York: Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2016
In July of 1816, that famous European 'year without a summer,' a young British woman vacationing with friends—including Lord Byron, Polidori, and Percy Shelley—wrote a 'ghost story' that would go on to become one of the most important and influential novels of our time. The young woman was Mary Shelley, and the novel of course is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. To celebrate the bicentennial of the ghost story challenge that conceived that "hideous progeny," scholars, students, and other readers are invited to a conference on The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein, 8-9 April 2016 at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA. A special focus of the conference is Frankenstein's deep roots in classical traditions. In addition to the Prometheus myth, for example, the text explicitly signals Plutarch and Seneca (in its first edition), and the novel has recently been shown to engage with Lucretius and Lucan. Since Frankenstein is a formative work of modern science fiction, indeed often cited as the starting-point of the genre, it raises the question of further interaction between that most modern genre and materials from classical antiquity. The study of classical receptions in Frankenstein, and in works inspired by it, also bridges the gap between 'canonical' or 'high' literature and more 'popular' fiction. The conference thus seeks to raise questions like:
* How do Greek and Roman myth, philosophy, literature, and history inform Frankenstein, and how might Frankenstein lead to new readings of the classics?
* As a generative work of modern science fiction, what relationships between that genre and classical antiquity might Frankenstein suggest?
* How do artistic and other traditions arising from Frankenstein invoke, or shed light on, ancient ideas in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics?
* How might Frankenstein serve as a mediating prism, refracting classical traditions into later works of science fiction?
* And how do classical receptions inform the other works, and other traditions, which originated with the ghost story challenge of July 1816?
Date: Friday, 8 April, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, 9 April, 2016 (All day)
Location: Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
Organizers: Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College), Brett M. Rogers (University of Puget Sound), Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Trinity University).
(CFP closed 15 Oct 2015)
'Inexcusabiles' - The Debate on Salvation and the Virtues of the Pagans in the Early Modern Period (1595 - 1772)
Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 8 April 2016
Organisers: Alberto Frigo (University of Reims) and Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute)
Speakers include: Michela Catto (FBK-ISR, Trento), Alberto Frigo (Reims), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), Franck Lessay (Paris), John Marenbon (Cambridge), Giuliano Mori, Michael Moriarty (Cambridge), François Trémolières (CELLF and Paris Ouest Nanterre) and Han van Ruler (Rotterdam)
In his pioneering Le Problème du salut des infidèles (1912, 1934), Louis Capéran devoted a number of pages to the theological debate on pagan salvation and the limbo at the time of Fénelon and Rousseau. More recently, Michael Moriarty has produced a comprehensive study on this topic (Oxford 2011), highlighting the role played by the French moralists. Yet the multiple forms that the Medieval and Renaissance debate on the pagans took during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries remain to be addressed in full. This one-day conference intends to fill this gap by looking at the history of early modern controversies on the salvation and virtues of the pagans. The posthumous edition of Montaigne’s Essais (1595) and Johann August Eberhard’s Neue Apologie des Socrates (1772) are the chronological limits that define the context that will be examined in this conference. Its aim is to reassess the question of the moral status of unbelievers in the early modern period by analysing how some specific theological issues were reshaped at the time. Above all, the conference will explore how the theme of the virtues and the salvation of the pagans intersected the early modern reception of ancient philosophy. The modern revival of Stoicism, Epicureanism and Scepticism is well known and has been studied extensively. Little attention, however, has been devoted to the relationship between the ethical models inspired by the heroes and philosophers of antiquity and the ‘new philosophy’.
Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute) - Between St Paul and Galen: How Juan Huarte de San Juan Responded to Inquisitorial Censorship
Alberto Frigo (University of Reims) - Montaigne’s Gods
Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge) - ‘Would God Have Created the World in Order to Damn It?’; or is that a ‘Stupid Question’?
John Marenbon (University of Cambridge) - Pagan Salvation and Pagan Virtues – Collius and La Mothe Le Vayer
Han van Ruler (University of Rotteram) - The Scope of Grace: Early Modern Moral Philosophy and the Metaphysico-Moral Paradoxes of Divine Assistance
Franck Lessay (University of Paris) - Hobbes’s Covenant, a Refuge for Heretics and Atheists?
Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge) - Cudworth and Pagan Monotheism
François Tremolières (CELLF and Paris Ouest Nanterre) - Vertu des païens et salut des infidèles dans l’oeuvre de Fénelon
Giuliano Mori - Historia Gentilium (ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam): Jesuits, Missionaries, and the Seventeenth-Century Quest for a Universal History
Michela Catto (FBK-ISR, Trento) - Jesuits and Chinese Atheism: Back and Forth between Europe and China
Registration and payment details: http://store.london.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=5&catid=38&prodid=960.
Antiquity in Italy (1 BC – 1800): Continuities and Refractions
Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 6-7 April 2016
Organisers: Francesco Caglioti and Bianca de Divitiis (University of Naples)
Speakers: Howard Burns (Scuola Normale Superiore), Francesco Caglioti (Naples), Francesco De Angelis (Columbia), Sible De Blauuw (Radboud, Nijmegen), Bianca de Divitiis (Naples), Julian Gardner (Warwick), Isabella Lazzarini (del Molise), Tod Marder (Rutgers), Tanja Michalsky (Biblioteca Hertziana), Tomaso Montanari (Naples), Anna Ottani Cavina (Bologna), Susanna Pasquali (Rome La Sapienza), Filippomaria Pontani (Venice Ca' Fosari) and Guido Rebecchini (Courtauld Institute)
The aim of the conference is to examine the concept of the 'classical past' by analysing how ruling elites, civic communities, social groups and families in Italy in different periods and in different contexts invented and shaped their own 'classical' past according to their actual concerns.
The conference is conceived as the final international meeting of the HistAntArtSI project. Funded by an ERC grant, HistAntArtSI (www.histantartsi.eu) has been studying over the last five years (2011-2015) historical memory, antiquarian culture and artistic patronage in the cities and towns of southern Italy between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In particular, the project has been looking at how documents sanctioning the existence of local administrative institutions, and monuments from antiquity and from the more recent past, both surviving in conspicuous quantities, were central to the processes of constructing the local identities of urban centres throughout the Kingdom of Naples. Identity was expressed both through new literary works and new works of art and architecture. The results of the research are now established and are ready for comparison with similar researches relating to other areas and to other historical periods, with the aim above all of questioning, through this comparative approach, the underlying reasons which motivated the creation of urban and civic identity.
By examining a very wide chronological range, from ancient Roman times to the Neoclassical period, and focusing on various contexts in the Italian territory, the conference aims to look at how in different periods different areas shaped their notions of the 'antique' and their own idea of the past, an idea which was not necessarily confined to Greek and Roman remains, but could include examples from pre-Greek and pre-Roman indigenous pasts, as well as from more recent history. Real or fictive ruins, inscriptions, and literary works were used to express a particular vision of a place's local origins, to rewrite its history or manifest its civic pride.
We ask speakers to select from their own research themes and cases addressing the idea of why and how 'antiquity' was reused, and examine the ways in which individuals or communities of patrons or artists, in looking back to the past, chose to select specific features from it. In particular, we seek papers on cultural operations in which the reuse or revival of 'antiquity' was not only intended as a formal and aesthetic element, but was guided by an ideological need to build a contemporary sense of identity, which took the past as its point of departure. Papers might also consider how the exchange or intermittence of past and present led to the strategic selection and display of ancestors and genealogies as part of the reconstruction of a family or centre's history and therefore of their identity. They may also address the concepts of 'geographical antiquity' and 'chronological antiquity', that is to say, cases where ancient remains were reused because they were local and therefore in order to enhance local history (as in Capua or Milan during the fifteenth century), or because there was a need to refer back to a specific period of the past (as in the Paleochristian revival in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Rome).
Translating and Interpreting Ovid in the Late Middle Ages
Department of the Classics, Harvard University: April 4th, 2016
With the support of the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and the Secretary for Universities and Research at the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.
Richard J. Tarrant (Harvard): Introduction
Frank T. Coulson (The Ohio State University): The Latin School Tradition on the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages
Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich and Beatrice Wyss (Universität Bern): Giovanni del Virgilio's Expositio
Ana Pairet (Rutgers University): Christine de Pizan, a reader of the Ovide moralisé
Albert Lloret (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Medieval Catalan Translations
Gemma Pellissa Prades (Harvard University): The 15th-Century Catalan Translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses by Francesc Alegre (1494)
Antiquity and the History of Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Europe
University of Edinburgh (New College): 4 April 2016
This one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 4 April 2016 aims at exploring the reception of antiquity in Europe in the long eighteenth century (ca 1650-1800). This period is frequently referred to as the 'birthplace of modernity', yet scholars have long recognised that the ancient world exerted a profound impact on the European 'Enlightenment'. By either contrast or identification, contemporaries appealed to the ancient world – in its classical, Christian, and extra-European guises – in their engagement with a variety of religious, political, philosophical, historical, literary, and cultural debates. The conference seeks to build on the rich and diverse range of scholarship produced in this field by providing an interdisciplinary forum for researchers in departments including History, Classics, and Theology to discuss their work. In so doing, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the substantial European engagement with antiquity, and thus also of the central intellectual concerns of eighteenth-century thought and 'enlightened' culture. The conference will consist of several panels followed by a key-note lecture from Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson of the University of Southampton. We invite proposals for twenty-minute individual papers from postgraduate and early-career researchers, dealing with any aspect of the engagement with antiquity in the long eighteenth century.
Topics may include but are by no means limited to:
* How did the reception of antiquity shape contemporary definitions of 'modernity'?
* Are ancient texts, civilisations, and characters used as a source of comparison with contemporary events, and/or to create a contrast between past and present?
* What role did antiquity play in contemporary religious debates?
* What role did antiquity play in shaping contemporary perceptions of the 'other'?
* How did new developments in 'orientalism' affect the encounter with antiquity?
* In what ways did the reception of antiquity contribute to political ideologies and institutions?
* How does the reception of antiquity contribute to eighteenth-century notions of progress?
* How does thinking about eighteenth-century engagements with antiquity help us to shed light on the contested label of 'the Enlightenment'?
* How can investigating the reception of the ancient world in the long eighteenth century help us to define and understand the practice of classical studies?
Abstracts of around 250 words along with a short biography should be sent in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 December 2015.
For more information see our website: http://antiquity18thc.weebly.com
Keynote: Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Southampton) – The Comedies of Plattus
Thomas Hopkinson (Lancaster) – The 'Nymphs' of the Fountain of Arethusa and Representations of Classical Sicily in Travel Works c. 1770–1850
Nicole Cochrane (Hull) – Reception Theory and Material Culture in the Gentleman's Sculpture Gallery
Marta Dieli (Independent) – The Enlightenment and the Teaching of Ancient Greek Grammar in Greece
Alexander Jordan (Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin) – Epicureanism and Stoicism beyond the Scottish Enlightenment: Thomas Carlyle as Critic of David Hume
Alan Montgomery (Birkbeck College, London) – "An all-grasping rapacious nation": Celebrating the Rejection of Rome in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Flora Champy (ENS Lyon – Rutgers) – Rousseau's Rome: A Model or an Inspiration?
Anthony Ellis (Bern) – The Jealous God of Ancient Greece: Early-Modern and Enlightenment Theories on τὸ θεῖον φθονερόν, between Theology, Anthropology, and Classical Scholarship
Kelsey Jackson Williams (St Andrews) – Innovation and Heresy: Episcopalianism, Catholicism, and Antiquarianism in Enlightenment Scotland
Marco Duranti (Verona) – "I do not believe that any God is bad" (Eur. IT 391) – The Euripidean Premises for the Religious Message of Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris
(25/2/2016): register at http://antiquity18thcentury.eventbrite.co.uk before 28 March, or contact the organisers at email@example.com.
Oratory and Rhetoric: Ancient to Early Modern
University College London, Foster Court 307 (Gower Street, London): Wednesday, 23 March 2016
A consideration of the ways in which classical theories of oratory and rhetoric were redeployed, understood and influential in the early modern world.
Sarah Knight (Leicester), "Take heede of that dull, cold, idle way of reading Syllogismes out of a paper": learning to argue at the early modern English universities
Michael Trapp (KCL), Aelius Aristides’ Platonic Orations: Orators, Politicians and Plato’s Gorgias
Gesine Manuwald (UCL), 'that talker, Cicero': the orator Cicero as a figure in early modern drama
Mike Edwards (Roehampton), tbc.
All welcome, followed by a wine reception.
Classics and Resistance to World War One (1914-18)
The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, Portland Crescent, Leeds: Sunday March 20, 2016
Classics panel at the International Conference: 'Resistance to War', in association with the University of Leeds World War One Centenary project. 'Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18'
Professor Angie Hobbs (Chair) (University of Sheffield): 'Classics in WW1'
Professor Lorna Hardwick (The Open University): 'The poetics of slippery concepts: WW1 receptions of ancient peace, power and struggle'
Dr Elizabeth Pender (University of Leeds): 'Hellenic Idealism: from Gilbert Murray to the Union of Democratic Control'
Professor Miranda Hickman (McGill University): 'Iphigenia and 'The Sight of Ships': H.D.'s Euripidean Resistance to WWI'.
The Classical and the Contemporary
University of Queensland and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane: March 16-18, 2016
Over the past fifteen years, the category of "the contemporary" in art history has been rapidly institutionalized, embedding the scholarly engagement with art practices in the present within the established discourses of history and redefining the space of exchange between the academy and the world outside its walls: "contemporary art" is now at once a field of academic study and the art world in real time. Art historians' interest in whether the institutional category of "the contemporary" marks a potentially troubling unmooring of their discipline from history and traditional scholarly practice seems to have been (symptomatically?) fleeting. Bringing together art historians as well as classicists, ancient historians, and artists, we aim to take up the category here under more capacious comparative conditions, as a phenomenon both specific to the global art world right now and a case study for thinking about points of engagement between academic study, especially history and philosophy, and the practice and production of art; between the study of ancient Greece and Rome and interventions in the present; between Greco-Roman antiquity and other classical traditions.
Rather than opposing "the contemporary" to history or the past tout court, we partner it with a term that's been a less familiar companion, "the classical," in order to explore the dynamics not of disjunction but of conjunction: not the contemporary or the classical but the contemporary and the classical. The workshop aims to occupy not just a temporal axis but also, in its conjunction with the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, a spatial axis. The idea is not for participants to be occupying all axes at all times but to create a space for unpredictable intersections and resonant affinities.
We want to ask, in part: Can these terms, classical and contemporary, be thought together? Or does bringing one into focus obscure the other? Is the classical just another way of marking a historical consciousness foreign to the state of being contemporary? Or does it suggest, rather, a strategy for eliciting untimely dimensions of the contemporary? How does the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary change when we replace the classical with the postclassical? Does joining the classical with the contemporary expose the Eurocentrism that persists into current notions of the contemporary? Or is "the classical" itself a global concept? By contrast, what happens if we think of the classical not as a homogenizing term—a common tradition or the object of a "classical" education—but as a body of material encountered locally and contingently within a present at once pluralistic and networked? How does the enactment of these questions in and around art mimic or diverge from other forms of cultural production? We also want to invite participants to enact the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary—that is, not so much to theorize, defend, or reject the partnering of these terms as to map possible practices of imbricating past and present, classical and postclassical, local and global.
The workshop is jointly supported by the Postclassicisms network at Princeton University and the University of Queensland.
Alastair Blanshard (Queensland)
Christian Blood (Yonsei)
Rex Butler (Queensland/Monash)
Richard Fletcher (Ohio State University)
Jane Griffiths (Monash)
Constanze Güthenke (Oxford)
Brooke Holmes (Princeton)
Polina Kosmadaki (Benaki Museum)
Paolo Magagnoli (Queensland)
Richard Neer (University of Chicago)
Simon Perris (Wellington)
Asad Raza (Independent Artist)
Note: this is a closed workshop. Please contact Alastair Blanshard for further information.
There is a public lecture and panel discussion associated with the workshop:
Into Pan’s Cave: Ancient Greece meets Contemporary Art
Brisbane - University of Queensland Art Museum: Wednesday 16 March, 6.00pm
In the history of art, classical antiquity has always had an important place. But its uses and abuses vary widely at different times and contexts. What is the status of classical antiquity in contemporary art today? In a global world crisscrossed by hybrid traditions, what is at stake in engaging with "the Greeks"? In this lecture and panel discussion, Brooke Holmes, Polina Kosmadaki and Asad Raza discuss with Alastair Blanshard the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary in current art practices. Into Pan’s Cave explores, in particular, several sites of this conjunction. The panellists will focus on the zone of contact between art production and academic work as well as contemporary Athens as a place for making and exhibiting art.
Brooke Holmes: Professor of Classics at Princeton University, USA. She is currently curating an exhibition entitled Liquid Antiquity for the new Benaki Museum in Athens, with the support of The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art (to open in Spring 2017).
Polina Kosmadaki: Curator of Paintings at the Benaki Museum, Athens, and an expert on Greek contemporary art.
Asad Raza: an artist and art producer, well known for his work with Tino Sehgal. In 2015 he developed a piece on the figure of Pan for Frieze Projects, London, and in 2014, he was the producer for Tino Sehgal’s work in the Roman Agora in Athens. He is currently developing a project for Documenta 14: Learning from Athens in 2017.
Alastair Blanshard (chair), Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland.
This event is part of the Postclassicisms project, an initiative funded by the Global Collaborative Networks Fund at Princeton University, USA, and is supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland and the UQ Art Museum.
Free. All welcome. RSVP Friday 11 March to firstname.lastname@example.org / 07 3365 3046.
Beyond the Romans: What can Posthumanism do for Classical Studies?
TRAC: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Rome: 16-19 March 2016
The term "posthumanism" is used to refer to a multitude of theoretical positions, with the common denominator of being critical of traditional conceptions of the privileges and limitations of "the human". Scholars within diverse fields have recently embraced posthumanist theories to challenge the standard dichotomies of Renaissance humanism in their research, stressing instead the mutual relationship between matter and discourse, and considering the agency of animals, artefacts, landscapes, and ideas alongside humans.
The session demonstrates posthuman theory's great potential to develop classical scholarship in general, and specifically classical archaeology, in relation to how we approach both ancient cultures and our own positions as researchers. Posthuman perspectives are particularly relevant for the topics of Roman mythology and religion, with their emphasis on metamorphoses, hybrid creatures, and encounters between actors that are human, divine, monstrous, or all of it. Roman religion is rife with animated landscapes and sacred groves, the oracular capacity of "inanimate" objects and liquid boundaries between images of gods and the gods themselves. In such instances, the assumptions of traditional scholarship have sometimes resulted in the construction of philosophical conundrums that may have been alien to Roman culture.
We explore how posthuman perspectives instead are capable of acknowledging the various ways in which Roman approaches to elements of myth, art and material culture, built and natural space and the sacred, displace and complicate modern notions of human exceptionalism and individualist subjectivity. The session aims to critically engage with the human/individual-focused research practices that have dominated archaeology, to explore the possibilities posthuman perspectives can provide for the development of Roman archaeology.
The session opens with Selsvold's paper that provides a general introduction to posthuman theory, its contexts, uses, and central debates, followed by papers presenting case studies demonstrating the perspective's potential. Åshede focuses on images of Priapus, who despite being the embodiment of phallic aggression is portrayed as blurring the boundaries between masculine/feminine, god/man/animal/tree and animate/inanimate. Filippo Carla (Exeter) investigates the connection between transgendered elements and divine claims in the self-presentation of Roman emperors, and Anna Foka (Umeå) explores how advancements in digital film technology affect modern understandings of the Roman amphitheatre.
We invite further papers that engage with the possibilities of posthuman perspectives for various aspects of Classical Studies!
Organised by Linnea Åshede email@example.com and Irene Selsvold, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
(CFP closed 18 December 2015).
Myth and Emotion in Early Modern Europe
University of Melbourne: 10 March 2016
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Greek and Roman classics became increasingly central to the European literary imagination, being referenced, translated, adopted and reshaped by a huge range of authors. In turn, current criticism of early modern literature is ever more concerned with the period’s reception and appropriation of the classical past. Greek and Roman myths held a twofold appeal for authors: they were ‘known’ stories, culturally iconic and comfortingly familiar to the educated reader, but readerly knowledge could also be manipulated, and the myths reshaped in emotionally provocative and iconoclastic ways. This one day symposium at the University of Melbourne will be an investigation into early modern use of classical myths, asking how myth was used both ‘privately’, to excite emotional effect, and ‘publically’, to respond to political, religious, or social events. This symposium will focus on how and why myth was used specifically to excite and manipulate emotional responses in early modern readers and audiences: responses that might run counter to the original, classical focus of such stories.
* Dr Gordon Raeburn (CHE, The University of Melbourne)
* Dr Katherine Heavey (The University of Glasgow)
* Associate Prof. Cora Fox (Arizona State University)
* Dr Diana Barnes (UQ)
* Dr Brandon Chua (UQ)
* Dr Kirk Essary (UWA)
Convenors: Dr Gordon Raeburn (CHE, The University of Melbourne) & Dr Katherine Heavey (The University of Glasgow)
An event of the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800)
Medeia(s), entre a filosofia, a retórica e a literatura (XIII Seminário Internacional Archai)
Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB): 7-9 March 2016
Por que Medeia(s)?
Como organizadores, acreditamos que cabe a estudiosos, em colaboração, analisar o papel de obras complexas e fundantes das origens do pensamento ocidental, como as Medeias de Eurípides e Sêneca, bem como sua recepção posterior, seja na adaptação e transposição de tais textos para o cinema, teatro ou literatura, ou no estudo de temas ali encontrados, como os do infanticídio e exílio, que ainda reverberam, hoje, nas páginas dos jornais e discussões sobre direitos humanos e liberdade, nas esferas da vida pública e privada, mesclando obras ficcionais e episódios reais do cotidiano. Destarte, convidamos para o debate especialistas ou não, interessados nesses problemas de fronteira, em um diálogo aberto e, esperamos, profícuo. O seminário dá continuidade a um projeto de eventos em que é, também, discutida a interface entre representações imagéticas e textuais do passado, estimulando um diálogo interdisciplinar entre áreas afins: filosofia, direito, letras clássicas, literatura comparada, cinema e teatro, dentre outras.
Sejam todos/as muito bem-vindos/as e enfrentemos, em g, as velhas tragédias e o que podemos ainda aprender com elas.
Frederick Ahl (Classics/Cornell University, EUA)
Sérgio Alcides Amaral ((FALE/UFMG)
Teresa V. R. Barbosa (FALE/UFMG)
Maria Regina Cândido (FALE/UERJ)
Renata Cazarini (DLCV/USP)
Carla Milani Damião (FAFIL/UFG)
Gabriela Geluda (cantora lírica/atriz)
Stefania Giombini (Derecho/Universitad de Girona, Espanha)
Imaculada Kangussu (FIL/UFOP)
Delfim Ferreira Leão (Letras/Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Anderson Martins (LETRAS/UFRJ)
Alia Rodrigues (Cátedra UNESCO Archai/UnB)
Fernando Rodrigues (DLCV/USP)
Ana Maria Vicentini (UnB/Association Encore)
Martin Winkler (Classics/George Mason University, EUA)
Organização: Maria Cecília de M. N. Coelho (FIL/UFMG), Gabriele Cornelli (Cátedra UNESCO Archai/ PPGμ/UnB), Carolina Assunção e Alves (COM/UniCEUB)
Promoção: Cátedra UNESCO Archai da UnB, PPGμ–Programa de Pós-Graduação em Metafísica da UnB, PPGFIL–Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia da UFMG, Projeto de Extensão Cine UniCEUB.
Classical Representations in Popular Culture
37th Annual Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico: 10-13 February 2016
The Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) will once again be sponsoring sessions on CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR CULTURE at their 37th annual conference, February 10-13, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Papers on any aspect of Greek and Roman antiquity in contemporary culture are eligible for consideration. Potential topics include:
* 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, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red or Night.
* 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?)
* Intellectual history of popular culture: how has Classics in popular culture created or shaped social or intellectual currents?
* Classical themes in productions of theater, opera, ballet, music, and the visual arts.
* Paedagogical applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films, literature in the classroom?
Other possible topics include (but are not limited to): the Classical heroic figure in modern film or literature; Greek epic or drama in popular culture; Greek and Roman women in film; Classics and the Western; and Greek and Roman mythology in children's film, television, or literature.
Submit abstracts of 500 words or fewer to the online submission database at conference2016.southwestpca.org.
The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2015. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes. For questions, contact Area Chair Benjamin Haller at email@example.com.
(CFP closed 15 Nov 2015)
Australasian Society for Classical Studies Annual Conference (ASCS37)
University of Melbourne: February 2-5, 2016
Papers on reception topics (alphabetical):
K.O. Chong-Gossard (UMelb), Who was Sisyphus? Glosses of Greek Mythology in Badius' 1493 Edition of Terence
Joel Gordon (Otago), Who the hell is Hades? Hades' reception within modern film
Maxine Lewis (Auckland), A feminist reception of Catullus: Anna Jackson's I, Clodia
Samantha Masters (Stellenbosch University), Sculptural assemblage and Homeric poetry:
Charlayn von Solms' A Catalogue of Shapes
Sarah Midford (La Trobe), 'A Possession Forever': Writing Homer and Thucydides into The Official History of Australia in the
War of 1914-1918
Elizabeth Minchin (ANU), Story, landscape, memory: the enduring power of the notion 'Troy'
Simon Perris (VUW), Orpheus and Māui in Robert Sullivan's Captain Cook in the Underworld
Arthur Pomeroy (VUW), Franco Rossi and Social Renewal
Tom Stevenson (UQ), Julius Caesar in Film
Giulia Torello-Hill (Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), The Theatricality of Badius' edition of Terence
Andrew Turner (UMelb), Donatus' Terence commentary in Renaissance Italy and the edition of Badius
Conference webpage: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/events/australasian-society-for-classical-studies-conference-2016.
Sacrificing Iphigenia through the Ages
CADRE (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception), University of Nottingham: 29-30 January 2016
The story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia, as told by the ancient tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides, has been repeatedly retold over the centuries. This international, interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore some of these retellings in a range of media. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a rare screening of the 1990 BBC production of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Topics include: ancient visual representations; Lady Lumley; Racine; Italian opera; de la Touche; Gluck; HD; Cacoyannis; Mike Carey.
Keynote Speaker: Edith Hall (KCL) 'Iphigenia and atheistic thought from Lucretius to the 21st century'.
Confirmed speakers: Lindsey Annable (Nottingham); Anastasia Bakogianni (UCL); Mike Carey (author); Alison Findlay (Lancaster) & Emma Rucastle (The Rose Company); Lynn Fotheringham (Nottingham); Mary-Kay Gamel (UCSC); Sarah Hibberd (Nottingham); Robert Icke (Almeida Theatre); Miranda Hickman & Lynn Kozak (McGill); George Kovacs (Trent); Susanna Philippo (Newcastle); Amanda Potter (OU); Magdalena Zira (Fantastico Theatro).
Conference website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/humanities/classics/iphigenia/index.aspx.
The Use and Abuse of the Classical Tradition: A workshop with Professor Alastair Blanshard,
University of Queensland, IAS visiting fellow
University of Warwick: 22nd January 2016, 1-6 pm
Bobby Xinyue, Department of Classics & Ancient History
Augustus, Ovid's Fasti, and the French monarchy in the mid-seventeenth century
Vicky Jewell, PhD student, Department of Classics & Ancient History
Representations of the Acropolis in the art of the 1830s
Clare Siviter, PhD student, Department of French Studies
The (re)birth of 'la tragédie classique'
John McKeane, Department of French Studies, The University of Reading
Defining democratic tragedy in post-war Europe
Alison Cooley, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean - the story beyond the Arundel Collection
John Gilmore, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
'In manu portat citharam sinistrâ'. Translation into Latin and Chinese literature as world literature: Some Latin versions of poems from the Confucian Book of Songs
Free lunch and tea/coffee provided for all attendees. Attendance is limited so please email J.Kemp@warwick.ac.uk to book your place.
Classics on Screen: A Warwick Classics & Warwick Film and Television Departments Joint Conference
University of Warwick: 13 January 2016, 12-6pm
Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh)
Salome, Good Girl: Rita Hayworth and the Problem of the Biblical Vamp
Dr Kim Shahabudin (Reading)
'A man of large appetites': a Southern Cyclops in the Coens' O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
Dr Joanna Paul (Open University)
'Frescos steep'd in subterranean damps': an underground antiquity in Fellini's Roma
Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos (Birmingham)
Godard's Contempt: in search of Homer
Dr Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol)
The future of epic in cinema: tropes of reproduction in Ridley Scott's Prometheus
Prof Maria Wyke (UCL)
Antiquity and the origins of cinema
Final thoughts led by Prof Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), IAS visiting fellow
To attend please email J.Kemp@warwick.ac.uk.
Response and Responsibility in a Postclassical World
Session #72, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
What does it mean to respond to Greco-Roman antiquity? What forms of responsibility does a responsive relationship to the past entail? Are orientations of responsibility towards the otherness and difference of the past necessarily in tension with orientations of responsibility towards the "now" of the present, or do they inform one another in productive ways, and how? What does it mean to be responsible to long-dead cultures or one's own time? Or is response as responsibility better understood in terms of responsibility to specific others, or to oneself?
The term "reception" is often criticized for casting relationality to the past as inherently passive. It is possible that "response" simply inverts the hierarchy in reallocating agency to the reader (as in an overly reductive notion of "reader response" theory). We propose to use the term "response" to probe the implications of reframing reception as a particular kind of embedded act, and one in which we are ourselves implicated. Even if we suspend the idea that antiquity speaks back to those who follow, response still implies a mode of attention formed by the belief that one is being addressed, such that the question of what the Other wants from me is never far away (and of course may be front and center). Framed in this way, response raises questions both about the claims the past makes on us and other claims that the call of the past heightens or diminishes. These claims can also be understood as invitations to reimagine the future, insofar as responsibility to oneself or another is also an open-ended call to grow into and through a new or renewed relation. Here again we can ask what is at stake in framing responsibility in terms of obligation or invitation, and whether these terms exist in tension. Finally, it is worth probing how the concepts of responsibility and response are inflected differently within different disciplinary traditions, including philosophy, political theory, literary studies, anthropology, religion, and history, in addition to classics.
Organized by James I Porter (Berkeley) and Constanze Güthenke (Oxford)
Constanze Güthenke, University of Oxford
James I Porter, University of California, Berkeley
Towards an Irresponsible Classics
Phiroze Vasunia, University College, London
Socrates, Gandhi, Derrida
Brooke Holmes, Princeton University
Situated Knowledges and the Dynamics of the Field
Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
Marx and Antiquity
Session #41, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
This panel examines the legacy of Karl Marx's attitude toward classical antiquity and its implications for the discipline of classics, both for those studying the afterlife of the ancient world and for those re-reading ancient texts. Individually the papers offer literary and philosophical approaches to this tradition, focusing on the writings of Marx himself, Virgil and Plutarch; taken as a whole, they seek to encourage discussion of how to imagine afresh the relationship between Marx and antiquity in an era when Marxist ideas are gaining renewed traction in social and political debates. Organizer: Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol.
Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol
Ode on a Grecian Printing-Press: Marx and the Possibility of Antiquity
Tom Geue, University of St. Andrews
Marxing out on fundus: Salvaging the Slave from Virgil's Farm
Martin Devecka, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Hell of the Populace: Marx, Epicurus, and the Limits of Enlightenment
Peter W. Rose, Miami University of Ohio
Traditions of Antiquity in the Post-Classical World: Religious, Ethnographic, and Political Representation in the Poetic Works of Paulinus of Nola, Claudian, and George of Pisidia
Session #14, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
The period of Late Antiquity witnessed the perpetuation of classical literary traditions under an empire facing unprecedented challenges and change. From the fourth to seventh centuries, Roman authors responded by adapting classical models and modes of discourse to the new political and social conditions by which they were surrounded. Proceeding chronologically, these four papers illustrate ways in which poets of the age appropriated classicizing forms in the renegotiation of political, religious, and ethnic identities—as these were conceived not only internally within the empire but also in relation to peoples beyond the frontiers.
Organizer: Randolph Ford, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
Roald Dijkstra, Radboud Universiteit
Diederik Burgersdijk, University of Amsterdam
The Satirical and Epical Basis of Damasus' Anti-pagan Invective Carmen Contra Paganos
Randolph Ford, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
A Still Triumphant Empire with the Barbarians at the Gates: Imperial Epic and Ethnographic Discourse in the Bellum Geticum of Claudian
Erik Hermans, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Noel Lenski, Yale University
New Wine in Old Wineskins: Topicality in Modern Performance of Athenian Drama
Session #66, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
Organized by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance; Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Rosanna Lauriola, Randolph-Macon College
This panel examines a range of contexts in which contemporary ethical, social, or political concerns have informed modern performance of Athenian drama. The papers analyze strategies adopted in translating, adapting and performing ancient drama for modern audiences. They investigate contexts in which the reception, diffusion and cultural reach of ancient drama is expanded through the use of non-dominant genres such as hip-hop or the incorporation of subaltern voices, and in which ancient drama becomes a vehicle for engaging with issues such as structural poverty, gender and income inequality, and euthanasia.
Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College
Casey Dué, University of Houston
Flippin' the Oedipus Record: Will Power's The Seven and Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes
Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University
Do Something Addy Man: Herbert Marshall's Black Alcestis
Rosanna Lauriola, Randolph-Macon College
Antigone, Once Again: The Right to Live and To Die with Dignity
Wilfred Major, Louisiana State University
How New is Aristophanes in New Orleans
Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz
Classical and Early Modern Tragedy: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives
Session #28, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
Although the study of classical tragedy and its reception is flourishing, it continues to show the preferences characteristic of both fields: emphasis of Greek over Latin, modernity over early modernity. This inaugural panel of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception examines how both fields stand to gain from taking fuller account of Renaissance tragedy and its context. The four papers address questions of vital interest to any student of tragedy or reception: How should tragedy be defined, and what does the early modern tradition contribute to that definition? What opportunities does this material offer today's classicists and cultural historians?
Organized by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception; Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, and Ariane Schwartz, Harvard University.
Lothar Willms, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Tragic Phaidra: A Diachronic Case Study between Antiquity and Early Modern Age
Malika Bastin-Hammou, Université Grenoble Alpes
Hanc fabulam nescio an tragoediam vocare debeam: Florent Chrestien, Isaac Casaubon, Tragedy and Euripides' Cyclops
Emma Buckley, University of St. Andrews
Totus Ulixes: Versions of Ulysses in the Neo-Latin Ulysses Redux
Tatiana Korneeva, Freie Universität Berlin
Merope's Legacy on the Italian Stage
Robert Miola, Loyola University Maryland
Imitation in Medieval Latin Literature
Session #76, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
Organized by the Medieval Latin Studies Group; Bret Mulligan, Haverford College
Ian Fielding, University of Oxford
Imitation as Reincarnation? Rutilius, Messalla, and ‘Ouidius rediuiuus' at the Thermae Taurinae
Carey Fleiner, University of Winchester
Classical Poetry and a Carolingian Problem: Ermoldus Nigellus (829) and His Adaptation of Exile Poetry in his Verse-Epistle Ad Pippinum Regnum
Pedro Baroni Schmidt, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Archpoet's Archicancellarie, vir discrete mentis: Ovidian Imitation and its Metapoetical Implications
Justin Haynes, University of California, Los Angeles
Interpreting Twelfth-Century Imitation of the Classics: Walter of Châtillon's Imitation of the Aeneid in the Exordium of the Alexandreis
Beyond the Case Study: Theorizing Classical Reception
Session #57, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016
Organized by the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (Seminar – Advance Registration Required)
The seminar aims to engage participants in a dialogue about theorizing classical reception studies beyond the case study, which currently forms the backbone of this burgeoning subfield. Discussion questions include: What happens when western European models of classicism are exported beyond the traditional geographical boundaries? What happens to a classical object, figure, or text when it is produced for a mass audience whose knowledge of the ancient world cannot be assumed? Can the fragmentary nature of classical literature justify the polyphony of modern responses? How can temporality and the historicity of the act of reading affect classical reception?
Rosa Andujar, University College London, and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Saint Joseph's University
Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge
Reception and Staying in the Field of Play
Vanda Zajko, University of Bristol
Affective Interests: Ancient Tragedy, Shakespeare and the Concept of Character
Laura Jansen, University of Bristol
Borges' Classical Receptions in Theory
Leah Whittington, Harvard University
Theorizing Closeness in Classical Reception Studies: Renaissance Supplements and Continuations
Shane Butler, The Johns Hopkins University
Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2015
Tragedy and World War II
University of Patras, Greece: 15 December 2015
Jocasta Classical Reception Greece (http://jocasta.upatras.gr/) is pleased to organise an interdisciplinary workshop on Tragedy and World War II which will take place on Tuesday 15 December 2015 at the University of Patras, Greece. On the occasion of the completion of 72 years since the Kalavrytan Holocaust (13 December 1943) and 70 years since the end of WWII, the workshop seeks to explore the interrelatedness between tragedy and events preceding or succeeding World War II, thus being circumscribed in a postclassical total-war climate.
We are interested in examining whether tragedy anchored in the Graeco-Roman world has functioned as a template for the renegotiation of anxieties, traumatic experiences or conflicting memories related with the advent or the aftermath of World War II. In particular we are interested in asking the following methodological questions:
* Is tragedy conceived as a genre or as a vehicle of a worldview adequate for the articulation and the negotiation of a large-scale tragic event?
* Why do adaptations of Ancient Greek myths proliferate in the years before and after World War II?
* Are the tragic adaptations reconfigurations of politics of resistance or of poetics of remembrance?
* What does it mean that tragedy was a medium for the dramatisation of conflicting worldviews at a climactic moment in modernity after which the value of Classics became highly contested?
We warmly welcome researchers interested in the aforementioned topics to join us and engage into dialogue on this aspect of Classical Reception at a workshop generously hosted at the University of Patras Library and kindly supported by the University of Patras Network Operations Centre.
Greece, Greeks and Greek in the Renaissance
Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus): 13 Dec 2015
Welcome and Introduction (Natasha Constantinidou & Han Lamers) (9.00-9.15)
Session A: Classical Greek Learning in the Latin West (9.15-11.15)
Paola Tomé (Magdalen College, Oxford), Aldus Manutius and the Learning of Greek
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit - UMR 7184), Greek studies in Paris, ca 1490-1540: From a Thirsty Desert to the Rise of the Collège de France
Raf Van Rooy (University of Leuven), A Professor at Work: Hadrianus Amerotius (1490s–1560) and the Study of Greek in 16th-century Louvain
Coffee Break (11.15-11.30)
Session B: Reconciling the Classical and Byzantine Pasts (11.30-13.30)
Eirini Papadaki (University of Cyprus), ‘The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Early-Modern Greek Literature
Federica Ciccolella (Texas A&M University), ‘The Anacreontic Hymns of Maximos Margounios (1549-1602): A Revival of Byzantine Poetry?
Calliopi Dourou (Harvard University), ‘The Longs and Shorts of an Emergent Nation: Nikolaos Loukanes’s 1526 Iliad and the Unprosodic New Trojans
Lunch Break (13.30-14.30)
Session C: Reception, Appropriation, and Uses of Classical Greek Learning (14.30-16.30)
Hélène Cazès (University of Victoria), ‘A Passion for Ancient Greek in Renaissance Europe: (Re-)Inventing Philology and Humanism
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble University), ‘Teaching Greek with Aristophanes in the French Renaissance
Luigi Silvano (University of Turin), ‘Studying Humanist School Commentaries on the Greek Classics (XV-early XVI c.): A state of the Art
Coffee Break (16.30-16.45)
Session D: Responses & Round Table Discussion (16.45-18.00)
All are welcome! For further information and registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is supported by the Department of Classics and Philosophy (University of Cyprus). Organizers: Natasha Constantinidou (University of Cyprus); Han Lamers (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
Mirrors for Princes in Antiquity and Their Reception
The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven (Belgium): 2-3-4 December 2015
From 2-4 December 2015 Lectio hosts a conference, entitled 'Mirrors for Princes in Antiquity and their Reception', with a focus on classical Greek and Roman texts that served as sources of inspiration for similar writings in Byzantium, the Western Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The keynote lectures are given by Prof. Oswyn Murray (Balliol College Oxford): 'The Classical Traditions of Panegyric and Advice to Princes' and by Prof. Aysha Pollnitz (Grinnell): 'Where the Mirrors really for Princes? The Use and Abuse of specula in Royal Education, 1500-1649'.
Program and more information: ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/international-conference-mirrors-for-princes/international-conference-mirrors-for-princes
Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2013/14
CFP Myth Criticism: "Myths in Crisis. The Crisis of Myth"
Universidad Complutense, Madrid
22-24 October 2014
The Crisis of Myth” emerges as the initiative of the National Research Project I+D “New forms of myth: an interdisciplinary methodology”, the Research Group on Myth Criticism ACIS, Amaltea. The organizing Committee aims to bring together researchers who can provide —either through theoretical reflection or textual analysis— their methodological principles or practical approaches on the problematic of the crisis of ancient, medieval and modern myths in contemporary literature and arts.
Conference Website: http://mythcriticism.wix.com/conference2014
Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
4-6 September 2014
The Classics Programme at Victoria University of Wellington is delighted to announce a conference on the reception of antiquity in New Zealand, to take place in Wellington on 4-6 September 2014. This conference seeks to explore New Zealand's relationship with its Greco-Roman heritage both through a critical appraisal of its effects but also by glimpsing into the creative experiences of New Zealand's writers and artists. To that end, we solicit presentations from students of antiquity as well as New Zealand culture and society, and from New Zealand writers, artists, and performers who have engaged with texts, themes, and ideas from antiquity. We also invite all of those interested in the subject, even if not offering a paper, to consider attending the first-ever conference devoted wholly to this topic. In particular, we hope for a mix of scholars, practitioners, and others, both in the audience and at the podium: we welcome abstracts for academic papers as well as presentations, from practitioners, of a more applied nature. Our common goal will be the elucidation of New Zealand's distinctive appropriation of the classics.
Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to, the following: poetry; fiction; graphic novels; drama; film and television; myth; architecture; education. Please submit a brief abstract (200-250 words), including a title and description of the contents of your paper, to Simon Perris (email@example.com). With a view to facilitating travel arrangements, we will begin assessing abstracts received, and notifying participants, immediately after the first deadline of Monday 5 May. Though preference will be given to abstracts received before that deadline, we will consider abstracts until the final deadline of Monday 4 June.
Registration for the conference is now open online. Standard registration is NZ $180 (full)/$80 (student), with day rates available. 'Earlybird' registrations for both days before 30 June 2014 will be charged at a discounted rate of $160/$60. A conference website with information about the conference, Victoria University, and the city of Wellington will appear in due course.
In the meantime, please send abstracts and requests for information to Simon Perris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World
University of Exeter
5th – 6th December 2013
AMPRAW is a two day residential conference which provides both UK and international postgraduate students, from all disciplines, with the opportunity to present their research on the reception of the ancient world to the thriving classical reception academic community. Over thirty papers will be presented by postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines and institutions, both on the conference’s central themes and on a range of other aspects of the reception of the ancient world.
For more information, please contact: AMPRAW2013@exeter.ac.uk
Classics in Extremis
University of Durham
6th-7th July, 2014
Call for Papers
This conference aims to examine some of the most unexpected, most hard-fought, and (potentially) most revealing acts of classical reception: it will ask how the reception of the ancient world changes – and what the classical looks like – when it is under strain. Current debates in classical reception studies are increasingly focused on less assured and comfortable engagements with the past. Bringing together scholars with a variety of interests, this conference aims to move the debate beyond the specific case studies emerging in the field and to encourage the broader development of fresh methodologies and perspectives in thinking about the ‘classical’ as a troubled space – a space in which fraught and remarkable claims have been made upon the ancient world.
Abstracts of 300 words (for papers of 40 minutes) should be sent to Edmund Richardson (email@example.com) by 31 January 2014. We hope to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to postgraduate students giving papers.
See here for more information.
Classics and Classicists in the First World War
University of Leeds
April 8th-10th 2014
Call for Papers
This conference is organised as part of the University of Leeds’ Legacies of War project commemorating the centenary of the First World War (1914-18). The conference has two broad themes: the influence of WWI on Classics and Classicists and, conversely, the influence of Classics and Classicists on WWI. The programme will explore how wartime experiences impacted on Classicists' lives and the discipline itself, including WWI's continuing legacy in Classical scholarship, and how Classical ideals, archetypes and forms influenced public discourses of the war period, in politics, civic life, culture and the arts.
Abstracts of 300 words (for papers of 45 minutes) or expressions of interest should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday November 22nd.
See here for more information.
From I, Claudius, to Private Eyes: the Ancient World and Popular Fiction.
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
16-18th June 2014
Call for Papers
Over the last few years work, has begun on the subject of classics and children's fiction, with conferences being held in Lampeter (Hodkinson and Lovatt, 2009) and Warsaw (2012), and three publications presently forthcoming on this subject. Yet there has been surprisingly little sustained consideration of adult fiction and the ancient world, or indeed of children's literature within the wider context of popular fiction, despite the fact that this is a vast and rich field. The forthcoming conference, therefore, by way of setting about rectifying this situation, will be the first serious consideration of the full range of receptions of classics in popular fiction. It will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines (classics, English and other modern languages, comparative literature etc.) with popular modern authors, in order to acquire a range of perspectives on the subject.
Abstracts (up to 300 words) are invited for papers (20 minutes in length) on any aspect of the reception of the ancient world in popular fiction. Please send abstracts to email@example.com, citing full name and title, institution, provisional title of the paper, by 31st December 2013.
See here for more information
The Art of Reception
University of Hamburg
28–30 November 2013
The conference which aims mainly at young researchers is dealing with processes of reception in visual arts. Images (in the broadest sense: sculpture as well as performance, oil on canvas or Hollywood movies) are rambling through cultures and times. Decoding of their changing meanings and references is a key to the understanding of the involved cultures. Looking at recent publications it seems that in the wake of Aby Warburg’s analysis of classical reception in the renaissance art history and classics are still the protagonists of reception studies.
firstname.lastname@example.org (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Ann-Kathrin Hubrich)
See here for more details.
New Antiquities: Transformations Of The Past In The New Age And Beyond
26–28 June 2014
Call for Papers
The twentieth century witnessed a surge of fascination with the religious culture of the ancient Mediterranean, whose allure was appropriated in innovative ways by various actors and movements ranging from Rudolf Steiner to Goddess-cult(ure)s, from Neo-Gnostics in Brazil to the Russian New Age. In these diverse interpretations and productive misunderstandings of antiquity, ancient gods, philosophers, religious specialists, sacred institutions, practices, and artifacts were invoked, employed, and even invented in order to legitimize new developments in religious life. Focusing on the contemporary period (from the 1960s to the present day), our goal is to identify these appropriations and changes of ancient religious life. We seek papers that address transformations of the past in the literature and cultural discourse of the New Age and beyond, extending into movements such as Neo-Paganism and Neo-Gnosticism.
Please send abstracts together with a CV (both no more than 500 words) to
email@example.com. Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 December 2013.
Further inquiries can be directed to the co-organizers of the workshop: Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Dylan M. Burns (email@example.com).
Nationalism, Patriotism, Ancient And Modern
Warwick University HRC
10th May 2014
Call for Papers
The age of the concept of the nation has been the subject of much debate within the field of nationalism. Different schools have emerged during the course of the debate and each has argued either for the antiquity or modernity of the concept of the nation. Perennliasts and Primordialists have argued for the antiquity of the nation. Modernists have argued for the exclusivity of the nation to the modern, that is to say the post-nineteenth century, world. In 2012, Dr Caspar Hirschi published a work that reviewed the different positions in the field of nationalism. Hirschi advocated for a more interdisciplinary approach by combining both theoretical arguments with historical analysis. Nationalism, Patriotism, Ancient and Modern aims to build upon this interdisciplinary approach to the field of nationalism. Furthermore, it wishes to re-explore the relationship between nationalism and ancient civilisations.
Abstracts: maximum of 300 words with a short bibliographical note should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th January 2014.
See here for more information.
Theorising Reception Studies Downunder
University of Newcastle
20-21 February, 2014
Call for Papers
Classical Reception is an exciting and increasingly vocal element of Classical Studies today. While much research has been done on the interconnections between antiquity and modernity in terms of the United States, Europe and Britain, there has not been a thematic focus on the interchanges between the ancient worlds and Australia and New Zealand.
This two-day think-tank seeks to unpack the role of Reception Studies and its place within Australia and New Zealand from multiple perspectives.
See here for more details.
Enquiries: Marguerite Johnson (Marguerite.Johnson@newcastle.edu.au)
The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD:
Transmission, Canonization, and Paratext
University of Reading
6th-8th September 2013
Greek lyric, elegiac and iambic poetry have come down to us through the filter of selection, editing, and commentary by ancient scholars. This amounts to a textual and diachronic context for lyric poetry no less crucial to its understanding than the oral and synchronic context of an original performance. This conference aims to appraise the variety of ways in which the reading of the scholarly ‘paratext’ affects our reading of the lyric poems.
Conference website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/research/songconference.aspx
Lucretius in Theory: Literary-critical approaches to the De Rerum Natura
University of Edinburgh
30 September & 1 October 2013
This conference brings together leading scholars from the UK, Europe, and the US to explore and develop approaches to the interpretation of Lucretius? De Rerum Natura. Recent reception-criticism has suggested that ?modernity? owes much to Lucretius; a central concern of this conference will be the extent to which the DRN is, accordingly, a suitable text to which to apply contemporary interpretative practices. The conference will consider, in particular, the value and/or limitations of modern critical theory alongside more traditional approaches. Papers will encompass a wide range of philological, literary-critical, and philosophical methodologies, and the boundaries and complementarities between these will be explored.
See here for more details.
Conference website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/history-classics-archaeology/news-events/events/lucretius-2013
Transhistorical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Slavery
September 26-27, 2013
The conference brings together noted scholars in the study of slavery, both through live presentations and by video, and features a keynote address by Harvard University sociologist Orlando Patterson, author of several books on slavery and race, including Slavery and Social Death (1982) and Freedom in the Making of Western Civilization (1991). In addition to conference papers, the speakers will participate in a roundtable discussion defining slavery in modern and ancient contexts and challenges to its study.
Conference program: www.cla.purdue.edu/slc/main/news/SlaveryConference/TIAS-brochure-final.pdf
Enquiries: Patrice Rankine (email@example.com)
Institute of Classical Studies
Autumn Term 2013 and Winter Term 2014
Call for Papers
An interdisciplinary research network hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies, is holding a series of seminars. We are seeking proposals for collaborative papers; the choice of topic is open. An interdisciplinary approach is preferred, but not essential. What we hope is that this series will highlight the potential for collaborative research in the humanities, present a range of models and methods, and generate dialogue between scholars working in adjacent but otherwise segregated fields.
Each session will comprise a 40-minute paper delivered by two speakers working in tandem. Material may be divided as you choose: as two separate but complementary papers, or as a single integrated piece. You may be working on an existing collaborative project, or alternatively can form an ad hoc partnership for the purposes of the seminar. Reports by individuals involved in ongoing collaborations are another possibility.
Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13th, 2013
Classical Association Annual Conference 2014
University of Nottingham
13-16 April 2014
Call for Papers
In 2014 the Annual Conference of the Classical Association will be hosted by the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham. The dates for the conference are Sunday 13 April to Wednesday 16 April 2014. The conference dinner will be held at Colwick Hall, ancestral home of Lord Byron.
We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff, and others interested in the ancient world, on any aspect of the classical world. We are keen to encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for coordinated panels (comprising either three or four papers on any classical theme). We also welcome suggestions for informal round-table discussions; for instance, we propose one on ‘Classics, popular culture and recruitment’.
For more information see here.
Please send your title and abstract (no more than 300 words), not later than 31 August 2013 to email@example.com.
The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD
Classics Department, University of Reading
6th-8th September 2013
Greek lyric, elegiac and iambic poetry have come down to us through the filter of selection, editing, and commentary by ancient scholars. This amounts to a textual and diachronic context for lyric poetry no less crucial to its understanding than the oral and synchronic context of an original performance. This conference aims to appraise the variety of ways in which the reading of the scholarly ‘paratext’ affects our reading of the lyric poems.
The Platonic Letters: Readings and Receptions
University College London
2nd-4th September 2013
The letters attributed to Plato have had a colourful history. Although now almost universally regarded as spurious, they nevertheless hold an important place in the history of both the Platonic tradition and the wider Greek epistolary tradition. Circulating with the Platonic corpus, they have enjoyed a wide readership and prompted a fascinating variety of responses. The question of authenticity has, perhaps unfortunately, tended to dominate modern scholarship.
This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to move beyond the question of authenticity and to consider the varied roles of the Platonic Letters within the philosophical and literary tradition. It brings together experts in philosophy and epistolary literature from the UK, the USA and Europe to discuss the impact and reception of the Letters throughout antiquity. Topics to be discussed include the Letters’ philosophical relevance and influence on later philosophical works, literary readings of individual letters, the arrangement of the collection, and the question of their importance for later composers of literary and fictional letters.
The Ancient Lives of Virgil: History and Myth, Sources and Reception
Classics Faculty, Cambridge,
5-7 September 2013
The tradition of ancient lives of poets (and other intellectuals) has attracted considerable attention in recent years, and the reception of Virgil has been studied over an increasing range of literary-historical, cultural-historical, and political perspectives. This conference in September 2013,organized by Philip Hardie and Anton Powell, will aim to bring into dialogue philological and historical scholarship on the Lives of Virgil together with more recent approaches to ancient biographical traditions and to legends about poets. There will also be papers on the reception and elaboration of the Lives in the post-classical world, and on the relationship of the Lives to portraits of Virgil.
For the conference program see here.
The Art of Reception: Call for Papers
28–30 November 2013
University of Hamburg
In November this year the conference "The Art of Reception" will be held at the University of Hamburg dealing with theories and methods of reception analysis. It is organised by students of classical archaeology and art history and aims particularly at young researchers.
More information found here.
Abstracts: Until 31 July 2013. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. Email Jacobus Bracker firstname.lastname@example.org
Cicero Awayday VIII: Call for Papers
13 May 2014
University of Glasgow
This day seeks to continue the Awayday's tradition of friendly, informal and wide-ranging discussion. Papers on any aspect of Cicero's life, works and reception are welcome. Papers should be no longer than 30minutes in length; shorter papers will be considered, and the presentation of work in progress is encouraged.
No funds are available for travel or accommodation, and there are no plans to publish proceedings.
Abstracts: Proposals should be submitted to Professor Catherine Steel (email@example.com) by January 10th 2014.
New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics
3rd – 4th April 2014
University College London
T. S. Eliot branded the Aeneid ‘the classic of all Europe’, but the importance of Virgil’s Georgics within the European tradition has often been overlooked. This conference will provide a venue for a long overdue reappraisal of the Georgics and their contribution to the history of art, thought, and literature.
We invite submissions from disciplines including but not limited to Classics and Classical Reception, Philosophy, Ancient History, Art History, Critical Theory, and the History of Science. By bringing together scholars from diverse fields of study, the conference aims to foster new perspectives and theoretical approaches to this fascinating text.
More information found here.
Abstracts: No more than 300 words by 5pm Sunday 30th June 2013.
The Amphora Issue of MHJ
Call for Book Reviews
The Amphora Issue invites submissions of Book Reviews for their 2013 publication.
Potential books for review must have a publication date within the last two years. Book reviews of single books should be 1000 words in length; reviews of two related books should be 1500 words in length.
Submissions due 31st August, 2013.
Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century
22-23 June 2013
An international conference in the Department of Classics, to be held on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013 in the Ritson Room, 38 North Bailey.
There will be a small conference fee of 20 GBP for participants from outside Durham University. A reduced rate of 10 GBP is available for graduate students. Please note that this does not include the conference dinner for which there is a separate charge of 25 GBP.
For details and payments, please get in touch with Thorsten Fögen.
The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia
Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices
Freie Universitaet Berlin
4th – 6th July 2013
This conference will explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia from antiquity to the present. That is, the conference seeks to explore the movement and transmission of knowledge between Western antiquity and East Asia as well as the circulation of this knowledge within East Asia.
All participants are kindly asked to register through the conference website no later than 25 June 2013. The conference registration fee is €35 (€25 for students).
Commemorating Augustus: A bimillennial re-evaluation
Call for Papers
18th-20th August 2014
University of Leeds,
Recent publications by Barbara Levick, Karl Galinsky and others demonstrate the ongoing strength of contemporary interest in the historical Augustus. But while the reception histories of figures such as Nero, Julius Caesar and Elagabalus have benefited from focused large-scale scholarly investigations, Augustus’ remains seriously under-explored. Given the controversial nature of his career and the widely variant responses which he has provoked, this is a serious barrier to a full 21stcentury understanding of Augustus. We cannot see him clearly for ourselves until we have explored the full range of his past receptions and their impact on our own view.
The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 is the perfect opportunity for a systematic assessment of his posthumous legacy and a re-evaluation of his current significance. Commemorating Augustus, a major international conference running over the bimillennium itself, will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to undertake this work. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and enable new perspectives through a shared focus on a single iconic figure.
Further information found here.
Deadline for abstracts: 1st December 2013
Latin literature and the Classical World in Early Modern Scotland
June 22nd 2013
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is pleased to announce a one day conference on ‘Latin literature and the Classical World in Early Modern Scotland’, which will take place on June 22nd 2013 at the University of Glasgow.
Further information found here.
The Platonic Letters: Readings and Receptions
2nd-4th September 2013
University College, London
The letters attributed to Plato have had a colourful history. Although now almost universally regarded as spurious, they nevertheless hold an important place in the history of both the Platonic tradition and the wider Greek epistolary tradition. Circulating with the Platonic corpus, they have enjoyed a wide readership and prompted a fascinating variety of responses. The question of authenticity has, perhaps unfortunately, tended to dominate modern scholarship.
This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to move beyond the question of authenticity and to consider the varied roles of the Platonic Letters within the philosophical and literary tradition. It brings together experts in philosophy and epistolary literature from the UK, the USA and Europe to discuss the impact and reception of the Letters throughout antiquity. Topics to be discussed include the Letters’ philosophical relevance and influence on later philosophical works, literary readings of individual letters, the arrangement of the collection, and the question of their importance for later composers of literary and fictional letters.
Hercules: a hero for all ages
24th-26th June 2013
University of Leeds
A major international conference focusing on the reception of Heracles involving scholars, playwrights and artists. The scope of the conference ranges from the early-Christian and mediaeval periods through eighteenth-century France and Victorian Britain to today, considering a wide range of Herculean appearances: from emblem books to children’s literature, from animation to political symbolism, from France to Australasia, from virtue to vice. Full programme and abstracts available on the conference website.
If you can’t be in Leeds, you can take advantage of the Virtual Delegate rate (£35), appear on the delegate list and be able to listen to recordings of the papers online after the conference. The “Listen again” facility is part of full conference registration, to enable attendance at both parallel sessions.
Framing Classical Reception Studies
6th-8th 8 June 2013
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Further information found here.
Encounters with Athens, Rome and Jerusalem: (Re)Visiting Sites of Textual Authority in the C19th and early C20th
1st – 2nd July 2013
University of London
This two-day inter-disciplinary international conference explores the diverse ways in which the cultural authority of Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has mediated the experience and identities of those places in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
More information here.
Reconsidering Popular Comedy, Ancient and Modern
Wednesday 28–Friday 30 August
University of Glasgow
The comic theatre of Greece and Rome, like that of many other crucial periods of comic history (e.g. Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; music hall; vaudeville) is often described as popular comedy. This conference aims to investigate the extent, limits and utility of considering comic drama to be "popular". We are particularly interested in the modes of performance and reception of comedy. How far does performance in front of a mass audience shape the form and language of comedy? How genuinely "popular" are different comic traditions? To what extent and in what ways do "elite" and "popular" interact in the original and subsequent contexts of reception? Is "popular comedy" a useful term or is it subsuming other more challenging concepts (such as, for example, class)? And to what extent can parallel themes in the production and reception of popular comedy be seen across cultures? The conference begins with the comic traditions of Greece and Rome, but is intended to broaden out the question to consider popular comedy in other periods and modes.
Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences
Interactions among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe International Workshop
26th – 27th September, 2013
The Medieval and Early Modern periods in Northern Europe (ca. 600–1600), defined broadly to include both Scandinavia, the Baltic, the British Isles and the Hanseatic areas of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, were characterized by the simultaneous existence of oral and literary as well as Latin and vernacular cultures. Worldviews, ideas, beliefs, customs and norms were neither purely Christian nor purely pagan. Instead, the surviving sources show traces of various cultural layers as a result of cultural blending; sometimes the different elements are easily discernible, but sometimes they are so intermingled that they cannot be distinguished. The syncretism applies to both religious and secular texts; the coexistence of Latin and vernacular sometimes appears literally in manuscripts that combined both Latin and vernacular content or used different vernacular languages in parallel. Moreover, some texts (defined in the broad sense of the word) were never written but remained oral, manifesting themselves in later folklore.
The workshop Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences will offer an arena for discussion of the interaction between oral and literary and the Latin and vernacular cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe.
Further information found here.
Deadline for abstracts: 3rd May 2013
Reception of Ancient Myths in Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Culture
Chair of Classical Philology, University of Lodz (Poland) and Science Committee of
Ancient Culture, Polish Academy of Sciences, invite for the 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference Reception of Ancient Myths in Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Culture which will be held November 28-29 in Lodz.
Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 350 words (including bibliography) should be sent by email as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June 2013.
Further information found here.
Classics and Classicists in the 'Great War' 1914-18
April 8th - 10th 2014
Classics, University of Leeds
Part of the University of Leeds “Legacies of War” centenary commemorations of the First World War (http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar).
The conference will consider in parallel the impact of the war on Classics and Classicists and the recourse to classical thought and archetypes in mainstream cultural forms during the war and its aftermath, including political discourse, literature, poetry and the arts. Discussions will explore how classical scholars, alongside thinkers, writers and artists across the world, sought to respond to the catastrophe and how voices and images from antiquity were present in the political and cultural life of the war period. At a remove of one hundred years, the conference will reflect on the different histories of Classics in the First World War and the legacies that remain. A programme and call for papers will follow in June.
Legacies of War, About Us: “The 2014-18 centenary of what was referred to at the time as the ‘Great War’ will be a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. Members of the Legacies of War project will participate in and help to coordinate a series of events and activities that will take place across Leeds in 2014-18 in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and at the University. These events will commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and will examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies.”
Classical Association Annual Conference 2014
13-16 April 2014
Colwick Hall, University of Nottingham
We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff, and others interested in the ancient world, on the topics suggested below, or on any other aspect of the classical world. We are keen to encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for coordinated panels (comprising either three or four papers on any classical theme). We also welcome suggestions for informal round-table discussions; for instance, we propose one on ‘Classics, popular culture and recruitment’.
Please send your title and abstract (no more than 300 words), not later than 31 August 2013 to email@example.com. We prefer to receive abstracts by email attachment.
Further details are here.
The Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond
Collection of Essays
Call for proposals
Herodotus’ Histories has proved to be one of the most influential and controversial texts to have survived from antiquity. It has been adopted, adapted, imitated, contested, admired and criticized across a diverse range of genres, historical periods, and geographical boundaries. We invite papers that explore the reception of the Histories in specific works or genres (including the literary, visual, and performing arts), or which trace the impact of the Histories on intellectual or cultural history at different times (diachronically or in circumscribed periods) and in different places. Proposals with a thematic focus (within a given reception context) are particularly encouraged in anticipation that this will lend new perspectives to the reception of Herodotus by considering the subject in a different way from traditional, chronologically arrangedaccounts.
Further details are here.
Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage
24-26 June 2014
University College London
This international conference seeks to explore the broad afterlife of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy in Latin American theater in the modern period. Latin American dramatists have repeatedly engaged with their classical forebears in order to interrogate and debate new political, social, and religious paradigms. Especially in the past few decades, the region has seen a number of pioneering theatrical adaptations of classical drama that directly address the turbulence of the twentieth century and the dilemmas of postcolonial reality. Latin American ‘Antígonas’, for example, make use of their Athenian prototype as a means to explore issues that are pertinent to the region’s painful history of social and political conflicts.
Please send 600 word abstracts by Monday, 1 July 2013 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details are here.
The Afterlife of Plutarch
A colloquium addressing the uses of Plutarch’s historical and philosophical works by late antique, medieval and early modern scholars, writers and artists.
23 – 24 May 2013
The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London
Speakers: Ewen Bowie (Oxford), Roberto Guerrini (Siena), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Edith Hall (Kings College London), Judith Mossmann (Nottingham), Frances Muecke (Sydney), John North (Institute of Classical Studies), Marianne Pade (Danish Institute Rome), Chris Pelling (Oxford), Alberto Rigolio (Oxford), Fred Schurink (Northumbria), Frances Titchener (Utah State), Mary-Rose Wyles (Oxford), Sophia Xenophontos (Cyprus) and Alexei Zadorojnyi (Liverpool)
Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. A Science Fiction Foundation Conference
29 June – 1 July 2013
The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, UK
The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that it has its roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which SF and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.
Please send proposals to email@example.com, to arrive by 30 September 2012. Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words. Themed panels should also include an introduction to the panel, of no more than 300 words. Please include the name of the author/panel convener, and contact details.
Further details are .
Receptions of Antiquity, Receptions of Gender? Stereotype and Identity in Classically Informed Art
College Art Association Annual Conference
13-16 February 2013, New York City
While post-classical artists’ responses to the ever-broadening classical canon have received much scholarly attention, and while the range of theoretical approaches to these works has expanded, there have been few systematic studies of gender construction within art that seeks to adapt, appropriate, reuse, and/or reinterpret antiquity. This session explores gender stereotypes and identities found in classically informed art from the medieval era through today. Do the later artworks maintain anything authentically ancient? How do gender stereotypes of the different centuries intersect? Do the post-classical works uphold, question, or reject the cultural authority of classical art in their treatment of gender? Classical reception theory posits that meaning occurs at the moment of reception. How is reception of classical visual culture mediated by different viewing contexts in regard to gender issues? How do changing interpretations of ancient art and applications of new approaches affect the making and reading of art that looks back to antiquity?
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Please follow the CAA guidelines for formatting abstracts, available on-line at
Bodies in Motion: Contemporary Approaches to Choral Performance
A Panel Sponsored by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance
APA/AIA Joint Annual Meeting, Seattle,
For this panel, we invite panelists to describe and discuss contemporary productions of Greek drama (tragedy and comedy) that emphasize the physicality/corporeality of the chorus. Topics that may be addressed include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: How is collective movement used in the production? Are the choral moves inspired by a particular performative tradition or technique? Do the movements of the chorus respond to specific cues in the Greek text or its translation(s)? Does the chorus contribute to a particular meaning (artistic, political, social, economic) of the dramatic performance as a whole? Can this contemporary rendering of the chorus help us revisit the original ancient performance with fresh eyes?
Further information available .
Please submit abstracts by e-mail attachment by February 8, 2012 to Judith Hallett, .
Abstracts should be only one page in length and must not include the author's name. In accordance with APA regulations, all abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please follow the APA guidelines for formatting abstracts, available on-line at:
Female Fury and the Masculine Spirit of Vengeance: Revenge and Gender from Classical to Early Modern Literature
5-6 September 2012
University of Bristol, UK
Revenge is often thought of as a quintessentially masculine activity, set in a martial world of blood feuds and patriarchal codes of honour. However, the quest for vengeance can also be portrayed as intensifying passionate feelings traditionally thought of as feminine. In such instances revenge does not confirm a man's heroic valour, but is a potentially emasculating force, dangerous to his reason, self-mastery, and gender identity. Such alternative ways of viewing revenge are also relevant when the avenger is a woman. To what extent is revenge deemed to be natural or unnatural to a woman, and what is its effect upon her psyche and perceived gender? Does the same impulse which effeminizes a man make a woman dangerously masculine? And how should we view the indirect ways that women influence retribution, such as through mourning, cursing, or goading? Are these an important means of female agency, or do they suggest women's exclusion from active revenge, reinforcing traditional gender roles? Are certain acts of violence interpreted differently if the perpetrator is a man or woman, father or mother, son or daughter?
This conference aims to explore these questions, re-evaluating the complex and varied ways that gender impacts the performance and interpretation of revenge. Further details are available .
Go! Classics Go! The Beat Generation, the avant garde and the roots of counterculture
Research workshops at the University of St Andrews and the University of Pennsylvania
10th October (St. Andrews) & 17th November (University of Pennsylvania)
The School of Classics, University of St Andrews and the Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania will host joint research workshops that will explore the relationship between the discipline of Classics and the Beat Generation writers of the 1950s and early 60s. The workshops will examine the topic through a range of disciplines and consequently contributors from Classics, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Music are welcome. There will be two research workshops, one in Philadelphia and one in St Andrews. The joint nature of the project is to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussions and exchange of ideas in two discrete locales.
Further details .
Performing Sappho: A conference and performance
14 July 2012
Venue: Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford
Speakers: Armand D'Angour (Oxford) Josephine Balmer (Poet) Andrew Benjamin (Monash) Jane Griffiths (Monash) Marguerite Johnson (Newcastle, New South Wales) Margaret Reynolds (Queen Mary's, London) Margaret Williamson (Dartmouth) Dimitrios Yatromanolakis (Johns Hopkins)
A performance of Jane Griffiths' Sappho…in 9 Fragments will take place in the evening
To register: please contact Justine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancient Greek Myth and Modern Conflict in World Fiction since 1989
5-6 July 2012
British Academy, London
This conference kindly funded by and hosted at the British Academy, July 5th and 6th 2012, is co-organised by Edith Hall (soon to be in the Classics Department, King's College London) and Katie Billotte (the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway). This unprecedented conference will bring together a global team of writers and scholars to discuss the importance of ancient Greek myths in the recent fictional narration of war. Novels from every continent will be discussed, including works by Maori, Chinese, African, Brazilian and Japanese authors. The conference will ask whether it is the very difficulties involved in addressing large-scale trauma that have elicited this new ‘mythical turn' in the medium; it will also explore the tensions involved in the use of canonical ancient Greek texts central to the western ‘colonial' curriculum in self-consciously anticolonial and postcolonial writing. Speakers will include Aleksandar Gatalica, Yan Lianke,Anna Ljunggren, Tom Holland, Fiona Macintosh, Patrice Rankine, Efie Spentzou, Adam Ganz, Girgio Amitrano, Justine McConnell and Ferial Ghazoul.
Olympics Ancient and Modern: Exhibitions, Conferences, Workshops
2012 is a great year for athletics. And for the history of athletics. The whole concept of peaceful international competition through sport has its origin in the ancient world. To celebrate the return of the games to London after 64 years cultural bodies across London are offering a rich programme of events devoted to sport and competition, ancient and modern. Through exhibitions, public lectures, conferences, the programme looks not just at events and sites but at the idea of competition, the pursuit of excellence, motivation, rewards and prizes; it the way the ancient games have travelled across space and time, from a small site in ancient Greece to worlds then undreamt of. We look at the rebirths and revivals, at the different shapes the original idea has taken in different periods and cultures down to today.
Full programme of events is available .
The programme now has a dedicated website, which will be updated regularly, at
Athletic Foundations: Identity, Heritage and Sport
18 June 2012, 5-8pm
The Open University in London
A half day conference exploring the uses of heritage in the construction and consolidation of identities through modern sports events. Organised by the Open University in association with the Olympics 2012 Humanities programme.
Programme and registration details . Conference website:
War as Spectacle Colloquium
15 June 2012
Michael Young Building, Meeting Rooms 1-4
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
A programme and contact details are available .
IMALIS workshop at Epidaurus
2nd - 9th June, 2012
The Center for Ancient Hellenic Theatre of Epidaurus, IMALIS, in partnership with the Municipality of Epidaurus announces the 2012 Research Workshop Series titled "Shed the skin, trace the path, set the post: Approaches to the performance and staging of Ancient Greek Plays" with master instructors Atsushi Takenoushi (Jinen Globe), Paul Goodwin (Drama Center London), Prof. Demetrios Lekkas (Imalis, Open University) and Vasilios Arabos (Imalis).
For further details, see
Masks, Echoes, Shadows: Locating Classical Receptions in the Cinema
Institute of Classical Studies, London
Cinema's fascination with the classical past can take many forms. In recent years, scholarly and popular attention has mostly been directed at films that recreate and reconstruct the narratives of ancient history and mythology, such as Gladiator and Clash of the Titans. Alongside these high-profile titles, though, are a wide range of other films whose relationship to antiquity may be much more intangible and ephemeral. Whether identifying Homeric references in O Brother, Where art Thou? or Mike Leigh's Naked, assessing Star Wars' debt to Roman history, or examining the recurrence of the Oedipus story in the cinema, there are a multitude of ways in which shadows of the past can be detected, classical motifs can be masked and unmasked, and echoes of ancient texts or events can reverberate. Recent publications by scholars such as Martin Winkler and Simon Goldhill have advanced this area of classical reception studies, but the underlying theoretical issues require further attention. This one-day colloquium will bring together scholars and students of classics and film in order to discuss new research in this area.
Registration details and a programme of speakers is available here.
Teaching Classical Receptions: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions
Classical Reception Studies Network/Higher Education Academy Workshop
Tuesday 15 May, 2012
Drayton House, UCL, London
This workshop, generously supported by the Higher Education Academy, will enable higher education teachers with experience of and/or interest in teaching reception topics to meet for focused discussion of some of the most pressing issues relating to classical receptions and pedagogy. These include the benefits of studying modern receptions of antiquity; how to integrate them into existing curricula; and how to support students and staff in this kind of study. In addition to the interactive sessions outlined below, the workshop will provide ample opportunity for participants to discuss their own experiences, to share best practice, and to help the CRSN formulate future plans for developing our support of reception teaching.
For further details, see .
Preservation Amid the Ruins of Time: Classics and its Modern Contexts of Reception
Reception Seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting
29th March-1st April 2012
A programme of speakers is available here.
Poetry and the Olympics - Ancient and Modern
New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London
Keynote reading by Jo Shapcott; illustrated talks by Armand D'Angour, Barbara Goff, Michael Simpson; readings by Blake Morrison, Joan Anim-Addo, Maura Dooley, Stephen Knight
For programme and further details of the event, go to: http://www.gold.ac.uk/olympics/events/poetryandtheolympics/#d.en.31361
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Ancient Wars: Rethinking War through the Classics
Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan
March 22-24, 2012
Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Why do ancient stories and figures of war continue to capture our imagination at a time when modern warfare appears to be so thoroughly dominated by technology? Why do we continue to study them, and to be moved by them? What can we learn not only from ancient writings on war, but from our continuing fascination with them? How does our relationship to ancient war influence and shape our understanding of and reaction to our long contemporary wars? Is there an aesthetics of war that owes its force to our long engagement with those powerful stories that allowed Joseph de Maistre to claim that “war is divine in the mysterious glory that surrounds it and in the no less inexplicable attraction that draws us to it”?
Our “Ancient Wars” brings together scholars in history, political theory, philosophy, and literary studies from the US and abroad, who are working at the cutting edge of the field: Kurt Raaflaub (Brown), Hans van Wees (University College London), Arlene Saxonhouse (University of Michigan), David Potter (University of Michigan); Sara Monoson (Northwestern University), Paul Woodruff (University of Texas), Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University), Peter Meineck (NYU); James Tatum (Dartmouth), Seth Schein (UC Davis), Susanne Goedde (University of Munich), and Page DuBois (UC San Diego).
Caractacus: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol
Elgar's cantata explores patriotism and imperialism through historical re-imagining of early British resistance to the Roman empire. This unique event examines Caractacus, the historical figure and the myth, from a range of disciplinary perspectives - archaeology, art history, classics, history, music and reception.
Speakers include: Tim Barringer (Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University); Stephen Banfield (Stanley Hugh Badock Professor of Music, University of Bristol); Richard Hingley (Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham); Ellen O'Gorman (Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol); Julian Rushton (Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Leeds).
Straddling the Divide// Reception Studies Today
1-2 December, 2011
The University of Melbourne
This conference aims to bring together scholars in Australia and New Zealand, particularly postgraduates, who are interested in the Classical tradition and to ask what is unique about the Australasian vision of Classical Reception. We hope to facilitate meetings between scholars who otherwise would not have the opportunity to interact in such an interdisciplinary forum. Those who work in reception are often found in Classics departments, but may also be working in English Literature, Linguistics, Art History, Drama, History, Philosophy or even Fine Arts, Architecture or Politics. As such it can be difficult to know who around you is working on research which interacts with the Classical world. We hope to find you all at this conference. For further details about the conference, see
Historiography and Antiquarianism
12-14 August 2011
University of Sydney, Australia
This conference aims to expand a discussion on approaches to the past from Greco-Roman antiquity to the 17th century, and to assemble scholars interested in the relationship between history and antiquarianism in the ancient and pre-modern worlds. While antiquarian studies have expanded significantly in early modernist circles in the last 30 years, earlier centuries of antiquarianism (up to the 16th century) are only now beginning to attract interest. Was Arnaldo Momigliano right in 1950 that historians write narratives and solve problems, while antiquaries build systems and collect material remains? What has changed in our view of historiography and antiquarianism? Must we reconsider the disciplinary value of antiquarian methods? One historian has even recently argued: 'in the twentieth century antiquarianism conquered history.' The hope at this conference is to cross the boundaries between ancient and early modern historians and to provide new ideas for the study of culture in both fields.
Conference details here
Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011
University of Liverpool
The resurgence of cinema’s interest in antiquity that was triggered by the release of Gladiator in 2000 shows no signs of abating. This major international conference seeks to explore the directions that have been taken in a decade of moviemaking and scholarship, and to advance the field by concentrating on issues too often overlooked.
Keynote Speakers: Monica Cyrino, Pantelis Michelakis, Jon Solomon, Martin Winkler (tbc), Maria Wyke.
Further details: http://sace.liv.ac.uk/cinemaantiquity/
Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture
Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Burmingham
The aim of the conference is to offer new perspectives on the relationship between Modern Greece and Antiquity by exploring strategies of engagement with, appropriation, or even rejection of the ancient past. It will seek to re-examine Greek perceptions of the ancient past from the fifteenth century onwards, to re-consider different cultural or ideological uses of this past and to re-assess the contribution of antiquity to the emergence and development of modern Greek culture. Call for papers: www.reimaginingthepast.bham.ac.uk
Seduction and Power - IMAGINES II: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts
Sponsored by the University of Bristol (Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition) and the University of Wales at Lampeter
Seduction and Power (IMAGINES II) is the second in a series of major international and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on the reception of antiquity in the performing and visual arts. It explores the impact in post-classical imagery of the tensions and relations of gender, sexuality, eroticism and power attributed to historical or legendary characters and events of the Ancient World. For the main outlines of the IMAGINES project and past and future conferences see project website: www.imagines-project.org
APGRD Annual Conference: Choruses: Ancient and Modern
This conference on the reception of the ancient chorus will take place in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies and the Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford.
Confirmed speakers include: Karen Ahlquist (George Washington), Josh Billings (Oxford), Claudia Bosse (theatre director), Laurence Dreyfus (Oxford), Zachary Dunbar (Central School of Speech and Drama), Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität, Berlin), Albert Henrichs (Harvard), Martin Revermann (Toronto), Ian Rutherford (Reading), Roger Savage (Edinburgh).
For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘From Sappho to ... X’: Classics, performance, reception
August 20-22, 2010
A conference presented by the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies and the Classical Studies Program of Monash University, in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, the Australasian Classical Studies Reception Network, and Malthouse Theatre.
To coincide with Malthouse Theatre’s staging of the play Sappho...in 9 fragments, Monash University, the Victorian College of Arts and Music and the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network are hosting a 3 day interdisciplinary conference on the relationship between performance and the Classics. The conference will bring together Classical scholarship, theatre studies, translation studies and cultural studies to investigate how performance manipulates and embodies our understanding of the classical world. Using the figure of Sappho as a metaphor for the many gaps we have to fill as we grapple with the otherness of the ancient world, the conference will explore how readers, translators, performers and spectators endlessly recreate the Classics in our imaginations and our embodiments.
Professor Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)
Professor Page Du Bois (University of California, San Diego)
Professor Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)
Professor Lorna Hardwick (Open University)
Professor Stanley Lombardo (University of Kansas)
Dr Margaret Reynolds (Queen Mary’s College, University of London)
Professor Peter Snow (Monash University)
A call for papers is located here.
Classics and Class
July 1-2, 2010
The Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome at Royal Holloway is delighted to announce that registration is now open for its British Academy-sponsored conference, 'Classics & Class', to be held at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, on July 1st and 2nd 2010.This is a change from the previously advertised venue of Bedford Square.
Speakers include Jonathan Rose (Keynote, Author of The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes), Chris Stray, Ed Richardson, Ekaterina Basargina, Adam Roberts, John Holford, Peter Rose (Closing Lecture), Paula James, Annie Ravenhill, Graham Oliver, Robert Crawford, Sarah Butler, Richard Alston, Margaret Malamud, and Katharine T. von Stackelberg.
In addition, there will be a Performance Event on the evening of July 1st with poetry and prose looking at the history of Classics through the prism of social class, featuring Tony Harrison and chaired by Peggy Reynolds (BBC's Adventures in Poetry). Separate registration for both the conference and the event (both of which are entirely free of charge and open to the public) is now open online at http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2010/classicsandclass/index.cfm. Places for attendees other than speakers and chairpersons are limited to 60, and will be offered on a firmly first-come first-serve basis. For further information please contact email@example.com.
Classics in the Modern World - a Democratic Turn?
An International Conference to be held at The Open University, Milton Keynes
18-20 June 2010
Classical texts, material culture and ideas seem in the last thirty or forty years to have become more widely and radically used and re-used among many groups and communities, irrespective of whether or not they have had a classical education of any kind. Furthermore, such rewritings and re-imaginings of classical material have frequently been used as part of the advocacy of liberation and emancipation or in social and political critique. Discussions about the relationship between classical languages and the vernacular or the demotic continue, as do debates about whether ancient historiography and philosophy provide a usable basis for decision making today. Such contested appropriations are not new and there is a long history of examples in which classical referents have been used by all sides in struggles for power and in aesthetic debate. This Conference will provide a forum for vigorous review and debate of these and other knotty issues. For a full programme and conference details, see http://www2.open.ac.uk/ClassicalStudies/GreekPlays/Conf2010/confpage2010.htm
Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis
Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London.
Proposals panels are welcomed as are papers on relevant psychoanalytic or mythic texts. Please send a title and half-page abstract by 1st September 2008 to Vanda Zajko(firstname.lastname@example.org) & Ellen O'Gorman (email@example.com), Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Bristol , BS8 1TB
This conference is organised under the aegis of The Bristol Institute for Greece , Rome and the Classical Tradition. For further details please see conference website at
Sexual Knowledge: Uses of the Past
27th-29th July 2009
University of Exeter
Call for papers
Why and how have people throughout history turned to the past in order to make sense of sexual experience?
What kinds of authority has the past exercised in popular and scholarly debates about sexual practices, identities, civilization and morality?
How do changing interpretations of past sexualities reflect historical shifts in the way sex is understood?
This interdisciplinary conference invites abstracts for papers examining any aspect of the way that discussions about sex and human nature over the centuries have both been informed by and helped to shape ideas about past cultures and the interpretation of their material and textual legacies. We particularly welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early career scholars, for whom some limited funding may be available.
Title and abstract to be received by 31 October 2008
Contact details for further information:
Dr Rebecca Langlands, Classics Department, Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further conference information is available from the following website:
A conference poster is available here.
International Numismatic Conference
The Oriental Society of Australia, University of Sydney, Australia, July 2009
The conference will comprise seven papers by international speakers on aspects of oriental coinage and economy from Japan to the Mediterranean.
Coins are ideas. There are two traditions of coinage, the Chinese in the east and the Greek in the west. These traditions meet in a line roughly stretching from Iran to Nepal, through eastern India and Burma, and down south-east Asia to Indonesia. Along this line there are coins which reveal a mixture of both traditions. When two ideas meet, we get a better understanding of each idea, and in turn new ideas are created. This conference, involving papers considering coinage on either side of and on this line, as well as non-monetary economy, aims to investigate the nature of human ideas and the very nature of coinage.
For further information, see conference website at:
France and the Classics
A seminar series organised jointly between the Humanities and Arts Research Centre & the Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome, Royal Holloway Univ. of London.
February 18, Fiona Macintosh 'Aeschylus and the Enlightenment'
March 4, Patrick Pollard 'Classical Improprieties in Modern France: Before and After Freud'
Classical Tradition and the Epic Impulse in Australian Theatre: The Lost Echo and The Women of Troy
A One-Day Colloquium, sponsored by The School of Arts and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of New England.
Date: Monday, 2 February; 9 am to 5 pm.
Venue: Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney
Admission: $20 or $10 with student ID.
This colloquium will explore the recent collaborations in classical performance between Barrie Kosky, Tom Wright and the Sydney Theatre Company: The Lost Echo and The Women of Troy.
The Lost Echo was staged in 2006 at the Sydney Theatre Company: it provided a dazzling eight-hour adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The Women of Troy was staged in 2008 at the Wharf Theatre in Sydney and in Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre. It provided an intimate staging of Euripides' text.
The colloquium will examine the significance, influence and dynamism of these two very different adaptations of classical texts.
Speakers from disciplines such as performance, literature, music, and classical studies will speak about The Lost Echo or The Women of Troy.
Tom Wright, the writer and translator of both productions, will give the keynote address.
For further details, see http://www.une.edu.au/arts/events/epic-impulse.php
or contact Dr Elizabeth Hale, School of Arts, University of New England.
Ph: (02) 6773-2356 E-mail: email@example.com.
Classical Collections and British Country houses and Gardens
Call for Papers
Papers are invited for a one day research seminar on ‘Classical Collections and British Country houses and Gardens' to be held at in the Arts Faculty, the Open University in Milton Keynes on Friday 12 December 2008. We plan to consider the relationship between classical collections ( of statuary, coins, architectural fragments or archaeological material ), their historical context at key points in the formation of the British country house and its setting, and their present survival as historic collections.
Questions we hope to address include: Do these collections acquire new meanings for each generation? Are they necessarily ‘closed collections' in the range of meanings they can support today? How do we respond to themes of nation, identity and memory, for instance, as part of the cultural work produced by their historic owners?
We welcome papers (30 minutes) on any aspect of the topic, and especially from postgraduate students. Please email your proposal (with brief a abstract) to Susie West (S.West@open.ac.uk) or Janet Huskinson (J.A.R.Huskinson@open.ac.uk ) by 1 September 2008.
African Athena: Black Athena 20 Years On
University of Warwick
Keynote Speakers: Martin Bernal, Paul Gilroy, Shelley Haley, Stephen Howe, Partha Mitter, Valentin Mudimbe, Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, Patrice Rankine and Robert J. C. Young.
In order to register your attendance, please visit the conference website at: www.warwick.ac.uk/go/africanathena
Please forward any inquiries to: Dr. Daniel Orrells, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.
Scholarship and/as Reception
Scholarship and/as Reception, an international cross-disciplinary conference, will be held at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. The aim is to explore the relationship between scholarship and other activities in the reception of Classical texts, ideas and concepts. Speakers will include Julia Gaisser (Bryn Mawr), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Duncan Kennedy (Bristol), Johannes Süssmann (Frankfurt) and Norman Vance (Sussex). Full details will be posted later when the programme is finalised. Please note the date and publicise to non-classicists with interests in this field. We hope to offer some travel bursaries to support graduate students who wish to attend.
Further information can be obtained from the organisers: Lorna Hardwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christopher Stray (email@example.com).
Greeks, Romans, Africans: 9th UNISA Classics Colloquium
Contributions are invited on topics related to the reciprocal relationship between Africa and the cultures of Greece and Rome. Papers dealing with ancient authors writing about Africa or with an African connection, historical and archaeological issues, as well as the reception of the classical world in Africa are welcomed. While the colloquium focuses on classical material, we encourage proposals from related fields and of an interdisciplinary nature.
Papers are limited to 45 minutes. Please submit abstracts of appr. 200 words via e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September 2008. The body of your email should include your name, institution, department, e-mail address, and the title of your paper.
Poetry and Performance: A Conference in honour of Oliver Taplin
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies Oxford
If you would like to attend this conference (details below), please contact Bill Allan (email@example.com). Please also state whether you would like to attend the dinner (c. £20 plus drinks). There is no conference fee. We gratefully acknowledge the support of The British Academy, The Classics Faculty Board, and the OUP's John Fell Fund.
Refashioning the Classics: modern fabrications of the ancient world
20-21 September 2008
Caulfield Campus, Monash University, Melbourne
This international, multidisciplinary conference will explore the modern representation and reception of the Classical world in contemporary culture and scholarship. The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge).
Call for papers and conference information (Word document)
Thinking the Olympics - Modern Bodies, Classical Minds?
18th-19th September 2008 at the Institute of Classical Studies
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, poised between the return of the Games to Athens in 2004, and the future return to London in 2012, present a striking opportunity to reassess the role of the classical tradition in the modern, post-classical Olympic Games.
This interdisciplinary conference will consider the versions of ancient Greece legible, or suppressed, in the iconography, histories, literature, and ceremonies, both official and unofficial, of the revived Olympic Games. Perspectives from a variety of relevant disciplines, including classical reception studies, history ancient and modern, literary criticism, cultural studies, history of art, anthropology, media studies, political science, philosophy, sports science, and the history of medicine, are all welcome.
Professor David Gilman Romano, of the University of Pennsylvania will be our keynote speaker.
The conference website is available at www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/ecl/thinking-olympics
A provsional programme can be downloaded here. A registration form is available here.
Exhibiting Antiquity: What place does the exhibited object have in the reception of classical antiquity?
Birkbeck, University of London,
This conference aims to establish exhibited objects as an important aspect of the reception of ancient Greece and Rome. It will provide a forum for discussion of theoretical issues arising from the reception of such objects, as well as the particular challenges facing those involved in planning displays or exhibitions of antiquities. We will also consider the relationship between different modes of display - the object as cast, as souvenir, as authentic antiquity. Speakers might explore such varied topics as Apollo Belvedere in the English country house, the role of exhibited objects in Wincklemann's periodisation of the antique, the commodification of specific objects (such as the Portland Vase in the eighteenth century), literary responses to collections in Italy and the link between classics, museums and national identity.
Organisers: Catharine Edwards (History, Classics & Archaeology); Kate Nichols (History, Classics & Archaeology); Luisa Calè (English and Humanities).
8th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama: Violence
17 June 2008, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford
18 June 2008, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham
The Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London, and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford. are pleased to announce the 8th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the reception of Greek and Roman Drama, with the focus of the 2008 symposium being 'Violence'. This two-day event will take place on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, and Wednesday 18 June at Royal Holloway, Egham. Short papers (20 mins) or performative presentations are welcomed from postgraduates in all fields working on the reception of ancient drama, as well as post-doctorates who have not yet taken up a post. Abstracts (up to 400 words) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 28 March 2008.
Call for papers (PDF)
The Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama
Institute of Classical Studies, London
June 12 and 13
The Institute of Classical studies is organising a conference on The Reception of Greek and Roman Drama to take place on 12-13 June 2008. The aim of the conference is to examine different aspects of the Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama in a variety of different media: theatre, literature, art, music film and popular culture. Different methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Papers may cover any aspect of reception from antiquity up to the present.
First Call for Papers
If you are interested in giving a paper or organising a panel please send an abstract of up to 500 words to the conference organiser Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni: Anastasia.Bakogianni@sas.ac.uk
Classical Empires in Contemporary Culture
University College London
23 May 2008
A conference sponsored by University College London and the Classical Reception Studies Network
The nineteenth century was the century of empires, the twentieth saw theirdemise. At the start of the twenty-first century, according to Eric Hobsbawm in his most recent work Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism (2008), the old era of empires is beyond revival and there is no prospect of a return to the imperial worlds of the past. Yet, in popular political debate, the empires of the ancient world have a vital place as parallels and warnings about contemporary political formations – most notably the United States of America has widely been perceived as a modern Roman empire. Classical empires also surface regularly in media such as historical fiction, Hollywood cinema, or computer games. Documentaries reconstructing these ancient worlds routinely appear on European and American television networks.
This conference aims to explore the rich presence of the classical empires in contemporary culture, across a broad range of media (such as scholarship, education, fiction, art, theatre, film, television, advertising and the internet) and for a wide variety of purposes (education, entertainment, political argument, consumer pleasure).
The conference will be run according to a workshop format, with papers limited to 20 minutes each to allow for ample discussion. Please send abstracts of about 350 words to Maria Wyke at email@example.com by 3rd December 2007. There is no registration fee, and the conference is open to all.
American Philological Association Annual Meeting
4-6 January 2008
Hyatt Regency, Chicago
A large number of papers and panels at this year's conference deal with classical reception themes. A guide to papers (with links to abstracts) is availabale here.
American Philological Association Annual Meeting
4-7 January, 2007
This year's APA conference features more reception panels than ever before. For a guide to what's available in classical reception scholarship at the conference, click here.
Roman Politics Revisited: The Use of Rome in Modern Political Discourse
18 January -29 March
A series of papers presented at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, Senate House. A list of the papers is available here.
CRSN Postgraduate Conference
14 February 2007
Institute of Classical Studies, London
The UK-based CRSN will hold a one-day postgraduate conference on the Reception of Antiquity at the Institute of Classical Studies, London on 14 February, 2007. Programme details are available from the website.
Alexander the Great in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
8-10 March 2007
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Website: www.chass.utoronto.ca/medieval (click on Conferences)
The Centre for Medieval Studies and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Annual conference, with keynote addresses by Christopher Baswell (UCLA), Christine Chism (Rutgers University) and Klaus Grubmüller (University of Göttingen).
Receptions of Homer
A one-day conference in the reception of the Homeric epics from antiquity to modern times will be held at Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Wilkins Building organized by the Department of Greek and Latin, UCL. Contact: Antony Makrinos firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Debates in Classical Reception Studies
A Conference to be held at The Open University, Milton Keynes
Current Debates in Classical Reception is an international cross-disciplinary conference organized by the Open University Reception of Classical Texts Research Project. The conference marks the importance of Reception as a main area of research in Classics and Ancient History. Through its Plenary and Panel sessions, the conference will promote international debate on current work, including investigative approaches, research methods and theoretical frameworks. It will seek to create new cross-disciplinary contacts and collaborations in the study of relevant aspects of material and literary culture and to promote awareness of the histories of scholarship that have developed in different national and international contexts.
A Programme is available here.
Conference abstracts are available here.
Literature in English and Classical Translation 1850-1950, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Proposals are invited for this one-day interdisciplinary conference that aims to investigate the impact of translation from the classical languages on literature written in English in the period between the mid-nineteenth century and the end of high modernism (circa 1950).
The conference welcomes both diachronic approaches that examine issues arising from the translation of particular classical authors or texts in the period, and approaches that consider the significance of the theory and practice of classical translation for a modern author or group of authors.
The conference follows from a series of seminars on the same theme that took place in the School of Advanced Study of the University of London over the academic year 2006-2007. It will conclude with a roundtable discussion to which the speakers of the London seminars will be invited to contribute in the form of short presentations.
Please submit paper proposals in the form of 300-word abstracts to Stefano Evangelista (email@example.com) by 1 May 2007. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcome.
7th Annual Postgraduate Symposium: Performing Identities
25-26 June 2007
Hosted by APGRD, Oxford and the Department of Theatre and Drama, RHUL
Call for papers and further information (Word document)
Greece, Rome, and Colonial India
This conference, which is to be held at SOAS (London), is sponsored by the University of Reading, Royal Holloway, SOAS, the British Academy, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.
The aim of the conference is to draw attention to the double anniversary marked by the year 2007 -- the 150th year since the Indian ‘Mutiny' of 1857 and the 60th since Indian Independence in 1947 -- by disseminating the results of mutually illuminating research conducted by an international team of scholars (but as yet unpublished) into India's interactions with the (received and perceived) past of European antiquity. Contact: Phiroze Vasunia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conference website at www.reading.ac.uk/classics/grci/
Greek Drama IV
3 July - 6 July, 2007
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Proposals for papers are invited for the conference Greek Drama IV to be held at Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. Offers of papers are welcome on all aspects of Greek drama, including Nachleben. An abstract of approx. 250 words should be sent by the deadline of 30 September 2006 to Professor John Davidson (email@example.com). A website will be set up at a later stage with details of cost, accommodation etc.
3-8 July, 2007
The University of Western Australia
The Australian Research Council Network for Early European Research (NEER) is a national framework for enhancing Australian research into the culture and history of Europe between the fifth and early nineteenth centuries. The inaugural International NEER Conference seeks to fulfil these aims by inviting proposals for sessions addressing the conference theme - Networks, Communities, Continuities: Europe 400-1850 or one of the Network’s identified research themes: cultural memory - the persistence of early European culture into the present as the major component of Australia’s cultural memory; social fabric - social structures in early Europe, and their relationship to contemporary issues, especially poverty; families and gender; war, peace and conflict; intellectual formations - science, medicine and philosophy; early European/Australasian connections - the significance of early European contacts with the peoples of the Australasian region; and religion and spirituality - the diversity of religious practice, thought and spirituality that shape European identity
Perceptions of Horace, University College London
For the first conference this millennium devoted exclusively to the works of this poet, a distinguished programme of speakers from the UK, USA and Europe will present papers on numerous aspects of the construction of Horace and his works over a range of historical periods and a wide variety of media.
Contact: Luke Houghton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Conference Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/GrandLat/horace.html
Ancient Drama in Modern Opera, 1600-1800 an APGRD Conference, Classics Centre, Oxford.
The importance of Greek drama for the evolution of European opera is well known but tends not to be distinguished from the influence of Greek mythology more generally. In keeping the focus of this conference on the influence of ancient drama in the first 200 years of opera's development we hope to shed new light both on that development and on the reception of Greek drama. The speakers are drawn from the worlds of Classics, Modern Languages, and Music, and they include people involved in the performance of operatic works as well as some of the leading academics in this field. Further details and provisional programme are available from the conference website: www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/events/confopera.htm
Ruins and Reconstructions: Pompeii in the Popular Imagination
17th-19th July 2007
Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol
In the two hundred and fifty years since excavations began, Pompeii has become a major source of inspiration to western imaginations. The site, and the widely accessible creations it inspired throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (novels, films, paintings, exhibitions, domestic interiors, souvenirs and guide books) brought antiquity into the public sphere of knowledge, to be shared between gentleman enthusiasts, middle-class readers and music hall audiences alike. More recently, whilst the physical state of the site itself has reached a critical state of decay, a surge of popular interest in Pompeii, a prototype ground zero, has seen the city, as imaginative tool, model of disaster and tourist hotspot, reach a wider audience than ever before.
This conference, sponsored by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, will explore the popular receptions and representations of Pompeii. Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment in which academics studying the city and its reception can be brought together with practitioners who have tried to bring Pompeii to life in media such as novels, painting, photography, documentary and journalism. Confirmed keynote speakers include Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Mary Beard, Stephen Harrison, Stefano de Caro and Lindsey Davis.
For further information, please contact Shelley Hales (Shelley.Hales@bris.ac.uk) or Joanna Paul (Joanna.Paul@liverpool.ac.uk) or visit the website.
Theorising Performance Reception
A conference organised by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford
Topics to be addressed include semiotics, the body, Shakespearean Performance history as comparand, audiences, authenticity, post-modernism and performance, paganism in the light of contemporary metaphysics, and the historical (re)constitution of the text.
For further details, and to register for the conference, please go to www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/events/conftheory.htm
Plaster Casts: Making, collecting, and displaying from classical antiquity to the present
24-26 September 2007
Building on the strong response to the study day Plaster Casts: making, collecting and display (University of Reading, October 2005), this conference will bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars interested in plaster casts and their various functions from classical antiquity to the present day. Sessions will address issues relevant to archaeologists, classicists, art historians, cultural historians, museologists and conservators from teaching institutions, and museums.
Conference website: www.plastercasts.org
Reception, Disciplinarity and Academic Careers
A CRSN workshop for research students
7th November 2007, 10am-5pm
Birkbeck, University of London (Room 152, Malet Street)
The study of classical receptions has come to occupy an assured place within many undergraduate programmes in Classics and Classical Studies, while some institutions offer MAs in the reception of antiquity and an increasing number of research students are working on projects in this area.
This workshop will offer a forum to explore the relationship of reception to Classics, but also to other disciplines such as History, English Literature and Art History. Reception projects are by their very nature inter-disciplinary but how does this affect the disciplinary identity of research students in particular? The theoretical issues at stake here are important in themselves but they also have a bearing on the more practical questions faced by research students in the reception of antiquity who would like to pursue an academic career.
How can I convince prospective colleagues that what I do is a fundamental part of Classics? If Classics doesn't seem the obvious home for my long-term future, how should I best approach other departments (e.g. English or History or Art History?) This workshop will offer the opportunity to share concerns and to learn from the experiences of distinguished academics with an interest in reception working in a variety of different institutional contexts.
No fee will be charged but space is limited. Those interested in attending should contact Catharine Edwards to book a place (C.Edwards@bbk.ac.uk). Programme details are available here.
Prometheus on Stage and Screen
A joint study day organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, The Open University and the British Museum in the BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.
Provisional Programme (pdf)
Contact: Russell Shone (email@example.com)
Imagining slavery/celebrating abolition at Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Library
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British colonies.
The conference will bring together RHUL staff & PhD students, and an international team of researchers including Patrice Rankine, Brycchan Carey, William Fitzgerald, Greg Thalmann, Emily Greenwood, Ahuvia Kahane, Richard Alston, Deborah Kamen, Steve Hodkinson, John Hilton and Margaret Malamud. Accommodation will be provided at Royal Holloway's main site in Egham, a short train ride from central London and a taxi ride from London Heathrow airport. Contact: Edith Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Leanne Hunnings (email@example.com).
Further Information (pdf)
Re-Assemblage: Fifth Annual Symposium of the Cultural Transformation Research Network
30 November - 2 December
The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Proposals are invited for papers that engage with the theme of Re-Assemblage. Papers may explore ways in which cultures, histories and cultural elements/artworks have been, or are being, re-assembled into different media, new locations, and new forms, whether in theoretical, critical, aesthetic, or social terms. Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Barry Empson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 2, 2006.
FLUX: The University of Melbourne School of Art History, Cinema, Classics and Archaeology’s (AHCCA) FINAL Postgraduate Association Conference
9 - 10 November 2006
University of Melbourne, Australia
To mark the end of AHCCA in 2006 the Postgraduate Association is holding a two-day conference on the subject of FLUX. With its connotations of flow and fusion, of formation, dissolution and reformulation, FLUX reflects both the interdisciplinary spirit of this year’s conference and the current status of AHCCA within The University of Melbourne.
Papers are now invited that consider and/or engage with the theme of FLUX from a range of perspectives in Art History, Cinema Studies, Classics, Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Classical Archaeology, Curatorship and Conservation, as well as other related disciplines within the humanities. Papers are welcome from all postgraduate students across Australia and New Zealand.
Theater and the Visual Arts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Aspects of Representation
October 20 - 21, 2006
Binghamtom University, New York
An interdisciplinary international conference sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University, New York. One of the aspects of the conference is the use of ancient drama and dramatic theory (Aristotle, Horace, Plautus, Terence, Seneca) by medieval and Renaissance practitioners.
Close Relations: The ‘Spaces’ of Greek and Roman Theatre
19 - 23 September 2006
University of Melbourne, Australia
An international, multi-disciplinary conference linking theatre and performance studies, archaeology, classical studies and reception studies.