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Identity in Vergil: Ancient Representations, Global Receptions


 

Symposium Cumanum 2021
June 23-26, Villa Vergiliana, Cuma
Co-Directors: Tedd A. Wimperis (Elon University) and David J. Wright (Fordham University)

 

Vergil’s poetry has long offered fertile ground for scholars engaging questions of race, ethnicity, and national identity, owing especially to the momentous social changes to which his works respond (Syed 2005; Reed 2007; Fletcher 2014; Giusti 2018; Barchiesi forthcoming). The complexities of identity reflected in his corpus have afforded rich insights into the poems themselves and the era’s political milieu; beyond their Roman context, across the centuries his poetry has been co-opted in both racist and nationalist rhetoric, and, at the same time, inspired dynamic multicultural receptions among its many audiences, from Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech to Gwendolyn Brooks’ The Anniad (e.g. Thomas 2001; Laird 2010; Ronnick 2010; Torlone 2014; Pogorzelski 2016).

This year’s theme invites diverse approaches to the ways in which Vergil’s poetry represents, constructs, critiques, or sustains collective identities, in the ancient Mediterranean and well beyond. It also aims to stimulate new connections between Vergilian study and wider interest in identity and multicultural exchange among classicists, as well as contemporary discourse on racism, colonialism, immigration, and nationalism. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• representations and expressions of identity among the poems’ characters or audiences
• global receptions of Vergil from the perspective of ethnic, regional, or national identity
• multiculturalism, cultural negotiation, and inclusivity inside and outside the poems
• identity in Roman ideology and imperialism
• paradigms of gender, sexuality, and geography in constructing identity
• forms of prejudice, stereotyping, or hate speech within the poems or inspired by them
• the loss or reinvention of identity through migration or exile
• areas of reception, contextualization, and contrast between Vergil and other authors or media, including material culture
• political appropriations of Vergil, including by identitarian and fascist ideologies
• inclusive approaches to Vergilian scholarship and pedagogy
• comparative studies of Vergil’s poetry to explore modern identities and racial justice movements

 

Confirmed Speakers:
Samuel Agbamu (Royal Holloway), Maurizio Bettini (University of Siena), Filippo Carlà-Uhink (Potsdam University), Anna Maria Cimino (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Hardeep Dhindsa (King’s College London), K.F.B. Fletcher (Louisiana State University), Valentina Follo (American Academy in Rome), Elena Giusti (University of Warwick), Andrew Laird (Brown University), Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky), Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin), Michele Ronnick (Wayne State University), Caroline Stark (Howard University), Richard Thomas (Harvard University), Zara Torlone (Miami University), Adriana Vazquez (UCLA)

Please send abstracts of roughly 300 words to 
identityinvergil@gmail.com by December 1, 2020. Papers will be 20 minutes long, with time for discussion after each. We hope to gather an inclusive group of speakers from multiple backgrounds and academic ranks, and especially encourage submissions from scholars belonging to communities underrepresented in the field.

Participants arrive on June 22; we are planning to hold the conference at the Villa Vergiliana, and enjoy visits to Vergilian sites alongside presentations and discussion. That said, in light of the uncertainties COVID-19 continues to present, including financial pressures in the academy that might make travel abroad (for a typically self-funded conference with a registration fee) less accessible for some participants, we are leaving open the option for a hybrid or virtual symposium, to be determined as events proceed; we are also pursuing sources of financial assistance for qualifying speakers. Whatever form it will ultimately take, we look forward to a vibrant and engaging symposium in June 2021.

You are welcome to contact the organizers with any questions about the symposium, including the status of remote participation options or possible funding aid:Tedd Wimperis (
twimperis@elon.edu); David Wright (dwright31@fordham.edu)

Works Cited
Barchiesi, A. Forthcoming. The War for Italia: Conflict and Collective Memory in Vergil’s Aeneid. Berkeley.
Fletcher 2014. Finding Italy: Travel, Nation and Colonization in Vergil’s Aeneid. Ann Arbor.
Giusti, E. 2018. Carthage in Virgil’s Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus. Cambridge.
Laird, A. 2010. The Aeneid from the Aztecs to the Dark Virgin: Vergil, Native Tradition, and Latin Poetry in Colonial Mexico from Sahagún's Memoriales (1563) to Villerías' Guadalupe (1724), in: A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and Its Tradition, ed. Farrell and Putnam. Malden: 217-33.
Pogorzelski, R. J. 2016. Virgil and Joyce: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses. Madison.
Reed, J. D. 2007. Virgil’s Gaze: Nation and Poetry in the Aeneid. Princeton.
Ronnick, M. V. 2010. Vergil in the Black American Experience, in: A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and Its Tradition, ed. Farrell and Putnam. Malden: 376-90.
Syed, Y. 2005. Vergil’s Aeneid and the Roman Self. Ann Arbor.
Thomas, R. F. 2001. Virgil and the Augustan Reception. Cambridge.
Torlone, Z. M. 2014. Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception. Oxford.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Chapters: Pseudo-Oppian's Cynegetica - On the Hunt for Ethics and Poetics

 

 

 

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Cynegetica of Pseudo-Oppian has received limited scholarly attention. However, philological efforts such as Otto Rebmann’s book Sprachliche Neuerungen (1918), Wolfgang Schmitt’s commentary on book 1 (1969) and especially Manolis Papathomopoulos’ Teubneriana (2003) have all laid a solid foundation for further hermeneutical study. These works were explored in some detail by Adam Nicholas Bartley (2003) and Giuseppe Agosta (2009) in their respective monographs and are accompanied by a selection of journal articles on diverse topics such as textual criticism, meter and the question of authorship.

 

 

This volume aims to collect and develop scholarly approaches to the Cynegetica by focusing on unexplored areas of this fascinating example of Greek Imperial poetry. More precisely, this collection aims to concentrate on at least four strands of literary functionality:

 

 

  • First, how do we examine the referential function of the poem? Much of the Cynegetica relates to a reality beyond the text. One finds descriptions of animals, geographical areas, peoples and hunting methods that the author claims to know about or has possibly even seen with his own eyes. How do these observations inform us about the reality of hunting in antiquity? How do we explore the interactions between reality and fictionality within the text?

 

  • Second, the Cynegetica is replete with ethical comments on the vices, virtues and behaviours of animals and humans alike. At the same time, it is dedicated to both emperor and goddess. The question is this: How do we evaluate the appellative function of the text? What do we make of these moral-philosophical statements? And how do we locate them within the political framework of the Severan dynasty? What are the theological and religious implications of the text? Is there an animal ethics in the Cynegetica?

 

  • Third, there is still ample room for exploration with regard to the poem’s aesthetic function. What are the hermeneutical consequences of its linguistic innovations? How do the intertextual relations to older didactic poetry (esp. the Halieutica) and other hunting manuals (e.g. Grattius, Nemesianus, Xenophon, etc.) manifest themselves? Is there a way to navigate between the observed mosaic character of the piece and a more coherent overarching structure?

 

  • Fourth, and finally, the project invites contributions on the creative and scholarly reception of the Cynegetica as well as the cultural and intellectual environment and implications of the poem’s reception history. Why was the text so popular in the 16th century? How do we judge its value as a philosophical argument within the contemporary Cartesian view of animals? What led to its neglect throughout the following centuries? How do we read the poem in light of the modern animal-rights debate.

 

 

In sum, the goal of this volume is to function as a prism by bringing together scholars from various academic levels, backgrounds, and study directions in order to develop a diverse portfolio of ideas, approaches and perspectives to this challenging yet understudied text.

 

 

If you would like to contribute a chapter to this volume, I kindly ask you to submit your title, an English-language abstract (no longer than 500 words), and a short biographical note, by 1 December 2020. Please send everything to stephan.renker@gmail.com.

 

 

The deadline for the final chapters (6,000–9,000 words) will be 1 March 2021

 

 

Konstanz/Shanghai, 28 September 2020      Stephan Renker (SISU, Shanghai)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek & Latin Bible Epics Conference 

 

 

Nicosia, Cyprus 

25-27 September 2021 

 

 

* Important notice: Due to the current threat and uncertain situation by the COVID 19, this conference will take place as scheduled, only if conditions allow. 

 

 

Call for Papers 

 

We are pleased to invite proposals for papers at the International Conference on Greek and Latin Bible epics to be held on 25-27 September 2021 at the University of Cyprus, Department of Classics and Philosophy. The conference is funded by the European Regional Development Fundand the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation

 

The conference will adopt a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing in scholars from classical and byzantine philology, linguistics, history, religious studies, philosophy, literary criticism and rhetoric. Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to: 

 

  • The paraphrastic methods applied in Greek and Latin biblical epics as revealed in ancient rhetorical theory. 
  • The biblical epics in their literary-cultural milieu, religious, historical and political context. 
  • The biblical epic with regard to its aesthetic preferences and intellectual exigencies. 
  • The literary context of the Biblical epics; intertextuality: vocabulary, formulas, expressive means, pagan poetry and Christian ideas. The use of the epic and non-epic language. 
  • Greek and Latin biblical epics: concurrences and divergences. 
  • Biblical epic and biblical cento. 

 

Scholars interested in contributing a paper on any aspect related to the main topic, are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words (including a title) to mypsilanti@ucy.ac.cy andmelidis.konstantinos@ucy.ac.cy by 31st January 2021. Paper presentations must not exceed the limit of 20 minutes. A 10-minute discussion will follow each paper. Papers should be presented in English. 

Notifications of acceptance: March 15th 2021. 

 

We hope to be able to cover part of the accommodation expenses of speakers whose universities are unable to cover their costs in full. Should this situation apply to you, please let us know once your abstract has been accepted. 

 

 

ScientificCommittee:

 

Katerina Karvouni, Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 

Maria Ypsilanti, Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature (University of Cyprus) 

Dr. Konstantinos Melidis (University of Cyprus) 

 

 

General inquiries should be directed to the conference organisers:

 

Maria Ypsilanti, Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature: mypsilanti@ucy.ac.cy  

Dr. Konstantinos Melidis (University of Cyprus): melidis.konstantinos@ucy.ac.cy 

 

 

The Project EXCELLENCE/1216/0400 is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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