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Call for Papers: Workshop „Idealization and Aesthetic Criteria in Early Greek Epic“, October 2 + 9, 2020





The Department of Classics at the University of Munich (LMU) is pleased to issue a Call for Papers for our Workshop on Idealization and Aesthetic Criteria in Early Greek Epic.



Submissions are invited from scholars in Classics and neighboring disciplines.



Early Greek Epic is peopled by many stunning divinities and handsome humans. Some produce apt speeches or bewitching song. Characters use a variety of well-made artefacts: they drive exceptional chariots, drink from specially crafted cups, and wield lavishly decorated shields. The epic style is generously equipped to convey aesthetic idealization. What is aesthetically pleasing is integral to epic’s world of ‚bestness‘. Still, early epic’s seemingly shiny surface has many interesting cracks and blotches; and beauty, too, is no simple matter at second glance.



The LMU-workshop aims to study which aesthetic criteria are relevant in early Greek Epic and how aesthetics contributes to early Greek epic’s idealization of the past. 



Keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University) – Prof. Dr. René Nünlist (Cologne University)



Contributions may address the following topics, but are not limited to these:


  • Which aesthetic criteria are relevant? Which senses do they speak to?
  • How can we approach early epic aesthetics and/or idealization theoretically?
  • Which are the techniques and effects of aesthetic idealization?
  • What happens when aesthetic idealization is juxtaposed to, say, the grotesque or the burlesque?
  • How does what is aesthetically (dis)pleasing relate to issues of morality, cognition, psychology?
  • In what ways is aesthetic idealization the same or distinct in different poems?
  • How do we interpret phrases like κατ κσμον, κατ μοραν, and the like?
  • What is the aesthetic role, for example, of visual qualities like size, brightness, etc.?
  • How have aesthetic qualities, effects, and criteria been appreciated by ancient scholarship? How has this appreciation perhaps influenced today’s scholarship?
  • How are scholars‘ views of epic idealization influenced by their own ideology and historical context?



Due to restrictions currently still imposed by Covid-19 regulations in Germany, the workshop will take place online on two consecutive Friday afternoons, October 2 and 9, 2020.



Presentations should be about 25-30 minutes long and in English or German. They will be followed by 30 minutes of discussion.



Abstracts of ca. 300 words may be sent to by July 30.










Call for Papers: Greek Epic and Artificial Intelligence



International Online Conference (on Zoom), University of Oslo

25-26 September 2020




The Research Group Novel and Epic, Ancient and Modern in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo is pleased to issue a Call for Papers for our International Online Conference Greek Epic and Artificial Intelligence. Submissions are invited from academics in Classics and related disciplines. The conference will be held on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2020 on Zoom and will be open to the general public.


We aim to explore early artificial intelligence concepts in Greek epic and to look at how Hesiod, Homer and Apollonius Rhodius – and potentially authors of the fragmentary epics – have elaborated on what seem to be some of the first literary texts dealing with automata and the quest for artificial life as well as technological intervention improving the human life. We are equally interested in the reception of these in later/contemporary literature and culture.


Confirmed Speakers include:


· Maria Gerolemou, University of Exeter (Hephaestus' Automata in Homer and Beyond)

· Genevieve Liveley, University of Bristol (Talos)

· Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University (Pandora, Made Not Born)

· Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound (Robo-Dogs, Artificial Intelligence, and Self-Rule in Homer and Archaic Greece)


Papers should last no longer than 25mins and each will be followed by a 10min discussion. Please submit titled abstracts of no more than 200 words by emailing a pdf attachment to both organisers by Wednesday 22 July 2020: Dr Andriana Domouzi ( and Prof. Silvio Bär (; please include name, affiliation and a short bio in a different attachment. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and submitters will be notified shortly after the deadline. We may publish the outcomes of the conference at a later stage depending on the preferences of the participants (details to be discussed at the end of the conference).






Call for Papers: Myths and Societies: A Cross-Cultural and Intertemporal Approach



Fourth University of Florida Classics Graduate Student Symposium,

27 February 2021, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)



The mythology of different cultures has left a lasting impression on societies across the globe, from the Ancient Greek tragic tradition to 21st-century American superhero movies and brand names. Permeating the world of economics, politics, literature, and entertainment, the enduring quality of mythology hearkens back to the human desire to justify the esoteric and to explain the unknown. In our world of scientific and technological advancements, what place does mythology still hold? We seek to answer that question by gaining insight into the significance of myth in multiple cultures and communities around the world.

We invite papers that explore the relationship between mythology and society throughout the ages as well as the interaction of mythological stories and pressing current affairs, such as the environment, gender relations, diversity and inclusion, immigration, economic disparity, and the effects of worldwide social isolation. We also welcome papers that take a more practical approach in incorporating myth into educational frameworks at all levels. While our focus is on the Ancient Mediterranean, we encourage submissions on mythology from all world cultures.


Topics may include but are not limited to:


  • Comparative or creative interpretations of mythological narratives from antiquity to modernity
  • Textual and visual adaptations of ancient myth in contemporary culture (narratives, film, theater, comics, graphic novels, etc.)
  • The relationship of mythology and history/historiography
  • The role of mythology in religious belief and ritual
  • The use of mythological stories as learning tools/in educational settings


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by September 15th, 2020 by emailing a pdf attachment to Please include your name, affiliation, and the title of your abstract in the body of your email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Selected proceedings will be published by the UF Smathers Libraries Press.


If your abstract is accepted, a draft of your paper should be submitted by February 15th, 2021 and the camera-ready version will be due March 31st, 2021.


Any questions should be addressed to the same email address."




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