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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30.
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:
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by September 15th, 2020 by emailing a pdf attachment to email@example.com. 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.