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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 katharina.epstein@klassphil.uni-muenchen.de by July 30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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 gradsymposium@classics.ufl.edu. 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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