Call for Papers

Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus

Friday 11th – Saturday 12th May 2018

Dr Spyridon Tzounakas and Dr Margot Neger are pleased to announce the International Conference “Pliny’s Epistolary Intertextuality”, which will be held in the Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (11 – 12 May 2018).

Although recent years have seen a sharp increase in the number of studies that deal with Pliny’s intertextual and intergeneric relations (especially with Cicero, Tacitus, Quintilian, Martial and Catullus), there is still a lot of room for research in this area. This conference invites papers that explore any aspect of Pliny’s intertextuality in his Letters and welcomes various approaches.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Roy Gibson, University of Manchester, UK

Papers: The language of the conference is English. The time allocated for a paper is 20-25 minutes, with a further 5-10 minutes allowed for questions or discussion.

Abstract Submission: Proposals should include a name, e-mail address, title, full affiliation and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail as a PDF attachment to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! or Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by no later than 31 December 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed and notifications will be communicated by no later than 15 January 2018.

Participation: Participation is free. We are able to provide catering in the course of the conference, which will include refreshments/tea/coffee at all breaks, and dinners on the two days. Please note that we are not able to cover travel and accommodation expenses. 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 a suitable peer-review process. An edited volume of selected papers arising from the conference is envisaged as a proceedings volume or as a special issue of a journal.

We look forward to your participation in this conference.

Kind regards,

Dr Spyridon Tzounakas

Associate Professor of Latin Literature

Department of Classics and Philosophy

Faculty of Letters

University of Cyprus

  1. O. Box 20537

CY - 1678 Nicosia

Cyprus

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Dr Margot Neger

Projektleiterin (FWF)

Klassische Philologie

Fachbereich Altertumswissenschaften

Universität Salzburg

Residenzplatz 1

A – 5020 Salzburg

Austria

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18-20 Octobre 2018, Toulouse

 

Le miasme et l’oliban. L’odeur et les sens dans la réception de l’Antiquité

The Fragrant and the Foul: the Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination

Org. : Adeline Grand-Clément (Université Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès, IUF) ; Charlotte Ribeyrol (Université Paris-Sorbonne, IUF)

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Appel à communications/Call for papers

Keynote speakers :

Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, University of London)

Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)

 

Le miasme et l’oliban. L’odeur et les sens dans la réception de l’Antiquité

L’Antiquité classique a longtemps été considérée comme étant « aseptisée », d’une blancheur immaculée : l’idéalisation dont elle a fait l’objet l’a dépouillée de sa dimension sensorielle, au profit du seul paradigme visuel. Le domaine olfactif, en particulier, a peu retenu l’intérêt des études sur la réception de l’Antiquité, en raison de son caractère évanescent et difficile à saisir. Pourtant, les odeurs que l’on prête à tel personnage ou à tel groupe social véhiculent tout un imaginaire riche et porteur de valeurs spécifiques : parfums et pestilences contribuent à façonner les façons de penser et d’agir d’une société.

L’objectif du colloque sera d’explorer le rôle de l’olfaction, en relation avec les autres registres sensoriels, dans les processus de réception de l’Antiquité à l’époque moderne – que ces derniers se manifestent sous la forme d’un rejet, d’une réappropriation ou d’une idéalisation. Nous nous intéresserons de manière plus spécifique aux arts visuels et performatifs, lorsqu’ils cherchent à engager l’expérience sensorielle du lecteur ou du spectateur. Seront ainsi concernés non seulement peinture, littérature, théâtre, cinéma, mais également la publicité, les jeux vidéos, les séries, les comics et romans graphiques ainsi que les reconstitutions historiques à grande échelle qui ont renouvelé l’imaginaire lié à l’Antiquité en touchant un plus large public.

Les communications (en français ou en anglais) seront d’une durée de 20 min et pourront porter sur l’une des quatre thématiques suivantes :

  • La matérialité de l’odeur: quels sont les objets, végétaux et substances odorant(e)s qui caractérisent les sociétés antiques dans l’imaginaire qui s’est développé autour de l’Antiquité? Peut-on confronter les résultats des analyses archéométriques actuelles, qui nous renseignent sur la nature des produits odorants manipulés par les Anciens, aux representations que l’on trouve dans les oeuvres modernes? Quels efforts aujourd’hui pour donner à “sentir” l’Antiquité et quels moyens techniques mobilise-t-on (en particulier dans les musées, les productions multimedias…)? On pourra accorder une attention particulière aux fleurs, qui contribuaient à la mise en place de cet imaginaire odorant, permettant également de faire le lien avec les autres registres sensoriels.

  • La sensorialité des rituels: dans quelle mesure la mise en scène d’effluves odorantes (encens, fumée du sacrifice, huiles parfumées, …) sert-elle à suggérer les pratiques rituelles – ou magiques – des Anciens? Quels types de dispositifs imagine-t-on? La mise en scène, à travers les gestes, les produits manipulés et les effets recherchés, participe-t-elle à créer un sentiment d’altérité chez les Modernes et à creuser une distance entre religions polythéistes et monothéismes?

  • La puissance érotique des senteurs et parfums: par quels moyens olfactifs (parfums, produits cosmétiques) les corps masculins et féminins étaient-ils rendus désirables et attractifs? Comment cet imaginaire fut-il exploité en peinture, au théâtre, dans les films, dans les publicités, etc. – notamment en rapport avec la vogue de l’orientalisme? Il s’agira aussi, à travers cette thématique, d’interroger le processus de construction du genre et la relation entre odeurs, sexualité et (homo)érotisme. On inclura également les réflexions autour de l’imaginaire lié aux bains, aux thermes et à la propreté des corps sains (sans perdre de vue l’angle olfactif).

  • Les mauvaises odeurs et les corps malades: dans quelle mesure le tournant hygiéniste qui a affecté les sociétés occidentales au cours de l’époque moderne (cf. A. Corbin) a-t-il influencé la vision du paysage olfactif antique ? A partir de quand la conception goethéenne du classique comme ‘sain’ a-t-elle cessé de prévaloir? Et plus généralement, comment les Modernes se sont-ils représentés la maladie et les mauvaises odeurs des Anciens? Comment ce désir de traduire l’expérience sensorielle antique de manière plus ‘authentique’ s’exprime-t-il par exemple dans le cadre de performances théâtrales ou de reconstitutions historiques (‘re-enacment’) de batailles célèbres de l’Antiquité? Les communications pourront aussi envisager la dimension identitaire de l’olfaction: à quels corps associe-t-on, depuis l’Antiquité, les pestilences? Ceux des ennemis, des étrangers, voire ceux des classes sociales les plus basses – artisans, paysans, manoeuvres, esclaves…?

Les propositions de communication (300 mots) accompagnées d’une courte biographie sont à envoyer à Adeline Grand-Clément (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) et à Charlotte Ribeyrol (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) avant le 15 décembre 2017. Il devra s’agir de recherches originales n’ayant pas déjà fait l’objet d’une publication. Le résumé fera apparaître clairement la thèse centrale de l’auteur, en relation avec la thématique du colloque.

Les communications pourront faire l’objet, après avis favorable du comité scientifique, d’une publication (en anglais) dans un volume édité chez Bloomsbury dans la collection ‘Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts’.

The Fragrant and the Foul: the Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination

The classical tradition has long confined Antiquity to an immaculate, sanitized whiteness : thus idealised, it was deprived of its multi-sensorial dimension, and conveniently limited to the visual paradigm. Olfaction, in particular, has often been overlooked in classical reception studies due to its evanescent nature which makes this sense difficult to apprehend. And yet, the smells associated with a given figure, or social group convey a rich imagery which conotes specific values : perfumes, scents and foul odours both reflect and mould the ways a society thinks or acts.

The aim of this conference will be to analyse the underexplored role of smell – both fair or foul – in relation to the other senses, in the modern rejection, reappraisal or idealisation of Antiquity. We will pay particular attention to the visual and performative arts especially when they engage a sensorial response from the reader or the viewer. We therefore invite contributions focusing not only on painting, literature, drama, and cinema but also on advertising, video games, television series, comic books and graphic novels, as well as on historical re-enactments which have recently helped reshape the perception and experience of the antique for a broader audience.

Conference papers (in English or French) will be twenty minutes in length. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The materiality of smell: what are the substances, plants and/or objects associated with antique smells in the modern imagination? To what extent may we confront current archeological data concerning the fragrant objects used in Antiquity with representations of smell in modern works? What new technical means are now mobilized to make modern audiences ‘smell’ and sense Antiquity (for instance in museums and multi-media productions)? We also invite papers that address the role flowers play in the modern construction of the antique smellscape and how this connects with the other senses.

  • The sensoriality of antique rituals: How do fragrances (incense, burnt offerings, perfumed oils) shape modern representations of antique ritualistic and magical practices? To what extent does the staging of ritualistic gestures and objects associated with smell (and notably the burning of incense) create a form of estrangement between past and present, and deepen the rift between polytheistic and monotheistic faiths?

  • The erotics of smell and scent: How was the antique body (both male and female) made desirable thanks to the use of perfume and cosmetics? How was this in turn exploited in painting, films, advertisement etc. – especially in connection with Orientalism? What role does smell play in gendered constructions of the antique body? What relation can we establish between the fragrant and the (homo)erotic? We also welcome discussions of modern representations of antique baths, hygiene and ‘sane’ classical bodies in relation to scent.

  • Foul smells and diseased bodies: to what extent did the hygienistic shift which affected Western societies in the modern age (as described by A. Corbin) influence the perception of the antique smellscape? When did Goethe’s conception of the classical as ‘sane’ start being challenged? More generally, how are antique illnesses and decaying bodies depicted in the modern imagination and for example performed on stage or in historical re-enactments aiming to recreate ‘authentically’ the experience of antique battles? Does smell have a specific social/national identity? Since Antiquity, whose bodies have been most recurrently perceived as pestilent: those of enemies, foreigners, lower social classes (artisans, peasants, slaves…)?

Proposals (300 words) and short biographies should be sent to Adeline Grand-Clément (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) and Charlotte Ribeyrol (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) no later than 15th December 2017.

The contributions must be original works not previously published. The abstract should clearly state the argument of the paper, in keeping with the topic of the conference.

A selection of contributions (in English) will be considered for a volume publication by Bloomsbury in the series ‘Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts’.

 

 

 08.-10. Februar 2018 an der Universität Hamburg

Familiäre Strukturen unterliegen einem steten Wandel. Sie reagieren damit sowohl auf gesellschaftliche wie existentielle Anforderungen, als auch auf persönliche Erwartungshaltungen und individuelle Lebensweisen. Als grundlegende soziale Einheit bildet die Familie für die Entwicklung des Individuums und die Bildung der unterschiedlichsten Gruppierungen innerhalb von Gesellschaften den wichtigsten Bezugs- und Identitätsrahmen.

Für die Antike sind unterschiedliche Familienmodelle bekannt. In den griechischen Polisgesellschaften formierte sich die Familie aus der zusammenlebenden Haushaltsgemeinschaft, dem oikos. Veränderungen innerhalb der Zusammensetzung dieser Gemeinschaft wurden oftmals durch politische Begebenheiten und existentielle Bedrohungen hervorgerufen. Ein besonderes Alleinstellungsmerkmal der römische familia war es, dass sie neben den im Haushalt lebenden Angehörigen und Sklaven auch ein breites Spektrum weiterer assoziierter Personen einschloss. Die damit verbundene Flexibilität in der personellen Zusammensetzung einzelner Familienverbände und ihre Anpassungsfähigkeit an Krisen- und Wohlstandszeiten sind besonders bemerkenswert. Offensichtlich können Familien daher signifikante Resilienzkräfte zugesprochen werden. Die zu allen Zeiten bedeutsame, aber in ihrer Relevanz wenig akzentuierte Kernfamilie, erreichte ihr höchstes Prestige und die größte Symbolwirkung allerdings erst in der christlich geprägten Spätantike.

Der geplante Workshop bietet die Möglichkeit die verschiedenen Ausprägungen und Entwicklungen von Familie interdisziplinär aus verschiedenen Perspektiven zu beleuchten. Mögliche Aspekte, unter denen der Wandel von Familienstrukturen diachron, ausgehend von der Vor- und Frühgeschichte bis ins Mittelalter, diskutiert werden können, wären:

  • Unterlagen familiäre Strukturen zum Beispiel juristischen Zwängen oder gesellschaftlichen Normen, weshalb sie unverändert blieben?
  • Welche Hintergründe gibt es für den Wandel innerhalb familiärer Strukturen? Liegen kulturelle, soziologische, religiöse oder wirtschaftliche Gründe vor?
  • Welche Bedeutung haben Veränderungen in der Struktur für das gesellschaftliche Prestige von Familien?

Auch wenn die Klassische Antike hier vordergründig angesprochen wird, so sind Beiträge, die den Entwicklungen in der Antike vorausgehen, oder auf diesen aufbauen, von einem besonderen Interesse für die Tagung. Vorschläge zu weiteren Aspekten, sind sehr willkommen.

Interessierte Wissenschaftler/innen aus den altertumswissenschaftlichen Fächern sowie aus angrenzenden Gebieten, die zu diesen und verwandten Themen forschen, sind herzlich eingeladen einen Vorschlag von max. 600 Wörtern für einen rund zwanzigminütigen Vortrag bis zum 28. August 2017 an Nadine Leisner (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) oder Jörg Erdtmann (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) zu senden. Eine Übernahme der Reise- und Unterbringungskosten wird angestrebt, kann aber derzeit nicht zugesichert werden.

 

 

 

Fährtenlesen

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Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen in antiken Gesellschaften

4. Interdisziplinäres altertumswissenschaftliches Nachwuchskolloquium

an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

3./4. November 2017

Im Zuge der Etablierung der Human-Animal Studies im deutschsprachigen Raum seit Beginn der 2000er Jahre wird das Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Tier auch hierzulande vermehrt unter interdisziplinären Gesichtspunkten untersucht. Die hierunter zu subsumierenden Forschungs-ansätze vereint das Anliegen, Tiere nicht mehr länger als ‚Statisten‘ einer anthropozentrischen Wissenschaftsproduktion zu betrachten. In Auseinandersetzung mit theoretisch-methodischen Konzepten wie etwa der Netzwerk-Theorie, des Agency-Begriffes oder körpergeschichtlichen Fragestellungen konnten so Perspektiven eröffnet werden, die das Thema der Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen in einem neuen Licht erscheinen lassen.

Die historische Dimensionierung dieser alternativen Ansätze ist bislang vor allem im Bereich der Neueren und Neuesten Geschichte sowie innerhalb der Frühen Neuzeit geleistet worden. Die antiken Verhältnisse wurden dagegen lange Zeit nur sporadisch behandelt – zumeist unter funktionalen Gesichtspunkten (etwa im wirtschaftlichen und militärischen Bereich), anhand der Themenfelder ‚Jagd‘ und ‚Zirkus‘ oder im Kontext einer Symbol- und Zeichensprache. Dies ändert sich jedoch zusehends; gerade in jüngster Zeit sind beispielsweise einige Untersuchungen erschienen, die sich explizit mit den antiken Vorstellungen zu den Grenzen zwischen Mensch und Tier befassen.

Die Frage nach Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen in antiken Gesellschaften erscheint vor diesem Hintergrund als lohnendes Thema, welches im Kontext eines interdisziplinären altertums-wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchskolloquiums multiperspektivisch ausgeleuchtet werden kann. Die Themenstellung ist bewusst offen gehalten, der Fokus soll jedoch auf den Tieren selbst liegen. Mögliche Leitfragen könnten dementsprechend lauten:

  1. Auf welche Weise werden Tiere in den literarischen und materiellen Zeugnissen dargestellt?

  2. Welche Eigenschaften werden Tieren oder bestimmten Tierarten zugeschrieben? Wie wirken sich unterschiedliche Bezugsrahmen auf diese Zuschreibungen aus?

  3. In welchen Kontexten treten Tiere als ‚sprechende‘ Akteure in Erscheinung?

  4. Welche Formen von Interaktion und gegenseitiger Formung erhalten Bedeutung? Wo verläuft die Grenze zwischen dem Menschlichen und dem Tierischen?

  5. Welche Erklärungen bzw. Erklärungsmuster werden im Kontext der antiken Zoologie hinsichtlich des Wesens und des Phänotypus von Tieren verwendet?

Das interdisziplinäre Kolloquium richtet sich an Promovierende und Post-Docs aus allen altertumswissenschaftlichen Fachgebieten und soll den Teilnehmern die Möglichkeit eröffnen, eigene Forschungsprojekte und -ansätze zu einem gemeinsamen Oberthema vorzustellen. Neben dem fachlichen Austausch soll auf diese Weise die Vernetzung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern untereinander gefördert und vertieft werden.

Vorschläge für Beiträge (max. 500 Wörter + 3 Schlagwörter) können inklusive eines kurzen CV als PDF bis zum 6. August 2017 per E-Mail an die Organisatoren der Tagung (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) ergehen. Für jeden Vortrag ist ein Zeitfenster von 30 Minuten vorgesehen (20 Min. Vortrag + 10 Min. Diskussion). Vorbehaltlich verfügbarer Mittel können Übernachtungskosten übernommen werden.

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Epistula narrans

Narrative Modelling in Latin Epistolography

International Graduate and Early Career Conference hosted by Tübingen Working Group ‘Narrative Dynamics in Latin Literature’

Tübingen, July 5–7th 2018

Organized by Aurelia Gumz and Andreas Abele (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Roy Gibson (University of Manchester)

In the morning, we are woken up by a voice from the radio reading the news, getting to work by train we read the latest novel by Paul Auster, afterwards we report in a business meeting how statistics of the last quarters developed, back at home in the evening our children tell us the events of their day.

Stories are everywhere. Every day, we are narrating stories on countless occasions and in most different contexts. That’s because stories explain our world and make sense of it. They not only give us access to reality, they even model it due to their performative force. Storytelling is an anthropological constant and a basic element of human communication (cf. Koschorke 2012).

Accordingly, it is obvious to assume that stories also appear in the most common and standard pre-modern communication medium par excellence, in letters. Actually, letters are full of accounts, reports, and explanations, in a word, full of stories. Thus, it is all the more astonishing that narratology has avoided and neglected letters almost completely so far, not at least ancient Latin epistolography, even though more recent studies have transcended genre boundaries (cf. Nünning/Nünning 2002) and extended analyses to narrative texts in a broader sense, e.g. to historiography (cf. White), lyric poetry (cf. Hühn/Kiefer 2005), and elegy (Liveley/Salzman-Mitchell 2008).

Conference aims

The conference wants to face this research desideratum. It seeks to examine Latin epistolography reaching from Cicero to Late Antiquity from a narratological approach. Therefore, papers concerning the following questions, topics, and problems are in particular, but not exclusively, welcome:

  • In which respect(s) are letters narrative?

  • What is told in these narratives? Which realities are evoked or modelled? (eg. imperial, network, aristocratic, literary, Christian, women’s, literary, self-realities, etc.)

  • Which literary and narrative techniques and strategies can be identified?

  • Which inner- and extratextual functions do these narratives have?

  • Are there any differences, parallels, links, etc. between factual and fictional letters when dealing with the questions above?

  • May intertextual analyses open ways of a better understanding of the points mentioned? Are ‘realties’ re-modelled in later text?

  • How may this kind of engagement with letters provide possible new perspectives and approaches to further studies on narratology and epistolography?

Practicalities

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. To submit a proposal, please send an English abstract of your paper to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by September 24th, 2017. Notification about participation will be emailed by October 15th. Abstracts should include name, title of proposed paper, affiliation, position, and a brief curriculum vitae. English serves as conference language.

Link zur Tagung: www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/102777

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First call for papers for the Fourth International Nonnus of Panopolis in Context Conference ‘Poetry at the crossroads’ Ghent (Belgium), 19-21 April 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers: Domenico Accorinti, Gianfranco Agosti, Hélène Frangoulis, Gennaro D’Ippolito, Tim Whitmarsh

Abstracts deadline: 1 October 2017!

 > > ‘Nonnus in Context’

 Once understudied, the fascinating poetry of Nonnus of Panopolis (5th c AD and author of both the last grand epic poem of antiquity and of a hexametric paraphrase of the Gospel of John in the same ‘baroque’ style) has, in the past decades, aroused the interest of many. One of the results of this (re)new(ed) interest in the poetry of the ‘Egyptian Homer’ is the recently appeared Brill’s Companion to Nonnus (2016) – voluminous like Nonnus’ work itself. In the preface, the editor, Domenico Accorinti, adequately describes the ongoing process of Nonnus’ “becoming a classic” and how the current vitality of the scholarly dialogue on Nonnus contributes to that.

 One of the signs of this vitality are the ‘Nonnus in Context’ conferences, a series of scientific gatherings initiated by Konstantinus Spanoudakis, who organized the first one in May 2011 (proceedings: ed. Spanoudakis 2014) and after him continued by Herbert Bannert and Nicole Kröll (Vienna 2013) and Filip Doroszewski (Warsaw 2015). Ghent 2018 is the fourth event in what by now is an established series.

 > > Nonnus of Panopolis in Context IV: Poetry at the Crossroads.

 The subtitle for this fourth edition refers to the - indeed multifaceted – metaphor of the ‘crossroads’. From a crossroads you can look forwards, backwards but also sideways. Likewise, when standing at a crossroads, you are visible from all sides. Crossroads, therefore, open many perspectives. This central metaphor is chosen in the first place as an invitation to (further) explore these perspectives along the horizontal and vertical axes of the literary tradition and late antique society. It aims to direct the focus not exclusively on Nonnus, but indeed to highlight the context (not restricted to a specific time-frame, language, genre or art form) in which to interpret his poetry, while also welcoming contributions in which Nonnus’ poetry is only a significant part of the context.

 Simultaneously it is also an invitation to reflect on the ways we as modern scholars give shape to the field we are studying. Nonnus is considered a pivotal author, between tradition and innovation, between classical paideia and Christian poetics. The vitality of Nonnus studies in the past decade(s) has not changed Nonnus’ poetry, but has thoroughly influenced the way it is perceived today. If Nonnus is our poet at the crossroads, should we not also keep in mind that we had a hand in constructing the roads?

 This conference invites contributions that approach Nonnus’ poetry in/and/or its context from any direction or distance.  Suggestions for future road works, new road signs and (other) reflections on the development of our field are most welcome!

 >> Practicalities

Paper proposals (for 20 minutes’ presentations in English, French or German) are welcome from anyone interested in the subject. As has been the case for the previous editions, the aim is to create a balanced conference programme with presentations of PhD students, early career researchers and more experienced scholars.

Abstracts (200-300 words) should be sent to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by 1 October 2017. Please clearly mention your name, current position and affiliation. In early November you will be notified of the acceptance of your paper. Please note that the number of available timeslots is limited. If you have any other questions or if you would like to attend the conference without giving a paper, you can also contact Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

 Kind regards,

Berenice Verhelst

Conference organizer Ghent University

Also in name of the members of the organizing and scientific committees: Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent), Fotini Hadjittofi (Lisbon), David Hernández de la Fuente (Uned Madrid), Johan Leemans (Leuven), Anna Lefteratou (Heidelberg), Rachele Ricceri (Ghent) Tine Scheijnen (Ghent), Peter Van Deun (Leuven).

 Dr. Berenice Verhelst

Literature Department

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

University of Ghent

Blandijnberg 2

9000 Gent

Belgium

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Prof. Dr. John K. Davies FBA FSA (Liverpool), 20.-22. Okt. 2017

The temples and sanctuaries of Antiquity have been the object of fascination, admiration, and scholarly study for centuries. An initial focus on their role in the history of ‘Western’ architecture and art, closely associated with the Grand Tour, has remained strong ever since, but, as more and more epigraphical and cuneiform documentation emerged, that focus was supplemented by a second strand of scholarship that surveyed the whole panorama of ancient religions. This second strand developed its own taxonomy, typically comprising sections on e.g. deities and mythologies, rituals and sacrifices, festivals, religious places and personnel, and attitudes towards magic, prophesy, and the after-life, but paying little attention to sanctuaries as institutions located in space and in society.

Yet sanctuaries, along with their temples, have been central institutions within most of the societies and cultures of pre-Islamic antiquity, and show a strong family resemblance across the region. That resemblance can be seen in physical terms of layout, location, and architecture, but it is also visible in terms of the spectrum of functions that sanctuaries came to be called upon to perform, ranging from modes of personal communication with the deity concerned (sacrifice, prayer, dedication, pilgrimage, healing, oracular consultation etc), through customs of social integration (feasting, contests, processions, patronage of craftsmanship, collective or individual display) to socio-political roles that might resemble those of a polity or of its central place (assemblies, markets, banking and money-lending, money-changing, land-ownership and management, slave manumission, use of military force) and even on occasion the legitimation or de-legitimation of the exercise of power. The creation of a detailed wide-ranging taxonomy of them is overdue.

At least three possible lines of exploration suggest themselves. First, one may attempt to identify other sites and archives in the Mediterranean region (including Egypt and Mesopotamia) that might confirm, alter, or extend the picture that is so far available. Secondly, one might try to identify the kinds of proxy data that could reveal the nature of the engagement between sanctuary and society elsewhere, especially in the western Roman empire and temperate Europe. Thirdly, one might attempt to survey the evidence so far available cross-culturally and cross-linguistically, in the hope of establishing whether patterns of engagement were roughly comparable across the entire macro-region or were culturally, linguistically, or theologically distinct: sanctuaries linked to non-Olympian deities (e.g. Isis or Mithras) may be especially relevant here.

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Riga, University of Latvia, April 12-14, 2018
Organizers: Dariya Rafiyenko, Leipzig University; Ilze Rumniece, University of Latvia; Robert Crellin, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Ilja A. Seržant, Leipzig University.

Invited speakers (alphabetically):
Klaas Bentein (Ghent University)
Guiseppe Celano (Leipzig University)
James Clackson (University of Cambridge)
José Luis García Ramón (Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, Harvard University)
Chiara Gianollo (University of Bologna)
Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
Geoffrey Horrocks (University of Cambrigde)
Daniel Kölligan (University of Cologne)
Martti Leiwo, Sonja Dahlgren & Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki)
Amalia Moser (University of Athens)
Paul Widmer & Florian Sommer (University of Zürich)

It has been a long standing tradition in linguistics since de Saussure to distinguish between langue and parole. The former was considered to represent a self-sufficient system consisting of well-defined and distinct categories and sharp constraints that interact at different levels of language such as morphology, syntax or lexicon to produce grammatical utterances. For example, mainstream generative approach inherited this spirit of thinking from the earlier structuralists. This understanding of language consequently shapes the way the argumentation and analysis is carried out. The evidence must either corroborate the analysis or be assigned a different category. Fuzzy boundaries – a phenomenon widely discussed in the literature (inter alia, Ungerer & Schmid 1999: 23) – are not easily dealt with here, exactly as ongoing change (cf. Hopper (1987)’s “Emergent Grammar”) as well as aspects of actual usage.
This approach has been challenged by the usage-based approach to linguistics (Bybee 2010) in which parole becomes the subject of investigation as it is precisely the usage that shapes the linguistic structure. The latter is, in turn, considered to be constrained by general cognitive processes such as automatization, analogy or categorization as well as sociolinguistic factors. Language dynamics as observed from synchronic and/or diachronic corpus data provides here an important piece of evidence, since language development must be crucially shaped by language usage.
Since linguistic experiments or grammaticality judgments are not available to linguists working on Ancient Greek the research on it has been inevitably corpus-driven and crucially based on language use (and, e.g., not on constructed examples). Moreover, it is well-known in Classical Philology that different authors represent sometimes not only different dialects (as, for example, Herodotus with his Ionic based variety) but also different styles which orient themselves onto different stages of language development. The strong urge towards imitation of the previous literary tradition which was perceived as a model is a serious confounding factor for the linguistic research. For example, Plutarch – even though in principle belonging to the Roman period – imitates a number of features from previous periods. Furthermore, other factors may also obscure the study as, for example, the phenomenon of text reuse in the historiographical tradition where texts of earlier authors were repeatedly reused as sources and passages from them – sometimes with, sometimes without changes – were integrated into later works. This dialectally and socially based variation creates a serious confusion when analysing Ancient Greek from a grammarian’s perspective.
It seems, however, possible to overcome the potential inconsistency of the data with which we are confronted by exploiting tools and methods from usage-based approaches such as measuring statistically significant effects of a particular pattern for a particular period as opposed to other patterns and periods. This can allow us to gloss over the particular characteristics of the writings of individual authors, while still being able to establish trends that are typical for a particular period of Ancient Greek. This kind of approach has been successfully adopted in, for example, Bentein (2016) and Crellin (2012) in relation to diachronic trends in the Greek verb.
While unfortunately there is no linguistically oriented corpus of Ancient Greek for all its periods there are a number of linguistic small corpora focusing on particular authors or periods available that may successfully be used by linguists such as the collection of (automatically) annotated Ancient Greek corpora at INESS / “Ancient Greek” prepared by different projects/scholars such as the PROIEL project at U Oslo or Perseus Project at U Buffalo and U Leipzig. Of course, there is the largest and almost exhaustive corpus of Ancient Greek Thesaurus Linguae Graecae but, unfortunately, it is not open-access and it is not tagged for linguistic purposes.
The aim of this conference is to gather researchers that exploit statistical and corpus obtained data for their analyses and claims. Importantly, we do not conceive of corpus data as data that are obtained by some technical, “automated” tool, we are equally interested in the research based on manually collected samples or databases that may be used to identify specific trends which in turn are integrated into the analysis. This is all the more important since it is currently not always an easy task for a linguist or philologist to obtain corpus data. Moreover, in this workshop, we would like to focus on usage-based research into Ancient Greek while methodological and technical aspects are subordinate at this conference.

We call for submissions on any aspect of Ancient Greek (from the Homeric period until the Koiné) – including not only grammarians’ but also sociolinguistic and variational studies – that are based on corpus or statistical data.

References
Bentein, Klaas. 2016. Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek: Have- and Be- Constructions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bybee, Joan L. 2010: Language, usage and cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Crellin, Robert. 2012. The Greek Perfect Active System: 200 BC - AD 150. University of Cambridge Ph.D. Thesis.
Hopper, Paul 1987: Emergent Grammar, Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 13, 139-157.
Ungerer, Friedrich & Hans-Jörg Schmid 1999: An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. London: Longman.

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2017
Applicants notified of abstract acceptance: December 1, 2017
Registration: From January 15, 2018
Conference session: April 12-14, 2018
Abstract submission: Please submit your abstract (max. two pages) to all four organizers: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

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