Call for Papers

 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.

 

 

Collection of essays

"Strangers at Home. Civilizing Immigrants between Inclusion and Exclusion."

The study of the ancient world is a research field in constant evolution: the recent discovery of about 250 clay tablets in Thebes’ acropolis by V. Aravantinos at the end of 20th century (Aravantinos 2006) has revealed unknown information on that ancient Greek city, whose history played a fundamental role in the definition of ancient thought, and rivalled Troy in the influence exerted upon Western culture until today (Berman 2015). Those tablets prove that Thebes was a key hub for commercial and cultural exchanges between East and West in the 13th century BC, a time when the major mythical tales of antiquity like the Trojan War or the fall of the Argives and of Oedipus arose (Bernardini 2000). Those cultural exchanges could have influenced Thebes’ mythological saga, and might explain us some mythological contradictions and some geographical and chronological narrative variations of its tales, whose historical origins are not so clear. Thus the recent discoveries of Aravantinos enable us to read Theban mythological history as a history of confrontation between two different worlds and two social groups: West and East, natives and immigrants. Thebes’ historical myths narrate its foundation in Boeotia by some immigrants from the East lead by a certain Cadmus (whose name means “the man from the East”; Berman 2004). The newcomers brought civilization and mixed themselves with the native inhabitants of the colonized region. This union of different people has created the para-digm of a history of chaos, conflicts and civil disorders, which has found numerous uses and adaptations in the works of ancient authors from old epos to Attic drama, especially during the devastating crisis represented by the Peloponnesian War with the end of Athenian hegemony (Tzanetou 2011).

The Greek literature offers numerous witnesses with both broad (epos and lyric) and local (Attic dramas) geographic and cultural points of view. Attic dramas are indeed the most complete literary sources of Theban myths, but at the same time, reveal political uses of myths and transmit precise messages and programs to Athenian audience (Markantonatos 2011; Bremmer 1997). In that context Cadmus’ role as civilizing stranger was not deeply and enough investi-gated, but, thanks to the mentioned discoveries on Thebes’ past and to a better knowledge of the early textual sources, it is today possible to investigate the mythological function of the civilizing stranger especially thanks to the excellent case of the Theban saga (Oedipodea, Thebaid, Epigoni, Alcmeonis), whose early sources survive only as summaries and fragments. Moreover, the aforementioned Cadmus is the civilizing hero par excellence, because he imported in Greece the alphabet (Herodotus Hist.V, 58); he is tightly connected with the city he founded, whose inhabitants were hence called “Cadmeians” (Castiglioni 2012 and 2010).

Religion and myths in Greece influenced both individual and collective lives, and defined their political times and places; religion and myths had historical functions and were hence so tightly bounded with social and public life, that they had constant interactions with political themes (Bremmer 1996; Cole 1995; Schachter 1981) and have to be analysed by a mere Greek point of view, taking into account their historical and archaeological backgrounds (Finley 1954; Otto 1929). Briefly, myths represented the narration of the past (Kirk 1970), and ancients considered them not as a sterile corpus of legends but as the connective weave of their society (Assman 1992). Especially historical myths of urban communities like Thebes are strictly connected with social changes, defined the places where they are set (Kühr 2006), and build cultural and national identities on the belief of the “Autochthony” (Berman 2015; Bremmer 1997). “Autochthony” is a central both political and mythological belief of ancient myths, not only of Theban ones; with “autochthony” ancient peoples meant that they were the first humans to inhabit their part of the earth and that they had lived there ever since. As a statement about the past, this belief served foremost to substantiate precise political interests in the present: when peoples declared themselves “autochthonous”, this implied that a core of the population had remained the same over time; therefore its living members could assert their identity and uphold any interests based on this view of the past against the “newcomers” (Blok 2009). In this con-text the arrival of Cadmus opens interesting questions on his function as grounder of the Theban autochthony despite his foreign origins (Olivieri 2011). Ideal counterparts of Cadmus were two Boeotian twins, Amphion and Zethus, who gained the power on Thebes, erected its walls, and gave it its current name (by Zethus’ wife Thebes). The historical tradition represented by Ho-meric epos considered Amphion and Zethus the founders of Thebes (even though Homers named Thebans as Cadmeians), and suggested thus the presence of two different narrations of the past, a global one (Cadmus), and a local one (Amphion and Zethus) (Olivieri 2011), and of two ethnical and social groups: Thebans vs Cadmeians, natives vs immigrants (Castiglioni 2010; Hurst 2000). Of course Amphion and Zethus represent a negation of civilizing function of the stranger Cadmus.

An investigation of the civilizing function of the immigrant Cadmus and of his relationships with the city he grounded is the aim of the present call, which is open to ideas and contributions of historians, philologists and archaeologists, which follow one of those themes:

  1. Rite of foundation, rite of colonization: Cadmus grounded a settlement of a superior culture on the Greek mainland;

  2. Foundation and civilization: Cadmus as stranger and immigrant (looking for his legitimisation in Greece?)

  3. One city, two foundations: co-existence of different myths or revisionism?

  4. Thebes as literary place: features of its presence

  5. Thebes as archaeological place: political role and life in the city

  6. Amphion and Zethus against the Spartoi: one region, two contrasting autochthonies

  7. Reception of archaic myths in classical age: adaptations and re-readings

The present volume will contain between twelve and fifteen selected studies, each of them should not exceed the 40.000 types. Please follow the attached editorial rules of GAIA.

If you are interested to this call, please reply with a proposal until September 15th 2017. The accepted studies should be submitted until November 30th 2017 in order to be reviewed and printed in the first half of 2018.

For any questions please contact: Dr. Paolo Cecconi, e-mail: megres1983[at]gmail.com

Selected quoted literature.

Aravantinos, V. (2006), Thèbes. Fouilles de la Cadmée (4 vols.), Rome

Assman, J. (1992), Das kulturelle Gedächtnis, Munich

Berman, D.W. (2015), Myth literature and the creation of the topography of Thebes, Cambridge

Berman, D.W. (2004), The double foundation of Boeotian Thebes, TAPA 134, 1-22

Bernardini, P. (2000), Presenza e funzione della città di Tebe nella cultura greca, Pisa-Rome

Blok, J.H. (2009), Gentrifying Genealogy: On the Genesis of the Athenian Autochthony Myth, in U. Dill – Ch. Walde, Antike Mythen. Medien Transformationen und Konstruktionen, Berlin-New York, 251-275

Bremmer, J.N. (1997), Myth as Propaganda: Athens and Sparta, ZPE 117, 9-17

Bremmer, J.N. (1996), Götter, Mythen und Heiligtümer im antiken Griechenland, Darmstadt

Castiglioni, M.P. (2012), Sulle tracce di Cadmo metallurgo in Tracia, in T. Alfieri Tonini/G. Bagnasco Gianni/F. Cordano, Culti e miti greci in aree periferiche, Trento, 205-225

Castiglioni, M.P. (2010), Cadmos-serpent en Illyrie, Itinéraire d’un héros civilisateur, Pisa

Cole, S.G. (1995), Civic cult and civic identity, in M.H. Hansen, Sources for the ancient Greek-city state, Copenhagen, 292-325

Finley, M.I. (1954), The world of Odysseus, New York

Hurst, A. (2000), Bâtir les murailles de Thèbes, in Bernardini 2000, 63-81

Kirk, G.S. (1970), Myth. Its meaning and function in ancient and other cultures, Cambridge

Kühr, A. (2006), Als Kadmos nach Boiotien kam, Stuttgart

Markantonatos, A. et all. (2011), Crisis on Stage: Tragedy and Comedy in Late 5th-Century Athens, Berlin

Olivieri, O. (2011), Miti e culti tebani nella poesia di Pindaro, Pisa

Otto, W.F. (1929), Die Götter Griechenlands, Bonn

Schachter, A. (1981), Cults of Boeotia, London

Tzanetou, A. (2011), City of Suppliants: Tragedy and the Athenian Empire, Austin

 

 

Sehr geehrten Damen und Herren, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
wie immer im Spätherbst veranstalten die Forschungsstelle Antike Numismatik an der WWU, das Münzkabinett am LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur / Westfälisches Landesmuseum und der Verein der Münzfreunde für Westfalen und Nachbargebiete e.V. gemeinsam den "TAG DER ANTIKEN NUMISMATIK" in Münster. In diesem Jahr treffen wir uns am am 3./4. November 2017.
Anbei finden Sie den "Call for Papers" mit der Bitte, ihn in Ihren Instituten und Institutionen auszuhängen und über Ihre Verteiler an alle Interessierten weiterzuleiten. (Mehrfachsendungen bitten wir dabei zu entschuldigen).
Viele bebilderte Berichte und weitere Informationen zu den letzten Jahren "Tag der Antiken Numismatik" finden Sie hier: http://www.uni-muenster.de/Archaeologie/numismatik/tagdernumismatik/index.html
Mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Münster, Gerd Dethlefs, Günther Gromotka, Stefan Kötz, Achim Lichtenberger, Katharina Martin und Dieter Salzmann

WWU Münster
Institut für Klassische Archäologie / ANTIKE NUMISMATIK
Domplatz 20-22
D-48143 Münster

Call for Papers für den

G & M 175 (9.3.2009) Nr. 320

12. Tag der Antiken Numismatik

in Münster am 3./4. November 2017

Am 4. November 2017 findet in Münster zum zwölften Mal der „Tag der Antiken Numismatik“ statt.

Eingeleitet wird die Veranstaltung bereits am 3. November mit dem Abendvortrag von

PD Mag. Dr. Bernhard Woytek (Wien)

Augustus, seine Enkelsöhne und die Nachwelt. Neues zu den C L CAESARES-Denaren des ersten Princeps

Veranstalter des TAN sind die Forschungsstelle Antike Numismatik an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, das Münzkabinett am LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur / West­fälisches Landes­museum sowie der Verein der Münzfreunde für Westfalen und Nachbargebiete e.V.

Tagungsorte sind der Vortragssaal im LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Domplatz 10 (Abendvortrag am 3.11.2017) sowie der Hörsaal F2 im Fürstenberghaus, Domplatz 20-22 (Tagung am 4.11.2017).

Wie in den Jahren zuvor soll die Veranstaltung u.a. Nachwuchswissenschaftlern eine Plattform bieten, um ihre neuesten Forschungen und Projekte untereinander und mit Münzfreunden zu dis­kutieren, sowie Mög­lichkeiten schaffen, den Blick auf das Material zu erweitern. Ziel ist es, die an antiken Münzen interessierten Wissenschaftler, Studierenden und Sammler zu fruchtbarem Austausch zu­sammenzubringen und Kontakte zu fördern.

Wir freuen uns über Beiträge, die universitäre Abschluss- und Qualifikationsarbeiten aus dem Bereich der Antiken Numismatik vorstellen, sowie über Präsentationen von laufenden und auch geplanten numis­matischen Projekten. Sowohl Wortbeiträge als auch Poster-Präsentationen finden ihren Platz. Ganz bewusst verzichten wir in dieser Ausschreibung wieder auf eine thematische Fokus­sierung. Der Erfolg der Veranstaltung in den letzten Jahren hat gezeigt, dass das Format mit seiner zuvor nicht planbaren Themenbreite, die die Vielfalt numismatischer Arbeit spiegelt, jedem TAN sein neues, eigenes Profil verleiht, das die Vielzahl von Gästen anspricht und damit das intendierte Miteinander von Wissen­schaft und Öffent­lichkeit fördert.

Anmeldungen von Kurzbeiträgen, Referaten oder auch Poster-Präsentationen richten Sie bitte bis zum 27. August 2017 an Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! oder Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. Nach Ab­lauf dieser Deadline werden Sie zeitnah informiert, ob Ihre Beitragsmeldung angenommen ist.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Firma Fritz Rudolf Künker KG und dem Verein der Münzfreunde für Westfalen e.V. können wir wie in den letzten Jahren dem wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs und PostDocs Reise- und Unterbringungskosten erstatten, wenn ihnen keine eigenen Reisemittel zur Verfügung stehen.

Mit Dank für Weiterleitung und herzlichen Grüßen aus Münster

Dr. Gerd Dethlefs – Günther Gromotka – Stefan Kötz, M.A. – Prof Dr. Achim Lichtenberger – Dr. Katharina Martin – Prof. Dr. Dieter Salzmann

 


 

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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Liège, Belgium, 6-12 August 2017

Call for Proposals

Für die World Humanities Conference wird um Poster-Vorschläge gebeten. Ein Entwurf des Programms ist bereits verfügbar; für aktuelle Informationen halten Sie sich bitte an http://www.humanities2017.org/en#program-section.

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
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