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Ovid and the Constructed Visual Environment

The International Ovidian Society invites abstract submissions for a panel on Ovid and the Constructed Visual Environment, which it will sponsor at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the SCS in Chicago.

Throughout his works, Ovid persistently incorporates the activity of viewing as a poetic subject, and evokes his audience’s experience as viewers of art works, spectacles, and landscapes.   For this panel we invite contributions that investigate the dialogue between Ovidian poetry and the visual arts from both sides:  How might readers’ cultural training as spectators and viewers contribute to their understanding of Ovid’s texts, and how might readings of Ovid affect how  various audiences respond to and populate their visual environment?  While this is a familiar topic in Ovidian studies, it is also a fundamental one, and subject to repeated transformation through new approaches to the study of ancient art and performance.

The International Ovidian Society was formed in 2019 and holds the status of Affiliated Group of the SCS.  Among the Society’s greatest purposes are to encourage future scholarship on Ovid, to support younger scholars and new work in Ovid, and to reach out beyond Classics to scholars in other fields, as well as to performers and artists, who do significant work related to Ovid and Ovidian reception.

Send questions to the co-organizers, Andrew Feldherr (feldherr@princeton.edu) and Teresa Ramsby (tramsby@umass.edu).

Please send an abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to lfulkerson@fsu.edu by March 1, 2020, listing the title of this panel as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author, but the email message should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation.  Abstracts must be 650 words or fewer and follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts (https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts), but should include works cited at the end of the document, not in a separate text box.  Submissions will be reviewed by third-party referees, who will make final selections by April 1.

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