CFP: Failure and Flaws in Classical Antiquity

CFP: Failure and Flaws in Classical Antiquity
January 25-26, 2019, UCLA
 
In the poem “Failing and Flying”, Jack Gilbert appeals to classical imagery to reconfigure the notion of failure: “Icarus was not failing as he fell,” the poem concludes, “but only coming to the end of his triumph.” Throughout antiquity, numerous forms of literary and material culture, as well as forms of reception, have grappled with real or imagined failure and flaws. The concept of failure is especially pressing because modern society persistently looks back to antiquity’s failures in order to understand its own. By interrogating the use and meaning of failure both within classical works and in discussions about canon, genre, and reception, we aim to explore the interpretive value of failure for our understanding of the classical world.
 
The graduate students of the Department of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are pleased to announce the forthcoming graduate conference “Failure and Flaws in Classical Antiquity”, which will take place January 25-26, 2019 at UCLA. The conference will feature a keynote address by Emily Greenwood (Professor of Classics, Yale University) on “Failure and Attribution: The Ethics and Politics of Reading Classical Failure.” Graduate students in Classics and related fields are welcome to submit proposals for papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following themes:
 
  • Intentional failure: failure as a deliberate philosophical, rhetorical, or artistic strategy.
  • Consciousness of potential failure in antiquity: the anxiety of ancient authors and artists about living up to their predecessors.
  • Literary treatments of failure: thwarted love, flawed characters, fruitless wanderings.
  • Failures of language and perception.
  • Failures of genre: texts or objects considered flawed or “less than” examples of a genre.
  • Modern and ancient reinterpretations of canonical texts or material objects as failing in some way.
  • Misapplications or appropriations of antiquity throughout history.
     
Please submit abstracts of approximately 300 words as a .pdf to gradconference2019@gmail.com by no later than October 15th, 2018. Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Please include your name and contact details in the submission email but do not include any identifying markers (name, affiliation) in the abstract itself. Applicants will be notified of their status approximately a month after the deadline. Further information will be available at gradconference2019.wordpress.com.
 
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We are pleased to announce that a special issue of EPEKEINA (International Journal of Ontology. History and Critics) dealing with the Roman conception of time and cultural history is now available at:

http://www.ricercafilosofica.it/epekeina/index.php/epekeina

The title chosen for the whole volume is “Evil, Progress, and Fall: Moral Readings of Time and Cultural Development in Roman Literature and Philosophy”, since most of the contributions pertain to the Section “Latin Philosophy and Culture”, edited by Rosa Rita Marchese and Fabio Tutrone. However, this issue also hosts thematically different sections, such as the Proceedings of a conference on Latin Platonism recently held in Cardiff. Articles are in English, Italian and German, and can be dowloaded as PDF files.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either Fabio Tutrone (fabio.tutrone@unipa.it) or Rosa Rita Marchese (ritamarchese@neomedia.it)

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Aquila Theatre’s Youstories & the Center for Ancient Studies at NYU Present Warstories: Ancient And Modern Narratives Of War on Tuesday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day, 2014.  The program for the event is as follows:

Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Avenue, 11 am-12 pm
11:00 am Gallery Talk: Stories of War and Homecoming in Classical Drama and Art,

Hemmerdinger Hall, 31 Washington Place – NYU, 1 pm-9 pm
1:00 pm  - “A Presentation of Veteran Artworks,” Society of Artistic Veterans

5:30 pm – “Welcome,” Matthew S. Santirocco, Senior Vice Provost, Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies and Peter Meineck, Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, NYU

“Opening Address: Telling Who We Are,” Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU

Aquila Theatre Presents scenes from “A Female Philoctetes” Based on Sophocles

“Response, ” Nancy Sherman, University Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Audience Discussion, Moderated by Nancy Sherman and Peter Meineck

Reception

For more information, contact aquila@aquilatheatre.com or (914) 401-9494.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:37pm by Adam Blistein.
Click here to read about a special event taking place at the annual meeting on Thursday evening January 8:  a performance of Anne Carson's Antigonick directed by the author.
View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:17pm by Adam Blistein.

From ASU News: "Libraries have always bridged past and present, preserving and innovating. To lead ASU’s libraries in a transformative time, Arizona State University has today named James J. O’Donnell, former Georgetown provost, classicist and pioneer in emerging digital technologies, to the post of university librarian. O’Donnell will fill the position vacated by Sherrie Schmidt, who retired as university librarian on June 30, after 20 years of leadership. O’Donnell will also be a professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His appointment takes effect Feb. 3, 2015."

View full article. | Posted in Member News on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:59am by Information Architect.
Click here to read about air and train travel to New Orleans as well as transportation between the meeting hotels and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:51am by Adam Blistein.

Every year the Women’s Classical Caucus presents three awards, recognizing excellence in the following categories:

   1. an article (book chapter, etc.) published in the three calendar years prior to the nominating year given in honor of Barbara McManus: $250

   2. an oral paper presented at a major conference in the year prior to 30 June of the nominating year by a pre-Ph.D. scholar (ca. 20 minutes in length as delivered): $150

   3. an oral paper presented at a major conference in the year prior to 30 June of the nominating year by a post-Ph.D. scholar (ca. 20 minutes in length as delivered): $150

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:01pm by Adam Blistein.

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The deadline for the nation-wide Rome Prize competition is 1 November 2014.  Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November 2014 for an additional fee.

Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters)
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts
  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies

Rome Prize recipients are generally invited to Rome for eleven months (some design fellowships are six months and some pre-doctoral art history fellowships are two years).

The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome.  Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:08pm by Adam Blistein.

Anchoring Innovation is the new research agenda of OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands. This agenda was developed with the financial support of Leiden University, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Amsterdam and University of Groningen. It looks at innovation processes in various domains, including politics, religion, architecture, literature, linguistics and technology, in classical antiquity. The concept of “anchoring” refers to the many different ways in which people connect new developments and initiatives in these domains with the old, the familiar and traditional. Discourse-cohesion, intertextuality, memory studies, architectural transitions can be considered examples of ‘anchoring innovation’. To help us implement this research agenda we are currently looking for 4 PhD students and 4 postdocs:

Radboud University Nijmegen 1 PhD candidate Greek / Latin
1 PhD candidate Ancient History / Classical Archaeology 1 Postdoc Latin, 1.0 fte, 3 years
1 Postdoc Roman Archaeology, 1.0 fte, 3 years

University of Groningen
1 Postdoc Greek / Latin, 1.0 fte, 3 years
1 Postdoc Ancient History, 1.0 fte, 3 years

Leiden University
1 PhD candidate Latin

University of Amsterdam
1 PhD candidate Greek

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‘Myths of the Mediterranean’ is an international conference at the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (Cannes, France), November 29–30, 2014, organized by Fabian Meinel & Katia Schoerle.  It aims to provide a broad perspective on the place and function of myth in Graeco-Roman antiquity and beyond, focusing in particular on transfers and transformations of myth as a tool to negotiate crucial sociocultural questions. The conference is targeted at both academic and lay audiences.

The conference will begin with the place of myth in Homer. After a look at the dissemination of myth across the ancient Mediterranean and its role in classical Athens, it will inquire about the transformations of myth in Rome and, fast-forwarding, the 19th and 20th century. Classical myth found particular resonance in different modern contexts such as fin-de-siècle Vienna and post-war France, which used myth for their own political agendas. The concluding section brings in a different, and entirely contemporary, perspective, looking at ‘myths’ in current perceptions of Mediterranean societies.

The conference programme is available at www.mouginsmusee.com/news/2014/09/myths-of-the-mediterranean

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:04pm by Adam Blistein.

The Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique (SIBC), the not-for-profit organization that oversees the publication of L’Année, has reorganized. Rather than giving one office editorial control over the others, all offices will now have editorial control over the content that they produce. SIBC will also form an editorial board to oversee the production of each volume, with an editor to ensure consistency and quality control. Dr. Lisa Carson, Director of the American Office of L’Année, will be the SCS representative on the editorial board.

The French Office of L’Année is changing.  CNRS has withdrawn from the project, and the University of Lille (3) will establish a new one beginning in 2015.

L'Année philologique on the Internet now covers 87 years of classical bibliography with volumes 1 (1924-1926) to 83 (2012).  As of the end of July 2014, 17,000 records from volume 83 (2012) had been posted online.  Because of the withdrawal of CNRS from the project, publications from France and other countries for which the French Office is responsible are momentarily not included.  However, both SIBC and the new French Office at the University of Lille will strive to deal with any backlog in indexing as quickly as possible. 

The online version of L’Année has the following new features:

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