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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Newberry Library Fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs. Applicants may apply for both Long- and Short- Term Fellowships within one academic year. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Newberry’s online catalog and collection guides before applying.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year.  For more information, visit our website: www.newberry.org/fellowships

Long-Term Fellowships (Deadline: December 1, 2014).  Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities. Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application in order to eligible. Applicants may apply for 4 to 12 months of support, with a stipend of $4,200 per month. For more information, including a list of available Long-Term Fellowships, please visit www.newberry.org/long-term-fellowships.

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The Vergilian Society has published its list of tours to take place in Summer 2015

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:55pm by Adam Blistein.

Bella Vivante will lead this tour from July 13-28, 2015.  This Greek theatrical tour, in English, will explore in place the physical and dramatic origins of theatre in Ancient Greece. We will:

  • Visit ancient theatre sites and learn the principles of their construction.
  • Read select ancient Greek plays in English and explore ancient theatrical production.
  • View performances of ancient Greek plays, some in ancient theatres such as Epidauros, and discuss the elements of their modern productions.
  • Meet with contemporary Greek dramatists to discuss stagings of ancient Greek plays.
  • Give our own reading/performance in an ancient theatre.
  • Have time to relax, experience Greek culture, and savor scrumptious Greek food and drink!

We will visit sites and museums and view performances in and around our 2 bases of Athens and Nauplion.  The tour will include in Greece

  • Services of HERC (Hellenic Educational & Research Center)
  • Lodging: quality hotels w/ breakfasts
  • In-country travel: private, luxury buses
  • Museum & site entry fees
  • Performance tickets

For further information, write to: bvivante4@gmail.com

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Our colleagues at the American Classical League have sent us this message:   

On Saturday September 27, the ACL/JCL/ETC Office is moving. Its new address will be:

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The ACL's phone number and fax number, will remain the same:  513-529-7741 (phone) 513-529-7742 (fax).  During this period it may take us longer to process orders and respond to your messages. We will be transitioning phone service on Monday, Sept. 29; so, it may be best to email on Monday.  Once we are settled, we will create a 'virtual visit' so that you can see our new home.

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In July’s column, I drew out some thematic similarities between the January 2014 movie The Legendary Hercules starring Kellan Lutz and the July 2014 movie Hercules (henceforth “Rockules”) starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  In this month’s column, I discuss Rockules as an adaptation of Steve Moore’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars comic books.

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Congratulations to SCS member (and Outreach Prize winner) Rob Ketterer of the University of Iowa who has received the Newberry Library—American Musicological Society Short Term Fellowship for 2014-15 to use the Library's resources for his project Early Opera, Ancient History, and European Relations with the Ottoman Empire.

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The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is now offering a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ancient Languages.  The certificate is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate degree and who would like to strengthen their language training in order to pursue graduate or advanced study in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Egyptology, Historical Linguistics, Ancient Philosophy. 

More information at http://cams.la.psu.edu/news/ancient-languages-2013-a-new-post-baccalaureate-certificate-at-penn-state

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