CFP: The Moon in Human Imagination

"Fly me to the moon" The moon in human imagination
University of Genova (Italy) December 12th-13th 2019

From October 2018 through December 2022, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972.

All kind of events, activities, exhibitions, seminars dedicated to celebrating the first moon landing are understandably spreading everywhere and we want to join the celebrations in our own way.

The moon has always been a source of mystery and enchantment to people of all times and has lit up our imagination for centuries: for writers and poets, the moon has been at one moment a beneficent and comforting presence offering refuge in nocturnal and idyllic landscapes, at the next a silent confidante to secret loves, but also a witness of misdeeds, crimes and mysterious adventures, as well as a power capable of generating werewolves and creatures of the night. From ancient times to modern Western art and literature, the Moon is a recurring subject of poetry and all sorts of artistic representations, an inspiration for mythologies and mysticism, the object of scientific inquiries and a crucial destination for science-­‐‑fiction fantasies. We might say that the attraction our satellite exerts on literature is at least as powerful as its pull on the tides.

The importance of the Moon as a source for the visual arts and literature in all times has long been recognized and, although the theme has been explored before, its influence is inexhaustible.

An international conference is an excellent opportunity for researchers in many different fields to keep exploring our various images of the Moon and to exchange ideas and share experiences and research methodologies.

The University of Genova, and in particular its Departments of Classics and Italian studies (DAFIST and DIRAAS), invites submissions of articles on the subject of the Moon to be presented at an international conference to be held in Genova on 12-­‐‑13 December 2019.

The deadline for submission is July 20th 20:17 UTC (date and time when the lunar module Eagle landed on the lunar surface).

Using the Moon as a source of inspiration, we invite scholars of Classical Studies, Medieval and Renaissance culture, Modern and Contemporary Literature, History and Philosophy, Music and Musicology, Cinema and Media Studies, to explore and discuss the many different ways that writers, poets, historians, artists, film makers have tried to capture the image of our satellite.

We welcome submissions from scholars at all levels of career, but especially encourage doctoral and advanced students.

Please send a brief curriculum vitae, and a proposal of approximately 500 words to,,

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • the Moon in mythology / lunar myths / the Moon and the Poets
  • the Moon in Ancient and Modern Novel and in Scientific literature
  • the Moon in Greek and Roman Literature
  • the Moon in Religion and History of religions
  • Magic of the Moon. The Moon in Magic
  • the Moon in Linguistic, Sociology etc. / Questioning the Grammar: Genre and Gender of the Moon
  • Science of the Moon / Knowledge and Science about the Moon (from Aristotle to Galileo to NASA) /. Animals and the Moon
  • Iconography of the Moon (from the ancient times to space-­‐‑age art) / Moon in Art History / Moon and Moonlight in the visual arts / Lunar landscapes / Visions of the night
  • the Moon in Science fiction, Cinema and media studies (from Verne to Hollywood)
  • Music by Moonlight: the Moon in the Music / Songs about the Moon

Submission guidelines

Authors from all over the world are invited to submit original and unpublished papers, which are not under review for any other conference or journal. All papers will be peer reviewed by the program committee and selected on the basis of their originality, significance, and methodological soundness.

Submitted abstracts can be written in Italian or English (the same goes for the papers).

The length of contributions must be between 4 and 8 pages (about 20/25-­‐‑minutes papers). Submission implies that the contributor is willing to attend the conference and present the paper.

The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you all to a fruitful conference, open discussion and networking.

Key Dates

Submission deadline for abstracts: 20 July 2019

Author notification: 30 September 2019

Conference dates: 12-­‐‑13 December 2019

Conference venue

Genoa is one of the most beautiful Italian cities and a Mediterranean seaport. It embraces different cultures and traditions from the past, combined in a unique and original architecture. Its vast old town is an intricate maze of narrow alleys extending up to the seafront of the Old Harbour. The city center boasts Medieval buildings next to rich Renaissance noble palaces (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), museums and several churches hosting important art masterpieces, in a unique cohesion of past splendor and contemporary everyday life.


(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)


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"For centuries, the study of Greek literature has been seen as the province of career academics. But Nicolson’s amateurism (in the best, etymological, sense of the word: from the Latin amare, 'to love') and globe-trotting passion for his subject is contagious, intimating that it is impossible to comprehend Homer’s poems from an armchair or behind a desk. If you’ve never read the 'Iliad' or the 'Odyssey,' or your copies have been collecting dust since college, Nicolson’s book is likely to inspire you to visit or revisit their pages."

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Sun, 12/28/2014 - 9:00pm by .

Click here to see the SCS Schedule at a Glance for the meeting in New Orleans.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Sat, 12/27/2014 - 1:55pm by Adam Blistein.

The discounted convention rate is no longer available at either of the annual meeting venues (the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott); however we have secured additional discounted rooms at Marriott’s AC Hotel New Orleans which is located at 221 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (a five-minute walk from the main hotels).  The hotel will also offer our same discounted group rate of $159 per night, plus taxes for a single (one bed) or double (two beds) hotel room.  The rate includes complimentary in room high speed Internet.  The deadline to reserve your rooms at the discounted rate is January 3, 2015. You can make a reservation directly with the Hotel by calling 1-800-228-9290 and using the group code ASAC or by requesting the AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting Discounted Room Block. You can also book via the hotel’s online system

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/26/2014 - 10:12pm by Adam Blistein.

Before everyone goes off line for the holidays, I wanted to call attention to a couple of the new features that will be in effect for the program of the upcoming Annual Meeting next month in NOLA.

The first thing is that, for the first time — ever? in a long while, anyway — the SCS and the AIA are using the same session grid. That means that, instead of (e.g.) SCS afternoon sessions starting at 1:30 and the analogous AIA sessions starting at 2:45 (as they did last year), all of the afternoon sessions will start at 1:45.

The final proofs of the paper program are being checked right now. But, in addition to the paper versions, we expect to launch a program app that will work on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as a web-based, platform-independent version. The last information I had was that we were waiting for approval from Apple before we could make the app public, so I hope it will be available very soon, if not quite in time to put it under the tree. More news as it becomes available!


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 7:01pm by .

The other day I ran across a program that was new to me. It's called "Classics in Communities," and its purpose is to support Greek and Latin teaching by offering workshops for secondary school teachers. It looks like it could be an effective form of outreach. From a conversation on Facebook, I learned about a some similar efforts in the US at the local and regional level, but I wonder whether it would make sense to try this at the national level here as well? Is that a good or a bad idea? What would it take to make it happen?

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:08am by .

Dr. Sarah Lepinski, Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be at the meeting in New Orleans and would be happy to meet with prospective applicants to any NEH funding program  -- especially those in Preservation and Access, Digital Humanities, Education, and Research. The link below provides details about setting up an appointment with her.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:01am by Adam Blistein.

Following is the schedule for the SCS Office for the next month.  Our regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

December 24, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m.
December 25-28, 2014                                   Office Closed
December 29-30, 2014                                   Office Open (see Note A)
December 31, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m. (also see Note A)
January 1-4, 2015                                           Office Closed
January 5, 2015                                              Office Open
January 6-12, 2015                                         Office Closed (see Note B)
January 13-16, 2015                                       Office Open (see Note C)
January 17-18, 2015                                       Office Closed
January 19, 2015                                            Office Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
January 20, 2015                                            Normal Operations Resume

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:00am by Adam Blistein.

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We have consulted with our colleagues at the AIA, and they have agreed to recommend its use to their members as well.  Please note that because of the new name of the Society, this is a different hashtag from the one in use in previous years.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:21pm by Adam Blistein.

Our discounted group rate of $159 has sold out at both of the annual meeting venues, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott.  Rooms at this convention rate may become available later due to cancelations; so, click on the URLs above periodically to see if this has occurred. You may also check the Sheraton or Marriott through their regular hotel web sites to see if rooms are available at a non-discounted rate.  In addition, AIA and SCS are seeking to book rooms at a reduced rate at a nearby hotel and will post relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:01pm by Adam Blistein.

From Inside Higher Ed:

As many humanities programs struggle to avoid cuts or face tough questions about job prospects for graduates, Washington University in St. Louis will launch a doctoral degree program this fall to cater to aspiring academics with interests in specific components of classical studies.

Classics department faculty members at Washington University say the program is intended to offer classics training with a twist that students can’t find elsewhere. And with two slots per year, the program won’t flood the already-tight job market with new Ph.D.-holders, said Timothy Moore, the department chair.

The university has long had a successful master’s degree program -- which will continue – in the classics, and with the addition of some new hires and new library resources acquired a couple years ago, the department started talking in 2012 about the future of its graduate program, said Moore, the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics.


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:06am by Information Architect.


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