Conference: Genre of Hymn in Antiquity

Online Conference: “The Genre of Hymn in Antiquity”

The Department of Greek Philology at the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece, Komotiniorganizes the First International Online Conference “The Genre of Hymn in Antiquity” to be held from October 22nd to 24th 2021 via ZOOM. 

Many definitions of “Hymn” oblige to start with the discussion on hymnodic genres, their norms and their transgressions, their transformations through subversion, transposition and combination with other genres. After Todorov’s statement “there has never been a literature without genres”, and this is so because a literary genre has its origin in human discourse, every genre arises like any speech act from the codification of discursive properties. Unlike other genres, however, the Hymn overtly fulfills a focused mission that appears to be of outmost importance both for the individual and the community and stems from the original identification of any act of singing (ἀείδειν) with praising (ὑμνεῖν). It is with Plato that a distinction between song for a mortal and song for a god came afore and was further developed in systematic categorizations in the late literary criticism (Menander, Proclus). Even so, the Hymn remains a speech act that explores different generic features, and takes all possible forms and performative modes. Despite similarities there is a huge variety in the way each Hymn, i.e., each hymnographer, selects its particular modes of praising and this opens a vast territory of interpretative approaches. Much scholarly attention has been deployed to defining the typology, the narratological aspects, the social parameters and the different attitudes towards the honored deities, the relationship to cult practice and to the local or panhellenic character of praising.

 

This conference seeks to bring together specialists on the hymnic genre in its multiple categories and forms. We envisage the conference as offering a series of independent yet mutually illuminating contributions from a wealth of approaches adopted towards the topic. We welcome different interpretative approaches according the various hymnic media, sociological, religious or even psychological topics and the cultural implications of hymnic poetry.

 

Confirmed Speakers: Peter Agόcs (London) – Luigi Battezzato (Pisa) – Claude Calame (Paris/Lausanne) – Teresa-Adele Cozzoli (Rome) – Christopher Faraone (Chicago) – George Gazis (Durham) – Zina Giannopoulou (Irvine, CA) – Flora P. Manakidou (Komotini) – Anastasia Maravela (Oslo) – Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Thessaloniki) – Georgia Petridou (Liverpool) – Polyxeni Strolonga (Athens) – Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma (Wroclaw) – Maria Vamvouri (Zurich) – Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge).

Session ChairsBenjamin Acosta-Hughes (The Ohio State University)Marco Fantuzzi (University of Roehampton)Andrew Faulkner (University of Waterloo)Andrew Ford (Princeton University)Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace)

Please visit the Conference official website at:

https://helit.duth.gr/conference-hymns-classics2021/

Everyone is welcome: no fee is required, but registration is mandatory.

For your registration, please follow the link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqcumtpj4oHtyISJu23osmXWJeCmpwWWro

All those who register will be provided with the link(s), the password(s), and all the necessary technical information in order to participate in the Conference online. 

For further information on the event or request, please contact hymns.classics2021@gmail.com

On behalf of the Scientific and the Organizing Committees,

Best regards,

Flora P. Manakidou and Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi

 

Conference Scientific Committee: Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace), Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

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Conference Organizing Committee: Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace), Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Ioannis Petropoulos (Democritus University of Thrace), Georgios Tsomis (Democritus University of Thrace)

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Saturday, February 26, 2022 

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Call for Proposals – Symposium Cumanum 2022

The Vergilian Society seeks proposals for the twenty-eighth annual Symposium Cumanum, to take place at the Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, Italy in late June 2022. We will consider a proposal on any theme pertaining to Vergil and his times, although preference may be given to a subject that has not been treated recently. Descriptions of previous symposia can be found on the Vergilian Society website, at https://www.vergiliansociety.org/symposium_cumanum/

Each proposal should be prepared by the person who is intending to direct the symposium, or by the lead person if co-directors are envisioned.  The successful director will have logistical assistance from the Vergilian Society’s Italian staff and from the executive committee; a set of guidelines is available to assist in planning.

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Young man with a volumen, fresco from Pompeii, 1st c.C.E., Naples.

Our fifth interview in the Contingent Faculty Series is a virtual conversation between Dr. Taylor Coughlan and Dr. Daniel Libatique.  Dr. Libatique is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross, from which he received his undergraduate degree and where he has taught since 2018. Daniel received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 2018, and his research interests include Augustan literature, Greek drama, gender politics and sexuality, reception studies, and student-centered pedagogy. In his research, Daniel’s approaches to texts often leverage various modern theoretical frameworks, including narratology and performance theory. His publications investigate topics like the cultural reception of Ovid in our modern #MeToo era, the creation of a Latin curriculum based on morphological and syntactic frequencies in real Latin texts, and attributions of speech in the fragments of Sophocles’ Tereus. Daniel is also heavily involved in the application of digital humanities to the study of Classics and is currently working with his colleagues at Holy Cross to restructure their introductory Greek curriculum. For more of Daniel’s work, check out his website.

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We are pleased to announce the programme of our upcoming conference on ‘Reflections on Language in Early Greece’ that will take place on-line via Zoom on 1st-3rd September 2021. To obtain the zoom details, please register at https://newcastleuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdO-uqzwsEtCNY8qTfKAbs9cvCEPsZr17.

Please note that all times are GMT+1 (UK time).

 

 

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AIA and SCS have been working on detailed plans for our 2022 joint Annual Meeting based on the results of our recent survey. Since 60% of respondents expressed a preference for a hybrid meeting, we are planning for our first ever hybrid conference in January 2022. This means speakers will be able to present in person in San Francisco or remotely in each session, and attendees will be able to attend sessions in the hotel or virtually. This is an ambitious undertaking and some elements of the conference cannot easily have a hybrid format; for example, social events will need to be either in person or virtual. However, we aim to make the meeting as hybrid as is feasible given logistics, costs, and staff capacity.  We anticipate a two-tier scale of registration rates, with virtual attendance costing less than in person attendance. There are many details still to be worked out, so please bear with us and we will update you later this Summer and in the Fall.

Members who made submissions to the SCS program committee this spring can expect to receive notification emails about the program committee’s decisions within the next few days.

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Today marks half a year since insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, occupied the Senate chamber, violently assaulted Capitol Police defending the building, and threatened to assassinate the then-Vice President and other elected officials. In recent days, the House of Representatives has approved a plan for a formal investigation — on partisan lines, after Senate Republicans previously blocked the passage of a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission approved by the House in a bipartisan vote.

We mustn’t forget the assault on the peaceful transition of power, on the foundations of American democracy itself. And we shouldn’t forget that the insurrection is tied up with racist receptions of ancient Greece and Rome. Some insurrectionists came in Greek or Roman-themed cosplay, after all, and the right has long had a dangerous fascination with Sparta.

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Call for Papers 

Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques (FIEC)

XVI International Conference, 1–5 August 2022
 

Mexico City 

(Virtual Meeting Format) 

Hesperides Sponsored Session 

"Hesperian Transformations: New Approaches to the Classical Tradition" 

Proposal Deadline: July 12, 2021 

  

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the Delphic oracle as interpreted by Anton van Dale in the 1700 edition of his book De oraculis veterum ethnicorum dissertationes duae

Joseph Fontenrose’s The Delphic Oracle (1978) fundamentally reshaped how we think about Greek oracular divination today. In this book, he argued that the literary evidence for ambiguous verse oracles emanating from Delphi is incommensurate with the epigraphic record. In the Histories, an early and prominent source of oracular lore, Herodotus often quotes vague or ambiguous prophetic verses of the Delphic priestesses that point toward unexpected and ironic moments of fulfillments: the “great empire” that Croesus toppled was, unfortunately, his own (1.86.1). Most inscriptions, however, report oracular pronouncements simply as clear statements of fact: “… it is better [for the Praxiergidai] to put the peplos on [the goddess]…” (Sokolowski, LSCG 15). Fontenrose reasoned that the inscriptions were the more reliable witnesses and concluded from his comparison that most of the famous stories about oracles in works of ancient historiography like Herodotus’ were ahistorical.

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We are pleased to announce Plato 2022, an interdisciplinary workshop that will investigate the contemporary relevance of Plato’s ethical and political thought. The workshop will be held virtually on June 9-10, 2022. We welcome papers on Plato’s ethical and political thinking and encourage submissions that relate to contemporary events. 

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Do you teach ancient history, Latin, or any aspect of the ancient world within humanities courses at a community college? Join other community college faculty for the inaugural meeting of a new group convened by the Society for Classical Studies. You can sign up here for the virtual meeting on Thursday July 15, 2021 at 4pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 1pm PDT and also use the form to suggest topics of interest for discussion. Registered attendees will receive the zoom link on July 14th, 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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