Conference: (Re)Ordering the Gods. The Mythographic Web through Times

(Re)Ordering the Gods. The Mythographic Web through Times

Warburg Institute, 25-26 November 2021

Free online workshop (register HERE for the Zoom link)

Organiser: Céline Bohnert (U. Reims, Warburg Institute Visiting Fellow)

Names and epithets, historical facts, rituals and monuments, textual fragments, plants and places: these are samples of the wide material that the mythographic tradition deals with. How do we organise it? What data to choose, how to present it and what for? This workshop will question the different forms of mythographic compilation. Many of them baffle our sense of order and classification and it is tempting to qualify them as confused bundles. But, by orchestrating the collection of ancient texts and/or images and thus arranging different circulations in the treasure of ancient knowledge, mythographies present themselves as creative enterprises. Could we argue that compilation is a form of thought inherent in mythological creation, even in its artistic forms? Homer's poems are based on different modes of assemblage and were immediately received as a mythographic encyclopaedia.

By visiting some of the compilation models developed since Antiquity, we will interrogate the ways in which they give new meanings to the ancient pantheon. Poetics, iconology, hermeneutic and anthropology are intimately linked here. How could we describe the forms of mythographic compilation? What mental procedures underlie them? What intellectual operations do they require of their users? To what extent a conception of the order of things can be read through their specific arrangement of data, how do they reflect a specific state of culture? These issues will be raised through images, texts, and artefacts. Although these domains obey their own logic, an important part of the mythographic production is found at their interface.

PROGRAMME (UK time / GMT):

Thursday, November 25th

13:40 - Welcome & Introduction

14:00 - François Lissarrague (EHESS): ‘Ordering Herakles' and Theseus deeds: two pictorial cycles’. Q&A

15:00 - Charles Delattre (Univ. Lille): 'Mythography as visual art? From the compilation of data to their representation in the mythographic treatises of Palatinus Graecus 398'. Q&A

16:00 - Short break

16:30 - Frank Coulson (Ohio State University): 'Cataloguing the medieval Latin commentaries on Ovid's Metamorphoses:  Problems and Perspectives'. Q&A

17:30 - Lorenza Gay (Independant Scholar): '"Selon l'istorial matiere" Depictions and Interpretations of the Greco-Roman Gods in Late Medieval French Illuminated Manuscripts: Building Meaning(s) in Texts and Images from the Ovide moralisé to Christine de Pizan'. Q&A

Friday, November 26th

15:00 - Elisa Sani (Courtauld Institute): 'Feasting with the Gods: Ancient mythology on Italian Renaissance ceramics'. Q&A

16:00 - Short break

16:30 - *Françoise Graziani (Univ. Corte): ‘La reconfiguration mythographique : un système complexe en acte'. Q&A

17:30 - Agnès Guiderdoni (Univ. Louvain, FNRS): 'From Mythography to Iconology: Images of the Gods Reordered by Jean Baudoin (Conti, Mythologie, 1627)'. Q&A

*English translation of this paper will be provided.

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We've extended the deadline for the SCS Outreach Prize to September 27, 2021.

The annual Outreach Prize of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), a prize of $300, recognizes an outstanding project or program by an SCS member or members that makes available and accessible an aspect of classical antiquity to an audience other than Classics scholars or students at their home institutions.

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Experiencing Space: Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VIII

Tampere, August 17-19, 2022 (in person/hybrid conference)

The focus of the Passages conference series lies on society and the history of everyday life. This time we are concentrating on the social construction and experiences of space, aiming to understand how it affected social frameworks, built communities and shaped individual lives. The “Spatial Turn” has directed scholars’ interest towards the interconnection between communities, individuals and space, but larger comparisons between eras and cultures are still mainly missing. We aim to approach space as an analytical tool, “experience” offering a novel conceptual method for the study in this field.

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Call for Papers:

Horror vacui: Fear of Space in the Ancient World

Biennial Classics Graduate Student Conference

Conducted virtually via Zoom

New York University

November 5th, 2021

Keynote: Amy Russell (Brown University)

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Res Difficiles 2022

Organizers:              Hannah Čulík-Baird (Boston University) and

Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington)

Date:                          Friday, May 20, 2022

Abstract Deadline:  Friday, January 3, 2021

Platform:                    Webinar

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The Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities initiative (AnWoMoCo), launched by the SCS in 2019 as the Classics Everywhere initiative, supports projects that seek to engage broader publics — individuals, groups, and communities — in critical discussion of and creative expression related to the ancient Mediterranean, the global reception of Greek and Roman culture, and the history of teaching and scholarship in the field of classical studies. As part of this initiative, the SCS has funded 111 projects, ranging from school programming to reading groups, prison programs, public talks and conferences, digital projects, and collaborations with artists in theater, opera, music, dance, and the visual arts. The initiative welcomes applications from all over the world. To date, it has funded projects in 25 states and 11 countries, including Canada, UK, Italy, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and India.

This post centers on two projects that employ Greek and Roman literature in innovative ways to deal with contemporary issues. The first project draws inspiration from Euripides’ Trojan Women to facilitate the expression and sharing of intense experiences between students in the University of California and female prisoners, while the second project adapts Ovid’s Metamorphoses in a one-woman show that explores the role of women in our post #MeToo era.

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QUEEN: REIMAGINING POWER FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT

A virtual symposium hosted by the Gallatin School of Individualize Study

Ancient queens established a powerful public presence through visual and material culture, and their legacies continue to shape and impact the ways we express ideas about race, gender, and identity.

QUEEN: REIMAGINING POWER FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT is an interdisciplinary, virtual symposium hosted by NYU Gallatin on September 23-24, 2021. This symposium integrates scholarly and creative knowledge production from different perspectives that broaden the stakes and widen the impact of historical work. The symposium will model collaborative, critical, and public approaches to history and art by including the expertise of students, artists, performers, and educators beyond the university alongside the work of scholars and curators. Spanning two days, the symposium comprises seven panel discussions, five keynote talks, one performance, and an interactive website featuring public engagement, student work, and more.

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XR and the Humanities: Virtual Education in the 21st Century

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