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Keynote Speakers: Dr. Aryeh Kosman, Haverford College
Dr. Grace Ledbetter, Swarthmore College
Scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates are encouraged to submit their work in any area of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and cognate fields (e.g., rhetoric, political theory, medicine, history). Special consideration will be given to authors working or living in Pennsylvania. We especially welcome submissions from members of underrepresented populations within philosophy.This year the conference will be hosted at Villanova University.
The Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy (PCAP) aims to foster a community of scholars committed to the study of ancient philosophy. To this end, PCAP provides the opportunity for Pennsylvania graduate students and faculty to meet and present papers at its annual conference. Additionally, PCAP organizes other events throughout the year, including workshops, intensive seminars, and group translation projects.
Guide for the submission abstracts:
There are four types of submissions accepted for this conference:
2019 Ohio State Classics Graduate Colloquium
A Crucible of Cultures: Cultural Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean
In the wake of Hordern and Purcell’s The Corrupting Sea, there has been a renewed interest in studying the cultures of the Mediterranean as part of an integrated whole rather than in isolation. The annual OSU Classics Graduate Colloquium invites papers on a range of topics that explore the interconnections between peoples in and around the Mediterranean in the ancient world broadly conceived (Bronze Age to Byzantium/Carolingian Renaissance). Since most research has focused on relatively narrow archaeological concerns, we encourage papers that attempt to tackle big picture questions. Broad categories might include:
This is a final reminder to check the preliminary program for our upcoming Annual meeting.
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Please email any corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org by end-of-day, October 26th.
Keynote Speakers: Brooke Holmes (Princeton), Katherine Blouin (Toronto)
The recent popularity of the notion of “the Anthropocene” reflects a growing recognition that human societies and their natural environments radically and reciprocally shape and influence one another. Additionally, there is a looming sense that the ecological conditions under which humankind has thrived for millennia are about to undergo a set of epochal transformations. Speculations about the near-future range from optimistic to pessimistic extremes. Will there be a collective and self-conscious effort to re-shape civilization as we have known it, or a total extinction of life on earth? In either case, humanity faces an unprecedented crisis.
This crisis provides a novel horizon of meaning for the interpretation of human society and culture, past as well as present. The task of rethinking traditional categories such as history, culture, individuality, and nature, has become both possible and necessary. In many disciplines this work is already underway.
What is popular culture in the ancient world? How can we study it? Why should we study it? In recent years the discipline of Classical Studies has sought to move away from its traditionally elite bias and broaden investigation of the ancient world to include popular culture. From Johann Gottfried Herder’s work on folk songs in the 18th century to Lucy’s Grig’s recent edited volume, the “popular” has been variously defined: as folk culture located in the rural tradition; as mass culture in urbanized centers; as the opposite of “high” or “literate” culture; and as unauthorized culture expressed as resistance. One of the aims of this conference is to discuss the validity of such definitions for the Classical world.
EAGLE, the Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, was conceived in 1997 by the Italian Epigrapher Silvio Panciera (1933–2016). Based at Sapienza — Università di Roma, it appeared under the aegis of the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL) and an international steering committee. The site launched in 2003, with the goal of providing a gateway for the search of all Greek and Latin inscriptions.
It began with a collaboration of four major databases of Roman inscriptions. Briefly:
Mediterranean Connections – How the Sea Links People and Transforms Identities
Session 7 of the International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics VI (organized by the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” and the Collaborative Research Centre 1266 “Scales of Transformation”)
Friday, October 19: morning (Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall 612)
1. Weapons, Good to Think With (9:30-11 am)
- Christine Mauduit (ENS), “Around the Sword: Some Thoughts about Ajax’s Suicide”
- Deborah Steiner (Columbia), "Arms and the Symposion”
- Camille Rambourg (ENS), "Exploring the Question of Responsibility: The Javelin of Antiphon's Second Tetralogy"
- Peter van Alfen (ANS), "Arms and Armor in archaic coins"
Coffee Break (11-11:30 am)
2. Arms, Culture, Religion (11.30 am-1 pm)
- Ellen Morris (Barnard), "Daggers, Militarism, and the Evolving Culture of Death on the Nile in the Second Millennium BCE"
- Cléo Carastro (EHESS), "Greek Trophies: War and its Dead"
- Christophe Goddard (CNRS), "Arms in Religion, Religions in Arms in Late Antiquity"
- Pierre Terjanian (MMA), "Armor as Votive Gift: Devotion and Self-Representation in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe”
Lunch Break (1-2:30 pm)
What is the role of graphic novels in teaching the ancient world to students? Prof. Chris Trinacty addresses this question and reviews two recent additions to the genre: Rome West and The Hero (Book Two).
Two recent graphic novels touch upon the ancient world in fascinating ways. The first, Rome West, by Justin Giampaoli, Brian Wood, and Andrea Mutti provides an alternative history of the world predicated on the idea that a lost legion of Roman soldiers make landfall in North America in the year 323 CE. The second, The Hero, published by Dark Horse Comics in two volumes is a creative take on Heracles’ Twelve Labors that offers a mash-up of modern celebrity culture, science fiction tropes, ancient archetypes of heroism, and the visual iconography of Heracles especially from Greece vase painting.