CFP: Musical Reception

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Call for Papers
Re-creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity
A conference at the University of Iowa, October 27-29, 2011

Conference organizers: Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), Andrew Simpson (Catholic University), Greg Hand (University of Iowa)

The power of music in Greek and Roman myth to move gods, men and even inanimate objects, and the descriptions of music in the imaginative and theoretical literature of antiquity, have inspired musicians since the Middle Ages to interpret and transform the ancient experience. Composers, librettists, and song writers have responded to the passions of the ancients in every available genre and style of musical expression. This conference will explore ways that vocal and instrumental music throughout the world has received and recreated the art and culture of the Greeks and Romans. A concomitant goal of this conference is to bring together artists and scholars in many fields – classics, music, theater, film – to engage in meaningful dialogue about the ways in which classical antiquity informs and shapes their own work. Presenters whose specialty is classics are asked to emphasize musical examples in support of their arguments; specialists in music and other performing arts are requested to focus their presentations on the ancient paradigms that have influenced the music of their particular field.

Conference activities will include lectures, paper sessions, live concerts, and a screening of silent films accompanied by live music composed by Andrew Simpson. Speakers who have already committed to the project include Mary-Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz), Simon Goldhill (King’s College, Cambridge), Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Jon Solomon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Reinhard Strohm (Wadham College, Oxford). Concerts will include a performance by Iowa’s Center for New Music, and the first opera for which music survives, Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, premiered in Florence in 1600.

Scholars and artists interested in participating are asked to submit abstracts on relevant subjects that include, but need not be limited to:

• Stage music (e.g., opera, musical theater, incidental music)
• Choral and vocal music
• Instrumental music (e.g., chamber, orchestral, wind ensemble)
• Music for film, including silent film
• Electronic and digital music
• Interactive media including music
• Popular and folk music
• World (i.e., non-Western) musical responses to classical antiquity
• Social or political uses of antiquity in musical settings
• Ancient music theory and modern musical practice

The University of Iowa Classics Department’s journal Syllecta Classica will publish a collection of refereed papers from this conference. Syllecta Classica is available through Project Muse.

One-page abstracts should be sent as an electronic attachment to Professor Robert Ketterer, University of Iowa by April 15, 2011 (robert-ketterer AT

CONF: University of Reading Department of Classics Research Seminar

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University of Reading Department of Classics Research Seminar

Spring Term 2011
Wednesdays at 4 pm, Ure Museum

Jan 19
Andrew Laird (Warwick),
“Classical humanism and ethnohistory in early colonial Mexico. A Latin letter from the native rulers of Azcapotzalco to Philip II of Spain”

Jan.26 Neville Morley and Christine Lee (Bristol),
“’Thucydides as a text for hard times”
(This paper is part of the series, “The Legacy of Greek Political Thought”).

Anna Boozer (Reading)
“Beyond romanization: an archaeology of daily life in Roman Amheida, Egypt”

Alan Greaves (Liverpool)
“Mantic practice in Ionia”

Matthew Hiscock (UCL)
"The professor as oracle: Porson and the construction of academic authority

Feb. 23
Peter Parsons (Oxford),
"Kalligone in the Crimea. A new fragment of Greek fiction”

Christina Riggs (UEA),
“’Shrouds and sorrow: mourning women in Roman Egypt’”

Edith Hall (RHUL)
“Why was Euripides’ Tauric Iphigenia so popular in antiquity?”

Oriol Olesti (Barcelona),
"The Roman occupation of the Pyrennes:Cities, landscapes and gold mines"

Mar.25 (NB: Friday)
International colloquium: “The aulos in antiquity”

All are welcome. Papers are followed by refreshments and in most cases dinner with the speaker.
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CONF: Research Seminars at Kent 2010/11 – Spring Term

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Classical & Archaeological Studies

Research Seminars 2010–2011, Spring term

Thursday 27 January, 5.15 p.m., Cornwallis NW SR8

Professor Jun’ichiro Tsujita, Kyushu University, Japan

‘Romanization and State Formation: A Comparative Approach to Cultural Change in World Empires’

Tuesday 8 February, 5.15 p.m., Grimond GS8

Professor Christian Laes, Universiteit Antwerpen, Brussels

‘Learning from Silence? In search of the disabled in the Roman world’

Wednesday 23 February, 5.15 p.m., Grimond LT2

Professor Alan Bowman, University of Oxford, SECL Distinguished Lecture

‘The Economy of the Roman Empire – Boom and Bust?’

Thursday 10 March, 5.15 p.m., Cornwallis NW SR8

Dr Peter Talloen, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski, Poland

‘Cult in Pisidia. Religious Practice in Southwestern Asia Minor from the early Hellenistic until the early Byzantine period’

Tuesday 15 March, 5.15 p.m., Cornwallis NW SR 10

Dr Huw Barton, University of Leicester

‘The Cultured Rainforest: social landscapes of foragers and farmers’

Thursday 24 March, 5.15 p.m., Cornwallis NW SR8

Dr Ben Croxford, Historic Environment Records Centre, Maidstone

‘Making and breaking sculpture in Roman Britain’

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For Further information please contact Efrosyni Boutsikas (E.Boutsikas AT