"Philology and Empire, 1700-1900".
University of Reading
27 June 2012
The years from 1700 to 1900 are a crucial period for the development of scholarly philology and imperial expansion. This relationship between philology and empire was studied anew in the last quarter of the twentieth century, and the time seems ripe to build on these developments. We explore the findings of such scholars as Martin Bernal, Pascale Casanova, Maurice Olender, Sheldon Pollock, and Edward Said. Our focus is on the study of ancient languages, whether Greek or Sanskrit, Hebrew or Latin. We construe philology broadly: we take it to encompass more than linguistic analysis and think of philology as the study of ancient languages in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. A central feature of the conference will be its comparative framework, bringing together scholars who work on a variety of languages, literatures, and histories.
The conference is organized in conjunction with the Department of Classics (Reading) and the Network on Ancient and Modern Imperialisms.
PHILOLOGY AND EMPIRE,
1700 to 1900
Phiroze Vasunia (Reading)
“Philology for God and Country”
Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)
Chair: Katherine Harloe (Reading)
“William Gladstone and the Parrot: Latin in Nineteenth Century British West Africa”
Barbara Goff (Reading)
Chair: Esther Mijers (Reading)
1 pm to 2.15 pm
“Women, Sanskrit, and the Memories of Empire: Gender and Classical Language in the Freedom Movement of India”
Laurie Patton (Duke University)
Chair: Edith Hall (King’s College London)
“The Question of Philology in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India”
Javed Majeed (King’s College London)
Chair: Alison Donnell (Reading)
4.15 pm to 4.45 pm
Tea & coffee
4.45 pm to 5.45 pm
“Making the Grade: Classical Philology and the Totally Administered Society”
Daniel L. Selden (UC Santa Cruz)
Chair: Johannes Haubold (Durham)
5.45 pm to 6.15 pm
Response & discussion
Pedro López Barja de Quiroga (Santiago de Compostela)
and Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford)
Conference Location: Palmer Building, Room 105
There is no fee. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by writing to the organizer, Phiroze Vasunia, at p.vasunia AT reading.ac.uk.
An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Department of Classics; the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science; the Network on Ancient and Modern Imperialisms, at the University of Reading; and the Jowett Copyright Trust (Oxford).