CFP: Graffiti and Their Supports (ASGLE Panel @ APA 2014)

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CALL FOR PAPERS
2014 ASGLE APA Panel
January 2-5, 2014, Chicago, IL
Graffiti and Their Supports: Informal Texts in Context

Organized by John Bodel

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2-5, 2014, in Chicago on the topic "Graffiti and Their Supports: Informal Texts in Context."
Graffiti, even more than other inscriptions, are tied to their physical settings-the objects on which they are written, the places where they are displayed, or the spatial relationship they bear to other writings or drawings on the same surfaces. As the recent collection of essays edited by J. A. Baird and C. Taylor, Ancient Graffiti in Context (2011), well demonstrates, not only wall inscriptions from Pompeii but also graffiti and dipinti of various types in myriad contexts from across the ancient Mediterranean world provide evidence of writing practices and written cultures understudied and poorly documented that have seldom been investigated comparatively and for which even local contextualization has in many cases scarcely begun. The sociology of graffiti production and consumption and the cultural history of informal public writing have been productively explored in research on modern graffiti (e.g. N. Macdonald, The Graffiti Subculture, 2002; J. Austin, Taking the Train, 2001; J. Oliver and T. Neal, Wild Signs, 2010), but few inroads have been made into these areas in study of the ancient world.

The aim of this panel is to advance this line of inquiry by soliciting papers that consider ancient Greek and Latin graffiti and other forms of informal writing in context, broadly conceived to include not only physical but also scriptural or visual context. Studies that approach the subject comparatively or theoretically or that examine graffiti as manifestations of particular writing practices are especially welcome. Topics of investigation might include, but are not limited to: the interaction of text and image; “dialogic†graffiti; self-referential graffiti or those that refer to their supports; literacy and popular culture; temporality (ephemerality or permanence); and read-ership and reception.

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the ASGLE Executive Committee and should not be longer than 500 words (bibliography excluded). Please follow the APA Instructions for Abstract Authors and include the ASGLE Abstract Submission Form with your abstract. The abstract should be sent electronically as a MS Word document and the Abstract Submission Form as a PDF by February 1, 2013 to: John Bodel, Vice-President, ASGLE at john_bodel AT brown.edu. All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. Authors submitting abstracts must be APA members in good standing.

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