CFP: Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII

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Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII


The Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values were established as a biennial venue in which scholars
could investigate the diverse aspects of Greek and Roman values. Each colloquium focuses on a single
theme, which participants explore from a diversity of perspectives and disciplines. A collection of
papers from the first colloquium, held at Leiden in 2000, was published in 2003 under the title
‘Andreia’— Manliness and Courage in Classical Antiquity, edd. Ralph M. Rosen and Ineke Sluiter.
This was followed by Free Speech in Classical Antiquity, (2005), City, Countryside, and the Spatial
Organization of Value in Classical Antiquity (2006), KAKOS: Badness and Anti-Values in Classical
Antiquity (2008), Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity (2010), and Aesthetic Value in Classical
Antiquity (in preparation).

The topic of the seventh colloquium, to be held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, June
15-16, 2012, will be:

Valuing Antiquity in Antiquity

Short description of the topic:

The ‘classical tradition’ is no invention of modernity. Already in ancient Greece and Rome, the
privileging of the ancient over the present and future played an integral role in social and cultural
discourses of every period. In this colloquium we want to examine this temporal organization of value
and the mechanisms by which it was produced and sustained—in other words, ancient valuations of
antiquity as expressions of lived value-systems. How did specific Greek and Roman communities use
notions of antiquity to define themselves or others? What models from the past proved most
acceptable or desirable (or not) for political practice or for self-fashioning? What groups were the
main agents, or audiences, of such discourses on the value of antiquity, and what were their priorities
and their motivations? What were the differences between Roman and Greek approaches, or between
antiquarianism, genealogy, classicism, nostalgia, canonization and their opposites? How did temporal
systems for ascribing value intersect with the organization of space, the production of narrative, or the
espousal and application of aesthetic criteria?

For the seventh Penn-Leiden colloquium, we invite abstracts for papers (30 minutes) that address ‘the
past in the past’ along these lines. We hope to bring together researchers in all areas of classical
studies, including literature, philosophy, linguistics, history, and visual and material culture, and hope
to discover the significant points of intersection and difference between these areas of focus.

Selected papers will be considered for publication by Brill Publishers. Those interested in presenting a
paper are requested to submit a 1-page abstract, by email (preferable) or regular mail, by Friday
November 18th, 2011.

Contact (please copy both with email correspondence):

Dr. Christoph Pieper
Classics Department
University of Leiden
P.O.Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Email: c.pieper TA
Phone: +31 (71) 527 2673

Prof. James Ker
Department of Classical Studies
University of Pennsylvania
201 Cohen Hall
Philadelphia PA 19104-6304
Email: jker TA
Phone: +1 (215) 898 3027

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