CFP: Classics Goes Green (Grad)

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University of Cincinnati Classics Graduate Student Conference
April 21, 2012

Classics Goes Green:
Interactions With the Environment in the Ancient World

Keynote speaker: Prof. Jeremy McInerney
University of Pennsylvania

The relationship between mankind and the environment has long been a rich and intriguing aspect in the study of
history. Environmental changes and natural disasters have prompted cultural change and innovation. Humans have, in turn,
left their mark on the environment, altering their landscapes physically and mentally, purposely and inadvertently. From the
locations of successful cities and the effects of terracing and water engineering on the Greek landscape to Virgil’s creation of
an idealized, if not idyllic, Italy, the environment often shaped and was shaped by economic, cultural, and religious practice in
antiquity.

Landscapes and the environment have left a physical manifestation that can be directly studied through archaeological
examination. The cultural effects of the environment are also preserved in many ancient texts: for instance, ancient historians
were aware of the impact that environment, climate, or landscape might have on human events, while poets and agricultural
writers reflected on the dual nature of the environment as both hostile and life-giving, and philosophers investigated the
interrelation of man and nature. In modern scholarship, this integral connection between humans and the environment has
long been a point of discussion, and is experiencing a new surge in popularity with the increasing connection of environmental
research into classical studies.

This conference will explore how mankind conceived of and expressed its relationship with the environment, and
how this relationship can be tracked in the archaeological, documentary, or literary record. We invite submissions from all
Classics sub-fields and related disciplines, including ancient history, literature, material and visual culture, Greco-Roman and
Near Eastern religions, anthropology, and philosophy. Possible topics for presentation could include, but are not limited to,
the following:

The role of weather in shaping historical events
Landscape in archaeology, including cultural heritage management
Trash in antiquity: reuse, recycling, and rubbish
The effects of agriculture development on the landscape
Imitation (or not) of nature in architecture, material culture, and art
Cartography: controlling and organizing the “known world”
Experiences of the natural world in epic poetry
Cultural responses to local, regional, or global environmental changes

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a titled abstract of 300 words or less to
classicsgoesgreen AT gmail.com by December 2nd. Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of
your abstract in the body of the email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Notifications will be sent by
mid-November. Questions about the conference can be directed to Emilia Oddo at the same email address.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 2, 2011

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