CFP: Hercules: A Hero for All Ages

seen on the Classicists list:

International Conference, University of Leeds 24-6th June 2013

The conference aims to explore the potential for a large-scale project on
the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles in post-classical
culture. The idea arises from the recent monograph Herakles in
Routledge’s Gods and Heroes in the Ancient World series by Emma Stafford
(University of Leeds), the final chapter of which sketches Herakles-
Hercules’ development from late antiquity to the present day.

The conference will make use of the main Leeds campus’ excellent
facilities, including the Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre and comfortable
overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court. It will bring together
scholars from a wide range of disciplines – including medieval and later
European history, art history, literature, drama and music – with a view
not only to scoping the extent of Hercules’ significance as a cultural
figure, but also to provoking discussion of methodological approaches
which might inform a bigger project.

Speakers already include: Karl Galinsky (Texas), Edith Hall (KCL), Pat
Simons (Michigan), Matt Dillon (New England), Philip Ford (Cambridge),
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh), Kathleen Riley (Sydney), Paula James
(OU), Kim Shahabudin (Reading), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Greta Hawes

Contemporary writers and artists: Several practitioners will be talking
about their Hercules-related work, including: Marian Maguire (print-maker,
The Labours of Herakles), Helen Eastman (director Hercules, Chester
20120), George Rodosthenous (director Heracles’ Wife, Leeds 2010).


Proposals for papers on any aspect of the post-classical Herakles-Hercules
are welcome, for example in the following areas:

* Hercules’ appropriation by Christianity
* Hercules’ emergence in Renaissance literature and art as the type of
virtue in general, and eloquence in particular
* Hercules’ role as political emblem from the fourteenth to eighteenth
centuries, especially in various northern Italian city-states and at the
Burgundian court
* Hercules’ particular relevance to France, as supposed forefather of the
French people, role-model for kings from François I to Louis XV, and
paradoxical hero of the Revolution;
* Herculean themes in music from sixteenth-century opera to nineteenth-
century symphonic poems
* the re-working of tragedies by Sophokles and Euripides, especially on
the themes of Herakles’ death at his wife’s hands and of the frenzied
slaying of his own children, for twentieth- and twenty-first-century
* Hercules’ role in film and as a comic-book hero.

If you are interested in offering a paper, you should first e-mail Emma
Stafford (e.j.stafford AT indicating the general area you might
explore. A title and short abstract (c.250 words) will then be required
by 1st October 2012.

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