CFP: Fragments, Holes, and Wholes

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"Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory
and Practice"

Warsaw, Poland, 12th-14th June 2014

An international conference organized by the Scientific Committee on Ancient
Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Classical
Studies of the University of Warsaw, the Institute of Archaeology of the
University of Warsaw, and the Institute of Classical Studies of Adam
Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Invited Speakers: Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Annette Harder, Wolfgang Kaiser, Dirk
Obbink, Paul Zanker

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We are inviting scholars from all areas of Classics to an emphatically
interdisciplinary conference whose purpose is to encourage reflection on
what is the essence of classical scholarship: Fragment, Non-Completeness,
Lacuna, Absence, and the relationship of these phenomena to the Whole. The
conference is intended to reflect the broad scope of the organizing
institutions. We hope to receive proposals of original papers that will
explore various ways in which classicists approach fragmentary texts
(broadly understood) and objects. The papers may present theoretical
approaches to fragments and lacunae as well as relate the first-hand
experiences of restorers resulting from work on particular case studies
(such as literary texts, material objects, works of art, papyri and
inscriptions). Although our main preoccupation is with ancient Mediterranean
cultures (not limited to the Graeco-Roman world), we are also interested in
how the visions of later poets and artists dealt with the fragmentariness of
the ancient world, and hence we are eager to consider contributions
pertaining to the field of classical reception studies. We hope that the
conference will become a forum for established scholars as well as for those
in the earlier stages of their careers.

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250-300 word abstract
including the title to one of the email addresses given below. There will be
two types of presentations: 30-minute and 15-minute papers (please indicate
the preferred form in your proposal). If your proposal is accepted, shortly
before the conference you will be required to provide a 2-3 page summary of
your presentation, so that copies can be distributed to the participants in
order to allow them to prepare for the discussion. At the conference, each
presentation (both short and longer papers) will be followed by a 15-minute
discussion. To ensure the interdisciplinary character of the event and to
facilitate communication between the participants, there will be no parallel
sessions. We invite papers in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish,
but the working language of the conference will be English. The registration
fee for participants is 150 €; this includes meals and conference materials.
Accommodation at special reduced rates will be available to the registered
participants. We plan to publish a conference volume based on papers presented.
For registration and enquiries, please email Conference Secretary, Jan
Kwapisz (jan.kwapisz), or General Chair, Jerzy Danielewicz

The conference will be held on June 12th , 13th and 14th , 2014.
Early expressions of interest – by the end of June 2013 – are encouraged and
appreciated. If you wish to present a paper, please provide us with a
provisional title by this date.
The deadline for submitting titles and abstracts (250-300 words) is October
31st , 2013. If you wish to act as a respondent, chair a panel or otherwise
participate in the conference, please express your interest by this date (we
may be unable to offer accommodation at reduced rates to those registering
after this deadline). The conference committee will select c. 25 papers.
Authors will be notified of the result in the course of December 2013.
The 2-3 page summaries of the accepted papers will have to reach us by April
30th , 2014.

The conference will be held at the University of Warsaw.

Conference Committee
General Chair: Prof. Jerzy Danielewicz, University of Poznań
Secretary: Dr Jan Kwapisz, University of Warsaw (jan.kwapisz AT
Prof. Krystyna Bartol, University of Poznań (classical philology)
Prof. Tomasz Giaro, University of Warsaw (ancient law)
Prof. Włodzimierz Lengauer, University of Warsaw (ancient history)
Prof. Adam Łajtar, University of Warsaw (epigraphy and papyrology)
Prof. Karol Myśliwiec, Polish Academy of Sciences (archaeology)
Prof. Jakub Pigoń, University of Wrocław (classical philology)
Prof. Mikołaj Szymański, University of Warsaw (classical philology)

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