Prolepsis Postgraduate Conference: “Optanda erat oblivio” Selection and Loss in Ancient and Medieval Literature

“Optanda erat oblivio” Selection and Loss in Ancient and Medieval Literature

University of Bari, 20th-21st December 2018

Confirmed keynote speaker: Tiziano Dorandi (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Paris)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its third international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the mechanisms of selection and loss in ancient and Medieval literary and historical texts. “Optanda erat oblivio” Seneca writes in benef. 5. 25. 2, referring to Tiberius’ wish for forgetfulness. We would like to use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues related to memory and oblivion in ancient and Medieval texts. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

●             Palimpsests.

●             Virtual palimpsests (intertextuality, texts survived in translations, paraphrases and quotations).

●             Material losses in the manuscript tradition.

●             Selection criteria.

●             Places of loss and finding.

●             Damnatio memoriae.

●             Fragmentary literature.

●             Lost known texts.

●             Book circulation (destiny of books).

●             Found unknown texts.

●             Found known texts.

●             Texts survived through pseudo-epigraphy.

●             Ancient witnesses of selection and loss.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione AT gmail.com by the 25th of June 2018.

The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:

1.            An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.

2.            A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities. The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods.

All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English, Italian and French. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian and French speakers will be required to provide an English handout, power point, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.

Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian, English or French.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com, we would be glad to help you find solutions.

The organising committee:

Roberta Berardi (Oxford University)

Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften – München)

Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)

Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna)

PDF version of the Call for Papers (both in Italian and in English) can be downloaded here.

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CFP: «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World (Graduate conference)

PROLEPSIS

First International Postgraduate Conference

«Cupis volitare per auras»
Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World

University of Bari (Italy), 27th – 28th October 2016.
Confirmed keynote speaker: Stephen J. Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

In the epigram I, 3 («Cupis volitare per auras») Martial addresses his book and blames it for wanting to fly away and become public instead of staying home.

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce the first International Postgraduate Conference whose theme is production, transmission and circulation of ancient literary and historical texts from the Classical antiquity to the Byzantine and Medieval age. Particular attention will be given to papers dealing with the following research interests:

– Ancient writing materials
– Ancient libraries, scribes’ and scholars’ activity, history of the collections
– Orality and writing in the Greek archaic age
– Books from the Classical to the Imperial age: Ekdosis and diadosis
– Textual transmission of Jewish and Christian texts
– Indirect tradition of ancient texts
– Greek and Latin texts translated into other ancient languages
– Literary texts on inscriptions
– Ancient, late-antique and medieval commentaries, Greek and Latin textual criticism
– Centers of book production in the Byzantine and Medieval age

The scientific committee may also accept papers in related fields, provided that a consistent connection with the main topic of the conference is shown.

The participation in the Postgraduate Conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students (from Italian and foreign institutions), but early-career researchers and undergraduates are also encouraged to apply.
To participate it is necessary to send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione AT gmail.com (official e-mail of the Association) by the 30th April 2016. The e-mail must contain the following PDF attachments:
1) An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words, excluding references and in English. It should be indicated whether the paper is an oral presentation or a poster.
2) A short academic biography with name and affiliation of the author/authors of the paper.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes of discussion and the languages admitted are Italian and English.
Selected papers will be considered for publication.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com, we would be glad to help you to find solutions!

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions,

The organising committee:

Elena Barile
Roberta Berardi
Nicoletta Bruno
Martina Filosa
Luisa Fizzarotti

CFP: UWO Classics Graduate Conference ~ Voyages and Journeys in Antiquity

UWO Classics Graduate Conference 2016:
Voyages and Journeys in Antiquity
Department of Classics
University of Western Ontario
March 18-19, 2016

The communities of the ancient Mediterranean may seem, in comparison with our modern, globalized society, somewhat less reliant on the close cultural and economic ties that we take for granted. Yet, from Homer to Virgil, from Herodotus to Julius Caesar, from the Greek colonization of Southern Italy to the campaigns of Alexander, we are constantly reminded of the vital interchange of ideas and materials that took place between ancient cultures. This conference aims to explore the role of travel in creating and maintaining these connections, whether in the spheres of archaeology, economics, philosophy or literature.

We invite submissions for papers related to the theme of travel in the ancient world. Relevant issues for discussion may include (but are certainly not limited to):

– Geography and space in ancient literature
– Travel in Greek and Roman military narratives
– Nomadism in ancient literature and historiography
– Representations of the oikoumene
– Maritime trade in the Mediterranean
– The role of maps in ancient travel
– Pilgrimage (e.g. in the Hellenistic period, in the Roman empire, etc.)
– Journeys to the underworld (katabases)
– Nostoi in epic, Athenian drama, the ancient novel, etc.
– Metempsychosis and eschatological narratives
– Xenia and diplomatic embassies

This conference is directed towards graduate students of all disciplines whose research touches on any aspect of ancient Greek or Roman culture. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Jonathan Burgess from the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto. Professor Burgess’ work on the Greek epic cycle, performance and orality, and intertextuality in ancient and modern travel literature has been, and continues to be, extremely influential.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to itinera.western16 AT gmail.com by February 7, 2016.