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CALL. 15.08.2015: Synoikismos Seminar 1: Books and libraries in Antiquity - Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neu

The first session of the seminar Synoikismos, which will be held at UCL (27 October 2015) with the support of the Centre d'Étude des Mondes Antiques (CEMA), will address the issue of books and libraries in ancient times from a perspective both wide and multidisciplinary. From a chronological point of view, the presentations and discussions will focus as well onthe archives in Near Eastern Civilizations (3rd-1st millennium BC: Ebla, Nineveh, etc.) as onthe Byzantine libraries, not to mention the question of the book in classical Greece, in the great Hellenistic centers (Pergamum, Antioch, Alexandria ...) or in the Roman world. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of disciplines that come into consideration in the study of this theme: we will welcome presentations dealing with writing supports, with the architecture of the buildings erected to house archives and libraries, with the evolution of writing, with the types of text or literature privileged in each historical period, with the messages conveyed in their historical context or still with the different policies implemented over the centuries to preserve, select or pass down these texts to the next generations. To supervise the discussion, we have the opportunity to welcome two keynote speakers: Professor Rosa Otranto – one of Luciano Canfora's most illustrious followers and holder ofthe chairs of classical philology and papyrology in the Dipartimento di Scienze dell'antichità edel tardoantico of the Università di Bari Aldo Moro – and the Associate Professor Thierry Piel – Etruscologist, teaching ancient (roman) history and history of art at the Université de Nantes.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Université Catholique de Louvain (Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Aline Distexhe ; Marijn Vandenberghe ; Sofie Waebens ; Jonas Danckers ; Emerance Delacenserie ; Marie-Astrid Buelens ; Nicolas Amoroso ; Nicolas Meunier ; Aurian Delli Pizzi ; Marc Vandersmissen ; Grégory Ioannidopoulos ; Zoé Pitz.

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For the fourth edition of the Synoikismos doctoral seminar, which focusses on Greco-Roman andEastern Antiquities, all doctoral students from Belgian and foreign Universities are offered the opportunity to present their state of research during one of the three workshops, dedicated to the following topics:

1. Books and libraries in Antiquity (27 October, 2015)

2. “Complexity theory” and socio-ecological systems (February 2016)

3. Greek religion in all its aspects (philology, archaeology, epigraphy and intellectual history) (20 April, 2016)

Every paper (in English, French or Dutch) should connect with one of these three topics, takes about 40 minutes and is followed by a 20 minutes discussion. All fields of research which are somehow related to the ancient world are welcome: literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, art history, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics, etc. Each seminar will be introduced, guided and supervised by one or more established experts of these research topics : 1.Rosa Otranto, Università di Bari; 2.Jeroen Poblome, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; 3.Vinciane Pirenne, Université de Liège.

Synoikismos presents its seminars as a unique opportunity to literally get the participants, an audience and experts around the table for a constructive exchanging of feedback. By means of tips and ideas progress in research and its presentation are fostered. With its friendly and scientific oriented format, Synoikismos, by and for young researchers, also hopes to facilitate contacts among colleagues within related fields and offer starting academics a platform to present their research in all confidence. Of course, no final conclusions are expected from the presented papers.

Every PhD student (in the phase of beginning or finishing his/her dissertation) who is interested is kindly invited to submit a summary of ten lines and a short CV to Synoikismos (via, no later than Augustus 15, 2015.

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