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CALL. 11.12.2015: Landscapes of Dread in the Ancient World (9th Celtic Conference in Classics) - Dublin (Ireland)

16.11.2015

 

FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 11/12/2015

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 22-23-24-25/06/2016

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) ; William Brockliss (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

 

INFO: web - felton@classics.umass.edu

 

CALL:

 

Recent research in many fields has increasingly drawn our attention to the importance of spaces and their contexts, the stories we tell about them, and our interactions with them. Classical scholarship frequently explores the landscapes of Greek and Roman literature, often focusing on such themes as the sacred and the pastoral. As yet little attention has been paid to less positive environments. But we can glean promising new methodologies for approaching these environments from contemporary studies of negative emotions, reflecting the ?emotive turn? of modern scholarship; we can also derive new approaches from current developments in the field of monster theory, including monstrous geographies and topographies. Drawing on such scholarship, this panel foregrounds landscapes of dread, desolation, and despair.

We welcome a variety of viewpoints. Papers may investigate the connection between landscapes and dread via narrative theory, eco-criticism, and behavioral studies from any cultural, anthropological, literary, artistic, or historical tradition within the context of classical antiquity. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

- Defining the "landscape of dread".
- Superstition and spaces.
- Daemonic or ghostly domains / spaces "maintained" by monsters.
- Artistic representations of eerie landscapes.
- Aspects of the uncanny in various physical settings.
- The pathetic fallacy and narrative theory.
- "Unnatural" environments, and/or their relationships with "natural" environments.
- "Dreadful landscapes and ecocriticism.
- Connections between material environments, literary narratives, and feelings of dread.
- Eerie landscapes as characters or significant presences in literary, historical, cultural, and artistic works.
- How disturbing environments inform human behaviour, or how behaviour informs disturbing environments.
- Relationships of landscapes of "dread" to "awe" (e.g. via German Ehrfurcht, "honor-fear")

KEY SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
--William Brockliss (University of Wisconsin Madison, U.S.A.): Abject landscapes of the Iliad: An exploration of the ethics of dread
--Mario Erasmo (University of Georgia, U.S.A.): Landscapes of Dread in Seneca's Metatheatre
--Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.): Natural v. unnatural landscapes of dread: monstrous lairs and manufactured spaces
--Kate Gilhuly (Wellesley College, U.S.A.): Longus, landscapes, sex, and dread
--Christopher Mackie (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia): Landscapes of dread in Greek myth and modern film
--Bridget Martin (University College, Dublin, Ireland): Comfort in the unfamiliar: the depiction of the winged dead on Greek funerary vases

For this panel, we invite papers of 20 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit abstracts of 300 words or fewer (excluding bibliography) to felton@classics.umass.edu. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 11 December 2015. Applicants will be notified of the panel?s decision shortly thereafter.

The Celtic Conference provides panels with up to fifteen hours of papers and discussion across three days. Further details of the conference, such as the cost of registration and lodging, will be available in due course.

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:
- Borgeaud, P., The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece, trans. K. Atlass and J. Redfield, Chicago 1988 (=Recherches sur le dieu Pan, Rome 1979)
- Chaniotis, A. ed., Unveiling Emotions: Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World, 2 vols., Stuttgart 2012-13
- Cohen, J. J. ed., Monster Theory: Reading Culture, Minneapolis 1996
- Elliger, W., Die Darstellung der Landschaft in der griechischen Dichtung, Berlin 1975
- Estok, S., Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia, New York 2011
- Gilhuly, K. and Worman, N. eds., Space, Place and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Cambridge 2014
- Herdeen, G. S., Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Classical Greek Art, Ann Arbor 2001
- Larrington, Carolyn, The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, London 2015
- Motte, A., Prairies et jardins de la Grèce antique de la religion à la philosophie, Brussels 1971
- Purves, A. C., Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative, Cambridge 2010
- Saunders, T., Bucolic Ecology, London 2008
- Redfield, J., Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector, Durham, NC 1994
- van Duzer, Chet, ?Hic sunt dracones: The Geography and Cartography of Monsters? in Asa Simon Mittman (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, Farnham, 2012.

 

 

 

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