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CALL. 31.01.2016: The Fear and the Fury: Ancient Violence in Modern Imagination - Torino (Italy)



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Università degli Studi di Torino (Torino, Italy) ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Filippo Carlá

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The Fear and the Fury is the fifth international conference organised by the research project Imagines ( in order to attract and connect international scholars working in the field of the reception of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts. The conference will be held at the Università degli Studi di Torino (Turin, Italy) on September 29th- October 1st 2016. Violence, fury and the dread that they trigger are factors that appear frequently in the ancient sources. They often feature human violence, wars and natural disasters, but also the inherent violence of mythical figures and stories and their inexorable impact on the life and destiny of mortals. The conference will look at how modern and contemporary performing and visual arts represent evildoers – those who provoked fear and who were led by fury –,catastrophic events, battles, but also everyday tragedies and the fears they generated, both in those who found themselves facing such misfortunes and in those who interact with the ancient world and its representations. Papers should either focus on a specific post-classical period or follow a cross-temporal perspective. In addition, they can cover one or more artistic languages (painting, book art and graphic design, comics, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, opera, dance, street art, photography, cinema, computer animation, videogames etc.) and propose comparative approaches. Questions addressed in the conference will include (but are not limited to) the following: -How has post-classical imagery staged the conquerors’ violence and the fear felt by the subjugated, from the fall of Troy to the Rape of the Sabine Women and the sack of Rome in AD 410? -How has the human impotence against the forces of Nature (from the storms that have hampered the nostoi of the Homeric heroes to the total destruction of Pompeii caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) been perceived and performed? -How are military powers of the ancient World, from the Macedonian phalanx to the Roman legions, and their acts of conquest and destruction, translated into different forms of contemporary entertainment, such as videogames? -How is political violence, be it individual or collective, from rebellions against the rulers (i.e. Harmodius and Aristogeitons killing the tyrants) to struggles for power (i.e. the disorders that tainted the last years of the Roman Republic), been staged and depicted? -What forms of domestic and private violence – as they have been handed down from Graeco-Roman sources – have particularly impacted modern and contemporary visual arts and why? We welcome proposals for papers of 30 minutes each. The abstracts should have a length of max. 500 words, be written in one of the conference languages (English and Italian) and be sent by January, 31st 2016 to The conference organization will cover the accommodation expenses for all accepted speakers if needed. There are no conference fees. For more information:

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