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Imagining the Afterlife in the Ancient World - 21-22-23/06/2016, Birmingham (England)

28.12.2015

 

 

When people in the ancient world imagined the afterlife they invested it with their hopes and fears. Across the Mediterranean world these imagined afterlives took various forms, occupied different places, and did peculiar things to the people who would reside in them. As they did so they became integrated into broader narratives of selfhood, social life and cosmology. Talking about life after death necessarily meant reflecting on the social, cultural and political world in which people lived their lives before death.

 

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22-23/06/2016

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Birmingham ; Newman University (Birmingham, England)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Juliette Harrisson ; Tom Hunt ; Niall Livingstone

 

INFO: web - Juliette.Harrisson@staff.newman.ac.uk


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: 60£; estudiantes / students / estudenti: 40£

 

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

 

Tuesday 21 June

12pm: Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman University

12pm – 1pm: Registration

1pm – 2pm: Lunch

2pm – 3.30pm: Panel 1: Imagining the afterlife

 

Juliette Harrisson: The afterlife in popular culture

Isabella Bossolino: “Break on through to the other side”: The Etruscan Netherworld and its demons

Suzanne Lye: Imagining katabasis in Homer’s underworlds

3.30pm – 4pm: Tea and coffee

4pm – 5.30pm: Panel 2: Funerary rituals

 

Molly Allen: Visualizing the role of the afterlife in the lives of Classical Athenians: A study of the development of the image of the eidolon on white-ground lekythoi

Julia Doroszewska: A ritual of the afterlife or the afterlife of a ritual: The nachleben of the maschalismos

Stephanie Crooks: The singer’s shrine: Constructing space for poetic immortality in Vergil’s fifth Eclogue

5.30pm – 6.15pm: Break

6.15pm – 7.30pm: Drinks reception in Newman atrium

7.30pm: Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge

 

 

Wednesday 22 June

8.30am: Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman

9.30am – 11am: Panel 1: Mystery cults and Orphism

 

Yulia Ustinova: Greek thanatonauts: Near-death experiences and mystery rites in Ancient Greece

Daniel Markovic: Epicurus and the Orphic Gold Tablets

Josipa Lulic: Guide of Souls? Mercurius Psychopompos in Roman Dalmatia

11am – 11.30am: Tea and coffee

11.30am – 1pm: Panel 2: Inscribing the afterlife

 

Nick Brown: Phrasikleia: Playing with signs

Gabriela Ingle: Funerary decoration in Roman tombs: ensuring happiness in the afterlife.

Niall Livingstone: Where are they now? Signing the Niall Livingstone: Where are they now? Signing the afterlife in Attic funerary epigram.

 

1pm – 2pm: Lunch

2pm – 3.30pm: Panel 3: Philosophy

 

Pablo de Paz Amérigo: The eschatological conception in The Pythagorean Golden Verses

Giuseppe Feola: Where are Plato’s afterlives?

Christoph Jedan: Puzzling afterlives: Seneca’s Ad Marciam and the consolatory tradition

3.30pm – 4pm: Tea and coffee

4pm – 5.30pm: Panel 4: Greek literature

 

Saffi Grey: Cosmology, psychopomps, and afterlife in Homer’s Odyssey.

Stamatia Dova: On old and new friends in Hades: Theseus, Heracles, and the poetics of salvation

Amit Shilo: The laws of Hades against the laws of Athena: The afterlife and political dissent in theOresteia

6pm: Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge

 

Thursday 23 June

8.30am: Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman

9.30am – 11amPanel: Reception

 

Luke Houghton: The elegiac afterlife, from Rome to the Renaissance

Judith Fletcher: The underworld inverted: Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder.

Frances Foster: The dark side of the underworld:Hades Speaks!

11am – 11.30am: Tea and coffee

11.30am – 1pm: Final roundtable discussion

1pm – 2pmLunch

2pm: Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge

 

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