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Media and Classics - 26-27/11/2016, - Bristol (England)

The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,’ writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of ‘classical’ culture?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27/11/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Bristol (Bristol, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition




26/11/2016 9.30-10.15 Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol), Introduction: Classics, Media Histories, Media Theories 10.15-11.00 Till A. Heilmann (University of Bonn), The Allure of the Ancients: on Kittler and the Greek Alphabet 11.00-11.30 Coffee break 11.30-12.15 Frank Haase (University of Basel), Metaphysics as Media Philosophy 12.15-13.00 Duncan Kennedy (University of Bristol), The Mathematical Diagram: Between Historicity and Metaphysics 13.00-14.00 Lunch break 14.00-14.45 Ulrich Meurer (University of Bochum), The Shards of Zadar: On the Rationale of (Meta-) Media Archaeology 14.45-15.30 Verity Jane Platt (Cornell University), Lost Wax: Fugitive Media and the technê of Transmission 15.30-16.00 Coffee break 16.00-16.45 Ika Willis (University of Wollongong), Saxa Loquuntur: Stone, Voice, and the Roman Telephone 16.45-17.30 Genevieve Liveley (University of Bristol), White Noise: Transmitting and Receiving Roman Elegy 27/11/2016

9.00-9.45 Maria Oikonomou (University of Vienna), Manteia, Mediality, Migration 9.45-10.30 Ellen O’Gorman (University of Bristol), The Classical Text and the Chance Encounter 10.30-11.00 Coffee break 11.00-11.45 Shane Butler (Johns Hopkins University), The Mask of Dante 11.45-12.30 Wolfgang Hagen (Leuphana University Lüneburg), Ethos, Pathos, PowerPoint: On the Epistemology and (Silicon Valley-) Rhetoric of Digital Presentations

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