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The Materiality of Divine Agency in the Graeco-Roman World - 29-30-31/08 - 1-2/09/2016, Erfurt (Germ


The workshop aims to investigate archaeological evidence and textual sources in a comparative way to unearth the multiplicity and richness with which divine agency is depicted in narratives, religious practices and ideas, as well as in iconographical evidence. It engages closely with an extensive methodological and thematic agenda that focuses on all aspects of the materiality of divine agency in Classical antiquity. More specifically, this year’s postgraduate workshop sets out to explore processes of embodying, objectifying, portraying physically and, more generally, grounding the divine and its agency in our rather limited sensual perception. Following in the steps of recent scholarly studies on the iconicity, aniconicity and hybridity of the divine in the classical world, the workshop casts its net wider so as to include religious action taking place in the so-called margins of urban religious activities, such as magic and healing. Moreover, ritual action focused on statues and material objects (votives, amulets, defixiones) and other processes that ensure a successful communication with the divine will receive extra attention in our discussions.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 29-30-31/08 - 1-2/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Georgia Petridou, Dr. Anna-Katharina Rieger

INFO: web-georgia.petridou@uni-erfurt.de annakatharina.rieger@uni-erfurt.de ursula.birtel-koltes@uni-erfurt.de

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: 100 €

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:


Monday (29th Aug. 2016)


13.00-14.00

Registration and Coffee

Max Weber Kolleg, Nordhäuser Str. 74, Room 121


14.00-15.00

Welcome and General Introduction (Jörg Rüpke, Georgia Petridou, Katharina Rieger)

Short Presentation of Participants and Projects


15.00-16.30

Jörg Rüpke (MWK, Univerity of Erfurt)

“Materiality and Divine Agency”


16.30-17.00

Coffee and Tea Break


17.00-17.30

Aura Piccioni (University of Regensburg)

“At the 'margins' of rituality: household-cults in Archaic Italy”


17.30-18.00

Marialilia Cavallaro (Fondazione San Carlo, Modena)

“Social Transformations and Religious Practices. The Cult of Apollo in Archaic and Classical Greece”


19.00

Guest-Speakers Dinner


Tuesday (30th Aug. 2016)


9.00-10.30

Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham)

“Perceptions of Power: Ancient Greek Binding Spells (6th‐1st centuries BCE)”


10.30-11.00

Coffee and Tea Break


11.00-11.30

Sara Chiarini (Magdeburg University)

“The Divine Materialised in the Performers of Ancient Magic Rituals”


11.30-12.00

Celia Sanchez Natalias (University of the Basque Country)

“Seberinus Θ Decentias: Curses from the Fountain of Anna Perenna”


12.00-13.30

Lunch


13.30-15.00

Amy Smith (University of Reading)

“Reflecting on Divine Libations”


15.00-15.30

Maciej Paprocki (University of Munich)

“Vulnerable Embodied Deities in the Early Greek myth and their Place in the ontological Spectrum”


15.30-16.00

Victoria Doherty-Bone (University of Liverpool)

“Divine Misdeeds and Human Dissatisfaction: Themes of humiliation and humility in Euripides’ Hippolytus”


16.00-16.30

Coffee and Tea Break


16.30-18.00

Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, London)

“What do pictures want? An archaeological discussion of W.J.T. Mitchell's book”


Wednesday (31st of Aug. 2016)


9.00-9.30

Hanna Martin (University of Gießen/DAI Madrid)

"Iconographical Studies of Roman Altars in Hispania”


9.30-10.00

Christian Scheidler (University of Frankfurt)

“Sacred Objects as military resources in the Eastern Roman Empire from Justinian to Heraclius“


10.00-10.30

Coffee and Tea Break


10.30-12.00

Emma Aston (University of Reading)

“Jane Ellen Harrison and the Role of Animals in Greek Religion”


12.00-12.30

Kenneth Yu (University of Chicago / Collège de France)

“Ancient Greek Sacrifice in Three Historical Forms: Some Methodological Proposals”


12.30-13.00

Erica Angliker (University Zurich)

“The Sanctuary of Eileithya on Mount Kounados on Paros”


13.00-14.30

Lunch


14.30-16.00

Ian Rutherford (University Reading)

“The Materiality of the Divine Body: Images of Divine Feet”


16.00-16.30

Coffee and Tea Break


16.30-17.00:

Marlis Arnold (University of Bonn)

“Cremation, heroization, and immortality: Creating ‘special dead’ in Late Classical and Early Hellenistic Macedonia”


Thursday (1st Sept. 2016)


9.00-10.30

Georgia Petridou (MWK, University of Erfurt/University of Liverpool)

“What’s God got to do with it? Anatomical Votives and Divine Agency”


10.30-11.00

Coffee and Tea Break


11.00-11.30

Nicole Hartmann (Humboldt University, Berlin)

“Cult of Glykon as an example of materialising religion”


11.30-12.00

Arianna Zapelloni Pavia (University of Michigan)

“Do ut des. The use of votive religion to unravel ancient ritual”


12.00-13.30

Lunch


13.30-14.00

Hanna Tervanotko (University of Helsinki)

“Divining by Intuition: A Comparative Study of Jewish and Greek Texts and Traditions of Persian and Hellenistic Eras (c. 550-60 B.C.E)”


14.00-14.30

Carla Setien Garcia (University of Cantabria)

“Ambivalent relationships with the holy being; analogous apotropaic, superstitious and magic rites between the Old Testament and Homer”


14.30-16.00

Nicola Denzey Lewis (Brown University)

“The Materiality of the Tomb”


16.00-16.30

Coffee and Tea Break


16.30-17.00

Sara Kühn (University of Vienna)

“The Ophidian Genius in the Roman Domestic Cult”


19.00

Common Dinner


Friday (2nd Sept. 2016)


9.00-10.30

Katharina Rieger (MWK, University of Erfurt)

“Caves, Springs, and Groves - The Agency of Nature and the Agency of the Gods”


10.30-11.00

Coffee and Tea Break


11.00-11.30

Constanze Graml (University of Munich)

“Materiality of Hecate? Identity and Concept of the Epipyrgidia made by the sculptor Alcamenes”


11.30-12.00

Kristine Iara (American Academy in Rome)

“Seeing the gods in late antique Rome”


12.30-13.00

Maik Patzelt (MWK, University of Erfurt)

“The presence of a deity“


12.00-13.00

Final discussion


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