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CALL. 31.10.2016: The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch, Fribourg (Switzerland)

It is widely recognized that Plutarch’s works aim to bring the readers to reflect upon and thus to improve their own existence and way of life. It is also well known that this educational goal is achieved by constant hints of, or references to, philosophers, historical and mythical figures, authors and traditions that Plutarch invites the reader to (re)discover. In so far as they integrate this rich historical, literary, philosophical, religious, medical and more widely scientific heritage, Plutarch’s works are a mine of knowledge of the past. In this perspective, intertextuality is an indispensable part of the study of his works.

The conference will focus on the various aspects and functions of intertextuality in Plutarch. In their abstracts and communications, the participants will be asked not only to indicate the aspect of intertextuality they are interested in, but also to specify the functions of intertextuality, interdiscursivity, intratextuality or intergenericity, used as interpretative tools.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Fribourg (Fribourg, Switzerland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne); Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (Bern); Thomas Schmidt (Fribourg)

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From 10 to 13 May 2017, the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) will host the XIth International Congress of the International Plutarch Society (IPS). The conference will focus on the dynamics of intertextuality in Plutarch. Its aim is to explore the various aspects and functions of intertextuality in the works of Plutarch (Parallel Lives and Moralia) from a literary, historical, philosophical, moral, religious and scientific perspective. A detailed description is given below.

The conference is open to the members of the International Plutarch Society and to any person interested in the topic, from the academic world or the general public, as well as to PhD students and junior researchers working on Plutarch or on intertextuality.

The time allotment for presenting a paper is limited to 20 minutes + 10 minutes of question-time.

Persons wishing to present a paper are kindly asked to refer to the description below and to send the title of their paper as well as an abstract of max. 300 words to the following address :


Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2016

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