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International and Interdisciplinary Workshop, Institute for Classical Archaeology - 13-14-15/01/2017


The face holds great potential as a vehicle for non-verbal communication in both the living world and constructed images. In order to exploit the face as a means of expressing particular ideas, messages, emotions, and narratives, an artist might alter the presentation of the face and its features. Communication through the face might be achieved, and its effect controlled, through a variety of means; perhaps most apparently through the materials used (their relative value, color, and quality) and the physiological presentation of individual features (e.g. are the eyes open or shut? Is the mouth smiling or frowning? Are there wrinkles?). Since presentation and understanding of concepts embedded within the face are in large part culturally determined, our comprehension and appreciation of the many nuances in artistic representations of the face are strengthened through an interdisciplinary approach. From observable trends in the ways that faces are portrayed in different regions, time periods, and media, as well as the ways in which ancient writers discuss, describe, and visualize them, we might better understand the cultural context in which certain images were created and understood. From studies in psychology, cognitive science, semiotics, etc., we may better understand the biological, social, and cultural elements that influence the ability of viewers (ancient and modern) to “read” a face created within or outside of their own cultural frame. This workshop invites paper proposals from all relevant fields and disciplines that engage with concepts related to the presentation of faces in ancient art, their potential for communication, and our ability as viewers to understand and appreciate them

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/01/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tubingen (Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Molly Allen, MPhil (Columbia University, New York); Verena Hoft, MA (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen)

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