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DocuMentality: New Approaches to Written Documents in Imperial Life and Literature - 30/09, 01/10/20

The participants in our conference are approaching ancient documents and documentary practices from diverse periods, textual corpora, and methodological perspectives. In order to foster collaboration and dialogue between these very different projects, our conference organizers propose some key questions that our participants may wish to take into consideration.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 30/09, 01/10/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (Staford, CA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: France Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Research; Stanford Department of Classics

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Thurs. Sept. 29

6:00-8:00 PM: Opening Reception at Bistro Maxine (presenters only)

Fri. Sept. 30

9:00-9:30: Opening Remarks (J. Arthur-Montagne, S. DiGiulio, and I. Kuin)

Panel 1: Documentary Fictions in Imperial Greek Literature

9:30-10:15: “Between Fiction and Reality: Docufiction and Docufraud in Imperial Literature” (Karen ní Mheallaigh, University of Exeter)

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:15: “(Il)literacy and the inscriptiones Lucianae” (Inger Kuin, University of Groningen)

11:15-12:00: “Best Wishes to Nigrinus from Lucian” (Lizzy Ten-Hove, Stanford University)

12:00-2:00: Lunch, on campus (presenters only)

Panel 2: Imitation and Creativity in Imperial Papyri

2:00-2:45: “Copying the Canon: Imperial School Documents as Traces of Literary Learning (Jacqueline Arthur-Montagne, High Point University)

2:45-3:30: “The Relationship between Documents and Literature in Late Antiquity: The Case of the Petition, between Document, Adaptation and Literary Creation” (Jean-Luc Fournet, Collège de France)

3:30-3:45: Break

Panel 3: (Un)Intentionality and the Epigraphy of Social Objects

3:45-4:30: “Carving Communities in Stone: inscriptions as a medium of coordinating cooperation” (Sjoukje Kamphorst, University of Groningen)

4:30-5:45: “The Ancient Historian and his Documents: Reader, Interpreter, and/or Author?” (Mireille Corbier, CNRS)

5:45-6:15: General Discussion

6:30-8:30: Dinner, on campus at the Stanford Archaeology Center (by invitation)

Sat. Oct. 1

Panel 4: The Book as Object in Latin Literature

9:00-9:45: “Gellius’ Written World: Between Books and Documents” (Scott DiGiulio, Mississippi State University)

9:45-10:30: “Ecce, Legis: Watching Readers in Martial’s Epigrams” (Brandon Bark, Stanford University)

10:30-10:45: Break

Panel 5: The Textual Landscape

10:45-11:30: “Memory between Text and Materiality: Obelisks at Rome” (Grant Parker, Stanford University)

11:30-12:15: “Is Landscape a Document? The Ancient Peoples. The Landscape. The Historian.” (Laury-Nuria André, HiSoMa, Lyon II & LIS-CERLI)

12:15-2:30: Lunch, on campus (presenters only)

Panel 6: Documentary Trends in Late Antiquity

2:30-3:15: “When the Letter Speaks Up: Inanimate and Animated Letters” (Yasmine Amory, École Pratique des Hautes Études)

3:15-4:00: “Monastic Wills: Between Legal Documents and Spiritual Farewell Discourse” (Esther Garel, Austrian Academy of Sciences)

4:00-4:15: Break

Panel 7: Documents, Community, and Identity

4:15-5:00: “Documenting the oikoumenê: What “Documents” Supported the Description of the Inhabited World (Hellenistic and Early Imperial periods)?” (Pierre Schneider, Université d’Artois & HISOMA)

5:00-5:45: “Documenting Identity in the Early Roman Empire” (John Bodel, Brown University)

5:45-6:15: General discussion and closing remarks

6:30 – 8:30: Dinner at Vero Ristorante in Palo Alto (presenters only)

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