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Mirrors and Mirroring: From Antiquity to the Early Modern Period - 06-07/10/2017, Wien (Austria)


Mirrors (or reflecting surfaces) and their symbolism in classical Antiquity have been investigated to a certain degree by scholars who work with representation, duplication and reflexivity. The figure of the mirror as means of reflection of the self (autoscopy), i.e. as means of perceiving, evaluating and knowing the self, or as reflection of the other, as well as in regard to their metaphorical use as agents of transformation, has also received some attention (cf. Frontisi-Ducroux and Vernant 1997; Bartsch 2006, Taylor 2010; Stang 2016).

However, there has been less emphasis on mirrors as artifacts that function as means for conceptualizing reality in Antiquity, as well as on comparative analyses between ancient and modern uses (Anderson 2008). Our focus is on research areas that relate to the concept of mirrors as reflecting media and as material objects, on mirroring as a process of production or reproduction of the physical object (ancient theories of optics in general and of catoptrics in particular), and on reflections as virtual images.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 06-07/10/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Universität Wien (Vienna, Austria)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Lilia Diamantopoulou (University of Vienna); Maria Gerolemou (University of Cyprus)

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6th October, 2017 9.30-10.00 Welcoming remarks, Maria Gerolemou (Un. of Cyprus), Lilia Diamantopoulou (Vienna) 10.00-10.45 Ava Shirazi (Stanford) The Liver and the Mirror: Visualizing Sensory Perception in Plato’s Timaeus 10.45-11.30 Mikhail Silian (Berlin, Humboldt) Reflection theory in Tideus’ On Mirrors 11.30-12.15 Andreou, Christiana / Portides, Dimitris (Un. of Cyprus) From anthropomorphism to modern science: the case of optics Lunch break 14.00-14.45 Mireille M. Lee (Vanderbilt) Replicating Reflections: An experimental approach to ancient Greek mirrors 14.45-15.30 Isabella Bonati / Nicola Reggiani (Parma) Mirrors in the Greek papyri: question of words 15.30-16.15 Jane Draycott (Glasgow) Through a glass lightly: mirrors, lenses and artificial eyes in classical antiquity Coffee break 17.00-17.45 Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Oxford) Mirrors as votive dedications in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: embodied interactions and cultural meanings 18.30-19.15 Tatiana Bur (Cambridge) Mirrors and the Manufacture of Religious Aura in Hellenistic Greece 19.15-20.00 Jan Ciglenečki / Borut Škodlar (Ljubljana) Prayer is the Monk’s Mirror (John of the Ladder): Reflections and Mirror-Images in the Desert Fathers and Byzantine Monasticism Dinner 7th October, 2017 10.00-10.45 Katerina Ierodiakonou (Athens) The Aristotelian position on the ontology of mirror images 10.45-11.30 George Kazantzidis (Patras) The Menstruant’s Gaze: Mirrors, Women and Dim Reflections in Aristotle and Pliny the Elder 11.30-12.15 Daniel Markovic (Cincinnati) Capturing the Invisible: The Mirror of Nature Lunch break 14.00-14.45 Myrto Garani (Athens) Derideantur nunc philosophi quod de speculi natura disserant” (Sen. Nat. Quaest. 1.17.1): Catoptrics in Lucretius’ DRN (4.269-323) and Seneca 14.45-15.30 Jeffrey Ulrich (Un. of Pennsylvania), The Mirror, Narrative, and Erotic Desire in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 15.30-16.15 Anastasia Tsapanidou (Thessaloniki) The role of the mirror in the Modern Greek novel The King of Hades (Constantinople, 1882) Coffee Break 17.00-17.45 Efthymia Priki (Un. of Cyprus) Mirrors and Mirroring in Dreams: Self-reflection and Liminality in the Roman de la Rose and in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili 17.45-18.30 Loreto Casanueva Reyes (Universidad de Chile/Universidad Finis Terrae) Portable love: ivory mirror cases under the lens of Courtly Love 18.30-19.15 Nikolas P. Kakkoufa (Princeton) Mirroring pleasures: Tracing a trope of writing in homosexual literature 19.15-19.30 Conclusions, Maria Gerolemou (Un. of Cyprus), Lilia Diamantopoulou (Vienna) Dinner

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