Classical Antiquity & Memory from the 19th - 21st Century - 28-29-30/09/2017, Bonn (Germany)
Reading Antiquity always already presupposes an act of re-membering and thereby a bringing back toheart (ri-cordare). At the same time, remembering is based on generating difference, i.e. on differences enabling the reappearance of the past as a phantom-like present. When identifying significant historical events and explaining their impact, classical mythology is often engaged in literary and cultural discourses that re-shape and re-interpret narratives that develop our sense of self. Therefore, constructing collective memories and remembering a shared antiquity are often interwoven through mechanisms of encoding, storing, retrieving and forgetting the Greco-Roman past.
Remembering Antiquity implies calling into question past cultural and political amnesia and repression: With the return of the ghost of right-wing politics which deny the relevance of intellectuals, the criteria of choosing one text and not the other become all the more important. This Conference will explore and discuss Dis-/Re-Membering as an urge to consume and/or erase the memory of “classical” texts that we may call into question by re-writing them in the context of various literary, artistic, visual or musical representations.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Milan Herold (Romance Philology, Bonn) ; Penelope-Foteini Kolovou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Bonn) ; Efstathia Athanasopoulou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Patras)
Registration starts on Thursday, September 28th, at 9 a.m.