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Seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) - 23-24/11/20


The central theme of AMPRAW 2017 is the concept of community. In 450/451 BC Pericles passed a law delineating stricter requirements for obtaining Athenian citizenship, and in doing so described his vision of community. In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union, a decision that will continue to have a significant impact on the concept of ‘community’ for UK citizens. Recent political and socio-economic developments worldwide have put notions of what it means to be part of a particular community, and also the concept of the community itself, under increased scrutiny. This conference will therefore explore how definitions of community (geographical, artistic, intellectual, political, cultural and economic) have been shaped and complicated by classical works and/or how classical receptions have prompted and continue to prompt new insight into community groups. Through contributions from Classics and other, related disciplines (including History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Art History, Epigraphy and Palaeography), the conference will emphasise the ways in which classical works can be used not only to comment on and engage with concepts of community, but also to shape communities from within. Since the conference focuses on reception, papers addressing topics in Late Antiquity, Byzantine and Medieval Studies are welcome as well.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24/11/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Mark Huggins ; James McDonald ; Jenny Messenger ; Anastasia-Stavroula Valtadorou ; Rossana Zetti

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Thanks to the support of the SGSAH and the SPHS, a limited number of small travel bursaries for doctoral researchers based both in Scotland and further afield are available


Day 1: Thursday 23 November 08:30-09:00 Registration and Coffee 09:00-10:00 Panel 1: Philosophical Approaches · African Communitarianism and the Greek Polis, Michael Kwadwo Okyere Asante, University of Ghana Take a Look at Yourselves: Plato’s Socrates and Seneca on the Interrelation Between Man’s State of Mind and Common Welfare, Dr. Antje Junghanß and Bernhard Kaiser, Dresden University of Technology 10:00-11:30 Panel 2: Early Modern Receptions · King Christian IV of Denmark: the Classics, and Communication as the Road to Success, Dr. Christian Djurslev, University of Edinburgh · Community and Anti-Community in the Didactic Works of George Buchanan (1506-1582): The World Is Not Enough?, Gary Vos, University of Edinburgh · Being a Greek Community in the Western Renaissance: Janus Lascaris and the Heritage of The Attic Orators, Antonio Iacoviello, University of Bari 11:30-12:00 Break 12:00-13:30 Panel 3: Classics and Nationalism · Entry of the Greeks into Valhalla: Building German Communal Identity on the Shoulders of Greek Epic in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Elaine Sanderson, University of Liverpool · Von Gemeinschaft zur Gesellschaft: Receptions of Classical Antiquity in the Creation of the National Socialist Community in Germany, 1933-1945, Kieren Johns · Classics, Youth and Empire 1919-1939: The Role of Classics in Constructing a Specifically British Imperial Community among Young People, Phyllis Brighouse, University of Liverpool 13:30-14:15 Lunch 14:15-15:45 Panel 4: Drama · An exploration of This Restless House (adaptation of the Oresteia), Professor Zinnie Harris, University of St. Andrews · Trapped in Between Two Communities: The Reception of Antigone in Northern Ireland, Dimitris Kentrotis-Zinelis, University of Leiden · The Community of Fear: Seven Against Thebes, Siracusa and Blitz Spirit, Xavier Buxton, University of Oxford 15:45- 16:00 Break 16:00-17:00 Panel 5: Travelogues · Classics and Community in Early-Twentieth-Century French Nationalist Travel Writing to Greece, Sarah Budasz, Durham University · Discovering Ancient Cyprus During the Nineteenth Century: Luigi Palma di Cesnola and the Island’s Different Communities, Beatrice Pestarino, University College London 17:00-17:15 Break 17:15-18:00 Keynote Lecture: Antigone in the Community, Professor Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh 19:00 Conference dinner: location TBC Day 2: Friday 24 November 09:00-09:45 Keynote Lecture: Antiquity and the Modern Civic Imagination: apologia or recusatio? Professor Lorna Hardwick, Open University 09:45-10:45 Panel 1: Christian Receptions · “She is not Dead, but Sleeping”: Consolation for Romans and Christians in the Fourth Century, Miriam Hay, University of Warwick · Cultural Community in Late Antiquity: Sozomen’s Monastic Perspective on the Idea of Paideia Between Classical Heritage and Christian Culture, Matteo Antoniazzi, University of Angers/Ghent University 10:45-11:00 Break 11:00-12:00 Panel 2: Roman Receptions · Friends and Enemies: Associations of Roman Citizens and Strategies of Empire, Professor Sailakshmi Ramgopal, Trinity College, Hartford · Daughters of Eloquence: The Roman Matrona at the Eighteenth-Century Salon, Seren Nolan, Durham University 12:00-13:00 “What Next? A Careers Discussion and Q&A Session” hosted by the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN) 13:00-13:30 Lunch 13:30-14:30 Panel 3: Poetics of Community · William Morris and the Poetry of the People, Dr. Lilah Grace Canevaro, University of Edinburgh · A Community of Workers in Leonidas of Tarentum, Claire-Emmanuelle Nardone, ENS de Lyon – Università degli Studi Roma Tre 14:30-15:30 Panel 4: Classics in North America · Making Community Visible: W. E. B. Du Bois Reads the Greek Historians, Dr. Harriet Fertik, University of New Hampshire · The Classics in the Colonies: Classically-inspired Plays and the Development of a Shared Cultural Experience in Eighteenth-Century America, Gary Fisher, University of Nottingham 15:30-15:45 Break 15:45-16:45 Panel 5: Digital Communities · Pericles’ Citizenship Law and Digital Communities – the (Online and Offline) Identity Dilemma and Parrhesia Paradox. From a Lovely Utopia to a Scary Dystopia, Joana Bárbara Fonseca, University of Coimbra · Greek and Roman Communities in Twenty-First-Century Videogames, Ross Clare, University of Liverpool 16:45-17:00 Break 17:00-17:45 Keynote Lecture: Classical Reception and Classical Philology, Professor Patrick Finglass, University of Bristol 17:45-18:00 Thanks/Conclusions

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