Ἀρχή and origo: The Power of Origins - 02-03-04/05/2019, Newcastle (England)
Origins have a particular power. Arguments referring back to the first beginnings and relating them to the present tend to be especially attractive. When we’re in a new place or confronted with new phenomena, we have a natural urge to learn about their origins. Stories of this kind – the so-called aitia – can convey a sense of education, of venerable antiquity, of continuity, of religious awe, or they can just be entertaining. In any case, they are as prominent nowadays as they were in antiquity.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Newcastle University (Newcastle, England)
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Thursday, 2. May: 9.00-9.30: Welcome and Introductions - Nigel Harkness, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Helen Berry, Head of School of History, Classics and Archaeology - Anke Walter and Athanassios Vergados (conference organisers) 9.30-10.40: Panel 1, Chair: Claire Stocks - Jenny Strauss Clay (University of Virginia): “Si[gh]ting Origins” - Niall Slater (Emory University): “Comic Cosmogonies, Re-booting the Universe” 10.40-11.00: coffee break 11.00-12.10: Panel 2, Chair: Emilio Zucchetti - Claudio Barone (Palermo): “‘Cosmogonies’ in Ovid’s Metamorphoses” - Philipp Geitner (Technische Universität Dresden): “Ovid’s an-archic time in the Metamorphoses – a refusal to create origins?” 12.10-14.00: lunch break 14.00-14.35: Panel 3, Chair: Anke Walter - Alexander Kirichenko (Humboldt Universität Berlin): “Ab origine mundi: Aetiology and Poetic Creation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses” 14.35-15.00 coffee break 15.00-16.10 Panel 4, Chair: Anke Walter - Darja Šterbenc Erker (Humboldt-Universität Berlin): “Religious aetiology in Ovid’s Fasti” - John Miller (University of Virginia): “Animating Variant Aetiologies in Ovid’s Fasti” 16.10-16.30: coffee break 16.30-17.40: Panel 5, Chair: Athanassios Vergados - Ilaria Andolfi (Universität Heidelberg): “Who Came First? “Genealogical thinking” in and outside genealogical literature” - Volker Bauer (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel): “Origin as a problem of princely genealogies and the role of images in the early modern Holy Roman Empire“ 17.40-19.00: wine and cheese reception Friday, 3 May: 9.00-9.30: Information on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and its programmes 9.30-10.40: Panel 1, Chair: Andrew Faulkner - Matthew Pincus (University of Virginia): “πάλιν ἐξ ἀρχῆς: Beginning in the middle in Plato and the Greek poetic tradition” - Sarah Teets (University of Virginia): “In the Beginning: The competitive origins of Greek and Jewish historiography in Josephus’ Against Apion” 10.40-11.00: coffee break 11.00-11.40: Panel 2, Chair: Athanassios Vergados - Chiara Grigolin (Durham University): “Reinterpreting the origins of the plain of Apamea in Syria in the third century AD” 11.40-13.00: lunch break 13.00-14.10: Panel 3, Chair: John F. Miller - Andreas Zanker (Amherst): “Horace and the Beginnings of Rome“ - Anna Lefteratou (Universität Heidelberg): “The ‘original’ sin and the ‘original’ proem: narrating the Fall in the I Homeric Centos 33-92” 14.10-14.30: coffee break 14.30-15.40: Panel 4, Chair: Jenny Strauss Clay - Eva Noller (Universität Heidelberg): “The space of origins. Pliny’s Naturalis Historia and the encyclopaedic mode of aetiology” - Anke Walter (Newcastle University): “Aetia of the past: stories of origin in Silius Italicus’ Punica” 15.40-16.00: coffee break 16.00-17.10: Panel 5, Chair: Elizabeth Cooper - Claudia Zatta (University of Siena): “A New Beginning: Aristotle and the birth of zoology” - Sergey Vorontsov (Saint-Tikhon Orthodox University Moscow): “The meaning and functions of origo in the works of Isidore of Seville” Saturday, 4 May: 9.00-10.10: Panel 1, Chair: Amy Houghton - Athanassios Vergados (Newcastle University): “Etymology and aetiology in Hellenistic and Imperial didactic poetry” - Jay Fisher (Rutgers University): “An empire of origins: Varro, etymology, and empire” 10.10-10.20: coffee break 10.20-11.30 Panel 2, Chair: Anke Walter - Emilia Jamroziak (University of Leeds): “The power of origins in the medieval monastic culture: Cistercian monks and nuns and modern historiography” - Arnold Bartetzky (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig): “Myths of National Origins in Eastern Europe. Historiographical concepts, artistic representations and political appropriations” 11.30-11.45: coffee break
11.45-13.15: concluding discussion (Andrew Faulkner, Waterloo)