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CUNY Classics Graduate Conference "Xenoi: Hospitality and Xenophobia in the Graeco-Roman World&

Hospitality is commonly recognized as an important value in the ancient Greek world. Xenia– or guest friendship – was a political and religious institution as well as an instrument of diplomatic relations. Through practices of supplications, strangers and foreigners demanded to be received in aristocratic houses or in whole cities. On the other hand, there is a growing debate about the existence of xenophobia and ethnocentrism in the ancient world, from the distinction between Greeks and barbarians to the Roman treatment of enemies and slaves.

FECHA / DATE/DATA : 15/03/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The CUNY Graduate Center, New York (NY, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Elizabeth Mellen; Alessandra Migliara

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Lunch will be served


9.00-9.30: Breakfast (Room 4202) 9.30-9.35: Welcoming and Introduction (Segal Theatre) Elizabeth Mellen and Alessandra Migliara, conference co-chairs 9.35-11.15: Xenoi and Plato (Segal Theatre) "Welcoming the Xenos from Elea" Anna Pavani, University of Cologne/Brown University "Enemies by Nature: Plato and the Xenophobia of Kallipolis" Samuel Yelton, The New School for Social Research "Does the Idea of the Barbarian exist according to Plato?" Carlo Delle Donne, La Sapienza University of Rome "Plato’s Provincialism and Diogenes’ Cosmopolitism" Pedro Dotto, The New School for Social Research 11.15-11.40: Coffee break (Room 4202) 11.40 – 1.00: Historical Approaches to Ancient Hospitality (Segal Theatre) "Horns of Plenty and Debauchery: The Appropriation of the Keras in Attic Vase Painting" Nadhira Hill, University of Michigan "Sikel Kings, Athenian Guests? Considering the Proxenia Decree of Archonides and Demon (IG I3 228)" Jayden Lloyd, The University of British Columbia "Public Hospitality: A Dichotomy of Social Class in the Roman World" Jessica Mingoia, Rutgers University 1.00-2.00: Lunch (Room 4202) 2.00-4.00: Screening of Aeschylus’ Suppliants (directed by Moni Ovadia) (Segal Theatre) Response by Professor Helene Foley, Columbia University 4.00–4.20: Coffee break (Room 4202) 4.20-5.00: Panel 3: Xenoi and the Athenian Drama (Segal Theatre) "Performing Hospitality and/or Hostility towards Xenoi: The Case of Dramatic Satyrs" Efstathia Athanasopoulou, University of Patras "Oedipus at Colonus: A Story of Refugee Identity, Space, and Mediating Relationships" Ashley Mehra, University of Cambridge 5.00-6.00: Keynote address (Segal Theatre) "Suppliants at the Dionysia: Embracing Refugees in an Anti-Immigrant Athens" Prof. Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Denison University 6.00-7.00: Reception (Room 4202)

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