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Memory and Emotions in Antiquity - 06-07-08/12/2019, Rethymno (Greece)


Researchers in the fields of neuroscience and psychology and philosophers explore the relationship between memory and emotions. Despite the salience of memory in ancient lay and scientific understandings of emotions, the topic remains under-explored.

FECHA /DATE/DATA : 06-07-08/12/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: (Rethymno. Greece)



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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 14:15 – 15:00 Registration - Refreshments 15:00 – 15:10 Welcome speeches Introduction: 15:10-16:10 GEORGE KAZANTZIDIS (U. of Patras) and DIMOS SPATHARAS (U. of Crete) ‘Look both ways: ancient and modern modes of understanding memory and emotions’ ELIAS ECONOMOU (U. of Crete) ‘The Relationship Between Emotions and Memory: A Short Review of the Effects of Emotion on Memory’ Session I: 16:10-17:10 JONATHAN L. READY (Indiana University) ‘The Tension between Memory and Emotion in Homer’s Audience’ ELIZABETH MINCHIN (The Australian National University) ‘Emotions, Memory, and the Wrath of Achilles: Observations from Social Psychology’ 17:10-17:40 Coffee break Session II 17:40-18:10 ELIZABETH CRAIK (U. of St. Andrews) ‘Learning, Memory, Trauma, and Anger: Cognitive and Emotional Experiences in Medicine and Myth’ ANNE-SOPHIE NOEL (ENS de Lyon) ‘Memory Palace: Materiality, Memory, and Emotions in Greek and Roman Tragedy’ NICK FISHER (U. of Cardiff) ‘Exploitation of (Alleged) Memories in Demosthenes and Aeschines’ Wine reception and dinner SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Session III 10:00-11:00 AARON SEIDER (College of the Holy Cross) ‘A Space for Grief and Fame: Commemorating Trauma in Ovid’s Tristia’ DAMIEN NELIS (U. of Geneva) ‘Emotion, History, and Politics in Vergil’s Georgics’ 11:00-11:30 Coffee break Keynote paper 11:30-12:30 ANGELOS CHANIOTIS (IAS, Princeton) ‘Remembering Emotions’ 12:30- 14:30 Lunch Session IV 14:30-16:00 MARIA MICHELA SASSI (U. of Pisa) ‘Greek Philosophers on How Emotions Can Trigger Memories and the Other Way Round’ SOPHIA CONNELL (Birkbeck, U. of London) ‘Aristotle on Memory and Emotion in Humans and Other Animals’ DAVID KAUFMAN (Transylvania U.) ‘The Stoics and Epicureans on the Emotional Force of the Past’ 16:00-16:30 Coffee break Session V 16:30-17:30 FRANCESCA MARTELLI (UCLA), ‘Remembering familiaritas: Structures of Feeling in Cicero's Epistulae ad Familiares’ PETER N. SINGER (Birkbeck, U. of London) ‘Plotinus’ Memory: Problems of Emotion and Personal Identity’ Dinner SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Session VI 09:30-11:00 MARK MCCLAY (University of Miami) ‘Who is Mnêmosynê in the Orphic Lamellae?’ CHRISTOPHER SIMON (University of California, Riverside) ‘Nihil tale metuentem … undique invadunt: Fear, Trauma, and the Landscape of Germania in the Collective Memory of Rome’ ESTELLE STRAZDINS (U. of Cambridge) ‘Herodes Atticus, Material Memories, and the Expression and Reception of Grief’ 11:00-11:30 Coffee break Session VII 11:30-12:30 JANET DOWNIE (UNC-Chapel Hill) ‘Memory and Emotion in Philostratus’ Heroicus’ MARC MASTRANGELO (Dickinson College) ‘Nostalgia, Memory, and Salvation in Augustine, Boethius, and Prudentius’ 12:30-14:00 Lunch Session VIII 14:00-15:30 PHILIP HARDIE (U. of Cambridge) ‘The Emotional Memories of Internal Narrators’ WILLIAM SHORT (U. of Exeter) ‘Cognitive Approaches to the Ancient Emotions: Scripts and Metaphor’ JENNIFER DEVEREAUX (U. of South California/U. of Exeter) ‘Metahistoricity and the Embodiment of Emotion in Ancient Literature’ 15:30-16:00 Coffee break Session IX 16:00-17:00 A. NOVOKHATKO (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) ‘Memoria and imago in Quintilian’ J. GRIMWADE (U. of Cambridge) ‘How to Remember a Poem: Method versus Emotion’ 17:00-17:20 Conclusions

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