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Ekphrasis and Visual Imagination in Antiquity - 06/05/2019, New Haven (CT, USA)

This discussion spans several disciplines, including philosophy, art history, comparative literature, classics, biblical studies, Judaic studies, and Near Eastern studies, among many others. The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars of some of these disparate disciplines to share their most recent research and to push the boundaries of our conceptualizations of ekphrasis and its effects for understanding texts and images in both antiquity and modernity.

FECHA /DATE/DATA: 06/05/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Justin White (Yale University); Cory Crawford (Ohio University)

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Welcome (9:00am – 9:05am) Justin White (Yale University)

Session 1: Defining and Redefining Ekphrasis and Its Poetics (9:05am – 10:45am)

  • Verity Platt (Cornell University) – Temporalities of Stone, Hand, and Light in Posidippus’Lithika (20 minutes)

  • Ruth Webb (Université de Lille) – The politics and poetics of Paul the Silentiary’s ekphrasis of Hagia Sophia: ekphrasis in/and action (20 minutes)

  • Milette Gaifman (Yale University) – Response (15 minutes)

  • General Discussion (45 minutes)

Coffee Break (10:45am – 11:00am) Koffee Katering Coffee and Snacks

Session 2: The Poetics of Ekphrasis in the Ancient Near East (11:00am – 12:40pm)

  • Beate Pongratz-Leisten (New York University) – Textual and Pictorial Tradition Revolving Around The Warrior Deity Ningirsu/Ninurta and the Performative Power of Ekphrasis (20 minutes)

  • Jacqueline Vayntrub (Yale University) – In the Eye of the Beholder: Describing Failing Bodies in Biblical Prophecy and Wisdom (20 minutes)

  • Cory Crawford (Ohio University) – Response (15 minutes)

  • General Discussion (45 minutes)

Lunch (12:40pm – 1:40pm) Koffee Katering Sandwiches and Salad

Session 3: Ekphrasis in the New Testament and Early Christian Literature (1:40pm – 3:20pm)

  • Meghan Henning (University of Dayton) – Apocalyptic Ekphrasis and the Afterlife in Matthew 25: Vividness, Verisimilitude, and Mixed Messages (20 minutes)

  • Robyn Whitaker (University of Divinity) – Agonistic Ekphrasis: Word versus Image in John’s Apocalypse (20 minutes)

  • Neville McFerrin (Ohio University) – Response (15 minutes)

  • General Discussion (45 minutes)

Break (3:20pm – 3:35pm) Koffee Katering Coffee and Snacks

Closing Discussion and Remarks (3:35pm – 4:15pm) Cory Crawford (Ohio University) Justin White (Yale University)

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