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CALL. 01.10.2019: The 8th PeClA 2019 International Postgraduate Conference Perspectives of Classical Archaeology - Prague (Czech Republic)

24.09.2019

 

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PeClA  2019  is  a  two‐day  conference  in  Classical  Archaeology  and  Classics  aimed  at  postgraduate /doctoral  students  traditionally  offering  a  space  for  presenting  research  results,  discussion,  and  an
exchange of ideas, in a friendly and supportive environment. This year's theme of the conference is: VISUAL CULTURE IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD. 

 

 

FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 01/10/2019

 

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 16-17/12/2019

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The university of Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jana Staničová  ; Zuzana Jamrichová ; Josef Souček ; Peter Pavúk ; Marek Verčík

 

INFO: PeCla.conference@ff.cuni.cz

 

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The study of classical artworks marks the beginning of the scientific discipline of Classical Archaeology and is inextricably linked to the person of Johann Joachim Winckelmann. He promoted the material remains (and their visual aspect in particular) as being invaluable for the interpretation of ancient  cultures alongside the written  sources. 

Accordingly, the classical research developed a broad range of analytical methods to address this topic in the past, from the ‘positivistic’ classification of the Roman portraits to the ‘structuralist’ contextualisation of the Attic vase images. However, these studies started gradually giving way to the more anthropological, social and natural science approaches since the late 1970s. It was only in the last decade that the interest in visual aspect of the material remains arouse again  under  the  new  categories  of  image  science  (Bildwissenschaften)  and  visual  culture studies. Therefore, the primary aim of the conference will be to address all the possible facets of the visual culture of the ancient world, from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity.  
 
While the commonly used means of iconography, iconology and reception are welcomed, we would like to explore whether and how the contemporary approaches to the visual culture – the natural sciences 
inclusive – can contribute to the study of ancient societies; we seek to discuss the semantic level of the use of specific themes in distinct contexts, the variations in the depiction schemes and their evolvement 
depending on external influences (i.e. the medium as well as cultural influences), the social meaning of decorative principles or the interrelation between the visual aspects and the room/space use within an 
urban area. These and further questions should allow us to understand the visual culture as an inherent part of the ancient world relating to its functional, chronological and social context. Conceived broadly, this theme gives young scholars the full opportunity to present and discuss their opinions and thoughts applicable to the theme. Papers from postgraduates in all stages of their research, both theoretical and practical are welcome. 

Keynote lectures:
Prof. Dr. François Lissarrague
ANHIMA (Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
 
Dr Polly Lohmann
Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Ruprecht‐Karls‐Universität Heidelberg
 
More detailed abstracts (in English) of 500 words specifying methodology and the main results for a 20‐minute paper or a poster (portrait, paper size 70x100 cm) should be submitted before October 1st, 2019 by
email at: PeCla.conference@ff.cuni.cz. Should you have any further enquiries, please use the same e‐mail address before the deadline. Applicants will be notified by the beginning of November.
 
Conference  fee:  EUR  20  (covers  printed  materials,  refreshment  during  the  conference  breaks,  etc.; payable during registration or by bank transfer). More info in the second circular.
 
Conference language: English (preferably), German, French, Italian

 

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