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A. G. Leventis Conference: "Technological Animation in Classical Antiquity" - 06-07/12/2019, Exeter (England)




The conference aims at bringing together scholars working on the living/moving artifact from the fields of ancient technology, philosophy, archaeology and art. Specifically, the conference focuses on the living/moving artifact and the experience that it might offer, as the outcome of a technological procedure that exempts it from its association with illusion and artifice.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 06-07/12/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Exeter (Exeter, England)



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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:  Aquí/here/qui   Deadline: 25/11/2019


-Un día/one day/un giorno: £25


-Dos días/both days/entrambi i giorni: £50


The registration fee includes the coffee breaks and lunch each day, however, not the conference dinners. Please, let Maria Gerolemou ( and Elis Jones ( know if you would like to attend the dinners.


Through the generosity of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the A. G. Leventis Foundation there are 2 bursaries (of £100 each) available for students and early-career academics who can make a strong case for financial support (for further information, please, visit:…/student-travel-bursary/)


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1st Day: 6th of December – Reed Hall, Exeter University Streatham Campus

9.15-9.30: Registration

9.30.-9.40: Opening Remarks

1st Panel: Simple Moving Devices

Chair: Lynette Mitchell

9.40-10.20: Deborah T. Steiner (Columbia), The Sorcerers’ Apprentices: cauldrons, bellows and the furnace in the early Greek imaginary
10.20-11.00: Carol C. Mattusch (George Mason University), Dead or Alive? Giving Life to Bronze
11.00-11.40: Richard Seaford (Exeter), The Living Image: Mesopotamia and Archaic Greece

11.40-12.10: Coffee/Tea Break

Chair: Barbara Borg

12.10-12.50: Maya B. Muratov (Adelphi University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), From “dolls” to puppets: mechanisms and purpose of articulated figurines in antiquity
12.50-13.30: Jane Draycott (Glasgow), Living Dolls: Articulation, Animation, and Prostheses
13.30-14.10: Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St Andrews), Votive toys: animation and value

14.10-15:10: Lunch Break

2nd Panel: Naturally Moving Devices

Chair: Rebecca Langlands

15.10-15.50: Maria Gerolemou (Exeter), Ἡφαιστότευκτα
15.50-16.30: Jean De Groot (CUA), Imitation and life: Device in the fifth to fourth century

16.30-17.00: Coffee/Tea Break

Chair: Irene Salvo

17.00-17:40: Colin A. Webster (UC Davis), Aristotle and the Artifice of the Living Heart
17.40-18.20: Gabriele Galluzzo (Exeter), Automatic puppets, toy carts and robots. Aristotle’s metaphysics of artefacts and the question of automata

19.00: Dinner

2nd Day: 7th of December – Forum Exploration Lab 2, Forum Building, Exeter University Streatham Campus

3rd Panel: Mechanical Devices

Part One: The scientific presentation of mechanical motion

Chair: Christopher Gill

10.00-10.40: Arthur Harris (Cambridge), Does Mechanics Violate the Principle of Non-Contradiction?
10.40-11.20: SeungJung Kim (Toronto), Visualising time: The Lysippan Kairos in the scientific landscape of the fourth century BCE
11.20-12.00: Isabel Ruffell (Glasgow), Trains and boats and planes: animating the ship in Greek culture

12.00-12.30: Coffee/Tea Break

Chair: David Braund

12.30-13.10: Tatiana Bur (Cambridge), The importance of the construct in viewing religious automata
13.10-13.50: Courtney Ann Roby (Cornell), Strange loops: experiment and program in Hero of Alexandria’s Automata

13.50-14.50: Lunch Break

Part 2: The literary representation of mechanical motion

Chair: John Wilkins

14.50-15.30: Ruth Bielfeldt (Munich), Carpe! The Unmaking and making of food-images in the Cena Trimalchionis
15.30-16.10: Antje B. Wessels (Leiden), (Living) Objects and their Aesthetic Experience in Petronius Satyricon

16.10-16.40: Coffee/Tea Break

Chair: Richard Flower

16.40-17.20: Karen ní Mheallaigh (Exeter), Mesomedes’ clock: technical animation and the choreography of the quotidian
17.20-18.00: Dunstan Lowe (Kent), Half Past Wonder: Automaton Clocks in Late Antique Folklore

18.00-18.20: Break

Chair: Maria Gerolemou

18.20-19.00, Sonya Nevin (Roehampton), Animating Artefacts: The Panoply Vase Animation Project
19.00-19.10, Closing Remarks

20.00, Drinks and Dinner

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