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CALL. 31.01.2020: Time in Greek and Roman Antiquity - Nice (France)


53e congrès de l’APLAES (Association des professeurs de langues anciennes de l’enseignement supérieur), Nice (France). Conference organized by the department of Classics (Université Côte d’Azur), the laboratories « Bases, Corpus, Langage » (UMR 7320) and CEPAM (UMR 7264).




ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Michèle Biraud; Richard Faure; Jean-François Vivicorsi; Arnaud Zucker.



Time is a vast subject, which interests all disciplines, and has already been much discussed for the Antiquity period. We propose to renew its study by adopting a particular viewpoint (epistemology), crossing perspectives and giving its examination a chronological depth. We will approach the subject from an epistemological perspective, in order to better understand how conceptions of time were forged in the different "human sciences" (a deliberately anachronistic expression, as they were emerging at the time), and to complete existing work and review the discoveries made since the last broad collective publications such as Darbo-Peschanski (2000) or Rosen (2004) and since more targeted studies, such as the MIDISHUC project, which focuses on ancient Greece. The conceptions of time have been well studied in specific fields (Golfin 1999 for history, Thein 2001 for Platonic philosophy etc.), but not in a transversal way. Renewing the lineage and spirit of the work of Jean-Pierre Vernant (1962, 1985) and Pierre Vidal-Naquet (19912), we wish to contribute to the history of thought by combining the perspectives of specialists in philosophy, history, history of thought, but also medicine, linguistics, or music.

We also aim to address the long-term history, starting from the archaic and classical Greek periods to Rome and Late Antiquity. Indeed, from the first approaches to time seen in its dimensions of eternity and cycle in the Presocratics, the conceptions have evolved towards a model that combines cyclicity and linearity, to the famous distinction between the elusive present, opposed to the past and the future as conceived of by Augustine in his Confessions. Permanences such as those from Platonism to Neoplatonism (Plotin), may well mask an underlying evolution, especially with regard to conceptions of eternity.

This multidisciplinary and diachronic approach will be used to answer the following questions:

- How is a conception of time formed in a given era? The hypothesis we make is that of a mutual influence of these different domains on each other.

- What are the causes of the change in these conceptions?

- Is there an unconscious influence of categories of thoughts, as Benveniste (1958) hypothesized? The first grammarians provide us with an interesting and under-exploited testimony in this respect, which could provide a translation between "intelligible and sensitive syntax" (Ildefonse 1997).

We encourage the submission of papers that fall within the above-defined scope (30 minutes of presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions). Please send a 500 to 1000 word abstract to and before January 31 2020.

Notification of acceptance by February 28 2020.

The papers will be published.

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