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CALL. 01.06.2020: 2nd Conference for Postgraduate Students and PhD Candidates in Classics: "Discourses about Otherness: forms of the “other” in ancient Greek and Latin Literature" - Thessaloniki (Greece)

20.04.2020

 

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FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 01/06/2020

 

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 15-16-17/10/2020

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Event hall “M. Andronikos”, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki  (Thessaloniki, Greece)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

 

INFO: postgradclassics.auth@gmail.com

 

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Otherness is a concept with a long and significant presence in Humanities, in disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis and literary criticism. Its impact can also be traced within the field of Classics, in both traditional readings of ancient texts and more contemporary approaches; in studies on passions and emotions, in gender and post-colonial studies.  The “other” is a significantly broad and manifold category. It includes groups that are distinguished in the Greco-Roman world based on premises like race, culture, language, religion and definitely gender, groups that are considered as different from what constitutes “us” as a collective or personal identity. The category of the “other” can be applied in images of distant lands but also in images of the familiar space where it “intrudes” in its sociopolitical or gendered form. It can also be applied to images of the distant past, of the divine and heroic world and, last but not least, in images of the Underworld.

The discourse on otherness is long and brings up interesting questions:

− Which forms of the “other” can be found in ancient Greek and Latin texts and through which means is it represented within the texts? Does it have negative or also positive connotations?

− In which ways does the representation of the “other” contribute to the establishment of the ancient Greek and Latin identity? 

− Are the categories of “us” and “other” continuous and undisrupted or are there further distinctions that can be found within those categories?

− Do ancient Greek and Latin texts provide us with instances where the line existing between the categories is blurred or even transcended? And, eventually, are “us” and “other” two divergent categories or is the representation of the one based on the representation of the other?


We invite researchers who wish to participate in the conference to submit an abstract (no longer than 300 words) of the paper they want to develop before the 1st of June 2020 (a respond will be sent before 15 June).

The abstracts that will be accepted should meet the following standards:

− They should adequately develop a scientific theme on ancient Greek or Latin literature which falls within the thematic region discussed above.

− They should briefly describe an original, non – published work which will be appreciated for its clarity when it comes to its scientific goal/ purpose and for its consistency when it comes to both structure and content.

− They should be accompanied by select bibliographic references.

− They should be sent in two versions, a named and an unnamed one. In named versions the following information should be included: full name, academic institution, level of studies (postgraduate student or PhD candidate), e-mail address and a phone number.

 − Those who will participated in the Conference are anticipated to submit a paper for the Proceedings of the Conference. The due date for the submission of the papers will be announced upon the conclusion of the Conference and the Proceedings will be published as soon as possible. 

The duration for each lecture is set to twenty (20) minutes, followed by a short, five-minutes- discussion session. The conference will be held in Greek and English. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee in order to submit your abstracts or to impose any questions regarding the Conference in the following e-mail address: postgradclassics.auth@gmail.com


The organizing committee

**Abstracts by classicists who have already finished their Master’s Degree or their PhD within the previous academic year (2019-2020) will also be accepted.
 

 

 

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