Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CFP: Greek Literary Epigram: From the Hellenistic to the Byzantine Era, University College London,11 - 13 September 2013

Source: APA blog.

Recent scholarship has witnessed an escalating interest in the study of Greek literary epigram, which was given further momentum by the discovery and publication of the New Milan Papyrus, attributed to Posidippus of Pella. Considerable progress has been made in our appreciation of the development and features of the genre and its exponents in the Hellenistic period. However, intense scholarly focus on Hellenistic epigram has led to an under-appreciation of the later epigrammatic material, from the Roman to the Byzantine period. The aim of this international conference is to investigate the changes that literary epigram underwent over the centuries, its interrelationship with other Greek literary genres and with the visual arts, as well as the factors which influenced its development across time. In this way the conference aims to advance our understanding of the epigram by shifting focus away from an author-, garland,- and time-based study of epigrams and exploring Greek literary epigrams - from the Hellenistic to those included in the Cycle of Agathias - in a wider perspective, leading to the understanding of the larger dynamics that shaped the epigram as a literary type, and the factors that influenced its development and guaranteed its survival throughout antiquity.

The list of confirmed speakers includes:
Prof. Silvia Barbantani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Prof. Peter Bing (Emory)
Prof. Joseph Day (Wabash College)
Prof. Marco Fantuzzi (Columbia)
Dr. Lucia Floridi (Milan)
Dr. Valentina Garulli (Bologna)
Prof. Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati)
Prof. Annette Harder (Groningen)
Dr. Regina Hoeschele (Toronto)
Prof. Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
Prof. Irmgard Maennlein-Robert (Tübingen)
Dr. Doris Meyer (Strasbourg)
Dr. Andrej Petrovic (Durham)

Please submit your title and abstract (up to one page A4), along with your personal data (name, affiliation, email) until the 30th of March 2013 via email to the following address: m.kanellou@ucl.ac.uk.

Possible subjects for papers include, but are not limited to:
Contextualisation of literary epigrams of different periods within their religious, political, and geographical milieu
Cross-fertilisation between different epigrammatic subgenres
Poetic rivalry and imitation
Poetic voice in different epigrammatists and subgenres
Development of poetic topoi within the genre
Mythic and other narrative modes
Interrelation between epigrams and inscriptions
Epigrams and patronage
Epigrams and iconography
Epigrams, anthologies, and performative context

The organising committee,
Maria Kanellou
Ivana Petrovic
Chris Carey