Change and Identity in Ancient Ritual And Poetry

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Change and Identity in Ancient Ritual And Poetry

University of Texas at San Antonio Brackenridge Classics Symposium, March 8-9, 2013

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Date limite : 31 octobre 2012

 

 

Ritual is seemingly easy to identify, but its forms and functions are notoriously difficult to define. Does ritual behavior, as Mircea Eliade claimed, “enact” mythic thought, bringing the “here and now” into contact with the primordial sacred, or, as Victor Turner saw it, does ritual work as a “redressive mechanism” within the social drama? From the Homeric Hymn to Demeter to the embedded spells of Theocritus, songs and rituals are closely entwined in the ancient world and their relationship difficult to divine. Both ritual and song occupy intersecting categories of fixity and flexibility—their gestures and forms are to some extent established by tradition while still necessarily open to variation and adaptation. The capacity for both ritual and poetry to change while remaining in some way “the same” is both definitive for their cultural utility and bewitching for those divorced from the ritual or performance context. And, further, for those who investigate ritual and song the experience can be additionally distorted: ritual participants and performance audiences witness individual iterations as genuine reflexes of evolving traditions; scholars mine disparate and discrete evidence to describe what in the end are composite rituals (or try to understand textual artifacts of once living poems).


We invite participants to examine and reflect upon the adaptive and fleeting nature of ancient Greek and Roman poetic performance and ritual from any disciplinary perspective – art, archaeology, linguistics, philology, philosophy, anthropology or any other area of study within Classics – above all in ways that combine multiple such perspectives to bring innovative and fresh understandings to this theme. Papers that directly engage with theoretical questions or introduce new paradigms are especially encouraged. In addition, we are particularly interested in approaches that consider the interrelation of poetry and ritual and the influence of ‘myth' on both (or vice versa).

The conference will take place at the University of Texas at San Antonio on Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Christopher Faraone, Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago. Please send abstracts of no more than one page (bibliography may be added on a second page) to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by Wednesday, October 31st, 2012. Each speaker will be given 20-25 minutes. Questions may be directed to Dr. Joel Christensen ( Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. ) or Dr. William Short ( Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. ).

 

 

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