Call for Papers, Classics Scholars, Universität von Turin

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Call for Papers, Classics Scholars, Universität von Turin

Classics Scholars: their work and methods

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Date limite : 15 Mai 2011


'The nature of classical scholarship is defined by its subject–matter : Greco–Roman civilisation in its essence and in every facet of its existence. The task of scholarship it to bring that dead world to life by the power of science – to recreate the poet's song, the thought of the philosopher and the lawgiver, the sanctity of the temple and the feelings of believers and unbelievers, the bustling life of market and port, the physical appearance of land and sea, man at work and play. In this as in every department of knowledge a feeling of wonder at the presence of something we do not understand is the starting point, the goal was pure, beatific contemplation of something we have come to understand in all its truth and beauty'

Many things have changed in classics since Wilamowitz wrote this opening for his famous History of Classical Scholarship (Geschichte der Philologie, Berlin 1921). Different literary theories have emerged, producing a variety of new methods and approaches, challenging and redefining Wilamowitz's naive trustin the 'power of science'. In parallel, the perception of the value and importance of classical scholarship within contemporary culture has changed. Recent discussions on the history of classical scholarship and its theory (e.g. S. Gurd, Philology and its histories, Ohio 2010; J.P. Schwindt, Was ist eine philologische Frage? Beiträge zur Erkundung einer theoretischen Einstellung, Heidelberg 2009) attest the need of a renewed reflection on the historical progress of classical studies.

We seek papers with fresh perspectives on classical scholars, their works and methods. In particular, we are looking for presentations outlining the answers that classical scholars would give to a number of theoretical questions: whatis 'philology' and how can we attend to it? What is the point of studying the classical world? Is it possible to attain an objective reconstruction of the classical world? How? Which methods are more likely to yield successful results? What is the contribution of classical scholarship to contemporary thought? What is the relationship between different disciplines within classical studies (such as textual criticism, linguistics, metrics, literary interpretation)?


Papers are invited from young researchers (no more than 5 years after PhD) and graduate students. The conference will be hosted by the University of Turin on the 30th of June 2011. Prof. Alessandro Schiesaro (Sapienza Università di Roma) will give the keynote lecture. Interested students and scholars are invited to submit titles and abstracts (250–350 words) for a 25–minute research paper to Giuseppe Pezzini and Stefano Rebeggiani at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by 15 May 2011. Programme decisions will be communicated by May 20.

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