Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World X

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Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World X

Tradition, Transmission, and Adaptatio

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Date limite : 25 novembre 2011

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor June 27-30, 2012


When oral theory first entered classical studies, it concerned itself mostly with the transmission of narratives in verse, and one of its first concerns was the accuracy of this process. It is time to think about transmission in a wider context. Information traveled by a variety of mechanisms in antiquity. Texts, ideas, and practices were all transmitted through time and space. Sometimes both form and content were retained, but were placed in a new context; often both were profoundly transformed. This iteration of the biennial conference on Orality and Literacy will consider the differences between oral and written transmissions, as well as their interactions. When knowledge crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries, does it matter whether it is transmitted orally or in writing? Are written texts always less fluid than oral performances? How should we think about the different kinds of writing as methods of transmitting information, from the wax tablet to the monumental inscription?

We are seeking contributions from classicists as well as scholars in ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Studies. Papers should be 25-30 minutes in length. There will be ample time for discussion.

The conference will include an excursion to Detroit and a session introducing Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) oral tradition, and an opportunity to visit the University of Michigan's renowned papyrus collection.

Those interested in presenting a paper should send a one-page abstract to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by November 25, 2011. Inquiries to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. .

 

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