The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Aesthetics and Classics

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The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Aesthetics and Classics

The Sixth Biannual Graduate Student Conference of the Harvard University Department of the Classics

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Date limite : 10 janvier 2012

 

 

Harvard University, 14 April 2012
Keynote Speaker: James I. Porter, Professor of Classics & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine.
Respondent: Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of Classics, Harvard University.

Aesthetics is a term we often use in our encounters with works of art to express the inexpressible. What do we like, what do we think beautiful, and why? Some scholars, both ancient and modern, have sought to treat aesthetics as an objective science; others have insisted on the subjectivity of aesthetic judgments. In this conference we are looking for insights into the aesthetic values and strategies of the literature, historiography, philosophy, architecture, and visual arts of the classical world. These insights may come through engagement with ancient works of art—textual or material—by themselves or in reception.

What strategies did artists, craftsmen, and writers use to elicit aesthetic responses? Was aesthetic value attached to originality? What value was placed on aesthetics in areas that might be considered “craft” rather than “art”—and how valid is this distinction? How did political and social ideology—and whose?—affect aesthetics? How did ancient philosophers theorize aesthetics? In reception, how have ancient, medieval, and modern artists and writers adopted and adapted ancient sources and to what aesthetic ends? How have aesthetic ideas influenced conceptions of history? How have developments in philosophy and theory influenced scholars' understanding of ancient aesthetics? Is modern aesthetics a worthwhile criterion in judging ancient works? By contrast, can we recover the ancient aesthetic experience—or should we even want to?

Possible topics for papers include:

- Ancient Aesthetics in Theory: the theory and philosophy of aesthetics and their development in, for example, the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Pliny the Elder, Dio Chrysostom, Quintilian, Longinus, or ancient scholarship as preserved in scholia.
- Ancient Aesthetics in Practice: aesthetics in different media, genres, and time periods, including comparative approaches. Examples of possibilities here could include metrics and prose rhythm, intertextuality, ecphrasis, “Silver Latin” aesthetics, the influence of Hellenistic patronage on the arts, or the aesthetics of private versus public art or of Italian versus provincial styles.
- Reception and Aesthetics: ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern translation and reception of art and literature.
- Modern Aesthetics and the Classics: the theory of aesthetics from the early modern period onwards and its application to Classical Studies—from J. C. Scaliger to Winckelmann and Lessing, from Kant to Conte and beyond.

We welcome submissions from graduate students working in all areas represented by the Harvard Classics Department, including ancient Greek and Latin language and literature, archaeology and art history, ancient history, philosophy, medieval Latin, and Byzantine and Modern Greek. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts should be of no more than 300 words, and should be submitted as anonymous .pdf or .doc documents (whichever you find more beautiful) to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by 10 January 2012. In the body of the e-mail please include your name, paper title, preferred e-mail address, phone number, and institutional affiliation.

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