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Self-Promotion in the Ancient World

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Date limite : 3 septembre 2012



Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers, Department of Classics, SUNY Buffalo
October 20, 2012

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Alison Futrell, Associate Professor, University of Arizona

In the age of Youtube videos and fastidious curation of Facebook pages, the pace of modern self-promotion has accelerated to a dizzying speed. While contemporary media offer more outlets for showing off, the impulse for self-promotion was no less real in classical antiquity. Authors and athletes, socialites and soldiers, all found creative ways to stand out from their peers. Venues for this striving included the arena, the battlefield, the forum, and even the symposium.

This conference will explore the idea of self-promotion in a world without publicists or press releases. What were the strategies for attracting attention and ensuring a present and posthumous reputation? Apollo advised Callimachus to take the narrow, unworn path, and a troop of Roman poets duly declared their individuality by following him. How does this gesture of breaking with tradition play out elsewhere? What were the specific means of building, conquering, donating, and luxuriating that were employed to raise one's reputation in particular artistic, intellectual, historical, and social contexts? The topic is not an exploration of fame, per se, but rather an investigation into the process of achieving and maintaining renown.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Claims of mythical or historic descent
- Grassroots self-promotion: graffiti, rumor, grave epitaphs
- Heroic feats
- Infamy: cruelty, torture, punishment, atrocity, damnatio memoriae
- Methods of self-promotion: novelty, precedent
- Literary and grammatical innovation
- The notoriety of excess
- Physical self-presentation: clothing, hair, cosmetics, physique
- Superlatives: being the first, best, strongest, fastest

Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be received by September 3, 2012. Anonymous abstracts should be sent as an attachment to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. . In the body of the email, please provide your name and paper title.



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