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Valuing others in classical Antiquity
05.06.2008 - 08.06.2008 16.00 h - 16.00 h
Université de Leyde - Leyde
Colloques, journées d'études


Événement signalé par Jacques Elfassi
Penn-Leiden Colloquium V

Valuing others in classical Antiquity

University of Leiden, June 5-7, 2008

In classical antiquity, a variety of value terms articulate the idea that people ‘belong together’ or ‘relate to each other’ as a family, a group, a polis, a community, parts of the cosmos, or just as individual fellow human beings. Which values were thought relevant in this connection? How do these different conceptualizations function? What contexts do they belong in, what contexts do they create? And what effects do they generate, i.e. how do ideas about what we might call ‘fellow-feeling’, ‘empathy’, ‘humanity’, ‘unity’ and ‘citizenship’ work in Antiquity to make a group a group or to make people ‘do the right thing by each other’?
In this colloquium, our point of departure will not be any one specific value, designated by just one Greek or Roman term. Rather, we will explore the different values, with their different perspectives, that ancient society found useful in thinking about belonging together, social cohesion and unity. Ancient terms that come to mind are, e.g., philanthrôpia, compounds with homo-, such as homoiotropos, homonoia, homophuloi (and other kinship terms); oikeiôsis, philia, sungeneia, koinon, koinônia, sumpatheia, communitas or – from the negative side -- the (anti-)-values that produce stasis.
The question of ‘valuing others’, ‘belonging together’, ‘social cohesion’ is a highly relevant one in our contemporary society, in which the ‘integration’, ‘adaptation’, ‘assimilation’ and ‘participation’ of minority groups is a contested issue. What values are used to articulate what binds together our multicultural society? Or is that notion defunct?


Thursday, June 5

4 – 5 p.m. early registration
5:30 p.m. informal drinks followed by joint dinner for early arrivals

Friday, June 6

9:30-10:00 registration and coffee
10:00-10:10 welcome + opening (Rosen)
10:10-10:50 keynote (30+10) (Konstan)
10:50-11:10 coffee
11:10-12:30 session I, 2 speakers (30+10) (Bintliff, Christ)
12:30-14:00 lunch plus viewing of Leiden hortus botanicus
14:00-15:20 session II, 2 speaker (30+10) (Berkel, Polinskaya)
15:20-15:40 tea/coffee
15:40-17:00 session III, 2 speaker (30+10) (Blok, Petridou)
17:00-17:20 tea/coffee
18:30-19:30 reception in Faculty Club
20:00 dinner

Saturday, June 7 (Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw)

9:10-9:30 coffee + poster viewing
9:30-10:50 session IV, 2 speaker (30+10) (Fisher, Ober)
10:50-11:10 coffee + poster viewing
11:10-12:30 session V, 2 speaker (30 +10) (Bolmarcich, Wallace)
12:30-15:00 buffet-style lunch and poster session; authors present to discuss their posters
15:00-15:40 session VI, 2 speakers (30+10) (Wout, Brown)
15:40-17:00 drinks and poster session cont’d; authors present to discuss their posters
19:30 conference dinner

Sunday, June 8 (Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw)

10:10-10:30 coffee + announcement winning poster
10:30-11:50 sessionVII , 2 speakers (30+10) (Damon, Hallett)
11:50-12:10 coffee
12:10-13:30 session VIII, 2 speakers (30+10) (Melchior, Wahlberg)
13:30-14:30 lunch
14:30-15:10 keynote (30+10) (Coleman)
15:10-15:30 wrapping up, discussion of publication, closing words (Sluiter)
16:00 Departure. Program for those wishing to do some sightseeing.

List of speakers:

Berkel, Tazuko van (Leiden Univ), Pricing the Invaluable. Socrates’ Economics of Friendship
Bintliff, John (Leiden Univ), The Greek City State and the Corporate Community: Can We Learn from Social Darwinism?
Blok, Josine (Univ of Utrecht), Metekhein tês poleôs. Evaluate thy neighbor
Bolmarcich, Sarah (Univ of Texas), Communal Values in Ancient Diplomacy
Brown, Eric (Washington Univ, St Louis), Cosmopolitans and Unmet Friends
Christ, Matthew (Indiana Univ), Helping and Community in the Athenian Lawcourt
Coleman, Kathleen (Harvard Univ),Valuing Others in the Gladiatorial Barracks
Damon, Cynthia (Univ of Pennsylvania), Quid tibi ego videor in epistulis?
Fisher, Nick (Cardiff Univ), Festivals, the Charites and Social Peace in the Classical Greek City
Hallett, Judith (Univ of Maryland, College Park), Two Roman Women Writers and the Privileging of Human Connection
Konstan, David (Brown Univ), Are Fellow Citizens Friends? Philia, Amicitia, and Social Solidarity
Melchior, Aislinn (Univ of Puget Sound), Citizen as Enemy in Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae
Ober, Josiah (Stanford Univ), The value of others and institutional change: An Athenian case study
Petridou, Georgia (Univ of Exeter), Elective Affinities: theoxenia, theophilia and playing host and guest with the divine
Polinskaya, Irene (King’s College London), The ‘Same’ and the ‘Common’ in the Herodotean Definition of to hellênikon
Wahlberg, Sarah (Univ of Pennsylvania), Ovid’s Fasti: Civic Morality for a Community of Readers
Wallace, Robert (Northwestern Univ), t.b.a.
Wout, Lina van ‘t, (Univ of Utrecht), Becoming Cinderella: the Role of Value Terminology in Construing Social Identity

Poster presentations:

Roshan Abraham (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Apollonius of Tyana and cosmopolitan kinship
Seth Bernard (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Community Values under Duress: The City of Mylasa in the Triumviral Period
Gerard Boter (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), Valuing Others and Valuing Oneself in Epictetus’ Diatribes
Albert Joosse (Univ. of Utrecht), A Natural Basis of Value in the Lysis
Mariska Leunissen (Washington Univ. St. Louis), Political Animals and Natural Cities: the Concept of Nature in Aristotle’s Politics
Thornton Lockwood (Boston Univ.), Aristotle’s Family Values
Hannah Platts (King’s College London and Imperial College London), Viewing Romanitas: Displaying Roman Values in the villa Sphere
Airton Pollini (Univ. of Paris 10 & Univ. of Haute), The Others Who Definte Us: Neighboring Cities and Frontier in Greece
Ivo Volt (Univ. of Tartu), Not Valuing Others: Social Pathology in the Characters of Theophrastus

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