Friday, July 09, 2004
Administrivia -- some changes
Some changes some folks will note is that I'm posting jobs and conferences on the main page as well as under 'category' pages. This seems to be the best way for me to keep up with the waves of such announcements (rather than waiting until I've accumulated enough to make it worth while to collect a number of them in one post). It probably makes no sense to anyone but myself, but ...
CFP: Ancient Studies -- New Technology III
ANCIENT STUDIES -- NEW TECHNOLOGY III
The third biennial conference on the topic of "Ancient Studies -- New Technology: The World Wide Web and Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies" will be held December 3-5, 2004, at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Topics of particular interest include 1) the digital museum; 2) the digital classroom; 3) the digital
scholar; and 4) theoretical issues such as "knowledge representation".
300-word electronic abstracts dealing with these issues and with other ways in which the WEB can help to promote classical, ancient, Byzantine, and medieval
studies may be directed to Ralph Mathisen, Program Chair, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (snail-mail: Department of History, 309 Gregory Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801). Deadline for receipt of abstracts is August 31, 2004.
Programs for previous conferences may be consulted at:
http://www.roman-emperors.org/program.htm (2000 Conference) and http://tabula.rutgers.edu/conferences/ancient_studies2002/conf_program.html (2002 Conference). The website for the upcoming conference is located at
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CFP: Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World
SHIFTING FRONTIERS VI
The Sixth Biennial
SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY CONFERENCE
"Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World"
University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign
17-20 March 2005
The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Sixth biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, March 17-20, 2005 on the topic of "Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World" [ca. 200 - 700 AD].
Recent years have seen an explosion of symposia, conferences, and scholarship dealing with new ways of looking at interactions between Romans and barbarians and at the fate of the “Roman World” during the fourth through the seventh centuries AD. Old, established views have been challenged by newer models of cultural interaction, ethnogenesis, and the creation, modification, and evolution of barbarian and Roman identity. All too often, however, methodological, disciplinary, and even political lines have been drawn that inhibit a true interchange of ideas that might lead to a reconciliation between some of the different schools of thought. Adherents of this or that thesis sometimes do not even attend the same conferences.
This conference will provide a forum for the discussion of the most up-to-date research and thought on the fate of the Roman world in the context of Roman and barbarian interactions. As in the past, we will be particularly concerned to bring together scholars who represent different methodological, disciplinary, geographical, and chronological perspectives. Possible contributions might deal with topics related to (1) The creation/evolution of barbarian and/or Roman identity; (2) The nature of the interaction between the Roman and barbarian cultural worlds (e.g. language, literature, religion, costume, material culture); (3) The interpretation of the evidence of both literature and material culture; (4) Issues of continuity/change with regard to social, political, and religious institutions; (5) the historiography of perceptions of Romans and barbarians and its significance for the modern world; or (6) Theoretical models that help to interpret the nature of barbarian-Roman interactions. New approaches that perhaps are not subsumed under any of these topics, or that incorporate several of them at the same time, are most welcome. We would be particularly happy to receive proposals from persons working in fields such as linguistics, physical anthropology, and art history, which have not yet been heard from very much in the context of the current debates and discussions.
Proposals should be clearly related to the theme of the conference. Proposals should clearly state both the problem being discussed and the nature of the new discoveries, insights, or conclusions that will be presented. Proposals that are clearly analytical will be preferred over proposals that are primarily descriptive. It is expected that proposals will relate to new work or discoveries that have not been previously presented at any conference. Abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute presentations may be submitted via e-mail to Prof. Ralph Mathisen, email@example.com (Department of History, Univ. of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA). Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 1, 2004. Please note that there is no travel funding available for participants, and that the submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be accepted.
For other matters relating to the conference, contact Prof. Danuta Shanzer, firstname.lastname@example.org (Department of Classics, Univ. of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA).
November 1, 2004 Abstracts due
November 15, 2004 Program set and presenters notified
January 15, 2005 Pre-registration begins
March 17-20, 2005 Conference assembles
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There's an interesting bit at Roadcycling.com about Roland Barthes' essay comparing the Tour de France to epic ... an excerpt:
Roland Barthes (1915-80), the great critic, was a French intellectual who took the Tour seriously as a cultural artefact. In the mid-1950’s he wrote an essay with the title “The Tour de France as Epic.” It remains one of the best appreciations of Tour’s significance beyond its importance as a mere sporting event.
The Tour is an epic, Barthes wrote, because its very route – its geography – is “entirely subject to the epic necessity of ordeal.”
“The Tour …possesses a veritable Homeric geography. As in the Odyssey, the race is here both a [circuit] of ordeals and a total exploration of the earth’s limits. Ulysses reached the ends of the Earth several times. The Tour, too, frequently grazes an inhuman world: on Mont Ventoux . . . the racers have already left the planet earth, encountering here unknown stars. By its geography, the Tour is thus an encyclopaedic survey of human space….
Barthes had a rather interesting take on form, still invoked as the quality that determines a rider’s strength and hence his performance. Barthes defined it as a “state more than an impulse, a privileged equilibrium between quality of muscles, acuity of intelligence, and force of character.”
But he contrasted form with what he called jump – “a veritable influx which erratically possesses certain racers beloved of the gods and then causes them to accomplish superhuman feats. Jump implies a supernatural order in which man succeeds insofar as a god assists him….”
Jump…One thinks of the Eddy Merckx in 1969 when he won the Tour by more than 17 minutes. Or of Lance Armstrong on the Pyrenean climb of Hautacam in 2000, when he put his main rivals well behind him in the general classification.
But Barthes pointed to another, not-so-nice side of jump: “Jump has a hideous parody, which is called doping: to dope the racer is as criminal, as sacrilegious as trying to imitate God; it is stealing from God the privilege of the spark.”
Barthes added ominously (well before, incidentally there were doping tests): “God . . . knows how to take revenge on such occasions.” [the whole thing]
CHATTER: The Classical Brain Drain
Canadians are often regaled with the concept of 'brain drain' -- the migration of Canadian academics to other countries, usually the U.S. -- and while this technically isn't an example of that (the central character is Italian), it seems clear that the University of Toronto has lost a rising star:
In an unusually quick ascent to tenure, Nino Luraghi will rejoin Harvard’s classics department just five years after first arriving in Cambridge as an assistant professor.
Luraghi left behind a tenured associate position at the University of Toronto and declined a full professorship at the University Konstanz in Germany following a heavy push from Harvard to win the onetime junior professor back.
Luraghi’s return to Harvard in the spring follows three semesters away at Toronto, where he headed after leaving Harvard in the fall of 2003. Luraghi is at Oxford University for the summer and was unavailable for comment.
Professor of Greek and Latin Richard F. Thomas said Luraghi’s talent was clear from the time Harvard first considered hiring him, about five years ago.
“We identified him as an obvious star in the applicant pool for the assistant professor level,” said Thomas, who is the chair of the classics department.
Thomas said that the department did what it could to keep Luraghi at Harvard after he arrived here in 1999—and that once he departed, Harvard was eager to get him back.
“We tried to promote him from within, but Toronto didn’t give him much time to accept or decline [in 2003],” Thomas said. “We tried to explore ways of accelerating the tenure process, which is somewhat difficult to do at Harvard.”
Luraghi was lured back to Harvard when Dean of the Faculty William C. Kirby offered him the position of full professor. But Thomas said it was not easy convincing Luraghi to return.
“It was a challenge, because he and his wife were from Europe,” Thomas said. “And the honor of being offered a German professorship, where there is only one professor per discipline, is hard to turn down.”
In the spring, Luraghi will teach Greek 107, “Thucydides,” to a mix of graduates and undergraduates. The course will be conducted in Greek, Thomas said, but he said that students untrained in the ancient language should have the opportunity to enjoy Luraghi’s teaching in the future.
“He’s taught courses on translation in the Roman Republic, and whatever the Core morphs into, he’ll be a central player in teaching to the larger undergraduate community on Greek and Roman history,” Thomas said.
Luraghi’s specialty is ancient history and literature, especially in dealing “with the uses of theory for reconstructing historical realities,” Thomas said.
Luraghi has published work mainly on Greek tryanny, focusing on the Archaic Age, as well as on Greek and Roman historiography.
Luraghi’s wife, Susanne Ebbinghaus, will also be returning to Harvard. Ebbinghaus will work part-time doing curatorial work for the Sackler Museum, and will also teach Classical Archaeology 150, “Greek Sculpture,” in spring 2005, said department administrator Theresa T. Wu.
Luraghi was born and raised in Turin, Italy, and received his Ph.D from La Sapienza in Rome. He has pursued several post-doctoral fellowships with the Foundation Luigi Firpo, the University of Turin and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellowship.
Luraghi’s most recent book—Helots and Their Masters in Laconia and Messenia: Histories, Ideologies, Structures, which he edited—was published in January. [from the Harvard Crimson]
CHATTER: EU and Thucydides
So ... what's the Greek opinion of the excerpt from Thucydides being excised from the preamble to the EU Constitution? Kathimerini tells us:
We remember well from our schooldays the definition of Athenian democracy which Thucydides attributed to Pericles: “We indeed live in a political system which does not seek to copy the laws of others; rather it is we who set an example for others to follow. Our political system is called a democracy because the state government is not in the hands of the few, but of the many.”
This definition, the heritage of European and Western civilization generally, had been proposed for the draft Constitution of the European Union by the former president of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing. Last month, however, all senior representatives of the EU’s member states — except Greece and Cyprus — excised Thucydides from the text. Alexandrine Bouilhet’s observation in Le Figaro on June 16 that 21st century Europe no longer recognized itself in the century of Pericles, the cradle of modern democracy, was therefore apt.
The European powers-that-be invoked Pericles’ role as a leader of a colonial power such as Athens during the Peloponnesian War, and did not want any comparison with the EU of today. That is to say, they hauled out the rusty weapons of a long out-of-date, pseudo-Marxist critique of Athenian democracy. This critique, which has been used against specific geostrategic interests — at least during the past century — was aimed at trivializing whatever conflicted with current European directives. This is not to say that Athens in the fifth century BC was not a colonial power. But the model of Athenian democracy according to Pericles/Thucydides stayed alive and became a political value with everything positive accumulated over five centuries of contemporary European humanism and education. It is that European humanism which EU powers are rejecting. Never mind: We Europeans will keep Thucydides and let the pro-Europeans keep Charlemagne.
CHATTER: Apollo Sauroktonos Redux
Ages ago I bewailed the lack of photos of the Apollo Sauroktonos recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. A rogueclassicism reader (thanks CB-P) with a Live Journal site recently visited the CMA and took some decent photos ... worth a look!
P.S. If you visit a museum with Classical stuff and have some photos to share, make sure you alert rogueclassicism!
NUNTII: Roman Road Found
The Evening Standard reports on the discovery of a section of Roman Road in/near London ... excerpts:
A £28million regeneration project on a London estate has been halted by the discovery of a Roman road.
The road, buried less than a metre underground in Leyton, may date back to the 1st century AD.
It had long been believed that there was a road, connecting London to Great Dunmow in Essex, based on projected route lines from previous discoveries. It would have been used to bring farm produce to sell at market, said Peter Moore, of independent archaeological company Pre-Construct.
Mr Moore said: "In one corner of the estate we dug down and found a cross-section of this road. It's about six metres wide and has ditches on either side that would have been for drainage.
"It's probably been repaired several times and there will possibly be some wheel ruts etched into the surface. It will be excavated in the hope of finding objects left by its former users." [more]
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