Exile After Ovid
Call for Papers
An international conference to be held at Durham University, 3rd-4th
September 2009 under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the
Confirmed speakers include: Josephine Balmer (author of the forthcoming The
Word for Sorrow, incorporating versions of the Tristia), Stephen Harrison
(Oxford), Stephen Hinds (University of Washington, Seattle), Duncan Kennedy
The poet Ovid stands at the head of the Western tradition of the exile of
the author. Banished by the emperor Augustus in AD 8 from Rome to the far-
off shores of Romania, in his Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto he records his
unhappy experience of political, cultural, and linguistic displacement from
his homeland. For a huge variety of artists in the two millennia after his
exile, Ovid has performed the rôle of archetypal exile, allowing them to
articulate a range of experiences of dislocation and alienation. The
disgrace and downfall of Rome’s leading contemporary poet has passed into
the broader cultural consciousness, and even for those with little or no
direct access to the poems in which Ovid describes his exilic sorrows, he
has nevertheless been a potent symbol.
Authors and topics confirmed speakers intend to treat include Joachim du
Bellay’s Regrets, C20th and 21st poetry, Russian receptions, the
translator’s role in reception, Oscar Wilde, and Salman Rushdie.
Papers are welcomed on these and all aspects of the reception of Ovid as an
exilic figure in any period, for the only major conference dedicated to the
exile of Ovid to be held around the anniversary of his banishment. It is
hoped that a wide variety of media, approaches, and research interests will
be represented, particularly from those working outside the discipline of
Classics, and that contributions will result in a substantial publication.
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes should include a title and an abstract
of no more than 500 words, and should be received by 1st December 2008;
submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.
Proposals for papers and further enquiries should be sent to Dr Jennifer
Ingleheart (jennifer.ingleheart AT durham.ac.uk), Department of Classics and
Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham University, Durham, UNITED
KINGDOM, DH1 3EU.