KONF: 13th Trends in Classics Conference: Intended Ambiguity, Thessaloniki (23.05. – 26.05.2019)

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DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSSALONIKI

DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 

 

13th Trends in Classics Conference

 

Intended Ambiguity

 

 

 

Thessaloniki

23 – 26 May, 2019

 https://www.lit.auth.gr/13th_trends

 

Auditorium ‘Stefanos Dragoumis’

Museum of Byzantine Culture

2, Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki 546 21

https://www.mbp.gr

 

 

 

Organizing Committee

Therese Fuhrer

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

 

Martin Vöhler

(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

 

Stavros Frangoulidis

(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

 

Antonios Rengakos

(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

 

 

 

Ambiguity in the sense of two or more possible meanings is considered to be a  distinctive feature of modern art and literature. It characterizes the “open artwork” (Eco) and is generated by “disruptive tactics” (Wellershoff) and strategies to engender uncertainty. While ambiguity is seen as a “paradigm of modernity” (Bode), there is scepticism regarding its use in the pre-modern era. Older studies were dominated by the conviction that there was a lack of ambiguity in pre-modernity because, according to the rules of the “old rhetoric”, ambiguity was seen as an avoidable error (vitium) and a violation of the dictate of clarity (perspicuitas).

 

The aim of the conference is to re-examine the putative “absence of ambiguity” in the pre-modern era. Is it not possible to find in antiquity clear examples of deliberately employed (intended) ambiguity? Are the oracles and riddles, the Palinode of Stesichoros and Socrates (Phaedrus), the dissoi logoi of rhetoric, the ambiguities of the tragedies all exceptions or do they not indicate a distinct interest in the artistic use of ambiguity? The presentations of the conference, which will include scholars from various philologies, will combine a recourse to theoretical concepts of intended ambiguity (in rhetoric, philosophy and aesthetics) with exemplary analyses from the field of pre-modern art and literature.

 

 

Program

Thursday 23 May, 2019

 

15.15 – 15.45

Registration

 

15.45 – 16.00

Welcome Speeches

Walter Stechel

German Consul General in Thessaloniki

 

Therese Fuhrer

Organizing Committee

 

Franco Montanari, Antonios Rengakos

General Editors of Trends in Classics

 

Opening Speech

16.00 – 17.00

Chair: Irmgard Männlein-Robert

J. Knape (Tübingen), Seven Perspectives of Ambiguity

 

17.00 – 17.30

Coffee Break

 

Modern and Pre-Modern Ambiguity

17.30 – 19.00

Chair: John Hamilton

M. Vöhler (Thessaloniki), Introductory Remarks to Modern and Ancient Concepts of Ambiguity

M. Lüthy (Weimar), The Modern Perspective: Ambiguity, Artistic Self Reflection and the Autonomy of Art

M. Chrysanthopoulos (Thessaloniki), Multipliers of Ambiguity: The Use of Quotations in Cavafy’s Poems Concerning Emperor Julian

 

19.00 – 20.00

Chair: Michael Lüthy

F. Mehltretter (Munich), Ambivalent Allegories: Giambattista Marino’s Adone (1623) between Censorship and Hermeneutic Freedom

S. Reichlin (Munich), The Ambiguity of the Unambiguous. Figures of Death in Late Medieval Literature

 

20.00 – 22.00

Reception

 

Friday 24 May,  2019

 

Greek Concepts of Ambiguity

9.30 – 10.30

Chair: Evina Sistakou

J. Strauss Clay (Virginia), Traversing No-Man’s Land: Outis in the Odyssey

J. Hamilton (Harvard), The Ambiguity of Wisdom: Mtis in the Odyssey

 

10.30 – 11.30

Chair: Panagiotis Thanassas

C. Balla (Crete), Intended Ambiguity in Plato’s Representation of Socrates in the Phaedo

P. Golitsis (Thessaloniki), Aristotle on Ambiguity and Ambiguity in Aristotle

 

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee Break

 

12.00 – 13.30

Chair: Antje Wessels

E. Sistakou (Thessaloniki), Postmodernism in Alexandria? Modes of Ambiguity in Hellenistic Poetry

I. Männlein-Robert (Tübingen), Between Conversion and Madness: Sophisticated Ambiguity in Lucian’s Nigrinus

A. Lamari (Thessaloniki), Sympotic Sexuality: The Ambiguity of Seafood in Middle Comedy

 

13.30 – 15.30

Lunch Break

 

Roman Concepts of Ambiguity

15.30 – 17.00

Chair: Richard F. Thomas

T. Fuhrer (Munich), Unsettling Effects and Disconcertment − Strategies of Enacting Interpretations in Roman Historiography

S. Harrison (Oxford), Prophecy, Poetry and Politics in Vergil’s Eclogue 4

J. Soldo (Swansea), ‘Vitae aut vocis ambigua’: Seneca the Younger and Ambiguity

 

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee Break

 

17.00 – 18.30

Guided Tour of the Byzantine Museum

Saturday 25 May,  2019

 

9.30 – 11.00

Chair: Therese Fuhrer

L. Cordes (Berlin), … ut Catonem, non me loqui existimem – Ambiguity and Gradual Convergence in First Person Discourse

B. van der Velden (Leiden), The Latin Commentary Tradition on ‘Inclusive’ Intended Ambiguity

M. Formisano (Gent), Legens. Ambiguity, Syllepsis and Allegory in Claudian’s de raptu Proserpinae

 

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

 

11.30 – 13.o0

Chair: Theodore D. Papanghelis

R. Kirstein (Tübingen), Ambiguity as Provocation for Literary Studies. The Case of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

S. Alekou (Nicosia), The Ambiguity of simulatio in Ovidian ecphrasis

J. Fabre-Serris (Lille), Double Entendre, Unconscious Desire and Auctorial Intentionality in Some Ovidian Speeches (Met. 3.279-292; 7.810-823; 10.364-366, 440-441)

 

13.00 – 15.00

Lunch Break

 

15.00 – 16.30

Chair: Stephen Harrison

R. F. Thomas (Harvard), Catullan Ambiguity

A. Wessels (Leiden), Liber esto’ – Wordplay and Ambiguity in Petronius’ Satyricon

S. Frangoulidis (Thessaloniki), Friend or Foe? Ambiguity in Apuleius’ Tale of Aristomenes (Met. 1.2-20)

 

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee Break

 

17.00 – 18.30

Guided Tour of the Archeological Museum

 

2o.00

Conference Dinner

 

Sunday 26 May,  2019

 

9.00 – 13.00

Guided Tour: Thessaloniki through the ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the kind support of

 

STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION

 

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS WELFARE FOUNDATION (KIKPE)

 

GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL IN THESSALONIKI 

 

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COMMITTEE 

 

MUSEUM OF BYZANTINE CULTURE

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI 

 

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Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Constanze Baum] betreut – editorial-germanistik@mail.h-net.msu.edu