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(Re)viewing Reality. Visuality and Perception in the Ancient World

(Re)viewing Reality. Visuality and Perception in the Ancient World
125 Queen's Park, Room 220, Lillian Massey Building
Time: Apr 1st, 6:30 pm End: Apr 2nd, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, 400-1200, 400-1 BCE, 1-400 CE
Classics Graduate Students Conference

The Department of Claasics Graduate Student Association presents

(Re)viewing Reality. Visuality and Perception in the Ancient World

April 1-2, 2016

Our Graduate Students Association has organized this upcoming conference featuring 12 speakers (from Canada, the U.S., and Europe) presenting papers that will explore how ancient thinkers, authors, and artists negotiated the paradoxes of vision and its relation to truth, however truth may be conceived. Although seeing and knowing were deeply linked both linguistically and conceptually, the relation between the two was not entirely transparent. Perception and misperception informed the ancients' understanding of their own realities in potentially disruptive and/or distorting ways. We aim to investigate how visual perception operated as a medium of comprehension, and how it continues to shape our own sense of the ancient world.

Keynote speakers:
Andrew Feldherr (Princeton, Classics) & SeungJung Kim (U of T, Art)

Conference Schedule


Friday, April 1st
6:30-8:00pm: Keynote Address
SeungJung Kim, Department of Art, University of Toronto
"(In)visible Stage: The Interplay Between Visibility, Desire and Suspense in Classical Greet Art and Theatre"

8:00-10:00pm: Celebratory Drinks at The Bedford Academy (31 Prince Arthur Avenue)

Saturday, April 2nd
8:30-9:00am: Arrival and Registration (LI205)

9:00-10:00am: Panel 1, "Philosophers and Perception"
Moderator: Matthew Watton, University of Toronto
Stephen Hailey, University of Cambridge
"True Pleasures of Perception at Philebus 51 B-E"
Cristóbal Zarzar, University of Cambridge
"Epicurus' Theory of Perception and the Problem of Conflicting Appearances"

10:00-10:30am: Break (LI Graduate Lounge)
10:30am-12:00pm: Panel 2, "Memory and Marble"
Moderator: Rachel Dewan, University of Toronto
Katherine Livingston, University of Toronto
"At Home with the Iliad: The Tabulae Iliacae in Space and Narrative"
Laura Hutchison, The Johns Hopkins University
"Pattern, Rhythm, and Memory: The Piraeus Neo-Attic Reliefs"
Gabrielle Thiboutot, Stanford University
"Mutilating, Re-cutting, and Erasing Geta's Portraits: The Reception of Damnatio Memoriae by Roman Viewers"

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch (LI205)

1:30-3:00pm: Panel 3, "Seeing and Being Seen"
Moderator: Jen Oliver, University of Toronto
Adriana Torres, Brooklyn College
"Hidden in Plain Sight: The Evolving Visual Relationship of Zeus and Ganymede"
John Fabiano, University of Toronto
"Viewing Verses and Reading Images: The Demasculinization of the Roman Viewer"
Silvia Speriani, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
"Seeing and Being Seen in the First Book of Horace's Epistles"

3:00-3:30pm: Break (LI Graduate Lounge)

3:30-4:30pm: Panel 4, "Ekphrasis and Enargeia"
Moderator: Chiara Graf, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Leon Schmieder, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen
"Touching the Martyrs: Textual Materiality in Late Antique Hagiographic Poetry"
Noreen Sit, Yale University
"Dangerous Viewing in Apuleius' Metamorphoses"

4:30-5:00pm: Reception (LI Graduate Lounge)

5:00-6:30pm: Keynote Address
Andrew Feldherr, Department of Classics, Princeton University
"The Clearing: Re-Viewing Livy's Monument"

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, contact: utoronto.grad.classics@gmail.com

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