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EUROPAEUM Classics Colloquium November 25-26, 2021 Madrid (postponed from 2020): ‘Metabolé: Crisis and Transformation in Antiquity’

Deadline for applications and abstracts: September 15, 2021; Deadline for final papers: November 1, 2021

News vom 22.07.2021

Metabolé is a Greek word usually rendered as "revolution" or "transformation" at the same time: it was used by Aristotle in a very significant way in his philosophical works in order to designate a process of change implying both destruction and generation of things. This is also a key concept in ancient medicine or politics referred to changes of health state or political regime: many examples of global crisis and revolutions, from Mycenaean to Late Antique times, can be adduced here, as the uses of the concept in Aristotle or Polybius. But it is also a relevant topic for Literature and the Arts, both for the evolution of genres or motifs and for the turning points of diverse narratives. What follows is a reversal of fortune or a “transition point” in the plot: but, as in the Poetics’ treatment of tragedy, is it always for the worse?

This hybrid EUROPAEUM Classics Colloquium – the 19th in our series – puts forward the idea of crisis and transformation in Graeco-Roman History and Literature as a leitmotiv much in tune with the current COVID situation.

Applications are now open with suggestions of papers dealing with processes of crisis and changes of fortune in sociopolitical, literary and aesthetic terms. The event will be hosted by Prof. Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui and Prof. David Hernández de la Fuente at the Complutense University of Madrid. Speakers will include Prof. Simon Goldhill, Prof. Krzysztof Bielawski, Prof. Alberto Bernabé and Prof. Ana Moure. We welcome applications from master’s and doctoral students from within the EUROPAEUM network. Presentations will be grouped into thematical panels and they should be between 15 and 20 minutes. Participants will be invited to comment on others’ work and we welcome applications from students who wish to participate without giving a paper.

Please click here for more information and how to apply.

Deadline for applications and abstracts: 15 September 2021
Deadline for final papers: 1 November 2021

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