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Il mese di ottobre si sta rivelando molto denso di iniziative culturali in vari paesi occidentali. Una iniziativa che viene spesso avviata da alcune università consiste nell'invitare studiosi e appassionati del mondo antico, il mondo Romano in primis, a dei dibattiti e conferenze che si sviluppano intorno a temi proposti in anticipo, confrontandoli con quelli di esperti docenti universitari che a loro volta presentano delle relazioni sui risultati delle loro ricerche. In sostanza e' uno scambio di idee e approfondimenti che contribuiscono all'aggiornamento di molteplici settori della storia, archeologia, religione, societa', economia, scienza, medicina e cosi' via, e persino della ecologia vista nel passato. Questi incontri sono sempre delle ottime occasioni per dibattiti e discussioni di alto livello culturale. Qui di seguito troverete indicate tre diverse sedi di Università, due in Gran Bretagna, una in Irlanda, nelle quali avranno luogo incontri con temi e relatori di scuola e orientamento diverso, ma tutti ugualmente impegnati ad ampliare le nostre conoscenze sul passato.

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CONFERENZE E GIORNATE DI STUDIO

1. CFP: Death Disasters Downturn. (grad)

 

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford and the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford invite the submission of proposals for papers and posters to an interdisciplinary conference titled “Death, Disasters, Downturn. The Archaeology of Crises.” Oxford, 24-25 April 2010.

“From plagues to economic collapses, natural disasters to the deaths of loved ones, crisis, in its social, economic, psychological, biological, and ecological manifestations has indelibly shaped human existence. Since it is often in the breakdown of societies that the structures which composed them become clearest, crises provide an especially good window onto how groups have functioned historically. It can affect entire communities or single individuals; it can be confined to a singular time and space or it can reoccur episodically. As some of the most fascinating moments in human history, isolated cases or forms of crisis have been much-discussed among scholars within single fields. Rarely, however, have such debates crossed the boundaries of specific disciplines to be studied in a wider, over-arching context.”

The goal of this conference is to start a discussion about the archaeological study of crises from across disciplines: sciences, archaeology, anthropology, ancient history. The questions we will raise are manifold: what constitutes a crisis? Which groups in the past have been most affected by crises? How can the archaeological record shed light on crises of various magnitudes? Most importantly, how can the archaeology of crisis be used to shed light on societies past and present?

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length and should be sent as attachments (in PDF format) to: gao AT arch.ox.ac.uk

Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, 6 December 2009.
Selected papers will be published in a volume, as part of the GAO monograph series.
For further information visit the GAO website (http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/conferences/articles/gao-annual-

 

2. CFP: Windsor Classics Undergraduate Conference

 

5th ANNUAL WINDSOR CLASSICS UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Group of the University of Windsor is pleased to sponsor its fifth annual Classics Undergraduate Conference to be held on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6, 2010.

The conference will open on Friday with a keynote speech by Dr. Mark Munn from the Pennsylvania State University.
Undergraduate majors in Classical Civilization or related fields are invited to submit abstracts (of 300 words maximum) for a 15 to 20 minute talk on any aspect of ancient Greece or Rome. Please include name, year, and student number as well as a phone number or e-mail address with your submission, which is to be made to Dr. Max Nelson (who can be contacted by e-mail at mnelson AT uwindsor.ca). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be provided by February 15, 2010.

 

3. CFP: Classics Ireland

 

Classics Ireland is the journal of the Classical Association of Ireland whose members consist of those with a general interest in the Classical World including students, teachers and academics. It is published on an annual basis and contributions are welcome on all aspects of Classical Antiquity, especially if there is an Irish dimension, whether in the history of Classical scholarshipor the reception of Classical values in Ireland. Contributions must be scholarly, but not technical and should appeal both to a wide readership and to the specialist. All Greek and Latin must be translated.

Articles should not normally exceed 5,000 words and will be independently refereed before formal acceptance for publication. In addition, articles will be published on-line following the paper publication, at http://www.classicsireland.com/.

Expressions of interest and all manuscripts should be addressed to the editor:

Brian Sheridan,
Department of Ancient Classics,
National University of Ireland,
Maynooth,
Co. Kildare,
IRELAND
brian.sheridan AT nuim.ie

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NOTA BENE

Ciascuna università ha messo in rilievo quali sono gli obiettivi che gli incontri si propongono, indicando a coloro che rispondono all’invito una strada particolare per raggiungere il risultato più soddisfacente.

Per esempio l’università di Oxford dichiara:

“The goal of this conference is to start a discussion about the archaeological study of crises from across disciplines: sciences, archaeology, anthropology, ancient history. The questions we will raise are manifold: what constitutes a crisis? Which groups in the past have been most affected by crises? How can the archaeological record shed light on crises of various magnitudes? Most importantly, how can the archaeology of crisis be used to shed light on societies past and present? ”

Cioè, “L’obiettivo di questa conferenza è di avviare una discussione circa lo studio dal punto di vista archeologico delle crisi attraverso discipline quali scienze, archeologia, antropologia, storia antica. Le domande che saranno sollevate sono molteplici: che cosa costituisce una crisi? Quali gruppi nel passato sono stati maggiormente colpiti dalle crisi? Come può la registrazione archeologica gettare luce su crisi di grandezza diversa? Molto importante la domanda, come può l’archeologia delle crisi essere adoperata per gettar luce sulle società passate e presenti?”

Ed ancora, la redazione di Classics Ireland raccomanda quanto segue:
“Contributions must be scholarly, but not technical and should appeal both to a wide readership and to the specialist. All Greek and Latin must be translated.”

Cioè,
I contributi devono essere di tipo critico, ma non troppo tecnici e dovranno richiamare l’interesse sia di un pubblico di lettori di orientamento molto ampio sia degli specialisti. Tutto ciò che è Greco e Latino deve essere tradotto.”