War as Spectacle colloquium supported by Department of Classical Studies

War as Spectacle colloquium

This one day symposium will explore the theme of war as spectacle in classical antiquity and its reception in subsequent centuries, down to the present day. The event is generously sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Classical Studies.

Date:      15 June 2012
Time:      10:00 – 17:00
Venue:    Michael Young Building, Meeting Rooms 1-4, at the Milton Keynes campus of the Open University

10:00-10:30 Morning coffee
10:30-10:45 Introduction
10:45-11:45 Panel 1: Homeric Spectacles of War
Chair: Chris Emlyn-Jones (Open University)
Tobias Myers (Columbia University): Spectatum Veniunt…: Iliadic Enargeia and the First Spectacular Duel
Jon Hesk (University of St. Andrews): Homeric Spectacles of War in Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line
11:45-12:45 Panel 2: Ancient War Spectacles in Modern Greece
Chair: Lorna Hardwick
Gonda Van Steen (University of Florida): Parading War and Victory under the Greek Military Dictatorship (1967-1974)
Anastasia Bakogianni (Open University): The Anti-War Spectacle: the Condemnation of War in Michael Cacoyannis’ Euripidean Trilogy
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:15 Panel 3: Spectacles of War in Material Culture
Chair: Jessica Hughes (OU)
Sara Chiarini (Freie Universität Berlin): The Spectacle of War on Herakles’ Shield
Andrew Fear (University of Manchester): An Unwinding Story: the Influence of Trajan’s Column on the Depiction of Warfare
Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (City University of New York): Triumphal New York: the ‘Roman’ Arches of New York City
3:15-3:30 Afternoon refreshments
3:30-5:00 Panel 4: Modern Perspectives on Ancient Warfare
Chair: Anastasia Bakogianni
Claire Jamset (University of Cambridge) and Jeff Malone (Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport): Spectacular Atrocities and Victory in War: the Long (?) Road to Post-Heroic Warfare
Helen Lovatt (University of Nottingham) Dead Bodies on Display: the Spectacle of the Death-Scene and the Epic Gaze
Emma Bridges (The Open University) The Greatest Runway Show in History: Paul Violi’s House of Xerxes and the Spectacle of War

Registration fee: £10 which includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments

A limited number of student travel bursaries are available.

With grateful thanks to the Faculty of Arts of the Open University and the Department of Classical Studies for their support.

For a registration form and payment, please email Yvonne Bartley: y.s.bartley@open.ac.uk


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