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[ecrea] CfP - Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World
Thu Jan 26 13:48:01 GMT 2017
International Conference, University of Leeds 7-9th July 2017
CELEBRATING HERCULES IN THE MODERN WORLD
In June 2013 the Leeds conference Hercules: a Hero for All Ages laid the
foundations for a large-scale project on the reception of the ancient
Greek hero Herakles in post-classical culture. Work has been proceeding
quietly on four volumes arising from the original conference, to be
published in Brill's series Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of
Classical Antiquity. A grant from the AHRC's Networking fund is now
supporting, amongst other things, the development of a new website
(http://herculesproject.leeds.ac.uk/) and a follow-on conference at
Leeds in July 2017.
Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World will reflect on the progress of
the project so far, and work towards finalising the content of the
volumes, due for publication in 2018-19: while the first two volumes are
almost complete, there is scope for additional papers in all four, as
detailed in the Call for Papers below. The conference will reunite a
number of scholars from the 2013 conference, but also aims to bring new
contributors on board: scholars from a wide range of disciplines are
welcome - including history, art history, world literatures, drama,
music, film and cultural studies - to share their expertise on the many
contexts in which Hercules appears.
In 2013 we welcomed a number of practitioners talking about their
Hercules-related work, including dramatists and the contemporary New
Zealand artist Marian Maguire. This time there will be a presentation in
the Clothworkers' Concert Hall of Herakles, a new oratorio by Tim
Benjamin, fresh from its April 2017 première.
The conference will again make use of the excellent facilities on the
main Leeds campus, with academic sessions based in the School of Music,
and comfortable overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court.
CALL FOR PAPERS
All sessions will be plenary, to maximise the potential for
cross-disciplinary discussion. Papers should be c.20 minutes in length.
While proposals on any aspect of Herculean reception will be considered,
we are particularly looking to enhance the volumes' coverage in the
Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: from the first Christian
Apologists to the end of the Quattrocento: This volume examines
Herakles-Hercules' adoption inside and outside the early Church as an
allegorical figure, and appropriations of this figure in medieval
Italian ecclesiastical literature and art. Papers on receptions in other
parts of Christendom, and by other religions, would be particularly
welcome. NB this volume is almost ready to go to press: any paper
accepted for publication will need to be finished by the end of August 2017.
The Exemplary Hercules: This volume covers receptions of the hero in the
Early Modern period, debating Hercules' status as the incarnation of
virtue, ways in which this might be presented or problematised in
different media, and the varieties of political capital made out of the
figure. NB this volume will be the next to go to press: any paper
accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the
end of September 2017.
Hercules Performed: This volume explores Hercules' development in works
written for performance, encompassing new works as well as re-workings
of ancient tragedy and comedy, opera and oratorio as well as stage
plays. Papers on receptions of Seneca's Hercules-plays, and on comic
performances, would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for
publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of
The Modern Hercules: This volume covers Hercules' appearances in various
media from the nineteenth century to the present day, including
consideration of contemporary art, children's literature, cartoons,
film, radio, video-games, political and commercial discourses. Papers on
the use of Hercules in branding and political discourse would be
particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to
be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.
If you are interested in offering a paper, please submit a title and
short abstract (200-250 words) by 31st January 2017 to the address:
(herculesproject /at/ leeds.ac.uk). If you want to discuss an idea before
submission, you are welcome to e-mail Emma Stafford
((e.j.stafford /at/ leeds.ac.uk)).
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